AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix signature tone reborn for Anniversary

IK Multimedia is celebrating what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th year with a new Anniversary Collection version of its effects pedal and amp-modelling software, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix.

The Anniversary Collection now features software recreations of seven amps, seven speaker cabinets, five microphones, 11 effect foot pdeals and four studio rack effects for a total of 34 pieces of vintage Hendrix gear.

New additions include SilverTwelve (a model based on the Silvertone Twin Twelve 1484 amp), offering gritty distortion and massive clean tone; JH Gold (a model based on a Marshall JTM 45), Jimi’s favourite Marshall from 1968 on; JH 1200 (a model based on the Sunn 1200S amp), a high-powered tube bass head used by guitarists and bassists; and EP Tape Echo (a model based on the Maestro Echoplex), which aims to capture the sound of one of the most famous echo units of all time.

Also included are tone presets for Hendrix’s discography, covering the sound settings for virtually every part of every song from his studio recordings. The presets are divided by song and then by song parts. All settings and individual elements of the equipment chain can be adjusted and swapped out. Presets can be resaved, either for a single piece of gear or for a complete signal chain, and stored in one of 4,000 patch locations in banks of A-B-C-D patches that can be recalled from a MIDI-equipped floor controller pedalboard.

AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Anniversary Collection can work as a 64-bit plug-in for the most popular DAWs (such as Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, Live, Reaper) or can be used in standalone mode in Mac OS X and Windows. The plug-in and standalone versions offer the same function and sound, but the standalone version also offers a built-in 4-track recorder with a “slow-downer” speed control so users can learn complicated riffs. Both the standalone and plug-in versions are included when you install the software.

The release of AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Anniversary Collection follows IK’s news from NAMM 2013 of its iRig HD, the iRig Blueboard and the iLoud portable monitoring speakers for musicians on the move.

iRig HD is a high-quality digital guitar/bass/instrument interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. It has a 24-bit A/D converter on board for a clear digital signal free from noise and crosstalk. It has ultra-low-draw power-consumption circuitry, which eliminates the need for batteries as it can be powered by a mobile device or computer. A gain control allows a user to dial in a strong signal level, while a multicolor LED provides visual feedback about the interface and signal.

iRig HD will ship with a standard 1/4" Hi-Z instrument input jack at one end and a selection of detachable cables for Apple Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector connectivity at the other end. In this way, a user can easily move between iPhone, iPod touch, Mac laptop or desktop. Made in Italy, iRig HD will also work with line-level signals from synthesizers, keyboards and mixers.

Other peripheral items for guitarists announced by IK Multimedia recently include the iRig Blueboard and the iLoud,The iRig Blueboard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iOS and Mac that allows you to control your music apps and more from the floor. Powered by AAA batteries, the Blueboard features four backlit switches for sending program, bank and other MIDI messages and 1/4" inputs for optional expression pedals or switches that can used for sending continuous controller or on/off messages. The BlueBoard iOS app runs in the background on the iOS mobile device or Mac and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.

The iLoud is a portable speaker designed for musicians to sound like a studio monitor. Featuring four Class-D amplifiers in a bi-amped system (two x 3” neodymium woofers, two  x 3/4” neodymium tweeters), iLoud has a frequency response of 60 Hz to 20 kHz, DSP processing for optimized and true-to-life sound representation, a resonance-free tuned bass-reflex enclosure, optimally tilted for proper acoustical response and solid low-frequency representation. Total power is 40 watts. iLoud can be powered by the built-in rechargeable battery and communication with other devices is via Bluetooth for wireless streaming, compatible with A2DP profile.

A smaller version of the speaker, appropriately called iLoud Mini, will also be available. This will offer two watts RMS power from its Class-D power amplifiers and two x 3" neodymium high-efficiency full-range speakers.

All IK Multimedia hardware is made in Italy.

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