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A Real Stompbox for your iPad - Griffin innovate again



As much as we really love the guitar fx apps that have been launched for the iPad so far there is nothing like the massive adrenaline rush from physically stomping on a distortion pedal and letting rip on a scorching guitar solo (well, we can imagine).

Griffin Technology to the rescue. The above pictured StompBox peripheral for iPad has recently been announced at CES and has got us wanting it, now! Unfortunately we will have to wait for a couple of months until it is released, but if it performs as well as promised we think this will kick up a storm in the guitar playing iPad world.

What we are not clear about is whether the guitar (or any 1/4" jack) input plugs directly in to the StompBox, we think probably not, because they include a GuitarConnect cable. This cable plugs into the headphone socket like iRig and AmpKit Link do, so there are still the crosstalk issues.

If the 1/4" jack on the StompBox is for the guitar itself then this is a direct connection via the dock connector for under $100. Look out GuitarJack!

But as we said this probably not the case, it looks like the 1/4" jack is intended for external pedals like your Wah.

We will cover the StompBox and its partnership with iShred Live (great sounds from this app) in more detail when it is actually released, but for now, here is the rundown of the StompBox's key features, start saving now:

  • Studio-quality 4-channel effects pedalboard for use with guitar, bass, and other musical instruments
  • 1/4" jack accommodates plugs from variable inputs like volume, expression, or wah-wah pedals
  • Brings true pedalboard experience to iPad; interfaces with the iShred LIVE app to switch between effects, start and stop practice tracks or metronome, and more
  • Heavy-duty dock connector cable links StompBox to iPad or other compatible iOS device
  • Included GuitarConnect cable plugs into your musical instrument
  • Developed for use with Frontier Design's iShred LIVE app (available separately)
  • Controls StompBox-enabled apps for iPad, allowing user input through its foot switches

Do you fancy one of these for your iPad? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Inspirational iPad Educator

How can you teach kids who cannot or do not want to learn the traditional way? How do you make a boring subject fun and engaging for kids? Kevin Honeycutt is one of those big thinkers who has a creative approach to this problem.

If you haven't heard of Kevin Honeycutt and you are even vaguely interested in how technology like the iPad and iPhone can be used creatively to help people learn, then we highly recommend you check out his site and YouTube videos for some truly inspiring ideas.

The video below is a section from Kevin's keynote speech at last week's AESA (Association of Educational Service Agencies) National Conference. It is a bit of fun with an iPad being played live as a drum kit, along with iPhone lead instruments and even a real guitar, but it demonstrates how involving this new technology can be and how people immediately respond to it being used with curiosity and good humour. 

Kevin is a fantastic speaker and he also has a few other clips on his YouTube account from this keynote speech which really made us think about how technology can be used to facilitate learning, at the same time enabling learners to have fun and express their creativity so they do not even realise that learning is taking place.

We hope you enjoy watching the video, as we did, and Kevin's extraordinary presentation style. Don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments.