An update to the iPhone version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube app brings some exciting new features.

IK Multimedia released an update today for the iPhone versions of their guitar amp and effects modeling app, AmpliTube. Most significant among the upgrades is the addition of a built-in multitrack recorder that allows you to re-amp individual tracks. In other words, you can record a track with one set of amps and effects and then go back later and change the settings to get a different sound. Re-amping was already available in Agile Partners’ AmpKit, but the addition of multitrack recording certainly raises the bar a bit. As long as IK has latency and sound quality issues under control, this now puts AmpliTube in direct competition with not only guitar interfaces like AmpKit, but also with multitrack recording apps like FourTrack from Sonoma Wireworks.

The multitrack recorder features four tracks and a master FX section. There are three track-level effects available as in-app purchases.

Other features of the update include:

  • 5 new stomp box effects available as in-app purchases
  • Improved sound with DSP parts derived from the desktop version of Amplitube
  • Ability to export recordings and mixes as high quality audio files or send them by email as MP3s
  • Import songs as backing tracks directly from your iPod library, either on your device or from your computer using file sharing or Wi-Fi
  • A new SpeedTrainer that lets you slow down or speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch
  • Ability to import up to 50 songs
  • New preset naming feature

I haven’t had a chance to put the new version through its paces yet, but I look forward to testing out the new features. If they work well, AmpliTube might just replace a few apps like Slow Down Music Player and FourTrack that I have come to depend on for practicing and demo recording.

No word yet on timing of an update for the iPad version of AmpliTube, but one would hope that we’ll see the same features there soon. I’m curious if the fact they didn’t release an update for iPad at the same time might mean they are waiting for the iPad operating system upgrade scheduled to be released in November.

If you already own either the free, LE or full versions of AmpliTube, you’ll see the update waiting in the App Store. If you haven’t picked one of them up yet, you can find the full version here.