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

IK Multimedia’s Latest Guitar Interface – The iRig PRO

Ratings_4IK Multimedia was one of the first hardware and software developers to embrace the iPhone and iPad as viable music creation platforms and have, since releasing their introductory instrument interface the iRig in 2010, produced a whole family of products aimed at making it easier to create music on iOS devices. They have consistently improved upon the original iRig by creating devices that offer different input options, such as the iRig Mic and iRig Keys, and by improving upon the basic design and sound quality of the iRig by creating the the iRig HD, a truly digital interface that plugged into the Lightning connector instead of the headphone jack.

The latest member of the iRig family, the iRig PRO ($149.99), improves the guitar/instrument interface yet again, by expanding upon both the device’s input and output connections. The iRig PRO comes complete with a full complement of cables to connect to all iOS devices, MIDI controllers and your Mac or PC. 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.

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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Guitar Interface Shootout – iRig PRO vs. Ampkit Link vs. JamUp Plug

Ratings_4Not long after developers started to create apps for the iPhone and iPad, guitarists recognized the power of iOS devices for mobile music creation and an immediate demand was created for interfaces to help bridge the gap between a guitar and an iOS device. One of the first to market was the iRig from IK Multimedia, a relatively simple device that plugs into the headphone jack and essentially splits the guitar input and headphone signals much like an Apple headset with built in mic.

The basic iRig, and other similarly designed interfaces work just fine and tend to be priced between $20 and $40, so they are great for quick mobile creation. The main drawbacks of these simple devices, however, are sound quality. Because they are unpowered devices passing input and output signals past one another, there tends to be a lot of signal noise and they aren’t always capable of handling high gain input favored by some players. iOS recording devices are capable of much higher quality and interface designers responded by continually improving technology and creating a whole range of devices at different price points and with different capabilities.

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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