updated 06:04 am EDT, Sat June 16, 2012
Amplitube Slash gives wannabe guitar heroes some hope
Earlier this week, IK Multimedia announced the release of its latest app for the iPad and iPhone, Amplitube Slash $10, iTunes. The app aims to offer guitarists who are fans of the famous ex-Guns n' Roses guitar legend the opportunity to play and record using simulated versions of Slash's signature amps and stomp boxes. Electronista has taken some time out to go hands-on with Amplitube Slash and has embedded some audio below recorded using the app to give users a feel for its potential.
Slash is known the world over for his blues-inspired hard rock riffs that have helped to sell millions of records. Any fan of hard rock guitar would be able to easily recognize a Slash guitar solo marked not only by his unique style, but also his signature Marshall amp driven sound. While the more technically capable guitarists with the means, and the talent, can replicate Slash's sound with a lot of fiddling and tweaking of real amps and stomp boxes, lesser mortals have been hoping for IK Multimedia to release an app like this.
The Amplitube app has been around for a couple of years now, with IK Multimedia quick to realize the potential of the iPad to do double duty as a highly portable, yet powerful, digital audio workstation. To this end, the company ported a version of its popular desktop version of Amplitube and gave it a beautiful and relatively simple interface for guitarists to get creative whether at home or on the road. In addition to offering users a whole range of stomp boxes and amp models, Amplitube for iPad and iPhone can also function as a multi-track recording studio via an in-app purchase.
Users of the original Amplitube app can also buy all the effects and presets that come with the Amplitube Slash app as an in-app purchase for $10. What you get for your money is two of Slash's trademark Marshall amps simulated, the Slash AFD and the Slash JCM. In addition, users can access a Noise Gate, Booster, Delay, X-Chorus, Octoblue and Distortion auto Wah (free with registration) to toy around with. More effects can also purchased through in-app purchases as well.
To keep things simple and fun, these have been combined in a series of presets that users can quickly select to get up and running as soon as the app has finished downloading and installing. There is little, if any, learning curve required to get going. In total, the simulated amps and effects have been combined into 30 presets covering the full gamut of Slash's signature sounds. However, users can also easily tweak or combine effects and amps into any number of combinations to create their own custom presets as well.
As our embedded audio below shows (played by our news editor Sanjiv Sathiah), Amplitube Slash does an admirable job of creating the trademark Slash sound. While it is not quite in danger of troubling a real amp and set of stomp boxes for pure tone, it achieves what it sets out to accomplish - for a price that is difficult to quibble with. For Slash fans it is a dream come true and a cheap, easy and fun way to get his sound. As has been the case for some time, Amplitube also lets you play along to any tune as well, further adding to the fun factor. Also embedded below is a clip of Slash promoting the app and explaining how he used it to demo his song ideas for his new solo album Apocalyptic Love while touring his last album.