Your iPad can now become a Stompbox

Stompbox - digital effects unit for the iPad from Limelight Software. Wanna jump on your iPad? Figuratively, not literally of course.

With iRig available to plug your guitar directly into your iPhone, I expect we'll see a lot more apps like this one out in time for the Holidays.

StompBox for the iPad turns your iPad into a fully fledged digital effects unit, complete with chromatic guitar tuner, metronome and loop recording tools. StompBox allows you to build a rack of effects in any order and then save your settings as patches that can be recalled at the press of a button.

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With StompBox you get the best of both worlds, a rack of professional sounding stereo effects (with far more control than simple foot pedals) and a virtual foot controller to access a tuner and all your patches. Simply listen through a pair of headphones, or attach to an external amplifier or hifi to truly experience the program in all its glory! StompBox uses stereo routing between effects, which results in a very professional sounding experience.

In order to use StompBox you need a way of connecting your guitar. The simplest way to accomplish this is to use an iRig adaptor (sold separately), but if you have a camera kit you may be able to use an inexpensive USB sound card.

StompBox comprises 17 unique effect modules such as delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus, pitch shifter, tremelo etc. We have also included a noise gate, compressor, parametric and graphic equalizers so that you can create many unique and interesting tones. There are 7 types of distortion effect available (from overdrive, to fuzz to full out classic distortion) as well as custom amplifier EQ's, so plenty of scope for all types of music!

Once you have built up a library of patches, you can use the virtual foot controller to quickly and easily move between patches. The Virtual Foot controller gives instant access to all patch parameters and amp settings, with the ability to enable and disable individual effects at the touch of a button. If you want to modify an effect parameter, simply scroll the effect rack into view and make your changes. The foot controller has a virtual whammy bar which can be controlled using the touch screen or optionally using the accelerometer. A tap tempo button is also available to synchronize all time based effects.

StompBox includes a Metronome which you can use for practicing or alternatively you can load your favorite MP3s into the Media Player and play along. The Media Player even has the ability to slow down the music without effecting pitch so you can play along at your own pace. You can even loop a particular part of a song so it plays over and over again! StompBox also features a 4 track loop recorder. This allows you to record your own backing track which can also be looped, just like the Media Player. You can record up to 4 non-destructive overdubs and even save a mixdown for posterity!

Features 17 Unique Effects 7 Types of Distortion Effect Chain upto 12 Simultaneous Effects Media Player with Time Stretching 4 Track Loop Recorder Metronome Chromatic Tuner Stereo Routing Save 12 banks of 6 patches Virtual Foot Controller Virtual Whammy Pedal Tap Tempo Built In FTP Comprehensive Help Effect Synchronization with Metronome USB Camera Kit Supported iRig Compatible 3 Unique Skins

Here's a video demo:

For more information go to www.4pockets.com/iPad/stompbox.php

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Be laughed at by you're band mates and musical peers when you bring this app to your next gig.

Maybe not for rock bands...

I'm also not convinced the iPad is ready for rock bands at gigs, but perhaps in a solo or duo setting which is a bit less frenetic, you could place it on a stand - but the main problem is you're hands are busy when you're playing - that's why pedals and real stomp boxes work.

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