Model your gear and turn it into a plugin with IK Multimedia’s new AmpliTube Tonex software

IK Multimedia's new Tonex software
(Image credit: IK Multimedia)

Hot on the heels of the announcement of its new AI Machine Modeling technology, IK Multimedia has unveiled a new software "ecosystem" called Tonex, which is designed to go hand in hand with the new tech.

While the AI Machine Modeling itself lets electric guitar players model the sound of any of their guitar amps, cabs or gain pedals, the Tonex software lets users turn those models into a plugin.

IK's AmpliTube Tonex consists of four products in total – Tonex for Mac/PC, the Tonex app, Tonex in ToneNET and Tonex Capture.

Tonex for Mac/PC works as a standalone or as plugin for all the major DAWs for guitarists, and has two main sections: the Machine Modeler, where the AI Machine Modeling Tone Models are captured and generated, and the Player, where the Tone Models can be searched, browsed, played and their sound customized.

The Player features a sound-editing section with a full EQ, noise-gate, pre and post compressor, depth and presence controls, a high-quality reverb and VIR, the company's Volumetric Impulse Response technology, with multi-IRs per cabinet. 

Amps and cabinets captured as Tone Models can also be separated, so users can experiment with their own IRs or use the VIR to access hundreds of virtual cabs and IRs. All of this can then be saved into a Tone Model preset.

Tonex for Mac/PC will be available in three versions with the same exact features, but a different number of Tone Models included – Tonex SE (200 Tone Models), Tonex (400 Tone Models), and Tonex MAX (1,000 Tone Models). A free version will also be available for sampling.

Next is the Tonex app, which is available both as a stand-alone app or as an AU plugin for all major mobile DAWs, and includes the same Player section as Tonex Mac/PC software. The Tonex App and Mac/PC software Tone Model library work in sync, so any user's collection of Tone Models can be played on any device.

All four iterations of IK Multimedia's new Tonex software

(Image credit: IK Multimedia)

Tonex SE will ring up at $/€99 until September (when its price will increase to $/€149), Tonex will be priced at $/€149 until September (with an increase to $/€249 afterwards), while Tonex MAX comes in at $/€249 until September, when its price will up to $/€399. 

Tonex Capture, meanwhile, is available for $/€199 for now, with the price going up to $/€249 in September. Tonex SE is included with the purchase of Capture.

For more info on all things Tonex, visit IK Multimedia's website.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.