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Great Guitar Tone with IK Multimedia AmpliTube®: The Official Guide

Book Description

It wasn't much more than a decade ago that getting great guitar tone on a track required thousands of dollars worth of equipment and studio time. In the digital age, ending up with great-sounding guitar tracks on a recording is infinitely easier and cheaper. IK Multimedia AmpliTube software-with its plethora of stompbox effects, guitar and bass amp modules, cabinet emulations, microphone models, and rack effects-provides the power that guitarists need to model virtually any guitar tone. What's more, its 4-track audio player/recorder with Speed Trainer will allow you to practice recording and overdubbing your guitar, even if you do not yet have any recording software on your computer. But how do you harness AmpliTube's power and use it to become a better guitarist? GREAT GUITAR TONE WITH IK MULTIMEDIA AMPLITUBE: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE will show you how. After discussing how to best set up your guitar and computer for the tasks ahead, the book explains how to get the most out of all of AmpliTube's amps, cabinets, effects, and recording capabilities. This book won't only show you how to use AmpliTube to emulate any musical genre or guitarist, it will show you how to use the program to become a better guitarist and help you down the path to creating your own distinctive guitar tone.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. The Technology
    2. Installation
    3. Registration
    4. Preparation
  6. 1. The Guitar
    1. Choosing the Instrument
    2. Preparing the Instrument
    3. Getting in Tune, Staying in Tune, Playing in Tune
    4. Summary Questions
  7. 2. The Audio Interface
    1. Latency
      1. Plug-In Latency
      2. Dealing with Latency
        1. Quality Control
        2. Early Guitars
        3. Freeze Out
        4. Radical Solutions
    2. What Do You Need?
    3. FireWire versus USB
      1. FireWire
      2. USB
    4. Some Interface Solutions
      1. Pro Tools
        1. Digidesign Digi 003 Factory
        2. Pro Tools HD TDM Systems
      2. IK Multimedia
        1. StealthPlug
        2. StealthPedal
      3. M-Audio
        1. Fast Track
      4. MOTU
        1. MicroBook
        2. UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid
        3. ZBox
        4. Apogee
        5. Duet
      5. RME
        1. Fireface 400
        2. Babyface
    5. Summary Questions
  8. 3. Control
    1. MIDI
    2. MIDI Controllers
      1. Manual Controllers
        1. Example 1
      2. MIDI Controller Options
      3. Foot Controllers
        1. Express Yourself
        2. Example 2
        3. Example 3
        4. Switch Master
        5. Example 4
        6. Foot Controller Options
    3. Control Considerations
    4. Summary Questions
  9. 4. Monitors
    1. Speakers or Headphones?
      1. Headphone Advantages
      2. Headphone Disadvantages
      3. Speaker Advantages
      4. Speaker Disadvantages
    2. Choosing Your Poison
    3. The Bottom Line
    4. Summary Questions
  10. 5. The Amp
    1. American Amps
      1. American Clean MKIII
        1. Exercise 1
      2. American Lead MKIII
        1. Exercise 2
      3. American Tube Clean 1
        1. Exercise 3
      4. American Tube Clean 2
      5. American Tube Vintage
        1. Exercise 4
      6. American Tube Vintage B
      7. American Tube Vintage D
      8. American Tube Vintage T
      9. THD BiValve
      10. Tube Vintage Combo
      11. Modern Tube Lead
      12. Metal Clean T
      13. Metal Lead T
      14. Metal Lead V
      15. Metal Lead W
    2. British Amps
      1. British Blue Tube 30TB
        1. Exercise 5
      2. British Copper 30TB
      3. British OR
      4. British Lead S100
      5. British Tube Lead 1
      6. British Tube Lead 2
      7. Vintage Metal Lead
    3. Other
      1. Jazz Amp 120
      2. Custom Solid State Clean
      3. Custom Solid State Lead
      4. Custom Modern High Gain
      5. Custom Solid State Fuzz
    4. Summary Questions
  11. 6. The Cabinet
    1. 1 × 6 Small Combo
    2. 1×10 Combo Modern
    3. 4×10 Closed Modern
    4. 4×10 Open Vintage
      1. Exercise 1
    5. 1×12 Combo
    6. 1×12 MB II
    7. 1×12 MB III
    8. 1×12 Open Modern
    9. 1×12 Open Vintage
      1. Exercise 2
    10. 2×12 Closed Vintage
      1. Exercise 3
    11. 2×12 Gry British Vintage
    12. 2×12 Open Vintage
    13. 2×12 Open TJ120
    14. 2×12 JP Jazz
    15. 2×12 Open Vintage
    16. 4×12 British Or
      1. Exercise 4
    17. 4×12 Closed 25 C
    18. 4×12 Closed 75 C
    19. 4×12 Closed J120
    20. 4×12 Closed Modern 1
    21. 4×12 Closed Modern 2
    22. 4×12 Closed Vintage 1
    23. 4×12 Closed Vintage 2
    24. 2×15 Closed B J130 and D J130
    25. Rotary
    26. AmpliTube 2 Cabinets
    27. Summary Questions
  12. 7. Miking
    1. One Microphone
      1. Exercise 1
      2. Dynamic 57
      3. Dynamic 20
      4. Exercise 2
      5. Vintage Dynamic 20
      6. Dynamic 421
      7. Dynamic 441
      8. Dynamic 609
      9. Condenser 12
      10. Exercise 3
      11. Condenser 67
      12. Condenser 84
      13. Condenser 87
      14. Condenser 170
      15. Condenser 414
      16. Ribbon 121
      17. Ribbon 160
      18. Velo-8
    2. Two or More Microphones
    3. Room Miking
    4. Mic Panning
      1. Tighten Up
      2. Simple Spread
      3. Room to Grow
        1. Exercise 4
        2. Exercise 5
    5. Summary Questions
  13. 8. Effects
    1. Dynamics
      1. Compressor
      2. Dcomp
        1. Exercise 1
        2. Exercise 2
        3. Exercise 3
    2. Other
      1. Volume
      2. Step Slicer
      3. Swell
    3. EQ
      1. 7-Band Graphic
      2. 10-Band Graphic
    4. Filter
      1. Envelope Filter
      2. LFO Filter
        1. Exercise 4
      3. Rezo
      4. Step Filter
      5. Wah-Wah
    5. Distortion
      1. BigPig
      2. Crusher
      3. Diode Overdrive
      4. Distortion
      5. Feedback
      6. Metal Distortion
      7. Metal Distortion 2
      8. Overdrive
      9. OverScream
      10. Pro Drive
      11. The Ambass’dor
    6. Fuzz
      1. Fuzz Age and Fuzz Age 2
      2. Class Fuzz
      3. Fuzz One
      4. Octa-V
      5. RightFuzz
      6. XS Fuzz
    7. Pitch
      1. Octav
      2. Pitch Shifter
      3. Harmonizer
      4. Wharmonator
    8. Modulation
      1. Opto Tremolo
      2. Chorus
        1. Exercise 5
      3. Chorus-1
      4. Electric Flanger
      5. Analog Flanger
      6. Metal Flanger
      7. Flanger
      8. Small Phazer
        1. Exercise 6
      9. Phaze Nine
      10. Phazer 10
      11. Uni-V
      12. Rotary Cabinet 1 and 2
    9. Rack Effects
      1. Exercise 7
      2. Digital Delay
      3. Digital Reverb
      4. Graphic EQ
      5. Parametric EQ
        1. Exercise 8
      6. Tube Compressor
      7. Digital Chorus
      8. Digital Flanger
      9. Stereo Enhancer
    10. Summary Questions
  14. 9. Routing
    1. Preset 1
    2. Preset 2
      1. Exercise 1
    3. Preset 3
    4. Preset 4
    5. Preset 5
      1. Exercise 2
    6. Preset 6
    7. Preset 7
    8. Preset 8
      1. Exercise 3
    9. Summary Questions
  15. 10. Tone Tips: Sound Like the Stars
    1. Blues
      1. Raw Blues
      2. Texas Blues
        1. T-Bone, Gatemouth, and the Iceman
        2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
      3. Smooth Blues
        1. B.B. King
        2. Robben Ford
      4. Blues Rock
    2. Country
    3. Rockabilly
      1. Brian Setzer
    4. Pop
      1. The Beatles
      2. The Edge
    5. Rock
      1. Classic Rock
        1. ZZ Top
          1. Early ZZ Top
          2. Late ZZ Top
        2. Jimi Hendrix
        3. Jeff Beck
        4. Sixties British Rock
      2. Modern Rock
        1. Amp and Cabinet
        2. Stomp Module
        3. Rack Module
    6. Metal
      1. Eddie Van Halen
      2. Maiden and Priest
      3. Modern Metal
    7. Jazz
      1. Classic
      2. Modern
        1. Exercise 1
        2. Pat Metheny
        3. Allan Holdsworth
          1. Rhythm Tone
          2. Lead Tone
    8. Summary Questions
  16. 11. Putting It All Together
    1. Step 1
    2. Step 2
    3. Step 3
    4. Step 4
    5. Step 5
    6. That’s All She Wrote
  17. Answers to Summary Questions
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
  18. Glossary