I have a Google Nexus so I’m sort of out of luck on this one. BIAS has come out with a new amp modeling app for iPads. Like most modeling apps it comes with a ton of modern and vintage amp but there is more.
Create totally new sounds by designing your custom dream amp. It’s as easy as tap and drag. Using BIAS’ highly intuitive and lightning-fast interface, it’s child’s play to instantly swap out colorful tube preamps, lush distortion circuits, classic tone stacks, boutique power stages, custom-built transformers and cabs loaded with specially matched speakers. The result is a depth and range of tones not possible using traditional guitar amps or other modelers.
I like the stuff about swapping out tone stacks and even transformers. That could save a lot of soldering time and expense.
Read more and/or buy it here.
Amazon has a great deal on the CAD U-3 USB Studio Recording Microphone. They have it for $37.99 with free shipping. These mics go for about 70 bucks most places.
Here is the product description from Amazon:
Record studio-quality audio directly to your computer via USB with the CAD U3 side-address microphone–a great choice for both vocal and instruments as well as for creating podcasts and voiceovers for videos. Compatible with both Windows and Mac OS operating systems, you can simply plug the U3 into your PC and start recording.
The U3 has two switches on the front. The first switch allows you to decrease the sensitivity of the microphone so the sound quality is clear for extremely loud sounds. For example, the switch should be in the “-10” position for loud voices, percussion and other high sound pressure level devices. The “0” position should be used for normal voices and string instruments.
The second switch on the U3 is designed to reduce pickup of deep-bass sounds. The switch should be in the “Normal Bass” mode in most cases. However, if you want to remove wind noise, ventilation noise, or decrease the low frequencies in a recording, the switch should be in the “Bass Reduction” position.
Buy the CAD U-3 USB Studio Recording Microphone
Music Radar has a nice little article, with videos, about how to record acoustic guitar. Recording acoustic guitar can be tricky as so much depends on the microphone and mic placement. It’s a good quick read so check it out here.
Here is is the first video about mic placement.