IK Multimedia has drip fed the guitar world with tantalizing snippets of their new Modeling of AI machines technology in action since the announcement of the Italian company’s latest development last month.
Able to model gain pedals, amps and booths using standard home studio gear (specifically, a mic, re-amplification box, and audio interface) IK promises the results are “indistinguishable from reality.”
Watch this demo featuring a 1953 Fender Bassman from IK’s Private Amp Vault and decide for yourself…
Today, IK Multimedia announces the arrival of its AmpliTube TONEX software.
Based on new AI Machine Modeling technology, AmpliTube TONEX allows users to model their own rig as well as play, practice and record with a host of other super realistic tone models.
IK’s AmpliTube TONEX “software ecosystem” currently consists of four products: TONEX for Mac/PC; the TONEX app; the TONEX in ToneNET online platform; and the TONEX Capture hardware accessory.
Here is a brief overview of each…
TONEX for Mac/PC
It’s the heart of the TONEX ecosystem and uses IK’s AI Machine Modeling technology to create a tone model of any amp, cabinet and gain pedal in minutes.
It works as a standalone plugin for all major DAWs, integrating seamlessly with AmpliTube 5 (opens in a new tab).
In addition to being able to share their own tone models with the TONEX community, users will be able to access over 1,000 premium tone models created by IK using their private vault of wanted amps and pedals.
Editing capabilities include a full EQ, noise gate, pre/post compressor, and depth and presence controls.
Along with high-quality reverb and numerous impulse response options, sound sculptors will be able to create their custom virtual rigs down to the smallest detail.
Shipping from September, IK will make TONEX for Mac/PC available in three flavors: the $99 TONEX SE (200-tone models); the TONEX at $149.99 (400-tone models); and the TONEX MAX at $249.99 (1000-tone models).
TONEX for iPhone and iPad brings IK’s AI machine modeling tone models to the mobile device.
According to TONEX for Mac/PC, it can be used standalone or as a plug-in with all major DAWs.
The TONEX app is expected to be released via Apple alongside TONEX for Mac/PC next month.
Conveniently, the TONEX app and the Mac/PC software’s Tone Pattern Library work in sync, meaning tone patterns can be played seamlessly on any compatible device.
TONEX in ToneNET
TONEX tone models will also be available to browse, demo, download and share in a new section of ToneNET (opens in a new tab) – IK’s dedicated social and tone-sharing platform.
Depending on the TONEX software version owned, more than 1,000 TONEX Premium tone patterns will be accessible.
Whether using standalone versions, plugins or apps, TONEX instantly connects to ToneNET directly, allowing users to easily explore the latest tone models on offer.
Tone patterns can easily be created using TONEX with a modern computer, standard audio interface and minimal additional equipment.
However, IK says their Joe Satriani approved AXIS I/O (opens in a new tab) is ideal thanks to its dedicated Amp Out connection/socket.
To make things even easier, IK’s new TONEX Capture connects to the output of the audio interface and feeds the signal into the amp at optimum level.
The feedback stage (post-amp) sits passively between the amp and the cab, allowing a precise image to be sent back to the interface without affecting the amp/cabin interaction.
This eliminates the need for microphones and/or perfect room acoustics.
TONEX for Mac/PC and TONEX Capture will be available in September.
Both are available for pre-order now at a special introductory price. here (opens in a new tab).
AmpliTube 5 MAX users will get another $50 TONEX MAX discount coupon.