We’re so thrilled to welcome Lucky Diaz, one of our fave kindie rock artists, as our guest Dads Dig This blogger. He’s the father of a beautiful 7 year old daughter and lives in Los Angeles.
Like most dads, I usually spend post-bedtime evenings decompressing on the couch from a full day of homework, violin lessons, family fun runs and the all-so-famous “what’s for dinner” debate. So, I was recently delighted (to say the least) when for my birthday I scored the ultimate Daddy time app for my iPhone.
For those of you who are not familiar with Amplitube, it’s a wonderful software suite many guitarists (including my own band–the Family Jam Band) have been using in the studio for years to record modeled guitar amplifiers.
It’s pretty simple and a whole lotta fun for both professional musicians and recreational players. You’ll need to purchase an iRig unit which connects your electric guitar with a quarter-inch jack into your iPhone or iPad’s headphone jack. With it, you’ll get the bare-bones amplitube iPhone app, however I say spend the extra $20 and grab the upgraded version which will get you extra stomp boxes (read: cool guitar effects like distortion), a multi-track recorder, and the real gold: Amplitube Fender!
For those of you just learning guitar, you can even import your favorite guitar anthems, slow them down and learn them note-to-note.
Hands down, this app is hours of amazing fun and no more retreating to the man-cave, guys. Be Jimmy page, Jack White or better yet, Stevie Ray Vaughn in the comfort of your living room while your partner-in-parenting watches Chopped undisturbed! Well, maybe not undisturbed, but a lot better off then having a Marshall half-stack cranked to eleven in the living room. Trust me. –Lucky