Cool YouTube Trick!

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Did you know you can alter the playback speed of videos on YouTube? It’s a great tool to use when trying to learn new parts. Not only do you get to hear a guitar part slowed down, but you can also get a better look at fretboard fingerings, if the cameraman was nice enough to focus where it really counts.

To slow down or speed up the video, click the Settings gear at the bottom of the video window and select an option under “Speed.”

Positive Grid Releases BIAS 1.5

NewsPositive Grid just released an update to it’s popular BIAS amp modeling app for iOS. The 1.5 version update brings with it three eagerly awaited expansion packs – Glassy, Crunch and Insane. Each expansion pack is available as an in-app purchase for $9.99 and adds dedicated preamp and power amp modules optimized for various playing styles and tone.

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Positive Grid Releases New JamUp And We’re Giving Away BIAS To Celebrate!

NewsA new version of Positive Grid’s very popular JamUp software is now live in the iOS App Store! The new app includes what sounds like an amazing acoustic guitar simulator, as part of an Acoustic Expansion Pack, plus an all new Vintage Effects Expansion Pack, a Gurus Amp Expansion Pack and a special BIAS amp to give people a taste of the tasty goodness that is the BIAS amp modeler.

Speaking of which… to celebrate the release of the New JamUp app, we are giving away one free copy of BIAS for iPhone! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this article below telling us what kind of amp you’ll build with it. Thanks to Positive Grid for sponsoring this contest! Continue reading

GuitarJack Giveaway Contest Winners!

NewsCongratulations to Brent Stewart and Teresa Maloney-Smith, the two winners of our GuitarJack Model 2 Giveaway contest! Brent will be receiving the GuitarJack Model 2 USB and Teresa will have the great iOS compatible version.

Thanks again to Sonoma Wire Works for sponsoring our first contest!

We’ve already got another great giveaway on tap. The prize in our next contest will be a free copy of Positive Grid’s amp modeling and modification app, BIAS for iPhone! Stay tuned here and on social media for details about how you can enter the next GuitarApps Contest.

The GuitarJack Giveaway!!!

NewsThanks to Sonoma Wire Works, we are excited to be giving away not one, but two extremely high quality GuitarJack Model 2 interfaces! In a contest running now through May 31st, two fans of the GuitarApps Facebook page will be selected to win. One winner will receive a GuitarJack Model 2 iOS interface. A second winner will be selected to receive a GuitarJack 2 USB interface that can be used for Mac, PC or iOS (camera connection kit required to connect the USB model to iOS).

The value of each GuitarJack is $199, so this is a great opportunity to win a studio-quality interface for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or desktop computer!

To enter, simply head over to the Contest Entry Form on the GuitarApps Facebook page. You must like our page before you enter and you will receive one additional entry for every friend you refer that enters the contest after you, so be sure to share with your friends.

The GuitarJack 2 is a fantastic, studio-quality interface that lets you connect your guitar or other instrument with a 1/4″ jack. We’ll be posting a review of both models we’re giving away within the next few days, so you’ll be able to listen to some sound samples and hear what we mean. We’ll also be taking a look at Sonoma’s amp and effect modeling app, GuitarTone. One of the only iOS apps to offer dual cabinet setups allowing for really unique tone.

Thanks again to Sonoma Wire Works for sponsoring the GuitarJack Giveaway Contest. For more information on the GuitarJack and Sonoma’s other fine products, visit their website.

Get the Best of Both Worlds! Win an Orange Tiny Terror from IK Multimedia

NewsOne of the most common complaints I hear when I talk about digital amp simulators, iPhone or otherwise… is that they are no replacement for a good old fashioned tube amplifier. Well, IK Multimedia is giving you a chance to have the best of both worlds. To celebrate the release of their new app, AmpliTube Orange for iPhone and iPad, the company is giving away more than $2,200 worth of gear and apps – including the extremely popular (and very non-digital) Tiny Terror amp from Orange.

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Welcome Guitarjamz Fans!

Guitarjamz_logoA huge thank you to my friend Marty Schwartz for sharing a link to the GuitarApps website with his Guitarjamz fans! Welcome to everyone that found your way here. We certainly hope you find some information that is helpful to you and that you will follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to keep up with the latest on apps and hardware you can use to make guitar music on your iOS devices. We’ve got more great reviews on tap, so stay tuned!

Positive Grid is Giving Away a Free iPad Air

NewsPositive Grid, the app developers behind the popular BIAS and JamUp iOS apps, yesterday announced a BIAS Custom Amp Competition. By submitting short videos demonstrating your own custom-designed amp built in BIAS, you could be eligible to win either an iPad Air or one of four $25 iTunes gift cards. Entries can be submitted between March 18 and April 18, 2014. The winner will be announced April 23rd on Positive Grid’s Facebook page.

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GuitarCapo+ Chord Conversions

Ratings_2GuitarCapo+ is a utility app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that aims to replace the beat up old cardboard chord conversion wheel many guitarists carry around but that never quite seem to fit inside the storage compartment in our guitar cases. It allows you to quickly see what standard chord shapes translate to when using a capo.

I’m a little surprised that I haven’t seen an app like this out there before — especially with the plethora of chord chart and utility apps available for iOS. There are song sheet apps, such as OnSong, that allow you to transpose the chords for entire songs by selecting a capo position, but it’s certainly a nice tool to have as a standalone app.

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Positive Grid Releases BIAS Guitar Amp Simulator for iPhone

Ratings_4Positive Grid, the team behind the popular iOS guitar amp and effects simulator JamUp, today released an iPhone version of their amazing amp simulation and tweaking app BIAS. Previously only available on theiPad, the app translates very well to the iPhone’s smaller screen and gives guitar players an even more portable way to get high quality amp tones tweaked to their exact tastes.

BIAS has been available for the iPad for three months and allows users to go beyond mere simulation. Billed by Positive Grid as an amplifier modeler and designer, BIAS allows users to start with a stable of 36 factory authentic amp models — 28 guitar, four bass and four keyboard/vocal. From there, users can modify the amp’s tone by digging into the components of the amp and changing each individual component of the amp’s circuitry. Preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets, panel controls and even mic selection and placement are all fully customizable. Continue reading