Musikmesse: IK Goes Oldskool with High-end Reverbs

New-fangled convolution reverbs may be capable of perfectly reproducing real audio spaces, but what if you want a classic reverb sound? IK has launched Classik Studio Reverb (CSR-1) with just that need in mind. Four models cover hall/room, ambience, plate, and inverse reverbs. And if you're the kind of person who gets uneasy when "90s nostalgia clubs" open, get ready for this: we're now modeling digital reverbs. (Digital emulation of . . . digital?) The plugs look gorgeous and have an endless slew of sonic controls, with high-quality DSP, a customizable modulation matrix, parameter morphing, built-in LFOs and filtering. This …

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IK@NAMM: AmpliTube 2.0 Guitar Processing Software

IK Multimedia has "completely redesigned" its popular guitar processing package AmpliTube. The new software has a new look and sound that should feel comfortable to guitar players: there's an even bigger bundle of analog-modeled amps and stomp and rack effects than before with a new, still more-vintage look. Microphone placement for modeling amp mic-ing is more accurate — you actually place the mic where you want it go. Vital stats (by my tally): Over 20,000 (!) amp combinations 18 Pre-amps, 16 EQs, 5 Power Amp models (Think Fender, Mesa, Marshall, Vox, and the like) 16 Cabinets 20 analog-modeled stomps on …

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IK@NAMM: IK and Ampeg Model Bass Amps

Sure, guitar modeling is nothing new, but for the first time bass amps get their own software model. If you want any more evidence that software and hardware are converging, software developer IK Multimedia has partnered directly with Ampeg, the legendary bass amp folks. (Ampeg engineers hand-tuned the presets, says IK.) This partnership is set to yield more products, but first out the gate is the Ampeg SVX virtual studio for bassists. Vitals (illustrating IK's continuing powers of multiplication): Powered by AmpliTube 2.0 (and thus shares many features) Tuner, Stomp, Amp, Cabinet+Mic 4 Ampeg amps, 5 Ampeg cabinets, for 20 …

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IK@NAMM: Virtual Band, Virtual Orchestra, More

Italy makes great coffee. Modena-based IK Multimedia has been drinking lots and lots of that great coffee, judging by their NAMM lineup. Studiophonik – Virtual Band: Computer music has been the domain of electronica lovers for a long time, but an entirely new product from IK aims to give you a full band. This uber-plugin has sampled virtual instruments for an entire band, including 7 GB of drums, guitar, bass, piano, organs, and horns. It's paired with a full suite of modeled tube compressors, limiters, analog EQ and other console features, and gives you microphone placement control for drums to …

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