elusive riff. I did find myself yearning for the forthcoming footpedal
so I could use it to rock out live.
Both programs are an absolute blast, and are truly incredible in their
depth and realism. I’ve only been able to scratch the surface here,
as there are far too many sounds to describe with both Ampli Tube
2 and Guitar Rig 2. With the arrival of such incredible modeling software, today’s guitarist has powerful tone tools at his/her fingertips.
Even the most stubborn tube amp fanatics should give these applications a listen. The sounds are inspiring and versatile! Why not fire
up your PC or Mac with either and get rockin; for many of us, it’s
the only way we will ever have access to hundreds of great classic
and modern amp and effects combinations.
Readers with recent Apple computers (2004 and
later) have likely experienced the included free
application called GarageBand, a full-blown recording studio environment. Included in the Apple iLife
suite, this stand alone application features quite
a few amp and effect simulations, ranging from
twangy Fender amps to high gain lead guitar tones.
You can even add effects like reverb, delay, distortion, EQ, chorus, flanger and more to your sound
and save it for future use. I’ve personally used these
sounds to create a CD called The Garage Album
( thegaragealbum.com) and several of the sounds
are quite useable. With a little tweaking to allow for
different types of guitars and playing styles, these
sounds are fun and convenient. You also get keyboard sounds, loops in many styles, and effects presets that can be applied to vocal, guitar, bass and
synth sounds. Make no mistake, the amp/fx models
in dedicated programs such as Guitar Rig 2 and
Amplitube 2 are much more in-depth and useable
than those found in GarageBand, but if you’re on a
Mac and looking for a quick change of pace, you
might consider this.
Head online to hear clips of all the sound
examples referenced from Guitar Rig 2
and Amplitube 2, exclusively