Best iPad Guitar Interfaces in 2022

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Adapters – Keep in mind that many of these rigs still utilize the outdated aux jack output. You may need to purchase an additional adapter to connect your guitar interface into newer models of iphones or ipads. If you’re looking for a little extra control over your sound, be sure to use a guitar interface that has an embedded gain knob.

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iPad/iOS Audio Interface Buyers Guide

This week’s buyers guide is simple, given that the functional nature of an iOS guitar audio interface is merely to act as a power go-between. Just like any other adapter, its primary job is to provide the correct connection for the device of choice – the best ones do this without any hassle. In this case, since the device is an iPad, it requires a lightening connection.

Your typical electric guitar emits its electronic audio and sound signals via a ¼ inch TS connection, which is often referred to as a jack.

Some devices allow for connection via a 3.5mm or 2.5mm TS or TRS (mini-jack), requiring an adapter that simply downsizes the tip of the Jack into a narrower form, similar to your headphone output. Except, obviously, an auxiliary input.

TRS is an acronym for Tip, Ring, and Sleeve. These are the names of the three incorporated conductors on the TRS cable.

A standard guitar cable has just two, having a tip-sleeve design, though they are sometimes mistakenly thought of as a TRS as well, as opposed to a TS cable.

Since Apple, along with a few other companies, decided to remove the once pretty handy and nigh-on universal mini-jack from their device designs completely, and replace it with a lightning connection, we now need a slightly more complex adapter with more power for your iOS iPad device. Who said music production was easy?

That is where audio interfaces come in and fortunately, a few are creeping onto the market to make life a little easier, and function as a middle man between your instrument and your iOS iPhone, iPad.

As you will have seen from our review highlights, they come in both digital and analog forms. The audio interface requires a little power to run and for recording, which is provided by the bus power nature of the lightning connection port.

Obviously, the end game is for a digital musical signal. Having an analog option means that greater fidelity to the original input is kept from the get-go, but a digital pathway has more power and is generally capable of a lot more in terms of enhancement and modification.

The fidelity of the signal is reliant on signal processing, digital processors tend to have more advanced and refined capabilities, allowing them to provide a higher-definition.

If you’re playing or recording audio on your iPad for your personal enjoyment, bog-standard audio interfaces will probably suffice, but if you’re looking to achieve something a little more professional, then you might want to pay the excess for a Hi-Def model to get the best of the best.

The best music production generally requires working at a higher resolution to start with because music is ultimately compressed when it’s formatted for export.

Most music sharing and recording platforms require Wav or Mp3 formats that compress the file into a smaller size. This compression lessens the quality when recording, so its best to start higher.

Conclusion

There’s no question, that the capabilities of iOS devices are becoming just as advanced as the functions of modern computer software.

With their portability and convenience, iOS devices are a quicker, more accessible route for many, and their intuitive touch-screen operation renders them a good tactile remote option as well.

We’re getting to the point where we’re seeing many iOS products run in conjunction with very impressive electronic instruments and equipment; the iOS audio is professional quality.

There are a lot of audio interfaces out there, such as the Focusrite iTrack, the Focusrite iTrack Solo, the IK Multimedia iRig Pro, the Shure MVI, Jam 96K, and Apogee Jam to name a few. The iRig Pro will differ and have different power options, features, and different ways of recording from the Focusrite iTrack Solo, so it’s always important to find the best for you.

The best applications available for your guitars are less of a gimmick these days than they were previously considered, but if you wish to use one, you’re going to have to cave and invest in a decent iOS compatible interface (whether that be Focusrite iTrack/Solo, or IK Multimedia iRig Pro).

We’ve shown you the best iOS audio interface options for music production and hope that they will have inspired you to shop. When it comes to audio interfaces, iPad and iOS have stepped up their game.

Expert Tip

If you are looking for an iOS audio solution with multiple channels, and have a significant budget allowance for recording, we would highly recommend the iConnectivity iConnectAudio4+ audio interface, as this might be the best iOS iPad interface for you and your recording.

Did you Know

The original ¼ inch jack connection is one of the oldest still in use today. It has largely remained unchanged since &1878.

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