VOX amplug as a cheap IO alternative for iPad?

I can’t seem to find the info I’m looking for through searching, hopefully someone here might have some experience with this

I am trying to avoid paying an arm and a leg for an audio interface, I just want to practice but also run it through tonestack and stuff like that. I know the amplug works as a simple output for headphones so my hypothesis for the ‘signal line’ would be this:

Guitar ->1/4 in cable -> amplug -> 3.5 mm aux cable -> ipad’s Headphone jack (either headphones or lightning) -> tonestack (or other apps like GarageBand, gadget, etc) -> output to speakers via other headphone jack/ Bluetooth/ or lightning

I am wondering if I would end up getting the error message ‘device not supported’ or if it would just take the straight audio. Any advice would be great because it would save me over 100 bucks and be much more versatile!

Thanks

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  • Oh and to clarify - I am talking about the voc amplug AC30 or somehing like that. Unless the “vox amplug I/O” model actually works for this .... I’ve seen many mixed reviews on that one - so any feedback on this part of the topic would also be appreciated!

  • You would probably be better going for the iRig2 . It is made for what you are trying to do.
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/iRig2--ik-multimedia-irig-2

    But people have had mixed result using the headphone port.

    Do you own the camera kit? Are you willing to buy it? Because having a USB device would give you better quality.

    Then you could buy a cheap interface like Behringer UM2
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb

  • I would still get the Vox amp plug but also get the Beringher UC202, that is for like 30 bucks and it really does the job with out having to get a powered hub.

  • You can get the first gen irig on eBay for about $5. Works fine just for practicing.

  • @ecou said:
    You would probably be better going for the iRig2 . It is made for what you are trying to do.
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/iRig2--ik-multimedia-irig-2

    But people have had mixed result using the headphone port.

    Do you own the camera kit? Are you willing to buy it? Because having a USB device would give you better quality.

    Then you could buy a cheap interface like Behringer UM2
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb

    I do have the camera connector as well as a midi to usb cable so my keyboard is covered. Yeah I thought the irig2 would be perfect but a lot of reviews say that it’s built rather cheap, that’s a problem for me because I’m clumsy and rough with my equipment haha. Otherwise they just came out with an irig midi keys / audio interface combo unit which seems absolutely perfect but I want to see reviews before I drop $300.

    My budget is aiming to get the amplug so I can afford a nanokey and/or microkey korg Bluetooth controller, especially since most of the time I use korg apps.

    I’ve seen that behringer getting good reviews before too, but something about 30 bucks didn’t seem right at first glance ... is it really that simple? Haha - my worst peeve is having to mess around with settings for hours haha

  • I recorded vocals, Synths, Bass, guitars into it and works like a champ!
    There’s a Haq or Doug video about it.

    @ambrosiajam said:

    @ecou said:
    You would probably be better going for the iRig2 . It is made for what you are trying to do.
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/iRig2--ik-multimedia-irig-2

    But people have had mixed result using the headphone port.

    Do you own the camera kit? Are you willing to buy it? Because having a USB device would give you better quality.

    Then you could buy a cheap interface like Behringer UM2
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb

    I do have the camera connector as well as a midi to usb cable so my keyboard is covered. Yeah I thought the irig2 would be perfect but a lot of reviews say that it’s built rather cheap, that’s a problem for me because I’m clumsy and rough with my equipment haha. Otherwise they just came out with an irig midi keys / audio interface combo unit which seems absolutely perfect but I want to see reviews before I drop $300.

    My budget is aiming to get the amplug so I can afford a nanokey and/or microkey korg Bluetooth controller, especially since most of the time I use korg apps.

    I’ve seen that behringer getting good reviews before too, but something about 30 bucks didn’t seem right at first glance ... is it really that simple? Haha - my worst peeve is having to mess around with settings for hours haha

  • @ambrosiajam said:

    @ecou said:
    You would probably be better going for the iRig2 . It is made for what you are trying to do.
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/iRig2--ik-multimedia-irig-2

    But people have had mixed result using the headphone port.

    Do you own the camera kit? Are you willing to buy it? Because having a USB device would give you better quality.

    Then you could buy a cheap interface like Behringer UM2
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb

    I do have the camera connector as well as a midi to usb cable so my keyboard is covered. Yeah I thought the irig2 would be perfect but a lot of reviews say that it’s built rather cheap, that’s a problem for me because I’m clumsy and rough with my equipment haha. Otherwise they just came out with an irig midi keys / audio interface combo unit which seems absolutely perfect but I want to see reviews before I drop $300.

    My budget is aiming to get the amplug so I can afford a nanokey and/or microkey korg Bluetooth controller, especially since most of the time I use korg apps.

    I’ve seen that behringer getting good reviews before too, but something about 30 bucks didn’t seem right at first glance ... is it really that simple? Haha - my worst peeve is having to mess around with settings for hours haha

    Your initial statement say you are looking for a cheap solution. Obviously you can do better than the iRig. The Zoom U-24 and Roland Duo capture comes to mind.

    Their is tons of solution discussed thru the forum.

  • You can get an iTrack Pocket for $20 that has a 1/4 guitar input and then use the headphone jack for output. https://www.interstatemusic.com/958884-Focusrite-iTrack-Pocket-iOS-Portable-Recording-Interface-ITRACKPOCKET.aspx

    The guitar input comes in on the L channel, so make sure that your app allows you to choose between L/R. There was one amp sim I tried (can’t remember which one) that would only use the R input.

  • Behringer has a guitar to usb cable for $20. Best bang for the buck

  • edited February 26 Vote Up0

    @MusicMan4Christ said:
    I recorded vocals, Synths, Bass, guitars into it and works like a champ!
    There’s a Haq or Doug video about it.

    @ambrosiajam said:

    @ecou said:
    You would probably be better going for the iRig2 . It is made for what you are trying to do.
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/iRig2--ik-multimedia-irig-2

    But people have had mixed result using the headphone port.

    Do you own the camera kit? Are you willing to buy it? Because having a USB device would give you better quality.

    Then you could buy a cheap interface like Behringer UM2
    https://sweetwater.com/store/detail/UM2usb

    I do have the camera connector as well as a midi to usb cable so my keyboard is covered. Yeah I thought the irig2 would be perfect but a lot of reviews say that it’s built rather cheap, that’s a problem for me because I’m clumsy and rough with my equipment haha. Otherwise they just came out with an irig midi keys / audio interface combo unit which seems absolutely perfect but I want to see reviews before I drop $300.

    My budget is aiming to get the amplug so I can afford a nanokey and/or microkey korg Bluetooth controller, especially since most of the time I use korg apps.

    I’ve seen that behringer getting good reviews before too, but something about 30 bucks didn’t seem right at first glance ... is it really that simple? Haha - my worst peeve is having to mess around with settings for hours haha

    I think you're referring to the UCA-202 (I have one and it works great), the UM2 is a new one for me.

    I use a Peavey Ampkit Link (which is like an iRig) for getting my guitar in and it works fine for me although it uses the mic input ... seems robust enough. I'd probably replace it with something a bit more upmarket if it broke.

  • I have a VOX Amplug2 AC30 and love it!

    Works like a champ with my guitar and in pedals down the chain from synthesizers.

    Biggest note from going through an iOS interface/iDevice: It has an amp sim that you can't turn off, so expect the sound to be colored as such. Using Jam Up or Tone Stack you can turn off the amp emulation, yet still amplify. ;)

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