Get AmpliTube, Ampeg Amp Software Free if You’re A Pro Tools User

The folks at IK Multimedia are sending free software to users of Pro Tools — anyone with a copy of Pro Tools LE or HD. (Apparently no love for Pro Tools M-Powered owners.) You get AmpliTube 2 DUO; it’s not the full AmpliTube 2, but it’s no slouch, with tuner, stomp, amp, cabinet+microphone, two models for everything, and 30 presets. There’s also the Ampeg SVX UNO bass camp, again with 4 modules, though 1 model for each, plus 15 presets. Standalone + plug-in, with Mac Intel and Windows Vista compatibility included. Promotion details over at IK Multimedia’s site.

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IK Multimedia Vista-Ready: AmpliTube, SampleTank, Sonik Synth, T-RackS, More

All along the watchtower, Princes kept the Vista: IK’s Hendrix software emulation, now on the newest Windows. IK Multimedia says its whole product line is now ready for Vista, fully tested across the software line. The latest versions work; if you have an older version, your mileage may vary: Ampeg SVX AmpliTube 2 AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix AmpliTube 2 Live Classik Studio Reverb Miroslav Philharmonik SampleTank 2 Sonik Synth 2 T-RackS T-RackS 24 StealthPlug These are not only tested, but certified under Microsoft’s “Works with Windows Vista” program. IK also has Vista info on their FAQ: IK Multimedia FAQ Software compatibility …

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Messe: IK Samples Everything Moog, from Modulars to Taurus Pedals

Moog keys as your best band made: a (non-sampled) instrument, as photographed by A. Mart (via Flickr). Just in from the Messe trade show in Frankfurt: a massive Moog sample library with 22 of “Moog’s Greatest Hits” of yesterday and today, plus sampler and guitar processing updates from IK. But will it all be a little too pristine? IK Multimedia (the sampler maker), Sonic Reality (the soundware house), and Moog Music (contributing their back catalog of instruments) have collaborated on a new sampled soundware library of Moog gear. What’s unique here is the scope: they’ve sampled everything from the Polymoog …

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Intel Mac Musicians Get Some Holiday Love: Universal Binaries Everywhere

There’s nothing worse than owning a shiny, new MacBook and discovering you can’t run music software you want to run. “All I want for Christmas” (or Hannukah, too, as these are just in time) “is a Universal Binary.” Good news: my inbox continues to report incoming Intel-native plug-ins and instruments. XO Wave, pictured at right, is actually a new mixing / recording / editing multichannel audio package with video scoring features. The basic version is free; you can upgrade to a pro release for US$75. It’s a new application, so I don’t want to comment too soon, but it’s worth …

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Universal Binary Watch: Arturia Minimoog, Arturia CS-80V, SampleTank, Plogue Bidule, More

You’ve waited. You’ve suffered. Some of you bought Intel Macs and couldn’t run your plug-ins. Others have been holding off on that slick new MacBook while your PowerBook dies a slow, prolonged death. Finally, though, the final wave of plug-ins are coming to the Intel Macs. There are still more to come, but the pace seems to be quickening. From Arturia, both the CS-80V and minimoog V are now Universal Binaries. (I’m still waiting on the TimewARP 2600 Mac Intel release from Wayoutware, speaking of emulation.) Okay, that’s not actually the CS-80V plug-in pictured here; it’s Arturia’s image of the …

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Free IK/Sonic Reality Sounds for Reason: TasteFill

Reason is more than a soft synth package: it’s a platform, with rich support from a devoted community and, increasingly, an incredible amount of soundware tailored to the program’s unique features. IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality are going hog wild with new sounds for the app, and the quality of their Sonic Refills is very good from what I’ve heard so far. But why not try out some sounds for free: Free Sonic Refill for Reason I’m sure there has to be a good sound for a Thursday in there somewhere. And thanks to Reason’s Combinator, they’re all ready to …

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@AES: Digital Guitar Stompbox Smackdown

AES is supposed to be about high-end gear for audio engineers, but apparently no one told the sparring rival computer guitar effects makers. In this corner, from Modena, Italy, the reigning champion: IK Multimedia AmpliTube. And in this corner, from Berlin, Germany, the challenger: Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2. Photos and comparison after the break.

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AmpliTube 2: Foot Controller Goes Metal, Ad Campaign Goes Bimbo

Don’t want to say too much about the new AmpliTube 2 as I’ll be meeting with IK this Friday at AES, but here’s the quick story: AmpliTube 2 is hot. AmpliTube’s new ad campaign (“Super Modeling”) is hott– no, actually, kind of insulting and sexist. (Cue Spinal Tap quote: “Sexy? What’s wrong with being sexy?”) Back to AmpliTube 2, this thing really is amazing. The star is a full-blown USB foot controller / interface (in contrast to the somewhat fiddly and finnicky audio-based controller used in rival Native Instruments Guitar Rig). It’s an all-metal wonder. Not only is it a …

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