IK Multimedia and MESA Engineering have announced AmpliTube MESA/Boogie, a new collaboration that brings some of the most legendary tones from the original boutique manufacturer's amplifiers and cabinets to AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac OS X and Windows. If you pre-order today you can save $/€50.
Now guitarists, producers, engineers and anyone needing the power of "in-the-box" professional amplifier software can enjoy modeled versions of several of MESA/Boogie's most famous high-gain sounds via 5 amplifiers and cabinets. These new co-developed models deliver everything from sparkling clean sounds to the percussive aggression and tight crunch of the Rectifier series to the violin-like sustain of the Mark series to the flexible mid-gain British leanings of the TransAtlantic TA-30, and everything in between.
This first-ever officially authorized by MESA line-up includes the classic Boogie V-Curve EQ'd crunch rhythm and singing lead voice of both the MARK III and MARK IV Series as well as what many refer to as the biggest sound in Rock, the crushing gain of the Dual and Triple Rectifiers. As an added bonus, the Transatlantic TA-30 (MESA's tribute to the classic British EL84 legacy) is included as well. These models have been precisely crafted to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts and have been meticulously scrutinized, worked, re-worked and approved by the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering.
Here's what they say:
High-gain boogie on the desktop/laptop
Nothing says high-gain modern guitar tone like MESA/Boogie. MESA literally invented the concept when the original boutique amp company burst on the scene in the late '60s with the now legendary MARK I Boogie. Its innovative "cascading" tube preamp introduced guitarists to a new, never-before-possible world of sustain that was, at long last, separate from volume.
Leap-frogging all existing guitar technologies of the day, that original tone was a defining part of the sound of golden-era greats like Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead and countless other recording artists throughout the 70s. And that original tone has also helped to set the stage for successive waves of era-defining high-gain tones over the years thanks to amps like the MESA/Boogie MARK II, III and IV and the inimitable Rectifier Series, which again completely re-defined MESA's impact on the world of Rock. When the percussive, yet scooped high-gain aggression of the Recto's was unleashed on the radio via the music of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Linkin' Park, Creed and other 90s greats, there was no turning back. Guitar forever more HAD to be menacing. Today the Recto's continue to widen their footprint in defining Rock and Metal, and, after 21 years, they're still in constant demand and uninterrupted production.
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie recreates this historic and diverse legacy in virtual form. IK software engineers worked relentlessly with the Mesa Engineering R&D Team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet has been rendered with the same degree of integrity and attention-to-detail that goes into the company's physical products — the operation of both the front and the back panel controls has been fully replicated to provide exacting performance and function.
The amplifiers and cabinets available in AmpliTube MESA/Boogie include:
MESA/Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier: The standard for modern high-gain heavy guitar tone and more. The Rectifier amps are aggressive amplifiers for aggressive players. They're some of the most recorded and widely visible amps on big-venue stages all across the world. Effectively two different power section versions of the same amp introduced in 1989, these amps deliver maximum tone flexibility and serious rock attitude. Both have played a major role in defining the sound of grunge, metal and countless other forms of hard and heavy music.
MESA/Boogie Mark III: This amp from 1984 is the first original 3-channel "Tri-Modal Amplifier" design. It features a large set of sonic sculpting tools; it sports the original three-channel setup: Rhythm, a distinct midrange "Crunch" Rhythm, and a Lead channel with independent gain and master volume controls. Just like on the hardware counterpart, it features a full spread of tone controls plus the vitally important Boogie 5-band Graphic EQ section.
MESA/Boogie Mark IV: An improvement on a classic, this amp from 1990 takes everything that made the Mark III the standard for Boogie tone in that era and makes it even better. Three big sounds with individual controls define the tone palette for this powerhouse of a unit. Its three channels allow it to deliver a wide sonic array that stretches from sparkling clean tones to ultra high-gain lead sounds that are rich with harmonics and sustain.
MESA/Boogie Transatlantic TA-30: A decidedly British MESA/Boogie tribute that jumps back and forth across the sonic pond, this model captures the essence of what, for MESA, was an exercise in simplicity of operation and comprehensive tonal control. It features two-channel operation and 5 distinct "Mode" voicing choices that reference several classic British and American circuits. Throw in the Gain Boost feature, and two high-gain options (HI 1 and HI 2 in Channel 2), and this model covers everything from classic 60s to crushing contemporary, and everything in between.
Pricing and availability
The new AmpliTube MESA/Boogie bundle will be available September 1, 2015, for $/€149.99* (150 Custom Shop Gear Credits). AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is now open for preorder at a special price of $/€99.99* from the IK online store.
*Prices exclude taxes.