Everything was recorded with the Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 and JamUp Pro XT, which is a fantastic amp and effects simulation app – the best available on iOS in my opinion. All of the amps and pedals used in these demos come with the app – they’re not unlocked by in app purchases – although the IAPs are worth the extra money. I’ve purchased the bass and effects packs ($9.99 each), both of which sound great and have been loads of fun to experiment with.
The GuitarJack 2 sounds great and is extremely durable, but the interface plugs directly into your iDevice – i.e. there’s no cable in-between it and the dock. This makes it pretty hard to get a ‘dock safe’ connection because a bulky guitar cable’s tugging on the same thing that’s plugged into your device. Sonoma Wire Works sells a dockXtender which helps, but it’s cable is also pretty stiff. CDM put up a post confirming the GuitarJack 2′s compatability with the iPhone 5 via the ‘Lightning’ adapter, so if you’ve got an iPhone 5 this is probably your best bet for making the GuitarJack ‘dock safe.’ I don’t own an iPhone 5 or the adapter, but based on the cables used for Apple’s USB adapters, the Lightning adapter’s is most likely very similar.
Other iOS interfaces, like the Apogee Jam, come as separate units that you connect with a provided cable, but don’t offer simultaneous 1/8″ and 1/4″ (the 1/4″ is stereo) recording. Furthermore, the GuitarJack 2 costs $50 more than the Apogee Jam, but does unlock a bunch of gear in their free app when you plug it into your iDevice.
GuitarJack Specs: Input level control with 60 dB gain + 12 dB pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes. More here.
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