2017
04/29
iPhone Mobile Guitar Rig iTrack Pocket
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Want a mobile guitar rig for jamming and recording that fits in a small bag? Well if you’re comfortable with using an iPhone look no further. We are using an iPhone as the central brain for things like effects, amp modeling, and recording. For the interface we will use a Focusrite iTrack Pocket. The iTrack Pocket features an instrument line in with preamp as well as two mics (left and right). I’m recommending the Anker SoundCore for amplifiction. The SoundCore is one of Amazon’s best sellers. It is a great portable speaker with long lasting rechargeable batter and bluetooth for connecting wirelessly. There are several speakers on the market so you could choose a different one if you like for example you might want a waterproof speaker. For effects and amps I chose Amplitube by IK Multimedia. Amplitube is jammed packed with features and it can be expanded when needed via in app purchases.

What you will need for this setup:

1) iPhone. The iPhone will be the central brain for processing and recording your guitar.

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2) Audio Interface. In this case I recommend the Focusrite iTrack Pocket interface because not only does it have an instrument input it also has a couple mics.

Product description: iTrack Pocket is a portable, high quality stereo microphone and guitar input that lets you create and share exceptional videos using your iPhone. Designed for singer-songwriters who want their YouTube videos to sound as great as they look, iTrack Pocket lets you easily apply mastering effects and share directly to YouTube with outstanding quality your subscribers will love. iPhone microphones simply aren’t designed to do justice to the sound of vocals and guitar. That’s why Apple officially approved iTrack Pocket. It holds your iPhone at the perfect angle for recording and then captures your performance using a stereo microphone that eclipses the quality of your iPhone mic and a dedicated guitar input with built-in amp simulation. iTrack Pockets lets you capture audio in any of your favorite iPhone recording apps, including Garage Band. Alternatively, for the quickest and easiest way to create truly exceptional sounding music videos on your iPhone, we recommend you download Focusrite’s free Impact app. It enhances the sound quality of your videos using powerful mastering and audio effects, which you can apply with a few taps. Simply connect your iPhone, choose some effects, press record and edit in seconds. Your finished performance will be automatically mastered and uploaded to YouTube in HD video with high quality stereo audio. The stereo microphone captures clear, detailed recordings of your performance: vocals, guitar, piano or any other instrument. The dedicated guitar input and included amp simulation make it easy to record amazing sounding guitar at the touch of a button. iTrack Pocket fits in your pocket, is powered by your iPhone (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5) and designed to sound great in any situation, so you can use it wherever you take your phone. And you can effortlessly find the perfect setting for the clearest possible recording by letting iTrack Pocket take care of all the technical setup for you. Buy Focusrite iTrack Pocket Portable Stereo Microphone and Guitar Input for iPhone Video Creation and Sharing

3) Amplification. Bluetooth wireless rechargeable speakers. I recommend the Anker SoundCore.

Dynamic Stereo: Enjoy crisp, energetic sound with impressive volume, powered by 2 x 8W stereo drivers with remarkable frequency response. Sublime bass is delivered by dual passive subwoofers.

Tough Tech: Tough Bluetooth speakers. IP67 waterproof (1m depth) and dust-tight. Shock resistant.

Bluetooth 4.1: Advanced Bluetooth tech offers an extended 66ft range (outside) so you can take your phone further without losing connection and make hands-free calls with the built-in noise-canceling mic.

Breakthrough Battery Performance: 15-hour playtime from the built-in, high-capacity lithium-ion battery (with Anker’s industry-leading power management) keeps your music playing all day, non-stop. You can even charge your phone or tablet with the charging port. Playtime varies according to volume level and audio content.

What You Get: Anker SoundCore Sport XL, Micro USB cable, hand strap, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

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4) Effects and amps. I recommend the iRig Amplitube app.

AmpliTube gives you 17 creative stompbox effects, 8 amazing amps, 10 speaker cabinets and 2 mics, 1 Loop Drummer groove from the Rock pack and 1 active track in the recorder section. You can of course expand this selection via a massive library of over 100 pieces of gear that includes amps and stompboxes from the world’s best brands like Fender™, Soldano®, Ampeg®, ENGL®, Orange®, T-Rex® and many more. BUY Amplitube in the appstore

2016
09/21
Midi Guitar 2 App Translates Audio To Midi
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Midi Guitar 2

MIDI Guitar is the world’s first app to transcribe guitar playing into MIDI in real-time, with latency and accuracy comparable to expensive and inconvenient hardware MIDI guitar solutions. Play any synth or virtual instrument with your trusted old guitar, or record tablature by playing it.

MIDI guitar is 8 years under development and based upon new advances in polyphonic pitch detection and prediction technology. It can accurately recognize guitar playing and articulation with very low latency and without spurious hits. The technology has been tested by thousands of beta testers.

What’s New in Version 2.1.3
MIDI Guitar 2 is finally here on iOS!
Everything is improved. Tracking in particular.
ATTENTION! old customers: Don’t upgrade yet if you have old iDevices (iPad2/3 or iPhone4)
ATTENTION! old customers: Please “Restore” your old purchase in the built-in shop.

Midi Guitar 2

MIDI Guitar uses Virtual MIDI to contorl other iOS synth apps or Garageband. It can also use WIFI-MIDI to communicate with Mac or PC digital audio workstations in a frictionless setup. Cable based MIDI to control hardware synths or connect to DAWs with lowest possible latency.

In order to use MIDI Guitar you need a iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPod 6 or later. You also need a guitar interface for best results. We recommend a digital interface (using the lightning connector) over analog (via headphone jack), preferably with input gain control. Using an acoustic guitar with the built in microphone works for some purposes but is not optimal.

The free version will interrupt now and then, asking you to buy an in-app purchase. There are two in-app purchases. The first one gives you the full guitar rig and unlocks everything in the app EXCEPT the possibility to play external synths. For that you need the second in-app purchase, in addition.

Midi Guitar

2013
03/25
Live Guitar For iPad
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Live Guitar For iPad

Live Guitar is designed to support playing complex chords, arpeggios, and finger-style guitar lines on your iOS device. Because the iPhone and iPad are not shaped like the neck of a guitar, the app provides an innovative way of selecting chords, while also leaving enough room to play individual strings accurately and expressively.

What’s New in Version 1.3
Introducing Audiobus support, improved support for virtual and core MIDI, and the import/export of chord progressions through Twitter.

Chords are organized in sets, which you can customize and change on a song-by-song basis. A single touch on the fretboard selects the first chord of a set; two touches selects the second, and so on. It’s possible to move quickly and accurately between sixteen different chords without needing to look at the screen; the chords available are taken directly from tablature that can be imported to the app. When playing guitar, switching between chords smoothly is critical; the app has been designed so that you can play music, not just notes.

Single string notes and strums can be played with touches or swipes; the organic sonic texture that comes from varying note intensity is obtained by adjusting where on a string you touch. The interface orientation on the iPhone gives more space between the strings, allowing you to play individual strings more accurately.

Live Guitar supports Chordpro formatted transcriptions; transcriptions to thousands of songs, with both the lyrics and chords, are available on the internet. Chordpro formatted transcriptions can be imported through the internal web browser, or with iTunes file sharing. Chord progressions can be imported from Twitter. You can also edit and create transcriptions in the app, and share transcriptions and chords easily.

MIDI connects your playing to laptop or desktop recording tools like GarageBand, Logic, Reaper, or ProTools. CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, and DSMIDI are all supported; you can choose the interface that gives you the best performance on your system. Live Guitar can send MIDI to the GarageBand app, as well as most other synthesizer apps. At present, SampleTank is not compatible.

For those learning to play, Live Guitar gives a gentle introduction to the fretboard and forming chords, and makes playing a song easy. Pros will appreciate the support for tablature and MIDI connectivity. For everyone, the app is a way to get a little “guitar playing fix” when the real thing isn’t available.

There are a number of guitar apps available. What makes Live Guitar different is the integration of song lyrics and chords, and the novel way in which chords are selected. It’s not just a portable guitar, it’s a portable guitar with access to tens of thousands of song transcriptions.

The app should work on all iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch, but is best suited for the iPhone 3Gs and newer, the 4th generation iPod Touch, and any iPad. Audiobus works best on newer iPads and iPhones.

Live Guitar is available for $3.99

2012
06/19
Guitar Teaching App For iPhone
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Guitar Teaching App For iPad

Strumify is the music teaching app that listens to you play a real instrument. Featuring a powerful real-time listening engine, easy-to-read graphics, and multi-touch interface – Strumify makes practicing and learning to play fun.

Strumify has built-in support for Guitar, Ukulele, Baritone Ukulele and Mandolin. It works with both acoustic and electric instruments. (Electric instruments require the use of an instrument adapter.)

Strumify will help you become a better musician because it emulates many of things a real teacher does:
– Adapts to your speed and abilities
– Shows you clearly what to do
– Plays it for you so you can hear how it sounds
– Listens as you play,
– Gives you feedback on what you’re doing well and how you can improve

The built-in Progression Maker lets you dial in thousands of combinations of chord progressions and strumming patterns.* Find a sound you like and play along to get in the groove. Strumify will show you the chord diagrams and strumming direction.

Add songs and exercises via in-app purchase, or import your own songs in PowerTab and chopro formats.*

Use the simple yet powerful Song and Progression Editor to quickly edit and save your own songs. Customize progressions and strumming patterns. Share the songs and exercises you create with others via e-mail – great for music teachers, classes and bands!*

(*Note: song import, song/progression editor and full-access to progression maker require In-App Purchase to unlock.)

Strumify will let you slow down the music to match your ability. Or, learn new songs and tricky parts by stepping through them one beat at a time. When you reach the end of a song, Strumify generates a report card showing you your rhythm and pitch accuracy overall, by chord, and even by chord transition.

Other key features:
– Built-in tuner
– Support for multi-track songs and many instrument sounds
– Piano tracks show you which keys to play
– Drum tracks highlight which drums to play on a drum kit view
– Multi-track volume controls.
– Alternate scrolling tablature view
– Built-in help videos.

Works on iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPad, and iPad2 or greater. Also works on iPhone3GS, but very fast complicated music may cause some hiccups.

Strumify is available for free

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