AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Edition

David Holloway
10 November, 2007
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — especially for guitar players. Over the years, many of us have bought equipment similar to that of our heroes, trying to duplicate the tone mastered by players such as Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton. It doesn’t necessarily make us any better players, but at least we sound good. IK Multimedia recently released AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix Edition, a guitar amplifier and effects-modelling application. The company did more than just try to model the sounds of Hendrix’s gear from recordings. It teamed up with the family-owned foundation, Authentic Hendrix, and went out and purchased original versions of the gear that Hendrix used, in an attempt to model as closely as possible the tones found in the guitarist’s setup. The Jimi Hendrix Edition includes nine stomp models, four amp models, seven cabinet models, five microphone setups, and four rack effects — quite a bit of gear. The package includes over 100 presets, organised by Hendrix’s albums and songs, so they are easy to find. The designers even split the presets into rhythm and lead tones for each song. The included tones are remarkably authentic, with no digital artefacts.

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