Certified in: Guitars, Accessories, Drums, ProAudio, Keyboards24 days ago
Over the past few months, I started wondering what the easiest way to expand my rig would be... I looked at all the fun toys that I'm surrounded by everyday here in the store (if you know me personally or have read my previous blogs... I like to consider Guitar Center like the musicians favorite toy store). I watched countless youtube videos, and read articles upon articles, and really never found what I was looking for.
One day, while using my iPad at home just looking for what new unit would be added to my rig...I had an epiphany! I was already holding that item in my hand. The worlds best and easiest multi-purpose solution, my IOS device. I already had expereienced a few cool things, especially during the disaster that we all have come to know as Hurricane Sandy. With no power to my house, and nothing to do, I opened up Garage Band for IOS, and used my acoustic guitar, the built in drum machine, my IK Multimedia iRig (that at that point was still in the box... it was a gift from a friend, that in all honesty, I never thought I would use) and a few other things I had floating around the house. I started putting together a song with a program that I never explored, but surprisingly enough it was so easy, that within minutes I was zoned in, and spent the rest of my day (until my battery died) putting together a tune, that to this day I still play at gigs. After the battery was drained, I brought the iPad into my car, charged it up, and was back to work the next day.
Moving past the storm, I didn't continue working on recording on the iPad since I already was using other means to get my tunes down on "paper", but I started to explore other options. How could I incorporate this into my rig? There is so many cool applications, and tools to help me sculpt sounds in my analog rig... Back to youtube I went, and I started uncovering so many more possibilites!
I watched Premire Guitar Magazines Rig Rundown series, and during the Living Colour edition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPekZmNeuDs) I saw Vernon Reid using his iPad with an iRig, and some really cool apps, running with his standard rig. He had a DJ fx app open, alongside a nifty little program called Audio Bus, that allowed him to use multiple apps at the same time to create some WACKY bit-crushing sounds. Once again, if you know me... I LOVE making weird and off sounds with my guitars. That video set me off on a mission to not mimick but incorporate the same idea into what I love to do. So over time, I bought more apps, picked up IK Multimedia's iRig Stomp pedal, and added my iPad into my rig, like a pedal! I even found a crazy looping program called Loopy HD, that allows me to really get weird with live looping, and expand my creativity to a whole new level...
iPad is such a unique machine, that if you own one and aren't using it to make music, you are missing out on such a endless world of fun. I don't think this is a bad time to mention that here at GC Paramus, and you're local Guitar Center, we are hosting a FREE (yes FREE) class on 11/16/13, and 11/23/13 on how to use Garage Band for iPad. I seriously suggest if you are reading this, you come check it out. It could open you to a whole new world, and even if you already know how to use the program, you can always learn something new. We have a full lineup of new IOS accessories in our store for you to check out, and you can come pick my brain about ways to incorporate your device into your current setup (do that too, I LOVE helping people get into this stuff... the staff in the store has to hear from me all day long, and I think they are getting tired of it, so I need a new audience).
So that's all I have to say about that for now, and I've included a picture of my current pedal board, so you can get the idea of what I mean by using it as a pedal.
Thanks for reading, and spread the word!