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About Guitar Rabbit: iPad + Guitar = Music Making

iPad turns out to be a cool platform for making music with your guitar courtesy of new guitar interfaces such as iRig and iTrack, here's what I've tried...

Making music with guitars and an iPad has come a long way since the introduction of the original iRig in 2010. There's now a plethora of ways to get guitar signals in and out of your iPad with much better quality than before. I'm going to detail some ways I've done it here.

But firstly why would you ever want to do that? Well iPad is potentially a great bit of hardware for audio for a bunch of reasons:

Playing Guitar Rabbit with an Ernie Ball Music Man electric guitar through the original iRig on an iPad

And as the processing power improves, amp simulators are sounding better all the time. So I'm really hoping that iPad Pro will get a version of Apple Logic Pro where I can record with iRig PRO, to get all my pros in a row. Fingers crossed.

So meanwhile, what to do if you have an OLD iRig? Well it may not always sound great on high gain effects, but it is fine for analysis e.g. tuner apps or Guitar Rabbit! One thing you can do is just split the signal with an ABY pedal (cheap and useful in general!), and send one to the iRig/iPad and another to a distortion pedal and an analog amp and listen to that one while still doing the analysis on the iPad:

Playing Guitar Rabbit with an Ibanez electric guitar through the original iRig on an iPad and a Fender ABY splitter pedal routing to a Vox Satchurator and a Fender Ultra Chorus

iRig STOMP is a step up and works pretty well for delay and reverb effects. I've happily used this with the send effect loop on my old Fender Ultra Chorus. You can also just play through as if the iPad was another stomp box and send the signal onwards to other pedals and amps, like this:

Playing Guitar Rabbit with a Fender electric guitar through iRig Stomp on an iPad and a Vox Satchurator and a Fender Ultra Chorus

These days they make much cleaner digital guitar interfaces like iTrack and iRig PRO that make it possible to run a pretty reasonable sounding amp sim on your iPad.

Playing Guitar Rabbit with a Focusrite iTrack on an iPad

These digital interface versions often also can take XLR microphones so you can mic up acoustic guitars and see just how much more sensitive they are than the iPad's built in mic.

Playing Guitar Rabbit with an acoustic guitar through iRig PRO on an iPad

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