Using Amplitube 4 Live on Stage
Using Amplitube 4 Live on Stage Posted on by Dean Hailstone IK Multimedia released the latest version of their world-class amp simulation software at the end of last month, namely Amplitube 4. According to IKM, it features the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed, as well as a few more upgrades from the previous version s. One interesting new feature is the effects loop slot, allowing you to insert effects between the power amp and preamp sections. Many people have taken on this approach in recent years, with varied results.
Computers had nowhere near the power they have now, and software algorithms were less developed. Over the past two decades, there have been numerous, ongoing incremental improvements to the art and science of amp simulation.
So are we there yet? It depends… Amp Sim Vs. Physical Amp When most people think of a guitar amp, they think of a large, heavy box with big speakers that move lots of air in a room—and are loud! Playing guitar through an amp is a visceral experience, and playing in a physical space has a lot to do with that.
However, recorded sounds are a different matter. Figure 1: The Kemper Profiler can capture the sound of physical amps, and reproduce those sounds with remarkable accuracy.
Figure 2: The Line 6 Helix is a multi-effects with amp and cab simulators, but also, four parallel paths and a rich set of effects. I have both amps and amp sims, and in my experience, the amp sims can actually sound better—but only if you make the effort to tweak and shape the sounds. Advantages and Disadvantages of Amp Sims Regardless, there are both advantages and disadvantages to amp sims that few would dispute.
Play at any volume. Amp sims can produce the sound of cranked amps at low volumes. The same is also true of venues like restaurants and smaller clubs. And for home studios, amp sims keep the peace with neighbors and significant others. A software amp sim delivers the sound of amps, cabinets, and effects at a fraction of the cost of the real thing—even if you take into account the cost of the computer needed to run an amp sim, or the cost of a hardware modeling unit.
Create sounds that would be difficult, if not impossible, to create with physical amps. One of my favorite guitar sounds is multiband distortion, which splits the guitar into four frequency bands and distorts each band through its own amp and cabinet. This produces a more focused, defined sound and while you could do this in hardware, it would be expensive—as well as difficult and time-consuming to set up let alone tweak, mic, and record.
Being able to save presets is wonderful. Unlike a pedalboard where you need to patch units together and adjust knobs, when you get a sound you like with amp sims, just save it as a preset so it will be ready to go whenever you are.
Now consider some disadvantages. Software amp sims require a computer. As soon as a computer gets involved, you have to stay on top of operating system updates, minimize latency, and of course, pay for a computer and audio interface.
Software Amp Sims: What Are Your Options? Your first option is free plug-ins. Yes, free! Because amp sims have been controversial, most companies are happy to let you try before you buy. IK Multimedia released the first native amp sim plug-in, and now their AmpliTube amp sim is up to Version 4. Figure 3: Figure 4: Figure 5: Figure 6: The emulation is almost perfect. Happy Birthday, Jimi! Jimi Hendrix, considered by many as one of the most influential guitarists ever, was born on November 27, Developed in collaboration with the Hendrix estate, the package includes emulations of the amps, cabs, effects, and mics Jimi used.
It even has presets for specific songs that call up the appropriate rig. If he was alive today, would Hendrix be using amp sims? Figure 7: Share this:
IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 4 guitar and bass software has recently received a new Live mode for use with the company’s iRig Stomp. I don’t know anyone who’s used amplitube for live use, which tells me it’s probably not your best bet. If you start saving now, you will be much. My live, gigging rig is based around Amplitube running on a Windows 7 laptop. Even an older core2duo gives me more than enough.
Amplitube 4 for live performance?
Computers had nowhere near the power they have now, and software algorithms were less developed. Over the past two decades, there have been numerous, ongoing incremental improvements to the art and science of amp simulation. So are we there yet?
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Learn how to setup Amplitube for live use, how to change presets using a MIDI foot controller, and how to automatically change presets with automation. IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 4 guitar and bass software has recently received a new Live mode for use with the company’s iRig Stomp. I don’t know anyone who’s used amplitube for live use, which tells me it’s probably not your best bet. If you start saving now, you will be much.