By Andrew Liszewski
The iPhone’s greatest strength is not what it’s capable of, but the unique ways app and accessory makers have found to use those capabilities. And if you’re a guitar player, the AmpliTube iRig is the perfect example of that. It’s a combination of a $39.99 interface adapter that lets you plug your guitar, or really any line level signal source, into the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and the AmpliTube application with virtual effects including 5 amps (clean, crunch, lead, metal, bass), 10 stompbox effects (delay, flanger, phaser, overdrive, distortion, filter, wah, fuzz, octaver, chorus), 5 cabinets and 2 microphones (dynamic and condenser).
The adapter cable includes an output for connecting a pair of headphones, an amplifier or a set of powered speakers for live performances, and while the full & unlimited version of the AmpliTube software is $19.99, there’s also a $2.99 LE version and a free version which can be expanded with additional stompbox modules via in-app purchases.