Looks like IK are extending the time that users have to get one of the better promotional deals they’ve offered in a while. If you don’t have Amplitube 4, and are also looking to pick up one of the excellent amp packs from the Custom Shop, these upgrade bundles can save you quite a bit. I know it’s all part of their model these days, sales upon sales, but this was legitimately a pretty good deal for me versus buying even in past sales. I picked up AT4 and the MESA pack, one clip of which I’ve put out so far (I’ve had some recording hardware issues, fixed now thankfully).
I’m getting ready to remedy the not-enough-clips problem, and in the spirit of the DUO promotion, I’m going to demo one of their new AT4 Marshall models, and something from one of the packs as well. I’ve got a great deal of personal use out of some of them (especially the Orange pack, which has been a go-to for me since it launched, and the old Metal and Jimi Hendrix packs – not every model in them holds up now, unfortunately, but AT: Metal still has a sick 5150 and a Randall Warhead model as well as some great OD pedals, and AT: Jimi Hendrix has some more recently modeled gear that’s of pretty much current-gen quality and a host of useful classic fuzz pedals. They’ve done right to price them cheaper than the newer packs, though, there’s a huge quality difference between the old and new in some other cases. Hard to go wrong with the packs on offer, honestly.
I’ll publish the patches too, and while I’m at it I’ll publish the drum track I jam to as well. EZdrummer 2 makes knocking them out a total breeze, and I’d love to have something fun and useful to offer y’all for reading my blog.
Going to be recording tomorrow morning, aiming to do a Marshall and a Mesa demo to kick things off since I know that’s going to be a popular pack! Maybe I’ll add some comparisons to the older models as well, just to see what’s changed in the sound – I’ve got the whole kit, might as well put those old ones to use for something.
Random trivia: anyone else remember the old “Amplitube Duo” software package? Was basically the precursor to the modern Amplitube Custom Shop, back in the day. IKMM likes the word Duo, is all I’m saying.
Now they’re offering a copy of AT4 Deluxe (which is basically AT4 + some gear from AT:Custom Shop to expand your options) to anyone who buys one of their iRig units, up to and including the iRig Pro Duo. That’d be a pretty solid start if you want to go the IKMM route and need a no-fuss audio interface that works well. I’d buy IKMM hardware again, as I have had a StompIO since 2008 and two StealthPedals from their launch ’til now and all three work. Cannot say the same for some other hardware I had in that time period (rest in peace, Rig Kontrol 3). Just saying.