IK Multimedia, the company behind the iRig line, has been busy cranking out high-quality music devices that work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Anyone who is serious about music and wants to pair up an iOS device with their garage studio should seriously consider iRig Stomp.
The latest device is the iRig Stomp, which is a compact stompbox that integrates with the company’s line of apps for iOS. While it is smaller than a traditional stompbox, it is surprisingly durable and works with the company’s family of apps. It also will work with an existing petalboard or amp.
A great combination is to use iRig Stomp with AmpliTube for general music making or AmpliTube Slash for toying around with famous songs from the legendary rocker.
The iRig Stomp performs well at recalling presets that are set through one of the AmpliTube apps. The depth of capability here is very strong: while hardcore musicians may want the full, traditional setup, many will likely be satisfied with what iRig has created here.
Setting up music can be a simple as including one’s guitar, an iPhone, and speakers. It creates a less intimidating setup for amateurs, with enough detail and musical options in the hardware and family of apps to satisfy serious guitar players.While reading directions has fallen out of vogue, there is a good description of setup and other usage instructions included with the iRig Stomp.
At cost of $59.99, it is less than one may pay for the equivalent, dedicated music device. However, one should be planning on spending some serious time with the guitar and getting to know the apps to feel good about making the purchase.
The iRig hardware can be found in the App.e Store, which is a testament to how well the devices have come to be respected. It is a wise purchase for anyone looking to integrate music playing with an iPhone or iPad. Fortunately the compatible apps from IK Multimedia are free, which should provide plenty of play time and flexibility for someone looking to take their guitar playing to another level.
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- Durable build quality
- Excellent catalogue of related apps
Off the Mark:
- High learning curve for true amateurs