Choosing an iOS Guitar Interface

After quite a bit of testing I can verify the level claims, this thing is SERIOUSLY legit! The included cables are nice and long, no worried about having to tweak them into suicidally crazy bends in order to hook it up to your iDevice. The multi colored level LEDS on the top of the unit are very handy, a cool feature that some of the iRigs and the Apogees have as well. I found this unit to have plenty of level, no silly noises, and even next to my computer, had very good noise rejection (below the noise level of my guitar). I know I harp on it a lot, but again, the output level was more than high enough to make my amp’s FX loop happy.

A real good look at just how small this thing is. If you were worried by the pictures on the website thinking this was quite a bit larger than the conveniently pocketsized IK iRig devices, fear not. Yet somehow it still has the space for charging and real 1/4″ jacks





My live and testing setup. StudioJack Mini velcroed to the top of the amp and velcro for my iPad’s case. The Fender Mustang III V2 is pretty handy for this. I have my software’s right signal path including a cabinet simulator, while the left signal path contains no cabinet emulation. If you switch the Mustang’s FX Loop return to “Looper Pedal” setting, the FX return is the only signal path before the volume knob that goes to the speakers. The real speaker does the cabinet sound, since, well, its a speaker in a cabinet! Plugging into here breaks the path from the main guitar input to the speakers. The main input goes thru the regular preamp section, where I have bypassed anything that could be bypassed and set anything else flat. The right signal with the cabinet emulator goes in here, and it goes out to the Mustang’s line level XLR outputs. This way, the soundguy gets the cab sim signal for the PA, without needing a direct box, and the amplifier’s speaker gets the signal it wants! Perfect! Till I get my hands on an FRFR setup anyway

In Conclusion

For a modern lightning device, staying as wireless as possible, the Line 6 Sonic Port, possibly the IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 (though I still have GRAVE concerns about the level issues and some questionable non confidence in their tech support) seem like good choices. But to me , the Sonoma Wire Works StudioJack Mini pulls far, far ahead in this category.  The IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O and iRig Pro Duo could possibly fit into this category as well, I need to find out more about their power situation and output levels.

For a modern lightning device where you don’t mind cables running across the floor, the Focusrite iTrack Dock looks to be an extremely solid contender, with its mass of I/O’s and pass through charging and general Focusrite reliability. However, not to sound like a fanboy, the Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Stage looks to absolutely wipe the floor with the competition. If it lives up to its claims, it would seem to dominate this particular category without even an inkling of taking prisoners.

And Finally

As always, I am FOREVER on the lookout for programmers, especially ones that speak C++. I believe my track record of successful audio engineering software should be an encouragement for any coder looking to get into this stuff and we can do some AWESOME work together, let’s go guys!!!

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