Further details on Amplitube 3

January 15, 2010

Check out IK’s Amplitube 3 Interface page for an extremely in-depth and specific look at everything that will be included in the software, and what it’s all based on. Very cool.


Will Chen, my editor at Frugal, is also keeping track of some NAMM developments

January 14, 2010

Since we have somewhat different tastes in gear, and different focuses on what we’re paying the closest attention to, you’d be well served to have a look over at his FrugalGuitarist NAMM thread to get even more info.

IK Multimedia Announces Amplitube 3!

January 14, 2010

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Announcement page with full product details – definitely check this out, it’s amazingly comprehensive

Amplitube 3 is going to be amazing. Combining Fender-era technology remodeling of all of the gear from Amplitube 2, Amplitube Jimi Hendrix, and Amplitube Metal, plus dozens of new models just for Amplitube 3, this is going to be one of the most comprehensive modeling suites around. Until now Line 6 has ruled the “quantity” market, but with IKMM bringing their extraordinarily realistic Amplitube Fender modeling techniques to the table, quantity just met quality like never before.

I’m excited to try this one out. I use Amplitube 2 family products for my own recordings the majority of the time, so this is one that will definitely be seeing use in my studio if half the buzz around it is true. I should have more updates on this as time goes on, so keep an eye out.

Peavey announces ReValver MkIII.V

January 14, 2010

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Peavey’s official announcement page

Looks like ReValver will be getting a much needed upgrade, including 9 new amps and effects. The announcement page says nothing about whether this will in fact be an upgrade available to existing customers, but does note that it will be available for sale in Q2 of this year. I would hope that ReValver owners can get this as a patch, especially if it fixes some of the long-standing bugs in the software. ReValver is an excellent program at its core with great sound quality and amazing flexibility and tweakability, but support apart from the RTAS change has been rather lacking since its release back in 2008. Here’s hoping Peavey is able to right the ship on this software and bring it back into competition with the other big guys – the programmer for ReValver (Michael of Alien Connections software before being brought into the Peavey fold) is a very, very smart guy and I’d love to see his work meet with further success and attention.

Marshall + Softube = JMD:1

January 14, 2010

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Okay, that text is pretty hard to make out at that size, but you can get the full details of the new collaborative project on the official JMD:1 product page. Softube’s modeling was pretty much the best in the business when they first hit the scene, and they’ve continued to improve their process as time has passed. This is definitely an interesting development, combining a Softube-powered digital preamp with a traditional Marshall EL34 power amp. I reviewed Softube’s Amp Room bundle and Effects bundle for FrugalGuitarist. If you’re unfamiliar with the Swedish company or their products, have a look at the reviews to get an idea of what they’re up to.

In the midst of NAMM 2009 (Today is IKMM day, big news coming I’m sure!), Overloud releases… SLEGO! For free!

January 14, 2010

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What is it? Well, Slego is apparently a stand-alone app from Overloud featuring 32 presets from TH1, except they don’t cost you any money at all to use. Enjoy, folks, TH1 has some great tones in it and I’m sure they picked some cream of the crop presets to show off what it can do. For free! If you want to use them for recording, you’ll have to use something like Rewire to route the audio to your DAW of choice, but hooking up and jamming should be a simple affair.

Download your very own Slego here

I’ll update later today with any cool stuff coming out of NAMM and my thoughts on it. IK has a big one in store, pay attention to the press – something very cool already leaked, but today’s the big day.

db Audio Flying Haggis amp sim reduced from $99 to $10!

January 10, 2010

Bit busy today so this will be a fairly brief write-up for now, but I really dig this thing. $10 is a great price. I wouldn’t have bothered with it at $99 but at $10 (or even a bit higher) I think they’ve got a really solid product here. It excels at low gain and crunch tones, and the effects all sound great. With an external boost (my beloved PaulC Tim overdrive) and the OD and Distortion on Haggis dimed out, I’ve got some killer ’80s shred tones out of it. But I think it really wants to do some classic sounds instead. It’s simple, straightforward, flexible enough to get you a range of sounds but not so flexible as to be confusing. I wish there was a cabinet bypass button, but other than that I think it’s great. For $10, a total no-brainer. I recommend it, had a lot of fun playing with it last night, and I’ll try to get some clips up later today or tonight.

Buy it here, and let me know if you like it as much as I do. I mean, ten bucks, that’s a steal 🙂

Let me save you a little bit of trouble though, the purchasing system and the authorization web site are separate things. So if you register your email address and a password at the purchasing web site, it won’t work on the authorization site – you have to register again as a new customer after you enter in your serial number (if you haven’t bought from them before, anyway).  It took me a few minutes to figure that out, maybe this’ll save you those minutes.