IK Multimedia presents digital effects pedals
Multimedia IC announced AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals. They tell us that each high-performance pedal has 16 different effects, taken from the most popular AmpliTube models and all-new reverb and delay algorithms, bringing IK’s cutting-edge effects out of the computer and onto the pedalboards. Each pedal comes with an exclusive X-GEAR virtual version of the same effects for use in AmpliTube 5 (SE version included). This allows users to save, change settings, and save presets to the hardware pedal. A spokesperson told us, âNow guitarists can seamlessly switch between stage and studio and enjoy world-class sound anywhere. “
Here are the details in IK Multimedia‘s own words …
Four boutique digital effects pedals
AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals cover all four areas of guitar effects processing. There’s X-DRIVE distortion and X-VIBE modulation, which deliver a range of iconic and must-have analog pedal effects – all recreated with IK’s best algorithms.
Custom-created by the IK team just for these pedals, the X-TIME delay and X-SPACE reverb feature state-of-the-art studio-quality effects algorithms. All four X-GEAR pedals share the same high-performance hardware and the same pioneering DSP for unmatched sound quality.
Best DSP in the show
AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals take advantage of IK’s latest technology and over 20 years of experience as the # 1 amp and effects modeling company. The state-of-the-art built-in DSP features 16 custom high-end algorithms per pedal, taken from the most popular AmpliTube models, as well as all-new reverb and delay algorithms.
Featuring up to 192 kHz internal processing with 4x oversampling, the X-GEAR pedals deliver incredible clarity to the stage with the realism and response that users love about AmpliTube 5.
A material that stands out
Built to last, the X-GEAR pedals feature an aluminum chassis designed and made in Italy with components that ensure the best possible sound in a pedal. There are ultra-low noise 24-bit / 192kHz converters for top-notch sound quality, extended frequency response from 5Hz to 24kHz to capture the full range of an instrument’s tone and dynamic range up to at 123 dB for quiet operation regardless of the gain applied. With a purely analog dry path and selectable true or soft bypass, the guitar sound will ring true no matter how simple or sophisticated the signal chain is.
Each AmpliTube X-GEAR pedal includes a corresponding virtual version for Mac / PC and a copy of AmpliTube 5 SE. By opening any version of AmpliTube 5, users will find a virtual X-GEAR pedal available as a pedal to use in the program. Adjust any pedal parameter with the convenience of AmpliTube’s award-winning workflow and save them as presets. The X-GEAR Preset Manager allows users to move presets between X-GEAR and AmpliTube pedals and easily rearrange them on the hardware pedal, where up to 300 presets can be stored.
The X-GEAR pedals also function as a convenient USB audio interface. The same super low noise converters and same frequency response capture the bass or guitar in its full range and dynamics. Versatile routing options allow users to choose between sending wet or dry signals to their DAW. There is a stereo output for monitoring and thanks to the full MIDI implementation, users can map X-GEAR dials and pedals to control AmpliTube and / or any compatible program.
From soundcheck to final recall
When it’s time to play, AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals offer everything gamers need to perform at their best. The intuitive interface and control buttons are easy to adjust on the fly. Indoors or outdoors, a high contrast LED display keeps users informed of their settings and banks of presets. An expression pedal input adds additional control over any parameter, while a full MIDI implementation is built in for even the most complex setups. We’ve also included 5 cabinet impulse responses in each pedal to connect directly to the PA.
Signal chain to the stars
The combination of AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals creates a formidable team, seamlessly sending and receiving MIDI commands for dramatic effects changes. With the included preset manager, users can easily set up an X-GEAR pedal as a master to send program changes to other pedals, then simply drop the presets they want to activate in the appropriate locations. Connect the pedals together via MIDI and let the show begin.
With an open architecture for future updates, AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals will empower gamers for years to come. Now anyone can bring the perfect studio guitar sound to the stage or anywhere.
Price and availability:
AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals will arrive in August and are currently available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK Authorized Resellers worldwide for $ / â¬ 299.99. *
* All prices exclusive of tax