Testing out the Peavey AmpKit Link

I've posted a review of the Peavey AmpKit LiNK on GeekDad.

Peavey has arrived a little late to the iPhone practice amp market, but they have come up a very strong entry. AmpKit is an iOS application, compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The AmpKit Link is sold separately and is an adapter that allows you to connect your guitar and headphones up to your iOS device. Their marketing department hooked me up with a free AmpKit Link and download code and I’m very glad that they did.

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iRig and AmpliTube for iPhone (and iPad)

IK Multimedia has released a version of their AmpliTube for the iPhone. Coupled with the iRig, musicians can turn their iPhone (or iPod Touch) into a very capable practice amp complete with effects. You can pick up the iRig from Amazon for $40 and AmpliTube is available in the iPhone App Store.

I spent a bit of time with the free version of AmpliTube on my 1st gen iPhone and was utterly impressed. I only had two problems with getting it up and running. The iRig plugs into the iPhones headphone jack, and it was a but wide for the stupidly narrow iPhone jack. This was easily solved by cutting a small amount of the rubber off the plug. My first attempt to use the AmpliTube app failed somewhat. I could hear the guitar, through the headphones, but for some reason the effects were not doing anything. A quick reboot of the phone fixed that problem and it has worked trouble free since.

The iPhone version lets you connect up 3 simultaneous stompboxes (5 on the iPad), and amp, cabinet, and mic for a wide range of sounds. The full version in which you get 11 stompboxes, 5 amps, and two microphones for $20. I was pleased to see they had a chromatic tuner, metronome, and built-in mp3. I generally suck at tuning by ear, so the tuner helped a lot.

It took me a few seconds to get used to the interface, but once I understood it, making changes to the effects were quite simple. For each setup you have space for 3 pedals (5 for iPad) an amp/cabinet. You chain the effects together left to right, and can even repeat an effect if you wish.

Output from the iRig is suitable for head phones as well as line-in to a mixing board. Sound was very good and seemed to accurately reproduce the full rich sounds of the amp. You can purchase more stompboxes through the in-app store. Prices for the extra pedals were $2.99 but they occasionally have specials for $0.99. Amps are a bit pricier at $4.99. If you plan to buy more than a few it quickly becomes economical to purchase the full version for $19.99.

It appears to be a hit with quite a few rock starts as well. Richard Fortus of GNR and Claudio Sanchez of Coheed & Cambira both gave it rave reviews. Click through to see both videos.

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Stop the Auto-Play Madness


I don't care if you are a band, and want to promote your new song.  If I am shopping for music, then odds are very good that I like music, and that I am already listening to something.  Your shit doesn't sound good mixed up with whatever I'm listening to.

Don't set up a player widget to start automatically.  Bonus asshat points if you hide the stop button.  That just makes me leave your site much sooner.

Do put a player widget on the page and make it easy to see.  I promise I'll click play when I'm ready.

I Will Derive!

The geekiest song I've heard in a long time. I'm not saying it is good, in fact, it really isn't that good, but it is somewhat funny and pathetic in a geeky sort of way.

Sweet Child o’ Mine

Half of me thinks this is the most stupid thing I've seen on the internets, but some tiny portion of the other half thinks this guy has some talent.  Whichever it is, I'll be sure to buy him a beer if we ever meet. You can skip ahead to the one minute mark and not miss much.

I guess a person with this sort of talent is called a manualist and it's a lot more popular than I suspected. Be sure to check out gunecologist's channel on youtube.

Got a band but can’t afford to shoot a video?

ArsGeek » Blog Archive » Got a band but can’t afford to shoot a video? Use public CCTV cameras and then demand the footage!

The Get Out Clause are an upcoming UK band who are currently unsigned. They took a brilliant and I’m sure soon to be much copied method to producing their own video. Unable to hire a production crew for a standard 1980’s era MTV music video, they performed their music in front of 80 of the 13 million CCTV “security” cameras available in England, including one on a bus.

Got a band but can’t afford to shoot a video? Use public CCTV cameras and then demand the footage!

I'm not sure this would work in the US as the video footage might not be available, but it is an interesting idea.