GuitarJack Stage Control iOS App

Use GuitarJack Stage to Control iOS Apps that Support MIDI Input


About GuitarJack Stage Control App for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

The free GuitarJack Stage Control app (in the iTunes App store) allows you to use Sonoma's GuitarJack Stage 2-in/2-out audio interface for iOS/Mac/Win/Android to control many third-party iOS apps that support MIDI input (e.g. amp simulators, effects processors, recording apps). GuitarJack Stage Control enables apps to be controlled by GuitarJack Stage's buttons and knobs, including AmpliTube®, BIAS® FX (iPad), JamUp®, JamUp® Pro, and other third party apps that support MIDI input. Sonoma's FourTrack (iPhone), StudioTrack (iPad), and GuitarTone (iPhone/iPad) do not require the GuitarJack Stage Control app as they include fully integrated controls for GuitarJack Stage without the need for a separate app. Sonoma plans to add the ability for users to re-map the controls for Sonoma apps soon.

How to Set a Third-Party App's MIDI Channel and Map its MIDI Parameters for Use with GuitarJack Stage

Quick Start Guide
Download the free GuitarJack Stage Control app (in the iTunes App store).

Before setting up, it's best to make sure that there are no other audio/MIDI applications running on your iOS device, as there is always the possibility of these apps interfering with each other.

To force other apps to close:
• Press the Home button two times quickly. You'll see small previews of your recently used apps.
• Swipe left to find the app you want to close.
• Swipe up on the app's preview to close it.

To get started, launch a third party app that supports MIDI input, then launch GuitarJack Stage Control, then switch back to the third party app.

See instructions for using each app below.

More in-depth MIDI map details for the GuitarJack Stage can be found here.

Share your experience using GuitarJack Stage Control with these and other apps in Sonoma's GuitarJack Stage Forum.

AmpliTube®

Using GuitarJack Stage Control with AmpliTube:
  • Follow the Quick Start Guide above.
  • Get AmpliTube from iTunes if you don't have it already.
  • Launch AmpliTube.
  • Launch GuitarJack Stage Control, then switch back to AmpliTube.
  • Press the Menu button on the bottom righthand corner of any view in AmpliTube.
  • Navigate to Settings -> External Control -> MIDI
  • From the MIDI menu, press the 'Setup' button in the upper righthand corner.
  • In the MIDI Setup menu, set the 'MIDI Receive Channel' to channel 2 by pressing the 'Edit' button, scrolling down to the channel number, and pressing 'Done' to select it. AmpliTube is now ready to receive control from GuitarJack Stage.
  • To map a knob or button, hold your finger on the control you want to map until the MIDI Learn pop-up up appears.
  • Press a button or turn a knob on GuitarJack Stage, and the control in AmpliTube should turn gold to indicate it has been mapped.
  • You're now ready to rock!

BIAS® FX

Using GuitarJack Stage Control with BIAS FX
  • Follow the Quick Start Guide above.
  • Get BIAS FX from iTunes if you don't have it already.
  • Launch BIAS FX.
  • Launch GuitarJack Stage Control, then switch back to BIAS FX.
  • To set the MIDI channel to the right setting for receiving from GuitarJack Stage Control, click the Settings icon in the upper righthand corner of the menu bar.
  • Navigate to MIDI Setting -> MIDI Channel, and select 'channel 2'. Bias FX is now ready to receive control from GuitarJack Stage.
  • To map a knob, touch and hold on any knob until the MIDI Learn pop-up appears.
  • Tap on the text 'Click to MIDI Learn', then turn one of the amp control knobs on GuitarJack Stage. This will assign your control.
  • To map a button, click the Settings icon in the upper righthand corner of the menu bar.
  • Navigate to Settings -> MIDI Setting -> MIDI Control Assignments -> Add a New Control Assignment
  • From the Controls menu, navigate to the control you wish to map.
  • Press 'MIDI Learn' and then press a button on GuitarJack Stage. This will assign your control.
    Note: When using the buttons to turn effects on/off, it is possible to get out of sync with GuitarJack Stage, as BIAS FX will allow off and on states to be opposite to the buttons on GuitarJack Stage. However, because you can also apply multiple effects to one control, if you want to have one effect go off when another turns on, this is an extremely powerful feature. To sync/ unsync effects on/off manually, simply tap the on/off control on an effect that is already mapped to a button on GuitarJack Stage.
  • Have fun making music!

JamUp® and JamUp Pro

Using GuitarJack Stage Control with JamUp and JamUp Pro
  • Follow the Quick Start Guide above.
  • Get JamUp or JamUp Pro from iTunes if you don't have it already.
  • Launch JamUp or JamUp Pro.
  • Launch GuitarJack Stage Control, then switch back to JamUp.
  • Navigate to MIDI Setting, and set the 'Enable MIDI Setting' toggle to on.
  • To set the MIDI channel to the right setting for receiving from GuitarJack Stage Control, in the Settings menu, navigate to MIDI Setting -> MIDI Channel.
  • In the MIDI Channel view, select Channel 2. JamUp/JamUp Pro is now ready to receive control from GuitarJack Stage.
  • To map a knob or button, in the Settings menu, navigate to MIDI Setting -> MIDI Control Assignments -> Add New Control Assignment
  • From the Controls menu, navigate to the control you wish to map.
  • Press 'MIDI Learn' and then turn a knob or press a button on GuitarJack Stage. This will assign your control.
    Note: JamUp/JamUp Pro will allow you to set knobs to toggle controls, and buttons to adjustable ones. Be aware of this when mapping your GuitarJack Stage, as these mappings will not work. When using the buttons to turn effects on/off, it is possible to get out of sync with GuitarJack Stage, as JamUp/JamUp Pro will allow off and on states to be opposite to the buttons on GuitarJack Stage. However, because you can also apply multiple effects to one control, if you want to have one effect go off when another turns on, this is an extremely powerful feature. To sync/ unsync effects on/off manually, drag an effect into our out of the signal chain.
  • Now you can jam!

More

More in-depth MIDI map details for the GuitarJack Stage can be found here.

Check out Sonoma's GuitarJack Stage Forum or contact support if you would like to share your experience with these or other apps, or to ask questions. We will also be adding guides for using desktop apps with GuitarJack Stage.

Trademarks

AmpliTube® is a registered trademark of IK Multimedia. JamUp® and BIAS® are trademarks of Positive Grid Inc.

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