StompBox into Meteor Multi Track Recorder

When I got my hands on an iPad, one of the first apps I wanted to try out was StompBox by 4Pockets Audio. I’d seen it in iTunes when I was using the iPhone and admired the way the screenshots replicate the design style I was used to in the PC based VST plugins I had been using (which are often based on the racks and pedalboards of the real world). I was hoping that user interface (UI) would translate into an easy to use application. I wasn’t wrong.

As luck would have it, 4Pockets Audio also made a multitrack recorder—Meteor Multi Track Recorder—which had UI similarities to the PC based DAWs I’d become somewhat familiar with over the last few years. That made this combination seem like a perfect match. Again, I wasn’t wrong.

Surely this couldn’t last. StompBox into Meteor Multi Track Recorder

Eleven DAWs for your iOS device

There are many ways to get awesome tone out of your guitar and into your iOS device. I’ve written about many of those ways on this very site. But what if your guitar playing skills are better than mine and you want to not only experience amazing tone, you want to share it with the entire world using the power of the Interweb? If that sounds like you, chances are you’re going to need a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). But which one? How many are there to choose from? Which one is the right one for me? These could be questions you ask yourself as you investigate your DAW options. I know they were the questions I asked myself that lead me to putting this very list together.

By the way, this list features eleven applications. All good guitarists know eleven is simply better than ten. Eleven DAWs for your iOS device

My Pro Tone Pedals Skumstortion settings

Recently I wrote about the Skumstortion pedal I purchased from Pro Tone Pedals. It’s a wicked sounding (and looking) pedal. I knew that. I’d written about it. I just hadn’t been able to share the auditory coolness with people … Until now. I bring you terrible video footage of my favourite Pro Tone Pedals Skumstortion settings.

Now I have the power of video. View (and listen) to the awesome sounds of my Skumstortion pedal! My Pro Tone Pedals Skumstortion settings

Recording in the AmpliTube MultiTrack Recorder on an iPhone

A few things have changed since I wrote my last article about AmpliTube on the iPhone. Enhancements have been made, new features have been added and the awesome new Slash range of effects and amps has been released. I purchased the pack within my instance of AmpliTube and haven’t looked back since. The tone is awesome.

Let me share some of that tone in a rundown I’ll call Recording from within AmpliTube on the iPhone. Recording in the AmpliTube MultiTrack Recorder on an iPhone

JamUp Pro and Guitar World … Rock!

I love playing guitar on my iPhone. I also love that with the right apps I can play along with some songs on my guitar. What I was only smart enough to work out recently was that by using the right apps and the pedal and amp suggestions that the awesome Guitar World magazine provides, I can play along sounding somewhat like the song I’m playing along with. Handy!

Many people have figured this out before me no doubt, but I’m going to share my screenshots of presets all the same to show how you too can setup your sounds before you play along with your favourite tracks. JamUp Pro and Guitar World … Rock!

iPhone amplifier emulator summary

I have finished all of the articles I set out to write in regards to the amplifier emulators for iPhone that I was aware of. I’ve since written a few unplanned reviews on the interfaces I used throughout the article writing journey. However the Blogging process feels incomplete. There’s something missing that would allow me to look back on the past two months with a great sense of achievement. That something … is a comparison chart.

After reviewing all of the amplifier emulators on my iPhone I had developed my own sense of “which apps are the best?” What I hadn’t done though was produce anything to back it all up. What if someone was to ask me which app was the best? How could I provide a response that didn’t just come across as some kind of biased opinion? What proof did I have other than the incredible articles I’d put together?

I had nothing. iPhone amplifier emulator summary

Review: AmpKit LiNK

AmpKit LiNK is difficult to type on account of its varied capitalisation, but it’s so simple to use. Here’s the basic process.

  • ensure your battery is in place (I’ll mention how cool the battery feature is later)
  • plug in your guitar
  • plug in your headphones/speakers
  • insert interface into iOS device
  • rock!

Review: AmpKit LiNK

Review: GuitarConnect Cable

GuitarConnect Cable by Griffin was the first guitar interface I purchased for my iPhone. I found it on eBay and noticed in the product description that it worked with iShred LIVE. That was convenient for me as I had already heard of that amplifier emulator and was interested in trying it out. It was almost like destiny—the predetermined fate kind, not the funky Jacksons album from 1978 kind.

I’ll be honest and state that when I first saw it I thought it couldn’t actually work. All the other interfaces I’d seen were little boxes that you plugged your standard guitar cable into. This just looks like your average guitar cable with connections (style and quantity) that don’t initially make sense. But once I’d purchased the cable, I saw immediate advantages to this system. I also saw that it clearly worked well. Review: GuitarConnect Cable