State-of-the-art amplifier modeling.
AmpliTube 3 has a massive selection of gear, and the IK development team is continuously building upon that selection. In this, the complete AmpliTube 3 flagship full version, there are 160 individual pieces of gear to choose from.
IK’s patented technologies allow us to create the most realistic sounding models on the planet. Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Seymour Duncan, T-Rex, Jet City and more, that have exclusively teamed up with IK to offer an ultra-accurate reproduction of their gear for the AmpliTube range.
AmpliTube 3 is the only guitar and bass tone software that gives you the ability to add gear to your virtual collection one piece at a time. This is the Custom Shop feature and it’s truly visionary because now you can buy only the gear you want or need. IK is constantly adding new gear to the mix with more hardware manufacturers partnering with us to bring their gear to your virtual world.
Whatever your specialty, you’ll find AmpliTube an extremely valuable and flexible tool, expanding your creative palette with some of the world’s most sought after gear. AmpliTube 3 can be used as a sophisticated multi-effects processor in its standalone version that you can integrate into your live rig thanks to its instantaneous preset switching. AmpliTube is also a plug-in for your DAW for live tracking or re-amping guitar and bass tracks, or for having an arsenal of vintage and modern effects to apply also on synthesizers and instruments, vocals, drum tracks and more.
To use AmpliTube as a guitar or bass tone machine, you have to connect your guitar to your computer. Once connected AmpliTube gives you the exact signal chain you’d use live and/or in studio: tuner —> pedalboards —> amp heads —> speaker cabs —> mics with room effects —> rack effects. Plus, you can configure two complete rigs and run in stereo.
There are also eight different series/parallel “routing” options available that give you total signal chain control, allowing you to configure tones for every possible playing scenario. You can select different configurations on the fly as you see fit: dual pedal boards running into a single amp head split to two cabs with different mic sets for each running into a single rack with a compressor and graphic EQ, just as an example. The combinations are endless.
AmpliTube 3 features an incredibly detailed cabinet, microphone and room module that lets you virtually recreate your favorite recording space. You can mic your cabinet with two mics and freely place the mics around the speaker to find the “sweet” spot. You can also control the mix between mic 1 and mic 2, and change the overall “depth” of the cabinet itself. Then, you can control the room reflection and ambience utilizing the room mic positioning tool. All of mic placement options are freely movable (just click and drag), so making adjustments to the room vibe are a breeze.
Presets – The key to live performance
The entire AmpliTube chain can be easily saved, organized and recalled through the advanced built-in preset browser. Presets can be tagged and stored using a series of searchable, user defined keywords and attributes. Plus, the online preset XChange service allows users to post and share presets they created, with a growing community of AmpliTube users.
You can save presets for a single piece of gear, or for a complete signal chain. Presets can be organized and stored in up to 4,000 patch locations, in banks of A-B-C-D patches, that make AmpliTube ideal for using it live with MIDI floor controller pedalboards.
Universal MIDI Control
You can control AmpliTube live using IK dedicated guitar and bass interface and controllers such as StompIO, StealthPedal or StealhBoard with direct programming of the controller using AmpliTube graphical interface, or you can quickly configure it to be used with any traditional MIDI controller by quickly associating patches to MIDI program changes and knobs, switches, pedals to MIDI continuous controller, using the included MIDI learn function.
High Resolution Sound
AmpliTube can work as a 64-bit plug-in for the most popular DAW (such as Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, Live, Reaper) or can be used in stand-alone mode in Mac OS X and Windows. The plug-in and standalone versions offer the same function and sound, but the standalone version also offers a built-in four-track recorder so you can capture your ideas at the moment of inspiration. Both the standalone and plug-in versions are included when you install AmpliTube. Rock On!
The Art of IK's Science
Since 1997 with the release of T-RackS analog modeled mastering suite, IK has been one of the pioneers in the digital tone generation and analog gear modeling field - unraveling the secret DNA and true behavior of analog components and recreating them for the next generation of musicians, engineers and producers. With unique technologies like DSM (Dynamic Saturation Modeling), VRM (Volumetric Response Modeling) IK models have set the industry standard evidenced by our co-branding recognition from the most influential partners in the industry such as Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano and many more.
IK is proud of its "Made In Italy" passionate craftsmanship heritage and treats each of the models as a unique project - a process that we feel has now been perfected. All the originals are painstakingly researched and collected, paying extreme attention to critical sonic details like finding the best sounding model series or same era-matching speakers.
The original amplifier or effect is then accurately measured and a virtual circuit representation of it is coded in software, carefully matching each component's value and circuit details. Then, a comparison of the electrical signals between the original and the model ensures that the model's behavior matches the original circuit behavior in the gear. After this phase we start a complex audio-engineering comparison with the original amplifier or effect to the modeled version. This is followed by a series of tweaks and fine-tuning to the circuit and the sonic characteristics of the model. The result is a sound indistinguishable from the original when fed with various guitar signals and dynamics.
The window size of AmpliTube standalone on a default Windows 7 desktop is 870 x 809 pixels. The actual window size may vary slightly depending if you are using Windows XP or Windows 8 and what font size you have selected. Any display with vertical resolution over 809 pixels will fit it. A common screen size is 1600 x 900, or in the case of Macbooks, 1440 x 900. Displays with a vertical resolution of 800 pixels should allow you to use AmpliTube, but you may experience some top or bottom clipping.