IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for iOS - a collection of official MESA/Boogie amps and cabs that are based on the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie tone studio collection.
Working in close collaboration with the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, IK has designed the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie to let musicians play guitar through models of some of MESA/Boogie's most famous amplifiers and cabinets on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. These models have been carefully crafted to sound, look and perform as close to their hardware counterparts as possible. In addition, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie comes with 6 stompboxes that let guitar and bass players build and play with their MESA/Boogie tone rig.
The amplifiers and cabinets available include:
- MESA/Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier: The Rectifier amps are aggressive amplifiers for aggressive players. Both have played a role in defining the sound of grunge, metal and other forms of hard and heavy music. Each amp offers 3-channel, 8-mode operation and varying levels of tube saturation, plus a switchable virtual tube/solid-state rectifier section. The Rectifiers are designed to provide a range of sounds from percussive to liquid and elastic.
- MESA/Boogie Mark III: This amp from 1984 is the first original 3-channel "Tri-Modal Amplifier" design. It features a set of sonic sculpting tools via its original three-channel setup: Rhythm, a distinct midrange "Crunch" Rhythm and a Lead channel with independent gain and master volume controls.
- MESA/Boogie Mark IV: This amp from 1989 was designed to improve everything that made the Mark III the standard for Boogie tone. 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, 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 60's to crushing contemporary. Each channel also features the flexibility of 3 levels of output power. This allows for a full range of power response and character that adds yet another level of accuracy and authenticity to its preamp sounds. This amp may have been the most versatile yet simple-to-use MESA amplifier ever made, and it covers anything and everything the other models might miss due to their higher power ranges and gain structures.
In addition to these popular amplifier/cabinet combos, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie also comes with new 6 stomps. There's a Noise Filter for gating unwanted sound between riffs. There's a Metal Wah that's tailor-made for adding color to metal solos. There's a Sustainer that punches up solos and allows for unreal note sustain. Obsession is a delay pedal with EQ control. Surfer is a flanger that can be used to add different modulation flavors to regular playing and soloing. And, finally, Monster Booster can be used to boost the overall signal to the amps by up to 25dB.
Like all mobile versions of AmpliTube, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is modular, and can be enhanced via a variety of in-app purchases. A user can expand the single track recorder into an 8-track recorder. A waveform view can be added for DAW-style editing. The cab room can be enhanced to allow 3-D miking for cabinets with up to 2 microphones at a time (16 studio mic are available for purchase). Its looper allows for quick and easy looping of up to 4 different loops. The Loop Drummer can be a rhythmic tool when steady drum beats are needed. The Song/Speed Trainer section allows for uploaded songs to be slowed down or speed up without affecting the pitch.
Price: $/€24.99 from the App Store. Additionally, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie models are available as in-app purchases inside of AmpliTube for iPhone and AmpliTube for iPad as a complete gear bundle for $/€24.99, or $/€9.99 for individual amps and $/€2.99 for individual stomps.