Audio Effects & Amp

Set-up suggestions for external devices

Amp is in Beta (aka test mode), and we’ll constantly be evolving with our community. Here are some audio effects and vocal mixing set-ups currently possible in Beta. Check back for updates as new features becomes available in the future.

USB Mic Setup

The USB Mic Setup allows you to use USB-connected microphones with Amp.

Please note: If your mic has a headphone jack input, such as the Blue Yeti, you must use wired headphones connected to the mic itself.

What You Need:

  • iPhone or iPad with Amp installed
  • iPhone Camera Adapter, if using iPhone
  • Microphone with USB connection, such as the Blue Yeti
  • Bluetooth headphones, or if the microphone has a headphone jack input, wired headphones
  • USB Type A cable, if using iPhone (the other end of the cable depends on the microphone)
  • USB-C cable, if using iPad (the other end of the cable depends on the microphone)

The Setup:

  1. If the microphone uses external power, make sure it is plugged into the power source.
  2. Plug the USB cable into the microphone.
  3. At the other end, plug the cable into the Camera Adapter or directly into the iPad.
  4. If the microphone has a headphone jack input, plug in the wired headphones.
  5. Put on the headphones, and start your show!

iPad Setup

The iPad Setup allows you to use XLR, TRS, and USB-connected professional studio mics with Amp. This is accomplished with an audio interface plugged into an iPad via USB-C.

What You Need:

  • iPad with Amp installed
  • Powered audio interface, such as the Rodecaster Pro or Roland GO-Mixer Pro-X
  • Microphone with XLR, TRS, or USB connection, such as the Lauten LA-220
  • USB-C connector to the iPad from the audio interface
  • Headphones with wired connection to the audio interface

The Setup:

  1. Make sure the audio interface is plugged into its own power source. Some audio interfaces use the iPad as the power source.
  2. Plug the audio interface into the iPad.
  3. Connect headphones to the audio interface’s headphone port.
  4. Connect the mic to the corresponding input on the audio interface.
  5. If required by the microphone, turn on “48V” phantom power on your audio interface, and ensure the interface is powered.
  6. Start your show!

Multi-Mic Setup

The multi-mic setup is identical to the iPad setup, and we recommend specifically using the Rodecaster Pro as the audio interface to connect multiple mics and headphones.

Additional Steps:

  1. Once all of the hardware is connected, power the Rodecaster Pro on by pressing the red button on the back.
  2. Make sure the volume of each input is set at a reasonable level. Ensure the inputs are not muted.
  3. Make sure the output volume for each set of headphones is set at a reasonable level.
  4. The Rodecaster Pro has many compression and vocal dynamic settings that you can customize to your liking. The default settings sound great in our experience, but feel free to tap the Settings gear and adjust the various settings to your needs.

iRig Setup

The iRig Setup allows you to use XLR-connected professional studio mics with Amp. This is accomplished with a pocket-sized mic pre-amp called iRig.

What You Need:

The Setup:

  1. Make sure the iRig has batteries installed.
  2. Plug the Lightning Adapter into the iRig Pre 2’s jack connector, or plug the iRig Pro’s lightning cable into the iRig.
  3. Connect the iRig to the iPhone using the Lightning connection.
  4. Plug the XLR or TRS cable into the mic
  5. Plug the other end of the XLR or TRS cable into the bottom of the iRig, where the mic symbol is.
  6. Plug the headphones into the jack connection on the iRig, where the headphone symbol is.
  7. Turn on the iRig, and, if required by the microphone, turn it to “48V”. Make sure both lights are on.
  8. Set the gain for both the device and the Direct Monitor. Mic gain around 2 is usually good quality.
  9. If you wish to hear yourself speaking through the headphones, turn Direct Monitor on. Otherwise keep it off. You can use Direct Monitor to test whether the connections are working.
  10. Start your show!

iRig + Computer Setup

The iRig + Computer Setup allows you to use USB, XLR, and TRS-connected professional studio mics with Amp, and it also allows you to apply vocal mixing and/or effects using Apple’s Garageband app on a Mac computer. This is accomplished with an iRig and usually an audio interface.

Technically, this setup allows you route any audio from the computer to Amp. However, Chime distorts the audio from music streaming apps, sound effects, instruments, production, etc. Voice is the only application that sounds good.

In order to hear your own effected voice or any other audio coming from the computer, you will need a second audio output, such as a second headset.

What You Need:

The Setup:

  1. Connect a 1/4“ Adapter or cable into the iRig, where the guitar logo is.
  2. The other end of the cable is 3.5mm. Connect that to the headphone port on the Mac.
  3. Plug the Lightning adapter into the iRig’s male jack connector.
  4. Connect the iRig to the iPhone using the Lightning connection.
  5. Connect the mic to the computer. This may require an audio interface.
  6. Plug headphones into the 3.5mm jack port on the iRig, where the headphone symbol is.
  7. If you wish to hear yourself speaking through headphones (or wish to hear any of the audio from the computer), plug a second set of headphones into the female 1/4“ port on the iRig, where the amp symbol is. Most headphones have a 3.5mm jack connector, so you may need a 3.5mm to 1/4” jack adapter.
  8. Open Garageband or some other DAW.
  9. In your DAW, create an audio track, and turn on Direct Monitor. Direct Monitor must be on for the connection to work.
  10. Apply any effects you like to the audio track.
  11. IMPORTANT: Make sure the iRig is switched to “Thru” rather than “FX,” and turn up the gain.
  12. If you are using a second set of headphones, you should be able to hear your voice (and any other audio from the computer).
  13. With the first set of headphones, you’ll be able to hear audio from Amp, such as music or callers.
  14. Start your show!
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