USB OTG adapters - Which one do you need?

4 types of OTG cables to connect your guitar to a phone or a tablet

Any guitarist would want to get realistic guitar effects and amp sim models from their mobile device. However, the process begs one particular question. How to connect guitars to Android phone/tablet, iPhone or iPads? The answer is audio interfaces, or guitar interfaces. We have enlightened the issue here before. However, the USB outs of many of these interfaces do not match the USB ports of mobile devices. Audio interfaces that are used for mobile guitar effects and amps apps (Deplike, Tonebridge, Bias FX) generally have USB A plug. This is where the OTG (on the go) adapters come in handy. These little cables basically fill the gap between the guitar/audio interface and the phones/tablets. Most importantly, they carry the guitar signal coming from the audio interface without compromising the quality.

Check out our guide on audio interfaces here.

You can connect your guitar to Android and iOS devices with an audio interface and an OTG cable. This way, you can enjoy 20 realistic virtual guitar effects pedals , 15 amp and cab sim models from your iPhone, iPad and Android phones/tablets provided by Deplike app.

Here are the 4 main types of OTG adapters:

1. USB Type C OTG:

Firstly, we all know that USB C ports are going to dominate every digital device that we use in the near future. The inevitable has already begun with the new generation of iOS and Android phones, Macbooks and more. Secondly, it is apparent that the unification of USB ports will be a huge relief for users of these devices. In conclusion, this USB adapter connects the USB A plug of audio interfaces to the USB C port of the mobile devices.

2. Lightning OTG:

Apple is one of the tech giants to switch to USB type C. However, there are many users who are still enjoying their lightning type mobile devices. Therefore, lightning OTG converters too are here to stay for a while. Likewise, lightning OTG adapters connect the USB A plug of audio interfaces to lightning ports of iPhones and iPads.

3. Micro USB OTG:

Micro USB used to be the most prominent type of port among the Android devices. However, that was before the invasion of USB C on the new generation of Android phones. Since Android phones with micro USB ports still exist on the market, micro USB OTG adapters do as well.

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4. Mini USB OTG:

Mini USB ports have existed for a long time. It used to be the common type among Android phones before the Micro USB ports came into the picture. Deplike guitar effects and amps mobile app works even on the Android phones that have Mini USB ports. In fact, it is the only app on the market that supports USB audio interfaces.

Also, apparently new generation phones do NOT have a headphone jack port! The adapters that are called USB C to 3.5 mm jack ‘dongles’ convert the USB C port to a regular headphone slot. You will need one of these dongles to use iRigs, Bandlab Analog Mini, or any other analog audio interface with your new gen phone.
However, it’s all over the internet that some of these dongles are incompatible with these interfaces, depending on whether they have a built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter).