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AmpliTube 4 USER MANUAL
AmpliTube 4 USER MANUAL

AmpliTube 4

USER MANUAL

AmpliTube 4

AmpliTube 4 is available in different versions.

The difference between the different versions is in the number of gear models included and in the features available.

While consulting this manual, please refer to the specific gear models and features available in the AmpliTube 4 version you are using.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

3

License Agreement

6

English

 

10

 

Chapter 1 – AmpliTube 4 overview

10

 

1.1 - Introduction

10

1.2 - What’s new in AmpliTube 4

10

1.3 - Plug-in architecture

12

1.4 - Using the interface

18

1.4.1 - Standalone interface

18

1.4.2 - Plug-in interface

21

 

Chapter 2 – Getting started with AmpliTube 4

22

 

2.1

- Using AmpliTube 4 as a standalone application

22

2.1.1

- Audio MIDI Setup

22

2.2 - Tune up, turn on… rock out

25

2.3 - Building your rig

27

2.4 - Getting more gear in the Custom Shop

31

 

Chapter 3 – Signal routing

32

 

3.1 - The Module / Rig selector

32

3.2 - The Input / Output bar

33

 

Chapter 4 – Presets and the Preset Browser

34

 

4.1 - The Preset Menu

34

4.2 - The Preset Browser

35

4.3 - The Preset Exchange

35

4.4 - Importing legacy presets

36

 

Chapter 5 – The Tuner module

37

 

5.1 - The standard Tuner

37

5.2 - UltraTuner

38

 

Chapter 6 – The Stomp module

43

 

6.1 - Universal controls

43

6.2 - Drag & Drop

44

6.3 - Rack effects in the pedal chain

45

 

Chapter 7 – The Amp module

46

 

7.1 - Universal controls

47

7.2 - Legacy model controls

47

 

Chapter 8 – The Insert effects module

49

 

8.1

- Stomp effects in the insert effects chain

49

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Chapter 9 – The Cab and Mic room

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9.1 - Cab room sections

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9.1.1 - Cabinet browser

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9.1.2 - Speaker browser

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9.1.3 - Microphone browser

54

9.1.4 - Room browser

55

9.1.5 - The mixer section

56

Chapter 10 – The Rack effects module

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10.1 - Universal controls

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10.2 - Drag & Drop

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10.3 - Stomp effects in the effects rack

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Chapter 11 – The Multitrack Recorder

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11.1 - Creating a project

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11.2 - Importing audio

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11.3 - Track controls

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11.4 - Transport and global controls

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11.5 - Time and navigation bar

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11.6 - Editing and arranging in the waveform display

66

11.7 - Exporting Audio

68

Chapter 12 – The Looper

69

 

12.1 - Recording loops

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12.2 - Loop management

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12.3 - Exporting loops

73

Chapter 13 – MIDI control

74

 

13.1 - MIDI configuration

75

13.2 - Assigning Controllers

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13.3 - Additional Parameters on MIDI Control Window

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Chapter 14 – Automation

84

 

14.1 - Assigning automation within each module

84

14.2 - Managing automation assignments via the Automation panel

86

Chapter 15 – Preferences

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15.1 - Stomps, Pre and Amp Oversampling

92

15.2 - High Resolution

93

15.3 - Amps Reverb

93

15.4 - Room

93

15.5 - Cabinet Resolution

94

15.6 - Cabinet Global Bypass

94

15.7 - Tempo Source

94

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Chapter 16 – iRig Stomp I/O Integration

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16.1 - Connection

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16.2 - iRig Stomp I/O Modes

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16.3 - Preset Mode

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16.4 - Stomp Mode

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16.5 - Tuner Mode

99

16.6 - Tap Tempo Mode

99

16.7 - Looper Mode

99

16.8 - External Controls

100

16.9 - Live Mode

101

Chapter 17 – AXE I/O Integration

103

 

17.1 - Connection

103

17.2 - Preset browsing

104

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License Agreement

END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR IK MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT

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AmpliTube 4

Chapter 1 – AmpliTube 4 overview

1.1 - Introduction

AmpliTube 4 is the reigning King of Tone. It is a massive upgrade of the leading guitar and bass tone gear modeling software that sets the new industry standard of sound variety, hyper-realism, and creative power.

AmpliTube 4 offers over 60 pieces of gear (including models from the most sought-after vintage collections and modern day workhorses), 10 individual stomp boxes and effects, 9 amplifier preamp & power sections, 10 cabinet models, 29 vintage and modern individual speaker models, 3 high-end stage and studio mics, 2 rack effect units, and much more… Thanks to Custom Shop integration in AmpliTube 4, you are able to constantly expand your sonic palette through the addition of an ever expanding list of gear, including officially certified gear from some of the top names in the industry.

AmpliTube 4 provides perfect integration with IK’s range of audio interfaces such as iRig Pro, iRig Pro Duo, and iRig HD. AmpliTube 4 allows for instant recording and performing in the studio or on stage with full programming at the software level.

1.2 - What’s new in AmpliTube 4

• 5 section “Cab Room” with cabinet model selection, speaker selection, mic placement, room selection, selectable room mics, and a full audio signal mixer for all mics and DI

• New 3D visualization with two movable microphones that allow you to mic the cabinet exactly as you would in a real world studio and live environment

• Replace individual speakers in cabinets (12” speaker models) with 29 individual speaker models available, and more available through the Custom Shop

• Hyper-Realistic tone — Dynamic Response Modeling provides real amp response and feel — models dynamic relationship and interaction between power amp and speakers, plus physical and harmonic interaction between individual speakers, cabinet and room construction and mics

• New “Garage” acoustic space

• New Effects Loop between preamp and power amp

• Rack effects can be used as stomp effects and stomp effects can be used in rack section

• UltraTuner – the world’s most precise digital tuner accurate to 1/100th cent

• Hyper-Realistic Acoustic Guitar Sim Pedal converts electric guitar signal into multiple styles of acoustic guitars

• 5 new British Amp models and matching cabs based on classic British tones from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, &

‘90s

• 8-track built-in multitrack recorder and DAW enables you to quickly capture ideas or even record a full 8-track composition in the standalone application without the need to open a DAW and with the convenience of AmpliTube superior quality audio processing*

• 4-Track Looper for capturing and layering ideas quickly and easily (Standalone version).

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Other features

• 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X Plug-in and Standalone application

• Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit only): Audio Units, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX (Mac OSX)

• VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX (Windows)

• 6 separate modules: Tuner, Stomp, Amp, Insert effects, Cabinet + Microphone room, and Rack effects

• 2 High-precision Tuners

• Ultra-accurate analog modeling using IK’s proprietary Dynamic Saturation Modeling (DSM™) technology

• Host/DAW BPM synchronization

• Up to 96 kHz supported sampling rate

Please Note: AmpliTube 4 performs best when used with a hi-Z instrument input or a DI box and XLR microphone input.

Do not use regular line level inputs, -10 dB or +4 dB inputs, unless you are using an active instrument or have added an active buffer between the instrument and the line input.

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1.3 - Plug-in architecture

AmpliTube 4 is set up as a traditional guitar rig to ensure predictable results and real world flexibility. The user interface is simple and easy to navigate but also allows you to set up complex guitar rigs and advanced signal paths.

The interface is divided into 6 modules:

Tuner

to set up complex guitar rigs and advanced signal paths. The interface is divided into 6

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Stomp effects

AmpliTube 4 Stomp effects 13 1 - Overview

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Amp

AmpliTube 4 Amp 14 1 - Overview

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Insert effects

AmpliTube 4 Insert effects 15 1 - Overview

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Cab and mic room

AmpliTube 4 Cab and mic room 16 1 - Overview

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Rack effects

AmpliTube 4 Rack effects This “musical layout” allows you to navigate the different rigs’ sections without

This “musical layout” allows you to navigate the different rigs’ sections without effort and provides easy access to each module’s specific controls and features.

The first step is to listen to the included presets. The presets library has been skillfully programmed by the AmpliTube 4 designers to accurately reproduce each particular tone and to fuel your creativity.

If you want to keep an eye on your CPU usage, you can enable the CPU meter in AmpliTube’s Settings menu by selecting Show CPU Meter. The CPU meter will appear in the top right side of the AmpliTube 4 interface.

appear in the top right side of the AmpliTube 4 interface. For more information about complex

For more information about complex guitar rigs and advanced signal routing, see Chapter 3, “Signal routing in AmpliTube 4.”

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1.4 - Using the interface

AmpliTube 4 works as a 64-bit Plug-in or Standalone application.

1.4.1 - Standalone interface

or Standalone application. 1.4.1 - Standalone interface The Standalone Mode of AmpliTube 4 has 7 sections.

The Standalone Mode of AmpliTube 4 has 7 sections. Below is a brief description of each.

Top Header It includes Preset Manager, Preset Browser launch button, BPM Tap, and Custom Shop launch button.

It includes Preset Manager, Preset Browser launch button, BPM Tap, and Custom Shop launch button. 18

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Module / Rig Selector Select the module that you want to display, mono or stereo input, and the signal path routing configuration.

or stereo input, and the signal path routing configuration. Module Interface Displays the selected module and

Module Interface Displays the selected module and its related controls. This is the module that you will use most.

related controls. This is the module that you will use most. Input / Output Bar Manage

Input / Output Bar Manage the Input and Output levels, the Noise Gate, and several module related controls from here.

Noise Gate, and several module related controls from here. AmpliTube Bar Access the Authorization Manager, Prefs,

AmpliTube Bar Access the Authorization Manager, Prefs, and Software Info. Configure Automation and MIDI control.

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Eight Track Recorder Panel / 4 Track Looper

Toggles between the Recorder and Looper to record up to eight tracks with full DAW editing and mixing, or stack up to 4 perfectly synced loops for jamming. Recorder tracks have buttons to enable FX, record, mute and solo, plus EQ, pan and level controls. Looper has 4 synced loop reels, each with independent pan and volume.

4 synced loop reels, each with independent pan and volume. Transport Bar Controls for the Recorder
4 synced loop reels, each with independent pan and volume. Transport Bar Controls for the Recorder

Transport Bar

Controls for the Recorder or Looper can be found here, depending on which is in use. The Recorder Transport has controls for Record, Play, Rewind, Loop on/off, Metronome on/off, BPM and playback pitch/speed. There is also an icon to open and close the AmpliTube 4 DAW waveform display section.

open and close the AmpliTube 4 DAW waveform display section. The Looper Transport has controls for

The Looper Transport has controls for Play, Auto on/off, Metronome on/off and BPM.

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1.4.2 - Plug-in interface

AmpliTube 4 1.4.2 - Plug-in interface When using AmpliTube 4 as a Plug-in, the interface has

When using AmpliTube 4 as a Plug-in, the interface has 5 modules:

• Top Header

• Module / Rig Selector

• Module Interface

• Input / Output Bar

• AmpliTube Bar

See section 1.4.1 for a brief description of each.

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Chapter 2 – Getting started with AmpliTube 4

2.1 - Using AmpliTube 4 as a standalone application

As a standalone application, AmpliTube 4 allows you to have all the functionality and flexibility of the plug-in in a self-contained software processor. For example, you can use AmpliTube 4 for live performances when there is no need for a complex sequencer setup or in a second computer dedicated to virtual effects.

On Windows, launch AmpliTube 4 from the application folder in C:\Program Files\IK Multimedia\AmpliTube 4 or from Start menu > All apps > IK Multimedia > AmpliTube 4.

On Mac OS X, launch AmpliTube 4 from your Applications folder or from Launchpad.

When launching AmpliTube 4 standalone for the first time, you need to set the audio input and output, and MIDI

input if you are using a MIDI pedalboard. This is accomplished in Settings > Audio MIDI Setup

in the menu bar.

2.1.1 - Audio MIDI Setup

Open Audio MIDI Setup from the Settings menu in the AmpliTube 4 menu bar.

Mac OS X

from the Settings menu in the AmpliTube 4 menu bar. Mac OS X Input device Select

Input device

Select the audio device your guitar or bass is plugged into.

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Output device

Select the audio device your speakers or headphones are plugged into.

Buffer size

The smaller the buffer size, the lower your audio latency will be. Set it as low as you can while still getting smooth audio performance. Because lower buffer sizes result in higher CPU usage, increasing your buffer size will often resolve audio performance issues.

MIDI input

If you are using a MIDI pedalboard to control AmpliTube, select it here.

Windows

pedalboard to control AmpliTube, select it here. Windows In addition to the previously listed options, the

In addition to the previously listed options, the Windows version has the following options:

Technology

Options are ASIO or DirectSound. It is highly recommended that you select ASIO and use your audio device’s ASIO driver. If your audio device does not have an ASIO driver, you may choose to install the universal ASIO driver, ASIO4ALL. DirectSound is never recommended.

When using ASIO, you must select the same audio device for both the Input device and Output device. Select your audio device as the Output device first, then select the same device as your Input device.

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Panel…

Open your audio device’s control panel from here to set your buffer size.

To use an iRig HD, iRig PRO, or similar 24-bit iRig USB audio device from IK Multimedia in Windows, ASIO4ALL is required. To setup ASIO4ALL, first download and install the latest version from www.asio4all.com .

Once installed, open the Audio MIDI Setup and select ASIO for your Technology, and ASIO4ALL v2 for your Input and Output device.

and ASIO4ALL v2 for your Input and Output device. Click Panel… to open the ASIO4ALL control

Click Panel… to open the ASIO4ALL control panel.

device. Click Panel… to open the ASIO4ALL control panel. Click the wrench icon to enter advanced

Click the wrench icon to enter advanced mode, then activate your iRig and your primary audio device’s audio output. For additional ASIO4ALL settings, please consult the ASIO4ALL v2 Instruction Manual.

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2.2 - Tune up, turn on… rock out

Plug your guitar or bass into your audio device’s hi-Z instrument input. Make sure your instrument’s volume is turned up.

If you are using AmpliTube 4 as a standalone application, activate the record button on channel 1 so that it turns red. Make sure the FX button is also engaged.

that it turns red. Make sure the FX button is also engaged. If you are using

If you are using AmpliTube 4 as a plugin in a DAW, activate live monitoring on the mixer channel where you have AmpliTube inserted. Consult your DAW’s user manual for more information on monitoring plugins live.

Set your audio device’s input gain so that AmpliTube’s INPUT LEVEL meter is starting to go into the red, then back off just a touch.

is starting to go into the red, then back off just a touch. The AmpliTube 4

The AmpliTube 4 OUTPUT LEVEL is controlled by the MASTER knob. Try to keep the OUTPUT LEVEL just below the point of clipping. If possible, try to accomplish this in AmpliTube’s signal path by using proper gain staging and the Cab Room mixer. As a last resort, the MASTER knob provides a quick fix for output level woes.

Pro Tip: if you find that clean tones are too quiet and lead tones are too loud across the board, this probably means that the input gain on your audio device is set too low. Some presets may still have too much or too little bite for your particular instrument. Adjust the INPUT knob on these presets for your guitar, then resave them.

Tuning

First things first, so let’s take a moment to tune up, using AmpliTube’s standard Tuner.

1. Click the Tuner button located in the Module / Rig Selector.

AmpliTube’s standard Tuner. 1. Click the Tuner button located in the Module / Rig Selector. 25

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2. Turn on the Tuner.

AmpliTube 4 2. Turn on the Tuner. 3. Play one string at a time and check

3. Play one string at a time and check that the Cents indicator is as close to 0 as possible, both in the graphic

Tuner Interface and in the Cents display.

is as close to 0 as possible, both in the graphic Tuner Interface and in the
is as close to 0 as possible, both in the graphic Tuner Interface and in the

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Loading a preset

Now you are finally ready to rock. Peruse the Presets for instant gratification. If you don’t own any additional Custom Shop Gear Collections yet, stick to the presets for the Classic Brit Collection and AmpliTube Free.

presets for the Classic Brit Collection and AmpliTube Free. If you want to search presets by

If you want to search presets by keywords, attributes, or apply filters to your search, click Preset Browser and enjoy its smart engine. Also, be sure to check out the IK Preset Exchange, where you can share your presets with the AmpliTube user community, and download presets that other users have created. To get there, click the PRESET EXCHANGE button from the Preset Browser, or login from your User Area at www.ikmultimedia.com/userarea/preset-xchange.

User Area at www.ikmultimedia.com/userarea/preset-xchange . 2.3 - Building your rig Selecting your amp To explore

2.3 - Building your rig

Selecting your amp

To explore different Amp models, go to the Amp page by clicking Amp A in the Module/Rig Selector. You

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can browse the AMP MODEL section (labeled “PRE MODEL” on some models) with the previous/next arrow buttons, or by clicking the model name and selecting a model from the pop-up menu. Use the control knobs on the amp interface to dial in the ultimate tone.

knobs on the amp interface to dial in the ultimate tone. Choosing your cab To explore
knobs on the amp interface to dial in the ultimate tone. Choosing your cab To explore

Choosing your cab

To explore different Cab models, click Cab A in the Module/Rig Selector to enter the Cab Room.

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Click the top tab in the column of 5 vertical tabs on the right side to open the Cabs browser. The other tabs open the Speakers browser, the Mics browser, the Rooms browser, and the Mixer, which we will cover later.

the Rooms browser, and the Mixer, which we will cover later. Use the scroll bar below

Use the scroll bar below the cabs gallery to browse the available cab models, then click on a cab to select it.

You can also browse the cab models through the traditional pop-up menu by clicking the cab name next to the MATCH button, or with the previous/next arrow buttons.

menu by clicking the cab name next to the MATCH button, or with the previous/next arrow

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Adding Stomp, Insert, and Rack effects

You can easily add Stomp, Insert and Rack effects to your rig. To add a stompbox, click Stomp A in the Module/ Rig Selector to view the stompbox floor.

A in the Module/ Rig Selector to view the stompbox floor. Use the previous/next arrow buttons

Use the previous/next arrow buttons or click an “Empty” slot to select one of the many available effects models from the stompbox menu.

of the many available effects models from the stompbox menu. To add an Insert or Rack

To add an Insert or Rack effect, click Insert A or Rack A in the Module/Rig Selector for the chosen effects page.

Selecting the Insert effect

for the chosen effects page. Selecting the Insert effect Selecting the Rack effect Use the previous/next

Selecting the Rack effect

page. Selecting the Insert effect Selecting the Rack effect Use the previous/next arrow buttons or click

Use the previous/next arrow buttons or click an “Empty” slot to select an effect model from the menu.

previous/next arrow buttons or click an “Empty” slot to select an effect model from the menu.

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Stomp and rack effects can be rearranged with drag and drop. To change the order of your effects, grab a model and move it to where you want it, then drop it in place. The other effects will move over accordingly.

2.4 - Getting more gear in the Custom Shop

You can purchase more amps, cabs, and effects in the Custom Shop. To access the Custom Shop, click the shopping cart icon in the upper-right corner of AmpliTube.

shopping cart icon in the upper-right corner of AmpliTube. The Custom Shop is a separate application

The Custom Shop is a separate application where you can browse all available gear for AmpliTube 4, and purchase Gear Collections, or just the individual models you want. For more information on using the Custom Shop, please see the separate AmpliTube Custom Shop User Manual.

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Chapter 3 – Signal routing

3.1 - The Module / Rig selector

AmpliTube 4 is capable of mono or stereo input. We implemented a full stereo signal path that allows you to:

• Use AmpliTube 4 on two instruments simultaneously, each one with their own rig.

• Use AmpliTube 4 as a true stereo multi-effects unit on every instrument in your DAW session.

• Add AmpliTube 4 effects to your stereo recording of drums, keyboards and more.

Select routing configuration #2 or #6, and click the Input Type button to change from MONO to STEREO IN.

the Input Type button to change from MONO to STEREO IN. The signal path flows according

The signal path flows according to the routing diagram display in the Module/Rig Selector from there. The new Insert effects come in between the preamp and power amp sections of the Amp module.

between the preamp and power amp sections of the Amp module. Any module can be bypassed

Any module can be bypassed by clicking the power button in the top right corner of the Module/Rig Selector.

can be bypassed by clicking the power button in the top right corner of the Module/Rig

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3.2 - The Input / Output bar

The Input/Output bar includes an input level control and a noise gate. These are the first components that the incoming signal passes through, before going to the Tuner and then the Stomps.

through, before going to the Tuner and then the Stomps. The Noise Gate allows you to

The Noise Gate allows you to minimize the amount of unnecessary noise, especially if you are using high gain.

Threshold

This sets the threshold level for the signal. When the signal drops below the set threshold level, the noise gate silences the signal. Usually, keep the threshold level at the lowest possible value (fully counterclockwise) and set it higher only when you need to activate the gate.

Release

It sets the gate release time. Higher values will result in a gate that takes a longer amount of time to close again, when the input signal drops below the threshold.

Depth

This control determines how much the signal is attenuated when the gate closes, from -20 dB to -100 dB.

Default is -60 dB, which is a strong attenuation that usually works fine in most cases. If you need to add more attenuation, increase this parameter.

Following the mini-Tuner and data displays are controls for the individual volume and pan settings for each module. Adjusting these controls will only affect the volume and pan for the currently selected module.

affect the volume and pan for the currently selected module. Next, you will find controls for

Next, you will find controls for phase and D.I. The D.I. injects a direct input into the mixer from the Stomps output, bypassing the Amp, Insert and Cab sections. A common use for the D.I. is to inject some direct bass guitar into your bass signal. The D.I. controls are linked to the phase and D.I. level in the Cab Room mixer, which is covered in Chapter 9 – The cab and mic room.

At the tail end of the Input/Output Bar is the Master volume. This is the very final component in AmpliTube’s signal path.

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Chapter 4 – Presets and the Preset Browser

AmpliTube 4 provides you with great sounding presets of many instantly recognizable classic guitar tones. There are two ways to explore presets in AmpliTube 4 – either through the preset menu, or the Preset Browser.

4.1 - The Preset Menu

Presets can be browser through the preset menu, found in the top header bar.

through the preset menu, found in the top header bar. Click the Preset name to open

Click the Preset name to open the pop-up menu. You can browse presets from AmpliTube or any of the many Custom Shop collections, or by officially certified brand partner in the Custom Shop sub-menu.

The DELETE button will delete the currently loaded preset.

When you alter an existing preset, you can click SAVE AS to save it as a new preset. The “save as” dialog provides you with fields to fill in identifying information which you can later search in the Preset Browser.

you with fields to fill in identifying information which you can later search in the Preset

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4.2 - The Preset Browser

The Preset Browser offers several intuitive categories to organize presets. Instantly reorganizing presets by category is easily accomplished by clicking the category header. Organize by name, description, instrument, sound character, artist, style, and more.

There is also a search box where you can search for presets by keyword. All IK Multimedia Factory Presets can be searched by gear model. Just type in the gear model’s name you are looking for, and see what comes up!

model’s name you are looking for, and see what comes up! Pro Tip : you can

Pro Tip: you can search for AmpliTube Free presets by typing “CS Free” into the search field. Search for all IK Multimedia Factory Presets that contain the free Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Compressor, Volume, or Wah by typing “CS” before the generic effect name.

4.3 - The Preset Exchange

You can download more presets and upload your own through the Preset Exchange. Access it through the PRESET EXCHANGE button in the Preset Browser, from the Preset menu, or through the IK Multimedia User Area.

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4.4 - Importing legacy presets

You can import your legacy presets from AmpliTube 3 from the Preset menu. To import you AmpliTube 3 presets, click the Preset menu, and select “Import Legacy Presets…” from the pop-up menu. Browse to your AmpliTube 3 presets folder, then click next. Give your presets folder a name, then click next to import the presets.

Your imported presets folder can now be found under “Legacy Presets” in the Preset menu.

the presets. Your imported presets folder can now be found under “Legacy Presets” in the Preset

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Chapter 5 – The Tuner module

The Tuner is the first module. On the Module/Rig Selector, click Tuner to open its interface

the Module/Rig Selector, click Tuner to open its interface 5.1 - The standard Tuner AmpliTube 4’s

5.1 - The standard Tuner

AmpliTube 4’s Graphical Tuner Interface is based on a high-end rackmount tuner that provides instant visual feedback so you can tune your instrument quickly and get on with the show.

Considering that this is a fully automatic chromatic tuner, there is no need to manually select the note you are going to tune. The tuner will automatically detect and show which note you’re playing.

automatically detect and show which note you’re playing. On / Off switch This switch turns the

On / Off switch

This switch turns the Tuner module on and off. It is linked to the bypass button in the Module/Rig Selector.

Mute

The Mute switch allows you to silence the guitar signal while tuning, a very useful feature for live performance. It is linked to the mute button in the Module/Rig Selector.

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Tune

The Tune Display shows the tuning reference being used. The default reference is 440 Hz, but it can be changed to a different value (from 425 Hz to 455 Hz) by clicking on the display. When the pointer appears, use the backspace key and cursor control keys on your computer keyboard to edit the value.

Tune display

This shows the detected note name (e.g., C, C#, D etc.) A mini-Tuner is also visible from the Input/Output bar.

Cents display

This shows how many cents sharp (+) or flat (-) you are in relation to the note that you are tuning.

5.2 - UltraTuner

UltraTuner™ utilizes a highly responsive patented tuner engine that makes it the most accurate instrument tuner and calibration tool available and is precise to 1/100th of a cent — far beyond human perception of pitch. This fast response makes tuning a mechanical instrument like guitar or bass a breeze. UltraTuner’s precision also makes it the perfect software tuner for calibrating electronic instruments like vintage synths. It can also be a useful tool for luthiers and guitar techs, helping them to perfectly set up an instrument.

also be a useful tool for luthiers and guitar techs, helping them to perfectly set up

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To access UltraTuner, click the Tuner selector below the Tuner to switch to the UltraTuner interface.

below the Tuner to switch to the UltraTuner interface. On / Off switch This switch turns
below the Tuner to switch to the UltraTuner interface. On / Off switch This switch turns

On / Off switch

This switch turns the Tuner module on and off. It is linked to the bypass button in the Module/Rig Selector.

is linked to the bypass button in the Module/Rig Selector. Mute The Mute switch allows you

Mute

The Mute switch allows you to silence the guitar signal while tuning, a very useful feature for live performance. It is linked to the mute button in the Module/Rig Selector.

UltraTuner offers three types of visualization to help you get your instrument tuned pitch-perfect.

Stage display

The Stage display offers a unique, simple interface that’s very easy to see in low-light conditions. It features a graduated flat and sharp display to indicate degrees from pitch.

flat and sharp display to indicate degrees from pitch. The letter in the center shows the

The letter in the center shows the detected note. When the note is in tune, the central, large LED turns green. UltraTuner utilizes a large display for tuning, so it is easily visible from a distance on stage.

Click MUTE to silence the guitar or bass signal while tuning.

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Studio display

The Studio display provides a wave visualization that gives qualitative feedback of the pitch deviation as a simple right/left motion of the real waveform of your instrument. A flat note will move the waveform to the left, while a sharp note will move it to the right. A dead-center-pitched note is represented by a still waveform.

dead-center-pitched note is represented by a still waveform. Pitch-tracking display The pitch-tracking visualization

Pitch-tracking display

The pitch-tracking visualization allows players to monitor pitch over time. This is especially useful in the studio for monitoring pitch of non-chromatic instruments like vocals, violin and brass etc., on recordings over time, and very useful for vocal and instrument pitch training.

and very useful for vocal and instrument pitch training. The engine of UltraTuner allows it to

The engine of UltraTuner allows it to detect the “beating effect,” which often happens on guitars with single-coil pickups. Such pickups have a strong magnetic pull that interferes with the string vibration, generating a parasitic frequency that mixes with the string’s natural frequency and creates a warbling effect, also known as “stratitis” among guitar techs.

If you are going to tune a stringed instrument like a guitar, we strongly recommend you exclusively play the string to be tuned and stop all the others, because they too can introduce beating effects.

Reference A4

The reference note A4 is traditionally set to 440 Hz, but is possible to set it to another frequency. Click the value to edit it. Frequencies ranging from 425 to 455 are valid.

it to another frequency. Click the value to edit it. Frequencies ranging from 425 to 455

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Transposition

This offsets the detected note by a given number of semitones.

offsets the detected note by a given number of semitones. Temperament type Western fretted instruments such

Temperament type

Western fretted instruments such as guitar and bass usually follow Equal temperament. Other instruments require different temperaments.

Other instruments require different temperaments. UltraTuner offers the following types: • Equal •

UltraTuner offers the following types:

• Equal

• Pythagorean

• Just Major

• 1/4 Comma Mean Tone

• Kirnberger III

• Werckmeister III

• Young

• Kellner

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Temperament root key

In equal temperament no root key is necessary. For any other temperament (“Just Major” is shown here) you should choose a root key. Click the Root Key value to edit it.

(“Just Major” is shown here) you should choose a root key. Click the Root Key value

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Chapter 6 – The Stomp module

To access the Stomp module, click the Stomp button located on the Module/Rig Selector.

click the Stomp button located on the Module/Rig Selector. The Stomp module flexibility allows you to

The Stomp module flexibility allows you to freely configure six stomp pedal effects at a time. In fact, you can use the Stomp module as two independent six pedal stomp setups or as one twelve pedal stomp setup. Just select one of the eight signal path presets located on the Module/Rig Selector.

signal path presets located on the Module/Rig Selector. The six stomp effect slots are displayed in
signal path presets located on the Module/Rig Selector. The six stomp effect slots are displayed in

The six stomp effect slots are displayed in the module interface as “empty” slots on a wooden pedal board.

To select a stomp unit, click on one of the six stomp slots (where it says “Empty”), navigate through each category (Modulation, Delay, etc.), and choose one of the stomp models.

Delay, etc.), and choose one of the stomp models. Another navigation option is to scroll through

Another navigation option is to scroll through the different stomp boxes using the previous/next arrows.

6.1 - Universal controls

Like the actual gear itself, each stomp effect’s controls are displayed on the stomp box. Enable/Disable each stomp through the On/Off switch. When the effect is on, the red LED is lit.

box. Enable/Disable each stomp through the On/Off switch. When the effect is on, the red LED

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When you adjust a rotary or slide control on the stomp box, that control’s value is displayed in the Selected Parameter Display.

6.2 - Drag & Drop

You can re-arrange the order of the stomps using the drag and drop feature. This option allows you to experiment with different configurations and explore new sonic territories on the fly without missing a beat… something not possible in the real world.

new sonic territories on the fly without missing a beat… something not possible in the real

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6.3 - Rack effects in the pedal chain

You can now open many of the rack effects in the stomps module. Rack effects will be mono when used in the pedal board. They are accessed through a special pedal interface which opens the rack effect when the edit button is clicked. Click the screen to exit the Rack effect editor.

the rack effect when the edit button is clicked. Click the screen to exit the Rack

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Chapter 7 – The Amp module

AmpliTube 4 comes with several different amp types and can be expanded by a great many more amp models from the Custom Shop.

by a great many more amp models from the Custom Shop. To access the Amp module,

To access the Amp module, click the Amp button located on the Module/Rig Selector. There are two separate Amp modules that can be accessed independently. Configurations consist of either Amp A, or both Amp A and Amp B in parallel for dual amp setups. Select one of the eight routing configurations located on the Module/Rig Selector for different rig combinations.

of the eight routing configurations located on the Module/Rig Selector for different rig combinations. 46 7
of the eight routing configurations located on the Module/Rig Selector for different rig combinations. 46 7

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7.1 - Universal controls

The following controls are found on all amp models.

On / Bypass

This switch enables and disable the Amp module from AmpliTube’s signal chain. The indicator light will indicate if the Amp model is on or bypassed.

Amp model

This is the menu where you select your amp model. On legacy models, this will be labeled PRE MODEL instead, and will select only the preamp stage of the amplifier. On newer amp models, AMP MODEL selects the entire amplifier topology.

amp models, AMP MODEL selects the entire amplifier topology. Officially certified amps are categorized according to

Officially certified amps are categorized according to brand, while AmpliTube branded models fall into one of four categories: Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Bass.

7.2 - Legacy model controls

Legacy AmpliTube amp models contain separate stages that can be individually selected. For these amps, the Amp module is divided into three separate models: Pre, EQ, and (Power) Amp. This allows you to design custom amps by choosing different components from a variety of amp models. The following controls are for that purpose, and are thus found only on the legacy amp models.

EQ model

This is where you select the EQ model in legacy amps.

EQ match

When EQ match is active, EQ models will automatically be matched to their Pre model counterparts by default when a new preamp model is loaded. Switching EQ match off defeats this, and the EQ model will not change when a new legacy Pre model is loaded.

Amp model

The final stage is the Amp model. Power amps from a variety of amp styles are available and are identified by their power tube type.

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Amp match

When Amp match is active, power amp models will automatically be matched to their Pre model counterparts by default when a new preamp model is loaded. Switching Amp match off defeats this, and the power amp model will not change when a new legacy Pre model is loaded.

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Chapter 8 – The Insert effects module

New in AmpliTube 4 is an additional slot in the signal chain right after the amplifier pre-amp section but before the power stage. You may recognize this slot as the effects loop or insert, and it allows you to add in up to 4 daisy chained effects for signal processing before hitting the power section.

8.1 - Stomp effects in the insert effects chain

You can now open many of the stomp effects in the effects racks. They are accessed through a special pedal interface which opens the stomp effect when the edit button is clicked.

opens the stomp effect when the edit button is clicked. Rack effects will be mono when

Rack effects will be mono when used in the insert effects loop. Otherwise, insert effects function the same as rack effect. Please see the section on Rack effects for more information.

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Chapter 9 – The Cab and Mic room

AmpliTube has always been about realism. And now, that extreme commitment to accuracy is a part of its completely redesigned cabinet section. Individual 12” speakers can now be swapped, and the harmonic and physical interaction that occurs naturally between the speakers is fully replicated.

The new Cab Room feature is the most advanced cabinet section ever made, giving you a new level of customization and flexibility never before seen in software.

customization and flexibility never before seen in software. Mics can be moved around in 3-dimensional space

Mics can be moved around in 3-dimensional space to find the perfect spot. From the main cab room scene, grab the mic stand to move it closer or further from the cab. Grab the boom arm to change the height.

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9.1 - Cab room sections

The cab room now has 5 distinct customization sections. Each section can be accessed by clicking the associated tab on the right side of the screen.

clicking the associated tab on the right side of the screen. The tabs open the following

The tabs open the following sections, from top to bottom:

Cabinet browser – Choose the speaker cabinet you’d like to match to the amplifier from here

Speaker browser – Swap out individual speakers in this panel

Microphone browser – Choose your mics and adjust their placement until you find the “sweet spot”

Room browser – Audition six different recording environments – everything from an isolation booth to a garage

Mixer section – Mix your close mics, room mics, and D.I. signal

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9.1.1 - Cabinet browser

Click the top tab to enter the cabinet browser. Scroll through the Cab Gallery and click a cab to select it.

Scroll through the Cab Gallery and click a cab to select it. A match made in

A match made in heaven

You can match the cab with its matching amp by engaging the MATCH button. Turn off The MATCH button to keep the same cab selected when changing amp models.

Size matters

There is a slider that will alter the perceived size of the cabinet, from 75% to 125%.

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9.1.2 - Speaker browser

Click the second tab to enter the speaker browser. Scroll through the Speaker Gallery and click a speaker to select it. This is only available for cabs loaded with 12” speakers.

This is only available for cabs loaded with 12” speakers. One for all, or all for

One for all, or all for one?

In cabs loaded with 12” speakers, each speaker can be selected individually and swapped out by clicking the speaker position on the amp diagram in the upper right. Any combinations of 12” speakers can be assembled. Choose 4 of the same speakers, or go wild and mix it up with 4 different speaker models.

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9.1.3 - Microphone browser

Click the third tab to enter the speaker browser. Scroll through the Microphone Gallery and click a mic to select it.

through the Microphone Gallery and click a mic to select it. One mic or two? Two

One mic or two?

Two microphones can be selected by clicking the buttons labeled 1 and 2. Mic 2 can be removed by selecting “None” from the Mic pop-up menu.

Finding the “sweet spot”

To change the position of the microphone in relationship to the cone of the speaker, move the microphone (or its identification number located in the spatial graphic) from side to side until you find the sweet spot. In other words, you will be able to change the microphone’s position from off axis (outside edge of the speaker) to on axis (center) and everything in between.

On-Axis means that the microphone is positioned in the center of the speaker. Typically, On Axis position delivers a rich tonal balance, with presence and high-frequency content. However, this could be too bright or harsh for some Amp settings. In this case, try the Off Axis position to obtain a sweeter tone.

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9.1.4 - Room browser

Click the fourth tab to enter the Room browser. Click on one of the six live spaces to select it.

browser. Click on one of the six live spaces to select it. There are six live

There are six live spaces to choose from:

• Big Live Room

• Studio A

• Studio B

• Venue

• Booth

• Garage

There are 4 room mics to choose from. Click a room mic icon to change your room mic. There is a slider that lets you adjust the width of your room mics.

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9.1.5 - The mixer section

Click on the fifth tab to open the mixer section. This is where you create the perfect balance between your close mics, room mics, and D.I. signal.

balance between your close mics, room mics, and D.I. signal. Each microphone channel has volume, pan,

Each microphone channel has volume, pan, and a phase inversion switch. The D.I. channel has volume and phase.

The D.I. signal is a direct side-chain input from the stompbox section. It bypasses the amp and cab, and therefore does not use a microphone.

The phase knob on the D.I. channel allows you to introduce up to 20 milliseconds of delay on either the D.I. or main signal coming from your amp. A negative setting (counterclockwise) on the phase knob will delay the D.I. signal by up to 20 milliseconds. A positive setting (clockwise) on the phase knob will delay the main signal by up to 20 milliseconds.

There is a main volume and pan on the mixer to help keep your levels and balance in check.

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Chapter 10 – The Rack effects module

To access the Rack module, click the Rack button located on the Module/Rig Selector.

click the Rack button located on the Module/Rig Selector. There are two independent Rack modules featuring

There are two independent Rack modules featuring 4 stereo rack effects each. They can be used independently or together for a total of 8 rack effects.

10.1 - Universal controls

To select a rack effect, click the rack model selector and browse its categories, or use the previous/next arrows.

and browse its categories, or use the previous/next arrows. On / Bypass This control enables/disables the

On / Bypass

This control enables/disables the Rack module from the plug-in’s signal. When the effect is on, the switch looks red.

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10.2 - Drag & Drop

You can re-arrange the order of the rack effects using the drag and drop feature. This option allows you to re-patch your rack effects instantly and explore new sonic territories on the fly without missing a beat… something not possible in the real world.

new sonic territories on the fly without missing a beat… something not possible in the real

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10.3 - Stomp effects in the effects rack

You can now open many of the stomp effects in the Rack effects module. Stomp effects will remain mono when used in the effects rack. They are accessed through a special pedal interface which opens the stomp effect when the edit button is clicked. Click the screen to exit the Stomp editor.

opens the stomp effect when the edit button is clicked. Click the screen to exit the

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Chapter 11 – The Multitrack Recorder

AmpliTube 4 operates as a standalone guitar & bass tone studio and 8-track recorder and DAW.

guitar & bass tone studio and 8-track recorder and DAW. The recording and track controls are

The recording and track controls are always accessible in the AmpliTube 4 standalone software for quick access to recording, playback, mute, solo and more.

The DAW-style multi-track waveform display section can be accessed by clicking the multi-track icon in the recorder bottom control bar.

section can be accessed by clicking the multi-track icon in the recorder bottom control bar. 60

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11.1 - Creating a project

To create a new project, select New from the File menu. You will then be asked if you want to save changes to the current project before closing it. Choose whether to save the current project or not to continue.

A new project will then be created, at which time the Project Properties dialog will pop up. This is where you choose the sample rate for your project. If you want a different sample rate than the one currently in use, set it now, by clicking on the triangle to see the available sample rates for your audio device.

to see the available sample rates for your audio device. 11.2 - Importing audio To import

11.2 - Importing audio

To import an audio clip to the 8-track recorder, select Import Audio… from the File menu, then browse to the audio clip and select it, or simply drag and drop the audio file from anywhere in your computer to the waveform display window. All common audio formats are supported. When an audio clip is imported, it is placed at the beginning of the selected audio track.

When an audio clip is imported, it is placed at the beginning of the selected audio

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11.3 - Track controls

The Channel Strip on the left houses the controls you need to adjust and tweak the sound on a selected individual track. You can click any waveform or empty space display on the right to select the track and access its controls on the left. The number in the upper left hand corner of the channel strip indicates which track is currently selected.

channel strip indicates which track is currently selected. Each track has an independent 3-band EQ section

Each track has an independent 3-band EQ section that allows you to fine tune the EQ on each individual track, a pan knob for setting the track’s placement in the stereo field, and a long-throw volume fader for fine tuning the track level, just as you would expect to find on your mixing console.

Just to the right is another track control strip that shows the various chain sections of the current track. Tap the related icons to quickly access these sections. Just below, there is a console-style fader with a level meter for fine tuning the volume level of the track.

Each track includes controls for FX and Record enable, Mute and Solo – identified by FX, R, M, and S. The Record button must be enabled on your active track to be able to hear your guitar or bass live, even if you aren’t recording. Likewise, the FX button must be active to hear your amp and effects on the track.

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11.4 - Transport and global controls

Play and record

You can record audio material directly to a track in the 8-track recorder using the record, play, rewind, loop, and metronome controls at the bottom of the screen, respectively.

controls at the bottom of the screen, respectively. You can set the 8-track to automatically return

You can set the 8-track to automatically return to the beginning of the song when you hit stop by selecting “Return to start on stop” in the Settings menu.

Metronome

The metronome lets you set the tempo in BPM (beats per minute) for your song, and record while monitoring the metronome click.

your song, and record while monitoring the metronome click. To change the tempo, click the BPM

To change the tempo, click the BPM value, then enter a new value from 60.0 to 240.0 BPM.

Global pitch and speed

AmpliTube 4’s 8-track recorder includes built in global speed & pitch controls for learning material and practicing. You can slow the playback speed down to as little as half, or speed it up to as much as double for a real workout. Global playback pitch can be independently adjusted from one octave down to one octave up.

adjusted from one octave down to one octave up. External control You can assign play, record,

External control

You can assign play, record, and rewind via MIDI CC. To assign a transport control to a MIDI controller, open the MIDI Control dialog by clicking MIDI on the right side of the AmpliTube bar. In the MIDI Control panel, click the Control Change tab, then click the Global tab. Use MIDI learn to assign Play, Rec, and Rewind, or set the MIDI CC# manually.

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11.5 - Time and navigation bar

At the top of the screen, the Time Bar is divided into bars, beats and divisions so you have a reference point in the composition. You can zoom in with the Zoom slider in the bottom right corner below the waveform display section. As you zoom in, you’ll notice more gridlines showing up. These are handy for precisely aligning audio material to the correct beat. You can also use your mouse’s scroll wheel for fine zoom control when hovering over the Zoom slider, and for incrementally navigating the waveform display section, which is particularly useful when zoomed in.

section, which is particularly useful when zoomed in. The play-head counter can show Measures or Time.

The play-head counter can show Measures or Time. Click the counter to switch between the two modes.

or Time. Click the counter to switch between the two modes. Loop You can define loop
or Time. Click the counter to switch between the two modes. Loop You can define loop

Loop

You can define loop start and end points by clicking and dragging the left and right markers on the Time Bar to the start and end positions of the region you want to loop. You’ll notice a green area shows up when you do this. Drag the left triangle to the beginning of your desired loop, and the right triangle to the end. Once defined, double-click the green area to activate it, or click the loop button on the transport. Hit PLAY on the transport to begin playback of the loop. You can de-activate the loop region by double-clicking again, or disengaging the loop button.

by double-clicking again, or disengaging the loop button. As a learning tool, you can import any

As a learning tool, you can import any audio tracks into the DAW section, define loop points and use the built- in Speed control to slow down difficult passages without affecting pitch, and use the Pitch control to change keys without affecting speed. This feature is perfect for working out difficult solos or practicing different leads or melodies over a series of chord changes in a backing track. Want to hear a passage at a different tempo or pitch? Simply use the speed & pitch controls to adjust.

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Punch In / Out

Punch in/out regions are defined the same way as loop regions, except the left and right markers are reversed. Drag the left triangle past the right triangle, and the region between the markers will now turn red, indicating a punch in/out region.

Adjust the start and end points with the triangle handles, then activate the punch in/out region with a double- click, or by engaging the loop button in the transport, which serves an alternate purpose in punch in/out mode. You can de-activate the punch in/out region by double-clicking the red region again, or disengaging the loop button. Red punch in/out regions do not loop.

To record a punch in/out, set the punch in/out region and then start recording from a point prior to the punch in/out region. During punch-in/out recording, audio will not be written to the track until the record head has reached the punch in marker.

Punch In

the record head has reached the punch in marker. Punch In Punch Out Once the record

Punch Out

head has reached the punch in marker. Punch In Punch Out Once the record head reaches

Once the record head reaches the punch out marker, recording will stop, and normal playback will resume.

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11.6 - Editing and arranging in the waveform display

At the core of the Studio module is the waveform display section, where most of your audio editing and arranging will be done.

From this section, you can select audio material by right-clicking on an audio clip, then perform various types of edits: delete, copy, cut, and split. Copied audio can then be pasted to an empty section of an audio track by right-clicking in the empty area of a track, then selecting Paste. Audio can be moved on the timeline by clicking on the audio clip, then dragging it to a new position on the track, or to a different audio track in the 8-track recorder.

or to a different audio track in the 8-track recorder. Crop & Fade Cropping an audio

Crop & Fade

Cropping an audio clip is as simple as selecting the clip you want to crop, then dragging the triangle in the bottom of the region (either left or right, depending upon where you want it cropped) and move it either direction for cropping.

want it cropped) and move it either direction for cropping. Creating a fade is done in

Creating a fade is done in a similar fashion: grab the triangle at the top-left of the clip. The farther from the beginning of the region you drag the triangle, the longer the fade-in becomes. Creating a fade-out is done the same way, only go to the top-right corner of the audio region and drag the triangle to the left.

of the audio region and drag the triangle to the left. You can access the editing

You can access the editing commands by right-clicking the audio clip you want to edit, to open the edit menu. These functions provide all the basic tools you need for working with audio regions.

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Copy

Select Copy, and the clip will be copied to your clipboard, to be pasted in another Track and/or position.

clipboard, to be pasted in another Track and/or position. Paste Set the play-head in the desired

Paste

Set the play-head in the desired position, click in the empty space in the target track and select Paste. The audio clip in your clipboard will be pasted at the play-head position.

in your clipboard will be pasted at the play-head position. Split Set the play-head in the

Split

Set the play-head in the desired split position, then select Split from the edit menu to split the selected clip.

select Split from the edit menu to split the selected clip. Delete Select Delete, and the

Delete

Select Delete, and the selected audio clip will be removed from the arrangement.

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Cut

From the edit menu, select Cut, and the audio clip will be deleted and stored in your clipboard, to be pasted in another track and/or position.

clipboard, to be pasted in another track and/or position. 11.7 - Exporting Audio AmpliTube 4 lets

11.7 - Exporting Audio

AmpliTube 4 lets you export your mixes as 16, 24, or 32-bit WAV, or as 16 or 24-bit AIFF. To export your mixdown, go to the File menu, then select Export Audio…

16 or 24-bit AIFF. To export your mixdown, go to the File menu, then select Export

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Chapter 12 – The Looper

AmpliTube’s Looper gives you a convenient way to record and play up to 4 loops at a time. It’s the perfect thing for when you want to experiment and come up with cool new ideas. Now you can create your own accompaniment and play with all sorts of different melodies, leads and chord progressions on the fly, and at the touch of a button.

chord progressions on the fly, and at the touch of a button. Loops are recorded with

Loops are recorded with amp and effects in place.

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12.1 - Recording loops

Loop 1: the reference

The first loop you record will define the reference length for the other three loops. There are two options to record the first loop: freely or with a metronome.

Free mode

Click the record icon on the first loop to immediately start recording. Click the red STOP icon to close the loop, it will seamlessly start looping.

icon to close the loop, it will seamlessly start looping. Metronome mode Enable the metronome by

Metronome mode

Enable the metronome by clicking the metronome icon in the transport.

metronome by clicking the metronome icon in the transport. Set the BPM you want by clicking

Set the BPM you want by clicking on the BPM display on the right of the bottom bar. Click the record icon on the first loop. A four beat countdown will occur before the recording starts.

four beat countdown will occur before the recording starts. Click the red STOP icon to close

Click the red STOP icon to close the loop. The loop length will be rounded to the nearest beat for a perfectly synced loop, and it will seamlessly start looping.

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Loops 2-3-4

Loops 2-3-4 will follow the length of loop 1. Click the record icon on the available loop to start recording on next first beat of loop 1. The recording automatically stops when loop 1 does and starts looping with it.

stops when loop 1 does and starts looping with it. AUTO feature When Auto is enabled,

AUTO feature

When Auto is enabled, the loops record consecutively without the need to start the recording manually, except for loop 1.

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12.2 - Loop management

Once recording a loop completes, the loop becomes green. Click it to mute/unmute the loop.

Use the VOL and PAN controls to set the volume and pan position.

the VOL and PAN controls to set the volume and pan position. The play button in
the VOL and PAN controls to set the volume and pan position. The play button in
the VOL and PAN controls to set the volume and pan position. The play button in

The play button in the transport starts and stops playback of all the loops at the same time. You can remove a recorded loop by right-clicking and selecting Clear, or from the Edit menu. Selecting Clear All will remove all recorded loops at once.

External control

You can assign each loop to be muted/unmuted via MIDI CC. To assign a loop to a MIDI controller, open the MIDI Control dialog by clicking MIDI on the right side of the AmpliTube bar. In the MIDI Control panel, click the Control Change tab, then click the Global tab. Use MIDI Learn to assign LOOP1, LOOP2, LOOP3, and LOOP4 with just the touch of a button, or set the MIDI CC# manually.

to assign LOOP1, LOOP2, LOOP3, and LOOP4 with just the touch of a button, or set

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12.3 - Exporting loops

Loops can be exported as WAV. To export a loop, right-click on the loop and select Export, or select the loop number you want to export from the File menu.

The entire mix can be exported as well, by selecting Export Mix.

you want to export from the File menu. The entire mix can be exported as well,

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Chapter 13 – MIDI control

AmpliTube 4 MIDI control allows you to assign MIDI control changes to parameters or commands, so you can control AmpliTube 4 with any kind of hardware or software device able to generate MIDI Control Changes.

AmpliTube 4 responds to MIDI Control Change and Program Changes messages only. MIDI note numbers, aftertouch, pitch bend and other types of messages are not recognized or supported.

There are two types of MIDI control – Global and Preset.

Global MIDI control allows you to specify MIDI Control Changes that will control the selected parameter for all presets. The parameters or commands that can be specified for Global MIDI control are:

• Preset switch (Previous/Next)

• Volume pedal control

• Wah pedal control

• Wharmonator pedal control

• All 12 stomp slots bypass control

Preset MIDI control allows you to specify MIDI Controls Changes that will control the selected parameter specifically for the current preset.

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13.1 - MIDI configuration

When running as a plug-in, AmpliTube 4 will be able to receive MIDI from the host. Refer to your host sequencer or DAW on how to set it up so that it can send MIDI to audio plug-ins.

When running as a Standalone, AmpliTube 4 needs to be configured to know from which MIDI port it should read MIDI data from. To do that:

1. Click Audio > Hardware Settings…

2. Select the MIDI interface where your controller is connected from the MIDI Input menu.

where your controller is connected from the MIDI Input menu. To check that you’ve correctly setup

To check that you’ve correctly setup MIDI Input, try sending MIDI Control Changes or Program Changes from your controller while watching the MIDI message indicator in the bottom right corner of AmpliTube.

If the MIDI In has been set properly, this indicator will light up when a MIDI command is received.

If the MIDI In has been set properly, this indicator will light up when a MIDI

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13.2 - Assigning Controllers

Direct MIDI Controls Assignment (Stomp, Amp, Cab, and Rack Parameters)

This method allows you to quickly assign the MIDI control to a specific AmpliTube parameter without having to setup anything manually.

1. Right-click on top of the AmpliTube 4 parameter that you want to control via MIDI and click Assign MIDI > Learn [parameter name]…

MIDI and click Assign MIDI > Learn [parameter name]… 2. Move the knob, slider, switch or

2. Move the knob, slider, switch or pedal you want to use to control this parameter on your MIDI device and the assignment will automatically be applied.

You can do this for all the parameters that you want to control on this preset. Remember that this assignment is per preset and it needs be done on all the presets that you want to control. This allows you to apply different MIDI control schemes for all your presets.

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Manage MIDI Parameters Assignation via the MIDI Control Panel

This method allows you to manually setup, edit, and compare all the MIDI assignments that you have done for Global control or for Preset control in a single panel.

To assign Global MIDI control:

1. Click the MIDI button located on the Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window.

Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window. 2. Click Control Change, then click Global.

2. Click Control Change, then click Global.

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3. Click on the parameter that you want to control on the left pane.

on the parameter that you want to control on the left pane. 4. Click Learn. 5.

4. Click Learn.

that you want to control on the left pane. 4. Click Learn. 5. Move a fader,

5. Move a fader, knob, slider, or switch on your MIDI Controller.

6. The assignment will automatically take place.

7. Click OK to save the association and close the MIDI Control window, or Cancel to erase it.

The control assignment that you’ve created in this way (Global) is valid for all presets, and will apply any preset loaded or newly created.

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To assign Preset MIDI control:

1. Click the MIDI button located on the Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window.

on the Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window. 2. Click Preset. 3. Click

2. Click Preset.

on the Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window. 2. Click Preset. 3. Click

3. Click Add.

on the Input/Output bar to open the MIDI Control assignment window. 2. Click Preset. 3. Click

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4. From the Tree menu select the current AmpliTube 4 preset parameter you’re going to control.

AmpliTube 4 preset parameter you’re going to control. 5. Click Learn. 6. Move a fader, knob,

5. Click Learn.

preset parameter you’re going to control. 5. Click Learn. 6. Move a fader, knob, slider, or

6. Move a fader, knob, slider, or switch on your MIDI Controller.

7. The assignment will automatically take place.

8. Repeat the steps from #1 to here if you want to add more controls on the same preset.

9. Click Remove to remove just one of the assignments you did from the panel.

10. Click OK to save the association and close the MIDI Control window, or click Cancel to erase it.

The control assignment that you’ve created in this way (Preset) is valid for the current preset only and will not apply to the other presets. This allows you to create specific MIDI assignment for each preset.

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Delete MIDI Parameters Assignation To delete a particular AmpliTube 4 parameter/MIDI CC# association, select it, and click Clear.

parameter/MIDI CC# association, select it, and click Clear. To delete all AmpliTube 4 parameters/MIDI CC# associations

To delete all AmpliTube 4 parameters/MIDI CC# associations at once, click Clear All.

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13.3 - Additional Parameters on MIDI Control Window

Min-Max Range values

These two values are expressed as percentages (%), are used to determine the range of the controlled parameter.

are used to determine the range of the controlled parameter. To control the parameter across its

To control the parameter across its full range, set:

• Min 0%

• Max 100%

To control the parameter from min to half of its range, set:

• Min 0%

• Max 50%

To reverse the function of a controller, set:

• Min 100%

• Max 0%

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Curve

This affects the way the controlled parameter will change with the position of the MIDI control knob, slider or pedal. Curve range is from 0 to 10 with 5 as default.

• When it’s set to 5 the control will be linear, meaning the placing the MIDI controller at one half of its travel will result in the controlled parameter to also set at 50% of its range.

• Setting lower values on Curve will result in an expanded control curve.

• Setting higher values on Curve will result in a compressed control curve.

Always start with 5 as a default (linear.)

control curve. Always start with 5 as a default (linear.) Latch When it is set to

Latch

When it is set to off, the selected parameter will temporarily stay to the value imposed by the external MIDI Control. When it is set to on, the selected parameter will toggle between Min and Max values each time the MIDI Control arrives. Use this with footswitches or switches in general, to control on/off parameters on AmpliTube 4.

Receive channel

To change the MIDI channel #, click the MIDI Channel display and scroll up to select from 1-16.

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Chapter 14 – Automation

AmpliTube 4 has a versatile and flexible Automation engine. It allows you to assign automation within each module and via the Automation panel.

14.1 - Assigning automation within each module

Select the Stomp, Amp, Cab or Rack module from the Module/Rig Selector.

Right-click on top of the AmpliTube 4 parameter that you are going to assign to Automation.

Selector. Right-click on top of the AmpliTube 4 parameter that you are going to assign to

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Choose which DAW Automation parameter # you are going to use for the selected AmpliTube 4 parameter.

Choose which DAW Automation parameter # you are going to use for the selected AmpliTube 4

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14.2 - Managing automation assignments via the Automation panel

AmpliTube 4 has more parameters than audio sequencers (DAWs) can support. For this reason, AmpliTube has its own Automation panel, so that the enormous number of theoretically automatable parameters in AmpliTube 4 can be grouped in a smaller number to allow all DAWs to be able to handle them. To open the Automation panel, click AUTO on the Input/Output bar.

the Automation panel, click AUTO on the Input/Output bar. The Automation Panel has two panes. The

The Automation Panel has two panes. The left pane is called Plug-in Parameters, and the right pane is called DAW Automation.

Parameters, and the right pane is called DAW Automation. This Panel can also be used to

This Panel can also be used to recap the Automation assignment made with the procedure described in 14.1.

Plug-in Parameters

The Plug-in Parameters pane displays AmpliTube 4 Global and Module parameters, as well as all the Stomp, Amp, Cab, and Rack Modules gear.

Considering that AmpliTube 4 offers dual rig setups, each Module is listed separately as Stomp A, Stomp B, Amp A, Amp B, Cab A, Cab B, and Rack A, Rack B.

The Plug-in Parameters pane allows you to select which AmpliTube 4 parameter you are going to assign to Automation.

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DAW Automation

The DAW Automation Pane lists the 16 Automation parameters that are declared to the DAW.

These parameters names (Param 1 to Param 16) are fixed because most DAWs do not support automation parameter name changes while the plug- in is open.

Through the DAW Automation pane, you will be able to select which DAW Automation parameter # you’re going to use for the AmpliTube 4 parameter selected on the Plug-in Parameters Pane. For example, if you’ve selected a Time on the Plug-in Parameters pane and then clicked Add, the DAW Automation Pane will display:

Param 1: Wah A Wah.

the DAW Automation Pane will display: Param 1: Wah A Wah. This means: • Param 1:

This means:

• Param 1: DAW Automation parameter number (parameter #1 in this example.)

• Wah: the selected Stomp model.

• A: Rig A.

• Wah: the name of the parameter to be automated.

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Assignment procedure

The easiest way to assign automation is within each module, as described in 14.1. However, you can also use the Automation panel to manage your parameters (move up/down), use the Remove All option, etc.

To assign an AmpliTube 4 parameter to one of the 16 DAW Automation parameters via the Automation Panel, please follow these steps:

1. Click Auto on the Input/Output bar.

follow these steps: 1. Click Auto on the Input/Output bar. 2. On the Plug-in Parameters Pane,

2. On the Plug-in Parameters Pane, select which AmpliTube 4 parameter you are going to assign to Automation.

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3. On the DAW Automation pane, select which DAW Automation parameter # you are going to use for the AmpliTube 4 parameter selected on step #2.

to use for the AmpliTube 4 parameter selected on step #2. 4. Click Add to establish

4. Click Add to establish the actual assignment.

for the AmpliTube 4 parameter selected on step #2. 4. Click Add to establish the actual

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5. Click OK to save the setup and close the Automation window.

Click OK to save the setup and close the Automation window. To remove a particular assignment,

To remove a particular assignment, select it in the DAW Automation pane and click Remove.

window. To remove a particular assignment, select it in the DAW Automation pane and click Remove.

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To remove all the assignments, click Remove All.

AmpliTube 4 To remove all the assignments, click Remove All. To move an assignment up or

To move an assignment up or down in the parameter list, click the Move Up/Move Down arrows.

This is a very useful feature because it saves you from having to remove the assignment from “Param 1” and create a new assignment for “Param 2.”

Assignment Save and Recall

Clicking OK will save and close the Automation window.

If you are using AmpliTube 4 as a plug-in, the automation assignment map will be stored and restored to and from the session you’re working on.

Each AmpliTube 4 instance is independent from the others. This means that saving your DAW session will save each AmpliTube 4 instance with its own Automation assignments setup.

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Chapter 15 – Preferences

AmpliTube’s Preferences can be accessed by clicking the PREFS button on the left side of the AmpliTube bar.

the PREFS button on the left side of the AmpliTube bar. The Preferences menu will provide

The Preferences menu will provide a number of options for balancing audio quality and CPU performance. Generally speaking, you should leave the Preferences in their default settings, unless you are experiencing performance issues.

settings, unless you are experiencing performance issues. 15.1 - Stomps, Pre and Amp Oversampling Enabling

15.1 - Stomps, Pre and Amp Oversampling

Enabling oversampling improves the sound quality significantly when the signal is heavily distorted. However, there will be some increase to your CPU load. If you use high gain sounds, we suggest enabling the Pre Oversampling option.

Oversampling is enabled by default on Stomps, Preamps and Power amps.

Pro Tip: you can disable Oversampling when working on a session in real-time and activate it just before bouncing the final mix.

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15.2 - High Resolution

Enabling High Resolution will improve the dynamic and musical response of the power amplifiers, but the CPU usage will be somewhat higher. Please disable High Resolution only if your computer does not have sufficient CPU power for the current session.

High Resolution makes a deeper and more sophisticated usage of IK Multimedia proprietary DSM technology, which on some amps result in slightly more compression and stronger/more real saturation of various amps stages. This means that in certain cases enabling High Resolution might result in a slight decrease of the audio level, as a real amp does when it starts compressing and saturating, but the realism, musicality, and quality of the amp model will be greatly enhanced.

High Resolution is enabled by default.

15.3 - Amps Reverb

Real Spring: When this is enabled Amplifiers with built-in reverb will use a real spring reverb model, directly taken from each amplifier model. This is the most realistic option, and each Amplifier will have its own signature reverb.

Digital: when this is enabled, Amplifiers with built-in reverb will use a digital algorithmic emulation of a spring reverb. This option, still sounding great, is a less realistic alternative and will also sound the same on all amps.

Real Spring is enabled by default.

15.4 - Room

Real Ambience: AmpliTube 4 will use impulse response (based on real rooms and spaces) to achieve maximum realism and deepness from the ambience you’re adding to your sound. This will take a little bit more CPU power than the Digital option, but it will allow you to choose between different types of spaces and ambiences delivering an outstanding sound.

Digital: AmpliTube 4 will use a high-quality digital reverberation algorithm to generate the ambience you’re adding to your sound. This will take less CPU power than the Real Ambience option, but you will not be able to select different spaces.

Real Ambience is enabled by default.

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15.5 - Cabinet Resolution

High: offers the best sound quality at a slightly higher CPU usage. Always use this setting when it is possible. This will deliver the best quality from the AmpliTube 4 speakers.

Mid: offers a very good sound quality at a reasonable CPU usage.

Low: offers a good sound quality at a very low CPU usage. This option has to be used only when you really need to save CPU power as the realism and musicality of the speakers is not really expressed at its maximum potential under this setting. Also, this setting should not be used on bass cabinets as the low frequency extension could be excessively limited.

15.6 - Cabinet Global Bypass

This bypasses the Cab module globally, on all presets, independently from what each preset has setup on the Cabinet module.

This is useful when you play live with AmpliTube 4 but are using an external real guitar cabinet. In this case, it is helpful to be able to disable the Cab module on all your existing presets without having to edit all of them one by one.

15.7 - Tempo Source

This option allows you to select the Tempo source.

Host/Global: The BPM Sync Tempo source is the Host Application Tempo when AmpliTube 4 is used as a plug- in inside of a DAW.

When you use AmpliTube 4 as standalone, the default Global tempo is 120 BPM, and it can be set to different values on the metronome “BPM” value in the Transport.

Preset:

The BPM Sync Tempo source is the value saved with the Preset.

When set to Preset, the BPM value is displayed in the BPM display in orange, as shown below.

To save a BPM value to a particular Preset, click Preferences > enable the Preset option > and click OK. In the BPM display, click the BPM value, delete it, type a new one, and click Save.

Host/Global is enabled by default.

Pro Tip: The tempo can be overridden with the TAP button in Host or Preset mode. Tap at least 4 times.

Tip : The tempo can be overridden with the TAP button in Host or Preset mode.

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Chapter 16 – iRig Stomp I/O Integration

iRig Stomp I/O is a brand new type of USB pedalboard controller that integrates a professional, high-resolution, MFi certified audio interface with MIDI input/output for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC. Sturdy and robust, yet easily transportable, iRig Stomp I/O features four onboard metal stomp switches plus an expression pedal with

a switch, all with LED indicators. To further extend its control possibilities, you can connect up to 2 additional switches or pedals.

Let’s take a deeper look at how it integrates with AmpliTube for total control over every aspect of your tone.

The Preferences menu will provide a number of options for balancing audio quality and CPU performance.

16.1 - Connection

Connect the iRig Stomp I/O to your computer by using the included USB cable. The Power supply is not required when the Stomp I/O is used with AmpliTube for Mac/PC as it is bus powered. Note that the iRig Stomp I/O “Live” control mode works with AmpliTube standalone version only and will not work with the plug-in version.

Launch AmpliTube standalone (version 4.6 or later) by double clicking the AmplTube icon in your application folder on Mac, or in the start menu on Windows. iRig Stomp I/O will connect automatically to AmpliTube. If you wish to change any setting (e.g. use a different output device or modify the buffer size) access the AUDIO MIDI SETUP settings from the AmpliTube top bar.

If you change settings and then you wish to restore connection with iRig Stomp I/O later, just plug in the board and a dialog will appear asking if you want to connect iRig Stomp I/O with AmpliTube.

Please note that if you want to use iRig Stomp I/O to control AmpliTube 4 via MIDI, you must select “iRig Stomp IO Control” if you are on Mac or “MIDIIN2 (iRig Stomp IO)” if you are on Windows. This MIDI setting is the default assignment used when automatically connecting iRig Stomp I/O to AmpliTube.

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16.2 - iRig Stomp I/O Modes

While using AmpliTube, you can easily browse your tone presets and control FX in real time by using iRig Stomp I/O’s integrated switches and expression pedal.

Also, using the foot switches, you can access several useful AmpliTube functions like:

• Preset Mode

• Stomp Mode

• Tuner Mode

• Tap Tempo Mode

• Looper Mode

Each time you change Modes on Stomp I/O, AmpliTube will reflect this by changing views to the current module interface.

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16.3 - Preset Mode

Preset Mode is the default mode, and as the name implies, lets the user switch, on the fly, between preset chains already created, for instantaneous recall during live performances.

The 128 presets are divided into banks of four presets each. Recalling presets is done by pressing the corresponding switches 1 2 3 4 on the iRig Stomp I/O.

To switch banks, press and hold either switch 1 (for bank down) or switch 2 (for bank up). In the upper left corner of the AmpliTube interface you can see the current bank of four presets.

interface you can see the current bank of four presets. You can assign a preset to

You can assign a preset to a program change message quickly by clicking on the presets bank.

A dropdown menu will open, displaying current assignments.

It will display a program number, along with the assigned preset. If a preset is not assigned, it will display the program number only.

You can select this program number to assign it a preset. If selected program already has an assigned preset, a warning dialog will appear asking to confirm if you want to overwrite the current association.

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Presets banks can be also managed and organized from the “MIDI Control” section in AmpliTube.

Open the “MIDI Control” section by clicking the “MIDI” button in the bottom right part of the AmpliTube interface.

Once opened, it will be defaulted to the “Program Change” tab.

From here, it is possible to manage the association between presets and program change.

Just click on a slot and select the desired preset from the drop down menu.

slot and select the desired preset from the drop down menu. To remove an association, select

To remove an association, select the target slot and click the REMOVE button.

The built-in pedal is automatically assigned to the first stomp pedal model from the left found in the current

preset (like Wah, Volume etc

If no stomp pedal is loaded, the built-in pedal will not be assigned.

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16.4 - Stomp Mode

Stomp Mode is accessed by pressing and holding switches 3 and 4 simultaneously. To exit this mode, press and hold switches 3 and 4 again to return back to preset mode. When Stomp mode is engaged, the red LED next to “STOMP MODE” will be displayed on the iRig Stomp I/O and AmpliTube will move to the Stomp A module.

The stomp mode allows you to directly control the single parameters of the model.

By Default, the four iRig Stomp I/O switches are assigned to the ON/OFF of the first four stomps slots.

This is the right mode if you want to play with a “base” tone and just change it by turning single pedals on and off.

Even if you are in Stomp Mode, it is possible to change presets via switches 1 and 2. Pressing and holding switch 1 moves to the previous preset and pressing and holding switch 2 moves to the next preset.

To further customize what the iRig Stomp I/O is controlling, right-click on the target parameter and select “Assign MIDI > Learn” then move or press the desired iRig Stomp I/O hardware control.

Remember to save the preset in order not to lose the new assignments.

16.5 - Tuner Mode

It is possible to turn ON the tuner and jump to the Tuner module in AmpliTube’s interface by pressing and holding switch 3.

To exit the Tuner mode simply press any of the other footswitches.

16.6 - Tap Tempo Mode

Tap Tempo is accessed by pressing and holding switch 4. Once in Tap Tempo mode, the LED on switch 4 will start blinking at the tempo rate, and tempo can be set by pressing the switch every quarter note.

To exit the Tap Tempo mode simply press any of the other footswitches.

IMPORTANT: Tap Tempo will affect the BPM of the AmpliTube Looper section only. It will not affect the Recorder section.

16.7 - Looper Mode

Looper mode can be activated by pressing and holding switches 1 and 2 simultaneously; if you are in the Recorder section of AmpliTube’s standalone, this one will move to Looper’s view.

Once you are in Looper mode, the LED on switch 3 will blink red, meaning that a loop is armed for recording. Press this switch to start recording and press it again to end the loop. Once the loop is closed, the LED on switch 3 will turn green and act as a Play/Pause button for the currently selected loop.

act as a Play/Pause button for the currently selected loop. Move to the next loop by

Move to the next loop by pressing switch 1 or to the previous loop by pressing switch 2. The current loop is indicated by an arrow in AmpliTube.

You can erase the selected loop by pressing and holding switch 4. Otherwise, simply pressing on switch 4 will activate the Global Play of the Looper.

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16.8 - External Controls

iRig Stomp I/O features two expansion TRS jacks for connecting external controls like additional switches or expression pedals.

To create external control assignments, proceed as follows:

Right click on the target parameter and select “Assign MIDI” > “Learn” then move or press the External Control.

External continuous controllers (like expression pedals) need to be calibrated in order to work properly.

Follow these steps to properly set the external pedal calibration:

• Open the “MIDI Control” section from the MIDI button in the bottom right part of the AmpliTube interface

• Select the “iRig Stomp IO” button

• Click the START button to start the calibration process. A pop-up will ask you to set the pedal to its minimum range (heel-down)

• Set the pedal to its minimum range, and click OK to confirm

• Now the pop-up will ask you to set the pedal to its maximum range (toe-down)

• Set the pedal to its maximum range, and click OK to complete the calibration

Check the calibration status making sure that the pedal can easily reach the minimum and maximum values in the calibration bar.

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16.9 - Live Mode

Live Mode is a new and intuitive section that has been developed in order to optimize iRig Stomp IO integration on stage: the Live mode is available only when iRig Stomp IO is connected and is activated by default when the board is connected to AmpliTube.

Live Mode can be hidden or shown using the Live button on the right of the top bar.

or shown using the Live button on the right of the top bar. Live panel displays

Live panel displays the current state of the chain in the top section, showing all gear that is loaded. The central part of the view shows the current bank of presets (in groups of four, as explained in Preset Mode section of the manual) and each one can be clicked to be loaded. Up and down buttons are available in order to move through preset banks. Changes made in this section are reflected on the iRig Stomp I/O too. The bottom section displays the current stomp pedals assigned to switches 1 to 4 (when iRig Stomp IO is in Stomp mode) and expression pedal with AmpliTube.

Colors reflect the current iRig Stomp I/O mode: in Preset Mode, the current selected preset button is yellow while stomps appear grey.

Preset Mode, the current selected preset button is yellow while stomps appear grey. 101 16 -

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On the other hand, in Stomp Mode, the stomp’s “on” status is displayed in yellow. while current selected preset is grey.

“on” status is displayed in yellow. while current selected preset is grey. 102 16 - iRig

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Chapter 17 – AXE I/O Integration

AXE I/O is a 2-in/5-out audio/midi interface capable of a resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz.It has been designed from the ground up with the goal of designing the best possible interface for guitar players, with dedicated features such as: Re-amplification IN/OUT, JFET/Pure input selector, Pick-up selector, Z-TONE™ control, Preset browser, external control inputs, and tuner.AXE I/O is a superior all-around audio interface too, thanks to the 192kHz sampling resolution at 24bit, the outstanding dynamic range and the asynchronous USB audio, for ultra- low conversion jitter for premium audio performance.

Let’s take a deeper look at how it integrates with AmpliTube for controlling your presets.

17.1 - Connection

Connect the AXE I/O to your computer by using the included USB cable. Launch AmpliTube standalone (version 4.8.2 or later) by double clicking the AmpliTube icon in your application folder on Mac, or in the start menu on Windows. Go to AUDIO MIDI SETUP from the AmpliTube settings tab at the top bar and select AXE I/O as your device and MIDI input.

AmpliTube integration with AXE I/O also works with the plug-in version. Just configure your DAW to let the AmpliTube track receive the MIDI signals sent from AXE I/O

AmpliTube track receive the MIDI signals sent from AXE I/O Mac Windows For detailed instructions on

Mac

track receive the MIDI signals sent from AXE I/O Mac Windows For detailed instructions on how

Windows

For detailed instructions on how to install your AXE I/O, refer to the manuals section on the AXE I/O product page of the IK Multimedia website.

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17.2 - Preset browsing

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1
2

By default this control is setup to directly control presets browsing on AmpliTube (from version 4.8.1), however the MIDI CC that are assigned to this control can be freely assigned to make it useful for other type of controls by using the “Control App”.

Of course, by doing so, you will no longer be able to browse AmpliTube presets.

Default MIDI CC# are:

Rotation -> CC#22 Relative mode

Push -> CC#23

To load a preset in AmpliTube:

PUSH
PUSH
Rotation -> CC#22 Relative mode Push -> CC#23 To load a preset in AmpliTube: PUSH 104

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AmpliTube 4 PUSH PUSH To go back on the previous level of the preset menu, push
AmpliTube 4 PUSH PUSH To go back on the previous level of the preset menu, push
PUSH PUSH
PUSH
PUSH

To go back on the previous level of the preset menu, push and hold the control:

level of the preset menu, push and hold the control: PUSH and HOLD This Presets Control
PUSH
PUSH

and

HOLD

of the preset menu, push and hold the control: PUSH and HOLD This Presets Control utility

This Presets Control utility works also with other IK Multimedia devices equipped with Data knob (iRig Keys I/O 25, iRig Keys I/O 49) just be sure to configure your DAW so that AmpliTube can receive MIDI signals from the device.

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If you want to disable this functionality (e.g. it conflicts with already assigned MIDI CCs to other MIDI devices) just open the MIDI panel (clicking on the MIDI button on the bottom bar of AmpliTube) and disable the Presets Control option. You can enable it again in any moment.

AmpliTube) and disable the Presets Control option. You can enable it again in any moment. 106

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AmpliTube®, DSM™, are trademarks or registered trademarks property of IK Multimedia Production Srl. All other product names and images, trademarks and artists names are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with IK Multimedia. Product names are used solely for the purpose of identifying the specific products that were studied during IK Multimedia’s sound model development and for describing certain types of tones produced with IK Multimedia’s digital modeling technology. Use of these names does not imply any cooperation or endorsement.

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Document Version: 4.8.2

Latest Update: 2019/03/21

© 2002-2019 IK Multimedia. All rights reserved.

without further notice. Document Version: 4.8.2 Latest Update: 2019/03/21 © 2002-2019 IK Multimedia. All rights reserved.
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