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iWah - Use Your iPad As A Real Wah-Wah

We love apps like Amplitube for iPad and AmpKit that give us simulations of Guitar effects. On the whole the effects work well. One of the least effective though has always been the Wah pedal.

Unless you have a willing friend who will stand there tipping your iPad back and forth while you play and shout instructions at them, you need a third arm to have any chance of using the accelerometer based Wah, or learn to play the guitar one handed. 

Until now...

iWah 1 Is Here

iWah is a $135 iPad cradle that attempts to emulate a real Wah-Wah pedal by combining a foot pedal that tips your iPad back and forward and a Guitar effects app with a Wah pedal effect.

Made from Aircraft grade aluminium the iWah is designed to fit the iPad 2, but the site says that "iPad first generation interfaces are available upon request", as is a hot pink coloured version with 10% of your payment going towards the National Cancer Institute in the States.

The cradle allows the iPad to be set in horizontal or portrait orientation. This is important because if you use Amplitube for iPad or StompBox for example you will need to use your iPad in the horizontal position. Other apps like AmpKit and StompBox when changing setups use both orientations and others just Portrait, so a flexible cradle is a must.

iWah 2 - Cheaper But Limited

There will be an iWah 2 soon (currently in prototype stage), a bit cheaper at $99.99, that will be fixed position and not changeable, which will suit some who only ever use one app but it is not clear if it is fixed in portrait or landscape from the description or in some other way, so we will have to wait and see.

Our Thoughts

Although we love that a dedicated solution has been carefully engineered for the iPad, we think the idea is a bit extravagant to be honest and slightly too pricey. It is unlikely that you would use one of these for playing live, given the abuse that our guitar pedals have taken in the past.

If you, like us, have a Jim Dunlop Wah or similar already, that you can use inline, it may seem like an unnecessary expense, but we still like the idea and would love to give one a try to see how effective it is.

What do you think? Would you splash out on something like this for your iPad? Let us know in the comments. 

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Reader Comments (3)

As we go into the future, I think that digital items like these will become more and more popular in the guitar and music World. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBilll

This is really cool, just like the iPad itself is really cool - but I paid $800 for my iPad so I'd feel a bit reluctant to even use this during practice. I wonder if there is a way to plug a device into the iPad, leaving the iPad stationary or attach it to your guitar strap, and putting the device on the iWah peddle. I'd feel better about playing my guitar with it that way.

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCustom Guitar Straps

Yeah, correct this is an extra ordinary technology iPad has brought into the market.I am an iPad freak and love these digital devices very much.

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbuyipadoripad2

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