Apr 2, 2014
With all these cheap knock off games and exploitative “freemium” apps sometimes the most useful and innovative apps can get lost in the noise. Looking across the app stores for both Android and iOS there are incredible apps that can be visually breathtaking as well as something that replicates the job of larger, more cumbersome analog machinery. Specifically looking into the music genera there are plenty of effects apps and recording software that, on one tiny tablet, can replace thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of foot pedals and even entire computers. The problem has always been interfacing that Fender to a tablet or smartphone, as there are not too many 1/4″ ports on tablets these days.
This is, as always, where this week’s Crowdfunding Spotlight comes in. Meet the LineShrark; a compact and powerful audio converter that allows virtually any electric instrument to be wired both into and out of any existing smartphone or tablet. The LineShark can be put into two different modes: recording and effects, and also comes with an adjustable gain meter on the top of the device. The first of these two modes splits the signal from the instrument and sends one signal to a smartphone or tablet for recording purposes with the other half going to the amp for performing. The latter delivers the input signal directly to the smart-device where, via an app, the sound has filters or effects applied to it and the output is then routed out of the device, through the LineShark, and into the amp. This is all incredibly exciting for live performers who now can leave those bulky, unintuitive effects pedals at home and instead load up their favorite app and have access to all the effects they need at the tip of their fingers.
The line shark has 21 days remaining, at the time of writing this, and is amazingly still $52,000 short of their $60,000 goal. So please be sure to check out their page and consider supporting this great project.