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

Lessons From Guitarjamz To Improve Your Epic-ness

Ratings_4WAIT!!! Have you entered our contest? We’re giving away two GuitarJack 2 guitar interfaces worth $200 each. Check out the Contest Details for more information!

 

If you’ve spent any amount of time on YouTube looking for lessons to improve your guitar playing, it’s a safe bet you’ve come across at least a few lessons by charismatic guitar teacher Marty Schwartz. Between his guitarjamzdotcom and martyzsongs YouTube channels, he has more than 1,300 videos covering everything from basic concepts for beginners all the way up to advanced techniques. Since first hitting YouTube about five years ago, Marty’s videos have been viewed nearly half a billion times. That’s billion with a B. His easy going style and accessible approach to playing and music theory has helped countless people improve their playing and now he’s made it even easier by releasing the app Guitarjamz – Epic Guitar Lessons for iPhone and iPad. Continue reading

JamUp Expansion Packs On Sale This Weekend

SalesPositive Grid just announced a special sale going on now. Between now and April 21st, all JamUp Expansion packs are 20% off.

JamUp is a complete multi-effects processor for guitar and bass. The app features more than 80 different effects (46 guitar and bass amps, 40 effects), drag and drop signal path, built-in tuner and metronome, looper and recorder, preset manager, MIDI support and more. It works with Inter-App Audio and Audio Bus, plus it’s compatible with just about every major guitar interface and pedal controller.

Don’t forget that, if you have Positive Grid’s amp designer and modeler BIAS, you can import those amps right into JamUp and layer on your effects.

To download JamUp, click here. Once you have the app, the expansion packs are available as in-app purchases. For more information on JamUp, visit Positive Grid’s 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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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

BIAS for iPad

Ratings_4Positive Grid, the makers of the JamUp XT and JamUp Pro XT amp simulators and guitar multi-effects processors, released a new amp simulator today. Called BIAS for iPad, it’s actually more than just a basic amp simulator. The iOS app lets you dive in to the innards of every included amp model and virtually rewire them to your heart’s content. Make subtle tweaks to hot rod your favorite boutique amp, or change every single component to make your own virtual hand-wired amp.

BIAS includes 36 amp models. There are 28 guitar, four bass and four keyboard/vocal amps. The interface is extremely well organized, grouping the amps logically by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, insane, acoustic and bass. Right out of the box, the amp models sound great. Very authentic sounding, warm, natural and responsive. Until now, I’ve grown accustomed to settling for slightly less than satisfying amps, but not the case here. Honestly, these amp models are on a par with the ones in my Line 6 Pod HD 500. Continue reading

Apple Updates GarageBand for iPad and NOW… iPhone!!!

Ratings_4I was very pleased today to find an update for the iOS GarageBand app that addresses several of the only complaints I had about the original app and also adds some great new features.

Perhaps the biggest news is the app is now universal and supports the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. I have absolutely loved being able to create music on my iPad with GarageBand and am looking forward to seeing how the interface translates to the smaller screen. My guess is that I’ll use the iPhone version for quick ideas and sketches and then move it over to the iPad to more serious work. Then, of course, recordings can finally be moved over to the Mac for serious polish work in the desktop version of GarageBand. Quite an amazing workflow that is now possible with all three versions. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Releases VocaLive App

Ratings_3When the iPad was first released, critics were quick to say that the device was great for the consumption of media but would never be a serious tool for the creation of new content. That’s changing quickly – especially when it comes to music. With more and more artists and hobbyists embracing the iPad and even the iPhone for the capture of everything from quick song sketches to full-blown productions that end up on albums.

There are a number of options for 4- and 8-track recorders and a number of guitar amp and effect modelers, most of which offer some type of recording ability. One element that has been missing, however, was the ability to add sophisticated effects to vocal performances. That’s changing now too with the introduction of VocaLive from IK Multimedia. Continue reading