AmpliTube 3 is the world’s leading Guitar and Bass tone-creation software. Period. No other software product in the music industry even comes close to the selection, performance and overall sonic accuracy when it comes to creating guitar and bass tones with a computer. Now, that’s a mighty big mouthful of brag, but a wise old country gentleman once told me, “Hey, it ain’t bragging if it’s true.” Here’s how we back it up…
More gear: strength in numbers
AmpliTube 3 has the largest selection of gear available, and our development team is continuously building upon that selection. In fact, we just added the complete AmpliTube 3 flagship full version, there are 160 individual pieces of gear to choose from. Plus, you can add other packages to the mix like AmpliTube Orange®, AmpliTube Fender®, Ampeg® SVX, AmpliTube Slash and more and choose from over 250 pieces of gear including new amps and cabs from Engl®. Mind blowing.
Sonic accuracy: it's a matter of trust
While 250 pieces of gear may sound impressive, the most impressive thing is the sound of that gear. Our patented technologies allow us to create the most realistic sounding models on the planet — so realistic in fact, that the world's leading manufacturers of amplifiers and stompboxes choose us to create digital models of the gear that bears their names. We’re talking iconic, world-class brands such as Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Engl, Seymour Duncan, T-Rex, Jet City and more, which have exclusively teamed up with IK to offer an ultra-accurate reproduction of their gear for the AmpliTube range.
There’s an AmpliTube for you
AmpliTube 3 is available as full version (with 160 gear models included) or free version (with 24 gear models), or in special dedicated collection versions of the Powered by AmpliTube family like Amplitube Slash, AmpliTube Metal and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ Anniversary Collection (AmpliTube Metal and the original AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ models are included in the full version — the new models from the AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Anniversary Collection are available from the Custom Shop). We also offer branded versions like AmpliTube Orange®, AmpliTube Fender® or Ampeg® SVX. All these versions share the same framework of features and functionalities, but with different collections of gear. Plus you can add any gear to the version you choose via the Custom Shop feature currently with over 250 gear models and more added frequently, such as the new models from Engl®.
How it works
Chances are, you already know how it works. We designed AmpliTube 3 to be so familiar and 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…
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” . 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.
Speaker, mic and room control
AmpliTube 3 features an incredibly detailed cabinet, microphone and room module, which 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 the mic placement options are freely movable (just click and drag), so making adjustments to the room vibe is 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 create, 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, making AmpliTube ideal for using 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 or StealthPedal 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.
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!
How we did it
Digital mojo: the art of IK's science
Since 1997 with the release of the 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, with each component's value and the circuit details carefully matched. 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 compared 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 creation of a single model of amp or effect takes the same time that it would take to build a hardware version of it. All these technologies and development efforts have helped millions of users get the best sounds out of their guitars and basses on countless records and productions – including legendary bands like AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Guns'N'Roses, Queen, Level42 and more. And we are passionately proud of it.