IK Multimedia at Guitar Showcase 2021: introducing AmpliTube X-GEAR digital effect pedals

IK Multimedia X-Gear pedals
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The brand new AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals cover the four realms of guitar effects processing. 

There’s X-DRIVE distortion and X-VIBE modulation, which offer a range of iconic, must-have analog pedal effects. X-TIME delay and X-SPACE reverb feature cutting-edge, studio-grade effects algorithms. 

All X-GEAR pedals share the same high-performance hardware and pioneering DSP for unsurpassed sound quality.

Best-in-class DSP

The state-of-the-art onboard DSP includes 16 custom high-end effects per pedal, drawn from the most popular AmpliTube models along with all-new reverb and delay algorithms. 

Featuring up to 192kHz internal processing with 4x oversampling, X-GEAR pedals deliver amazing clarity to the stage with the realism and response that users love about AmpliTube 5.

Hardware that stands out

IK Multimedia X-Gear pedals

(Image credit: IK Multimedia)

For AmpliTube X-GEAR IK’s engineers all out to guarantee that your tone stays as pure and pristine as possible, no matter how simple or sophisticated your signal chain becomes.

  • Ultra-low noise, 24-bit/192kHz converters for class-leading sound quality 
  • 5 Hz–24 kHz frequency response to capture the full scope of your guitar’s sound 
  • Up to 123 dB dynamic range provides whisper-quiet operation at any gain setting 
  • A pure analog dry path and selectable true or soft bypass for maximum control

Industry-leading integration

IK Multimedia Amplitube X-Gear software

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Each AmpliTube X-GEAR pedal includes a matching virtual version for Mac/PC and a copy of AmpliTube 5 SE. Open any version of AmpliTube 5 and you’ll find your virtual X-GEAR pedal available as a stomp for use within the program. Adjust any of your pedal settings with the convenience of AmpliTube’s award-winning workflow and save them as presets. 

The X-GEAR Librarian lets you move presets between X-GEAR pedals and AmpliTube and easily reorganize them on the hardware pedal, where you can store up to 300 presets.

All-in-one recording

We’ve also put a USB audio interface and some must-have recording features right onboard.

  • 5Hz to 24kHz frequency response to record the full range of your guitar or bass 
  • Versatile routing options let you send the wet or dry signals to your DAW 
  • Stereo out for monitoring sound between the X-GEAR pedal and your computer 
  • Full MIDI implementation to map control of AmpliTube and/or any compatible DAW 

Signal chain to the stars

Combining AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals creates a formidable team, seamlessly sending and receiving MIDI commands for dramatic effects changes. You can easily set up one X-GEAR pedal as the master to send program changes to the other pedals, and then just drop the presets you want activated into the appropriate slots with the X-GEAR Librarian. Daisy-chain the pedals together via MIDI and you’re good to go.

With its open architecture for future updates, AmpliTube X-GEAR will empower you for years to come. Move from studio to stage and back seamlessly with world-class tone anywhere.

IK Multimedia


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