IK Multimedia announced Monday the release of AmpliTube 2 for iPhone, a significant update to the amp and effects modelling software for iPhone. The biggest addition is the ability to record what you play directly in the app, as well as five new effects pedals (available as an in-app purchase). The new version also has new practice features, and the ability to import songs from your iPhone’s song library for you to practice with.
The company has added in-app recording in two ways. The first comes with the app out of the (virtual) box, and allows one track recording on your iPhone. For a US$9.99/€7.99 in-app purchase, however, you can add a four-track recorder that allows you to record four layers of music.
Those readers old enough to have played with cassette four-track recorders will recognize the bounce control that allows you to take three tracks and bounce them to one, making room for new tracks. Once recorded, users have the option to apply different effects or amps to them and to export them as MP3 or WAV files.
There are five new effects pedals available, though only as an in-app purchase for $2.99/€2.39 each. They are Compressor, Reverb, Parametric EQ, Graphic EQ and Limiter. This is in addition to the existing 11 effects pedals in previous versions of the app.
For those users wanting to use AmpliTube to practice, you can now import up to 50 songs from your iPhone or iPod touch’s song library to play along with. There is also a new feature called Speed Trainer that will slow a song down, but keep it at the same pitch for those hard-to-figure out passages.
The update is free to owners of version 1.x, and you can update through the App Store. The full version is priced at US$19.99/€15.99.
There is also a free version that has two pedals, one amp and cabinet, and two microphones. AmpliTube LE for iPhone is $2.99/€2.39 includes four pedals, one amp and cabinet, and two mics.A professional portable recording studio
AmpliTube for iPad has not yet been updated, and IK Multimedia is advising iPad customers to wait for that release rather than updating to the iPhone version on their iPad.
To get your guitar or bass into your iPhone, you’ll need an interface like IK’s iRig (seen in the image below).
AmpliTube 2 with four screens showing new features (and iRig)