By Clive Young.
Most of the iPhone guitar interface options out there seem to land at $39.99, and AmpKit Link is no exception. What makes it unique, however, is that it’s a powered device, requiring two AAA batteries in order to run a small headphone preamp inside the unit that defeats (most) feedback by turning the iPhone’s output into a low current signal, thus minimizing crosstalk between the headphone and mic inputs on the iPhone, which share a single, common ground. That said, I still got hit with feedback once, and given that I was wearing some nice Beyerdynamic studio headphones, it just about ripped my head off; keep the AmpKit app’s virtual noise gate on, period. And speaking of the app….
The AmpKit software comes in two flavors. First, there’s Free, which includes a metronome, tuner and simulations of a Peavey ValveKing amp with clean and high-gain lead channels, two mics, and two pedals. AmpKit+ is available for $19.99, and includes four amps, two mics and eight pedals. In both versions of AmpKit, you can make in-app purchases of additional gear, typically ranging from $3-$7.
The software is broken down into five areas-