There’s no denying it, iOS devices are superb multi-effect processors for instruments like the guitar. But there’s one thing missing: foot pedals. Yes, the electric guitar and foot pedals go way back. Some companies have tried to release foot pedal controllers for iOS devices, but it’s IK Multimedia’s iRig Blueboard that might be the controller we’ve all been waiting for. It’s a pedalboard controller for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it works over MIDI and, wait for it, Bluetooth. that’s right. Not only can you control AmpliTube from the floor, you don’t even need an extra wire to do it.
The iRig BlueBoard is hands free in all the ways that count. Not only is it foot controlled, it’s wireless. Now you can control settings on IK Multimedia’s own apps like AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, and iGrand. But what’s even better is that unlike with other companies that have tried this kind of accessory in the past, the iRig BlueBoard works with any Core-MIDI-compatible app. That means this even works with Apple’s own GarageBand.
iRig BlueBoard has four large footswitches that can illuminate blue and transmit actions over Bluetooth 4.0. But the fun doesn’t stop there; no, it can even connect two more external (expression) pedals. Kick any one of these and MIDI signals will be sent to your iOS device of choice and routed to your app. You can use this to control patch changes, effect parameters, reverb, delay on/off, and more.
Don’t forget that this little guy is wireless. How could you? This is great for a number of reasons. First, you can be up to 10 meters away from your iOS device. Second, it won’t take up any of the ports on your device, so you can plug in other things, like an iRig HD, iRig MIDI, or other adapter.
All this in a portable package: 27cm wide, 9cm deep, 2cm tall. It takes 4 AAA batteries and uses Bluetooth Low Energy, so you won’t be replacing the batteries any time soon.
You’ll have to wait impatiently until the second quarter of 2013 to get your own iRig BlueBoard for $99.99.
Product [iRig BlueBoard]