IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig

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  1. Daniel G. Lebryk says:
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice hardware, not so fantastic free app, August 22, 2010
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    This review is from: IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig (Electronics)

    The iRig is a compact well-constructed piece of music gear. Incredibly simple, plug your guitar in the 1/4 inch jack opening, the small pigtail into the headphone jack on your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, and then plug in a pair of headphones into the 3mm jack hole. Just couldn’t be much simpler than this. I tore down the jack, and can report that the innards are solid – gold plated jacks, beefy 1/4 inch jack housing, and a small circuit board of go up mounted resistors.

    There’s something kind of cool about such a small portable contrivance that can do these excellent things. With a nice pair of cans (I’m using V-Moda V-MODA Cross-fade LP Over-Ear Headphones (Gunmetal Black), the volume can get sweet loud. It’s fun to play without a huge amp.

    The downside to this contrivance, the AmpliTube free App is kind of sad. The free translation includes very few controls, reverb and overdrive. There are 6 presets each is distinctive and different. They can be tweaked, but not by that much. On an iPhone or iTouch, it isn’t very simple to “turn” the knobs; and only one channel at a time can be adjusted. It’s moderately painful. On an iPad, things are radically different, knob “turning” is simple, all the controls are showed at once. It acts a lot more like a digital effects box.

    Sadly, I reckon the only way to get a really useful app is to hold the twenty dough full boat translation. So that kind of brings the total to a honestly steep price. If you equate this to the price of a single pedal, I guess this is a bargain.

    The excellent news, you can take a dual finished 3mm plug, use a 3mm to 1/4 inch adapter, and plug this whole thing into your amp or a mixing board for recording. The sound is plenty clean enough that recording or an amp is doable.

    The killer combo, an iPad, the full translation of the AmpliTub app, and jacked into a nice amplifier or cans. This is a excellent deal and works exactly as advertised.

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  2. Audio Nut "Computer and recording nut" says:
    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Small, sweet, full of tone when coupled with the fantastic app, July 18, 2010
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    Audio Nut “Computer and recording nut” (Near Pittsburgh, PA USA) –
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    This is a very compact unit that is simple to connect and yields fantastic sound when used with AmpliTube For iPhone (the app it was built for).

    I got lost for hours the first time I plugged my guitar into iRig and iRig into my iPhone. The presets are excellent but you’ll likely make your own. I started with altering very nearly every one that was included (there was mucho delay and/or reverb on some that I had to cut down for my taste, for model) and then stirred on to making mine from scratch.

    For its proposed purpose and on the devices it supports, it is an incredible feat. I really get lost using this, and I don’t have to go through the hassle of hooking up something more bulky (or loud!) to jam and practice.

    I want to see recording, slowing down songs, and a compressor though. I’ve heard all three are in the works and will hope that’s right.

    As far as things it was not proposed to do, I may try to bypass everything (it seems you get a dry/direct signal when the tuner is engaged for model) and do some input to my PC for a small guitar-based audio interface. If that doesn’t work, though, I’d just pick up their StealthPlug since it is sweet cheap too.

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  3. Harald Nowak "Harry" says:
    29 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Low volume!, September 21, 2010
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    Harald Nowak “Harry” (Wien, Wien Österreich) –
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    Appealing as the thought of using the iPhone (or iPod) for playing guitar through it may seem, I have to say the iRig adapter is not quite up to it in its current form. The main reason for that is the low volume output it produces (especially when used with IK Multimedias Amplitube; not so terrible with AmpKit that allows to further boost the volume). You can get around that by switching a booster of some sort upfront (for model I used a tube pedal with very nice results) – but this is not the way it was meant to be used or how it is advertised. What’s especially disturbing with the low output-volume is the fact that you can of course boost it a small by maximising the headphone output volume (and switching the No Feedback choice to off), but then you get lots of noise (presumably noise from the iPods input ADC) – the signal/noise ratio at the iPods input is just too low (this kind of noise beeing especially disturbing, since you can not reduce it by dialing the guitars volume to zero – it remains constant). Having said this, I must stress again, that with AmpKit the contrivance is much better usable, since AmpKit both offers a decent noise gate (Amplitube iRig does currently only offer a noise filter that removes too much heights from the signal) and a way to push the input and output signal level; anyways I do recommend using a booster in front of the iRig for usable results.
    What this boils down to is: it is portable, it is usable, using the iPod for playing guitar IS a lot of fun, but I’m not pleased with the hardware which needs some workarounds to sound fine.

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