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We brought you advanced news of this from the Winter NAMM show way back in January and now IK Multimedia has announced that its first hardware product, StealthPlug
is finally shipping.
IK say that StealthPlug is the first compact and affordable 1/4â€� jack to USB audio interface cable for guitar and bass players to plug into the world of software-based amp/effects modeling and recording. It comes bundled with 6 software and sounds packages including the new Version of Amplitube Live - Amplitube 2 Live
- which is only available as part of the Stealthplug package.
Hereâ€™s the full lowdown direct from the IK Multimedia press release:
A simple, easy to use, 1/4â€� jack to USB audio interface cable for your guitar or bass
StealthPlug is the first audio interface for guitar and bass integrated into a simple, miniaturized, 1/4â€� jack to USB cable with full input/output processing for your PC or Macintosh. Itâ€™s so easy to use that you will be able to plug into your computer as you would plug into an amplifier. Be ready to rock in seconds and plug into the world of software-based amp/effects modeling and recording.
Includes AmpliTube 2 Live standalone and plug-in
StealthPlug includes the new, easy to use, award winning, AmpliTube 2 Live standalone and plug-in for your favorite recording software. Fully MIDI-controllable with 15 guitar and bass amp combinations of the most sought after gear, 11 effects, mic-modeling with 2 microphones and position controls, built-in tuner and more than 128 customizable user presets. Plus the standalone version also offers the new SpeedTrainer, an integrated audio player with pitch and speed control, for playing with or learning your favorite songs.
The most complete hardware/software bundle solution at an unbeatable price
4 additional software packages bundled with the StealthPlug make it the most affordable and complete hardware/software solution for playing, practicing and recording on the market. Compose and record with the full audio/MIDI sequencer Tracktion 2.1 by Mackie, fine tune your work with IKâ€™s acclaimed T-RackS 6-band mastering EQ, use the included SampleTank 2 SE sound workstation and its 64 sounds to compose and arrange your MIDI tracks, plus get access to a staggering 500MB of Sonic Reality loops with guitar, bass and drum loops for you to use within your songs or play along with. Moreover, you will also be eligible for upgrades/crossgrades to the the full versions of the included software and the entire IK range at highly reduced prices, making the StealthPlug the best value for any guitarist or bassist!
Portable, anywhere you want to go
StealthPlug is the perfect companion for mobile guitarists and bass players, taking up just a little more than the space of a cable to bring it with you. Use StealthPlug with your laptop or home computer as the best solution for practicing, playing live, or recording. Capture your best ideas right when they come to you, whenever or wherever you are.
Macintosh: 866MHz Power Macintosh G4, with 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, 1024x768 screen thousands of colors. One free USB port. Intel-based Macintosh: 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later. One free USB port. Windows: Pentium III 1GHz/Athlonâ„¢ XP 1.33GHz with 256MB of RAM, Windows XP, 1024x768 screen thousands of colors. One free USB port.
AmpliTube 2 Live Details
Available as plug-in and standalone
AmpliTube 2 Live is available both as a plug-in for the most popular sequencers (supporting VST, RTAS and Audio Unit plug-in format) as well as a standalone application. The standalone version includes also the new SpeedTrainer, an integrated audio player with independent pitch and speed control, for playing with or learning your favorite songs. SpeedTrainer allows you to drag any WAV or MP3 from your hard disk (even iTunes files!), set loop points easily for playing over and tracking your preferred riffs. Also an included metronome (set by BPM or Tap) is very useful for the studying and practicing guitarist.
15 Amp combinations from clean to crunch
AmpliTube 2 Live includes a simplified version of the complete guitar rig that can be found in its parent version, including 3 guitar and bass amps modeled on the most sought after vintage gear, 5 cabinets, and Mic modeling with 2 microphones and position controls. This allows a total of 15 amp combination possibilities for the widest range of guitar and bass tones, from clean to crunch to lead. Plus, all of the models are using the new AmpliTube 2 DSMâ„¢ (Dynamic Saturation Modeling), technology that has given AmpliTube a sound and feel so real that is has been proclaimed the best among all other modeling software or hardware solutions.
11 fully configurable effects
AmpliTube 2 Live also includes a virtual pedal board where a selection of up to 5 stomp effects can be inserted among the 9 stomp effects available: Overdrive, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Compressor, Opto-Tremolo, Graphic Equalizer, Wah and Volume pedal. The pedal board is fully configurable so the effects can be mixed and matched to easily obtain the widest palette of sonic textures. A chromatic tuner is of course available for fast guitar and bass tuning. Plus, a Spring reverb in the amp section and a Gate effect in the input section bring the number of available effects to 11.
128 presets available
128 presets are included in AmpliTube 2 Live and an unlimited number can now be saved in its new and fully customizable, folder organization. Moreover, its presets are also fully compatible and can be loaded in the full version of AmpliTube 2.
Fully MIDI controllable
AmpliTube 2 Live is fully MIDI controllable. Presets can be switched and every effect can be turned on/off and Volume and Wah pedals can be easily controlled using any standard MIDI foot controller or other types of MIDI controllers. A convenient MIDI learn function allows for an extremely easy to use set up process, so that configuring the MIDI controls for AmpliTube 2 Live in a snap.
Can be upgraded to AmpliTube 2 full and other IK products, at special reduced price
AmpliTube 2 Live users are also eligible to the special upgrade price to the full version of AmpliTube 2 with savings up to nearly 40%. Special upgrade/crossgrade prices are also available for a wider range of other IK products including AmpegSVX, the first bass amp and effects plug-in, and the Total Bundle series with savings up to 67% off regular price.
Pricing and Availability:
The StealthPlug with included software bundle has an MSRP of $129/â‚¬99 (VAT excluded) and is now available from all IK Multimedia distributors and dealers worldwide.