iRig BlueBoard, The First Wireless Pedalboard For iOS And Mac

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If there’s one group of people who could seriously do with less wires — or in this case, cables — it’s guitarists. Walking around with two grand worth of Fender in your hands, trying avoiding a snake-pit of cables and simultaneously tapping out Van Halen’s Eruption probably takes some concentration (I wouldn’t know; I’ve never been on stage with anything but an air guitar, which was completely wireless).

IK Multimedia’s new four-pedal iRig BlueBoard pedalboard de-clutters the floor a little, as it’s the first completely wireless pedalboard for iOS and Macs. The board connects to its companion app on an accompanying iDevice (or to a Mac) through a Bluetooth connection.

The you can use the BlueBoard with apps like IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube, Garageband or iShred Live to control effects and parameters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any cables — so you’ll still need something to connect your guitar to your iDevice, like IK Multimedia’s own iRig connector or Griffin’s Guitarconnect.

IK Multimedia says the BlueBoard’s range tops out at about 10 feet. Also, because the BlueBoard’s Bluetooth is low-energy 4.0 — which allows it get away with being powered by four AAA batteries — you’ll need  an iDevice similarly equipped equipped with Bluetooth 4.0: the iPhone 4s and above, third-gen iPad or above or an iPad Mini. The board also has two TRS jacks for attaching expression pedals or other MIDI controllers.

The iRig BlueBoard is available now for $100.

  • Source IK Multimedia

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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