Jan 29, 2010

Since its first appearance, Amplitube has been one of the most popular guitar (and later bass) amplifier emulation plug ins. We remember getting a light version of Amplitube 1 bundled with our first M-Box (circa 2000). This initial plug-in was a neat, simple program with a few options, but when we saw version 2 our jaw dropped: many classic amps, pedals and cabinets were recreated beautifully in both the audio and graphic departments. Extra options related to cabinet miking (choice of type of microphone, on or off center placement and mic distance from the amp) sweetened the deal even further. IK Multimedia presented Amplitube 3 at NAMM, and it looks like the main focus in developing this new version was to expand the selection of emulated hardware: AmpliTube 3 has nearly 100 more gear models than its predecessor, including about 70 top amp and effects models from AmpliTube Metal and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix.

One of the most interesting new features is the new cabinet module. Sporting a redesigned GUI, not only can you mic and mix each cabinet with 2 microphones, but the microphones also can be freely moved around the speaker, making it easier to find that magical sweet spot. Cabinet “size” can now be also controlled so you can enlarge and shrink your cabinet beyond the limits of the physical world. In addition, you can adjust the room ambience and room mic positioning for an ultra-accurate modeling of the cabinet in the natural recording space.

Interesting news on the effect side of things too: AmpliTube 3 also includes new effects not found in other modeling packages such as StepFilter, StepSLicer, TapDelay, Rezo and Swell in both stomp and rack versions. There’s also a 3 speaker cabinet module that contains a very cool rotary speaker based on a model of a vintage Leslie 147. Largely as a result of requests fom AmpliTube users, you can now reconfigure your pedal board and rack effects chain simply by dragging & dropping an effect into its new position.

Another interesting feature is that Amplitube 3 is now expandable: you can now add individual pieces, or entire collections like AmpliTube Fender™ or Ampeg® SVX. This will also allows you to purchase “singles” on an as needed basis in the future, and have them all available in one plug-in from within the AmpliTube 3 structure.

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