Reviewed: IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage
I’m not sure if many of you remember when IK Multimedia first launched the humble iRig, but it opened the world up to iOS and later Android integration for guitar players. It was a fairly simple device, but so clever in design. Since it was readily taken up by more users around the world than anyone would have expected, we have seen the development of iRig products continue to grow into areas we wouldn’t have predicted. With stands, clips, microphones, and computer interfaces, there is very little IK Multimedia doesn’t offer the musician in the iRig range. Now, they have given acoustic guitar players the opportunity to simply and effectively amplify their instrument on stage with their clever new device, the iRig Acoustic Stage.
Reviewed: Cort G260DX Electric Guitar
Cort’s G series of electric guitars has undergone somewhat of a revamp, further refining their specs and looks. As a nice priced double cutaway guitar, they sit in the affordable entry/mid level bracket with some additional appointments to add some extra tweaks into the mix. Cort has always been popular for its value for money instruments—let’s see if the Sea Foam coloured G260DX keeps the trend going.
Reviewed: IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O
Of course, you’re all aware of the machine that is the IK Multimedia iRig revolution. Those Italian designers keep coming up with bigger and better ways to integrate the guitar with mobile devices for use in both the home and live performance environment. When the first iRig Stomp came out, it offered guitarists a rugged pedal housing for the somewhat delicate iRig interface. This has grown through several generations to the latest and greatest device in the iRig Stomp I/O.
Reviewed: Audient iD4 Audio Interface
We’ve seen a few interesting interfaces from Audient over the past couple of years, always ticking all the boxes and delivering the goods on signal quality and ease of use. This month I got to have a whirl on another model from the Audient range—the iD4, an interface that originally had me thinking it might be something different compared to what it actually had on offer. No, this is not a four-input device. Instead, it’s a clever little solution for the guitarist who wants a simple way to get great quality audio recording.
Reviewed: Warwick Rockbass Corvette $$4
Where would the world of storytelling be without the humble bridge troll? That stumpy, much maligned antagonist whose sole purpose is to provide the privileged hero a stumbling stone in their road to everlasting grace is at once a source of almost universal disdain and indispensable fictional device. In spite of all the ugliness and trickery there is really only one wicked name to look up if you want dramatic upturn done right. They’ll probably hate me for saying this but I mean it as nothing less than a compliment. Warwick basses to me have many of the same traits as Rumpelstiltskin and his ilk; far from beautiful, but irrepressibly and sincerely good at their job.
Reviewed: Faith Guitars Natural Venus Cut/Electro Acoustic Guitar
A lot can be said about a guitar with a single strum. With the Faith Venus Electro still ringing in my ears, it’s easy to see why they’ve won the UK’s Best Acoustic Guitar awards from 2012 to 2016. There’s beauty in simplicity—the Venus Electro particularly excels in this—and sincerity in consistency. The quality of construction sings excellence at the highest level, and when combined with the range of gorgeous tones available from the Venus Electro, you know you’ve got a winner. All this and much more awaits when the chrome locks on the brown leather case are snapped open, revealing the absolutely stunning guitar within.
Reviewed: Phil Jones Bass BigHead HA-1 Headphone Amplifier
A dedicated headphone amplifier is something that you don’t realise you need until you try a good one, and the Phil Jones Bass BigHead HA-1 is a perfect example of this. The hand-sized unit is well-built, battery-powered, sturdy, and simple to use. The box contains everything you need to hook it up to any size setup with an array of cables and different connectors. The HA-1 can be used in a few different ways, and it does all with ease, improving any signal path it’s inserted into. Such a simple unit would be hard to get wrong, but Phil Jones Bass hasn't stopped there.
Reviewed: Voodoo Labs Dingbat Large Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab have long been major players in the guitar industry. Effects, power supplies, switchers and more are part of the VL stable with items such as the Sparkle Drive, Pedal Power Micro Vibe and Ground Control Pro all instantly recognisable and widely used. In fact, Voodoo Lab’s Pedal Power line of pedal power supplies was one of the first pro level units to really hit widespread usage and it’s still going strong today. Combining a couple of their items, VL have released the Dingbat Pedalboard packages with this particular model coming loaded with a Pedal Power Mondo and housed in a snazzy padded gigbag. Aimed as an all-in-one, ready to go deal, the Dingbat looks the goods, so let’s take a closer look.