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  • #: 211028
  • Price: $19.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2010-11-09
  • Current Version: 1.02
  • 1.02
  • Size: 8.90 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Limelight Software
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © Limelight Software Limited T/A 4Pockets.com
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StompBox is an application that turns your iPad into a fully fledged digital effects unit, complete with chromatic guitar tuner, metronome and loop recording tools. StompBox allows you to build a rack of effects in any order and then save your….. Read more

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars
Very Nice App

I am using this app with the USB camera connection kit connected to the Griffin iMic USB audio interface. I plug the guitar into the iMic and it works great. This app rivals my digital multi effects unit that I use on stage costing over $500. The effects are plentiful and sound great. Latency is acceptable at the ultra low setting but more work needs to be done to get the latency down to near zero. The 4 track loop recorder is a nice addition and I like also being able to load wav, mp3 and other audio files for practice. FTP file transfer is OK but I'd like to see a more standard copy/paste feature and web sever for easier file upload. Also, please add Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer compatibility so we can use this app with a MIDI controller. Then easily 5 stars. Nice job, great app.

2/5 stars
Poor sound quality, poor latency

I have been playing guitar for four decades, I have many guitars and amps. I know something about sound. For those of you who have been playing for a while as well and would like a quality iPad way to play your guitar... forget this software. It has a number of poor features and is nowhere close to Amplitube in sound quality or usability. I can only guess the people giving this 5 stars (i) are beginners, (ii) have not tried other App guitar software, or (iii) well, work for the company. I just spent an hour playing with Stompbox using a Fender Highway 1 and an iRig into my iPad. Perhaps other methods of connecting are better (perhaps not), but the iRig works well with Amplitube and in any case, it is what I have on hand.
Where to start. When you first open the software there are long tracts describing issues regarding latency. There is a reason for this: the delay is noticeable and just enough to throw me off when I'm playing. So you need to get used to this. The writeup blames this latency on the iPad being slow. I can perceive no latency with Amplitube (using the same iRig connector) so I don't buy it.
Second, the sound quality is bad bad bad. It makes the guitar sound tinny, like an 80s synthesizer, the clipping is relentless, the reverb is amateurish, the noise gate combines with the latency to screw up the first note of your riff. Bad.
They push the idea that you can have 12 stompboxes together. This is true (more or less) but the stompboxes are somewhat redundant (two delays, etc) and are missing a lot of useful ones like different types of distortion, harmonizing, etc. No unusual stompboxes. No modeling of different amp types. Basically, there's no reason to use more than 2-4 boxes, and that's pushing it.
Finally, the setup is not intuitive. The natural approach would be to drag stompboxes on and click them off. No such luck. You have to go to a menu, select "add stompbox" (buried in the middle of a list) and then click on the ones to add, go backwards to the main menu to select "remove stompbox" (also middle) and select those you want to remove. Boy, that drains the spontaneity right out of playing.
I always like trying new Apps but, sadly, I've wasted $20 and will go back to Amplitube. I have not tried the Peavy App, but sounds like it is more promising. Skip this one.

5/5 stars
the best indeed, look no further, it's exactly what I was looking for !!! ;)

I know three people who at least have $5000.00 worth of equipment, one of them probably has more like $10,000.00 easy. Sadly enough my equipment is no where near what they guys have. I only have an $1100.00 guitar and a $700.00 amp and a $99.00 shure mic. that's all I wanted to spend. I've formed several I would say garage bands. I don't consider myself a professional musician because I do play just for funs because I am a professional white colar worker, my carreer comes first ! After connecting my guitar to the iRig on my iPad this application is awesome ! I'm going to have to research what kind of rack Van Halen and Joe Satriani uses because that's the sound that I woudl like emulate. I'm so happy I bought this app, now I can't wait to play my guitar everyday !!! ;)

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