Gearslutz's Sound-Guy is no stranger to the IK range, and over the years he has become somewhat of an IK gear guru. So he was very excited to try out AmpliTube Joe Satriani as soon as it was launched and was so impressed he gave it full marks in all review categories together with the coveted Gearslutz Gold Review Award.
Here are some of the key comments:
"How Does it Sound? In short, excellent as expected."
"The Rockman was the big surprise to me. It normally runs alone as a combined amp and cab emulation, its output run directly out of the AmpliTube rig. Using it in this direct mode delivers some excellent tones I’d never expect from such an 'amateur' practice box."
"I trust that Joe Satriani’s Rockman has been carefully maintained and sounds fine – this emulation is superb. And at the price, even if you don’t already have AmpliTube, it’s probably the best way to get the Rockman sound. Quite a wonderful range of sounds from such a simple box, and it sounds huge with the distortion settings."
"With the Marshall and Peavey amps and the two Marshall cabs, there is a wide range of tones possible, even before adding stomp boxes or rack effects."
Sound-Guy's verdict was:
"I love this collection - along with my other AmpliTube gear, the possible tonal effects are vast."
+ A great selection of gear that is much cheaper than buying even a single hardware amp or cab!
+ Comes both as a standalone module great for live playing, and an AmpliTube plug-in for your DAW that can be employed for live recording or mix effects.
+ The Rockman! . Much cheaper than buying a 30-plus year old Tom Scholz Rockman X100, and they throw in Marshall and Peavey amps with cabs!
+ Many possible sound combinations and can be mixed in with any AmpliTube gear for “infinite” flexibility.
+ The standalone version has an 8-track recorder with some simple editing features for fast capture of spontaneous ideas.
- It may not enable you to play like Joe Satriani! But should encourage you to practice more!
- Will help you find more gear that you will want, but that’s normal! At least it’s all much more affordable than the real hardware.
Sound quality: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 stars
Features: 5 out of 5 stars
Bangs for buck: 5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
AmpliTube Joe Satriani wins maximum score in all categories and the Gearslutz Gold Review Award
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