GuitarTone Guide


Tutorial videos of specific app features.

Quick Start

Simple instructions to get you up and running.


Detailed explanations of app features.


Frequently Asked Questions

GuitarTone Demo Movie

GuitarTone 2.0 Video

GuitarTone Quickstart

GuitarTone requires access to your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch microphone. Access can be granted by going to SETTINGS, PRIVACY, MICROPHONE, and making sure GuitarTone access is switched on.
Step 1: Plug in, Launch GuitarTone, then Edit Settings

For best results, plug one of Sonoma's GuitarJack audio interfaces into your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, plug your guitar into GuitarJack's 1/4" jack, and plug headphones into GuitarJack's 1/8" headphone out. Refer to your specific GuitarJack model guide for instructions.

If you have a new StudioJack Mini or GuitarJack Stage, see the StudioJack Mini Guide or GuitarJack Stage Guide for more information. For example, you'll find a diagram for how GuitarJack Stage controls GuitarTone.

For GuitarJack Model 2 users, launch GuitarTone, and go to the GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel, which is where you can select a mode and set the input level before playing your guitar. For guitar, we recommend selecting the 1/4" Input tab, setting the gain so the meter reads between -9 and -6dB, setting the impedance to Hi-Z, and setting the output level to a comfortable level. GuitarJack Model 2 will retain the current settings and levels even when the iOS device goes to sleep or the GuitarJack is disconnected. If you are using the 1/8" input, these guidelines still apply.

If you are using an alternative dock connecting interface, keep in mind that those devices are not software configurable. You will not be able to take advantage of GuitarTone's GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel with pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes and 60 dB of continuous level control. Launch GuitarTone.

If you are using a headset guitar interface, we recommend enabling GuitarTone's Noise Gate. You will not be able to use the GuitarJack control panel. Keep the output level below 75% to avoid feedback when using headset devices.

Step 2: Select the Mixer Tab

The Mixer allows you to do several things: Monitor level 1 is the 1/4" input, and Monitor level 2 is the 1/8". When only using the 1/4" input, Monitor Level 2 is the direct, unprocessed signal from the 1/4". Mixer also lets you turn on Small Speaker Mode, for clear sound while playing through small external speakers. You may also enable iPod play-through so that you can play along to your favorite songs by launching GuitarTone while the iTunes app is playing.

Step 3: Select the GuitarTone Tab

Tune your guitar by touching the tuning fork icon. The first screen you are presented with is a preset tone created by Sonoma Wire Works with an amp, effect and microphone. Slide the entire preset to the left to hear reveal several more presets. To edit the preset effect, amp, or cab/mic, simply touch one of those three icons at the bottom of the preset. Those three icons will allow you to adjust, add and subtract effects, adjust and change the amp, adjust the amp, and change the cab/mic combo for each preset. You can save the changes you've made to each preset by either selecting the SAVE icon or trying to swipe to a new preset. This will allow you to change the name to a unique name, so that you can keep the original preset names and settings in tact, or discard your changes. An alternative way to peruse the presets is to touch the preset list button.

For more information on using GuitarTone in FourTrack or StudioTrack, consult the FourTrack Guide or StudioTrack Guide.

For more information on using GuitarTone with your GuitarJack, consult your GuitarJack Guide.

GuitarTone Overview of Features

  • New in GuitarTone 3 for iOS 10 and iOS 11

    • All New Tube Models and Revoiced Amps: Up to 5 pre-amp tubes in high-gain amps
    • 25 Amps & 26 Effects Available for In-App Purchase: à la carte or bundled in amp and pedal packs
    • Up to 6 simultaneous pedals per preset
    • 2x oversampling for super smooth distortion
    • Microphone phase switch and pan control on cabs allow custom blending
    • 2 new pedals available: Screamer pro-overdrive and Rooster resonant-overdrive
    • Low latency (~15ms in-to-out) on iOS 10 devices

  • 3 Included Effects: Phaser, Drive+ and Va-Room

  • 3 Included Amps: '60 Slant, Custom and Tweed Blues

  • Every cabinet has four microphone options: Dynamic, Condensor, Ribbon, and Precision. Cabs can be used with any amp

  • Pre and post effects: Drag one or more effects into an effects chain. Use pre-post to move before or after the amp (on stereo enabled effects)

  • Double Cab: The ultimate guitar tone with stereo guitar cabinets - two cabinet and microphone combinations at the same time create a killer sound

  • Preset Board: Quickly jump between favorite presets

  • Noise Gate: Reduce unwanted noise, with fast mode for high gain amps to achieve super crunchy metal tones

  • High Visibility Tuner: Fast, accurate tuning

  • Amp Previews: Amp previews are available in GuitarTone when you select "Open Store...". You can also listen to GuitarTone previews from your computer or iOS device browser: listen to GuitarTone Amp and Effect Previews.

  • (New in v2.10) iOS 10 tested with several fixes and improvements

  • (New in v2.9.4) Improved support in Interfaces Panel for GuitarJack Stage, StudioJack Mini and their predecessor, GuitarJack 2 USB

  • (New in v2.9.3) Greatly enhanced support for GuitarJack Stage, StudioJack Mini, and their predecessors (GuitarJack Model 2 and GuitarJack 2 USB), as well as generic USB audio interfaces

  • (New in v2.9.3) iPad: Fixed bug in Save and Presets menus that could lead to a crash if another popover (tuner, gate, mixer, interface) was opened beforehand

  • (New in v2.9.3) Enhanced support for GuitarJack Stage, StudioJack Mini, and their predecessors (GuitarJack Model 2 and GuitarJack 2 USB), as well as generic USB audio interfaces.

  • (New in v2.9.3) iPad: Fixed bug in Save and Presets menus that could lead to a crash if another popover (tuner, gate, mixer, interface) was opened beforehand

  • (New in v2.9.2) GuitarJack Stage mapped to Tap Tempo feature for delay pedals

  • (New in v2.9.2) Improved wah smoothness and responsiveness when used with an expression pedal

  • (New in v2.9) Added support for GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Mini

  • (New in v2.9) iOS 9 tested

  • (New in v2.8) Supports Inter-App Audio

  • (New in v2.8) iOS 8 tested

  • (New in v2.1) Audiobus FX Support: 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

  • (New in v3) See list above for this huge release!

  • (New in v3.0.2) iOS 11 tested, fixed cpu overload on slower devices (by disabling oversampling on iPhone 5, 5c, and iPad 4), and fixed some crashes

See Release Notes for more information.

GuitarTone 3 Compatibility

  • iOS 10 or later. Earlier versions of GuitarTone are available for earlier iOS versions from Apple - See forum for tips.
  • iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPod touch (6th gen), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad 7, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad Pro
  • StudioJack Mini or GuitarJack Stage audio interface for best results, but works well with many third party interfaces

GuitarTone FAQ

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 stand-alone app includes Audiobus. FourTrack and StudioTrack do not yet include Audiobus.
GuitarTone includes many great sounding tones that are inspired by, not exact simulations or models of, the gear above. Product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Sonoma Wire Works. Trademarks are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds inspired the creation of GuitarTone. Bogner is a registered trademark of Bogner Amplification.
BOSS is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation.
Cry Baby is a registered trademark of Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc.
Earthworks is a registered trademark of Earthworks, Inc.
Fender, Bassman, Twin, and Vibrolux are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Gibson is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corp. Hiwatt is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company Ltd.
Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc.
Mesa and Maverick are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd.
Neumann is a registered trademark of Georg Neumann GmbH.
Neve is a registered trademark of AMS Neve Limited.
Peavey is a registered trademark and Nashville is a trademark of Peavey Electronics Corporation.
Royer Labs and R-121 are registered trademarks of Bulldog Audio, Inc. (Royer Labs).
Sennheiser is a registered trademark of Sennheiser Electronic Corp.
Shure is a registered trademark of Shure, Inc.
Silvertone is a registered trademark of Samick Music Corporation.
Tube Screamer is a registered trademark of Hoshino Gakki Co. Ltd.
Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited.
Watkins Dominator is a registered trademark of Watkins Electric Music Ltd.

GuitarTone™ © 2011-2017, Sonoma Wire Works. Amps, Cabinets and Effects Designed and Engineered by Sonoma Wire Works.

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