How do I connect my guitar to the iPad/iPhone?

One of the most common support requests we get is people asking which instrument interface adapters we recommend. When Rock Prodigy first launched in January 2011 there weren’t as many choices as there are now. I guess that makes sense since the iPad 1 had only released about nine months earlier. At the time, it seemed there were only a handful of apps available for people who were serious about using iOS devices with their guitars.

Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find a lot of music apps and quite a selection of iOS instrument interfaces. Many of the top gear manufacturers have developed their own adapters and the prices can vary quite a bit. Try doing a Google search on any of them and you’ll be sure to find plenty of reviews and videos that can help you learn the pro and cons of each.

For us here at Music Prodigy, we’re just going to talk about the interfaces that we use every day and find very useful and effective. However, if you have questions about a specific interface, please feel free to email us at and let us know your questions.

Just to be fair, I figured I would start with one of the first instrument interface adapters we were able to get our hands on; the IK Multimedia iRig.

The iRig is a simple solution for getting your 1/4″ guitar cable connected to the 1/8″ input on your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch. Then you can plug in the audio output to headphones or external speakers. For beginner guitar players it’s also nice because there are no level adjustments that need to be made on the adapter. Just make sure your guitar volume is turned up and you’re good to go. The headphone or speaker volume is controlled on your iOS device.

We use the iRig everyday and it’s a really great instrument adapter at a very competitive price. So if you are ready to start learning guitar with Rock Prodigy and you are looking for an adapter, I would say definitely check out the iRig.

iRig Specs:
• Instrument interface adapter
• Works on iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
• 3.5mm TRRS end plugs into the headphone jack of your iOS device.
• 1/4″ female input jack
• 1/8″ female output jack
• Headphone/Amp/Powered Speaker OUT
• Connects electric guitar and bass

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