AmpKit Apps Launch and AmpKit LiNK Shipping Now!

August 24th, 2010 by John Liu

AmpKit and AmpKit LiNKWe’re incredibly excited at Agile Partners to join forces with Peavey Electronics, one of the world’s largest music and audio products companies, to launch AmpKit and AmpKit+.  The apps are the ultimate iPhone amp and effects studios with extensive recording and re-amping capabilities. Together with AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity electric guitar interface, AmpKit and AmpKit+ provide guitar and bass players a powerful and convenient way to jam with high quality tones anytime and anywhere. I just read one of our first customer reviews in the App Store which says, “Astonishing. Just the best sounding and most capable rig emulator for the iPhone. Quality is exceptional.”

The AmpKit Apps are available on the iTunes App Store in two versions:

AmpKit is a free app that includes the Peavey ValveKing amp with clean and very-high-gain lead channels, two ValveKing cabinets (4×12 and 1×12), two pedals (Noise Gate, Elevenizer), two mics (Workhorse 57 dynamic mic, Germann 87 condenser mic), and a built-in Noise & Feedback Filter.

AmpKit+ is a paid app that includes three additional amps, four more cabinets and eight additional pedals, at less than half their individual prices. The additional amps include the Peavey 3120 amp with clean, rhythm, and ultra-high-gain lead channels and matching 4×12 cabinet, the Colonel Vintage amp paired with matching 4×10 and 1×12 cabinets, and the Vintage Brit amp with matching 2×12 cabinet.  The additional pedals include 10-band EQ, distortion, fuzz, compressor, chorus, phaser, flanger, and reverb effects.

With both apps, AmpKit’s convenient Gear Store enables simple In-App Purchasing of additional amps, pedals, and mics, up to a total of 12 amps with 20 distinct amp channels, 13 cabinets, 16 pedals, and 8 microphones.  One of the things that really distinguishes the AmpKit apps is that the amp, cabinet, and pedal simulations are modeled after real-world equipment and actual circuitry. Reviewers report that tone quality is the best available on the iOS platform.

In fact, we’re very pleased to have received incredible feedback from top reviewers. For example, Paul Riario, Gear Editor, Guitar World Magazine said, “AmpKit is the most extraordinary virtual studio of guitar sounds for your iPhone.  That alone may be enough for most guitarists, but combine it with the ability to record and save your sessions or just jam along with the bundled backing tracks and AmpKit is the ultimate guitar performance app.”

As Paul mentioned, AmpKit includes extensive recording capabilities, and creates both “dry” (guitar signal before effects are applied) and “wet” (guitar signal with effects applied) recordings. This enables another key feature that differentiates AmpKit: re-amping, where you can take a recording and re-record it using a completely different amp and pedal setup. Once you’ve made a recording, you can upload it to your computer, email it to a friend, or post it directly to SoundCloud.

Amps + Pedals + Cabs + Mics + More!

AmpKit Gear Stack Starting with the Peavey ValveKing amp that comes free with AmpKit, you’ll find AmpKit offers amps that sound incredible and look gorgeous! Each amp in AmpKit is modeled after the actual circuitry of real amps from leading manufacturers. The controls even match up with the most important knobs and switches on the real amps. In addition, many amps in AmpKit include multiple channels (e.g., the Peavey ValveKing includes both clean and very-high-gain lead channels, which is almost like getting two amps instead of one). With 12 amps and 20 amp channels, there’s something for everyone with more amps coming!

AmpKit’s pedal selection is nothing short of spectacular, with a total of 16 available pedals. More importantly, because of AmpKit’s amazing performance that’s been highly optimized for the iOS platform, you can run as many as a dozen or more effects at a time! The effects available include multiple distortion and fuzz pedals, reverb, delay, 10-band EQ, octave, chorus, flanger, phaser, vibrato, noise gate, and compressor.

Speaker cabinets are critical to getting the exact tones you want and AmpKit offers some pretty incredible cabs. AmpKit includes two awesome cabinets matched with the Peavey ValveKing amp: the ValveKing 4×12 and ValveKing 1×12.  AmpKit+ matches the Peavey 6505+ 4×12 cab with the Peavey 3120 amp, 4×10 and 1×12 cabinets with the Colonel Vintage amp, and a 2×12 cab with the Vintage Brit.  In the in-app Gear Store, you’ll find 13 cabinets matched with AmpKit’s amazing amps, from workhorse cabs with solid mid tones to powerful cabs with colorful crunches.

Audio pros know that microphone selection is another critical part of producing just the right amp tone. Again, AmpKit gives you total control, not only of microphone selection, but also microphone positioning. The free AmpKit app includes two different mics and six additional mics are available in the Gear Store — from rugged dynamic mics that can handle whatever volume you dish out to amazing condenser mics with the frequency and transient response you need. All with ultra-low latency!

AmpKit Recording Feature
In addition to amazing simulations of amps, cabinets, pedals and mics, AmpKit also includes all the tools guitar players need for a complete audio studio.

Recording & Re-amping: AmpKit not only allows you to record as you play, but it also creates both “dry” (guitar signal before effects are applied) and “wet” (guitar signal with effects applied) recordings.  This enables AmpKit’s re-amping feature, where you can take a recording and re-record it using a different amp and pedal setup. Once you’ve made a recording, you can download it to your computer, email it to a friend or share the recording using SoundCloud.

Backing Tracks: With AmpKit, you can upload your favorite songs and play along, or record your own backing tracks. It’s an amazing way to learn and a lot of fun!

Tuner & Metronome: AmpKit also includes the same high-precision tuner and metronome technology used in GuitarToolkit, and both the tuner and metronome are accessible right from the setup screen.

AmpKit Icon We’re really proud to partner with Peavey Electronics to add the AmpKit apps and AmpKit LiNK to Agile Partners growing family of guitar-related products! We hope our existing and new customers enjoy the AmpKit mobile guitar recording studios as much as they have enjoyed GuitarToolkit and TabToolkit. Visit the AmpKit website to send us any questions and sign up for the latest news!