updated 11:20 am EDT, Fri October 5, 2007
IK software, StompIO date
IK Multimedia today announced several new pieces of hardware and software at the AES trade expo. At the top of the list is ARC, standing for Advanced Room Correction. The program is said to offer the first acoustic room correction system in DAW plug-in form, working in tandem with standalone software and a calibrated microphone. The combined ARC package is used to measure the acoustic flaws of a room, compensating for time and frequency response problems through automatic EQ adjustment. The program is a Universal Binary for Mac OS 10.4 or later, and costs $700; it is expected to ship by the end of this quarter.
Also due by the end of the year is AmpliTube Metal, a plug-in/standalone program for heavy metal that reproduces four amps, eight cabinets and 12 stomp effects, as well as eight post-FX racks. AU, VST and RTAS versions are available, and users can set up two rigs and a Speed-Trainer for riff tracking. Metal also requires Mac OS X 10.4, and is due by the end of 2007 for $250.
AmpliTube X-GEAR is a shell host that allows users to open up any AmpliTube program, in either plug-in or standalone mode, and mix it together with others. It is specifically meant to be used with hardware such as IK's forthcoming StompIO. X-GEAR is due in November, and will cost $100.
IK has also finally announced a release date for the StompIO, which was revealed at the beginning of the year and due in the second quarter. The USB floor controller should now ship in November, though no pricing information has been published.