GuitarJack 2 USB up close

The inputs and outputs on the GuitarJack 2USB are identical to those on the last iteration of the hardware with the obvious exception of the connector.

GuitarJack 2 USB, what’s in the box …

Ok, so I’m getting this out of what is some very nice packaging.

Inside the outer sleeve is the main box which has a nice magnetic snap to it making it very sturdy indeed. I know it’s only a small touch, but it adds to the feel of the overall package. It’s very professionally done.

Inside the box are two cables for the device and the unit itself in a handy draw string bag.

The GuitarJack 2USB is a heavy unit, about the same weight as the last version, at least that’s how it feels to me. It’s build is very sturdy though. No concerns over the manufacturing at all.

Look what’s arrived …

I’d been wondering about the GuitarJack 2 USB, and now I can try it out for real. So expect some photo posts and then some comparisons and reviews over the next few days.

IK Multimedia Announce new products at CES

iRig HD ($99) is an enhanced, digital version of IK Multimedia’s iRig guitar input. This new version features a built-in 24-bit DAC, preamp gain control and includes Dock Connector, Lightning Connector and USB interface cables for a variety of connectivity options. Available late Q1 2003.

iRig BlueBoard ($99) is a foot pedal Bluetooth MIDI controller designed to work with AmpliTube or any other Core MIDI-compatible app to send program, bank and other MIDI messages. Two inputs are provided for connecting any standard expression pedal/switch. Powered by standard AAA batteries, the BlueBoard is small and durable enough to toss into a laptop bag for convenient on-the-go gigs. Available Q2 2013.

iLine ($59) is a hook-up cable kit for connecting an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into your studio setup, with 3.5mm connectors designed for iOS device input and output and specifically molded to fit through most cases. Cables include a mono output adapter, input output extension, stereo aux cable, headphone/speaker splitter, RCA output adapter and mono output splitter, and include gold-plated connectors, copper conductors and high-density shielding. A carrying case is also included. Available February 2013.
They’ve also brought out a couple of new speakers aimed at iOS musicians too. More details at iLounge.

GuitarJack 2 compatible with iPhone 5 etc …

I got a press release from Sonoma about their excellent GuitarJack 2. It’s all good news, but now I have to get myself a lightning to 30 pin adapter!

Anyway, here’s their release:

Sonoma’s GuitarJack Model 2 audio interface for iPhone(R), iPad(R) and iPod touch(R) is compatible with Apple’s new iPhone 5, new iPod touch, iPad mini, and fourth generation
iPad using Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin adapter cable.

Because the lightning adapter is purely digital, GuitarJack’s sound quality remains incredibly dynamic and clear. GuitarJack connects a wide range of instruments, microphones, and other audio hardware to iOS devices via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs and an 1/8 inch stereo/line output. Helping musicians achieve the best sound quality on iOS, GuitarJack includes superior components, input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, configurable Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, and more. GuitarJack Model 2 works great with Sonoma’s iOS apps, which are compatible with iOS 6, as well as third party apps like GarageBand.

More about the GuitarJack 2 here.

iMpulse Game Controller & Key Finder: Pocket Accessory

Whilst this is being developed as a gamer accessory I can really see it being used for music as well. In fact I could imagine it as a way to control your iDevice whilst it’s in your pocket whilst just walking down the street. Maybe for RJDJ, who knows.

What do you think?

Blue’s Mikey Digital arrives, but not for me it seems

Blue have announced their Mikey Digital for iPod touch (4th generation), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad but at the moment it seems only to be available in the US and nothing about Europe so far.

IKM announces iRig Keys

You may have heard, you may not. IK Multimedia have announced their iRig Keys product today.
This looks like a really interesting keyboard, and it’ll have to compete with the Line6 keyboards and the of course Akai’s offering too.

The package is priced at 75 Euros but is a good bundle for the price:

iRig KEYS comes with 1 free app (download from the App Store): SampleTank for iPhone and iPad FREE. Plus, iRig KEYS includes a serial number for a FREE download of SampleTank 2 L, the ultimate virtual instrument sound workstation for Mac/PC ($129.99/€99.99 value).

iRig KEYS is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (4th and 3rd generation), iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad. iOS 4.3 or later is required.

Accelerometer Frequency Modulation (Shapesynth + Sphero)

You have to admit that this looks really amazing! Any other developers looking at Sphero as a controller?

Erik Sigth

V-Moda Release VAMP – Audiophile Battery Pack For iPhone 4/4S, but it isn’t cheap

Priced at $599 this isn’t going to be a reasonable option for most of us. Still, it is interesting to see people putting out products like this.

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