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.
I was recently contracted by Guitar Player Magazine to review the new IK Multimedia Stomp I/O (look for the review in GP in the next couple of months). It lets you send audio and MIDI to an iPad, so I took the opportunity to set up a quick rig employing three of my favorite apps: iDensity, Aum, and Borderlands
Ireviewed the iConnectAudio+4 last year in Guitar Moderne. The possibilities it seemed to offer were intriguing. I could connect my iPad to it and it would allow me run iPad apps in an effects return of Ableton Live, while acting as a high quality audio interface for my laptop. Once up and running (read the review for the trials therein and to see videos) the iConnectAudio+4 fully delivered on its promise.
When Knox Chandler was profiled in Guitar Moderne, he was already incorporating an iPad into a rig that included a laptop. More recently he has gone all iOS and was kind enough to tell Guitar Moderne about it.