Amplitube is the original guitar amp modeling software and has evolved into the extraordinary version 4 after almost a couple of decades of development. IK Multimedia says it has “Hyper-Realistic Tone” that gives you the authentic feel of hardware.
In setting up your rig you have 9 amplifiers, 10 cabinets and 29 vintage and modern speaker models to choose from. There are 5 British amps based on Marshall classics including the Red Pig Major. You’ve then got 2 American Tube Clean amps, a British Tube Lead, and a solid-state bass amp. Kick things off by selecting your preamp and then you can choose to mix and match the EQ and amplifier configuration. But that’s only part of the story. Over in the Cabinet section, you can go with the cabinet that matches your amp selection or swap out any of the other ones on offer. Then you can get into microphone type and placement, the room size and characteristics and start crafting your tone for that perfect sound.
In and around the amp are the stomp-box and rack effects. In the standard package, you get 10 stompbox models to go before the amp covering all the favorites, and 2 rack effects to go at the end of the chain.
IK has crafted “come complete” rigs for you in the preset section so you can try out some complex and classic tones without having to do all the hard work yourself.
The standard Amplitube 4 is just the beginning. It has a “Custom Shop” store built in where you can buy additional amps and effects and 100s of presets. There are bundles from the likes of Fender, Orange and Mesa Boogie and celebrity collections based on guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Slash where presets are built to match individual songs.
As a bit of a bonus, IK Multimedia has included an 8-track recorder for getting your music down and a very cool Looper for layering up your performance all within the same software.
Amplitube 4 is a comprehensive and versatile collection of guitar amps and effects that keeps on offering more with an authentic sense of quality and playability. There’s even a free version so you can try it out before you buy into any more models.
Street Price: IK Amplitube 4 – $179 (other versions with more or less models available)