Whats with me and the cheesy titles lately?  No matter..

So today I’m reviewing iShread.  In my previous post, I looked at Amplitube and was pretty impressed.  iShread is like Amplitube and at the same time, different.

First, lets have a look at the hardware.  iShred offers an all in one chord from Griffin Technology that you simply plug in your guitar into and then your head phones.  Pretty nice except when you want to run a line to your computer speakers or a small amp.  Not a big deal though.  However when you are playing just you, your guitar and your iphone, this is a way better design. The free version is pretty well set… built-in Amp Sim and three default effects: Buzz Kill noise filter, HK-2000 delay, and Q-36 flanger. Additional effects can be added through the built-in store. iShred LIVE includes a built in chromatic tuner, metronome, 48 preset slots to store sounds, and a music/loop player to help learn and perfect your art.

The app is suppose to support 4 effects at the same time, however, when I start to load it up I can feel a bit of lag.  Its not as bad on my ipad so I have to guess that if you have the iphone 4 you should be good to go, even the 3gs for that matter. I was running on my 3G and it was having some issues. Its recommended to do a reboot to clear the memory before trying this, however I used the mem clear from jailbreak but I did not do a deep clear, so I will have to try that again.  I also found that when I go from playing music from my music library that the app would crash on me as I started messing around with other settings.  Again, I did not see this on the ipad. Although I LOVE the fact that I can grab anything sitting in my library and play along right off the bat, I was annoyed that the volume control was for BOTH the music and the guitar.  They should have separate controls.

Also, you will notice that the user interface does not stick strictly to what a guitarist would normally see as Amplitube does, but instead is a bit more playful on how the effects are named and rendered.  Whats missing is the basic controls that you would expect on your amp.  Vol, tones, presence, gain, etc..  Also, you cannot change the amp type or cabinet.  Ah well.

Still, this is a pretty cool little app and well worth the free download to get yourself into the game. Give it try or at least look at the video below.

One comment on “Review: iShred live, just you, your iphone and your guitar

  • CharlieH from Frontier Design Group here. I helped develop this app and am, naturally, totally biased. But I wanted to thank you for your thoughtful review. Glad it is stable on the iPad for you. Have you tried power-cycling the 3G? For us it is just as stable on the iPhone once we power cycle to clear out memory.

    Also regarding amp volume control, etc … well, please keep an eye out for upcoming updates. 😉

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