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AmpliTubebyIK Multimedia
 AmpliTube by IK Multimedia is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Product AmpliTube
Developer IK Multimedia
Price (MSRP)
$199.99 / €159,99
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
Downloads Released
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

AmpliTube 3 is a massive upgrade to the guitar and bass tone gear-modeling software. It offers over 160 precisely modeled pieces of vintage and modern gear in one package - IK describes it as "the ultimate gear tone collection for players, producers and engineers".

AmpliTube 3 contains over 160 pieces of gear including models from the most sought-after vintage collections and modern day workhorses. You'll get 51 individual stompboxes and effects, 31 amplifier preamp & power sections, 46 speaker cabinet models, 15 high end stage and studio mics, and 17 post amp rack effects. Plus, with the AmpliTube 3 open architecture, you can add more packages as you need them, like AmpliTube Fender and Ampeg SVX.

AmpliTube 3 gear models give you realistic playing feel - not just the tones - but the actual dynamic response of their hardware counterparts. Plus, with IK's proprietary VRM (Volumetric Response Modeling) technology, you can add accurate rotating speaker effects, free dual mic placement plus room ambience and response to custom craft your tone.

AmpliTube 3's new creative effects let you create sounds you never heard before, and the new "drag & drop" effects configuration feature lets you quickly experiment with effects in the signal chain to get that totally unique sound.

Features / details:

  • 5 separate modules: Tuner, Stomp effects Pedalboard, Amp Head, Cabinet + Microphones, post Rack effects.
  • Over 160 included gear models.
  • 51 Stompbox effects.
  • 31 Amp models.
  • 46 Cabinet emulations.
  • 15 Studio Microphone models.
  • 17 Rack effects.
  • High-precision Tuner.
  • Cabinet module with two freely movable microphones and cabinet size control.
  • Room ambience with microphones' stereo width control.
  • Accurate analog modeling with DSM technology.
  • Realistic cabinet emulation with VRM technology.
  • 2 series/parallel rigs with 8 configurations, selectable mono/stereo input and true stereo processing.
  • Drag & Drop functionality in the Stomp and Rack modules for quick effects re-arrangement.
  • Advanced preset browser with guitar/bass dedicated keywords plus user keywords and smart search function.
  • Global and single gear presets.
  • Easy to set, one click best quality/performance settings.
  • Host/DAW BPM synchronization.
  • Freely assignable DAW automation.
  • Up to 96 kHz supported sampling rate.
  • Can be directly expanded with more "Powered by AmpliTube" software like AmpliTube Fender and Ampeg SVX.
  • One click MIDI CTL assignment, compatible with any standard MIDI controller.
  • Direct integration with IK's range of interfaces/controllers like StompIO, StealthPedal, StealthBoard with zero setup needed.
  • 4 track recorder/player with independent time stretch/pitch shift (Standalone version).
  • Non destructive recording allows post effect processing of the recorded audio (Standalone version).
  • 2 instruments can be simultaneously processed with independent audio settings (Standalone version).
  • Imports any Wav, Aiff, sd2, Apple Caf, Flac, MP3 audio file (Standalone version).
  • Metronome with selectable sounds (Standalone version).
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.67 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By 2forks Pirana
October 2, 2013

One of the best sounding Amp and pedal emulations I have. Was my favourite until I heard the Brainworx amp plugin.

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Reviewed By willum
June 25, 2004

Wow. What else can I say? I have never found any amp emulator, hardware or software, that was able to produce a satisfactory clean guitar tone. That is, until I bought my copy of Amplitube. This is an amazing plugin. Playing my Fender Toronado DE-9000, I have been able to get an astonishing variety of tones. Bright ones, dark ones, evil heavy metal and grunge tones, crystal-clean, jazz-type ones, and spot-on 60's garage. If you've ever used a guitar amp before, it will be very simple to dial in a good tone. The CPU usage is quite low (10% on my P4 2.4 1gb ram, Sonar 3.1.1). Stability is very high, no funky weirdness at any time. Not even a hiccup. However you will want to mute your guitar while changing patches, or you'll get a "pop".

I have played tube amps for years, and I know that no plugin can touch the tone or responsiveness of real amps. Nevertheless, there are several reasons for guitar players who record music on computers to seriously check this thing out. First off, the sound quality is superb. I don't know how they did it, but they did. The touch is not like a real amp, but it comes pretty close. It is very playable, and quite satisfying. Even though the sound doesn't quite match up to "the real thing", consider that you will never have to replace any tubes. Not only that, but for a measly $300 or so you can get a virtual roomful of classic amps to play around with (and it takes way less space). Another nice feature is that you can easily put any instrument through it for subtle coloring or perhaps complete destruction.

It comes with a good assortment of presets, which are designed to demonstrate the breadth of the sounds you can get from this thing. It even has some bass presets. Most guitar players like to see a few examples before adjusting their own settings, so I think there are enough presets for most people. Additionally, the IK website has a user preset section that's pretty well stocked. The main benefit I've derived from the presets is figuring out how to best use the post eq section.

As for tech support, never tried it. The documentation is excellent, covering each feature in detail. There is even a training video on the website. I do agree with the other reviewers in that challenge-response authentication is not ideal. It works, but it's an added pain. While we're on the subject of things I don't like, add in that the delay is not tempo-syncable. That's the worst problem I could find so far, and it's no big deal because chances are you've got at least three tempo-syncable delay plugins installed right now.

All in all, this is the perfect plugin for computer-oriented guitar players. You'll have a nice assortment of tones to use for recording or even just playing (imagine that). I got a copy of T-Racks for free (their special limited time 2-for-1 deal), so I'd have to say it was a tremendous value for the money. I would have bought it anyway, though, because it just sounds so damn good.Read more

Reviewed By Peel
July 27, 2003

Out of Warp, Revalver and Amplitube, this is far and away my favourite.
Compared to Warp, it is far more flexible, with more features and a wider variety of sounds. And Warp's sound is not, to my ears, particularly impressive.
Compared to Revalver, it is perhaps slightly less flexible since it has a linear rather than a modular design. To me, Revalver can also match Amplitube on simple clean sounds. But other than that, Ampitube sounds much better to me: it doesn't have that exagerated, gimicky sort of sound that I often hear in Revalver and some hardware modelling units (like the first POD units).
UI: Looks nice, easy to understand, kind of big & 3 pages long, but there's a lot to fit in there.
Sound: Very good. The effects are modeled after typical guitar stompboxes and such. The spring reverb is very nice.
Features: Plenty. Maybe the mic simulator could be a little more flexible. Some people might find the pre-amp pedals or the post-amp effects superfluous.
Docs: Very nice; they explain the routings and talk a bit about the hardware that is being emulated.
Presets: Quite a few and a good range.
Customer support: Never used it, but I'm penalizing them for their challenge-response system (didn't cause me any problems but I don't like it).
VFM: Obviously if you're comparing it to hardware, it's dirt cheap. But I think it's more reasonable to compare it to similar software. Difficult to do since nothing else quite does what it does. Its price is about what I'd expect for a plug of this quality and with these features, but these days there are so many cheap/free plugs that offer *some* of the funtionality of Amplitube (simulanalog guitar suite, green machine are of special note), a lot of people probably will probably feel that the price could be a little lower.
Stability: Some people have reported crashes or problems when using more than one instance, but I've had none. Edit: I've now encountered some stability issues. First, the plug seems to suffer from the P4 denormal problem, which by this point is simply inexcusable. Second, the plug sometimes just "gives up" and begins outputting nothing but intermittent pops, requiring me to unload & reload it.Read more
Discussion: Active


19 February 2014 at 11:49pmnickp405

So what is exactly new??


20 February 2014 at 12:53amBlackWinny

Amps, preamps, stompboxes, speaker cabinets, mics, effects... all modeled on famous vintage hardwares used by reknowed guitarists and bassists.

Extract from the text : "AmpliTube 3 contains over 160 pieces of gear including models from the most sought-after vintage collections and modern day workhorses. You'll get 51 individual stompboxes and effects, 31 amplifier preamp & power sections, 46 speaker cabinet models, 15 high end stage and studio mics, and 17 post amp rack effects. Plus, with the AmpliTube 3 open architecture, you can add more packages as you need them."

20 February 2014 at 1:54amnickp405

@blackwinny, I know all this. it was the same for version 3.11.1.

Im curious as to what has been updated, as I see no new amps or effects at IK.

Is it just plugin support for aax?

20 February 2014 at 2:43amBlackWinny

I think yes. Just support to AAX... plus as usual a correction of a few bugs.

But I suggest you to ask directly on their Amplitube forum, here :


Don't forget to be precise, asking for 3.11 should not be the same as asking for 3.11.2 for example.

And the best should be to ask... where the hell are the release notes for Amplitube on their website ? Because I must confess that in two years that I use it... I have myself never found them.

I you ask it, sure I shall see your question since I follow everyday their forums for Amplitube, TRackS, Sampletank and Sampletron.

2 April 2015 at 9:30pmfizzicist

Why is KVR sending notification that Amplitude has a "new version" (v3.1.4) as of today (2015-04-02). Version 3.1.4 was released on 2014-07-17. According to the IKM website, v3.1.4 is the latest version.


1 May 2015 at 8:36amosmancigil

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