IK Multimedia AmpliTube Brian May review

Sheer tone attack! IK Multimedia open the palace doors to Queen’s throne room with a comprehensive AmpliTube software package

(Image: © IK Multimedia)

Guitar World Verdict

A user-friendly, one-stop package for iconic Queen tones.


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    Brilliant tones, designed in collaboration with Brian May.

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    Makes the 'Deacy amp' tone available to the masses.

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    Intuitive design.

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    Basic version of AmpliTube 4 included.


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Brian May’s tones have been the stuff of legend since the 70s and now you can have them all at your fingertips in IK Multimedia’s new AmpliTube signature model pack. 

Don’t have a Brian May signature guitar? No problem, thanks to the genius-like inclusion of IK’s ‘Red Special’ stompbox which simulates Brian’s guitar. First select whether your guitar is singlecoil or humbucking – then let AmpliTube do the rest. Each of the virtual ‘Tri-Sonic’ pickups has an on/off knob as well as a phase switch, giving you all of May’s own sonic permutations.

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.