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Guitar effects are usually sold as stomp boxes and pedals. They are always awesome, and are necessary for a serious guitarist. Amp distortions and effects usually just don’t cut it. Luckily, there are plenty of Apps for your iDevices that can recreate many of the popular effects people love. Hook one of those up to your guitar amp or PA system and you’re rockin.
Have a look at some of the cool Apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that will turn your device into a sweet amp and effects system for your guitar.
1 ) Amplitube
This one is made by a popular software developer, but it comes with a serious price. We aren‚Äôt kidding. Still, if you are a musician looking to get a setup for recording or playing on stage, this may be the App for you. You can purchase the hardware, iRig in order to plug your guitar into your iOS device and send the signal out to a speaker (we are sure there are other ways, possibly cheaper, to do this.) The Amp app comes free with the hardware piece. However, there are in-app purchases. That‚Äôs kind of cool as it allows you to expand your setup, but don‚Äôt expect to have a full-featured effects box without buying several pieces within the App.
This doesn‚Äôt remind us much of a stompbox. It looks a lot more like an effects rack you‚Äôd see in a recording studio, while the pedal looks more like one of those fancy multi-effects pedals. It has various effects and distortion tones, a tuner and even one of our favorite effects, a Whammy pedal, which is basically just a harmonizer that shifts your pitch up to add a bit of extra ‚Äúscream‚Äù to your solos.
Those who aren‚Äôt fans of in-App purchases, will enjoy this App. You buy the $9.99 application, and you‚Äôre done. It has various effects, such as distortion, reverb and flanger. The noise gate is nice for cutting out unwanted guitar hum (which many guitarists know about by now) and it‚Äôs very cool that you can set it up to play along with your iTunes music. That makes it great for learning new songs or practicing your bands music.
We enjoy the interface in this application, and the audio quality is great. We are also looking forward to what‚Äôs coming in future updates. One of the mentioned updates will bring MIDI in and out. This means you can use these effects and play a keyboard into it for recording. Some may even be interested in using a midi guitar, such as the Rock Band Pro one (The Rock Band Pro guitar is actually a MIDI controller with 102 buttons that emulate strings.). Then again, we just want an excuse to pick up one of those guitars. This may be one more.
This is another one of those applications that offers in-App purchases. The App itself is free, and it‚Äôs the extra effects and distortion usnits that will cost you. They all seem to range in price from $2.99 to $19.99. That can get a bit expensive for some, but makes it very versatile and makes it a great option for recording musicians or those who will perform on stage. It also seems more reasonably priced than Amplitube.
6) Griffin Stompbox
Whoa. This one is a realistic stompbox. It’s hard to tell how solid the hardware is with the picture, but the description does say it’s “studio quality.” That’s probably left up to interpretation. It is $99, so we hope it’s solid. It plugs into the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and is designed for use with an App called iShred Live. The App is simply a collection of stompboxes and integrates directly into the hardware.
What Apps do You Use?
Do you use any Apps for generating effects into your audio recordings? There are quite a few out there and we know we didn’t cover them all. Why not let us know what some of your favorites are in the comments. We will try to check them out.