September 22, 2010
OverviewAmplitube is an application from IK Multimedia directed towards musicians who play either guitar or bass guitar. Combine Amplitube with iRig, IK Multimedia's interface for hooking up a guitar to an iDevice, and back out to an amp/speaker/headphones. The application contains virtual pedals, which apply effects such as distortion, chorus, or flanger sounds to your guitar. Also included is various tools for musicians, such as a metronome and guitar tuner.
The GoodThis application does exactly what's expected: provides real-time guitar and bass effects. Compared to physical stompboxes, the quality is outstanding. The sounds of the effects are tremendous. Amplitube's interface may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but users can quickly adapt. The tuner and metronome work just as expected. All of the stompboxes and amps have changeable settings to give users the ability to add their own edge on customization.
The BadAlthough this application is outstanding, but I do have one major complaint: there is no multi-tasking. I hate having to exit out of Amplitube, check one message, open it back up, and wait for it to load again. It would be outstanding if this application could work even while on another application. For instance, imagine being able to use this application while reading guitar tabs, recording a voice memo, or even while on a FaceTime call. The possibilities are basically endless.
The VerdictOverall, if you are a musician looking for an effects rig, this will be perfect for you. This application is definitely worth the price tag of $20, considering most individual effects cost around $80. If you aren't yet too sure about the price, be sure to check out the free and light editions!
Amps & Cabs - Guitar Effects
Ground Up Audio
Frontier Design Group