The iPad is a device that’s capable of many things – not only through usage of apps, but especially when paired up with external hardware. Many musicians have started using the tablet in their work due its versatility: there are just so many things you can do with it. Well, it’s time to add one more to the list: programming a guitar pedal.
Previously we’ve seen apps that emulate guitar pedals and all users had to do was plug a guitar into the tablet (through a convertor) and play with the settings on the screen. While this is fine for practicing or in the studio, being unable to switch sounds on the fly just doesn’t work for live performances (after all you’re not going to step on your iPad right? Not to mention, your shoes probably won’t even register on the capacitive touchscreen).
Well, the folks at DigiTech have come up with a solution: by building a pedal that combines the versatility of an iPad together with the practicality of regular stomp pedals. Introducing the iPB-10: the world’s first programmable guitar pedal using an iPad. Users can first select and customize their pedals on the app (free from the App Store) – with 87 different pedals, 54 amps, and 26 cabinets to choose from, and a simple drag and drop interface; musicians can recreate a whole variety of sounds to satisfy their heart’s content.
Users than can assign up to 10 different pedals, each one to its own switch, that they can easily activate or deactivate on the fly while they’re performing on stage. In addition to being ultra-customizable, this multi-pedal also gives musicians the benefit of not having to deal with having to set up or even travel around with 10 individual pedals. Talk about convenient!
While we’ve covered the DigiTech iPB-10 in the past before, it looks like the folks at DigiTech have decided to give it a price cut, as you can buy it now for $499.95. The iPad is still not included. Check out a demonstration video of the DigiTech iPB-10: