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  • IPAD Garageband Guitar Interface

    Hi

    Just delving into the world of ipad/garageband

    does anyone recommend a guitar interface, i have looked at iRig and Apogee Jam and it appears its worth paying the extra for te gain control.

    I have a Line 6 Gearbox can this do same job and if so how could i connect headphones ?

    Also can I connect a mic SM58 into Ipad through the same interface?

    thanks
    Grant

    www.openroadtheband.com

    www.myspace.com/openroadrockcovers

  • #2
    I just got the Scarlett 2i2. I paid US $129; sorry if the price is no help.

    I really wanted the Apogee Jam at the time. The problem with the Scarlett 2i2 on the ipad is that I need a powered USB hub to run it. Which shouldn't be so bad except that I really want to be using this around the world as I travel for work and it's one more thing and I have to account for power for the hub (will probably find some kind of battery-powered USB supply and eliminate the hub).

    However, what it does for me: it doesn't need a driver; thus, it's compliant. It has L and R inputs which can be either line or mic; a 48V switch is provided. A switch on the front to monitor through the interface (1/4" headphone jack). On the back: L and R 1/4" output so I am playing this through a keyboard amp and enjoying it greatly.

    I'm tempted to return and exchange it for the Apogee Jam which would simplify the setup: no powered USB hub. But, the only output on the Jam is a 1/8" headphone jack. So, then, not as easy to go into a power amp.

    Since the GearBox requires drivers to work on a Mac, I suspect it won't work on an ipad - but you will probably search that.

    Greg

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    • #3
      I should add that standard USB devices require the "Camera Connection Kit" from Apple which is an adapter for the 30 pin connector to USB. In the US: $40. I'm sure that there are much less expensive versions available. Something like the Apogee Jam (which I don't have) comes with a cable to connect to your iPad and one to connect to your computer, so no requirement for the 30-pin to USB adapter.

      Greg

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      • #4
        I've been eyeballing one of these http://www.alesis.com/iodock

        Reviews are all over the map, but most recent reviews are pretty positive....they can be had for around 150 bucks
        Thanks, and rock on!

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        • #5
          thanks guys, anyone seens these

          http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tascam-iXZ-Mic-Guitar-iPad-iPhone-iPod-interface-NEW-/251097350817?pt=UK_iPad_Tablet_Accessories&hash=it em3a769182a1

          my guess is this will be very like the apogee jam with added benefit of the mic input too.
          Grant

          www.openroadtheband.com

          www.myspace.com/openroadrockcovers

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          • #6
            I think that little Tascam is pretty slick. For me, I did not want to use a device that uses the iDevice headphone jack as the in/out. There are inherent limitations with that plus I find that Apple's headphone/mic jacks have reliability problems.

            Then, consider, too, the bit rate of the A/D converter as well as the dB of the input stage. I believe the more econo devices have a limited dynamic range compared to others that cost a little more.

            Greg

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            • #7
              thanks guys, anyone seens these

              http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tascam-iXZ-Mic-Guitar-iPad-iPhone-iPod-interface-NEW-/251097350817?pt=UK_iPad_Tablet_Accessories&hash=it em3a769182a1

              my guess is this will be very like the apogee jam with added benefit of the mic input too.


              I would avoid anything that connects via the headphone jack. Stick to the Apogee JAM, or the Line 6 MobileIn, which has the added benefit of a 1/8" input that can be used with a mixer (with the right cables).
              Court Jester of the Ibanez Wizards
              Mesa/Boogie Mob

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              Ibanez JS2000
              Ibanez RG421 w/ Dimarzio TZ+AN
              Ibanez SC420
              Fender MIM Strat with built-in Roland GK3
              Seagull S6

              Rig:
              '94 Mesa DC-5 combo
              Palmer PDI-09
              L6 Echo Park
              Boss chorus
              Boss SD-1
              AmpKit+ for iPad
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              • #8
                You guys were right, I can't get the Tascam iXZ to work that well what ever I do wit levels. Have tried wit GB and Amplitude but all seems too much hassle
                Grant

                www.openroadtheband.com

                www.myspace.com/openroadrockcovers

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