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Old 07-16-2013, 05:04 AM   #1
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Using iPhone in effects chain

Recently my Behringer tuner blew up, and will no longer work. So i'm in need of a tuning pedal. I love the Polytune pedal. But I can't afford it at the moment..

So I've had maybe an impossible idea.

Is there any way I can use my iPhone as a tuner?
Place it first into my effects loop then link it up to the rest of my pedals.

In my pedal-board I have a extension cord so I can charge my phone whilst on stage. So it would make perfect sense to try to use my iPhone as part of my chain to save on space.

Does anyone know if this is possible? any adapters (containing input and output jacks) that would allow me to do this?

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Old 07-16-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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No way in hell would I trust it live.

Just grab a headstock tuner until you can afford one for your pedalboard.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:09 AM   #3
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All the tuning apps I use work perfectly. Before i had my Behringer tuner I used to use iRig to connect to my iphone to tune whilst in practices. Just obviously I would have to do loads of switching of cables to do that.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:11 AM   #4
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You're missing my point. I wouldn't trust an iPhone in my live rig, nor should you. I'm not saying the tuner apps are bad, I'm talking about the type of equipment involved.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:24 AM   #5
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I'd only be using it for tuning purposes. I've found a way to make it work using iRig. Unfortunately the fuzz it's created.. nobody wants that. Scrap this idea then
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:29 AM   #6
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Like I said, just grab a headstock tuner until you can get a pedal tuner. They're very affordable.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:17 AM   #7
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Just the mere thought of someone nerdy enough to incorporate a cable into their pedal board so they can "charge their phone whilst onstage" makes me laugh.

I mean, seriously, is that really necessary?

I would have to kick my own ass if I did that.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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I wouldn't include it in my chain. I'd grab an A/B switch and send 'B' to the iPhone so it's never sat in the signal chain, in case it dies/crashes/whatever might happen.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:37 AM   #9
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I wouldn't include it in my chain. I'd grab an A/B switch and send 'B' to the iPhone so it's never sat in the signal chain, in case it dies/crashes/whatever might happen.


Yeah, this. A channel switching pedal basically and a 6.35mm-3.5mm cable should do exactly what you want - as long as the headphone socket works as a mic input for tuner apps. My local music store used to sell the cables for about $5 each, pedal would be a fair bit more but super easy to make yourself.

Have you tried running your guitar into your iPhone to use the app?

I'd assume that to actually have it as part of your rig in series would be a fair bit of cable tweaking and programming - i.e. ripping your iPhone apart and rewiring it, or making your own app and line of cables for it. Would be a sweet project though XD

But yeah, good luck!
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #10
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^ Well kind of. Just use the iRig, since you know it works with the polytune app.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #11
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If you have a gig coming up buy a headstock tuner, a cheap Behringer one or find a tuner you can borrow from a friend. It COULD work just fine but like Eppicurt there are too many things that can go wrong. It's a little fragile thing and before you know your gig and iPhone is ruined making it one of the most horrible nights of your life.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #12
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Like others have said. Please just buy a cheap headstock tuner. The Snark ones are cheap as hell (under $10) and are very good -- good enough that I rely on one for every show I play.

It may sound like a neat idea to use your phone, but in the real world, that is a pretty terrible system to rely on. Trust me.
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The iPhone doesn't have to be in the chain. Just put it in front of the speaker and go to town using the iPhones built in mic.
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The iPhone doesn't have to be in the chain. Just put it in front of the speaker and go to town using the iPhones built in mic.
For a gig? You would rely on the phones mic in a live setting in a loud venue? I absolutely would not.
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For a gig? You would rely on the phones mic in a live setting in a loud venue? I absolutely would not.


Agreed!

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Like others have said. Please just buy a cheap headstock tuner. The Snark ones are cheap as hell (under $10) and are very good -- good enough that I rely on one for every show I play.

It may sound like a neat idea to use your phone, but in the real world, that is a pretty terrible system to rely on. Trust me.


Agreed again, I've got half a dozen of the Snarks lying around because they are simple, cheap and they work! I bought them in bulk and gave them away to my musician friends a couple of years ago as gifts because I'm a cheap prick!!
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For a gig? You would rely on the phones mic in a live setting in a loud venue? I absolutely would not.


It will work better than putting it in the chain ....somehow. It worked fine for me when my Korg died at a gig. No problem.
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I wouldn't include it in my chain. I'd grab an A/B switch and send 'B' to the iPhone so it's never sat in the signal chain, in case it dies/crashes/whatever might happen.

I'm sure it would cost a lot more than a headstock tuner. Just buy a headstock tuner.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:11 PM   #19
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Like I said, just grab a headstock tuner until you can get a pedal tuner. They're very affordable.



+1

It is doable - some people have even been playing whole gigs via an iPhone/iPad/iPOD with plugins like Amplitube and so on. No reason to do it though - grab a cheapie pedal tuner (the Fender pedal tuner is at $50-$60, capo type tuners at $12, etc.).
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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acce...ic-guitar-tuner

All you need. Capo tuners are good if you always use a capo, otherwise, just a headstock tuner is all you need.
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