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Wednesday, 06 February 2008 07:45
stealth.jpgBy Laura Valk - GJD Contributor
In a world where everything seems to be blown to giant sized proportions, I can honestly say that the StealthPlug by IK Multimedia holds its own for such a simple and small device. The StealthPlug takes the phrase "plug-and-play" to a whole new level, serving as a direct connection between your guitar and computer.

The cord houses a 16 bit 44/48kHz analog to digital converter, along with a 1/8" headphone jack and volume controls. The cord serves as a direct 1/4" jack to USB interface, and as such, is extremely easy for even a beginner to use.
However, despite its practicality, possibly the biggest catch in this package is the bundle of software included. Most notably is the Amplitube 2 Live software, either as a stand alone or plug in, which offers endless options of amp simulated presets.

There are tons of amazing sounds for any style of music that you can think of. I really enjoyed the clean tones that had chorus and delay blended together which gave me a lush chimey tone for rhythm parts. The high gain lead tones are raging and articulate at the same time. I also ran the Stealth directly into Garage band for quick and seemless recording.


At a retail price of $129.99, the StealthPlug is the perfect recording device for any guitarist or bassist who wants the perfect combination of simplicity and quality. At only 9', the StealthPlug is a great choice for any traveling musician who can't go a day without recording. Compatible with both PC and Mac, wherever you go, you can be sure that you'll be recording within minutes.

If you are going to be doing more in depth recording with real amps in Pro Tools, DP, etc. you would probably just use their software as an additional plug in for mixdown. However, at this price point the StealhPlug is a viable option for composing music and for jamming along with other tracks on your computer. Facing some pretty heavy competition, the StealthPlug does an admirable job of taking on the role of David in a market of Goliaths.

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