IK Multimedia is allowing the free download of AmpliTube X-Gear software

Modena, Italy (March 18, 2008) -- IK Multimedia is announcing the free download of AmpliTube X-GEAR 1.1 for all registered StompIO users and registered owners of at least one “powered by AmpliTube” product including: Ampeg SVX, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, AmpliTube 2 and AmpliTube Metal. AmpliTube X-GEAR is the first completely expandable guitar amp and effects modeling software system, available as a plug-in or a standalone system for Mac/PC.

X-Gear MenuX-GEAR allows you to mix and match the gear models from all “Powered by AmpliTube” products in a single host interface, providing control over every parameter directly from StompIO, or any generic MIDI controller. X-GEAR allows you to build custom guitar and bass tones in both live and studio settings. As the first fully modular, customizable and expandable modeling software environment, X-Gear provides instant access to more than 150 amps and effects from AmpliTube 2, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, Ampeg SVX, the soon to be released AmpliTube Metal and all future “Powered by AmpliTube” products.

When these products are loaded into X-GEAR, you can build modeled guitar and bass rigs with (currently) 51 stomps, 26 amps, 33 cabinets, 11 mics and 23 rack effects on 2 series/parallel rigs. With AmpliTube’s separate Pre, EQ and Power Amp stage modeling, you can build your custom amp within 180,000 combinations. X-GEAR is also seamlessly integrated out of the box with the new StompIO, USB stage controller and audio interface for AmpliTube.

In a live environment, X-GEAR + StompIO can be operated without a computer screen, mouse or keyboard connection, and with patch switching, pedal control, an amp and effects parameters display and more. You can tweak settings like you would with a traditional hardware floor processor, but with the benefits of a software-based system. When working in the studio working with your preferred DAW, the system allows you to fully record and automate your guitar or bass tracks without putting down your instrument or doing post-editing operations. Additionally, X-GEAR can also be operated with traditional MIDI controllers for basic up/down preset switching, stomp on/off switching and wah/volume operation, with simple association and MIDI learn functionality.

AmpliTude X-Gear
  • Allows complete integration with StompIO audio interface/floor controller
  • Allows MIDI controls with MIDI learn functionality
  • Allows full automation of each opened model’s parameters
  • Free download for all registered StompIO, AmpliTube 2 and “Powered by AmpliTube” product users

  • Provides a single host interface for all “powered by AmpliTube” products with full mix and match over all the modeled gear
  • Opens and reads all “Powered by AmpliTube” presets
  • Works both as a RTAS/AU/VST plug-in and standalone version on Mac/PC
  • Price: $99.99 (excluding taxes)

For more information:
X-Gear or Stompio

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Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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