AmpliTube Metal — the voice of [the] Masters
AmpliTube Metal is THE definitive collection of gear for metal players. It features an insane number of the high-gain dream machines that define the raw power, tone and emotion that is Metal, and a mind-blowing collection of rare vintage and modern stompboxes. From the very first iterations of distorted sound to the ultra-modern triple rectifier multi stage cascading gain structures, you’ll find the sound you’ve been looking for in AmpliTube Metal.
The Right Tools in the Toolbox
Not only is the AmpliTube Metal collection the ultimate source for metal tones… it’s also perfect for a multitude of tones ranging from sparkling clean with tons of headroom to extreme scooped distorted crunch that inspired a decade of hits. You get 48 mind-numbing models ranging from modern and vintage high-gain amps and cabinets to classic stompboxes and luscious rack effects — all designed to bring out the inner shredder in you.
AmpliTube Metal offers an ultra-realistic software recreation of 14 stomp boxes, 5 classic and modern amp models, 13 cabinets, 6 mics, and 9 rack FX for a complete arsenal of high-gain sonic exuberance from the late 70’s through today. It features extremely rare and collectible models of metal stomp boxes, amp heads and cabinets, from the legendary, hard-to-find Japanese originals to classic British and American essentials, including models based on the ProCo RAT, Electro-Harmonix® Big Muff Pi, Digitech® Whammy™, several vintage BOSS® effects, Randall® Warhead, Peavey® 5150™, Mesa/Boogie® Triple Rectifier®, and other great models of metal gear.
Don’t slur your phrases
AmpliTube Metal is based on IK’s award-winning DSM™ (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) technology. The product of over 12 years of research and development, DSM™ delivers unmatched realism and tone in recreating classic analog gear like guitar amps and stompboxes. Plus, it delivers response. Real life, real world Amp response and feel, just like playing through your live rig. And AmpliTube Metal’s response delivers in grand fashion note articulation and expression that is unmatched in today’s software market, making it truly the voice of your passion.
How it works
AmpliTube Metal is extremely intuitive — so much in fact that you really don’t need an owners manual to operate it. (Don’t worry, we give you one but you probably don’t need it.) Here’s the set-up:
To use AmpliTube Metal as a guitar or bass tone machine, you have to connect your guitar to your computer. You do this with what’s called an “audio interface” (we make some really good ones, click here to check them out). Once connected AmpliTube gives you the exact signal chain you’d use live and/or in studio: tuner —> pedalboards —> amp heads —> speaker cabs —> mics with room effects —> rack effects. Plus, you can configure two complete rigs and run in stereo.
There are also eight different series/parallel “routing” options available that give you total signal chain control, allowing you to configure tones for every possible playing scenario. You can select different configurations on the fly as you see fit: dual pedal boards running into a single amp head split to two cabs with different mic sets for each running into a single rack with a compressor and graphic eq, just as an example. The combinations are endless.
Speaker, Mic and Room Control
AmpliTube Metal features an incredibly detailed cabinet, microphone and room module that lets you virtually recreate your favorite recording space. You can mic your cabinet with two mics and freely place the mics around the speaker to find the “sweet” spot. You can also control the mix between mic 1 and mic 2, and change the overall “depth” of the cabinet itself. Then, you can control the room reflection and ambience utilizing the room mic positioning tool.
All of mic placement options are freely movable (just click and drag), so making adjustments to the room vibe are a breeze.
Presets – The key to live performance
The entire AmpliTube Metal chain can be easily saved, organized and recalled through the advanced built-in preset browser. Presets can be tagged and stored using a series of searchable, user defined keywords and attributes. Plus, the online Preset XChange service allows users to post and share presets they created, with a growing community of AmpliTube users.
How we did it
Digital mojo: the art of IK's science
Since 1997 with the release of the T-RackS analog modeled mastering suite, IK has been one of the pioneers in the digital tone generation and analog gear modeling field — unraveling the secret DNA and true behavior of analog components, and recreating them for the next generation of musicians, engineers and producers. With unique technologies like DSM™ (Dynamic Saturation Modeling), VRM™ (Volumetric Response Modeling) IK models have set the industry standard evidenced by our co-branding recognition from the most influential partners in the industry such as Fender®, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano® and many more.
IK is proud of its "Made In Italy" passionate craftsmanship heritage, and treats each of the models as a unique project — a process that we feel has now been perfected. All the originals are painstakingly researched and collected, paying extreme attention to critical sonic details like finding the best sounding model series or same-era matching speakers.
The original amplifier or effect is then accurately measured, and a virtual circuit representation of it is coded in software, with each component's value and the circuit details carefully matched. Then, a comparison of the electrical signals between the original and the model ensures that the model's behavior matches the original circuit behavior in the gear. After this phase we start a complex audio-engineering comparison with the original amplifier or effect compared to the modeled version. This is followed by a series of tweaks and fine-tuning to the circuit and the sonic characteristics of the model. The result is a sound indistinguishable from the original when fed with various guitar signals and dynamics.
The creation of a single model of amp or effect takes the same time that it would take to build a hardware version of it. All these technologies and development efforts have helped millions of users get the best sounds out of their guitars and basses on countless records and productions – including legendary bands like AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Guns'N'Roses, Queen, Level42 and more. And we are passionately proud of it.
A metal distortion powerhouse
AmpliTube Metal is the first guitar amp and effects modelingsoftware focused entirely on metal sounds. It comes stocked with 4 decadesworth of amazing tones, offering a signature collection of Stomp, Amp, Cabinet,and Effects models spanning the greatest years of rock and alternative music.
Industry-standard sound with DSM (Dynamic SaturationModeling) and VRM (Volumetric Response Modeling) technologies offer the mostrealistic emulation of real world gear and the best sounding models
Perfect as a plug-in for studio recording and mixing in anyMac/Win DAW, native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operatingsystems
Also perfect for live performance thanks to the standaloneversion with instant preset switching
Highest supported Sampling Rate: 96 kHz
DAW automation and BPM synchronization
5 separate modules
Rig of up to 12 stomps, 2 Amp heads + 2 Cabs + 2 x doublemics and 8 rack effects can be configured in up to 8 serial/parallelconfigurations
Two movable microphones allow you to mic the cabinet exactlylike in real world studio and live environment
Stereo signal path makes it suitable for any type ofinstrument including drums, keyboards, vocals and more
Massive database of presets with multiple guitar and bassoriented tags and keywords, advanced search function, rig visualization andmore plus free online sharing service for user presets called Preset XChange
Perfect integration with IKs range of audio interfaces andcontrollers such as iRig HD, iRig Pro DUO, iRig Pro and iRig 2 allows forinstant recording and performing in the studio or on stage with fullprogramming at the software level
2-track built-in multitrack recorder with DAW-like featuresenables you to quickly capture ideas or even record a small band in thestandalone application without the need to open a DAW and with the convenienceof AmpliTube superior quality audio processing
Imports any Wav, Aiff, sd2, Apple Caf, Flac, MP3 audio file(Standalone version)
SpeedTrainer for speeding up/slowing down imported trackswithout affecting the pitch the perfect tool for practicing and improvingyour instrument skills or learning your favorite riffs and solos (standaloneversion)
AmpliTube is a 64-bit application and requires a 64 bit CPUand Operating System.
Minimal: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM (4 GB suggested),Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST3, AAX.
Minimal: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2GB of RAM(4 GB suggested), Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Requires an ASIOcompatible sound card.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.
Internet connection is required as all of the Custom Shopoperations are web based.