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GuitarJack arrives

GuitarJack is now shipping for $199. I know that there have been a lot of reactions to the price of this device, but even so it is a landmark device in my opinion. If you look at the price against devices like the Alesis ProTrack which retails at about the same amount, or the iAudioInterface which costs $249.

GuitarJack Model 1 Features

  • 1/4 inch instrument input with configurable pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes
  • 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input with pad, normal and boost modes
  • Each input has 60dB of continuous level control
  • 1/8 inch stereo output with increased drive for headphones
  • Sleek and rugged metal shell
  • 30 pin connector compatible only with iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

GuitarJack Controls in FourTrack Allow Recording in These Modes:

  • Instrument (1/4 inch) mono
  • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) mono, dual-mono or stereo
  • Both inputs, with the instrument input and the 1/8 inch input (right channel) recording to separate tracks
I'm currently working on a track recorded with the line input in GuitarJack, and when it is done I plan to put up a video showing how it was recorded and brought together.

You can find more information at Sonoma's GuitarJack pages here.

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Anonymous said...

The market will decide ... it always does.

Unknown said...

I talked a lil crap about it, but if I needed a Jack, that's the one I would buy.

Unknown said...

It would have to be compatible with other apps too tho. ;)

johnnyg0 said...


This thing costs the same as the GuitarJack (in Canada).

I'm sure there will be some people interested in that device, but for that price, it has to offer more than just a jack. Good bundled software would be a good start.

Also I would need to be certain it would work with the next generations of idevices (who knows when Apple is going to change the connector again?)

Jebby said...

It does provide more value than the other interfaces but it's a bit late since it doesn't support the more recent devices. I wouldn't pay $199 knowing I can't use it when I upgrade. If it were "universal" I would say given app support the price is acceptable.

Anonymous said...

Does it work with other apps? Or can we at least copy the audio from for track to another app?

DanielfromSonomaWireWorks said...

It works with several tuners, effects apps, and recording apps.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather just get a zoom recorder.. Or deal with mono. Or 1000 other better things to do with $200..a second 4th gen iPod maybe..

What I don't understand is the need to clip things directly to the dock connector.. This thing will fall out constantly.. Dongles.. you can get a dock extension cable, it should work.

I miss my ivoiceiii....

DanielfromSonomaWireWorks said...

There seems to be an inaccurate perception out there that the GuitarJack is very heavy. I have a GuitarJack plugged into my phone this very moment and can turn my phone upside down, side ways, etc. The reason for a dock connecting device is two fold: 1. The headset line in is noisy, and designed for voice (which is why some people report that line in interfaces sound thin), and is limited to mono. 2. Dock connecting devices can be controlled by software and can communicate with software. If you get a chance, compare sound quality between GuitarJack and a headphone line in device and I think you will be very impressed. Thanks for your interest :)

Anonymous said...

This thing is going to break your iPhone connector. Even if it were really light, you're connecting it up to a guitar cable and there are bound to be some mishaps. A dock or a cable would have been better choices here.

This is not going to be better than an iVoice. BTW: iOS 4.0 fixed support issues for the iVoice products (the III and the Pro). But the input is still ANALOG line-in. This means that you are still subject to RF interference that the iPhone generates. This is why on Sonoma's site they tell you to put the phone in airplane mode.

Also, the fact that it's not going to work on the iPhone 4 and iPad is pretty much a non-starter.

ashley said...

I'm going to post a video on the line in with GuitarJack as I've been really impressed by it.

Should be in a few days

DanielfromSonomaWireWorks said...

I don't think it's fair to say what it will or won't do unless you've actually used one. I look for forward to Palm Sounds independent coverage of the product.