Line 6 started a trend in 1996 with the release of the AxSys 212 modelling guitar amplifier and soon after in 1999 the red kidney bean shaped POD was released and changed how guitarists recorded guitar tones in the studio. Since then Line 6 have released many other products, but so have other companies too!.
After reading about IK Multimedia’s release of officially certified Orange and Carvin amp models for AmpliTube on Guitar Noize I begun to think about original amp manufacturers and how in the past few years, they have been more willing to officially support/certify amp models/simulations of their ‘real’ amps.
The iPod 30 pin connector has been around for years, and of course manufacturers have developed numerous products that interface with iPods, iPhones and iPads using the 30 pin connector.
Now Apple have decided in favour of the new Lightning connector, an this poses some issues for 30 pin accessories!
Following on from my review of the Line 6 Mobile In and Mobile POD earlier in the year, I’ve recorded a short demo track showing how well the Mobile In audio interface for iPhone/iPad works, and how good the amp simulations in Mobile POD sound.
For this demonstration I used the Brit Hi-Gain amp model (Which I think is inspired by a Marshall JCM800. I added delay and reverb using POD Farm 2.5 as a plug-in within my recording software, as I wanted some stereo delay and reverb (neither of which are included in Mobile POD at the moment). Hopefully more FX will be released soon though, as it’s certainly benefitted from the recent update where you can play from your iTunes library directly in Mobile POD now! Which now makes it my favourite home rehearsal tool, as well as something I always keep in my gigbag when I’m gigging, just in case I need a quick and easy backup rig!
Check out the demo at http://www.soundclick.com/rowbisdemos
Check out my review of the Mobile In interface and Mobile POD app: http://rowbinet.co.uk/2012/01/04/line-6-mobile-in-mobile-pod-meat-potatoes-no-gravy-needed/
For more information about Mobile In and Mobile POD see http://line6.com/mobilein/
Whether you need a MIDI keyboard for your PC, MAC, iPhone, iPOD Touch or iPad… You now have a single option that can do all those things. Introducing Line 6 Mobile Keys.
Here’s the official Press Release from Line 6 from earlier today:
Line 6 Mobile Keys™ Premium Keyboard Controllers Move Seamlessly Between iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and PC
– Available in 25- and 49-key models, each with full-size keys, iOS and USB connectivity, and compatibility with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® –
ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Line 6 (room 212A/B) is showing Mobile Keys™ premium keyboard controller for iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and PC at Winter NAMM 2012.
Mobile Keys 25 and Mobile Keys 49 are a pair of new, lightweight, ultraportable keyboards designed to control iOS music apps and do double duty as USB MIDI controllers for Mac® and Windows® computers. Both models have full-size keys and solid keyboard action. The keys are velocity sensitive, allowing them to accurately interpret the nuances and subtleties of a keyboardist’s playing. Both Mobile Keys models are compatible with any iOS app that supports the CoreMIDI standard for input, including GarageBand® and numerous drum machines, synthesizers and virtual instruments.
I remember the first effects pedal I ever bought when I was an angry teenager at 15 years old – The Zoom 3030. I didn’t really need such a large box of tricks, and a Zoom 505 would have likely done the job well enough. However a friend of mine (who was also a better guitarist than me) had the 505, and so felt getting a bigger FX pedal would make me a better player… Well FX pedals do have an instant talent switch, don’t they!?
Roll forward 15 years and there’s far more processing power available in my iPhone and iPad than in pedals even from a few years ago, as well as many tens of millions of users of iPhones and iPads globally. So it’s a sensible way forward for any amp modeling and FX software company to design an interface and iPhone/iPad App that can give guitarists the amp and FX tones they crave for, any time and in any place they can hook up their iPhone/iPad…
I blogged a while back that Line 6 had announced the impending release of their premium iPhone4/iPad/iPad2 audio interface. Well I’ve just heard that Mobile In (the interface) has started shipping, and Mobile POD (the free amplifier and effects simulator app) is available to install from the App Store. Watch this space for a full review coming in the next few weeks.
You can literally play a sound from your iPhone, with the iPhone next to your guitar pickups, and the pedal hears the sound and can reconfigure itself! It’s called Beam It. How cool is this for downloading artist settings and sharing with your mates!
It seems that the guitar amp sim and multi FX market has finally caught up with all the electronic music apps for iOS, and in the last 12 months I’ve lost count of the number of Amp sim and MultiFX appps and interfaces for iPhone/iPad/iPod. Well thank the Lord, finally we have a good choice, with apps from IK Multimedia (iRig), Apple (Garageband), Line 6 (Mobile POD), just to name a few…. But now we have another interface and App from Positive Grid: Called JamUp.
They all work in slightly different ways, but the end result is good to great from all of them. Some also make their own interface, and although there will of course be some cross-compatibility: You can be sure the best performance is likely to be had from using an interface and software combination both from the same vendor.
After having Garageband available on iPad for a while, Apple have now released Garageband for the iPhone and iPod. Check it out on Apple’s website.
Guitarists have been able to use amp and FX simulators on their iPhones and iPads for a while… But if you’re like me, you’ve also wanted to see someone come out with an effective foot controller for such apps, and now Griffin has come to the rescue with the rather obvious name: ‘StompBox’