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IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 Software Suite (download) Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Lake Tahoe area October 25, 2014Music Background:
    Composer and musician (mainly guitar and keys)

    This software is everythings as advertised

    This software is the first 5 star product I have reviewed here at Sweetwater; it honestly does have the WOW factor. The award winning algorithms used by IK Multimedia are indeed impressive and deliver an extremely accurate representation of the hardware emulated. The user interface appeared a bit daunting at first but once I read the manual and began playing around with it everything fell nicely into place; the one exception being the elusive differences between saving a patch versus saving a preset but even that made sense eventually. The software delivers a full spectrum of tweak-ability from simply plugging in and playing to sculpting your sound to the Nth degree. The array of stomp boxes, amplifiers, microphones, speaker cabinets and rack effects provides an excellent selection of hardware emulations spanning the history of modern electric music inclusive of the most iconic equipment in the industry plus a few excellent hybrid and modified modules created by IK Multimedia to up the game. No matter what level you are at in the modern computerized music industry this software will find a comfortable place to sit in your arsenal of "go to" products. If you are a performer you will appreciate the ability to take your tablet or laptop to the gig, plug in to the house sound system and shred to your heart's content; no more hauling around all that heavy equipment. The big bonus is the included mini-DAW module that lets you work on compositions any where at any time or to set up and play pre-arranged back-up material for a solo gig. The software's biggest asset may be that it is very handy and portable and IK Multimedia's end user license provides nicely for that allowing you to reside the software on your workstation, laptop and tablet simultaneously. There is a plethora of handy "thought of everything" type extras that really round out the whole package such as the global noise gate and the playback speed control. I use this way more than I thought I would and am learning new ways to incorporate it into my workflow every week.

  • from Kentucky December 19, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    INCREDIBLE!!

    With the recent price drop, this software is a steal! You can identify almost every sound with guitar rigs you have heard from some of the greatest bands. GNR, Nirvana, STP, Pearl Jam, and many more!!!
    Highly recommended! You don't have to have the best guitar with this software. Use as a stand alone version or plug-in with Cubase and your ears would make you believe you are playing the best electric guitar on the market.

  • from United States September 5, 2013Music Background:
    Guitarist and Songwriter since 1986

    Must hear to appreciate@

    I've been using this along with most of the add-ons for awhile and i can't count how many times i have been in disbelief over how good these models sound. If you set everything up right you will be impressed.

  • from DeKalb, IL March 7, 2015Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Drummer, Percussionist, Guitar Player, Professional Sound Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer

    Great collection, great sound

    I own Peavey Revalver 4, Guitar Rig 5, Studio Devil, and several other guitar pluging/modlers. I offer my guitarists many options for sound cause I'm in the recording field. There's no doubt that this product is very good. It has wonderful tones and lots of options. It's as good as anything out there and should be in your arsenal of guitar and amp modeling software tools

  • from Ft. Lauderdale, FL March 18, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Producer

    Sweet Plug-in

    Amazing replication.... modeling almost perfect. My new go - to plug for authentic amp modeling.

  • from Rochester hills, MI USA February 28, 2014Music Background:
    music producer

    Sounds like the real thing

    Who needs a loud amp when you can just plug directly in and get the same results! The only reason I took a half star away is because it does not come with a very large selection of cabs and heads. You have to buy more if you want more. Still well worth it.

  • from September 27, 2015

    Great except...

    The tuner and noise gate are major disappointments in my opinion.

    The thing about guitars is that, when a string is picked the pitch never quite stays still. Most tuners will just tell you it's in tune if it is a within a few cents range, but the tuner in amplitube tracks so accurately that it will never tell you it's in tune. It's kinda hard to explain, but the bottom line is, the tuner is too accurate and unusable.

    The noise gate is also pretty unusable. You can't get it to cut down noise without it killing sustain, and the gate is very noticeable and unnatural sounding.

    The tempo feature is also kinda frustrating to use. You can't just type in a tempo, you have to either tap it, or click and drag up or down to change it.

    It takes a little getting used to at first, definitely not simple as pod farm by line 6, which I was using before. Sounds good, though the presets aren't that great. The adjustability of the mics is pretty cool.

    Honestly I would not have bought it if it wasn't for the ridiculously huge discount they had going around.

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