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I'm in the process of amping my acoustic violin and have just about got it sorted.
Working from the amp back the cable runs to a little thingy called an iRig (the little joey with the white writing hanging off the iPad). This interfaces with my iPad and and an app that gives me the use of virtual 'pedals'. The ones shown on the iPad are Reverb, Delay, and Six Band Graphic Equalizer. Many others are available through 'in app' purchases.
The iRig also plugs into the little box with the lights showing. This is a wireless receiver that receives a signal from the 'Guitar Bug' (the black thing on the side of the violin) that is plugged into a K&K pickup on the bridge of the violin. (The guitar bug means no wire from the violin to fall over )
It will work through my iPhone as well as the iPad. The app is free one called Amptitube and only works with the iRig.
The iRig is not expensive and is well worth having at under AU$10 but you do have to have an iPad or an iPhone.
As for some of the other stuff, they had a sale at Aldi
Got the guitar bug, the iPad stand, a music stand, and a microphone stand for AU$160
It all can be used through the amp or connected to a computer for recording
All I gotta do now is learn to drive this contraption. Again, too many knobs
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????