Creating ‘Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory’ Using Effects Pedals

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Effects guru Bill Ruppert takes a look at creating ‘spooky’ sounds for Halloween, using just a guitar and Electro Harmonix effects pedals.

GuitarJack Model 2 Audio Interface for iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad, and iPod touch

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A quick overview of the GuitarJack Model 2 Audio Interface for iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad, and iPod touch.

GuitarJack Model 2 connects instruments and microphones into compatible iOS devices via 1/4-inch instrument and 1/8-inch stereo mic/line inputs. When used with the FourTrack and StudioTrack iOS apps, GuitarJack offers stereo recording, simultaneous instrument and voice recording, level control and crosstalk-free input monitoring.

All guitar audio featured in this video was recorded with GuitarJack Model 2, the FourTrack app, and a Taylor SolidBody Standard guitar (shown).

GuitarJack Model 2 is compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad, and iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, and 4th gen).

Gibson Intros $5,570 Firebird X Guitar

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Gibson has introduced The Firebird X digital guitar, a new guitar that applies digital technology to the traditional guitar.

The Firebird X features a lightweight body made from hand-sorted swamp ash, with a rock maple neck and curly maple fingerboard. The guitar is a bit more than six pounds in total weight. Special resonant chambers not only decrease total weight, but also allow acoustic-like tones and increased overall sustain.

The guitar is louder than a typical solid body with substantial tone from lowest bass note to highest treble note.

Check out the video for an intro to the Gibson Firebird X and below for a detailed list of the features. The Gibson Firebird X Digital Guitar lists for $5,570.

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GuitarJack Model 2 iOS Guitar Input

Guitar Jack 2Sonoma Wire Works has introduced the GuitarJack Model 2 audio interface, designed to connect a wide range of instruments, microphones, and other audio hardware to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs.

GuitarJack Model 2 offers stereo recording, simultaneous voice and instrument recording, 60 dB of continuous level control, configurable Pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, and increased drive for headphones. GuitarJack Model 2 is compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad, and iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation).

FourTrack, StudioTrack, TaylorEQ and the new GuitarTone App include the GuitarJack control panel, where users can select an input and set the input/recording level. GuitarJack also provides a input/output solution for third party amp models, tuners and recording apps.

Features:

  • 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input – nickel-plated solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input – (no phantom power is provided)
  • 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones
  • Dock connector designed for use without removing most cases
  • Sleek and rugged aluminum shell

GuitarJack Software Features: (Control Panel Included in FourTrack, StudioTrack, TaylorEQ and GuitarTone)

  • Level Control:
    • 60 dB of continuous level control
  • Input Modes:
    • Instrument (1/4 inch) – mono – Pad, Lo-Z or Hi-Z mode
    • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) – mono, dual-mono or stereo – Pad, Normal or Boost mode
    • Both inputs – Mic/Line input on left channel and Instrument on right channel

Included Software:

  • GuitarTone and TaylorEQ are available for free from the App Store on on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/
  • Additional Amps and Effects ($19.99 value) enabled in GuitarTone, FourTrack and StudioTrack Apps while GuitarJack is connected

GuitarJack Model 2 is expected to ship in 4-6 weeks and can be ordered now for $149.

GuitarTone Turns Your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad Into A Virtual Guitar Amp

Sonoma Wire Works has released GuitarTone, a new software guitar rig for iOS

GuitarTone includes three free amps and three free effects, with additional tones available for $9.99 per 12-pack.

GuitarTone Features:

  • 3 free effects: Phaser, Drive+ and Va-Room
  • 3 free amps: ’60 Slant, Custom and Tweed Blues
  • More amps and effects: 12 more amps and 12 more effects are free while GuitarJack is connected, or $9.99 per 12-pack
  • Each AmpPack includes several amp styles inspired by iconic and boutique gear: See sonomawireworks.com for which amps inspired these tones
  • Each PedalPack includes a variety of effects: Modulators, Wahs, Distortions, Tools and Time Stretchers
  • Every cabinet has four microphone options: Dynamic, Condensor, Ribbon, and Precision mics can be used with any amp
  • Amp and effect presets: Dozens of hand-crafted presets are included, making it easy to find the tone you need
  • Hundreds of amp, cab, pedal, and mic combinations: Arrange, adjust, and save favorites as unique presets
  • Pre and post effects: Drag one or more effects into an effects chain before or after the amp

Add-On Packs:

  • AmpPack 1: 12 amps for $9.99 or free while GuitarJack is connected (55, ’60, Straight, Black Deluxe, Boost 30, Brilliant 15, Brit Blues, Closed Back Slant, Deviator, Nickeltone 84/64, One-off, Pedal Steel and Tweed Twin)
  • AmpPack 2: 12 amps for $9.99 (100 Slant, 100 Straight, San Antone, Classic Blues, Closed Back, Gambler, Meister, Nickeltone 64/84?, Rootbeer 30, Snakeskin, Tweed Deluxe and Tweed Prince)
  • PedalPack 1: 12 effects for $9.99 or free while GuitarJack is connected (12AX7, Autowah, Chorus, Classic Wah, Compressor, Delay, Funk Wah, Reverb, Scoop, Treble +, Uranium Fuzz and Vibrato)
  • PedalPack 2: 12 effects for $9.99 (Bass Autowah, BP Sweep, HP Sweep, LP Sweep, Parametric EQ, Pocketavia, Smooth OD, Warped Flange, Tape Delay, Tremelo, Triode and Chrome Wah)

Requirements:

  • iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iOS 4.2 or later

GuitarTone is available now in the App Store as a free download.