12 comments on “Guitar Interfaces and Apps”

Guitar Interfaces and Apps

So here’s my long awaited view on 5 different ways of getting your guitar into your iPhone. So what’s the verdict?

PRS GuitarBud
This is a one of the cheapest cables and isn’t great really. It doesn’t look or feel like a guitar cable and the results as you’ll see from the video aren’t great.

Griffin Guitar Connect
The griffin cable is a better design and a heavier cable, but even so the response isn’t brilliant.

The iRig is a very neat little device and using it with IK’s AmpliTube app gave good results overall. Although there is some noise through the device. The app works well with the hardware and the range of guitar sounds you can get is fairly extensive. You can also try their free version of the app too to test it out.

AmpKit LiNK
This unit runs on 2 AAA batteries and is made by Peavey. It had a good feel to it and is a solid build. As with the iRig there is some noise through this device, but it is lower than the iRig. Using it with Agile Partner’s AmpKit+ app gave good results and the app has a lot of possibilities. One thing we really liked with AmpKit+ was the ability to record your guitar dry and then alter the amp and effects setting later which worked really well.

Sonoma’s forthcoming GuitarJack interface is the most expensive but is also the most solid in terms of build of all the interfaces. It also has simultaneous line in as well as a 1/8″ jack which is unique, and in some ways it feels like this shouldn’t be compared directly with the other interfaces.  It connects to the iPhone 3G or 3GS (not 4 or iPad) via the dock connector and works with their FourTrack app.

We couldn’t test this interface under the same conditions as the others, and have been using a beta build of FourTrack which still has some bugs in it, but in separate testing the sound quality was excellent.

We’re going to do some additional tests with GuitarJack in the next few days to give it a proper work out and also try the line in capabilities as well. So stay tuned for that.

So of the first four interfaces here’s our verdict:

First: AmpKit LiNK with AmpKit+
Second: iRig with AmpliTube
Third Griffin Guitar Connect
Fourth: PRS Guitarbud

I plan to post some pictures of the spectrum analysis of the interfaces too in the next few days.

Hope you found that useful. If you’ve had experiences of any of these then please let me know.


2 comments on “The Daily eBay”

The Daily eBay

Another few items on eBay which you might find handy. To start with a POCKET MUSIC & CASE GAMEBOY ADVANCE DS, which you don’t see that often.

Next a really cheap monotron.

And lastly a QY10.


0 comments on “DXi FM Synth update”

DXi FM Synth update

As I posted about recently the DXi FM gets a nice update. I was playing with this just yesterday and it is a really nice little synth app. Here’s what’s new:

  • You can slide the keyboard for moving note range.
  • Supported glide (portament) play.
  • Added master effect (LPF and Delay). And it can control on SEQ mode with X-Y pad.
  • Tweaked preset voices. You can reload new preset voice by shuffling iPhone while Edit screen is displayed.
  • Added EG.LOOP feature. If it’s enabled, EG segment loops between Attack and Decay while keying.
  • It’s no longer stops iPod playing while launching the app.



0 comments on “ImproVox update”

ImproVox update

ImproVox, the real time harmoniser for the iPad and iPhone has been updated:

  • Stability Improvements
  • Audio Processing Optimization
  • Improved Pitch Locking



0 comments on “DJ Mixer apps update”

DJ Mixer apps update

DJ Mixer apps get an update today. Here’s what’s new:

  • import music from your iPod music library (iOS 4.0)
  • import music from your desktop using iTunes over usb (iOS 3.2 or later)
  • Bug fixes and optimizations
  • New free mixable music from Bassnectar, DJ Spooky and other great dance music artists
  • Check out our new mixing contest at http://djmixer.fm



0 comments on “AudioView update”

AudioView update

An update for AudioView:

  • Update to AudioCopy and paste V1.1
  • Added email import support for mp3, m4a, aif, wav and caf files
  • Fixed AudioX for devices with ‘ or space characters in their device name



0 comments on “Bent LoiFi Stylophone”

Bent LoiFi Stylophone

Nice bends on the old Sylophone.


0 comments on “Bug Synth shots via Matrixsynth”

Bug Synth shots via Matrixsynth

Via Matrixsynth.


3 comments on “Touchless Gesture Interfaces”

Touchless Gesture Interfaces

You may have seen this before, but it is worth a look.


2 comments on “iPad Keyboard Case coming”

iPad Keyboard Case coming

TUAW reports on this keyboard case for the iPad which I’m sure will be useful for lots of people, but does make it look like a laptop / netbook.