- What is GuitarJack Model 2?
GuitarJack Model 2 is the best sounding and highest quality audio input and output interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. (See GuitarJack 2 USB for Mac/Win/iPad.) Connect a wide range of instruments, microphones, and other audio hardware to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via 1/4" instrument and 1/8" stereo mic/line inputs. GuitarJack Model 2's 1/8" stereo line/headphone output offers increased drive for headphones. GuitarJack Model 2 features software controllable input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, software configurable Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, a 24-bit AD/DA converter, and the highest quality sound. GuitarJack Model 2 can record in stereo and simultaneously record vocals and an instrument when used with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack that support those features. Compare iPhone and iPad audio input and output interfaces.
FourTrack ($4.99), StudioTrack ($9.99), the new GuitarTone app ($2.99), and Taylor EQ (free) include the GuitarJack control panel, where users can select an input and set the input/recording level. GuitarJack Model 2 is also a great-sounding input/output solution for third party amp models and recording apps like Apple’s GarageBand app.
- Which devices work with GuitarJack Model 2?
GuitarJack Model 2 works great with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad 4 using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (0.2m). You may use a CableJive dockXtender cable if you would like a longer length. Sonoma's testing included GuitarJack Model 2 with GuitarTone and FourTrack recording through GuitarJack Model 2's 1/4" and 1/8" inputs separately onto one track as well as simultaneously onto two tracks. GuitarJack Model 2's sound quality continues to be "impeccable with no discernable noise." The cable version of the Lightning connection adapter is recommended because it offers a more space and flexibility between the device and GuitarJack Model 2. Contact support with questions.
GuitarJack Model 2 also works with iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen.)- CableJive dockXtender cable (not included) is recommended, especially for iPad 2 and iPad 3.
GuitarJack Model 2 was originally also made for iPod touch 2nd generation, however the latest versions of GuitarTone and FourTrack no longer work with iPod touch 2nd generation or and iPhone 3G because Apple no longer updates the operating system on those devices. The iPhone 3G is significantly slower than the iPhone 3GS, therefore, for performance reasons, Sonoma recommends iPhone 3GS or iPod touch (3rd gen.) or later.
- What are GuitarJack Model 2's features?
GuitarJack Model 2 Hardware Features:
- 1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input - nickel-plated solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack
- 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input - (no phantom power is provided)
- 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones
- Dock connector designed for use without removing most cases
- Sleek and rugged aluminum shell
GuitarJack Model 2 Software Features: (Control Panel Included in FourTrack, StudioTrack, GuitarTone, and Taylor EQ)
- Level Control:
- 60 dB of continuous level control (72 dB with the 12 dB pad)
- Input Modes:
- Instrument (1/4 inch) - mono - Pad, Lo-Z or Hi-Z mode
Mic/Line (1/8 inch) - mono, dual-mono or stereo - Pad, Normal or Boost mode
Both inputs - Mic/Line input on right channel and Instrument on left channel
- Included Software:
More Info: GuitarJack Technical Specifications
- Is GuitarJack Model 2 Made in America?
Yes, GuitarJack Model 2 is Made in the U.S.A. from quality components like Switchcraft Jacks from Chicago, plating from Wisconsin, packaging from California, and several other American made ingredients. GuitarJack's boards are built, and the units are assembled and tested in a factory in San Jose, California. The facotry is 15 minutes away from Sonoma's office, which helps Sonoma keep a close eye on quality and testing. Sonoma's Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Statement
- What's the difference between GuitarJack Model 1, GuitarJack Model 2 and GuitarJack 2 USB?
See GuitarJack 2 USB FAQ for information about the differences between it and GuitarJack Model 2.
GuitarJack Model 1 is no longer available.
GuitarJack Model 2 is $129.
The main differences between Model 1 and Model 2:
- GuitarJack Model 1 was only compatible with iPod touch (3rd generation), whereas Model 2 is compatible with more devices including iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad 4 (using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter). Also works with iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen.)- CableJive dockXtender cable (not included) is recommended, especially for iPad 2 and iPad 3. iPod touch 2nd gen. info. GuitarJack Model 2 is also compatible with StudioTrack on the iPad.
- GuitarJack Model 2 adds a 24-bit AD/DA converter. (24-bit dependant on app and OS compatibility)
- GuitarJack Model 2 remembers your settings even if the iOS device sleeps, whereas Model 1 did not remember your settings.
- GuitarJack Model 2 includes a spacer near the dock connector that helps keep the accessory flush with the iOS device, and allows use without removing most cases.
- GuitarJack Model 2 offers industrial design and metal finish improvements (was powder coated, now black nickel plated with stainless steel side panels).
- In general, the tech specs for GuitarJack Model 2 are better than the tech specs for GuitarJack Model 1. The minor exception is the headphone output, which is a bit lower output now, but continues to be an improvement over the iPhone 4 headphone output. See changes from GuitarJack Model 1 => GuitarJack Model 2 here:
- Line/Headphone Output:
Max level (16ohms): 1.23Vrms (95mW) => 1.00Vrms (63mW)
For comparison, the iPhone 4 headphone output into 16 ohms is about 45mW.
- Max level (10kohms): 1.30Vrms (+4.5dBu) => 1.00Vrms (+2.2dBu)
- Freq resp: +0.02/-0.20dB => +0.05/-0.40dB
Noise level: -95dB => -97dB
- Dynamic range: 95dB => 96dB
- THD (600mVrms): 0.0025% (-92dB) => 0.0020% (-94dB)
- Stereo crosstalk: -70dB => -88dB
- Line/Mic Inputs:
- Noise level (RMS, A-weighted): -88dB => -96dB
Dynamic range (RMS, A-weighted): 88dB => 96dB
THD (-3dBFS): 0.05% (-66dB) => 0.008% (-82dB)
Stereo crosstalk (1kHz): -86dB => -96dB
- Does GuitarJack require batteries?
Can my iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charge while using GuitarJack?
GuitarJack is device-powered, so it requires no batteries. While you cannot charge your iOS device while GuitarJack is plugged in, you can use your device for more than 8 hours with GuitarJack. Sonoma has demoed GuitarJack with FourTrack, StudioTrack and GuitarTone at trade shows for more than 8 hours continuously before needing to recharge (screen brightness set to less than 30% optimizes battery life).
- How do I get started using GuitarJack?
Plug a 1/4 inch and/or 1/8 inch connector into GuitarJack. Plug headphones into the 1/8" stereo/line out on the GuitarJack - for best results do not use the headphone output on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
Plug GuitarJack in via the dock connector on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch before launching a GuitarJack enabled app like FourTrack, StudioTrack, GuitarTone, and Taylor EQ. The GuitarJack control panel is located under Song Tools in those apps. The GuitarJack control panel is where you can select a mode and set the input level before recording. The default input configuration, when GuitarJack is first connected, uses the Instrument (1/4") input in Lo-Z mode for the left channel and the Mic/Line (1/8") input in Normal mode for the right channel. This allows GuitarJack to work well out of the box with most third party audio apps like other recording and amp apps, even if they don't have a GuitarJack Control Panel. To change modes or set levels for GuitarJack use with third party apps, configure the settings using an app with the GuitarJack control panel (eg. FourTrack, StudioTrack, Taylor EQ or GuitarTone, then quit to launch the third party app (see which apps you can use with GuitarJack). GuitarJack will retain the current settings and levels even when the iOS device goes to sleep or the GuitarJack is disconnected.
See demo video: Using the GuitarJack SongTool inside StudioTrack.
See the guide above and these frequently asked questions for more information. Contact GuitarJack support with any questions.
- Will GuitarJack iOS interface allow me to adjust the input level?
GuitarJack allows you to adjust the analog input level for 60 dB of analog input gain (72 dB with the 12 dB pad) controlled with the GuitarJack control panel, located under Song Tools in FourTrack, GuitarTone, StudioTrack, and Taylor EQ. Observe the metering in the GuitarJack Song Tool to prevent clipping and set gain level appropriately.
- Does GuitarJack do input monitoring?
Input monitoring is on by default in FourTrack. The input signal can be heard through the 1/8" headphone output on GuitarJack via the GuitarJack Song Tool so you can adjust your input settings, but will be silent when you exit the GuitarJack Song Tool. Arming a new track will begin monitoring in the headphones.
- What is the latency in GuitarJack Model 2, and latency through GuitarJack Model 2 and whatever app is being used (while in-app monitoring is on)?
GuitarJack Model 2's latency is 40 samples, which is less than 1 millisecond. The OS itself adds 176 samples. FourTrack's input and output buffers are both 512 samples. This number could be reduced, but we want FourTrack to run on as many devices as possible. The buffersize chosen for FourTrack is a compromise between latency and processing efficiency for all the tasks that FourTrack needs to accomplish on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. We are working to reduce it, and may offer a lower latency option on more powerful devices like the iPhone 4S. The overall latency of running GuitarJack and FourTrack with input monitoring on is about 1240 samples, which is about 28 milliseconds.
Sonoma measured the latency in/out through Garageband for iPad of 3 mobile interfaces. The tests were done in ProTools (with an Mbox 2 interface) by recording the click track, in order to see if there was any latency (there was none). Once we had this audio, we then played the audio through each interface into Garageband for iPad (on the new iPad), out through the headphone jack (or in GuitarJack's case, the headphone out on GuitarJack) back into ProTools and compared them with the audio recorded in ProTools. The number of samples off the audio is the latency. Here is the information:
Latency in/out through Garageband for iPad:
GuitarJack 892 samples = 20.2 m/s
Apogee Jam 962 samples = 21.8 m/s
Line 6 MobileIn 1022 Samples = 23.1 m/s
Apogee measured latency from MiC through GarageBand iPad to iPad headphone output to be 23ms.
Also, Sonoma has managed to lower the latency in GuitarTone 2 substantially on newer devices. We are submitting this update to Apple soon.
- How do I switch between recording pairs of tracks and one track at a time?
Use the GuitarJack Control Panel Song Tool in FourTrack or StudioTrack to select either 1/4 inch (mono), 1/8 inch (mono, dual-mono or stereo), or both inputs (mic/line input on left channel and instrument on right channel).
- Why am I not getting signal on both channels?
If you're trying to get signal on two channels, here are some things to check:
- Make sure you are using a stereo microphone with an appropriate connector cable, like the ones listed here.
- What kind of cable are you using to connect to the GuitarJack? Some 1/8" adapters split the left and right to separate connectors, some just duplicate the left signal to both outputs. Make sure yours actually splits the left and right to separate RCA, XLR or 1/4" connectors.
- Test your cable and/or adapter with another device to make sure it's working.
- If you are using GuitarTone to setup GuitarJack Model 2, then go to the Mixer and make sure Monitor Level 2 is turned up. The GuitarTone app doesn't have pan controls at the moment, so both inputs will be in the center. We want to add pan ASAP.
- If you are using FourTrack, make sure the pan controls are set correctly on the FourTrack mixer. If channel 1 and 2 (or 3 and 4) are both panned left, then it will sound like both inputs are on the left side.
- Why can't I hear the microphone in "Both" mode?
If using a mono microphone, it needs to be connected to the right channel of the stereo mini-connector. Most mono adapters only connect to the left pin, so use one of these 4 stereo splitter cables and connect the microphone to the right channel. Also make sure to select the "Both" tab in the GuitarJack control panel. You can only record on 2 tracks simultaneously in apps that support that behavior, like FourTrack and StudioTrack.
- Can I connect the output of GuitarJack to the input of a guitar amp?
Use a 1/8" stereo to dual male 1/4" cable. Plug one of the 1/4" jacks into the amp. Leave the other 1/4" plug hanging (unless you have a stereo amp). Since the output of GuitarJack is stereo, a mono cable will get the same signal on the tip and ground, so a mono cable won't work well.
- Does GuitarJack Model 2 work with Garageband on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
Yes, GuitarJack Model 2 works with GarageBand on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. GuitarJack works better than other input accessories because it has the best sound quality. GuitarJack works great with FourTrack on the iPhone and StudioTrack for iPad because FourTrack and StudioTrack can record an 1/8" input in stereo onto two seperate tracks, and they can record an 1/8" input and 1/4" input simultaneously onto two separate tracks (Garageband does not include these features).
- Does GuitarJack Model 2 allow recording of guitar in GarageBand on one track? Yes
- Does Garageband allow stereo recording on two tracks like FourTrack does? No, GarageBand does not allow for stereo inputs to be on two separate tracks. However, GuitarJack does enable stereo recording onto one stereo track in GarageBand.
- Does GuitarJack Model 2 allow for simultaneous voice and instrument recording in GarageBand? While GuitarJack Model 2 lets each channel of input come from different sources, GarageBand does not allow for separate recording of inputs onto separate tracks like FourTrack and StudioTrack do. FourTrack or StudioTrack, paired with GuitarJack, do allow simultaneous voice and instrument recording onto separate tracks.
- Does GuitarJack Model 2 work with the amp models in GarageBand? Yes, and selectable input impedance, configurable via the GuitarJack control panel, ensures both passive and active pickups will sound their best with any amp models. Also try Sonoma's GuitarTone amps and effects app and song tool included in FourTrack and StudioTrack.
- In a nutshell, GuitarJack is compatible with GarageBand for both instrument and microphone recording, with mono or stereo inputs to either one mono track or one stereo track. While GarageBand does not currently support recording two mono sources to two separate mono tracks, the FourTrack and StudioTrack recording apps can record separate mono sources to their own tracks.
- Does GuitarJack's dock connector come loose too easily?
GuitarJack was designed to be resting on a flat surface, since you cannot hold it while also playing a guitar. An average guitar cable weighs more than GuitarJack and your iPhone together, so it is important to not allow your cable to yank the phone around. We've used a competitor's cable-based accessory, and the first time we plugged a guitar cable into it, the accessory and iPhone were pulled right off the table. As a safety measure, we wanted GuitarJack to be able to come loose if cables are yanked. This helps keep iPhones/iPads/iPod touches from flying around the room. Guitar cables often get pulled out of even the most rugged amps and guitars due to moving around while playing, so many guitar players loop their cables through their guitar strap and through the handle on top of the amp to prevent them from unplugging, or worse, bending or breaking the jack on the guitar or amp. Similar measures to restrict guitar cable movement using other immovable objects should be taken when using GuitarJack.
If you prefer a cable connection, dock extender cables can be had for very little money (dock extender recommendations below). Sonoma considered using a cable, but decided that with the availability of extenders, having a direct connection provides the most flexibility.
- Will dock extender cables add distance between GuitarJack Model 2 and the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch?
While many users enjoy using GuitarJack Model 2 with no cable, some users like the distance that a cable solution provides, but prefer to use GuitarJack Model 2 over competing cable solutions because GuitarJack Model 2 is the best sounding solution with the most features. For those users, we recommend the CableJive DockXtender 30-pin Extender Cable (2 foot) and CableJive dockXtender 30-pin Extender Cable (6 foot) because we have tested them, and they work great with GuitarJack Model 2. The CableJive DockExtender 30-pin Extender Cable (2-foot) and (6-foot) are available for purchase in our store. We have noticed no problems with increased impedance or reduced sound quality when using these cables. Other cables may cause issues with impedance, but we have not tried them.
Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter Cable works great to add a little distance between GuitarJack Model 2 and your Lightning iOS device. You may also add a CableJive dockXtender cable to this set up if you would like even more length.
- How does GuitarJack compare with other iOS audio interfaces?
What makes GuitarJack Model 2 the best audio interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
With GuitarJack Model 2, you get proven high quality sound, designed by Joe Bryan, known for his work for Universal Audio, including the UA 2192. Reviewers consistently say that GuitarJack Model 2 sounds superior to other iOS audio interfaces. Sonoma recommends that you check out sound quality and feature comparisons of iOS audio interfaces by reviewers below, the GuitarJack reviews page, reader comments in news articles, online store product reviews, and more. You will see several reviews that find GuitarJack Model 2 sounds the best. GuitarJack Model 2 helps musicians achieve the highest quality sound possible on iOS with superior components, controllable input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, configurable Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, and more.
How GuitarJack Model 2 is better than headphone input connecting accessories:
When compared with audio input adapters that connect via the headphone input, GuitarJack has the least amount of crosstalk. The headphone input inherently has a lot of crosstalk (noticeable with recording and input-monitoring), and the only way to have access to communicate with software (necessary for stereo recording and more) is via the dock connector. GuitarJack offers the quieter and software-controllable dock connector route.
How GuitarJack Model 2 is better than other Dock connecting accessories:
GuitarJack Model 2 offers several features that most other dock connecting accessories do not offer: stereo recording and simultaneous voice and instrument recording with recording apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack (many other interfaces only record in mono); a 1/4 inch instrument input with software configurable pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes and 60 dB of continuous level control; a 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input with configurable pad and 60 dB of continuous level control - settings are remembered in GuitarJack Model 2 so it can be used with virtually any third party audio app; and an 1/8 inch stereo output with increased drive for headphones (many interfaces have no out); and 24-bit AD/DA converters (many others only have AD with no out). It's made in the USA out of high quality components, and it is made of metal instead of plastic. Simplicity in design, highest quality audio for the price, more compact (fits in your pocket), more portable (designed to be mobile), more durable (people say you can run it over with a car, though we don't recommend it!).
Sonoma Wire Works made this Comparison Chart of Audio Accessories for iOS (PDF) (PNG).
Sonic State - "GuitarJack is the Rolls Royce...it's made of out metal...it's a completely different kettle of fish...The converters on this are designed by someone who's famous for Universal Audio front end stuff, so it's got good heritage."
- How does GuitarJack compare with Apogee JAM?
GuitarJack has stereo mic/line-input, Apogee JAM has mono instrument input only.
- GuitarJack has configurable Hi-Z or Lo-Z 1/4" instrument input, Apogee JAM is "optimized for active and passive pickups" but doesn't have a configurable impedence.
- GuitarJack can simultaneously record instrument and microphones using both inputs with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack that support those features. JAM only has instrument input.
- GuitarJack has software controllable input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, Apogee JAM has an analog thumb wheel adjustment with 40 dB of gain.
- GuitarJack has a stereo line out/headphone jack with more drive than the iPhone built-in headphone jack, Apogee JAM has no analog output.
- GuitarJack Model 2 has a dock connector built-in, Apogee JAM requires an included custom Apogee cable.
- GuitarJack Model 2 works with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad 4 (using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter). Also works with iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen.) - CableJive dockXtender cable (not included) is recommended, especially for iPad 2 and iPad 3. iPod touch 2nd gen. info. JAM is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation). Check with the maufacturer for information regarding compatibility with the latest devices.
- Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.
See osirisguitar's thorough GuitarJack 2 and Apogee Jam comparison review with sound samples. "Volume level is about doubled when using the GuitarJack output, a very welcome feature."
- How does GuitarJack compare with Apogee MiC?
GuitarJack has stereo mic/line-input that works with any un-powered dynamic microphone and any mono or stereo battery powered condenser microphone. Apogee MiC includes a microphone that is mono only.
- GuitarJack Model 2 works with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad 4 (using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter), iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen.). iPod touch 2nd gen. info. MiC is compatible with iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. Check with manufacturer regarding information about compatibility with the latest devices.
- GuitarJack has configurable Hi-Z or Lo-Z 1/4" instrument input. Apogee MiC does not include an instrument input.
- GuitarJack can simultaneously record instrument and microphones using both inputs with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack that support those features. MiC does not include instrument input.
- GuitarJack has software controllable input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, Apogee JAM has an analog thumb wheel adjustment with 40 dB of gain (according to the manufacturer).
- GuitarJack has a stereo line out/headphone jack with more drive than the iPhone built-in headphone jack, Apogee MiC has no analog output.
- Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.
- How does GuitarJack compare with AmpKit LiNK?
Big-Geek.com comparison review of GuitarJack Model 2 and Ampkit LINK: "There's a dramatic difference in sound quality between the GuitarJack Model 2 and AmpKit LiNK iPhone interfaces...What should jump out at you is that, while the AmpKit sample may sound a little louder, it comes at the price of including a lot of background hiss and a relatively harsh sounding guitar tone. Contrast that with the GuitarJack sample and you’ll hear a much deeper, more resonant guitar tone that isn’t competing at all with the background hiss present in the AmpKit sample...Listen to the samples though and I'm sure you'll hear there is a clear difference"
ipadcreative.com compares GuitarJack and AmpKit Link "In our opinion, audio recorded via the GuitarJack 2 sounds better, cleaner, more dynamic and more reliably useable than that of any other audio interface we have used for iOS devices. If you are serious about your sound, if you want the best possible start and quality of audio recording that you can reasonably expect on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, then we think you should sell something else and/or scrape together the pennies to buy yourself the GuitarJack 2." Audio Examples: GuitarJack sounds better than AmpkKit Link and iRig Mic. "GuitarJack 2 is far superior and offers the cleanest signal we have heard so far, even without a Noise Gate." (Sonoma says, "Noise Gate Coming Soon")
- How does GuitarJack compare with Alesis iO Dock?
Some of the advantages GuitarJack has over the iO Dock is that GuitarJack is made of metal instead of plastic, works with more devices, is more portable, and doesn't require electricity, so GuitarJack is more mobile. The iO Dock's advantage is that it has more inputs and outputs, but GuitarJack provides ample inoputs and outputs, stereo recording, and simultaneous 1/4" and 1/8" input recording with a sleek design that fits in your pocket.
- GuitarJack Model 2 works with iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad mini and iPad 4 (using Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter), iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen.). iPod touch 2nd gen. info. iO Dock works with iPad and iPad 2. Check with manufacturer regarding compatibility with the latest devices.
- GuitarJack has a 1/4 inch instrument input, an 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input and an 1/8 inch stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones. iO Dock has two combo XLR-1/4 inch inputs, pair 1/4 inch and 1/4 inch headphone outputs, and video output for connection to TVs and projectors.
iPad Creative - iO Dock is more of a studio device and, for the best number of input/options, would win out...GuitarJack 2 is ultimately portable though and integrates via software with FourTrack and StudioTrack. If you decide the GuitarJack 2 is the right configuration for you we're sure you won't be disappointed."
- Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.
- GuitarJack is Made in the USA. Alesis iO Dock is made in China.
- How does GuitarJack compare with Tascam iU2?
GuitarJack made of metal and "built like a tank." iU2 is plastic.
- "GuitarJack will slip into any pocket" as it is 65 mm (including-30 pin connector) and is sleekly designed with no knobs or buttons that can break (it's software configurable). iU2 is 110 mm.
- GuitarJack does not provide phantom power, but it can be used with mono or stereo battery powered condenser microphones. The iU2 will do phantom power, but only if you are plugged into a USB.
- GuitarJack has AD/DA converstion. The iU2 has AD conversion.
- Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.
- GuitarJack does not charge your device while in use, but Sonoma uses GuitarJack with an iPhone/iPad at trade shows for more than 8 hours of continuous use with a single charge (screen brightness dimmed to about 30%). iU2 will charge your device while using it.
- GuitarJack is Made in the USA. Tascam's iU2 is made in China.
- How does GuitarJack compare with Line 6 Mobile In?
Does Line 6 Mobile In work with StudioTrack?
GuitarJack made of metal and "built like a tank." Mobile In is plastic.
- Reviewer video where you can hear that "GuitarJack 2 provides a louder and clear sound to your guitar tone.": GuitarJack 2 vs. Line 6 Mobile In Sound Quality Test. iheartguitarblog says, "GuitarJack′s sound quality is the highest of any iOS interface I've used" (IK Multimedia iRig and Line 6 Mobile In).
- GuitarJack can simultaneously record instrument and microphones using both inputs, with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack that support those features. Line 6 Mobile In supports only one input source at a time. Other than that users have reported that Mobile In works with StudioTrack.
- GuitarJack has a 1/4 inch instrument input, an 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input, and an 1/8 inch stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphones. Mobile In has an 1/8 inch guitar input, an 1/8-inch stereo line input (includes one guitar cable with 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch ends). Mobile In does not have an output, so it relies on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch headphone out.
- GuitarJack does work with iPod touch (4th generation). Mobile In does not work with iPod touch (4th generation).
- GuitarJack has an AD/DA converter. The Mobile In has an AD converter.
- Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.
- Both GuitarJack with GuitarTone app amps and effects, and Mobile In with Mobile POD app amps allow you to jam along with your iTunes library
- GuitarTone app ($2.99) includes 3 amps, 3 effects, 3 microphones, and several presets, is included in FourTrack and StudioTrack recording apps, and works with GuitarJack and other interfaces. Line 6 Mobile POD app is free with the Mobile In accessory and includes many amps for free, but the Mobile POD® app does not work with other accessories.
- StudioTrack with GuitarTone amps and effects and FourTrack with GuitarTone amps and effects offer recording and AudioCopy AudioPaste with over 100 iOS audio apps. The Line 6 Mobile POD® app does not offer recording or AudioCopy AudioPaste.
- GuitarJack is Made in the USA. Line 6 Mobile In is not made in America.
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- Why is GuitarJack more expensive than some other options?
The engineering, chips, circuitry, 3 jacks, 30 pin connector, machined aluminum housing and other high quality materials involved in producing it makes GuitarJack cost more to produce than adapters that plug into the headset jack as well as other less expensive dock connecting accessories. With GuitarJack, you get proven high quality sound, designed by Joe Bryan, famous for his work for Universal Audio, including the UA 2192. GuitarJack is made in America, which causes it to be more expensive to produce than many other options. If you are looking for the best sounding solution that works best for recording, GuitarJack is the premium choice.
- Which apps can I use with GuitarJack Model 2?
GuitarJack Model 2 works best with FourTrack for iPhone ($4.99), StudioTrack for iPad ($9.99), GuitarTone ($2.99), and Taylor EQ (free) because they include the GuitarJack Model 2 control panel. StudioTrack and FourTrack have unique features, like simultaneous instrument recording onto two tracks and stereo recording onto two tracks. Additional amps and effects ($19.99 value) are enabled for free in GuitarTone, StudioTrack and FourTrack while GuitarJack Model 2 is connected.
GuitarJack Model 2 is compatible with many third party recording apps, guitar tuners, and audio effects apps, like Apple's GarageBand, even if they do not have a GuitarJack control panel. To change modes or set levels of GuitarJack for use with third party apps, configure the settings using an app with the GuitarJack control panel (like GuitarTone), then quit to launch the third party app. GuitarJack will retain the current settings and levels even when the iOS device goes to sleep or GuitarJack is disconnected.
GuitarJack users have reported success using GuitarJack with the following third party apps. We're sure GuitarJack works with even more audio apps!
Sonoma Wire Works is keeping track of GuitarJack compatible third party apps in the GuitarJack Forums.
- Is there a free app with the GuitarJack control panel?
The GuitarTone amps, effects and tuner app (only $2.99) and Taylor EQ (free) that Sonoma developed in conjunction with Taylor Guitars include the GuitarJack Model 2 control panel. Many of Taylor EQ's features are built-in to FourTrack and StudioTrack as a Song Tool. GuitarTone's amps, cabinets, and effects are unlocked in FourTrack and StudioTrack when your device is connected to GuitarJack.
- What is the Taylor EQ app?
The Taylor EQ iOS app is an input EQ for enhancing the sound of a Taylor guitar when played through GuitarJack on an iOS device. Players can select from a range of EQ presets that complement Taylor's signature guitar body shapes, including the Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Grand Concert, Dreadnought, T5, or the new GS Mini. Each EQ preset was custom designed by Taylor Guitars' engineers to optimize the tone of each body shape for use with the GuitarJack. Players can also create a custom tone for any guitar by using the six-band parametric equalizer in Advanced EQ mode, and play along to their favorite songs by launching Taylor EQ while the iPod app is playing.
While the Taylor EQ app will work with most guitar adapters and any acoustic guitar, it is optimized for use with the GuitarJack and Taylor guitars equipped with the company's Expression System® for the highest quality sound. Taylor EQ includes the GuitarJack control panel, which allows users to configure the GuitarJack settings and levels. Many Taylor EQ features are built-in to FourTrack and StudioTrack to enhance recordings of Taylor guitars or any other acoustic guitar.
- What are Taylor EQ app's features?
The Taylor EQ Features:
- Six Taylor Guitar EQ Presets: Select from a range of EQ presets that complement Taylor's signature guitar body shapes, including the Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Grand Concert, Dreadnought, T5, or the GS Mini.
Advanced Mode: Use the 6 band Parametric EQ with frequency, gain and pinch-for-Q gesture control to create a custom tone for your Taylor Guitar or any guitar. Then save the settings for later use. Toggle between basic and advanced to hear the difference.
iPod Playthrough: Play along with your iPod songs on your iPhone or iPod touch while in the Taylor EQ app.
Compressor/Limiter: A factory configured compressor-limiter sweetens the sound and keeps the output from clipping, or turn it off to hear the unprocessed output.
Monitor Level: Balance the level when playing along with iPod songs. Turn it up to push the compressor harder.
GuitarJack Control Panel: GuitarJack connects instruments, stereo line inputs and mics to the iPod Touch (3rd generation) via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs. GuitarJack features a 1/4 inch instrument with configurable pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, a 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input that includes pad, normal and boost modes, and a 1/8 inch stereo output with increased drive for headphones. Each input has 60dB of continuous gain/level control. You can configure GuitarJack's levels in Taylor EQ for the best possible sound, and what you'll hear through the improved headphone jack sounds better than through the iOS device headphone jack. Levels set using Taylor EQ's GuitarJack Control Panel settings will remain set when you switch to compatible audio apps, even if they do not include the GuitarJack Control Panel.
- What are the differences between the Taylor EQ app and the Taylor EQ Song Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack?
The Taylor EQ Song Tool built-in to FourTrack and StudioTrack includes all the same features as the Taylor EQ app except there is no iPod playthrough and no preset saving and loading. Taylor EQ preset saving and loading will be coming to FourTrack and StudioTrack. iPod playthrough is not possible in FourTrack and StudioTrack.
- What are the differences between the GuitarTone app and the GuitarTone Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack?
The GuitarTone Song Tool built-in to FourTrack and StudioTrack includes many of the same features as the GuitarTone stand-alone app with some exceptions:
- Purchases of additional AmpPacks and PedalPacks can only be purchased in the GuitarTone stand-alone app. Packs are instantly activated in GuitarTone , FourTrack and StudioTrack on any device that uses the same iTunes account.*
- GuitarTone stand-alone app allows iPod playthrough, but FourTrack and StudioTrack do not.
- GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app tones are updated and improved from the tones that are included in FourTrack's and StudioTrack's GuitarTone 1.1 song tools.
- GuitarTone stand-alone app has been updated to version 2.1 to include Audiobus, making it possible for multiple Audiobus enabled music apps to work together. Audiobus Input and Filter support allows you to record your guitar with the incredible sounds of GuitarTone in Audiobus enabled apps, like GarageBand, or filter the output of another app, like NLogSynth, before recording it. FourTrack and StudioTrack do not yet include Audiobus.
- A 24-bit firmware update for GuitarJack Model 2, the best sounding guitar interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, his now included in the GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app update. Also, with this firmware update, input level controls in GarageBand and Multitrack DAW now work with GuitarJack Model 2. FourTrack and StudioTrack do not include this firmware update.
- Can third party amp modeling apps connect directly to the FourTrack app?
As of iOS 4.1, and prior to Audiobus, it was not possible to have the audio from one app running into the input of another, so one app could not mix into another app. The multi-tasking behavior on the phone was quite limited in terms of audio routing between apps. Without AudioBus, audio can not be blended from one app into the main output along with other apps, like running Pandora in the background, or listening to the iPod app while using the Taylor EQ app. Two apps using inputs could not be run at the same time. Only the foreground app has access to the audio input signal, so even if you could put AmpKit into the background, it would not have access to the audio input signal.
- Does Sonoma make any amp or pedal modeling software for FourTrack and GuitarJack Model 2?
Yes, Sonoma makes the GuitarTone app, a standalone app and a Song Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack. GuitarTone includes Audiobus support, but FourTrack and StudioTrack do not yet support Audiobus. FourTrack and StudioTrack include GuitarTone amps and effects so it is not necessary for using these amps and effects.
- What is the GuitarTone app and what are its features?
GuitarTone is an amp and effects App and Song Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack. Please see the GuitarTone page for more information.
- Which microphones and audio cables are recommended for use with GuitarJack?
GuitarJack will work with any un-powered dynamic microphone, eg. Shure SM-57, SM-58, EV RE-20, Sennheiser MD-421, and more. An XLR to 1/4" cable or adapter will be required. A low-Z to hi-Z impedance adapter is NOT required. GuitarJack does NOT provide phantom power, but it can be used with mono or stereo battery powered condenser microphones.
Sonoma Wire Works has tested GuitarJack with the following battery powered condenser mics:
- Rode NT4 ($899 MSRP) - stereo XY condenser microphone with two externally biased 1/2 capsules with gold sputtered diaphragms. Phantom power or 9V battery operation. Doug Wright, Sonoma Wire Works' CEO, uses the Rode NT4.
- AKG C1000S ($399 MSRP) - cardioid condenser microphone, great for mobile recording or live sound. Phantom or battery power.
- Sony ECM719 ($89.99 MSRP) - one point stereo microphone.
- Sony ECM-MS907 ($99.99 MSRP) - one-point MS stereo electret condensor mic with adjustable pickup angle.
- More microphones listed in the GuitarJack Forum Microphone thread.
GuitarJack's 1/4" connector is unbalanced (TS) only. Mono microphones can be connected to the 1/4" connector, but the 1/4" connector will not have the boost mode that the 1/8" connector features. Some XLR-1/4" cables have impedance conversion built in or connect the wrong pins to the 1/4" cable.
GuitarJack's 1/8" connector is stereo unbalanced (TRS). It has >72dB of gain with boost mode enabled and the slider at max so you should be able to get plenty of signal level from your microphones. The best way to connect gear is using a Y cable for the type of connection you require so that you can connect the mic to the left or right depending on the situation, for example, we recommend the following depending on your needs:
- What do reviewers think?
- Tape Op Magazine - "Physically, it's a thing of beauty - and sturdy too. It feels like a nice solid block of aluminum and is about half the size of an iPhone. Yes, you can do simultaneous recording of both guitar and a mic'ed signal - the GuitarJack 2 is likely the smallest iOS device that allows this. I tried the GuitarJack 2 out on both my iPad and iPod Touch, using a variety of apps such as FourTrack, GarageBand, and Moog's Filtatron (a fave). Worked like a charm and sounded fantastic with both electric guitar and line-level signals. Very quiet with plenty of headroom, and not a hint of RF hum."
- Today's iPhone -"GuitarJack Model 2 is beautiful. Its chunky, industrial, metallic feel mimics that of a heavy guitar pedal and should give most active performers some reassurance that it can’t be easily broken. The smoked chrome finish is perfect. All in all, it looks flipping fantagmagastic... This accessory is awesome, and is a must for anyone who wants to marry their guitar-god side with their tech-nerd persona."
- Premier Guitar - The industrial design of GuitarJack suggests a tiny Steinway grand piano crossed with a silver Ferrari. The laser-etched SWW logo on the glossy steel housing adds to the impression of quality — GuitarJack, in other words, comes across as a proper piece of studio gear, not a mere accessory...higher quality data transfer, less crosstalk, and better fidelity...The better news is that it sounds as good as it looks. That’s because it boasts a proper 24-bit AD/DA converter...yes, you can record using both the guitar and microphone inputs simultaneously into FourTrack or StudioTrack. That's huge. GuitarJack is made right here in America, too.
- Engadget.com - "GuitarJack Model 2 is a handsome, well-built adapter for capturing ideas in instrumental and vocal form. Machined aluminum housing looks nice...also alleviated fears about damaging in a gear bag."
- Rolling Stone - "GuitarJack remains the top-of-the-line instrument-to-iPhone interface...impeccable sound with no discernible noise. Its solid aluminum body also has a 1/8-inch input for a microphone, so you can record on two tracks simultaneously, using the company's FourTrack or StudioTrack app."
- The Loop - "The proof is in the sound. GuitarJack worked beautifully...the quality of the signal was evident...a clean, clear signal for your guitar. I’ve been a fan of Sonoma Wire Works for many years. They are a company that cares about its users and they make very high-quality software and hardware products. If you’re looking for a device to play your guitar on the iPhone or iPad, I highly recommend GuitarJack Model 2."
- SonicState - "This is the Rolls Royce...the GuitarJack Model 2... it's made of out metal...it's a completely different kettle of fish from the other ones. This has got a guitar jack in, a headphone output, and it's also got a stereo input. If you use Sonoma's own software, you can actually record multiple inputs simultaneously. it's just beautiful, it's just gorgeous. It sounds great. The converters on this are designed by someone who's famous for Universal Audio front end stuff, so it's got good heritage."
- MusicTech Magazine - "Mobile pioneer Sonoma Wire Works has updated GuitarJack...Model 2 adds an AD/DA converter, remembers your settings even if the iOS device is asleep, and includes a spacer near the Dock connector to keep it flush with the iOS device."
- More GuitarJack News & Reviews
- Is GuitarJack Model 2 24-bit?
Yes, GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app includes a firmware update for GuitarJack Model 2, which includes a 24-bit AD/DA converter. Once installed, 24-bit playback and recording is possible with apps that support those features on iPhone 4 and later, iPad 1 and later, and iPod touch (4th generation) and later. Also, with this firmware update, input level controls in GarageBand and Multitrack DAW now work with GuitarJack Model 2.
To install the GuitarJack Model 2 24-bit firmware update:
- Download the GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app from the App Store and launch the app.
- Connect GuitarJack Model 2 to your iOS device
- Follow onscreen instructions to update your GuitarJack Model 2 firmware.
- Check to see if firmware installation was successful by following these steps: With GuitarJack Model 2 plugged into your device, go to Settings -> General -> About -> GuitarJack2 (scroll down to the bottom of the screen). What firmware version is shown? 13.4.9 is the firmware version which corresponds to the 24 bit update.
- Why does WiFi and 3G service disappear when I use GuitarJack with my iPhone 4S?
This is an iOS bug when using an iPhone 4S and GuitarJack or other dock connecting audio accessories. GuitarJack will work fine without WiFi or 3G. To get WiFi and 3G back, you don't have to reboot, you can just turn airplane mode on for 10 seconds and off. After disconnecting GuitarJack, WiFi and 3G will go back to normal. It is recommended to use GuitarJack while in airplane mode. Sonoma has notified Apple about this iOS issue.
- Why are there audio glitches, pops, or clicks in my recordings?
Audio glitches, pops and clicks can occur in FourTrack and other recording apps when other apps are running in the background. With the introduction of iOS 4, Apple added "multi-tasking", the ability for apps to continue running in the background. When Apple implemented this, they made it the default behavior of apps to continue running in the background even when you press the home button to "quit" the app and go back to the Springboard (aka home screen). If you double tap the home button, you can see a list of all the apps you've run since launching your phone. Some of these may be running background tasks, others aren't. Unfortunately, there is no indication of what these apps are doing, and it's at each app developer's discretion to really quit when "backgrounded". To be sure to have as much CPU and RAM available as possible for recording, we recommend users quit all other running apps. This is good advice for using other apps that you may notice this behavior with as well. We also recommend running in airplane mode to reduce radio interference, CPU usage of the phone and other radio processes, and avoid interruption of your recording by phone calls.
- Does Sonoma Wire Works plan to make audio interfaces or apps for Android?
Yes, Sonoma plans to make interfaces and apps for Android. See Sonoma's Android™ Low Latency Audio Solution, Sonoma LLA Frequently Asked Questions and GuitarJack 2 USB product announcement.
Sonoma hasn't released multitrack recording or amps and effects apps yet on Android because there is no synchronized record and playback system on shipping Android devices, which is necessary for multitrack recording and amps and effects processing. Sonoma is preparing software and hardware ready to launch as soon as Sonoma's LLA is installed on Android devices.
- Where can I find GuitarJack Images?
- Is there a warranty for GuitarJack?
Please see the GuitarJack Warranty page.
- What is the return policy for GuitarJack?
Please see the GuitarJack Return Policy page.
- Where can I purchase GuitarJack? Is international shipping available?
GuitarJack can be purchased directly from the Sonoma Wire Works Online Store or through an approved GuitarJack dealer.
- Where can I find more information?
GuitarJack Features, Technical Specifications, and more. Email email@example.com for any additional information.
- Known Issues:
- iOS 7 Issue: How do I give permission for an app to access the built in microphone or GuitarJack?
In iOS 7 a user is presented with a popup when launching any app that uses the microphone. They have to give permission to the app to access the microphone. If you select "no" that app (FourTrack, StudioTrack, GuitarTone) cannot get input from the device. Even though it seems to only refer to the built in microphone, it really means ALL audio input including GuitarJack.
To fix this, the user needs to launch the Settings App and go to Privacy - Microphone and then change the switch so it shows green.