July 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Griffin’s Guitar Pedal Turns the iPad Into Many Guitar Pedals

You may already know that it’s possible to turn your iPhone into a handheld wah-wah pedal. Now, it’s also possible to connect a hardware guitar pedal to an iOS device in order to control a variety of effects as you play a guitar or other instrument.

And unlike real guitar pedals, these ones only cost a dollar apiece once you pony up for the initial hardware.

Griffin’s Stompbox ($99), first encountered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and which went on sale this week, connects its four foot-activated button to the iPad where it interfaces with Griffin’s free iShred Live app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. That app comes with three effects (digital delay, modulator/flanger, and “Buzz Kill,” a noise gate and filter), and you can buy all manner of add-on virtual guitar pedals within the app — everything from auto-wah to fuzz.

This sort of thing has been possible on a regular computer for over a decade, but there’s just something cooler about connecting an iPad to your guitar — not to mention that it’s easier to lug the thing down to your practice space. And while there’s no way a $99 universal pedal that works with an iOS app can duplicate the sound quality of dedicated hardware pedals, it can come pretty darn close — perhaps close enough, especially if you like the idea of paying $1 per pedal.