I love playing guitar. I love creating different sounds and sometimes recording tunes. I have been playing for a few years now and I love it. However, one big problem that I’ve had is that I want to be able to practise on the go. So why is that a problem? Well I have to carry my amp around. Even though it is small it’s still a bit on the heavy side. That’s been a problem until I came across the iRig Guitar Effects Interface for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It’s made by a company called IK Multimedia.
So what is this iRig guitar interface? Essentially it allows you to plug your guitar right into the iPhone. It is very small in form factor. You plug the guitar into one end of the interface and plug the other end into your iOS device. Of course, you also have a place to plug in your headphones. Of course, because it’s a standard headphone jack you could also plug in a pair of speakers if you wanted to.
The first thing that I noticed when taking it out of the box is the build quality of the iRig guitar interface. While it may look a little on the cheap side it is really strong. I plugged my guitar cable into it and it held in place really well. I would have liked to have seen something like a
Now there are also a few apps which this interface will work with. Some of them are the Amplitube series of apps and some of them are free. They also provide a certain amount of FX Pedals and 1 amp model for free with Amplitube. Therefore, you do some a certain amount of choice. However, you can pay to get more amp models, FX pedals etc right from within the app or go for the full versions of the Amplitube apps to get more.
That being said, if you’re a guitarist who has a lot of physical FX pedals, you should be able to plug your guitar in via the FX pedals. I have tested this and I can confirm that this works.
In fact, I’ve heard some reports saying that you can use the iRig Guitar interface with Garageband on the iPhone and iPad.
So overall, it’s a 4 out of 5 for the iRig guitar interface. It works well with the IK multimedia Amplitube apps, it turns your iPad or iPhone into a decent practise amp with some control over the sound you get and you can use your headphones or speakers with the interface and I would highly recommend it.