When I play acoustic instruments (ukulele/harp/acoustic guitar) I like to add reverb and other various effects to them, even if I'm just playing. None of my instruments have any kind of line-out, so I need to use a microphone. I'm currently using my iphone with an app that has a realtime effects generator and it uses the iphone's microphone. So I put the iphone right next to the instrument, then plug in an aux cable from my iphone to a usb rechargeable speaker (ue boom 2) to get the sound out.
This works good but I was wondering what is traditionally used for this in the music realm, hardware wise. I'm curious because I saw there's so many pedals for this and they have a ton of effects.
But the problem is they seem overkill. First they're not battery powered so I need to get an external battery. Second, they don't have a mic so I need to get a microphone for them and somehow power it too, and also they have a pedal. Why is a pedal important? I just want to get sound out of it.
Upon further investigation I saw people do this with pedal boards. So they'll have an external battery connected to various pedals. But it seems overkill and weighs alot and is not as portable compared to my iphone setup. Which is important because sometimes I play outside. Is there any reason to go hardware though? maybe I'm missing something.