The new IMN podcast is up – download it here or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.
The PocketGK amp simulator for the iPhone/iPad does a few things the Amplitube simulator I purchased earlier does as well, then has some much better and somewhat lacking features. First, both programs take input from the iRig and deliver the signal through the apps into headphones without issue. Both provide the opportunity to mix and match cabinets – the Amplitube also simulates a mic choice, but it only has one bass amp and one cabinet. PocketGK offers a more fully-featured bass amp (contour, boost, better EQ, etc.) and two cabinets. It does not offer, however, recording and additional effects.
What wins me over in this contest is the better sound for the PocketGK (which models the Gallien-Krueger amp line faithfully, while Amplitube seems to loosely attempt an Ampeg sound) and the ability to play directly over songs from your iPod. It’s really only helpful for practice sessions (or bass kareoke – a woefully underserved market, if you ask me), but I’ve spent far more time at this point with PocketGK just playing. The more customizable amp and better overall tone helps, too – I’ve never given GK amps a shot, but this kinda lures me in.