Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

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Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:30 pm

Guitar effects pedals with matching AmpliTube software for stage and studio

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July 15, 2021 - IK Multimedia announces AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals. Each high-performance pedal features 16 different effects, drawn from the most popular AmpliTube models and all-new reverb and delay algorithms, bringing IK's industry-leading effects out of the computer and onto pedalboards.

And each pedal is accompanied by an exclusive virtual X-GEAR version of the exact same effects for use in AmpliTube 5 (SE version included). This lets users record, tweak settings and save presets back to the hardware pedal. Now guitarists can switch between stage and studio seamlessly and enjoy world-class tone anywhere.

Four boutique digital effects pedals

AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals cover the four realms of guitar effects processing. There's X-DRIVE distortion and X-VIBE modulation, which offer a range of iconic, must-have analog pedal effects – all recreated with IK's finest algorithms ever.

Custom-created by the IK team just for these pedals, X-TIME delay and X-SPACE reverb feature cutting-edge, studio-grade effects algorithms. All four X-GEAR pedals share the same high-performance hardware and pioneering DSP for unsurpassed sound quality.

Best-in-show DSP

AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals leverage IK's latest technologies and over 20 years of experience as the #1 amp and FX modeling company. The state-of-the-art DSP onboard includes 16 custom high-end algorithms per pedal, drawn from the most popular AmpliTube models along with all-new reverb and delay algorithms.

Featuring up to 192kHz internal processing with 4x oversampling, X-GEAR pedals deliver amazing clarity to the stage with the realism and response that users love about AmpliTube 5.

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Hardware that stands out

Built to last, X-GEAR pedals feature an aluminum chassis designed and made in Italy with components that guarantee the best possible sound in a stomp pedal. There's ultra-low noise, 24-bit/192kHz converters for class-leading sound quality, an extended 5 Hz – 24 kHz frequency response to capture the full scope of an instrument's tone, and up to 123 dB dynamic range for whisper-quiet operation no matter how much gain is applied. With a pure analog dry path and selectable true or soft bypass, the guitar's tone will ring true no matter how simple or sophisticated the signal chain becomes.

Industry-leading integration

Each AmpliTube X-GEAR pedal includes a matching virtual version for Mac/PC and a copy of AmpliTube 5 SE. Opening any version of AmpliTube 5, users will find a virtual X-GEAR pedal available as a stomp for use within the program. Adjust any of the pedal settings with the convenience of AmpliTube's award-winning workflow and save them as presets. The X-GEAR Librarian lets users move presets between X-GEAR pedals and AmpliTube and easily reorganize them on the hardware pedal, where up to 300 presets can be stored.

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All-in-one recording

X-GEAR pedals also work as a convenient USB audio interface. The same ultra-low noise converters and frequency response capture bass or guitar in all its range and dynamics. Versatile routing options let users choose between sending the wet or dry signals to their DAW. There's stereo out for monitoring and thanks to full MIDI implementation users can map the dials and stomps of X-GEAR to control AmpliTube and/or any compatible program.

From soundcheck to final encore

When it's time to play out, AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals offer everything players need to perform at their best. The intuitive interface and control knobs are easy to tweak on the fly. Indoors or out, a high-contrast LED display keeps users informed on their settings and preset banks. An expression pedal input adds additional control over any parameter, while full MIDI implementation is built-in for even the most complex setups. We've also included 5 cabinet impulse responses in each pedal to connect directly to the PA.

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Signal chain to the stars

Combining AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals creates a formidable team, seamlessly sending and receiving MIDI commands for dramatic effects changes. Users can easily set up one X-GEAR pedal as the master to send program changes to the other pedals, and then just drop the presets they want to be activated into the appropriate slots with the X-GEAR Librarian. Daisy-chain the pedals together via MIDI and let the show begin.

With open architecture for future updates, AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals will empower players for years to come. Now everyone can bring perfect studio guitar sound onstage or anywhere.

Options, pricing and availability

AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals will be arriving in August and are currently available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for $/€299.99.*

Save up to $/€200 on the purchase of multiple X-GEAR pedals.

*All pricing excluding taxes

For more information about AmpliTube X-GEAR pedals or to see them in action, please visit: www.amplitube.com/xgear
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby cliftond » Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:47 pm

Looks great I will probably get the drive first. Can’t wait to try it!! :D
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:58 pm

cliftond wrote:Looks great I will probably get the drive first. Can’t wait to try it!! :D

That's a good one, I am going to at least get the X-DRIVE and X-TIME, likely X-VIBE too - heck who am I kidding I'll grab them all - and try both in my normal pedalboard --> amp as well as into a powered full-range speaker when I get to use them fully immersed in my setup.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:59 pm

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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby cliftond » Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:47 pm

Hope to see a run through from someone on you tube with better details. Yes it looks to be a winner , maybe I can sell some pedals having this.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:49 pm

cliftond wrote:Hope to see a run through from someone on you tube with better details. Yes it looks to be a winner , maybe I can sell some pedals having this.

Currently we are in preorder but looking to have some of these in the hands of artists and the like as soon as humanly possible!
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby TK51508 » Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:19 am

Hey IK Multimedia.

I have gone to the Pre-Order Page and under the Bundles selection, it says you can do $167 x 6 months. How do you make that happen? When you add the item to your cart and check out there is no way to choose this payment option that I can see. It just wants your credit card number and no indication that you are doing the 6 months payment plan.

Can you clarify this purchase option, please? I am ready to pre-order immediately.

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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:16 pm

TK51508 wrote:Hey IK Multimedia.

I have gone to the Pre-Order Page and under the Bundles selection, it says you can do $167 x 6 months. How do you make that happen? When you add the item to your cart and check out there is no way to choose this payment option that I can see. It just wants your credit card number and no indication that you are doing the 6 months payment plan.

Can you clarify this purchase option, please? I am ready to pre-order immediately.

Thank you.

If you qualify you should see it at the bottom of the checkout page where you'd choose your payment method. If you are not seeing that you would need to contact IK Support as the forum mods/admins wouldn't have access to troubleshoot this issue. Thank you.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby jason.martin.nl » Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:27 pm

It appears there are new items included in the X-Gear lineup that aren't currently in Amplitube 5 MAX. Will there be an option for Amplitube 5 users to purchase these extra items without having to buy the hardware.
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Postby Peter_IK » Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:05 pm

jason.martin.nl wrote:It appears there are new items included in the X-Gear lineup that aren't currently in Amplitube 5 MAX. Will there be an option for Amplitube 5 users to purchase these extra items without having to buy the hardware.

You will be able to demo them in AmpliTube 5 but to get the full virtual versions you will need to own the actual AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedal.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Alaithol » Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:23 pm

Will the spillover functions be available in amplitube 5? outside of the virtual versions of these pedals?
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Postby Peter_IK » Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:58 pm

Alaithol wrote:Will the spillover functions be available in amplitube 5? outside of the virtual versions of these pedals?

I'm sorry please clarify what you mean by "spillover functions"? Thank you.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Alaithol » Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:00 pm

Peter_IK wrote:
Alaithol wrote:Will the spillover functions be available in amplitube 5? outside of the virtual versions of these pedals?

I'm sorry please clarify what you mean by "spillover functions"? Thank you.



When using delay/reverb if the effect continues after you turn the pedal off. It looks like it's listed in the functions of the new pedals, but unless I'm mistaken, is not a current function in Amplitube. So since there will be virtual versions of these pedals, I was wondering if that was going to be an added function to amplitube.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Peter_IK » Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:33 pm

Alaithol wrote:
Peter_IK wrote:
Alaithol wrote:Will the spillover functions be available in amplitube 5? outside of the virtual versions of these pedals?

I'm sorry please clarify what you mean by "spillover functions"? Thank you.



When using delay/reverb if the effect continues after you turn the pedal off. It looks like it's listed in the functions of the new pedals, but unless I'm mistaken, is not a current function in Amplitube. So since there will be virtual versions of these pedals, I was wondering if that was going to be an added function to amplitube.

Understood. I asked the developers and they answered:

On the software version, the tail will remain when the pedal is bypassed.

Note: The tail will be kept bypassing the pedal, BUT it will be cut when changing presets.
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Re: Announcing AmpliTube X-GEAR guitar pedals

Postby Alaithol » Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:35 pm

Very helpful, thank you! Do you know if that will be available for other delays in amplitube, or only for the new virtual X-Gear pedals?

I appreciate all the info!
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