Peavey Electronics and Agile Partners have announced the two companies are joining forces to launch AmpKit, a guitar amp and effects iPhone application, and AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity audio interface for the iPhone, iPod touch* and iPad. Together, AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK provide musicians of all skill levels with a powerful and convenient way to jam with high quality tones anytime and anywhere.
"AmpKit blew me away with its incredible range and sound quality," said Paul Riario, tech editor for Guitar World and contributor to Guitar Aficionado magazine. "It's so easy to plug my guitar into the iPhone using the AmpKit LiNK adapter, and I was amazed by the real-time audio effects and inspiring tones."
AmpKit LiNK is a high fidelity iPhone, iPod touch* and iPad interface for electric guitar, bass, or any line level source, with an output that can be connected to headphones, powered speakers or a PA. AmpKit LiNK's CrossTalk Eliminator solves the feedback problem inherent in existing unpowered iPhone interfaces. The interface can be used with any recording, processing, or tuning application, including Agile Partners' GuitarToolkit.
Available for free from the iTunes App Store, AmpKit features include:
Starting with the Peavey ValveKing amp that comes free with AmpKit, AmpKit offers amps that "sound incredible and look gorgeous". These amps are based on legends, "amps that roar, amps that crunch when you turn them up".
Each amp in AmpKit is modeled after the real amp's actual circuitry and includes individual controls that match up with the most important knobs and switches on the amp. Many amps include multiple channels: the Peavey ValveKing, for example, includes both Clean and Lead channels, which is almost like getting two amps instead of one. Add new amps to AmpKit through the in-app Gear Store, making AmpKit infinitely extendable. With 11 amps and 19 amp channels already available, Peavey says there's something for everyone with more amps coming all the time.
AmpKit's pedal selection features a total of 15 pedals. Because of AmpKit's performance, you can run as many as a dozen or even more effects pedals at a time. Available effects include: multiple distortion and fuzz pedals, reverb, delay, 10-band EQ, octave, chorus, flanger, phaser, vibrato, noise gate, and compressor. The free AmpKit app includes three pedals, with 12 additional pedals available in the Gear Store and more to come.
The speaker cabinet is critical to getting the exact tones you're looking for, so AmpKit gives you total control of your cabinets. The free AmpKit app includes two cabinets for free: the Peavey ValveKing 4x12 and ValveKing 112. You can add up to 11 more cabinets as you add amps through the Gear Store, from workhorse cabs with solid mid tones to powerful cabs with colorful crunches and sparkling highs. AmpKit's user interface makes it easy to choose from a wide range of cabinets, mix and match cabinets with different amps, and save your favorite setups.
Audio pros know that microphone selection is another critical aspect of amp tone, and AmpKit again gives you total control - not only of the microphone you use but also microphone positioning. The free AmpKit app includes two mics. Six additional mics are available in the Gear Store, from rugged dynamic mics that can handle whatever volume you dish out to condenser mics with the frequency and transient response you need, all with ultra-low latency.
Besides its powerful, low latency amp, pedal, cabinet, and mic simulations, AmpKit includes all the tools you need for a complete guitar audio studio:
- Recording & Reamping: AmpKit allows you to record as you play. And since it records both dry, unprocessed guitar audio and wet sound that has run through the amp and effects chain, you can actually take your recording and "reamp" it through a different amp setup. The result is a powerful guitar recording studio.
- Backing Tracks: Upload your favorite songs and play along, or record your own backing tracks. It's a good way to learn and a lot of fun.
- Tuner & Metronome: AmpKit includes precise tuner and metronome capabilities - the same precision you've long enjoyed in GuitarToolkit.
Availability & Ordering
The AmpKit LiNK guitar interface will be available for pre-order from the Peavey online store as well as from dealers, distributors and retail stores for $39.99. The AmpKit app for iPhone, iPod touch*, and iPad will be available in the Apple iTunes App Store.
"We are excited to collaborate with Agile Partners to launch the amazing combination of AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK," said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. "Peavey is deeply committed to virtual instrumentation innovation, and products like our award-winning ReValver modeling software are leading the way. AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK open up an entirely new mobile paradigm for beginner and experienced musicians alike. I believe these innovative new products will give guitarists a whole new level of freedom and convenience - with AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK, anyone can access amazing guitar tone even when they don't have the space and time to set up a conventional rig."
Jack Ivers, a principal at Agile Partners said, "We're delighted to join forces with Peavey to offer AmpKit and AmpKit LiNK to musicians around the world. Peavey has been committed to innovation for the last 45 years, and we have a shared goal to provide innovative products with incredible user experiences. Peavey's world-class hardware design and manufacturing capabilities complement Agile's unmatched expertise in developing guitar-focused apps for the iPhone platform. In addition, Peavey's channel experience and global dealer network will provide musicians, including our existing GuitarToolkit and TabToolkit customers, with easy access to the AmpKit LiNK guitar adapter."
*Excluding first-generation iPod touch