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v5 IK Multimedia AmpliTube

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IK Multimedia AmpliTube
  

One giant leap for ampkind

Legendary guitar/bass gear on your Mac/PC

Captures the sound, feel and vibe of over 400 of the most sought-after guitar & bass gear ever.

Developed with top brands & artists

Official gear from icons like Fender®, Mesa/Boogie®, Orange®, Slash, Brian May, Joe Satriani and many more.

Covers the entire signal chain

Stomps, amps, cabs, speakers, mics, rooms and rack FX all in one interface, all routed the way you want.

All-in-one recording & performance studio

With an 8-track recorder + DAW, looper, tuner, practice tools and live features all in one.

Powerful recording in your favorite DAW

Works as an AAX / VST / AU plug-in to create killer guitar tracks anywhere.

The most realistic tones ever

IK’s DIM™ and VIR™ technology ensures AmpliTube nails the tone and feel of every piece of gear like never before.

What’s new in AmpliTube 5

All new signal chain & routing freedom

An all-new drag & drop signal chain supports up to 57 simultaneous models, series / parallel routing and blended DI signal for unprecedented creative freedom.

New Cabinet section with VIR™ technology

Powerful new “Volumetric Impulse Response” radically transforms all 100+ cabinets in AmpliTube 5 with over 143,000 impulse response measurements in all.

Custom IR loader

Load, tilt and re-size your own impulse responses in place of any cabinet.

New Mixer with built-in effects

A new mixer lets you easily blend multiple cabs, mics and DI, with 23 new mixing effects, including some from T-RackS 5 to add a final studio sheen to any track.

New Gear

129 brand new models, including 2 new stomps, 5 acclaimed amps, 2 new rooms, 23 new rack FX and over 100 completely re-captured cabinets.

Totally re-designed Custom Shop

Adds a more modern, easy-to-navigate design, and allows users to demo and unlock gear faster than ever.

 

Which verison works for you?

Amplitube 5

Super-charge your tone with over 170 gear models.

  • Upgrades previously purchased gear.

Amplitube 5 Max

Go all-in. Over 400 gear models, including:

  • Fender® Collection 1 & 2
  • AmpliTube SVX 1 & 2
  • AmpliTube Orange®
  • AmpliTube Mesa/Boogie®
  • AmpliTube Slash
  • AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™
  • AmpliTube Brian May
  • Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection
  • AmpliTube Joe Satriani
  • Fulltone® Collection
  • AmpliTube Leslie®
  • Upgrades previously purchased gear.

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Over 400 gear models, right at your fingertips

AmpliTube 5 offers the industry’s widest selection of stomps, amps, cabs, speakers, mics, and rack FX. Mix and match to your heart’s content to duplicate any tone with stunning authenticity or forge your own unique sonic combinations.

Play, practice and record with powerful tools

AmpliTube 5 offers powerful tools whatever your goals. With an 8-track recorder with integrated DAW and mixer, it’s the ideal musical scratch pad; an advanced looper for songwriting or jamming, high-precision UltraTuner, stage-ready Live Mode and much more, AmpliTube 5 offers a powerful collection of tools.

 

How it works

Chances are, you already know how it works. We designed AmpliTube 4 to be so hyper-familiar and hyper-intuitive in its operation that you don’t really need a manual or an engineering degree to operate it (we do, however provide a manual, just not an engineering degree). Here’s how it works…

Get connected

To use AmpliTube as a tone machine for guitar or bass, you have to connect your guitar to your computer. You do this with what’s called an “audio interface” (we make some really good ones, click here to check them out). Once connected AmpliTube gives you the exact signal chain you’d use live and/or in studio: tuner —> pedalboards —> amp head preamp —> effects loop —> power amp —> speaker cabs —> mics with room effects —> rack effects. Plus, you can configure two complete rigs and run in stereo.

Signal chain

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 and customize 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. Run a full stereo rig with different amp setups… the combinations are endless.

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 create, with a growing community of AmpliTube users.

You can save presets for a single piece of gear, or for a complete signal chain.

Universal MIDI control

You can control AmpliTube live using IK dedicated guitar and bass interface and controllers such as iRig BlueBoard or StealthPedal with direct programming of the controller using the AmpliTube graphical interface, or you can quickly configure it to be used with any traditional MIDI controller by associating patches to MIDI program changes and knobs, switches, pedals to MIDI continuous controllers using the built-in “MIDI Learn” function. No matter what your playing situation, AmpliTube offers you hyper-control over your tone!

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 8-track recorder and DAW, plus a 4-track looper 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!

Infinitely expandable

AmpliTube 4 comes with the built-in Custom Shop gear store feature that allows you to add gear to your collections any time a-la-carte or via collections. Its vast selection of amps, stomps, cabinets and more includes officially certified models from the likes of such legendary greats as Fender®, MESA/Boogie®, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano™, Groove Tubes®, Gallien-Krueger®, Jet City Amplification™, THD® and T-Rex®, Fulltone®, Z.Vex®, Carvin®, Morley®, Wampler Pedals®, Dr. Z®, ENGL® and more. In addition to these well-recognized brands, there’s also signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. AmpliTube 4 can also be expanded with legacy gear from previous versions of AmpliTube via the Custom Shop. If you own a previous version of AmpliTube, simply restore your gear with the “restore my gear” feature in the Custom Shop.

Plugging in to a world of sound

With IK Multimedia’s range of interfaces for mobile devices and Mac and PC, getting tone from AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. Check out the iRig 2, iRig Pro, iRig HD or iRig Stomp — our latest generation of interfaces that give you pristine, pure sound quality for your Mac or PC, iPhone or iPad and iRig BlueBoard to control AmpliTube.


Updates

What’s new in Amplitube 4.6

  • New Live mode optimized for on-stage use
  • Seamless integration with iRig Stomp I/O
  • General reliability improvements

AmpliTube is a 64-bit application and requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.

Mac® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.10 or later. 3 GB of hard drive space.

Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.

Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX.

Windows® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested). Windows® 7 or later. 3 GB of hard drive space.

Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.

Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.

Internet connection is required as all of the Custom Shop operations are web based.


AmpliTube 5 Specs

  • Universal upgrade from any previous version of AmpliTube
  • Restores all your gear from previous purchases via the Custom Shop
  • Works as a standalone application and as a plug-in in your favorite DAW
  • Live performance mode with preset switching via MIDI control in standalone version
  • Fully redesigned Graphical User Interface with resizable display
  • Huge database of presets with gear-oriented tags and keywords, advanced search function and more
  • Proprietary DSM™ and VRM™ technologies deliver hyper-realistic, real-world gear emulations
  • Dynamic Response Modeling provides improved amp response and feel across the entire signal chain
  • Fully redesigned power amp section for new and legacy gear with impedance matching
  • Simplified signal chain creation and management with custom routing options
  • Expanded rig with up to 57 simultaneous FX
  • New effects in the mixing section derived from T-RackS
  • Stereo signal path makes the effects chain suitable for any type of instrument including drums, keyboards, vocals and more
  • New VIR™ Volumetric Impulse Response cabinet engine
  • New impulse response loader with up to 2,400 impulse responses per cabinet
  • New custom user-supplied impulse response loader and editor
  • Individual speakers can be swapped to any cabinet position (on 12” speaker models)
  • Up to 31 individual speaker models available with more added to Custom Shop
  • Two movable cab mics allow you to precisely mic the speaker cabinet
  • Two movable ambient mics allow you to adjust the impact of the selected room
  • Built-in 8-track multitrack recorder DAW in standalone operation
  • Imports any Wav, Aiff, sd2, Apple Caf, Flac, MP3 audio file (standalone version)
  • SpeedTrainer tool for speeding up/slowing down imported tracks without affecting the pitch
  • Export loops to hard drive and import into the DAW section
  • Import audio to track 1 in looper for playing over backing track loop
  • Supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz
  • DAW automation and BPM synchronization
  • Built-in Custom Shop offers access to the full range of AmpliTube gear for free trial and purchase
  • Integrates perfectly with IK’s range of audio interfaces and controllers