iRig 2 vs. TC Helicon

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

The input gain slider on the iRig 2 offers you the power to assure high-quality sound in any scenario. This means that whether you’re playing a wailing three-humbucker electric guitar or a jazzy archtop, you’ll be equipped to provide your most satisfactory performance. 

TC Helicon, on the other hand, allows you to create whenever and wherever the mood strikes, whether you’re in your kitchen, resting in the park, or on the tour bus. This basic guitar interface, a mobile device, and, of course, your guitar is all you’ll need!

iRig 2 

iRig 2 expands on its original popularity by adding crucial innovative features like customizable input gain, cross-platform adaptability, and a 1/4″ amplifier output that will transform the way you produce music on the move once again.

A switch on the iRig 2 allows you to choose between a processed signal and a clean “thru” input signal. This implies you can use your smartphone as a tuner, record player, or other device while still maintaining the purity of a hundred percent analog signal path.

Pros of iRig 2 

  • An excellent value for money purchase. Ease of use is one of the essential features of this product. 
  • Amplifier connection that isn’t a pain to work with.

Cons of iRig 2 

  • High-gain sounds are prone to feedback.

TC Helicon

When it comes to inspiring your imagination, TC Helicon has you prepared with a plethora of smartphone programs built particularly for your GO GUITAR gadget, including enhancements, processing, and so much more – and they’re all downloadable from your mobile app!

The gadget works with iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices and is compatible with many mobile apps. So if you wish to enhance the sound, you may do so using TC Helicon’s ecosystem of mobile applications.

Pros of TC Helicon

  • It works in tandem with the creative suite of TC Helicon mobile apps.
  • Convenient outputs for headsets, guitar amps, and PA systems
  • High-quality audio recording requires high-resolution digital conversion.

Irig 2 Vs TC Helicon

Irig 2 TC Helicon (Go Guitar)
INPUTS1x Hi-Z Instrument input1 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z/line)
OUTPUTS• 3.5mm (1/8″) Headphone Out
• 6.35mm (1/4″) Amplifier Out
• 1 x 1/8″ TRRS plug
• 1 x 1/4″ (thru/effect out)
CONNECTION TYPE3.5mm (1/8″) TRRS1/8″ TRRS (Lightning adapter not included)
MONITORINGSoftware & Direct (THRU) 6.35mm (1/4″) monitoringSelectable THRU / FX
COMPATIBILITYiOS (iPhone/iPod/iPad) (onboard or via adaptor)• IOS
• Computer
• Laptops
SIZE72mm/2.83″ x 39mm/1.54″ x 21mm/0.85″1.1″ x 1.8″ x 3.6″
WEIGHT43g/1.57oz0.15 lbs.
INCLUDED APPSAmpliTube CS (iOS) – 4 exclusive amps/stompsDeplike MOD APK 5.7.5 (Premium)
WARRANTYOne (1) Year Warranty PARTS, Ninety (90) Days Warranty LABOR3-Year Warranty Program


Irig 2 allows you to use your smartphone as a tuner, record player, or another device while retaining the integrity of a hundred percent analog signal route. The TC Helicon, on the other hand, works with a broad large number of mobile apps. Additionally, you may use TC Helicon’s ecosystem of mobile applications to improve the sound.