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

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.

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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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