One upside of sheltering in place is that it has given me time to get back to playing guitar through my Laptop/iPad rig. I posted some video snippets on Facebook, which prompted some questions about my setup. You can read about some of my earlier experiences here. But the time seems ripe to reveal the results of some improvements in both my technique and the technology.
If you are into modern guitar, you need to try processing your signal through this amazing app. I have featured it before and here, but the genius creator Chris Carlson (a recovering guitarist himself) has updated it with some fantastic new features. Jakob Haq’s comprehensive and entertaining report on the new version is a must watch, as well as a great introduction.
As we enter a new year would like to thank all the terrific followers of Guitar Moderne and my generous advertisers. I wish you all health, happiness and safety from the madness that seems to grow daily. All we can do is try to expand minds, one at a time.
For the new year, a track I put together as an attempt to stave off the encroaching despair brought on by making the mistake of reading the news.
Rob Jackson A/K/A Crème Douche bypasses pedals, amps, and even laptops, pushing the modern guitar envelope into a world of pure iPad apps. His gorgeous soundscapes are all guitar generated initially, but are morphed by the latest iOS technology into luscious orchestral sounding opuses (opi?) (opera?). As to the provocative name: it just means shower gel.
I recently reviewed the iConnect Audio4+, an amazing audio/MIDI interface that allows you to integrate an iPad into your DAW. There are times, however, when you might want to send your guitar signal straight to your iPad, whether to make it part of your effects system for live shows or for recording purposes, and/or times when a complex system like iConnect may be overkill. For those occasions, and for a variety of other uses, consider IK Multimedia’s iRig Pro ($149.99).