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  1. BIAS/JamUp/BIAS FX/BIAS Desktop/BIAS FX Desktop would work a lot better than the built in amp sims in Garageband, but I'm not that big a fan of JamUp/BIAS at all. Consider looking into Scuffman S-Gear, POD Farm, Amplitube, and Guitar Rig (or free VSTs), as they all sound better than JamUp/BIAS to my ears.
  2. May 27, 2015  However, the Cubasis CPU indicator really lit up when I put BIAS FX on an audio track. Because I’m using an iPad Air 2 (the fastest iPad available at the time this review was written), it’s possible that projects with lots of virtual instruments and effects may not have enough room on the CPU for BIAS FX.

It’s never been easier to record on the go – there’s a huge market for portable instrument interfaces nowadays aimed squarely at mobile music makers. Since the inclusion of Inter-App Audio in 2013 (and through Audiobus before that), savvy GarageBand iOS guitarists have been rocking out to and recording with many different guitar sim apps.

Positive Grid is offering a free 90-day trial download BIAS FX Mobile application. Users can download the app for the next 14 days, from March 25 to April 8, 2020, and utilize every feature offered in the BIAS FX Guitar Amp & Effects app at no charge. May 06, 2017  How to plug your guitar into your iPhone and rock out. My favorites are Yonac’s ToneStack and Positive Grid’s BIAS FX. (Note: BIAS FX is iPad. . To osx 10.13 users: if you can't find BIAS FX AU plugin after running the BIAS FX AU/VST plugin installer, please reboot your Mac to see if it works. 1) Launch Garageband, create an audio track 2) Go to 'View' - 'Open Smart Controls' 3) Click on the 'Track' icon on the smart control top bar, then drag down the scroll bar to find Audio FX slots.

There’s a lot of choice in the app store for those looking to expand their audio app arsenal with a new guitar sim. Quality wise though, it’s a bit of a mixed bag…

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In this video, I count down my top 5 favourite guitar apps available for iOS.

Apps featured in the video:




JamUp Pro

Bias Amp/FX

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Is your favourite guitar app missing from the list? Let me know in the comments below, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

With their earlier JamUp app, Positive Grid made a splash with guitarists. Now with BIAS FX, they hope to bring on a flood. Matthew Loel T. Hepworth takes the plunge to find out more.

The year was 1980. I was 13-years-old and had just spent fifty hard-earned bucks from my paper route on a used electric guitar. My old man helped me buy a small guitar amp, and then all I needed was a stomp box, preferably an Ibanez Tube Screamer. Alas, I’d need to deliver papers for another year before I could buy that green machine. Fast forward to today, and a mere $29.99 buys BIAS FX: an entire virtual pedalboard for iPad (with Desktop access coming soon). It includes a wealth of stomp boxes, but also has amplifiers, cabinets, and other effects I could only dream about in 1980. But really, how good can it possibly sound? I’ll discuss the sound later, but let’s look at the basics first.

Getting the App

BIAS FX can be purchased from The App Store and runs on iPad 2 and above, and the iPad Mini, all of which require iOS 8 and Internet access should you wish to connect to Positive Grid’s online pedalboard library called Tone Cloud. (Login required.)

Making Connections

Because iPads don’t have audio inputs, you’ll need some sort of audio interface, as well as Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, which basically gives an iPad a USB port to connect the interface. The audio interface replaces the audio output of the iPad and provides audio inputs for guitars, basses, and other audio sources. In my tests, I used a Steinberg UR44 in Class Compliant mode and it worked flawlessly.

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However, to use BIAS FX properly, you’ll need to make sure the input signal from the guitar is not mixed with the processed signal generated by the app. For interfaces that have an ‘‘input-DAW’ knob (or something like it), it’s as easy as turning it all the way to one side, usually clockwise. For interfaces like the UR44 that offer more exotic monitoring capabilities, you may need another app to disable the monitored input signal of the interface. In my case, I needed to download Steinberg’s free dspMixFx app and hit the ‘mute’ button on channel 1. Consult the manual of your audio interface for more information.

How it Works

BIAS FX can run either as a stand-alone app, or as an Inter-App Audio program inside another audio app. The latter gives you the ability to use it in a DAW app along with other audio and instrument tracks. I started in stand-alone mode first to learn the user interface.

Figure 1. The BIAS FX main window.

At the top of the screen you’ll see a left-to-right (or right-to-left if so desired) depiction of the pedalboard signal flow, along with all the components of the currently loaded preset, the order of which can be changed by tapping, holding, and dragging the icons. Taping on any component will reveal a skeuomorphic depiction of its controls. In other words, tapping the 808 OD pedal icon brings you up close and personal with the virtual controls of a virtual Tube Screamer pedal. This allows you to enable or ‘stomp’ on the box, as well as adjust the controls. BIAS FX currently has 25 different stomp boxes, as well as 5 studio processors based on rack-mounted effects. Positive Grid has also promised to increase those herds as time goes on.

For amplifiers, there are 12 models to choose from, as well as the ability to import new models designed in BIAS AMP (purchased separately). You can also add a splitter that gives you the ability to use two different amp models in parallel, then use the mixer component to balance and pan the outputs of both. This is great for creating complex tones like the great Stevie Ray Vaughan and Brad Gillis did with real amps. As with the stomp boxes, accessing the front panel controls of the amps is done by tapping their icons.

At the bottom of the window you’ll find input/output meters and controls, as well as the tuner and a metronome for practicing your chops. There’s also a Live View window which lets you assign presets to four large onscreen buttons, the idea for which is to give you quick access to your presets in a live situation. Switching presets is fairly quick, but you will experience a short (25 ms or so, depending upon vintage of iPad) pause during the switch, as well as a noticeable ‘pop’ even when you aren’t playing the guitar. Underneath the preset buttons are four additional buttons for turning off the Drive, Mod, Delay, and Reverb components of the currently loaded preset. You can also make selections via MIDI, which gives live performers with MIDI-compatible pedalboards hands-free access to their patches and components.

Figure 2. The Live View display.

Output Settings

Next to the Live View is the Output Settings panel. This gives you four different ways to use BIAS FX with real amps and cabinets, as well as having those components generated virtually inside the app. Those four Global Settings are Amp Front, Combo Poweramp, Stack Poweramp, and Direct Out. Since I was connecting my audio interface directly to studio monitor speakers, I chose Direct Out. But If I wanted to use BIAS FX with my guitar amp with only the front input, I would choose Amp Front—the result being the removal of the virtual amp and speaker characteristics from BIAS FX. Basically, since a real guitar amp inherently has those tonal characteristics, BIAS FX won’t try to recreate them virtually. (Note: When using BIAS FX with a guitar amp or any monophonic audio system, make sure to disable Stereo Mode in the Settings window.)

Figure 3. The Global Settings window.

If you have a later-model iPad, I highly recommend going to the Settings and enabling the Ultra Low Latency mode. This makes it much more responsive and playable, with the trade-off being increased CPU usage. (More on that in a moment.)

How it Sounds

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Even though the user interface of BIAS FX is extremely slick, gorgeous, easy to use, and user-friendly, I was fully prepared to be disappointed by the sound. But I’m happy to report that it truly looks as good as it sounds. (Note: Version 1.01 made some serious improvements to both the app and the sound quality, so make sure you keep it updated.) I played with BIAS FX in stand-alone mode for hours and had a blast making my own pedalboards. Unlike some other virtual guitar modeling apps and hardware products, I could even use the volume knob on my guitar to alter the crunch of the amps and stomp boxes. However, any preset (like 80’s Metal or USA Metal) that uses high-gain components will probably have a noise gate in the signal flow, and that will negate the effectiveness of the guitar volume knob. I tried removing the gate to see if that would help, but the resulting deluge of gain hiss made using the gate compulsory.

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I also tested BIAS FX in Inter-Application mode with Cubasis and it worked just as it should. However, the Cubasis CPU indicator really lit up when I put BIAS FX on an audio track. Because I’m using an iPad Air 2 (the fastest iPad available at the time this review was written), it’s possible that projects with lots of virtual instruments and effects may not have enough room on the CPU for BIAS FX. If that happens to you, try disabling the Ultra Low Latency mode. However, in Cubasis and some other iOS DAW apps, it’s easy to freeze the track and then turn off the plug-in, thereby sparing the CPU from being driven so profoundly. Also be aware that only one instance of BIAS FX can be run in Inter-App mode, which would also require you to freeze each guitar track before using it again on another track. This isn’t a limitation of BIAS FX, rather it’s the way Inter-App mode works in the iOS 8 world.

Is it Worth $30?

Provided you already have an iPad, an audio interface, and an Apple Camera Connection kit, BIAS FX is cheap, cheap, CHEAP! It gives you tons of high-quality virtual pedalboards, as well as access to Tone Cloud for even more configurations. It sounds great and only has a few minor issues. It will be interesting to see what more Positive Grid will bring to the BIAS FX pedalscape, especially considering it’s very young at version 1.0.1 Until then, I have no doubt that BIAS FX will give guitarists unique and creative ways to make more music with their iPads.

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Price: $29.99 (Apple App Store)

Pros: Great sound. Many sonic options. Fast performance. A beautiful interface. Very affordable.

Cons: The pops and pauses created when switching presets may be problematic for live performers.


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