I was pretty impressed by what AmpliTube did with its guitar software. Being a geek, I could not get over the fact that their are selling iRig cable for $39.99 + shipping. I know this is just a cable, and usually order cables for under $5 from Amazon.com. I am a casual guitar player, so I don't really need the professional durability... and I also would like to do little more with this setup that just plug it in headset (mix board, my living room amp atc...)
So with little search around here is the hack: it appears that older video cables (used for video cameras like Sonny) use the same 5 contact jack, as the iphone, so for $5 including shipping you can get this 6FT 3.5 mm to 3 RCA AV Camcorder Video Cable Sony JVC 6. Then all you need is a 1/4 inch Mono Female / RCA Male Adaptor (plug it in the red cable, which goes in the guitar). The the other two cables are your left and right signal, which can go to your mix board or other amp you have laying around.
Update: I have found another alternative. It's called " iPhone Adapter 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm TRS Headphone Jack and 1/4in Microphone Jack" and www.kvconnection.com for $23.39.
7/22/2010 6:11 AM
Dave, Love this, I tried it, works fine, ALTHOUGH the sound is a little fuzzy, not sure if this is an impedance issue. I would still like to get my hands on an iRig just to try and see if the sound quality is improved at all. Otherwise great props to you for the cheap solution, I too think that 60 bucks AUH is RIDICULOUSLY expensive for something as simple as what I percieved the cable to be. I could bite the bullet at 30-40 but 60 is just farfetched.. As its stands my current purchase was around 25 bucks all told, which was an ipod specific triple RCA (a normal one didnt work for some reason) a converter for Red+White to headphones, and a female RCA to male 1/4 jack straight into the guitar from the yelloww RCA. Shoot me a reply in the blog as I dont check my mail much, but thanks again on the tips. - Fox
8/2/2010 1:34 AM
I found your post helpful, but noticed a few errors. The jack has 4 contacts, not 5, and the adapter needs to be RCA female to 1/4 male, not the other way round. Sony has one 'n'.
9/15/2010 1:24 AM
Please be careful. There is no isolation. Plugging everything together might possibly blow the iphone audio io.
10/20/2010 6:04 AM
I got three seconds of sound! After that i never got it to work anymore
11/11/2010 11:49 PM
This does not do any impedance matching or have any components/circuitry required to get a proper guitar signal. iRig does have circuitry inside that this solution lacks.