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iRig Stomp

I gave IK Multimedia a lot of shit for their iRig Keys marketing nonsense, but the iRig Stomp looks genuinely innovative.

In stores now for about $60, this little box let's you mix iOS apps into a more traditional signal path, like guitar pedals.

For the first time, guitar and bass players can now integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects processing using an iPhone/iPod touch or iPad.

iRig STOMP is based on the wildly popular AmpliTube iRig interface and is compatible with any iOS (dare we say decent sounding?) guitar / amp / instrument app. With its compact, standard stompbox shape, iRig STOMP is packed with many smart features found here for the first time in an iOS audio accessory.

Reader Comments 3

I'm not an IK Multimedia fan, but I may score this one. I have this idea of using iStomp, a SansAmp analog pre-amp and my pedal board and record directly into csGrain. I don't know why, but I can't get this idea out of my head. The big advantage is I wouldn't need to monitor with headphones.

September 07, 2012  | person_outline Chris

:-/. I'm primarily a guitarist, and I just don't get this. There are a lot of dedicated guitar stomp boxes with USB output, that you can hook to the camera connection kit if you want to record on an iPad. I've got a Digitech RP355, which was about $200, is built like a tank, and sounds awesome. I've yet to see an app that I thought sounded nearly as good, or that had the same latency. The 355 has three toggle pedals plus a whammy, gobs of great presets that can be tweaked, looper, tuner, and connections to all sorts of gear. Did I mention that I like the RP355?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the iRig is more portable -- by you're already hauling a guitar and cable and other stuff around. And yeah, it's probably a little cheaper, but if you factor in the cost of a decent guitar, and all the other things you'd need, it's not a huge difference in the big picture. If you're interested in things sounding good, spend the money. If you want it to sound like junk, you don't need to spend any money at all.

It seems like people are assembling a half-baked guitar effects chains, piece by piece. Total cost is actually a wash compared to a conventional system, and I really have not heard anything that I thought compared with conventional systems.

(And get off my lawn, while I'm at it.)

September 07, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

This looks like a great solution for guitarists who want to explore iOS music apps especially those with sound processing capabilities. Simplicity. No tons of wires and pedals to sling around. I have a Roland VG99 so iStomp could also enhance or colour my signal chain if I wanted to. I am sure I can throw a bass guitar or a keyboard sound into iStomp. This is the first audio device, especially as I can control it with my feet, that will make me delve into the world of iOS guitar amp modelling. It might not sound a million dollars but it is how you use it. For me, as a guitarist who loves to explore sounds on my iPad, I can't wait to try it out. Great idea.

September 07, 2012  | person_outline Med

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