Guitar Interfaces and Apps
So here's my long awaited view on 5 different ways of getting your guitar into your iPhone. So what's the verdict?
This is a one of the cheapest cables and isn't great really. It doesn't look or feel like a guitar cable and the results as you'll see from the video aren't great.
Griffin Guitar Connect
The griffin cable is a better design and a heavier cable, but even so the response isn't brilliant.
The iRig is a very neat little device and using it with IK's AmpliTube app gave good results overall. Although there is some noise through the device. The app works well with the hardware and the range of guitar sounds you can get is fairly extensive. You can also try their free version of the app too to test it out.
This unit runs on 2 AAA batteries and is made by Peavey. It had a good feel to it and is a solid build. As with the iRig there is some noise through this device, but it is lower than the iRig. Using it with Agile Partner's AmpKit+ app gave good results and the app has a lot of possibilities. One thing we really liked with AmpKit+ was the ability to record your guitar dry and then alter the amp and effects setting later which worked really well.
Sonoma's forthcoming GuitarJack interface is the most expensive but is also the most solid in terms of build of all the interfaces. It also has simultaneous line in as well as a 1/8" jack which is unique, and in some ways it feels like this shouldn't be compared directly with the other interfaces. It connects to the iPhone 3G or 3GS (not 4 or iPad) via the dock connector and works with their FourTrack app.
We couldn't test this interface under the same conditions as the others, and have been using a beta build of FourTrack which still has some bugs in it, but in separate testing the sound quality was excellent.
We're going to do some additional tests with GuitarJack in the next few days to give it a proper work out and also try the line in capabilities as well. So stay tuned for that.
So of the first four interfaces here's our verdict:
First: AmpKit LiNK with AmpKit+
Second: iRig with AmpliTube
Third Griffin Guitar Connect
Fourth: PRS Guitarbud
I plan to post some pictures of the spectrum analysis of the interfaces too in the next few days.
Hope you found that useful. If you've had experiences of any of these then please let me know.