iRig BlueBoard Review, Tutorial and Unboxing | IK Multimedia

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Hello everyone and welcome to Epic Tutorials
unboxing, review and tutorial for IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard — a Bluetooth MIDI pedal
board which is available for $99 on Amazon.com — there’s a link in the description below
if you want to check it out, so let’s start with the unboxing. The iRig Blueboard comes in the familiar IK
Multimedia packaging which as you know I rather like. It’s easy to open without ripping and
inside the box you get the Blueboard itself, four triple A batteries, one quick start guide,
a product catalogue and most importantly a registration card with a unique serial number
on the back that you will need in order to use this with IK Multimedia apps. The Blueboard itself is made from high quality
plastic that feels pretty sturdy and features four backlit soft-touch pads. On the side
of the Blueboard you have two quarter inch inputs to connect expression pedals and on
the bottom it has a battery compartment for the four triple A batteries to power the device
and an on off switch. As the Blueboard uses Bluetooth 4.0 it uses very little juice and
should last you ages. In order to use the iRig Blueboard you will
need to download the free Blueboard App from the App Store which is available for both
iOS and Mac and then make sure bluetooth is turned on on your device. Once you turn on the iRig Blueboard and you
will see the bluetooth icon flashing. Launch the Blueboard App and tap on the text that
says “Tap here to connect your Blueboard”. Select it from the drop down list and it will
sync with the device. Now with the Blueboard synced if I tap on
a pedal you can see it lights up on the app. There are two program modes available in the
Blueboard App. The first is Program Change and this allows you to change presets or programs
in compatible apps. If Prgram Change Mode is not currently selected you can access it
by tapping Menu>Settings>Prog Change. For example if I launch Amplitube, I can use
my pads to cycle through up to four different amp presets at a time. If this is the first time you are using your
Blueboard with an IK Multimedia app you will have to register it before it will work. Simply
tap MENU then ACCOUNT and enter the serial number that came with your device along with
your username and password. I will tap TOOLS and then Play under Audio
Demo so you can hear this take effect. You will notice it changes almost instantly but
there is a very slight delay between my hitting a pad and the new preset loading.
What this is doing is cycling through the presets available under the Preset area and
I can swipe through multiple banks. You can switch banks on the BlueBoard by either holding
the A or B pad to cycle up and down through them then tapping a pad to load a program
from within that bank of four. The iRig BlueBoard works in exactly the same
way with another excellent guitar modelling app called JamUp Pro. I will just close Amplitube
and launch Jamup with the Blueboard app running in in the background and I can instantly start
moving through my amp presets and banks in the same way as Amplitube. Now if I go back to the Blueboard App, we
can choose our second program mode called Control Change Mode which is used to send
specific MIDI control changes to compatible apps by tapping Menu>Settings>IK Multimedia’s Amplitube app offers an excellent
implementation of this. Simply make sure your are in Control Change Mode then launch Amplitube.
Then tap and hold on a foot switch to enable MIDI Learn. You will notice it turns Yellow
and the assign control window opens. Simply tap the pad you want to map it to and now you can engage it from the Blueboard. (DEMO) Jamup offers similar functionality but for
it to work, open the BlueBoard app and make sure the MIDI channel is set between Channel
1-16 and not on ALL. In fact we can even save a preset in the Blueboard app to easily access
later. I’m going to tap up to Bank 5 which is currently
blank and tap the name to rename it JamUp. Then I can tap the channel which is currently
set to ALL and change that to 1. If I knew exactly what MIDI control change numbers Jamup
was looking out for I can tap them and set them, but Jamup has a MIDI Learn feature so
I will use that for now. If I open Jamup Pro I just need to tap the
COG to open Settings then scroll down and make sure Enable MIDI Control is on then tap
MIDI Control Assignments. Now you can select an assigned control and tap on it or add your
own, then you can either choose a CC number which would correspond to what you had set
in the Blueboard App or you can tap MIDI Learn, and tap the pad just like we did before. Now
I can tap Done, find a toggle stomp effect and load it and turn it on and off with pad
A. The possibilities with this are endless. However Guitar Modelling Apps are not all
that the Blueboard can be used with. LoopyHD is my favourite looper for iOS and the BlueBoard
is perfect for this. I will close out of Jamup and open Loopy. If I tap the arrow icon in
the upper right I can tap Settings, then MIDI and you see BlueBoard is available as a control
input. You can tap the Chevron to start add a binding, but for this to work properly let’s
set our BlueBoard back to Program Change Mode by switching out of the app, then selecting
MENU>SETTINGS>and choosing Program Change. This means we don’t have to double tap to
turn the pad on and off. Now in Loopy HD simply tap Add Binding, select
an action or use the default and press the pad you want to trigger it on the Blue Board,
then tap Save New Binding and repeat the process and soon you will be ready for some really
poor beatboxing. (DEMO) Look all in all this is a great device and
for $99 it’s excellent value for money however the build quality isn’t comparable with the
metal bodied guitar pedals you are probably used to but it gets the job done and feels
rugged enough. The Blueboard app works flawlessly and for
iOS musicians it’s an essential addition to your kit, however being Bluetooth there is
a very very short delay between hitting the pad and the change taking effect. Almost too
short to notice but it’s there so don’t expect the immediacy of a real guitar stomp box. I really do love my Blueboard and will give
it 4/5 and you can check epic tutorials.com for more details on our iRig BlueBoard review. If this video helped you out please subscribe
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