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IK Multimedia AmpliTube 4 For iOS review

A host of new features for this iOS wonder

  • £7.99

MusicRadar Verdict

AmpliTube on iOS remains a useful resource for guitarists.

Pros

  • +

    Basic model is a good value.

Cons

  • -

    Look out for costs of in-app purchasing.

IK Multimedia's AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad (opens in new tab) has reached Version 4 (a free upgrade for current users), and in doing so has not only acquired an updated interface with streamlined navigation but also features improved DSP, giving it the same sound quality as the AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop desktop version.

The tweaks under the hood include an increase in the number of stompboxes in the rig to six (four in front of the amp and two after it), plus new features that are available as in-app purchases.

Sounds

With its initial five amps and cabs, and 11 effects, there's plenty here to create a wide range of very playable sounds as well as a tuner, metronome, song player and a single track recorder.

Everything else - additional amp and effects models, multitrack recorder, loop drummer, and so on - are in-app purchases. The new addition in this update is Cab Room, which allows more sonic options with cabinet mic'ing in 3D using up to two mics, a set of 16 mics to take advantage of the facility, and a looper capable of up to four loops at a time.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.