Is iPhone Guitar Software More Than Just A Toy?

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It would be easy to dismiss iPhone guitar software as just a toy. But in the right hands, as demonstrated here by Alex Hutchings, it can be used very expressively.

Hutchings jams with Geo Synth and a Boss Rc-300 Loop station pedal.

New Guitar Plugin Turns Hacks into Shredders

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macProVideo.com, an Online Education Site, today introduced a new guitar plugin, Phoenix Pro, that is ‘guaranteed to turn novice guitar players into rockstars’.

In partnership with Phoenix Digital Audio Teknologies of Germany, macProVideo.com’s team of in-house programers have created a revolutionary audio processor that can physically model the sound of top guitar pros like Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, or BB King and apply them to any guitar recording, no matter the skill level of the original player.

Phoenix Pro is due for release Spring 2013 (more info in the video above) at around the $129 mark or higher (or perhaps lower).

Shredder for iPhone Guitar Synth (Sneak Preview)

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Here’s a sneak preview of Yonac Software‘s just announced Shredder for iPhone.

Shredder is an app that lets you use your iPhone (or iPad) as a guitar synthesizer.

Here’s the official description:

SHREDDER for iPhone – Synth for Guitar:

Raspy synth swells? Gotcha covered. Bass-doubled riffs? Yup. Strings ‘n Things for beefing up the mix? Ditto. No special synth pickup needed.

SHREDDER is a synthesizer controlled by your guitar. Pop it on, plug in your guitar, hit the “Guitar Synth” button and start jamming. SHREDDER comes with a true analog synth engine including dual oscillators, 3 types of filter, a dedicated FM envelope as well as other goodies like dual LFOs, a virtual pedalboard and more. Chose among 100+ built-in presets, or create and save endless ones of your own.

SHREDDER comes with a dedicated guitar mix fader to mix in your guitar, and has attack and decay sensitivity faders to allow you to customize guitar tracking to your playing and input interface, whether its a USB in, a guitar adapter or the plain built-in mic. Headphones are required with use of the built in-mic.

We’ll keep an eye out for this. It’s officially ‘coming soon’.

Griffin Intros GuitarConnect Pro

At the 2012 NAMM Show, IK Multimedia introduced the GuitarConnect Pro – a new adapter that lets you plug your guitar into an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Plug your instrument into the 1/4″ jack and you have a digital connection from your instrument into your iOS guitar software.

Features:

  • Plug your guitar or other musical instrument into your iPad, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S
  • Turn your iPad or iPhone into a compact performance or practice rig
  • Noise-free, all-digital connection from your instrument to GarageBand
  • Dedicated gain control for instrument input
  • GuitarConnect Pro is AppPowered

GuitarConnect Pro is available now for $79.

Shredder – New iPad Synth For Guitar

Shredder Guitar Synthesizer

 

Yonac Software has introduced Shredder,  the first professional iPad guitar synthesizer.

Features:

  • Connect your guitar to your iPad through the USB (such as Apogee Jam, Griffin GuitarConnect Pro, Sonoma GuitarJack 2), Jack/Mic (such as iRig), or use the iPad’s built-in microphone
  • Uses real FM/subtractive analog-modeling synthesis
  • Can also be controlled by the onscreen keyboard, or a hardware MIDI controller
  • Comes with three of our signature stomp boxes: Fuzz Goblin, Ghoul Vibrations, and Echo-Plasm
  • Over 100 presets to get you started; save an endless number of user presets

Continue reading Shredder – New iPad Synth For Guitar

What Can iPad Guitar App Do? (JamUp Overview)

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Micah Beverly checks out Positive Grid’s new JamUp iPad app and demonstrates its capabilities in this series of review videos.

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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.

iRig Review & Amplitube Review

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This video offers a review and demo of IK Multimedia’s iRig and Amplitube.

The iRig cable is an adapter that allows you to connect you guitar to your iOS device like an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The iRig from IKMultimedia.com retails for $40.

IK Multimedia offers two apps that work with the iRig. One is the free version and the other is the full paid version for $19.99.

Free Distortion Plugin For Windows

Free distortion plugin for Windows

Distorque has released a free distortion plugin for Windows, based on the MXR Distortion +.

Here’s the structure of the whole effect:
Input attenuator -> Input HPF -> Pickup simulation LPF -> Op amp gain -> Op amp HPF -> Op amp bandwidth LPF -> Upsampler -> Op amp clipper -> Output HPF -> Output LPF -> Output attenuator -> Diode clipping emulation -> Downsampler -> Volume

Details and download are here.

JamUp Sneak Preview

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JamUp (Sneak Preview) – a look at the upcoming JamUp software.