I was asked on a forum why you would bother connecting your guitar to your phone. Since you need a guitar and extra hardware anyway, why not just use a Pocket POD. So here are my 10 reasons why I use AmpKit on my iPhone:
- Sound quality is lightyears ahead on an iPhone.
- Less stuff. Yes I know a hardware interface such for the phone is exactly as many gadgets as a Pocket POD, but it takes a lot less room. And the phone you always bring with you anyway.
- No hassle with batteries or external power supplies.
- Built-in support for backtracks via Itunes, email or DropBox.
- Built-in recording support
- Records dry and reamps in realtime. This means that not only can you tweak your recordings afterwards, you can also download the dry signal to your computer to run through a VST amp sim on your computer. I do this all the time, the dry signal I get this way actually has better quality than the one I get out of my POD X3 Live.
- Updateable with new amp models, stomp boxes etc.
- Supports upload of recordings directly to SoundCloud.
- Lets you send and receive full patches via email.
- More flexible patches, you can just keep on adding pedals until the phone’s CPU can’t handle anymore. You can put five delay pedals in a row if you want.
Positive Grid has released a new amp modeller for iPhone called JamUp. They just sent me their app, so expect a review very soon!