Cut the Guitar Cord with Wireless Amp
CREDIT: ION Audio
If you have a guitar in the house and like to turn out a few chords here and there, now you can cut the cable.
Electric guitars have been tethered to the amp since they were invented. Professionals have wireless connections, but those models were designed with stage shows in mind, making them less practical for people who can't fit three-story speaker rigs in their living room.
The Guitarlink Air provides an answer. On one end is a wireless transmitter, powered by standard AAA batteries, that plugs into your ax and clips on to a belt. That transmitter connects to your guitar's output jack. The transmitter also has its own amp, and jacks for headphones, so you can jam without bothering parents or neighbors.
The receiver plugs into your amp and can also send the signal to a PC, Mac or iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch), which can serve as a sound effects processor.
For the effects, Ion Audio said it will include a consumer version of Guitar Rig, a professional software suite for both Mac and PC. For iOSdevices, you'll have to download an app such as the $20 AmpliTube, or use Garageband, which comes with new Apple computers and costs $5 for the iDevice version on the App Store. A good alternative Windows app is the $30 Guitar Multi FX.
You can expect the Guitarlink Air this summer for about $60.