IK Multimedia has announced that they are shipping iRig PowerBridge, which they describe as the elegant answer to every mobile musician's power management dilemma. iRig PowerBridge is the performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their favourite digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged. iRig PowerBridge works with all of IK's digital audio and MIDI interfaces, microphones and controllers like iRig HD, iRig PRO, iRig MIC Studio, iRig MIC HD, iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Pads, iRig MIDI 2 and more. Here's what IK has to say:
The only system for continuous music creation
There's no doubt that the iPad and iPhone have become a platform of choice for mobile musicians around the world, thanks to the wide range of music creation accessories that can be connected to iOS devices and the wide range of music creation apps. However, one problem still remained unsolved. With only one Lightning (or 30-pin) port available, it was not possible to connect a music creation accessory like an interface, mic or controller and keep the mobile device charged for long extended playing sessions without running the risk of exhausting battery power - until now.
iRig PowerBridge is one of the first solutions to the unique problem musicians face when using their music apps on their iPhones and iPads for extended periods of time by allowing them to use their IK Multimedia mobile interfaces and MIDI controllers while supplying a continuous stream of conditioned charging power to their device. Players simply plug their IK Multimedia digital accessory into the iRig PowerBridge via the included Mini-DIN cable, then plug the iRig PowerBridge into their device via the Lightning or 30-pin connector. Once plugged into a power source, iRig PowerBridge provides a continuous supply of conditioned power for charging and non-stop operation plus a pristine digital audio signal path and MIDI control data.
Pure conditioned power
iRig PowerBridge delivers extremely pure conditioned power by combining a power supply with a medical-grade ultra-low noise power conditioner that virtually eliminates the noise traditionally introduced from regular power supplies. PowerBridge connects to a power outlet on one end, a Lightning or 30-pin for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and a female Mini-DIN connector to connect the IK Multimedia digital iRig accessory. Through this connection, iRig PowerBridge allows continuous charging while also passing along audio and MIDI information between the digital iRig accessory and the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
iRig PowerBridge lets musicians keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged while they play with IK's powerful range of professional quality digital interfaces like iRig PRO, the full featured "all in one" mobile interface with ¼", XLR with phantom power and MIDI inputs, and the iRig HD compact digital guitar interface featuring pristine digital guitar sound. For capturing digital audio, iRig MIC Studio is the perfect solution with a full-featured large diaphragm portable condenser microphone in a compact format. iRig MIC HD provides outstanding digital sound quality for vocalists from a handheld microphone. For continuous keyboard and pads performances, iRig Keys with Lightning and iRig Keys PRO provide full 37-key professional MIDI controller functions, and iRig Pads gives DJs, EDM artists, Producers and Beat Makers a full 4x4 velocity sensitive ultra responsive pads controller. Players can also use iRig PowerBridge and iRig MIDI 2 to hook any outboard MIDI gear to their iPhone or iPad and play all night without running out of juice.
Pricing and Availability:
iRig PowerBridge comes in two versions - one for Lightning and one for 30-pin devices - and is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store for $/€69.99 (excluding taxes).
To use iRig PowerBridge, current users of iRig digital accessories will need to update their device's firmware by visiting www.ikmultimedia.com/firmware
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