IK Multimedia, in collaboration with Authentic Hendrix, LLC, has announced the AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Anniversary Collection, an expanded and updated version of its AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix software for Mac and PC, which they tell us features new officially licensed, ultra-accurate models of genuine Hendrix gear. They say that the updated set provides users with even more options for tapping into Jimi's legendary sonic artistry. Here's the rest of what they have to say in their own words...
Named to commemorate the recent 70th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's birthday, the new collection runs inside the AmpliTube Custom Shop software, which can be used as a DAW plug-in or as a standalone application, featuring a built-in 4-track recorder and speed-trainer. In addition to being released in the collection, all the Hendrix models are now available for à la carte purchase from the Custom Shop.
The new gear was modelled using IK's state-of-the-art modelling technology, resulting in remarkably authentic representations of the original units. The collection expands theacclaimed AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ gear lineup of 4 amps, 7 cabinets, 5 microphones, 10 stomps and 4 rack effects, with 3 new amp models and a classic tape echo. Combined, there are 34 pieces of must-have vintage guitar and bass equipment, all of which have helped define the history of rock and modern music.
New gear in the collection:
The SilverTwelve (model is based on the Silvertone® Twin Twelve 1484) is a 60W tube head with a separate 2x12 cabinet, which Hendrix used in the early part of his career. The amp produces a powerful clean sound and a gritty distortion, and has stood the test of time from the psychedelic era through the Grunge period and into today's modern rock.
The JH Gold (model based on a Marshall® JTM 45) is "the" amp that Hendrix used almost exclusively from 1968 on. He liked to crank it to full volume and chain multiple heads to produce a huge, mind-blowing wall of sound. The new model has been reworked from the ground up, using IK's DSM™ and SCC™ modeling technologies, and includes both the Normal and Treble channels, plus fully modeled channel bridging.
The JH 1200 (model based on the Sunn® 1200), is a high-powered tube bass head. Concertgoers at any Hendrix show between 1967 and 1968 would have seen an entire backline consisting of Sunnamps and cabinets. As with many amps from the psychedelic era, the ultra-loud 1200 was popular with both guitarists and bass players.
The EP Tape Echo (model based on the Maestro® Echoplex) is the gold standard of vintage tape-echo units. Hendrix liked experimenting with it to produce wild psychedelic effects in the studio, and he used it heavily during the recording of Electric Ladyland.
Open to All
Because all the Hendrix models are available in the Custom Shop, users of other AmpliTube versions,including the free AmpliTube Custom Shop, have access to these models for individual purchase.
The Custom Shop is the IK exclusive online gear shop and is integrated into AmpliTube software and plug-ins. It provides users with a huge range of amps, cabinets, microphones and effects that can be purchased individually. The "Try Before You Buy" feature makes it possible to download a fully functioning version of any model to audition it prior to purchase.
Pricing and Availability:
The full version of AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ Anniversary Collection is available for $99.99/€79.99 (excluding taxes), as a digital serial-number delivery that can be purchased inside the AmpliTube Custom Shop or from the IK Online Store. Previous users of AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ and AmpliTube 3 are eligible for a special upgrade price of only $39.99/€29.99 (excluding taxes) for a limited time. Each of the new models will also be available individually inside the AmpliTube Custom Shop with a price ranging from 20 to 30 Gear Credits - the currency used inside the Custom Shop for single gear purchases.
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