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Hear all 16 models from the new IK Multimedia AmpliTube X-Drive distortion pedal in action

The reputation of AmpliTube 5 carries a lot of weight, so when IK Multimedia announced a series of four X-Gear effects pedals using its modelling power, they automatically became one of 2021's key gear releases. And now we can finally hear a full demo of one ahead of release; the X-Drive distortion pedal.

With 16 different AmpliTube 5 drive algorithms there's a wide range here and the demo above goes through them all. From Modern to Metal, Crunch and 'Fuzzace' and all destinations between. 

The X-Gear pedals are designed for standalone use but will seamlessly save and export your sounds to and from AmpliTube 5 to bring the stage and home studio closer together. The SE version of the acclaimed guitar modelling software is included too. 

The series will also feature the X-Space Reverb, X-Time Delay and X-Vibe Modulation. The Reverb and Delay units feature algorithms that have been especially designed for the X-Gear series too. 

The X-Gear pedals are available to preorder (releases date is 'soon') now at €299.99, but the IK Multimedia store is offer the chance to save €100 if you order two for €499.99, or save €150 if you order three at €749.99. Order all four at €999.99 and you can save €200.

Find out more at IK Multimedia.

Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before that I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar.