- Low-latency USB Audio Interface
- Mini-pedal Format
- 9V DC Powered
- Mono In Stereo Out
- Buffered Bypass
A few weeks before Winter NAMM, I got an invitation from our friends at Orange Amps to attend a “Secret Demo”. At the appointed time, I was scurried away to a private area at the Orange booth where I got a chance to hear developer Danny Gomez demonstrate his rather amazing new device. As Danny started his demo, I was immediately struck with how perfect the Teleport is for worship. Now that the Teleport has been officially released, I have the privilege of sharing some of the exciting ways that worship guitarists can use it to take live sound to a whole new level. Before we do, let me give you a bit of background on what the Teleport actually is, and what it was primarily designed to do.
WHAT IT IS
At the most basic level, the Teleport is an USB audio interface that is housed in a mini-stomp box enclosure that is designed to sit on your pedal board. Audio interfaces are traditionally used to pipe audio signals in to and out of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Pro Tools. Unlike a number of the USB audio interfaces on the market, you do not have to install any drivers to get the Teleport to work with virtually any Android, Mac OS/iOS, or Windows device. If you’ve ever been stuck in “driver purgatory”, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the “plug and play” nature of this universal connection device. Keep in mind that you will need to use something along the lines of a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter kit to connect the included USB cable to your iOS or Android.
WHAT IT DOES
The Teleport does all the things that your average audio interface is intended to do and much, much more. Your average DAW is primarily designed to record audio and play it back, where the Teleport allows you to access all the studio quality plug-ins from your DAW in real time and add them to your signal chain. It also allows you to leverage the myriad of great modeling software our there from companies like Line 6, Positive Grid, and IK Multimedia, whose Amplitube CS Orange Edition comes bundled with the Teleport. It also allows you to “Teleport” your favorite studio plug-ins into your live rig. As I mention in the below video I did for Gear Tech + Recording aka [GTR], our sister publication, that allows you to pipe your pedal board into the studio and pipe your studio into your pedal board.
HOW IT DOES IT
In addition to the USB port (cable included), the Teleport features a 1/4” input jack and two ¼” output jacks for a variety of mono or stereo output options. In the High Tech Rigbook feature in this issue I leverage these outputs to feed a pair of Line 6 Powercabs a variety of stereo signals. Other cool options include simultaneously routing a “dual mono” signal to the P.A. and an active speaker system like the Powercab.
SOFTWARE + PLUG-INS
Between my iPhone, iPad, iMac, and PowerBook, I had a ton of fun being able to use the Teleport to access a ton of new and old software including Amplitube CS Orange Edition, Line 6 Helix Native, Positive Grid Bias Amp, and Line 6 Mobile POD. I’ve also been able to use it with my Pro Tools on both my iMac and PowerBook without issue after the smallest amount of configuration. This has allowed me to bring all my favorite studio plug-ins into my live rig, which is nothing short of amazing. Danny hipped me to MIDI Guitar 2 from Jam Origin, which allows you to convert your guitar signal to MIDI for use with plug-ins like SampleTank, opening the door to a ton of great synth tones. For whatever reason, I found that the Garage Band edition of MIDI Guitar 2 tracked much better on my machine than the standalone version.
Years ago I picked up a Roland GR-20 Guitar Synth that required Roland’s proprietary GK-3 pickup to use. Using MIDI Guitar 2 and an iConnect MIDI USB to MIDI convertor I was able to add the GR-20 to my rig, without having to use GK-3. I absolutely love the string sound on the GR-20, so being able to bring in this “legacy” hardware was very exciting for me.
BENEFITS FOR ACOUSTIC PLAYERS
When I saw Danny demo MIDI Guitar 2 at NAMM, I immediately thought of being able to blend in strings with acoustic guitar, much the same way synth players can layer strings on top of a piano patch. I encourage to watch the High Tech RigBook to hear this in action with the GK-20. If you’ve been thinking about ways to make your acoustic sound bigger in worship, this might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. This is especially true if you’re the only instrumentalist on the platform!
FOR ELECTRIC PLAYERS
In the High Tech RigBook you’ll also get a chance to hear how I incorporate the new Fender guitar pedals, stereo Orange Amp models via Amplitube, Pro Tools plug-ins, the GK-20, and the Line 6 Powercabs into an ultra-portable, high-tech rig that sounds great, and is super easy to get into the P.A.
Whether you’re in the market for a low-latency audio interface that won’t break the bank – or you want to take your virtual rig to the next level, I encourage you to “Teleport” your way to a ton of great sounds!
HYBRID WORSHIP GUITAR RIGBOOK
The Powercabs were also featured in the Worship Guitar Hybrid RigBook feature in this issue. Here’s the video!