AmpKit, the ultimate guitar amps, effects and recording app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, now features iPad Retina display graphics and an even greater selection of gear in the Gear Store, including the first full-featured, modern bass amp available on iOS.
Retina Graphics for the New iPad
AmpKit leads the way again as one of the first guitar apps to fully embrace the new iPad's Retina display. All of AmpKit's luscious gear imagery has been re-rendered at full Retina display resolution. You have to see to believe: AmpKit on the new iPad looks and sounds amazing!
World Class Bass Amplification: Trace Elliot 1215
For the first time, iOS bass players can get a full-featured, world class bass amplifier and cabinet!
All the sophistication that bass players have come to love in the real Trace Elliot amps.
Switchable valve (tube) drive circuit for fat bass distortion.
Single-touch Pre Shape circuit which delivers the classic Trace Elliot tone.
12-band Graphic Equalizer tuned for bass frequencies.
Dual-band compressor optimized for bass.
All the tone fidelity you've come to expect in AmpKit.
Convolution-based simulation of the 1 X 15 cabinet featuring a specially designed Celestion® speaker and high-frequency horn.
New Metal Pedal: Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion
We love the tone on this versatile distortion pedal and bet you will too.
True heavy metal distortion: not for the faint of heart.
Unique mid frequency controls make it easy to duplicate the scooped heavy metal sound, or with a flip of the controls, modern rock tone.
Amazing sustain and harmonics.
Beyond Quiet: Rocktron HUSH Noise Reduction
Rocktron's legendary HUSH noise reduction circuit, a standard for touring guitarists since 1984, is now available in AmpKit! If you aren't using the HUSH, you aren't using real noise reduction for guitar.
When used properly, the HUSH will wipe out hiss and pickup buzz.
The HUSH circuit, faithfully simulated in AmpKit, delivers 65dB of signal cleanup, while your music signal integrity remains unaffected - in other words, get rid of the noise without altering your tone!
Also works great in tandem with AmpKit's Noise Gate for ultra-high-gain setups.
Agile Partners and Peavey Electronics are proud to bring you AmpKit, the ultimate amps, effects and recording app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity electric guitar interface.
AmpKit is available in two versions:
AmpKit is a free app, available on the iTunes App Store, that comes with a Peavey ValveKing® amp (clean and very-high-gain lead channels), two ValveKing® cabinets (4x12 and 1x12), two pedals (Noise Gate, Elevenizer overdrive pedal), two mics (Workhorse 57 dynamic mic, Germann 87 condenser mic), and a built-in Noise & Feedback Filter.
AmpKit+ is a paid app ($19.99 USD in the US App Store) that includes everything in the free version PLUS the following additional gear at less than half their individual prices: Peavey 3120™ amp with clean, rhythm, and ultra-high-gain lead channels and matching 4x12 cabinet; Colonel Vintage amp paired with matching 4x10 and 1x12 cabinets; Vintage Brit amp with matching 2x12 cabinet; and distortion, fuzz, compressor, chorus, phaser, flanger, reverb, and 10-band EQ pedals!
In both AmpKit and AmpKit+, an amazing array of additional gear modeled after real-world equipment is available for purchase through an in-app Gear Store. AmpKit has more than twice the number of components of other apps, with more gear coming!
114 amp and pedal presets.
Copy & Paste: Copy AmpKit recordings and paste them into other apps. Paste audio from other apps into AmpKit as backing tracks or dry guitar audio.
Access to your iPod music library: Jam along with your favorite songs.
Record as you play: AmpKit creates both "dry" (guitar signal before effects are applied) and "wet" (guitar signal with effects applied) recordings.
Ability to "reamp": Re-record a previous session, applying a new amp and pedal setup
Ultra-low latency: Not even noticeable!
Tuner & Metronome:The same tuner and metronome technology used in GuitarToolkit
Upload: Dry recordings for reamping or your favorite songs and backing tracks to play along with.
Download & Share: AmpKit recordings to your computer, email recordings, or share using SoundCloud
Advanced Tone & Simulation Capabilities:
Dual-stage Amp Simulation: Doubles the simulation fidelity of all AmpKit amps on newer iOS devices including iPhone 4, iPad 1 & 2, and 4th generation iPod touch.
Convolution-based Cabinet Simulation: Advanced technology (used in high-end desktop amp simulation software) for highly accurate cabinet simulations that produce even better, more realistic tone and dynamics.
Adaptive Input Compensation: Intelligently restores the bass frequencies lost through the headset circuitry on various iOS devices. The result: an amazing increase in the fidelity of the incoming guitar signal, and much richer amplified tone, regardless of amp and playing style.
Solo & Mix Output Shaping: Toggle between Solo mode, which pumps up bass frequencies for the best possible tone when practicing and playing for fun, and Mix mode, which gives a brighter tone when you want to mix with other instruments for recording or playing with a band.
Next-generation Noise Gate: Even better control of your favorite high-gain amps and pedals.
Recent Feature Enhancements:
Multitasking Support / Background Audio: AmpKit can now keep operating and produce audio when running in the background - perfect for looking at scrolling tab notation in TabToolkit while continuing to play using your favorite AmpKit setup.
Recording Session Mix Down: You can now mix a wet guitar recording with its backing track. Repeat the process to mix in additional guitar tracks.
Effects Only Mode: In AmpKit 1.2, you can turn off amp and cabinet modeling, and create setups with just effects pedals. Use AmpKit as an effects processor connected to your physical guitar or bass amp.
Effects After The Cab: In addition to positioning effects such as delay and reverb after the amp, you can now also position effects after the cabinet - total control to place effects virtually anywhere, including places where physical effects pedals could never go.
Feedback Protection: AmpKit offers the full-strength, high-gain amps and pedals demanded by metal and other high-gain enthusiasts. Just as with real amplifiers, high-gain play in AmpKit brings the potential of feedback, especially when using guitar interfaces that, unlike AmpKit LiNK, have a high level of crosstalk. In AmpKit 1.2, we've added Feedback Protection, which detects most feedback and automatically brings it under control.
Starting with the Peavey ValveKing® that comes free with AmpKit, you'll find AmpKit offers amps that sound incredible and look gorgeous! Amps based on legends, amps that roar, amps that crunch when you turn them up.
Each amp in AmpKit and AmpKit+ is modeled after the real amp's actual circuitry, and includes individual controls that match up with the most important knobs and switches on the actual amp. Many amps include multiple channels: the Peavey ValveKing®, for example, includes both clean and very-high-gain lead channels, which is almost like getting two amps instead of one! With 20 amps and 36 distinct amp channels already available, there's something for everyone with more amps coming!
AmpKit includes two awesome cabinets matched with the Peavey ValveKing® amp: the ValveKing® 4x12 and ValveKing® 1x12. AmpKit+ matches the Peavey 6505®+ 4x12 cab with the Peavey 3120™ amp, 4x10 and 1x12 cabinets with the Colonel Vintage amp, and a 2x12 cab with the Vintage Brit. In the in-app Gear Store, you'll find 21 cabinets—from workhorse cabs with solid mid tones to powerful cabs with colorful crunches—matched with AmpKit's amazing amps.
Audio pros know that microphone selection is another critical aspect of amp tone, and yes, AmpKit again gives you total control - not only of the microphone you use but also microphone positioning! AmpKit includes for free the Workhorse 57 dynamic and the Germann 87 condenser. Six additional mics are available in the Gear Store from rugged dynamic mics that can handle whatever volume you dish out to amazing condenser mics with the frequency and transient response you need. All with ultra-low latency.
Besides powerful, ultra-low latency amp, cabinet, pedal, and mic simulations, AmpKit also includes all the tools you need for a complete guitar studio.
Recording & Re-amping: AmpKit not only allows you to record as you play, but it also creates both "dry" (guitar signal before effects are applied) and "wet" (guitar signal with effects applied) recordings. This enables another amazing feature of AmpKit: re-amping, where you can take a recording and re-record it using a completely different amp and pedal setup. Once you've made a recording, you can upload it to your computer, or post it directly to SoundCloud. The result is an incredibly powerful guitar recording studio!
Backing Tracks: Upload your favorite songs and play along, or record your own backing tracks! It's an amazing way to learn and a lot of fun too!
Tuner & Metronome: AmpKit includes the same high-precision tuner and metronome technology used in GuitarToolkit, and both the tuner and metronome are visible right from the setup screen with no need to switch screens.
Bass Musician Magazine (follow-up article)
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New Toys by Barry Rudolph
"As a self proclaimed iPhone geek, I was thrilled to discover AmpKit, the mini rig that goes wherever your iPhone or iPad goes. It's ideal for practicing, working out ideas or warming up backstage."
-Alex Skolnick, Testament, The Alex Skolnick Trio
Kenny Wayne Shepherd opened NAMM 2012 with the unveiling of AmpKit LiNK HD. Kenny was kind enough to share some of the setups he uses in the coverage you see here.
"When I Rock from town to town I Roll with my Peavey AmpKit!!!"
"Killer tones, killer app. The ultimate tool for shredding on the go."
"I love AmpKit, especially on the road in my hotel room. Now I have a full stack of amps and a custom pedal board right on my iPhone or iPad. Killer inspirational sounds help me write new riffs while I'm waiting on room service !!!! Lol"
"...This is an invaluable writing tool for me on the road! It's truly amazing and all I need is my iPhone! God bless technology!"
-Joe Elliott, Def Leppard
"The ampkit is great. It's like taking your rack with you in your pocket. I just plug and play and it sounds like I've got an entire rackmount system behind me. Very convenient for 'surprise' appearances. I've seen a few sound guys breathe a sigh of relief at how easy it is to set up the artist even without a time consuming soundcheck."
-Phil Collen, Def Leppard, Man Raze
"This thing is awesome! No more dragging around a bunch of different boxes and gadgets from hotel to hotel just to get a little practice time in or record an idea for a song. Finally an app for my iPhone that I can really use!"
-Joel Kosche, Collective Soul
"It's amazing to pull out my phone and immediately get the sounds in the middle of writing songs. It's an awesome tool."
"AmpKit Link is a perfect practice tool while on the road or even at home. It allows you to pack light while having all the sounds and drum loops you need to tune out the world and get some playing done."
-Korel Tunador, Goo Goo Dolls
"Using AmpKit is like having a practice amp in your pocket at all times. I've already written 2 songs using it in hotel rooms."
-Jeff Klein, My Jerusalem
"AmpKit totally rocks! The sounds are fantastic! From sparkly clean country and warm smokey jazz to British classic rock and shredding high gain metal. It's the real deal and it's insanely easy to use! I'll never leave home without my AmpKit and iPhone! Now I can shred anywhere!"
Alex Skolnick - Testament/Alex Skolnick Trio:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd:
Phil Collen - Def Leppard/Man Raze:
Joel Kosche - Collective Soul:
Jeff Klein - My Jerusalem:
Ready to play? Follow these quick steps to get you up and running. Remember, AmpKit is modeled after real-world amplifiers. Like any real amp, you'll want to make a few adjustments to be sure you get the best quality sound.
• Once you've connected your guitar, adjust your Apple device volume to about 50%, or 8 blocks.
• Select any Preset or select one of the My Setups that you've created.
• Tap the Input levels at the lower right corner of your amp display.
• Play your instrument at a normal level, and adjust the input and output gain so that both levels are peaking near the yellow bars.*
• If you want to crank your amplifier's volume for a more saturated sound, or dial it back for a more pure clean tone, remember to adjust the Output Gain control accordingly, bearing our recommendations in mind.
• Tap "Done" to go back to your amp, and start rockin'.
* Remember that every amp setup is different. It's a good idea to make this adjustment any time you're creating or editing a rig.
All of your setups are stored in the My Setups panel.
Creating a new setup
To create a new amp setup, tap the "+" icon at the top right of the My Setups screen. A default setup called "New Setup" will be created. Tap the "New Setup" to enter the gear view, where you can begin modifying your settings.
Selecting an Amp Head
To select an amp head, tap the top of the amp, above the speaker cabinet. You will see your current amp head with a brief description, and all of its available settings. To see a more detailed description of the amplifier, tap the "i" icon next to the text. Tap the amp head again here to open the amp selector. You will see a list of your available amp heads and below those, a list of those available for purchase, along with tags that tell you what kind of sound that amp offers.
If you select an amp head that you haven't purchased, you will be shown a screen where you can preview the amp, and purchase it for immediate use. Any amp head that you purchase will automatically come with any related speaker cabinets.
Tap the "Back" button (or close the popover panel) to return to your setup, and you will see your amp head at the top of your rig. To adjust the settings of the amp, tap the amp head again, and modify the parameters by sliding your finger across them or tapping to switch between channels and enable things like Bright or Crunch switches.
Selecting Cabinets and Mics
Tap the speaker cabinet in your setup to open the Cabinet Details panel, and select a different cabinet or microphone. On this screen, you can tap your cabinet to select from any of the speaker cabinets available. Cabinets are bundled with amp heads, so if you want more cabinets to choose from, purchase more amps in the Gear Store, or from the amp selection screen as described in Selecting an Amp Head. Each cabinet also includes tags to give you an idea of what sound they're best at.
To change the microphone, use the left and right buttons on the Cabinet Details panel to switch between your available mics. Additional mics are available for purchase in the Gear Store. Select 'On-axis mic' for a more direct sound or go off-axis for a sound that captures slightly more of the modeled environment.
When you select "Back" (or close the popover panel), you will be returned to your rig, with your newly-selected gear ready for use.
Adding Pedal Effects
It's time to start adding effects! Tap the "+" icon near the bottom of your amp to add a pedal from the Pedal Details panel at any time. You will see a default Noise Gate pedal, and all of the settings available for it. To select the pedal you'd like, tap the pedal description at the top of the settings to select from your available pedals, as well as those available for purchase.
If you select a pedal you haven't purchased yet, you will be shown a screen where you can listen to an example of the pedal in action. From that screen, you have the option to purchase and download it for immediate use.
Managing your Pedals
Of course, you want to detail your pedals to your liking. You can change the settings of any pedal from the amp screen by tapping the top of the pedal. You can continue to play through your instrument as you adjust the settings to fine tune the output. Tap "Back" (or close the popover) to return to the gear view. You can also tap the bottom of a pedal in order to stomp it, toggling it on or off.
The order of your pedal effects is important, and in AmpKit, pedals are ordered from left to right. To change the order of your pedals, or remove them all together, tap the pencil icon near the far right of your pedal chain to open the Edit Pedals interface. From this screen, you can use the bars on the right of each pedal to drag it up or down in your pedal order. To remove a pedal from your setup, tap the red dot next to the pedal, and then tap "Delete". It's also possible to re-position both the amplifier and the cabinet within the chain in order to create post-amp and post-cab effects (hint: delays and reverbs are usually best when placed after the amplifier, and can act more like mastering effects when placed after the cabinet). Feel free to experiment and see what each pedal does in different positions.
Don't worry about ever losing any of your gear. If you remove a purchased pedal from an amp setup, you will always have the option to add that pedal back to your setup later.
Virtual Pedalboard Mode
If you want to connect AmpKit to your physical amplifier and cabinet, applying AmpKit's amplifier and cabinet modeling then your amp's own sound can give less-than-optimal performance. If you want to use AmpKit as a virtual pedalboard without using amp or cabinet modeling, you can tap the amp or cabinet, then tap "Power On" in the upper-left to switch these components off. If both the amplifier and cabinet are switched off, your guitar signal will be passed directly to the pedal effects, and then out again, making it perfect to feed into your amp's guitar input.
Working with Setups
Input and Output
You want to get the best possible sound out of your AmpKit setup. Remember to frequently check your input and output meters at the bottom right of your amp. Both levels should be topping out near the yellow bars, without spending too much time in the red. Any time you need to adjust the input/output gain, you can tap the meters to fine tune.*
From the Input Options screen, you can also turn on AmpKit's built-in Noise and Feedback filter, which can filter out unwanted hiss or hum. Toggle it in with the red On/Off button, and drag the slider to set how heavily the filter is applied.
*Any time you make major changes to a setup, it's a good idea to re-check your Input/Output settings.
The Noise & Feedback filter will automatically enable itself if it detects unwanted feedback. AmpKit uses intelligent detection to search for and eliminate feedback, and if turning on the Noise & Feedback filter is not deemed to have solved your feedback, the Output Gain will automatically be lowered until it is under control. You can switch the filter off again by tapping the red On/Off switch, or disable the feedback prevention entirely by tapping On/Off next to "Adjust to prevent feedback."
Since AmpKit's amp channels are modeled authentically, the amp's volume control is realistic ï¿½ it emulates the tube saturation and overdrive which is introduced at higher volumes of real-world play. AmpKit faithfully recreates this behavior, but with one important difference: the Output Gain slider means you can achieve that tube push and crunch at any volume you'd like!
The key to getting a great tone (no matter what amp volume you choose) is to balance that volume with the Output Gain control. As a general rule, if you're pushing the amp into overdrive*, it's getting louder, and to avoid clipping you should pull your Output Gain control back below 50%. If you're pulling the amp back to softer and more pure clean sounds, to get the overall output loud enough you should push your Output Gain up beyond 50%. If you're playing and the meters are spending most of their time in the yellow area, you're set up correctly.
* Just like in the real world, every amplifier is different, but AmpKit is calibrated so that an amp volume of around 7.0 will produce a healthy yellow signal with the default Output Gain of around 50%.
Editing your Setups
Every component of your amp setup can be edited. At any time, you can tap the amp head, the cabinet, or the top of any of your pedals to open the settings screen for each. To find out more about adding, editing or changing your components, see the "My Setups" and "Gear Store" sections of this user manual.
Tuner and Metronome
Tap the Tuner/Metronome icon at the bottom center of your amp screen to open the tuning and metronome options. In the panel that appears, the jog wheel adjusts the tempo of your metronome. You can start the metronome by tapping the red key to the left of that wheel. To adjust the metronome's settings, tap the > icon (on iPhone and iPod touch) or the Gears icon (on iPad), and from the Metronome panel you can choose from a dozen metronome sounds, a dozen time signatures, and also adjust the volume of the metronome.
The other bar is a simple but highly accurate tuner, based on the same precision technology we created for GuitarToolkit. Pluck a string and you will see the resulting note and frequency, allowing you to make sure you're never sharp or flat! The tuner will continue to respond even if you have turned your rig off by using the red On/Off button in the upper-right of the screen ï¿½ perfect for silent tuning.
Access the Options screen by tapping the Gears icon beside the Tuner/Metronome icon. You can view these by tapping the gears icon at the bottom of the screen. The sound the metronome makes, its time signature, and its volume compared to the amp's level can be adjusted using the upper section of the Options screen.
You can also use the Options screen to select a backing track for your play. Tap the "Backing Track" option to select a track. You can also adjust the volume of the track. To find out more about using and uploading backing tracks, see the "Recordings" section of this user manual.
If you want your backing track to loop while you're recording (for example, if you're playing along to a drum loop), you can tap the On/Off button here to enable that feature. Record Prep gives you a countdown before recording begins, which gives you a chance to put down your device and get ready to start playing.
From the Options screen, you can also enable Multitasking Audio (on iOS 4 and above), meaning even when you leave AmpKit to use other apps, you can continue to rock! This is perfect for playing along to a celebrity tutorial in Lick of the Day, or tablature of your favorite song in TabToolkit.
The last option on the Options screen is the Mode selector, which enables you to select Solo or Mix mode. Solo mode widens the frequency range of your instrument slightly to provide accented bass resonance. We discovered that when playing alone, a little extra bass adds a world of warmth to your tone. You can also select Mix mode, which does not add in the additional resonance ï¿½ this mode works perfectly for fitting your guitar into a mix with other instruments.
You can record your sessions, then play them back, re-amp them, or export them to other devices. To get started, tap the red light at the bottom left of your amp setup to open the recording controls. Tap the square "Record" button to start a count-down, and begin recording your session. You can adjust the recording count-down in the Options screen.
You will be able to see the waveform you are recording scrolling along, and a timer counting the duration of the recording. When you have finished playing, tap the Record button again. Your recording will be saved as "Session #" and you can access it under the "Recordings" panel of the application. If you have selected a Backing Track or Metronome, these will be reset when the recording begins to ensure you are always in time.
If you want to change your setup or preset without leaving the gear screen, and get greater control over your setups and presets, QuickJump is your friend! To access it, tap the name of the setup or preset in the black bar at the top of the screen.
The padlock icon in the upper-left of the QuickJump overlay allows you to lock a setup, preventing it from any changes until it is unlocked again ï¿½ perfect for protecting your favorite sounds! Speaking of favorites, the star icon in the upper-right of the overlay allows you to designate any setup or preset as a favorite. All of your favorites are easily accessible in their own section of the QuickJump overlay, which is accessed by tapping the star tab on the left.
The envelope icon in the upper-middle of the QuickJump overlay allows you to email the setup you're currently viewing to a friend. A template email will automatically be created and the setup will be attached, so just fill in your buddy's email address and hit Send to share your sounds.
The three tabs of the QuickJump overlay are the Favorites list, My Setups, and Presets. As you might expect, these contain quickly-accessible lists of everything contained in your My Setups list, and the in-app Presets list, too. If you're changing between two sounds while performing, this is a perfect way to do so quickly with a single tap.
If you have buddies using AmpKit, they can email you their setups and provided you own the necessary gear, you can open those setups within your AmpKit app and play along! For information on how to send your setups to friends, see the QuickJump section of this manual. If you use the Mail application on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can tap an AmpKit setup in an email from a friend and it will automatically load into your AmpKit application, ready for use.
AmpKit ships with one hundred built-in presets covering a wide range of styles.
Selecting a Preset
To view the presets that ship with AmpKit, tap the Presets button on the menu at the bottom of the screen. You can then scroll through the list of presets available. Not all presets will be available, since the presets make full use of the wide range of components available in AmpKit's Gear Store.
In the list view, you can see a thumbnail of the amplifier and cabinet that are used in the preset, as well as the pedals that are used. If a preset is listed under ï¿½Available Presetsï¿½, you can tap it to try it out.
Auditioning a Preset
Once you have tapped a preset in the list, you will be taken to the gear view and the components and settings for the preset will be loaded. Go ahead and play - you'll hear the preset. You can tweak it in the exact same way you would tweak any of your own setups, and the revised version will be copied into your My Setups list, meaning you can never accidentally modify one of the default presets.
Unlocking a Preset
Under "Unavailable Presets," you can see all of the presets which use components that you haven't yet purchased. You can tap any of them to load the Preset Details view for that preset, which will show you each of the components that make up that preset. From this screen, you also have buttons that enable you to purchase the components you are missing. As soon as you have all the gear that makes up the preset, it will become available for use. If you aren't sure whether a preset is right for you, each one comes with a preview audio clip so you can check out its tone before making the plunge and picking up the gear. Tap the black Preview button to listen to the audio clip.
You do not need the microphone that is used in a preset to unlock it. If you own all of the necessary components except the mic, it will be substituted with a similar model (either a dynamic or condenser microphone) that you already own. Since AmpKit and AmpKit+ both include one dynamic and one condenser microphone, you can always be sure there will be a microphone that suits the preset. Don't overlook the importance of the microphone ï¿½ each of AmpKit's eight mic models are unique and can take your rig's overall tone in a completely different direction!
In the presets view, you can click the sort button in the upper-right corner to change the way the list is organized. The default view is simply alphabetical, however you can choose to sort the list by genre as well. Note that unavailable presets will always remain greyed out, and will always be placed at the bottom of the list.
Recording and Re-Amping
AmpKit allows you not only to play through amp rigs, but also to record your playing and re-amp sessions. When you record, AmpKit simultaneously records two versions of your audio: a dry and a wet version. The dry version is the unaltered, unedited sound exactly as AmpKit hears it from your guitar, without any of your amplifier or effects modeling applied to it. The wet version is your input after it has been through your signal chain of effects, amplifier, cabinet, and microphone, exactly as you hear it through your headphones or speakers.
If you haven't purchased an AmpKit LiNK interface, or if you already have a dry version of the audio you would like to process, you can import it from a Mac or PC on the same WiFi network as your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch into AmpKit via the Upload Audio screen. To access it, select the arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the Recordings screen (and on iPhone or iPod touch, select Upload Audio Files). Doing so will open a screen with an address on it; make sure you leave this screen open while proceeding to the next step.
On your Mac or PC, open a web browser. Type in the address shown on the Upload Audio screen, and the AmpKit interface will be displayed there. From that window, you can upload both backing tracks and dry recordings, as well as download the wet or dry versions of any recordings you have already made onto your computer.
To record from a dry recording instead of a live input, head into the Input Options screen from the gear view, and tap Headphone Input. From here, you can select any of the Dry Recordings on your device.
With AmpKit, you can also import audio from your device's iPod library. To do so, tap the arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the Recordings screen, then tap "Add From iPod" (on the iPad, tap Recordings and then tap the music notes icon). From there, you can sort your iPod library by Playlists, Artists, Songs, and Albums, and select which song you would like to play along to. Tap the song you'd like, and it will be added to the list of Backing Tracks available from your Options menu.
Once you've recorded some audio, whether from a dry input or a live instrument, it will appear in the list on the Recordings screen under "Recording Sessions." You will see the date and time at which the session was created, its length, and a small preview of the waveform that was recorded. Tap a recording to open the Session Details screen.
From here, you can tap to swipe through the waveform that you recorded, or use the controls beneath it to play or skip to the beginning or end. The small numbers at the top of the waveform show two-second markers throughout the clip, and two different shades separate the wet and dry waveforms, allowing them both to be viewed at the same time.
You may see an orange triangle alert in this view, next to text showing which setup or preset was used to record it. This triangle indicates whether the setup that you used to record the session has been modified since you recorded it. If you tap the triangle, you are given the option of leaving it with the older settings, or performing an instant re-amp, re-recording the session with your revised parameters.
From the Recordings list, you can click the pencil icon and then click a recording, dry recording input, or backing track, to rename or delete it.
It's possible to send a session directly out of AmpKit to a variety of places without needing to use the Upload Audio interface and a Mac or PC. If you tap the arrow icon in the upper right corner of the Session Details view of the recording you wish to send, you will be given a variety of options. For each location, you can choose whether to send the wet or dry recording.
You can send the recording directly to SoundCloud, a great online resource for storing and playing back audio files. You will need to sign up for a free SoundCloud account if you do not have one, but don't worry, the entire process can be performed from within the app in just a few minutes.
You can also email the recording to anybody with an email address. Tapping either the wet or dry button under email will open a pre-made email with your recording as an attachment. You just need to type in the recipient's email address and tap Send, and they'll be enjoying your track soon!
Your recordings can also be exported from AmpKit to a growing number of other iOS applications that support the AudioCopy and AudioPaste standard from Sonoma Wire Works. Simply tap the wet or dry buttons underneath "Copy," then head into your host application and it will show on the audio clipboard and be available for pasting.
If you're using iOS 4 or higher, you also have the option of exporting your wet recording along with the backing track it was recorded along to. To do this, toggle the switch beside Backing Track to On in the Export Wet panel. If you use Copy to Clipboard, you can then Paste this audio right back into AmpKit as a new Dry Recording ï¿½ this is a great way to record a rhythm guitar over a drum track, then cycle back around and record a lead riff or solo over the top of them both.
From the Session Details view, you can tap the "Re-amp setup" button to open the Change Setup view. From here, you can toggle between My Setups and Presets, and select any of your existing setups or available presets, and tap one. Doing so will instantly give you a preview of that recording played through that rig. If you like what you hear, go ahead and tap Apply! The track will be re-amped automatically, and you will be returned to the Session Details screen. But don't worry, your dry recording is completely safe no matter how many times you decide to do this ï¿½ with AmpKit, your sessions are never at risk.
"Live re-amp" is an exciting tool which allows you to tweak the controls of the chosen setup, and even completely change components in real-time while the audio is being re-amped. This mode is great for adding in precision changes that you might have been too busy to do while playing the part itself. For example, this is a great time to turn on the Tilt function of the Wahba Doo pedal and tilt your device to apply wah at the perfect moments.
Tap "Live re-amp" on the Session Details screen and you will be taken to the gear view. However, in place of the normal record button, you will find one labeled "Start re-amp." Pushing this will begin the re-amping process and from then until the end of the session, any changes you make to the amplifier, cabinet, microphone or pedals will be recorded into the session.
You can tap "Stop re-amp" or "Cancel" at any time during the re-amp to cut the recording short (this is also very useful if you left a little silence at the end of your recording). Once the session reaches its end, the re-amping will automatically stop and you can tap the back button to return to the Session Details screen.
AmpKit's ever-growing Gear Store is a great way to expand your arsenal of amplifiers, cabinets, microphones and pedals, allowing you to add in additional pieces of equipment via In-App Purchase. Tap the Add Gear button in the menu to access the store.
From the Gear Store, you can scroll through a list of all available amplifiers, pedals, microphones, and bundles of gear. Cabinets are bundled with amplifiers, which means that whenever you purchase an amplifier, you also receive any associated cabinets with the same purchase.
Each piece of gear is listed with a preview, as well as a list of tags to help you see what kind of gear it is. New gear is highlighted with an orange badge. To learn more about any piece of gear, simply tap it.
Previewing and Purchasing Gear
Tap on any piece of gear in the Gear Store, and you will be taken to that item's Details page. From there, you can view a larger image, read a more detailed description of the piece of gear in question, and listen to a preview of it. To do this, tap the black speaker icon to hear a recording made in AmpKit through that piece of hardware.
Once you've decided to purchase a component, you can tap the Buy Now button to purchase it at the price shown on the button. This will immediately add the piece of gear to your available gear list, so head back to My Setups to start playing with your new purchase! Also, any of the AmpKit presets which use that piece of gear (as well as any others you already own) will be added to the Available Presets list, making them immediately available for use.
Bundles are a great way to pick up a group of components at a highly discounted price. AmpKit+ can be purchased as a separate application from the App Store or for the same price, you can upgrade the free AmpKit app with the AmpKit+ Upgrade Bundle. Other bundles are also available, each of which offer large numbers of components at meaty discounts!
Restoring Previous Purchases
Tap the My Purchases button on the iPad's menu or in the iPhone's Gear Store and you can see a list of all the gear you currently own. You will also see the Restore Purchases button at the bottom of the list. Tap this button, fill in your Apple ID password, and you will be able to restore all your purchases whether you're rocking on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We don't believe you should ever have to pay twice for the same piece of equipment, and with AmpKit, you never have to!
Tap the Info tab on the iPhone or iPod touch, or the More Information button on the iPad's menu, to find the in-app help system. This document will provide you with a variety of information on how to perform tasks within AmpKit, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section answering the most commonly asked questions about the application.
The News tab is a great way to stay in touch with the latest happenings at Agile Partners. Any useful information relating to AmpKit or our other iOS applications including GuitarToolkit and TabToolkit will be displayed here, allowing you to keep up with the new stuff we're working on!
The Feedback tab is your way to talk to us, and we love it when you do! If you ever come across something in AmpKit that isn't working quite the way it should, you can tap "I found a bug!" to file a bug report with us. If you've thought of something cool that could help make AmpKit a more useful or enjoyable application, tap "I've got a suggestion" to let us know. You can also subscribe to our newsletter by tapping the newsletter button here.
Bass is the amount of low-end sound you will hear from the amp. This is your rumble control, and it's great for adding depth, power, or that little extra oomph!
Mid controls the middle range of frequencies ï¿½ the sound between the bass and treble. Each amp's mid control will adjust a different range, so these are great for providing unique presence and thickness.
Treble is the high end output of the amp. Treble controls the biting, snarling nature of the sound, and adjusting it on any amp has huge power to bring sounds right into the foreground, or allow them to blend with others.
Top Cut is a control found on the Vintage Brit, which provides a cut in the treble range. Since this amp's output is renowned for having a brilliant high sparkle, this control helps you to tame it in certain situations.
Presence is an added treble-range boost designed to add just that ï¿½ presence. It can help you dominate a stage or a recording, and makes those blistering lead riffs shine through.
Drive / Pre controls the amount of gain applied at the pre-amp stage. This does not affect the volume of the output, but it affects how distorted or heavy your sound is.
Volume controls the amount of gain applied at the power-amp stage. This is your loudness control, and adjusts how loud the output coming from the amplifier is. Since AmpKit's models are authentic, pushing the amp volume higher causes the same crunch and natural distortion that would occur with real tube amplifiers. If you want this crunchy output without ear damage, we recommend lowering the Output Gain control before pushing the Volume up to 10!
Resonance is a control unique to Peavey's amplifiers, and it controls how tight or loose the amp's output is in its mid to bass frequencies, allowing you to tighten up rhythm sections or make lead riffs much bigger.
Texture allows the Peavey ValveKing's output to be dynamically adjusted from a modern class A/B power amp (set to 0) to a vintage class A (set to 10). This allows much more freedom in creating tones with this amp.
Crunch / Bright / Modern / FatPhase controls allow you to toggle phase, added crunch, added 'fatness' distortion, added brightness, or a more modern sound on certain amp channels.
Damping is a three-way control unique to the Peavey 3120 which allows you to control the tightness of the amp's output between loose, mid, or tight. This is a great control to play with for different rhythm and lead tones.
Reverb simulates a virtual environment that your modeled amplifier is placed in. It's a great way to give your lead riffs or solos more of an epic feel, and is also a must for any clean or finger picked riffs.
Feedback is a control found on the American Acoustic amplifier. It's a unique control which allows you to handle any feedback electro-acoustic guitars may produce.
Dynamic is a control found on the American Acoustic amplifier. It allows you to control the frequency dynamics of your sound, shaping and equalizing in a subtle way that is truly unique to this amp.
Decade is a switch found on the Fargen Olde 800 and works as the amplifier's channel selection switch. Choose from three unique decades in rock history, the '60s, '70s, and '80s.
Condenser and Dynamic microphones are available in AmpKit. Condensers are generally more sensitive, meaning they will pick up more subtle nuances of play. Dynamic mics are generally more rugged, designed to capture sounds outputted at much higher volumes.
On-axis and Off-axis are the two positioning options available for microphones. On-axis means the microphone is placed at a right angle to the cabinet, directly in front of the speaker cone. Off-axis means that it is placed off to one side, between the center and the border of the speaker.
Gain controls the amount of added distortion that your pedal will apply to the sound from your guitar before it goes into the amplifier.
Tone is an equalization control which allows you to add (higher values) or subtract (lower values) additional treble to the distorted sound.
Level controls the amount of sound from your guitar which the pedal allows to go out into the amplifier. You can use this as an additional way to reduce the volume of the overall output.
The Rocktron Zombie Rectified Distortion pedal offers asymmetrical distortion. Using the Stare control, you can adjust this symmetry ï¿½ think of it as a width control, it causes the distortion to sound thicker and closer to the listener. The Scream control adjusts the amount of distortion that is applied, and Louder works as a level control.
The Rocktron Cottonmouth Fuzz pedal has a large number of unique controls, making it a hugely versatile pedal. The Low, Mid, and High controls work as a full three-band equalizer. Spit controls the cycle time of the fuzz effect, Strike enables you to control the attack speed of the fuzz effect, and Venom controls the amount of sustain applied to the distortion. Bite is the overall drive control, and Level controls the output volume of the pedal.
Speed, as the name suggests, controls the speed of the modulation effect. This is a very noticeable control and in all pedals that use it, it provides a very wide range of options for subtle or overwhelming modulation.
Depth takes your speed setting, and controls just how far the chosen effect will modify the sound. Depth differs when used in chorus, phasing or flanging pedals, but coupled with speed, it gives total control over the effect.
Low & High are two controls available on the Ensembly chorus pedal which allow you to add bass or treble to the chorused repeats of your playing.
Color is a control available on The Lone Flanger, which provides subtle EQ widening. Turn it low for wider equalization of the flanged effect, turn it high to focus it more.
Level is a control available on the Vibrango and Phunk Phaser pedals which controls the pedal's output. It can be used to provide a volume cut to the rest of the pedal chain into the amplifier.
Effect Level is a control which balances the dry sound (that is, your guitar's unprocessed tone) and the wet sound (the sound modified by the pedal). Use it to control the amount of the effect that can be heard.
Echology also adds a Time control which allows you to adjust the amount of time the sound reverberates for, as well as the Space selector, which allows you to select between four different simulated environments.
D-Delay includes a Feedback control which controls the amount of delay caused by the existing delay. At maximum, the repeats will continue almost forever! The Delay control sets the exact repeat time within the Mode, which has seven different lengths and types of delay to choose from.
Octapuss features 1st Octave and 2nd Octave controls which allow you to set the amount of those octaves you would like to hear. The Dry control adjusts how much of the original, unaltered tone is balanced with the octaves.
The Noise Gate allows you to filter unwanted hum, feedback, or noise without causing unwanted change to your guitar's natural qualities. The Threshold control sets the level of noise needed before the gate kicks in, and the Decay controls the speed at which the suppression occurs.
The Juicer is a compressor which brings down the level of louder tones while increasing the level of softer ones, allowing for greatly increased sustain. The Sustain control alters this balance, the Release control adjusts how quickly the removal of the compression occurs once the signal changes.
EQ Monster is a graphic equalizer. It allows you to boost or cut ten guitar-specific frequency bands which cover bass, mid, and treble. You can add or cut 12 dB to each band, as well as control the overall Level output.
Wahba Doo is a wah pedal with three unique modes. Tilt mode allows you to use the Tilt Lock and Tilt Switch to physically move your device forward and back to control how 'open' the wah gate is. Its Type control allows you to select between a low, high, or band-specific wah type. In Auto mode, the pedal works as an Auto-Wah, opening and closing according to the speed and depth controls. In Envelope mode, it functions as an envelope filter, opening and closing the wah sound depending on how hard you pick the string. The Sensitivity of this mode can be tweaked to ensure the wah is only noticeable when you want it to be.
The Sonic Edge Tumbleweed is a combination boost and compressor pedal, and both of these effects can be enabled simultaneously or independently. The Boost Mode selector has three distinct settings, Cali, for an American-style boost, Brit, for a British-style boost, and Jazz, for a more subtle jazz flavor. The amount of Boost applied can be adjusted via the slider, as well as the amount of Gain applied. The Compressor can also be toggled on and off, and the Sustain control determines how much compression is applied to your signal.
Recording / Re-Amping Terms:
A Session within AmpKit is an individual recording. When you make a recording, a new Session will be created within the Recordings tab containing that audio. The Session stores both the direct signal from your guitar (the dry recording), as well as the signal processed through your setup (the wet recording).
A Dry Recording Input (as seen on the Recordings tab) is a pre-recorded piece of dry guitar audio which you can run through an amp, just like you were playing it on your own guitar. AmpKit ships with five different example inputs, you can upload your own via the web interface, and more are available to download from the AmpKit website.
A Backing Track is a piece of audio that you can jam along with or rehearse to. AmpKit ships with nine different backing tracks, each available in multiple permutations of just drums, drums and bass, and a full backing band.
Re-Amp Setup is the first of AmpKit's two re-amping modes. It allows you to take the dry version of a recording you have already made, and re-record it through a new setup or preset.
Live Re-Amp is the second re-amping mode. It allows you to construct a new setup 'on the fly' and to have manual control over the parameters of your setup during the re-amp. Want to flip on a distortion pedal half-way through a riff? Want to perfect that tilt wah when your hands aren't full of axe? This is the way to do it!