It would seem that with the sales figures suggesting there are more than 20 million iPad owners globally, that any music company selling accesories to use with an iPad already has a large potential market.
It’s not totally clear from Digitech whether this iPB-10 will just be a fancy dock and controller for the iPad, or if in fact this is an FX pedal where just the editing is done via the iPad. My initial thoughts were that it was a controller and the iPad will process the audio, but then why are Digitech advertising the iPB-10 as having multiple DSP chips? Digitech say: “The iPB-10 Programmable Pedalboard is not simply a dock for the iPad. It uses multiple Audio DNA2™ processors within the unit to provide users with no-latency, high-definition signal processing.”
All in all though, the cost of the iPB-10 added to even the cost of the entry level model of iPad 2 would likely make this whole package around £800 which is over twice the price of the Digitech RP1000.
So whilst I think this is a good idea, I’m not sure it’s been as well thought out. Yes there’s a market for it if you already own an iPad, or are intending to buy one. But if you’re not I fail to see how this can be justified, unless there really is a lot more you can do with it, and the sounds are superior to the RP1000.