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PocketAmp Rocks your iPad


We happened across PocketAmp by PocketLabworks when we saw a tweet about the free PocketAmpLite [iTunes link]. Having downloaded the free version and played with the sounds for a few minutes, we plumped for the full version without much further thought.

Why we like it

PocketAmp is not quite the full-on guitar effects app that Amplitube (which we reviewed last week) is. You do still get a solid sounding amp simulation with PocketAmp though and this is why we liked it:

  • Optimised for iPad display
  • Universal app, pay once for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Very, very low latency, in fact we would say zero latency in our experience
  • Simple interface that belies a vast range of sounds, selectable via the rack type of interface (not the stompbox approach used by Amplitube)
  • Variable gain on each of the Amp types (Clean, Blues, Rock, Metal) plus individual EQ (Treble, Mid, Bass) means a multitude of sounds can quickly be selected, with a nice clean sound achievable if you dial the gain back on the Clean amp
  • Very little feedback experienced even on the Metal high-gain setting
  • Instant access to your iTunes library on your device, no fiddly import process or waiting, select any song, hit play and you're off
  • Amp volume control allows you to mix the track you are playing over with your amped sound
  • Useful Effects, Reverb and Echo on the same panel which can be mixed together
  • Three 'quick presets' which are always available on-screen and an unlimited number of presets you can save with custom names to recall later
  • The price is very reasonable for the full version, $4.99 (£2.99)
  • The sound of the emulation is very good and suits a wide range of sounds including Clean, Bluesy/Crunch sounds through to Marshall-stack-sound-a-like 'Stadium Rock' settings

Tweak It

PocketAmp's interface does take a little getting used to if you are like us and your experience of guitar effects has mainly been using effects pedals or stompboxes. There is a certain muscle memory that means we can quickly set a sound using the dials on a pedal much easier than we can with PocketAmp's rack-like sliders.

Spending a bit of time carefully tweaking your sound with the sliders in PocketAmp does pay off though and we have a feeling that this app will get better the more you use it.


We used IKMultimedia's iRig to input our guitar signal but the website mentions that you could use any of the current options to input your guitar signal into your iPad and we have no reason to think otherwise.

Who should buy it?

We would definitely recommend PocketAmp for your iPad, especially if you have decided not to pay out for a more expensive solution like Amplitube or AmpKit already.

PocketAmp's fast start up time and simple operation help you get straight into playing with the minimum of fuss. We like it a lot and will probably use PocketAmp when we want a quick jam without the complexity that can be introduced by other more involved apps.

If you are not sure then check out PocketAmp Lite first for an idea of what can be achieved with this app, we think you will be impressed.

The full version of PocketAmp is available for just $4.99 (£2.99) and brings extra amp models and the other effects which are really useful to have and give so many more options to shape your guitar sound.

If you have tried PocketAmp let us know what you think in the comments below, we would like to hear from you.