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Today marks a wonderful milestone for Agile Partners and Mac guitarists alike: Agile has released its first Mac app, and AmpKit, our well-loved amp and effects app for iPad and iPhone, now has a powerful companion on the Mac App Store. With AmpKit Mac, simply connect your guitar to your Mac using a guitar interface (like the upcoming AmpKit LiNK HD), and your Mac is transformed into a powerful amp, effects and recording studio. Check out the overview page for features; or download the demo and see for yourself.
AmpKit Mac is custom-built for OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, taking advantage of the best new capabilities in OS X. We've worked hard to carry forward the design philosophy that has made AmpKit so easy to use, powerful, and great-sounding on iOS. We're already getting early reviewer feedback that AmpKit Mac has significantly raised the bar for Mac-based amp & effects apps.
Mac users tend to greatly appreciate native Mac apps, apps that are custom-built for OS X, follow the Mac's thoroughly-documented human interface guidelines, and take advantage of OS X's unique features to deliver a superb user experience. We saw an opportunity here, since most Mac-based amp & effects apps aren't custom-built for Mac, but instead are "cross platform," built to run on both Macs and Windows machines. Most haven't optimized their user experience or performance for OS X.
With AmpKit Mac, in contrast, we went all-out to deliver a beautiful, immersive, and truly native experience for Mac users. Here's how:
Another big advantage of AmpKit Mac is that many iPhone and iPad users also have Macs, and having AmpKit running on both mobile devices and your main computer gives you the best of both worlds: jam anytime, anywhere with AmpKit iOS, or sit down for some serious setup crafting and studio recording with AmpKit on your Mac. Since the gear available in AmpKit Mac is the same as that on iOS, AmpKit's Setup Sharing means you can easily use the same AmpKit setups on your iMac in the home studio and on your iPad and iPhone when traveling.
As powerful as mobile devices are these days, it's still tough to beat a full-fledged Mac when you're ready to do serious tone design or recording work, and AmpKit Mac takes full advantage of your Mac's extra power.
Although AmpKit includes many professional-grade features, such as non-destrucive re-amping and precise control of the effects chain, we wanted to bring the benefits of AmpKit to as many Mac users as possible. Here's what we did:
With this combination of powerful capabilities and a competitive price point, we're confident that AmpKit Mac will be a no-brainer for many Mac guitarists, from GarageBand users seeking more in-depth modeling options, to pro users who'd prefer to work in a truly native Mac app. Thousands of musicians have made AmpKit their go-to for jamming and recording, and we expect thousands more Mac users will do the same.