Month: February 2012

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.

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: 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: GuitarJack

Another interface I used for the testing of guitar emulators in my recent test of 11 iPhone guitar emulators was GuitarJack by Sonoma Wire Works. I was doing my testing using the GuitarJack Model 1 for the following reasons:

  • It was on sale when I purchased it (reduced to $49.00 USD)
  • It connects to my iPhone 3GS
  • I wanted it.

From what I’ve seen and read, GuitarJack Model 2 is way cooler (as are the iPhone 4GS and the iPad). But I can’t write about that other than to say “I want all of those things!”

But let’s learn more about my experiences with GuitarJack Model 1 and the 11 apps I tested it with.