IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube Orange for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

amplitube_orange_iosPRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iOS devices, is pleased to announce a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app that will delight Orange Amplifier fanatics around the globe: AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch and AmpliTube Orange for iPad. Officially licensed and developed in close partnership with Orange Amps, AmpliTube Orange is a real time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated in both looks and sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere. Read More …

Positive Grid Amp Creation Competition

Custom-Amp-CompetitionPRESS RELEASE: Positive Grid announces the first amp creation competition as a celebration of their over 1 million ToneCloud views for its BIAS amp designer app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Simply by submitting a short video demoing your custom BIAS amp between March 18 and April 18 you can win an iPad Air + $25 iTunes Cards! Just:

1. Create and share your custom amp patch on BIAS ToneCloud

2. Create a YouTube video about your BIAS amp, with “BIAS Custom Amp Competition” as part of the title.

3. Submit the link at http://www.positivegrid.com/contest

Positive Grid team will select the best tones and will pick one winner for the iPad Air and four winners for the iTunes Gift Cards. Winners will be announced on April 23 on Positive Grid’s Facebook wall.  Read More …

Mark Holcomb Rocking BIAS And JamUp

Screen_Shot_2014_03_11_at_11.30.42_AMb6acfeCheck out this killer video of Periphery’s Mark Holcomb jamming through some riffs using a custom amp in Positive Grid’s BIAS app and running through several features in JamUp. The song list is “Pale Aura,” an untitled demo which may or may not be used for Periphery, and “Immaterial.” “Since I keep my Fractal AxeFx-II racked up in our touring rig when we’re at home, my home jamming rig has been condensed to just an iPad and a powered cab,” Mark says. “Not only are the tones as good as any other piece of gear I own but the portability of having both Positive Grid apps on iOS makes it ideal for travel.”

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Steve Vai Releases Vai360° iOS App

vaiSteve Vai and Mativision have just released Vai360°, an interactive iOS app which lets you stand onstage with Steve and band to experience a live concert happening all around you. Captured at a recent Vai show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the app gives you access to six different cameras which you can virtually rotate (either manually or using your device’s gyro feature), or you can put the app in Auto mode to call the shots for you. There’s also a tour of Vai’s Harmony Hut studio where you can covet his guitars and amps in 360 degrees while he talks you through what’s what. I’ve been messing around with the app this morning and it’s really cool. Man, Vai uses every centimetre of that stage, doesn’t he! Check out the video below and read the press release. Then go get it in the app store! Read More …

COOL APP ALERT: Coach Guitar

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If there’s one thing I learned when I was teaching guitar, it was that everybody learns differently. I had some students who needed to see things written down before they could internalise it. I had some who couldn’t get a grasp on tablature, and others who couldn’t quite tell the difference between a quarter note and an eighth note on the page. But interestingly, I found that some of the students who really took off with their playing were the ones who were able to turn off the ‘numbers and notes’ side of playing and to instead focus on the patterns, shapes, lines and contours created by the notes on the fretboard. That seems to be the same approach taken by the iPhone and iPad app Coach Guitar, which strips guitar down to its most basic element of ‘put your finger here and play the notes in time.’ You can check the app out here for free, and get four free guitar lessons (“Stairway To Heaven,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Beat It” and “Stand By Me.” Read More …

Positive Grid Launches BIAS Amplifier Modeler

biasAh, now here’s something very cool. Positive Grid has released BIAS Amplifier Modeler and Designer, an extremely – extremely – powerful amp sim app for iOS. Positive Grid is, of course, the creator of JamUp Pro XT for iOS. And with BIAS they’ve given you the ability to get right down into the fine details to build your ideal virtual amp. Change your preamp tube types, edit the preamp voicing, adjust the bias, try out various transformer types, swap out speakers and cabinets, move virtual mics around… you’ll find your tone in there somewhere! I’ll be checking this one out for you soon but here’s the press release in the meantime: Read More …

LiveTunes: Is That An Arena In Your Pocket?

LiveTunesAn app that adds crowd noise and reverb to studio recordings? On the surface that sounds to me like kinda a gimmick. And I guess it is. But at the same time, it also sounds kinda fun! Not gonna lie, sometimes I’d like to hear an arena crowd screaming and cheering in response to my music, but unless I crowdsource the funds to pay a crowd, that probably ain’t gonna happen. So at least I can load my tracks into the new app LiveTunes, drink way too much wine and gaze mournfully at the rain through the window as I dream of what could have been, had I somehow managed to spearhead an arena-instrumental-rock revival. Anyway, here’s the press release! Read More …

IK Multimedia Releases AmpliTube 3.0 for iOS

atstudio_webpage_cover_718x450Aaah, IK Multimedia. They just keep getting better and better. The first desktop AmpliTube was pretty darn impressive for the time (three amp models!?!) but then they released AmpliTube 2 and it really kicked ass. Then they released AmpliTube 3 and it really, really kicked ass. And similarly for their iOS offerings. The new version of AmpliTube adds a complete multi-track studio as well as new gear models, really unlocking the power of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here’s the press release: Read More …