This collaboration between IK Multimedia and MESA Engineering brings some of the most legendary tones from the original boutique manufacturer's amplifiers and cabinets to AmpliTube Custom Shop. It is now available until August 31, 2015, for a "test-drive" price of $/€99.99 (100 Custom Shop gear credits). On September 1, 2015, the price will be $149.99 (150 Custom Shop gear credits).
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 ultra-flexible mid-gain British leanings of the TransAtlantic TA-30, and everything in between.
This first-ever officially authorized by MESA line-up includes models of the classic Boogie V-Curve EQ'd crunch rhythm and singing lead voice of both the MARK III and MARK IV as well as the crushing gain of the Dual Rectifier and Triple Rectifier - amps that have ruled the airwaves for almost two decades. And as an added bonus, the TransAtlantic TA-30 (MESA's upscale tribute to the classic British EL84 legacy) is included as well. It roams the elusive clean and medium gain territories with finesse and attitude.
IK say: "Like all AmpliTube virtual gear, these models have been carefully crafted to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts. Each model has been meticulously scrutinized, worked, re-worked and approved by the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering."
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie also comes with over 100 factory and artist presets to get you started, with additional presets available in the AmpliTube Preset XChange on the IK web site.
The Amplifiers and Cabinets
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 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.
Online gear shop
AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone software that allows players to browse, audition and purchase over 280 pieces of gear.
Pricing & Availability
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is available now for the special launch week price of just $/€99.99* from the IK online store and for 100 Custom Shop Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop. After September 1, 2015, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie will cost $/€149.99 (150 Custom Shop Gear Credits).
Individual MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets are available a-la-carte in the AmpliTube Custom Shop starting at $/€34.99 for the amps and $/€9.99 for the cabinets.
*Pricing excludes taxes.