AmpliTube 3.0 comes with a built-in single-track recorder that you can expand to a powerful full-fledged professional multi-track recorder by adding the 8-track (4-track on iPhone) recorder plus master effects section (available as in-app purchase), and the new AmpliTube Studio DAW-style editing suite. With multi-track recording and AmpliTube Studio enabled, your device is now transformed into a professional mobile recording and editing suite for complete music production.
The Recorder/Mixer section is accessed by touching the “Mixer” button in the bottom control bar and is housed in an ultra-cool vintage style "reel-to-reel" recording interface. There’s a pre-roll feature lets you set two measures of count-in before you start recording, allowing you to lock into the tempo and nail the part right from the downbeat. The recorder offers 8 available tracks for recording and a bounce feature for freeing up tracks as you need them.
A new feature in AmpliTube 3.0 is something we like to call “effects freeze” and it simplifies the application of effects on individual tracks. In previous versions you had to “apply” the effects to a track before moving on to the next track for recording with a different set of effects. Applying effects in this manner was “destructive”, meaning you couldn’t go back and “re-amp” after additional material was added in. Now, AmpliTube remembers the signal chain setup per track so you can go back at any time and “re-amp” or try a different set of effects on your material, just like you can in a studio DAW program with plug-ins on a studio computer. Pretty slick.
Each Track in the Mixer section has everything you need for professional audio production:
The Master Effects section of the mixer is designed to provide the polish and glue you need to create stunning recordings on the go. In this section, which is accessed by touching the “MAST FX” button on the right side of the screen, you’ll find the Send 1 and Send 2 destination effects processors. Each of these allows you to choose from 3 levels of Reverb, 2 levels of Chorus and 3 levels of Delay. You can fine tune the effect with the “Adjust” button which adjusts the time and depth of the effect’s main parameter, and you can control just how much of the effect shows up in the mix with the Input, Mix and Output knobs.
The master effects section is rounded out with a global precision 3-band parametric equalizer for enhancing the sweetness of the overall mix, and a compressor for final tightening up and gain control.
AmpliTube 3.0 serves up a brand new feature that will be very familiar to recording veterans, and very intuitive for the novice: the AmpliTube Studio editing suite. AmpliTube Studio brings precision waveform editing and audio region manipulation to the mobile world, giving you access to all the tools.
The Studio is accessed by touching the “STUDIO” button in the bottom control bar and provides access to a slew of editing tools to help you achieve audio perfection. When first opened, the Studio view is split into two regions on the screen: the Track Control section on the left, and the waveform display timeline grid on the right. From this view, you have access to all of the signal chain, effects, recording and mixing functions, plus a waveform editor. We’ll start with the “Track Control” section…
The Track Control section houses the controls you need to adjust and tweak the sound on a selected individual track. You can touch any waveform display on the right or an empty space or the track number to access the individual controls for that track on the left. Knowing where you are at any given time is simple — the number in the upper left hand corner indicates which track is currently selected.
You can adjust how much of the track’s signal goes to the master effects section via the “SEND 1” and “SEND 2” knobs, plus you transport yourself over to the master effects section by touching the “MASTER” button for additional fine tuning. Just below the Master button is a new feature, the Track EQ section, that allows you to fine tune the EQ on each individual track, just like on a professional studio mixing console.
Just to the right is another Track control strip that gives you a level meter and peak light, a quick access button to the AmpliTube effects signal chain (FX EDIT), a pan control for placing the track in the stereo field, and a console-style fader for fine tuning the volume level of the track.
At the core of the studio module is the waveform display section, and it’s where most of your audio editing will be done. From this section, you can select audio material by touching on the waveform display, then perform multiple types of edits — cut, copy, copy track, paste, delete region, delete the track, normalize the volume or split at the playhead. Access to the editing commands is provided by first tapping the waveform you want to edit to select it, then tapping it again to access the menu. These functions provide all the basic tools you need for working with audio regions. Plus, audio can be moved ahead in the timeline or repositioned simply by touching and holding on the waveform, then dragging around on the screen.
Other great tools when working with audio regions are the Fade In/Fade Out and Crop tools. We’ve got you covered. Creating a fade is as simple as selecting the region you want to fade, then dragging the triangle in the top left corner of the region to the right to create a fade-in. The farther from the beginning of the region you drag the triangle, the longer the fade-in becomes. Pretty easy. Creating a fade-out is done the same way, only go to the upper right corner of the audio region and drag the triangle to the left.
Cropping an audio region is done in a similar fashion — grab the triangle at the bottom of the region (either left or right, depending upon where you want it cropped) and move it either direction for cropping.
Navigation in Studio is done with multi-touch and simple finger gestures. You can zoom in and out on a region by pinching in or out with two fingers on the screen. To get more screen real estate, you can hide the Track control section by swiping to the left on the black handle just to the left of the track four indicator number.
At the top of the screen is the navigation bar and it serves three handy functions. First, it is divided into bars, beats and divisions so you have a reference point in the composition. As you zoom in (by pinching out with two fingers), you’ll notice more gridlines showing up. These are handy for precisely aligning audio material to the right beat. Second, you can define loop start and end points by dragging a finger from left to right. You’ll notice a green area shows up when you do this. Drag the left triangle to the beginning of your desired loop and the right triangle to the end. Once defined, double tap on the green area to activate it, then hit play on the transport to begin playback of the loop. The third feature is creating a “punch in” recording area. Drag your finger from right to left in the navigation bar and you create a red “Punch in” section in the bar. Adjust the start and end points with the triangle handles then activate it with a double-tap. You can de-activate loop and punch in regions by double-tapping again.
Just south of the Navigation bar is the “loop drummer” track. If you’ve programmed a killer drum track using the built-in Loop Drummer feature, it shows up in this track. Don’t worry, this track doesn’t take up recorded audio space… you still have the full 4/8 tracks available for your masterpiece. You can edit your drum sequence in this track by touching and dragging the drum parts around. You can also add more drum parts to the sequence by touching the “DRUMS” button in the bottom nav bar, then touch and drag out the drum section you want to the desired position in the track. A “double-tap” on a drum part will duplicate it to the right of the original, making quick work of adding an awesome professionally recorded rhythm track.
Other individual track features include the ability to solo, mute, record enable and activate the AmpliTube signal chain on a track. You can record audio material directly to a track in the Studio view using the “PLAY”, “RECORD”, “REWIND” and metronome transport controls at the bottom of the screen. There’s also a “GRID” button that turns “grid-snapping” on and off, plus “UNDO” and “REDO” commands for the human in us all.
AmpliTube is Audiobus (sold separately, not by us but we think it’s cool) compatible. What does that mean, you say? Well, it means that you can route the output of other audio apps into a track in the Mixer/Studio section of AmpliTube. Now you can use apps like SampleTank, iLectric Piano or iGrand Piano, or any of your other favorite Audiobus compatible apps to add different sounds and instrumentation to your recordings making your musical ideas and visions come to life.
So with AmpliTube 3.0 Studio, you’ll have at your mobile fingertips an industrial powerhouse recording, editing and music production suite so you can create stunning professional quality music any time and everywhere the inspiration to create strikes you.