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Frontier Design and Griffin Release Guitar Rig/App Combo!

I'm going to have to give this cable/app combo from Griffin and Frontier Design a go when I get a chance (called GuitarConnect and iShred respectively). I am spoiled somewhat in that my Line 6 amp already has a robust amount of modelling built into it. I like purer amp sounds, without much experimenting with effects, but then I'm a pretty old school rock player--couldn't hurt to broaden the horizons a bit. I have seen a couple of these guitar rigs out there for iPhone iOS (the Guitarbud, and iRig), and am starting to get curious. Read on for full press release info...

Lebanon, NH — July 6, 2010 — Frontier Design Group, maker of musically inspiring apps and Griffin Technology Inc., maker of ingenious ways to power, play, protect, and connect, today announced the availability of Frontier's iShred LIVE and Griffin's GuitarConnect cable. With this combination of app and cable, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad becomes a mobile guitar workstation that is both fun and useful to musicians of all skill levels.
 
"iShred LIVE's realistic interface makes it the most useful mobile guitar application available," said Charlie Hitchcock, Chief Developer at Frontier Design Group. "Whether you're writing a song, practicing for a gig, or traveling the world, GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE are the essential tools every guitarist and iPhone owner needs."
 
"Getting hardware and software to work together is a unique challenge," said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. "This type of application requires more than a basic instrument cable, and we were excited to develop a cable to integrate with iShred LIVE."
 
iShred LIVE is a mobile app with amp modeling and stomp box effects for guitar, bass, and other instruments. Based on the popular virtual guitar app from Frontier Design Group, iShred LIVE gives musicians of all skill levels the ability to play a real instrument through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app opens to reveal a sight familiar to most musicians: an amp and pedalboard with life-like effects pedals. The built-in amp simulator features clean and overdrive settings for added tonal color. Each pedal features fully adjustable controls for accurate reproductions of classic guitar tones. Just tap the controls and iShred LIVE zooms in on the effect for easy manipulation. The first three effects are included for free with download of iShred LIVE:
 
• HK-2000 Digital Delay (with tap tempo)
• Q-36 Space Modulator/Flanger
• Buzz Kill (noise gate)
 
Players looking for added tonal flexibility can download these additional effects through in-app purchase:
 
• Hot Fuzz (super fuzz pedal)
• Sybil (dual chorus)
• Trembler (variable waveform tremolo)
• Adrenaline (adjustable treble booster)
• Kömpressör (compressor pedal)
 
In addition to effects, iShred LIVE features a number of essential guitar tools. Favorite sounds can be saved in one of 48 user-programmable presets, organized as 8 color-coded banks for easy organization. A chromatic tuner allows quick and accurate tuning; the adjustable metronome includes tap tempo and selectable accent sounds. The app also features a looping audio player, giving users the ability to play along with any song in their device's music library.
 
Visit http://www.frontierdesign.com/iShredLIVE to learn more about the app and see iShred LIVE's effects in action. GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE is the essential mobile tool for any guitarist, and it's just getting started—new amps, effects and features are coming in future updates.
 
Griffin's new GuitarConnect cable turns iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into the most portable gig and practice rig imaginable. The 1/4" cable connects easily into guitars, basses, or other instruments, and a stereo 1/8" mini-plug connects directly to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for use with audio applications such as iShred LIVE. The 6 foot GuitarConnect cable also provides a stereo 1/8" mini-jack to connect headphones or audio cable for connection to a home stereo, amp, mixer, or other audio source. Intuitive layout means no clutter and no unnecessary weight or stress on the cables; just comfortable, great sounding music with GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE.
 
For more information on GuitarConnect, visit http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/guitar-connect.
 
Pricing and Availability
iShred LIVE is a free download, now available from the App Store. GuitarConnect, $29.99, is now available at www.griffintechnology.com.

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.