Figured I'd help out those who aren't on the 7 string forum by also posting this guide here. Dunno the right forum to put it in so hopefully this is alright!
Here's the link to the original thread.
Here's the link to the original thread.
I hope this thread is in the right forum...
The Ultimate Effects Modeling App Guide
I decided to write up a rather quick guide to using iPhone/iPad/iPod apps as practice tools, especially using effects modeling apps. I've tried the major ones out there and written a short summary of each, as well as feedback on some of the multiple links out there to connect your guitar to your iDevice.
Feel free to make requests about information etc. If anyone wants me to review any other apps or links let me know, but I'm tight on cash these days.
Here's a quick write-up I did regarding a thread asking about practice tools, in which the topic of iPhone apps came up. Quoted from the original post I made in that thread.
Features and Compatibility Comparison:I've tried every iPad and iPhone based software related to guitar amp/effects modeling. Here's my thoughts on using them to practice, as well as the different adapters out there:
AmpliTube: AmpliTube gets the job done, but is really only good for the lower gain and clean sounds. It's got good modulations and delay, along with cool Fender and Marshall amp sims that work pretty well! It works with the iRig and Peavey AmpKit link. Anything high gain just sounds really thin and too sharp.
AmpKit: Definitely a step up as far as the higher gain sounds go, but still not quite there. Medium gain stuff works better and you have a much wider selection of pedals and pedal order as well. I don't see a limit to how many pedals you can have at a time. The Peavey amps are actually pretty good, probably the best in the app.
JamUp: JamUp is probably the second best app you can get, and it's MUCH cheaper than the one I think is the best. I haven't tried it with iRig but it works with Peavey's AmpKit Link. Of course it works with the apps own link, the JamUp Plug. Does the high gain sounds surprisingly well, with much less noise than the other two apps. Doesn't have the pedal options like AmpKit, you can only have one amp, one gate, one delay, one reverb, etc. The actual gear it models is actually quite accurate, the Boss Delay, the MXR Comp, all good sounding and true to the originals (to varying degrees of course). The treadplate amp does great with high gain sounds, and like I said all the pedals are pretty good! The most consistent quality in all types of sound I think.
Line 6 Mobile Pod: Literally the best guitar modeling app I've touched. This one has a steep price, at $0 for the app but around $80 for their link (which is the only link that works with the app as of now) and because the link uses the charger port on the device and not the headphone jack you cannot charge the device while using the app. That all being said, the low gain sounds are realistic, dynamic and sound amazing. The high gain sounds are THE BEST of any of these apps for sure, since the modeling software in this app is rumored to be based off the same modeling from the REAL PODs, whether or not this is based off older PODs or is even true still hasn't been confirmed by Line 6. It has the most amp and cabinet models stock (AKA excluding any other ones you have to buy from in-app stores etc.), and about 15-20 stompbox effects. All the amps and cabs are based off real models and are named accordingly (Everything from Mesa and Marshall to Dumble and Fender). It doesn't have boatloads of stomboxes, but it has everything you need, just not multiple options of every kind of pedal. It also has a library of over 10,000 tones made by the Line 6 team and by professional musicians. There's also many from users that have been uploaded that you can use instantly on your iDevice without having to download computer software, search it up, then download it to your iDevice. It's all right there in the app.
As far as links themsleves go...
iRig: Gets the job done, cheap price, noisy, no batteries required. Works with AmpliTube, AmpKit and JamUp.
AmpKit Link: Because it's battery powered that means it's buffered, and your guitar's signal quality it slightly better. Does require two AA batteries to power it, but I've had mine for 6 months and haven't needed to replace them yet. Works with AmpliTube, AmpKit and JamUp.
JamUp Plug: Haven't tried it, but it's cheap and doesn't require batteries. If it's as good as the app it'll be of good quality. Works with JamUp, and I'm assuming AmpliTube and AmpKit as well.
Line 6 Mobile In: Signal quality is much better and quieter because it uses the charging port. Downside? It's $80 and means you can't charge and play at the same time. But hey, the app is free at least. I believe it ONLY works with the Line 6 Mobile Pod app. This is because the app uses updated software (both updates to their own software and Apple's own updates) that the other apps do not, and Line 6 was pretty much waiting for the technology to catch up before they released their product. Smart move, it worked.
Here's a chart put together to show you a feature comparison between all these apps and a compatibility chart for the different link devices on the market. Very easy to read but some information is missing, so if anyone could give feedback on the few missing spots that would be fantastic. Thanks!
NOTE: INFORMATION IS BASED ON WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU BUY THE APP, THEREFORE EFFECT, AMP AND CABINET NUMBERS DO NOT INCLUDE MODELS AVAILABLE AS IN-APP PURCHASES. WHEN YOU BUY THE APP THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.
P.S. Chart will be expanded upon/added to upon request.
Tips and Tricks:
Too much noise: A sidenote about noise issues, if you have LOADS of noise and you're wondering why, make sure you aren't charging your iPod at the same time, it can cause a ground loop issue.
Using with other apps: Some of these apps can be run in the background so that you can call up GarageBand, backing tracks, your iTunes etc. and play using the modeling from outside just the effects modeling apps. Some will do so automatically and others need to be adjusted in the app's settings, check around before giving up on 'em.
Yeah... I got nothing else. It's not much but it's a start, any questions, feedback, issues etc. please let me know!