GuitarJack review: GuitarJack

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MSRP: $199.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The GuitarJack adapter is one of the best-sounding methods we've tested for directly recording guitar and other instruments, using an iPhone or iPod Touch. It's built like a tank and works seamlessly with some of the best iOS recording apps.

The Bad GuitarJack will not work with the iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod Touch, or iPad, and it costs nearly as much as a standalone audio recorder.

The Bottom Line If you're hell-bent on transforming your older iPhone or iPod Touch into a professional-quality portable multitrack audio recorder, the GuitarJack is the best in class, with a price to match.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0

Recording with your iPhone's built-in microphone is a quick and easy way for musicians to sketch out song ideas. To take the iPhone's audio-recording capabilities to the next level, you'll need to drop some money on a quality recording app, and some kind of adapter for connecting instruments or mixers.

Fortunately, the folks at Sonoma Wire Works have created the best solution we've seen yet. The GuitarJack ($199) plugs into the dock connection of your iPhone or iPod Touch (though the latest iPhone and iPod models aren't supported) and bestows them with a 1/4-inch instrument input, stereo line input, and headphone output.

Unlike some of the guitar-specific or mic-specific accessories we've tested in the past (such as Mikey or AmpliTube iRig), GuitarJack distinguishes itself with a uniquely durable aluminum construction and a Switchcraft instrument jack made from a nickel-plated brass.

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