Griffin Technology and Frontier Design Group Present GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE

Macworld Australia Staff
9 July, 2010
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Press Release

Cable Interface and App Turn any Guitar and iPhone Into Mobile Guitar Rig

Nashville, TN — July 6, 2010 — Griffin Technology Inc., maker of ingenious ways to power, play, protect, and connect, and Frontier Design Group, maker of musically inspiring apps, today announced availability of Griffin’s GuitarConnect cable and Frontier’s iShred LIVE. With this combination of cable and app, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad becomes a mobile guitar workstation that is both fun and useful to musicians of all skill levels.

“Getting hardware and software to work together is a unique challenge,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “This type of application requires more than a basic instrument cable, and we were excited to develop a cable to integrate with iShred LIVE.”

“iShred LIVE’s realistic interface makes it the most useful mobile guitar application available,” said Charlie Hitchcock, Chief Developer at Frontier Design Group. “Whether you’re writing a song, practicing for a gig, or traveling the world, GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE are the essential tools every guitarist and iPhone owner needs.”

Griffin’s new GuitarConnect cable turns iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into the most portable gig and practice rig imaginable. The 1/4″ cable connects easily into guitars, basses, or other instruments, and a stereo 1/8″ mini-plug connects directly to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for use with audio applications such as iShred LIVE. The 6 foot GuitarConnect cable also provides a stereo 1/8″ mini-jack to connect headphones or audio cable for connection to a home stereo, amp, mixer, or other audio source. Intuitive layout means no clutter and no unnecessary weight or stress on the cables; just comfortable, great sounding music with GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE.

iShred LIVE is a mobile app with amp modeling and stomp box effects for guitar, bass, and other instruments. Based on the popular virtual guitar app from Frontier Design Group, iShred LIVE gives musicians of all skill levels the ability to play a real instrument through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app opens to reveal a sight familiar to most musicians: an amp and pedalboard with life-like effects pedals. The built-in amp simulator features clean and overdrive settings for added tonal color. Each pedal features fully adjustable controls for accurate reproductions of classic guitar tones. Just tap the controls and iShred LIVE zooms in on the effect for easy manipulation. The first three effects are included for free with download of iShred LIVE:

•    HK-2000 Digital Delay (with tap tempo)
•    Q-36 Space Modulator/Flanger
•    Buzz Kill (noise gate)

Players looking for added tonal flexibility can download these additional effects through in-app purchase:

•    Hot Fuzz (super fuzz pedal)
•    Sybil (dual chorus)
•    Trembler (variable waveform tremolo)
•    Adrenaline (adjustable treble booster)
•    Kömpressör (compressor pedal)

In addition to effects, iShred LIVE features a number of essential guitar tools. Favorite sounds can be saved in one of 48 user-programmable presets, organized as 8 color-coded banks for easy organization. A chromatic tuner allows quick and accurate tuning; the adjustable metronome includes tap tempo and selectable accent sounds. The app also features a looping audio player, giving users the ability to play along with any song in their device’s music library.

For more information on GuitarConnect, to learn more about the app and see iShred LIVE’s effects in action. GuitarConnect and iShred LIVE is the essential mobile tool for any guitarist, and it’s just getting started—new amps, effects and features are coming in future updates.

Pricing and Availability
GuitarConnect, $29.99, is now available at iShred LIVE is a free download, now available from the App Store.

About Frontier Design Group
Founded in 1996, Frontier Design Group was formed with the mission of providing high-quality, high-value digital audio tools to help its customers be more creative and productive. Signature iPhone apps Guitar and iShred, along with TranzPort, the world’s first wireless remote control for your DAW, established new frontiers of audio design. Always able to find the right solutions for the needs of audio enthusiasts and professionals alike, new Frontier tools will continue to push the boundaries of our creative imaginations. Learn more about Frontier’s line of unique products at

About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate™, iFM™, iMic™ and Evolve™ have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs

© 2010 Griffin Technology Inc. GuitarConnect is a trademark of Griffin Technology Inc. iShred LIVE is a trademark of Frontier Design Group. iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc. All other product names and trademarks are property of their respective companies.

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