IK Multimedia’s highly anticipated AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix modeling software finally made it to stores last month, but the big news for me––yep, I’m a bit of a cheapskate––was the release of their free demo, which contains the full working product, and is good for ten days.
I don’t know about you, but I like to take a product for a test-run before I drop $250 on something as subjective as digital modeling software. Anyways, the demo is available for both PC & Mac, and having played with it all afternoon I’ve gotta’ tell you it’s a highly recommended download.
AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix is basically a software suite that painstakingly re-creates Hendrix’s full rig, including 9 classic stomp-boxes (Vox Wah V846, Univox Uni-Vibe, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Roger Mayer Octavia, Mosrite Fuzzrite, Maestro FuzzTone, Roger Mayer Axis fuzz, Roger Mayer Classic fuzz, and Fender Opto-Tremolo,) 4 vintage guitar amps (Marshall 1959 JTM100 Super Lead, Fender Bassman, Fender Twin Reverb, and Fender Dual-Showman,) 7 different cabinets, and 5 microphone models.
On my iMac G5 the demo runs fairly well, though I am noticing a few digital clicks & pops here and there––in fact, they could be intentional artifacts left in the demo to encourage people to buy the real deal, but I’d need to verify this before plunking down my hard earned cash.
I’ve personally found that AmpliTube’s pre-sets, which are named for the various parts of popular Hendrix tunes that they re-create (Intro, Solo, Rhythm, what have you,) are actually a bit lacking to my ear, while the real magic lies in the software’s Stomp Box pane.
The Stomp Box interface allows you to load up to 6 effects at a time, and trust me––it’s a helluva’ lot of fun! I particularly like the Octavia model and the VOX V846 Wah (which runs in auto-wah mode in case you’re like me and don’t happen to have a USB expression pedal just lying around the house,) not to mention all the great fuzz pedals.
On top of that, the amplifier models are easily the best I’ve heard (check out those Fender models!)––totally blowing away the ones found in my copy of Line 6’s GearBox.
Anyways, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix is well worth checking out if you’re a true Jimi fanatic, or even if you just want to see what kind of trouble you can get into with all that screaming power at your fingertips––heck, my Hendrix chops pretty much suck, but I did manage to to thoroughly Syd Barrett-ize a finger-picked rendition of Beethoven’s Ode To Joy ;)
Fun, fun stuff. Click here to download the demo.