When the iPad was released in 2010, it created a market for tablet computing that simply did not exist before. Initially, most iPad owners used it as an Internet consumption device; a clever new means for browsing, watching videos, checking email, playing games, and interacting with their online life.
Aside from the pickups (and there are significant differences), electric guitars have little inherent sound. Yet the variety of tones that a guitarist can generate from a slab of wood and electronics is staggering.
Korg’s recently announced TM-50 Combo Tuner Metronome offers both pitch identification and rhythm training in one compact unit. The tuner supports a detection range from C1 to C8 with 12-note equal temperament tuning. It features an ultra-responsive LCD needle type meter display and is equipped with a built-in speaker as well.
There are plenty of guitar amplifiers available that feature digital modeling, but the modeling is always used to emulate the characteristics of a specific guitar amplifier. The new GA-112 and GA-212 stage amplifiers from Roland feature a new, advanced COSM modeling technology.
An electric guitar or bass can only produce the sound of an electric guitar or bass, right? Not with the Roland GR-55 Synthesizer and a GK series pickup. Plucking and strumming on the strings can produce over 900 different tones, and we’re talking everything from grand pianos to the sounds of outer space.
The new Mobile In interface isn’t the first device that enables you to connect a guitar to an iPhone or an iPad, but it’s the first one that lets you tap into Line 6’s ever-popular “POD” series of guitar effects and modeling. Mobile In attaches to the 30-pin digital connector on your Apple device.
Today MOTU announced the new MicroBook, a pocket-sized USB audio interface that blends professional and consumer connectivity with powerful mixing, routing and DSP effects. MOTU has a reputation for producing some of the most reliable hardware in the industry, but until now they've never offered an audio interface for under $500.
Before I had a smartphone, I was never a "phone person." Now I won't travel from one room to the next without my iPhone. I've always had a similar attachment to my electric guitars. IK Multimedia's new iRig enables you to plug a guitar into an iPhone, iPod touch or an iPad and play virtual effects and amps.