If you’re an electric guitar player, you really don’t want to miss out on this app’s power and versatility.
by on April 29, 2011
AmpliTube mimics a typical guitarist’s setup, providing you with an amplifier, effects pedals and a little recording studio, all on your iPad.
All you have to bring to the party is your electric guitar, some talent and a pair of headphones. Oh, and a cable to connect your guitar to your iPad (or iPhone – there’s a separate version available).
There are two main types of cable on the market – the AmpliTube-branded iRig, at £26, or the Griffin GuitarConnect Cable at £20. Both work equally well with the AmpliTube app, but we prefer the iRig for build quality.
The level of detail in the photo-realistic amps and effects pedals is superb – it’s just like using the real thing. The downside of this is that the casual guitarist could well be put off by the level of complexity involved in setting an amp up, but thankfully there are presets available for each amp with names like ‘Smooth lead’ or ‘Seattle’.
In the free version of this app, you get just three pedals (Noise Filter, Delay and Distortion) and one amp – with more available as in-app purchases for around £1.79 per pedal and £3 per amp.
You can also purchase a version of the app with five amps and 11 pedals available for £11.99 (the version we’re reviewing here) and make a significant saving compared to buying every item individually. But even with this version of AmpliTube, you still need to make in-app purchases to get all the extras, such as the upgrade to an eight-track recorder.
Other features of note include the ability to import songs from your iPod app (or over your Wi-Fi network), so you can play along with them. The lengthy importing process is a real hassle, but once it’s done you can slow down the track and loop individual sections. Results are mixed, however – slowing down songs seems to result in a lot of audio crackle.
The app did crash a few times on us too, but these are relatively small niggles compared to the fun that’s to be had here. Its nearest competitor is Griffin’s iShred, but AmpliTube beats it hands down for sheer versatility, even if iShred works better with the iPod app.
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