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2012 - News and Reviews


GuitarTone 2.0 Update:
Sonoma Wire Works has released a free update to the GuitarTone iOS amp and effects app. GuitarTone 2 is universal (iPad/iPhone/iPod touch), includes double cab and a pedal board for iPad and iPhone 5, improved tone for all amps and effects, a noise gate, improved tuner, over 60 additional presets, new previews, lower latency on newer devices and more. - Learn more about GuitarTone 2.0

Pro Audio Magazine
Review by:
Russ Long

Holiday Ideas for the Audio Pro:
"The best all-around iOS interface that I've encountered is Sonoma Wire Works' GuitarJack Model 2...this compact well-made contraption includes a high quality 24-bit AD/DA converter. The headphone output is a significant upgrade from the output on any of the iOS devices allowing for near audiophile listening when coupled with a great pair of headphones. I've spent hours listening for enjoyment and critiquing my mixes listening to my Audio-Technical ATH-M50 headphones through the GuitarJack and it sounds stellar. I've been using it for over a year and have found it to work perfectly with all of my audio apps including FourTrack, AmpliTube, [FiRe is now RODE REC], DigiTech Stomp Shop, GuitarTone, GarageBand and studio.HD...A Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable will be needed if using the GuitarJack Model 2 with one of the newer iOS devices, but operation is unaffected."
Review by:
Philip Nelson

GuitarJack Model 2 Video Review
"At about $149, GuitarJack Model 2 from Sonoma Wire Works is a really effective tool, especially if you're a guitarist looking for a way to use your iPhone as a tool for your axe."

Music App Blog
Review by:

GuitarJack Model 2 Review by Music App Blog
"I had no problems getting the GJ2 to function with a range of other audio and music apps – Amplitube, Ampkit, Garageband and Auria included – all worked absolutely fine. Equally, I was able to record with both a guitar and a mic...What struck me most was just how clean the guitar tones were – so the tone you get here does not have any significant amount of electronic hum or interference. This makes is possible to really get the best out of your amp sims and, if recording the guitar tone in something like Garageband or Auria, the results really can be very good indeed...During my own testing, the audio quality matched the build quality with ease. For iDevice owning guitar players who...want to get the best out of their amp sims, the GuitarJack Model 2 is currently the most stylish solution."

Review by:
Peter Hodgson

GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"GuitarJack′s sound quality is the highest of any iOS interface I’ve used...For testing I plugged my guitar into a Radial A/B box, loaded up my favourite AmpKit preset on both my iPad and iPhone, sent each to my mixer and used the Radial to switch between other interfaces (IK Multimedia iRig and Line 6 Mobile In). GuitarJack Model 2 stood out in sheer dynamic range and low noise, and it seemed especially lively in the high ends, whereas many interfaces seem to dull this down. It helps to add extra realism to amp sim apps, and it provides a nice clean signal to tuner apps...If the only thing GuitarJack did was to provide a great low-noise guitar interface in a high quality casing, it’d be a no-brainer. The fact that it also includes the Mic/Line input and that you can use both at once in various apps makes it an indispensable tool for the guitarist on the go."

Mental Radiation Films
Review by:
Nathan Miller

Mental Radiation Films has created two excellent GuitarJack iOS interface demo videos:

Osiris Guitar

GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"GuitarJack allows simultaneous input and recording from both the instrument jack and the mic/line jack...very reliable and I've gotten a great tone...there are a lot more settings available for GuitarJack [than Apogee Jam]. Settings are remembered in GuitarJack, so you can open the control panel in an app that has it then switch to another app without. GuitarJack's amplified output jack is a great feature...running it into a PA is very handy...The volume level is about doubled when using the GuitarJack output, a very welcome feature! GuitarJack's dock connector is mounted directly on the device, so there’s no cable that can go missing or break (the cable breaking is my main worry with the Apogee Jam). I'm very impressed with GuitarJack. With it’s many inputs and outputs and different settings it’s a great one-in-all device to convert your iPhone into a portable practice and recording studio. The sound quality is great and there are a lot of settings...GuitarJack clearly has more usable features [than Apogee Jam]. Recorded clips with GuitarJack compared to Apogee Jam."

Musico Pro Magazine
Review by:
Fabio Garcia

StudioTrack Review (July 2012 Issue)
"The outstanding innovation of the new version of StudioTrack is the inclusion of the GuitarTone module and control panel for the GuitarJack Model 2 audio interface; also includes a tuner and the equalization adjustment panel for Taylor guitars.!"

Spanish: "La novedad destacada de la nueva versión es la inclusión del módulo GuitarTone y del panel de control de la interfaz de audio GuitarJack; además, se incluye un afinador y el panel de ajuste de ecualización para guitarras Taylor."

MusicTech Magazine

StudioTrack 1.5 Review (June 2012 Issue)
"StudioTrack upgrade now offers the ability to control Sonoma's GuitarJack interface. Sonoma has added GuitarTone amps and effects, too, some included, others as add-ons. There's now a tuner and the Tayor EQ acoustic guitar song tool. All of this on top of the existing features of this eight-track recorder - including track compression, EQ, delay and reverb sends - make this one of the best apps out there for simple tape-style multitrack recording." - 9 out of 10 stars

Guitarist Magazine
Review by:
Trevor Curwen

GuitarJack Model 2 (June 2012 Issue)
"GuitarJack will take a guitar plugged into its standard jack input and also has a mini jack stereo mic/line input so you can record in stereo and simultaneously record vocals and an instrument when used with an app that supports that function such as Sonoma's FourTrack... GuitarJack Model 2 is ruggedly built and offers great sound quality plus robust headphone output for plenty of volume. We were able to use it with guitar straight out of the box with GarageBand and other amp sim apps as the default setting for the standard jack input is for Hi-Z with a decent level of input gain...Verdict: It's not cheap, but if you want a rugged audio input device for iOS that will slip into any pocket and take more than just guitar signals, GuitarJack is the way to go. We Like: Not just for guitar; solid contruction; easily portable; sound quality."

Sound On Sound Magazine

GuitarJack Model 2 (June 2012 Issue)
"The moment you unpack the GuitarJack Model 2, you can tell it's in a different class to most iOS guitar interfaces...What makes this unit really stand out is the sound quality: using its own A-D and D-A conversion and high-quality input circuitry, the GuitarJack presents a crisp, clean sound, which has a lot more life and vitality than that of most iOS guitar interfaces."

Tape Op Magazine
Review by:
Pete Weiss

GuitarJack Model 2 iOS Interface (Issue 89)
"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. There's a 1/8'' mini jack on the left side, for stereo mic/line input, and a 1/4'' jack on the right side for mono guitar/instrument input. Yes, you can do simultaneous recording of both guitar and a mic'ed signal - the GuitarJack Model 2 is likely the smallest iOS device that allows this. The right side also has a 1/8'' headphone/line out jack, and on the "top" edge of the unit is an iOS connector that plugs into the bottom of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. I tried the GuitarJack Model 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."

Music Radar
Review by:
Trevor Curwen

Sonoma Wire Works' GuitarJack Review
"(FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS) Not just for guitar; solid construction; easily portable; sound quality."

Audio Media Magazine
Review by:
Alan Branch

GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"Brilliant design, pro features and class is throughout the GuitarJack Model 2 from Sonoma Wire Works, the high quality finish and solid construction fits perfectly to the sleek design of your iOS device. Whether you're recording voice and guitar or a stereo live feed from your gig, the speed and advantage of mobile recording cannot be matched by many others. With dedicated mic & line I/O options, 24bit AD/DA converters*, and a range of specifically design IOS software to match, it's a one stop shop for instant pro recording on your iPad or iPhone."

Today's iPhone
Review by:
Cam Bunton

GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"The gadget itself (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. In terms of inputs and outputs, on one side is a 3.5mm microphone input, on the other a 1.4-inch jack input for your guitar, and a 3.5mm stereo line out/headphone socket. 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."

Review by:
John Baum

Recording Your Guitar Pt. 2
"I think the easiest, and most fun program to learn to record guitar on is RiffWorks T4. RiffWorks, which is made by Sonoma Wire Works, is basically a "mini-DAW", designed specifically for recording guitar."

ISP Musica
Review by:
Roman Vega

GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"Within its category, GuitarJack is the most powerful on the market. Because of its versatility, design, metallic finish and performance."

Spanish: "GuitarJack, hardware y software. Captura tu inspiración en cualquier parte del mundo a través de tu iPad, iPhone o iPod touch. by Román Vega: "Al poder grabar en dos pistas simultáneas, editando posteriormente en el mixer de nuestro programa maestro, podemos trabajar de una forma similar a como lo hacemos en una estación de trabajo basada en ordenador. Todo más reducido, pero portátil."

Cult of Mac
Review by:
Efron Elijah

GuitarJack Puts Ten Thousand Guitar Effects Right In Your Pocket
"...the best thing about the GuitarJack is how fun it is to use! It allows me to transform my iPhone into a myriad of different amps, cabinets, pedals, and mics, right from the comfort of my couch. With one little device and the power of my iPhone, I can turn the sound of my one guitar into thousands. With the GuitarJack, your iPhone, and the App Store, you have at your fingertips sonic qualities you couldn’t get without thousands of dollars worth of equipment."

SAE alumniTV
Interview by:
Mehdi Benkirane

Mehdi Benkirane interviews Sonoma's Daniel about StudioTrack 1.5, GuitarTone, and GuitarJack Model 2 at Musikmesse 2012

Amazona Magazine
Review by:
Nicolas Hemmelmann

GuitarJack Model 2 Review (Translated)
"Overall, GuitarJack is, in terms of features, workmanship and durability, clearly at the upper end of the currently available iOS interfaces. GuitarJack is a top crafted, great sounding audio interface for all current iOS devices. The associated software is sophisticated and fun. The price-performance ratio is well balanced. Recommended."

Premier Guitar Magazine
Review by:
James Rotondi

GuitarJack Model 2 Review (April 2012 Issue)
"The industrial design of the Sonoma 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 than headphonejack interfaces...The better news is that it sounds as good as it looks. That’s because it boasts a proper 24-bit AD/DA converter...It’s also the only interface in our group that features a dedicated microphone input—and, 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."

Sonic State

Sonoma Wire Works Focus on Guitar
Daniel Codella shows GuitarJack Model 2, GuitarTone, and the new version of StudioTrack with GuitarTone and Taylor EQ built in. Watch video interview here.

Recording Magazine
Review by:
Mike Metlay

GuitarJack Model 2 and StudioTrack (March 2012 Issue)
"Be prepared to be knocked on your tail. Because GuitarJack Model 2 uses the dock connector, all of the issues that are endemic to pushing audio through the headset jack—especially crosstalk between input and output on the same cable—simply go away. My A/B tests were uniformly amazing, with clean input, gobs of gain, and exquisitely clean output, whether I was processing guitar signals, playing virtual instruments, or just listening to tracks in iTunes. The GuitarJack Model 2 goes a long way toward making iOS devices sound like studio-ready audio hardware....StudioTrack is a delightful multitrack app, easy to use and good-sounding, very appropriate for capturing ideas in the style of the old cassette multitrackers. And it shines when combined with the GuitarJack Model 2, which was a revelation on everything we ran through it. Yes, it’s very expensive compared to other guitar I/O devices for iOS, but let’s get serious here—if we were talking about a mic or headphones and comparing a $40 device to a $150 device, what would you expect? Users interested in serious audio quality in a very portable form owe it to themselves to try the GuitarJack Model 2 and hear the difference a good interface makes."
Review by:
Curtis Silver

One Like Son Turns an iPhone Into a Recording Studio
"When Sonoma Wire Works released their GuitarJack interface as well as the app FourTrack, he figured that pushing the iPhone to become a complete recording studio would be a project worth the effort."
Review by:
Chris Negri

Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 2 - User Report
"GuitarJack's jacks are high quality...The unit plugs directly to the 30 pin connector of your phone, or with an optional accessory cable allowing the user to decouple the iPhone/iPad from the GJ2...The sound quality of the GJ2 is very good...Additionally, the GJ2’s control panel provides a broad range of adjustment for different input levels. You can boost or pad as necessary to achieve perfect level from a variety of sources without clipping — nice! GJ2‘s control panel also allows you to adjust the mix between its two inputs, which is useful when using them simultaneously...In summary, Sonoma Wire Works GJ2 is a well made (in the USA) product. The design, construction and performance are all excellent. GJ2 is easy to get up and running, but make sure to visit the company’s website for full details on achieving setups with mics that require adaptors. In the arena of audio interface options for iPhone and iPad, GJ2 is an excellent choice."
Review by:
Billy Steele

DNP GuitarJac Model 2 Review
"GuitarJack Model 2 is a handsome, well-built adapter for capturing ideas for that new EP in both instrumental and vocal form. The machined aluminum housing made the peripheral not only look nice, but it also alleviated some fears about damaging the kit in a gear bag or really is all about being compact and mobile -- two traits we prefer when it comes to tech."

Sound On Sound Magazine

GuitarJack Model 2 (Video at Winter NAMM 2012)
"GuitarJack Model Model 2 has a quarter inch input, stereo eighth inch input, eighth in output, selectable impedance. We didn't skimp on anything. It's got Switchcraft jacks and it is made in the U.S.A. One of the best things about this product is it's very sturdy and solidly made."

Electronic Musician Magazine

Gadget Geek (March 2012 Issue)
"Want to connect mics, instruments, or other audio hardware to your favorite i-devices? Check out the Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 2. This upgraded iOS interface offers stereo recording and simultaneous voice and instrument recording with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack."
Review by:
Travis Ehrlich

GuitarJack Version 2 for iPhone and iPad Review
"Any guitar player that uses iOS devices should probably look into different apps and hardware that allow them to utilize their devices. As far as the hardware end, the GuitarJack is a perfect solution. The rugged build alone is worth the price. I prefer gear that does not make me feel like it might break when I throw it into my gear bag. I use the jack primarily for practicing my electric while trying not to disturb my family, especially late at night. It could easily be used for musicians wanting to record demos or even complete albums. The sound quality is as good as using my multi-effects processor with headphones."


iPad for Musiker (Feb. 2012 Issue - SWEDEN)
"Sonoma Wire Works StudioTrack (149 kronor) är en mer avance- rad variant av den första flerspårs-appen som dök upp till iPhone. Här handlar det om ljudinspelning via mikrofon eller med hjälp av företagets egen gitarrapparat GuitarJack Model 2 (se även artikeln om hårdvara). Man kan även importera (och exportera) filer från ett flertal andra appar via AudioCopy/AudioPaste." & "Sonoma Wire Works har sedan en tid sålt sin GuitarJack till iPhone 3G, men den fungerade tyvaärr inte till iPhone 4 och iPad eftersom Apple ändrade på konfigurationen i 30-pinnars-dockan på de nyare modellerna. Nu finns dock GuitarJack Model 2 som råder bot på detta. Den Saljs än sa änge direkt från tillverkaren för 149 USA-dollar. Liksom Mobile In har GuitarJack Model 2 ingång för både gitarr och linjesignal, och dessutom utgång för hörlurar. Det här var min första kontakt med en gitarradapter som jobbar digitalt, och ljudkvalitén är enastående. Plötsligt låter gitarren som om den gått genom en förstärkare ... på riktigt. Mycket bra ljud – utan brus. En enda minuspoäng får GuitarJack Model 2 för att kontakten som går in i dockan är lite kort. Det innebär att jag får ta av skyddsfodralet från min iPad för att den ska sitta säkert. Annars är allt splendido!"
Review by:
Fabio Garcia

GuitarJack Model 2, de Sonoma Wire Works
Translated from Spanish "GuitarJack Model 2 is optimized to work with FourTrack and StudioTrack because this way we can record guitar and vocals on two different tracks. GuitarJack Model 2 also works seamlessly with other applications like GarageBand even though GarageBand does not allow recording simultaneously on separate tracks. However, we can record in stereo within a track using GuitarJack Model 2 with GarageBand. During GuitarJack testing I recorded several demos using GarageBand and the guitar sound was excellent, especially given the very low level of noise - in fact I did not appreciate noise I have noticed when working with other audio interfaces for iPhone. The clean sound of the guitar body showed through."

iPad Creative

GuitarJack Model 2 Reviewed - Is it the Best Yet?
"In our opinion, audio recorded via the GuitarJack Model 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 Model 2." Audio Examples: GuitarJack sounds better than AmpkKit Link and iRig Mic. "GuitarJack Model 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")

Review by:
Jay Donovan

Rockers One Like Son Record Full Album Using Only iPhones
"As a former "four-tracker" myself, I have to say the results are surprisingly good. Poff clearly has a flair for writing pop punk/rock songs and he and his remote bandmates are adept at using some of the audio tools we have reviewed here at TechCrunch. Here is an example from the new release so you can hear the quality – "Glory Days by One Like Son." Here is Start the Show, the full album.

Review by:
Joann Pan

The First Album Recorded Entirely on the iPhone is Here
"The band primarily used iPhone applications such as FourTrack, MultiTrack DAW, AmpKit and ThumbJam. GuitarJack allowed the band members to record their music by plugging in real instruments and microphones to an iPhone."

The Loop
Review by:
Jim Dalrymple

Review: GuitarJack Model 2 for iPhone and iPad
"The design of the GuitarJack is stunning. It's sleek, attractive and something you would be proud to carry around with your Apple device. But this is a guitar device, so the proof is in the 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."

Audio Tuts
Review by:
Bjorgvin Benediktsson

Mobile Audio - GuitarJack Model 2 Review
"GuitarJack Model 2 is everything that GuitarJack 1 was, and more. The sound quality is really good. Some of the apps are free, and FourTrack is well worth the extra ten bucks... If you’re in the market for a mobile audio interface, you should seriously consider checking out GuitarJack."
Review by:
Marcus Padrini

GuitarJack Model 2 Para iPhone/iPad: Primeiras Impressoes
Translated from Portuguese: "Check out this small music studio with iPad 2, iPhone 4, GuitarJack, and AKG K240 MKII headphones. Audio generated by iPad being recorded in stereo with the iPhone 4 MultiTrack DAW, always in digital quality and no noise. Monitoring is done with GuitarJack Model 2, which provides more volume for the handset to your ear than the iOS device's output."

Rolling Stone Magazine
Review by:
John Dioso

Rolling Stone January 19, 2012 Issue
"GuitarJack Model 2 remains the top-of-the-line instrument-to-iPhone interface: GuitarJack connects via the iPhone's or iPad's 30-pin dock...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."

MusicTech Magazine

GuitarJack Model 2 (January 2012 Issue)
"Mobile pioneer Sonoma Wire Works has updated its iOS interface GuitarJack (see our review issue 92) to make it compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad and iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation) - which means that Model 2 is also now compatible with StudioTrack on the iPad. The new version 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."

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"DrumCore is so handy and so very easy to use! It's very close to having a live drummer with you."

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Anthony Gonzalez of M83

"I'm obsessed with this recording app on my iPhone- the Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack. It's like you have a superpowerful studio in your pocket."

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Trey Anastasio of Phish

"Just tried out Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack plus the new upgraded FourTrack app. Beautiful crystal clear sparkling audio in iOS!"

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Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater

"RiffWorks is an incredible tool to get songs done stupid fast!"

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Johnny "Juice" Rosado of Public Enemy