Not too long ago you needed an entire studio to mix and produce an album.  That is until Pro Tools exploded onto the scene, which negated all of the heavy hardware, including a mixing board and whatever else comes with the production of music.  Taking it a step further Mac released Garage Band, a simplified version of Pro Tools that needed no hardware to work.  Nevertheless, getting your guitar rifts into the production software, which is available on Mac and iOS devices, required a box to convert the analog signal to a digital one.  Not any more thanks to the Squier USB Stratocaster Guitar from Fender.

In addition to the traditional 1/4-inch output as found on all electric guitars since their inception, is a mini-B USB connector offering bi-directional audio streaming.  Effectively that means you can plug this Strat into your Mac or iOS device and record directly without the hassle of toting around any additional gear.  A 3.5mm headphone jack lets you plug-in a pair of headphones allowing you to monitor your finger work as you record your work.  And best of all the Squier can still be used as an electric guitar, though at a price of $200 we’re going to assume it won’t meet the tonal demands rock stars and those alike.

The Squier by Fender can be purchased directly from Apple.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."