Positive Grid makes a range of guitar-centric software and hardware products centred on the iPad platform, and its latest is BIAS, an amp designer, modeller and processor for the iPad 2 and later, and requiring iOS7…
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Processing guitars through an iPad is nothing new, but the company firmly believes that BIAS has more focus on the achieving of great guitar tones than its competitors.
It certainly looks good, and there are nine presets categorised by type covering blues, rock, metal and more. Along the base is an omnipresent toolbar with in/out volume controls, configurable noise gate and room sections, plus eight Quick Snap slots for flipping between presets.
Tap the Settings icon to be taken to a rather cool customisation section, where you can tap and drag to reorder any of the components in the signal chain, including preamp, EQ, tone stack, power amp, transformer and cab. Tap on any of these to edit it from the gorgeous interface, and tap and drag to swap components and change settings.
There are 36 amp models included as well as different tube and transformer types and behaviours as well as a nifty drag-to-position mic interface that enables you to change the tone easily. You can save setups and send them to JamUp XT, the company’s other guitar performance app, and it works with GarageBand for iOS via inter-app audio. All major iPad guitar interfaces are supported, too.
This is an excellent guitar processor that’s highly configurable but easy to use and has a powerful, meaty sound. You’ll believe that the company spent some considerable time getting the tone just right, and some of the demos on the website are simply blistering. For the price it’s an absolute bargain – one that will have guitarists of all kinds riffing like mad.