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AmpliTube Explained

This is the most definitive guide to AmpliTube 3 available today. Scott Griggs takes you inside and out of IK Multimedia's flagship amplifier simulator, AmpliTube 3. Learn all about it's fantastic amps, cabinets, stomp pedal, rack effects and more in this in-depth collection of video tutorials.

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Getting Started


AmpliTube Intro 1m:29s

Ready to start rocking' out with AmpliTube? You'll need to first learn what all those knobs, sliders, and different amps can do. Grab some popcorn because you're about to get started on a long journey through the amazing world of IK Multimedia's flagship guitar amp simulator, AmpliTube!


AmpliTube Installation 3m:24s

See how to download the software from the IK Multimedia website, and then how to go about installing the program on your computer.


AmpliTube Authorization 4m:34s

Watch how to go ahead and authorize AmpliTube to run on your computer, as well as authorize the software from scratch.


Menu & Audio Settings 3m:04s

Now that you got AmpliTube installed and authorized, you need to get your audio setup properly. In this video you'll see how to navigate the audio settings in addition to an explanation of the menu.

The Preset Section


Choosing Presets 4m:46s

AmpliTube has a ton of perfect starting points for you to get that awesome tone you're looking for. In this video, see how to go through the presets and how to reset your tone should you want to start from scratch.


Preset Browser 8m:08s

Discover how to see and search for a certain preset you have in mind for the tune you're working with, as well as how to use the search function, preset browser, and the many separate columns found within the browser.


Preset Xchange 6m:55s

Learn how to access and search for AmpliTube presets on the IK website using their free 'Preset Xchange' service. See how to search for presets using keywords, filters and by popularity.


Save & Delete 5m:18s

See how to save your new settings using all the descriptors that are available to you. Also learn how to overwrite your presets and make variables as well.

Top Header and Module Section


Quality Mode & Controllers 1m:39s

Learn how to use the quality section to set the amount of resources that are used to maximize your AmpliTube experience. Then see how to engage your MIDI controller for use with AmpliTube.


Signal Path Presets 3m:59s

Learn how to utilize all eight of the signal path presets offered by AmpliTube. Want to run 2 amps at one time? Need a stereo input? No problem, this video will show you how.


Stereo In 1m:10s

See why there is a stereo input option and all the cool things you can do with it.


Bypass & Mute 2m:17s

Discover how to hear what your instrument sounds like without a certain module, and how to compare sounds with certain modules. Also learn how to use the bypass & mute options to really focus on getting that specific tone you're looking for.


The Tuner 5m:14s

Learn all about the professional tuner found in AmpliTube and how to use it effectively.

The Stomp Boxes


Stomp Modules 2m:37s

Get an in-depth overview of the stomp modules section of AmpliTube.


Delay Pedals 9m:10s

Scott covers all the delay pedals and their features and functions. Learn what each parameter is used for, in addition to seeing and hearing them in action.


Distortion Pedals 12m:45s

Explore in-depth, all the different distortion pedals offered in AmpliTube.


Comp & EQ Pedals 5m:37s

In this video you'll learn about the Compression and EQ pedals found within AmpliTube. You'll see and hear the difference between the pedals, and learn what each control will do to help sculpt your tone to perfection.


Filter Pedals 12m:00s

Learn all about your different filter pedal options and which knobs do what, and which sliders make what sound.


Wah Pedals 4m:08s

Watch and learn how to use the various Wah Pedals offered to you in AmpliTube.


Fuzz Pedals 6m:47s

See how to 'bring the fuzz' via all the fuzz pedals in AmpliTube.


Modulation Pedals 6m:43s

Learn what the many knobs found on AmpliTube's modulation pedals will do to thicken and widen your sound.


Modulation Samples 4m:27s

In this video you'll see and hear what the different controls will do to modulate your tone.


Pitch Pedals 7m:54s

Discover how to use the harmonizing, octave, and pitch shifting pedals in AmpliTube.


Other Pedals 8m:36s

Check out the pedals found in the 'Other' section of the stomp pedals. Learn how to use the Stepslicer pedal to make some awesome gating effects and more.

The Amp Section


American Clean MkIII 4m:01s

In this video, you'll learn about the controls found on the American Clean MkIII amp, and hear a sample of the tone.


American Tube Clean 1 3m:53s

Check out the first of the American Tube Clean amps found in Amplitube and how to make an informed decision on getting that tone you've been after.


American Tube Clean 2 2m:52s

Learn about the amp that's so good, they had to make a second one.


American Vintage B 2m:55s

Tattered and torn, but still sounding great. This Fender Bassman modeled amp is worthy of learning about.


American Vintage D 2m:53s

Surfs up, dude! Check out this video to get that cool surf tone used in the 60's.


American Vintage T 2m:15s

Watch out for the cigarette burn! The Twin Reverb modeled amp has never sounded better. Learn all about it here.


Custom Solid State Clean 2m:15s

Clean and uncolored, this amp has that solid state clean sound you're looking for. Learn all about the controls and the sound of this IK Multimedia original amp.


Jazz Amp 120 2m:23s

Watch and learn about an amp that has stood the test of time - and continues to be one of the most popular amps found out there in the guitar world.


Metal Clean T 2m:25s

Don't think you can get a good clean tone out of a heavy hitting distortion amp? Watch and learn how to do it.


American Tube Vintage 2m:01s

Explore how to make your tone crunchy with this classic sounding amp sim.


British Blue Tube 30TB 1m:30s

This amp is modeled after a Vox AC-30 Top Boost, and gives a timeless tone that is suited for any type of music. Check it out.


British Copper 30TB 2m:51s

Modeled after another Vox amp, this copper beauty sounds as nice as it looks. Learn all about it here.


British Lead S100 2m:54s

This Marshall modeled monster sounds awesome. Explore which controls make it rock hard.


British OR 2m:14s

To rock OR not ... that is the question. This amp is modeled after an Orange Amp and will cure your thirst for great tone. Watch and see why.


THD Bi-Valve 2m:34s

The real deal! This is a THD Bi-Valve amp and will live up to it's name. Learn all about it in this tutorial.


Tube Vintage Combo 2m:24s

This little amp has a huge sound. Check out the controls and learn your way around this awesome oldie.


American Lead MkIII 4m:28s

The Mesa Boogie MkIII Combo is one of those amps that can do it all. Learn how to use the many controls and what each will do to help you get that tone you've seeking.


British Tube Lead 1 2m:38s

Hard rockers unite! This JCM800 modeled amp has the sound that defined a hard rocking generation. See and hear why.


British Tube Lead 2 2m:11s

Heavier than #1, this amp delivers more gain than its brother! But don't take our word for it, watch this video to see and hear it in action.


Custom Modern Hi-Gain 1m:56s

Another IK Multimedia original amp, this has a sound that'll blow you away. Find out what all the noise is about.


Custom Solid State Fuzz 2m:19s

This IK original has more a fuzzy feel that's worthy of its name. Take a look.


Custom Solid State Lead 2m:01s

Need a great amp for those blistering leads? Check out this video and see how you can get those tones to put you in the lead position.


Metal Lead T 1m:35s

This amp produces a familiar tone used in many hard rocking tunes. See which knobs will make this amp roar for more.


Metal Lead V 1m:56s

This metal monster is modeled after a Peavey 5150. Tone for days - but watch out, too much tone could be hazardous to your health!


Metal Lead W 1m:21s

Modeled after one of Randall's most popular amps, this beast is hungry, so plug in and hear the tone feeding frenzy begin.


Modern Tube Lead 1m:43s

Although straight forward, this amp has a lot of tone to offer you. Watch and learn.


Vintage Metal Lead 1m:49s

Black and gold screams Marshall, and this amp is modeled after a JMP100 which could be one of the most sought after amps out there today. See and hear this amp in action now!


360Bass Preamp 3m:05s

Kickin' some serious bAss! Watch this video to learn which famous bass amp this unit is modeled after and how to squeeze all the tone out of it.


Combo 150MB 2m:41s

Not just another bass amp, this amp delivers the low end goods. See how to make this GK amp shake the walls.


Green BA250 3m:31s

This is one mean-green-machine. In this video you'll learn what all the many knobs and sliders do to help you get that big bass tone. Enjoy.


Solid State Bass Preamp 2m:18s

The last of the amp modules, this IK original has just what you were looking for in a bass amp. Yum.

Cabinet Modules


Cabinet Models 3m:10s

Learn to hear your amp choice with different cabinets. In this video you'll see how to get around the Cabinet Model section, and how to move your mics around. Get the cab that you're looking for!


Microphones 4m:57s

Not satisfied with the current Mic setup? In this video you'll see how to choose between the many different mics offered, in addition to blending the mics to get a whole new sound.


Room Options 4m:26s

Need a bigger room sound? Wanna move the sound around the room, or bring the room closer in? Learn how to get around the room options and how to obtain that killer room sound you need for your song.

Rack Modules


Digital Delay 5m:32s

Movin' into the rack section you'll find a lot of effects that you can use, after the amps, stomps, and other things. Startin' off with the Digital Delay, you'll learn which knobs control what parameters, and hear how it sounds as well.


Digital Reverb 2m:47s

Need to inject a huge reverb into your tone? Look no further. In this video you'll see and hear what the Digital Reverb can do for you and for your tone to make it sound dense.


Tap Delay 5m:46s

Learn how to get 8 delays working inside of one unit. There's a lot of possibilities with this particular effect unit, so pay attention because there's a lot to cover.


Rack EQs 2m:27s

Did you know there were even more EQ options found in the rack section of AmpliTube? Check out how to sculpt your tone with these powerful sonic sculpting units.


Tube Compressor 2m:52s

A tube compressor can add so much to your tone. In this video you'll get a couple of ideas on how to get that tone pumpin' hard.


Filter Effects 6m:23s

There's a huge amount of possibilities when utilizing the filters found in the rack section. In this video you'll see just what can be done to make some interesting and unique sounds to help you stand out in the guitar crowd.


Modulation 6m:03s

Need some chorus, flanger, or rotary speaker effect? Watch this video to see and hear what the many modulation option can offer you and your tone. There's lots of information to cover in this video so get ready.


Pitch Effects 4m:24s

Some like it high, while others like it low. In this video you'll see how to get all those cool harmonies and pitches, as well as cool scales too!


Other Effects 6m:04s

Explore the 'other' effects located in the rack section of AmpliTube. Need to sync your effect up to your tune? Watch and learn how to do that and some OTHER things too.

I/O Bar, Prefs and MIDI


Input Output Bar 4m:57s

Learn all about the input level, noise gate, and what it means to your tone. Feeling a little out of tune? No problem, there's another way to get your instrument tuned up in a glance. Need to reduce the volume for a certain section without affecting the rest of the chain? See how to do it here as well.


Info, Prefs & Stuff 4m:44s

Want to know what those buttons are under the input output bar? Need to change your preferences for AmpliTube? Check out this video to learn all about the pref's and their functions.


MIDI Assignment 3m:03s

So you want to know how to quickly control most of the parameters within AmpliTube via MIDI? In this video you'll learn just that. See how to automate stomp pedals, control knobs, sliders and more. Tons of fun!


MIDI Control 6m:52s

Need more detailed control over the MIDI parameters? This is the video for you. See how to get down and dirty with the endless automation possibilities found in AmpliTube. You'll learn about the MIDI Control Window and how to get precision control over your desired parameters.


MIDI Parameters 4m:09s

Still need more MIDI? In this video, you'll learn how to make changes to the MIDI parameters found within the MIDI control window.

The Four Track Recorder / Player


Four Track Overview 9m:49s

Didn't realize that AmpliTube had its very own 4-track recorder? In this video you'll learn the geography and layout of the 4-track recorder, as well as what all those button and faders and controls can do. Let the fun begin.


Recording into AmpliTube 7m:31s

See how to get your metronome clicking and AmpliTube recording. Need to get more than one track recorded? Want to loop the playback of your recording? Not a problem, learn it here.


Speed Trainer 3m:15s

Need to train and speed up your fingers? Need to slow down a solo so you can learn it? Want to have fun while practicing? Check out this video and you'll see just how to get going down the path of perfect practice.


Practice, Practice, Practice 2m:55s

In this video you'll get an idea of how to utilize the metronome to assist in your rise to fame, by practicing slowly and then faster. Get those chops up to speed!

Amplitube in Action


Not just for Guitar 9m:05s

In this video you'll see and hear AmpliTube in use as an effect on multiple channels within a DAW. Learn how to use and apply AmpliTube on drums, vocals, and synths to create cool, 'loads of character' type sounds.

Scott Griggs

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest memory I have is when I was 7 years old - I got my first guitar. When I was 9 I got my first keyboard.

2. What training have you had?

Mostly self-trained; however, I was the drum major in high school (playing alto sax & drums/percussion), and majored in music for a short time.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 10 years old I started to basic multi-tracking with my dual tape deck stereo. I would record a keyboard part; move that cassette into the other deck and do a playback while recording a new part into the "record" deck. Voila! Ghost tracks were something I hated back then!!

4. People you have worked with/for?

Let's see ... there was that fast food joint, the grocery store, the bolt company, the theater ...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

OK, how much did my mom pay you to say that I'm "good"? I guess it's because I try to have fun while showing folks what to do. If I get bored while making a video, I'm quite sure that the viewer will not be too stoked to watch it. I want people to feel like they could kick off their shoes, relax, and watch a video where they might learn something.

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