IK Multimedia Unveils AmpliTube 5
Promising “one giant leap for ampkind,” AmpliTube 5 is headlined by the addition of 129 new gear models.
IK Multimedia has unveiled AmpliTube 5, the latest incarnation of its popular effects and amp modeling software.
Arriving five years after AmpliTube 4, AmpliTube 5 is headlined by 129 new gear models – for a total of over 400 – a redesigned cabinet section with the company's new VIR technology, and improved power amp/speaker cab interaction.
AmpliTube 5 also sports a new, resizable interface that streamlines the process of creating and routing rigs, with improved gear selection, drag & drop placement, and support for one, two or three-amp rigs with up to 57 simultaneous effects.
Finally, there's a new mixer window, and a redesigned Custom Shop to help users add new effects to their collection.
The Volumetric Impulse Response (VIR) technology in AmpliTube 5's redesigned cabinet section involved the company painstakingly measuring 600 IRs per speaker of every existing and new cabinet model using robotic automation. This resulted in a scarcely believable total of 143,000 IRs.
This gives guitarists the ability to accurately adjust mic placement and capture the interactions between speakers, cabinet and floor using a new 3D grid interface. Users can also import and load their own IRs, and tweak them within AmpliTube.
The 129 new gear additions, meanwhile, include models of legendary amps such as the Friedman Pink Taco PT-20, PRS Archon 50 and Diezel VH4, in addition to 19 rack units.
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 5 will be available soon for Mac/PC, and can be preordered now from IK Multimedia (opens in new tab) in the following packages:
- AmpliTube 5 CS: free
- AmpliTube 5 SE: $99.99* (intro price, regular price will be $149.99)
- AmpliTube 5: $149.99** – $199.99 (intro price, regular price will be $299.99)
- AmpliTube 5 MAX: $299.99** – $399.99 intro price (regular price will be $599.99)
Additionally, going forward, anyone who purchases AmpliTube 4 will automatically receive an upgrade to AmpliTube 5 SE.
For more info on all things AmpliTube 5, stop by ikmultimedia.com (opens in new tab).
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