updated 08:55 pm EDT, Thu October 28, 2010
Up to 50 songs can be imported as backing tracks
IK MultiMedia have released a major new update to their guitar recording and effects application for iPhone, AmpliTube. The new v2 improves the sound quality of gear and cabinets, imports songs from the iTunes Library as backing tracks, and now includes the ability to slow down or speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch in a new feature called SpeedTrainer. However, iPad AmpliTube users are advised to wait for a special, dedicated upgrade for their devices.
The program, which requires the iPhone 3G/second-generation iPod Touch or better, is an entire guitar or bass rig for players that includes stompbox effects and recording ability so that guitarists can quickly capture ideas or sounds and send them out to others or back to the home studio. Up to 36 present rig arrangements can be captured or recalled, and combined with the iRig ($40) turns any iOS device into a portable, mobile recording studio for almost any guitar.
Users can choose from 16 choices of stompboxes, five types of amps, five different cabinets, and two mic styles. The program also includes a metronome and chromatic tuner to help with practice or training.
AmpliTube v2 also features in-app purchases that allow users to go beyond the built-in one-track recorder with re-amping up to four tracks with up to three effects (Reverb, EQ and Compressor), and also makes five new stompbox effects available as in-app purchases. Users can import up to 50 songs, name presets and work with an all-new setup menu and scrollable gear selections in the FX and Amp sections.
AmpliTube v2 is available for iPhone and iPod Touch running 3.1.3 or later, and comes in three editions: a free version with one recording track, three stompboxes and one amp/cabinet; a $3 "LE" version that expands the number of stompboxes to five, and the $20 full version. In-app purchases mentioned above augment the abilities of each version.
AmpliTube v2 for iPad is currently in development, and the company advises iPad users to wait rather than upgrade the iPhone version. They promise even more powerful features and hope to have the product out shortly.