Iconic guitarist Slash has teamed with IK Multimedia to release AmpliTube Slash, a new downloadable app for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad as well as a full-featured software suite for PC and Mac. Designed as an interactive production studio, the rocker's software program promises to let users practice, play and record with digital renditions of the artist's own signature effects pedals and Marshall amps.
Providing access to similar tools as the ones Slash uses live and in the studio, the program bills itself as "a full-featured mobile guitar efforts processor and recording studio app that lets you play… with Slash's signature gear anytime, everywhere." A spin-off of IK's popular line of AmpliTube mobile applications, which let users jam and lay down realistic music tracks, the virtual mixing booth aims to allow fans to crank out tunes using Slash's own custom sound. Contents include presets featuring Slash's own guitar tone settings and the ability to access many of the same special effects that he favors, including built-in delay, distortion and noise-warping flourishes.
Featuring custom-tailored virtual speaker cabinets, amplifiers and stompboxes, AmpliTube Slash offers the ability to create original songs, mixes and compositions on the fly. Immediately available for download, prices start at $9.99 for mobile editions and shoot up to $79.99 for desktop versions. Compatible with hardware add-ons like IK's iRig and iRig Stomp adapters, the app is also being promoted as a training tool of sorts. Accordingly, users hoping to enhance their musical chops will enjoy the ability to play along with songs imported from their iOS device's digital music library or computer.
"AmpliTube and iRig come in really handy for on-the-go practicing, recording or just jamming on different ideas, even if it's on the bus...It just works, and it's right there," says Slash in a promotional video. More ambitious in scope but also more focused than rival virtual trainers (e.g. Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy), it appears to be yet another useful addition to the modern musician's high-tech toolbox.