Rocking out with AmpliTube iRig
Senior Editor Donald Bell tests IK Multimedia's AmpliTube iRig app and headphone adapter, which promises to turn any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a virtual guitar amplifier.
I am not a professional guitarist. Like many of you, I can fake my way through a few chords and song melodies, but I couldn't play you any "tasty licks" or shred your face with my epic guitar wankery. I'm a hack, and I'm comfortable with that.
Humble skills aside, I do enjoy picking up the guitar at least a few times a week--just for fun and to keep up what few chops I have. My big problem is finding a way to play guitar without aggravating my wife, or waking my kid. I have an amp, but it doesn't have a headphone output. I have a slick USB soundcard for my computer, but the setup is a bit involved for just messing around and it's not exactly portable.
When I heard about iPad, I knew I had to check it out. The premise seemed simple: an adapter for plugging in your guitar and a pair of headphones; and an app that runs emulations of guitar amps and effects, which you can tweak to your heart's content. Best of all, the whole system is compact enough to fit in your pocket, provided you aren't using it with an iPad., a $39 headphone adapter and free app that works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and