IK Multimedia AmpliTube 5 review

We put IK’s monster package of amp modelling and FX software under the microscope

Amplitube 5 in use
(Image: © IK MultiMedia)

Guitar World Verdict

AmpliTube 5 is more than just a hugely inspiring collection of officially endorsed guitar amps and FX. Digging deeper reveals an impressive tool for sound design.


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    Massive collection of amps and FX

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    Modelling is first class

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    Many models officially approved by major brands

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    Extensive routing possibilities

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    Enormous fun


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    UI is ultra-realistic but slightly clunky because of it

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    Max version is quite an investment but still good value

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When AmpliTube debuted a couple of decades ago most of us were excited and intrigued by the promise that modelling held, but I suspect few of us imagined just how far the technology could, and would, be pushed.


AmpliTube 5 review

(Image credit: IK MultiMedia)

AmpliTube CS: Free

AmpliTube SE: $149.99/€149.99

AmpliTube Standard: $299.99/€299.99

AmpliTube MAX: $599.99/€599.99

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.