IK Multimedia announces a Fender branded version of it's Amplitube app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The NAMM, or the National Association of Music Merchants, show just wrapped up this weekend in California. There seemed to be quite a bit of buzz around iOS apps being used to create music. All the big players, like IK Multimedia, Agile Partners and Guitar World, were there at the show and promoting heavily. There were a few new product announcements, including a very cool looking iPad dock from Akai called the SynthStation49 that functions as a MIDI controller for iPad apps.

The product which is sure to interest guitar centric readers of this site is a new version of IK Multimedia’s Amplitube app for iOS devices. Amplitube Fender for iPhone/iPod and Amplitube Fender for iPad offer the same amp and effects modeling functions as the standard Amplitube app, but all the amplifiers and effects emulate Fender products.

The 5 amp models included with the app are a ’65 Deluxe Reverb, the Super-Sonic, the ’65 Twin Reverb, the ’59 Bassman LTD and the Pro Junior. Complementing the amp models are 6 Fender stomp boxes, the Fender Tape Echo, Compressor, the Fender Blender™, Fender Phaser, Overdrive and Noise Filter.

The app hasn’t actually been released yet and IK only vaguely states that it will be available in the App Store soon, so there is no word yet on how well the amp and effect models hold up to their real world counterparts. Also unclear is how this app will work with the existing Amplitube apps and in-app purchases. IK’s promotional materials say, “Can be incorporated into the AmpliTube 2 for iPhone app via in-app purchase.” I’m not sure if that means you can purchase the Fender models from within the original Amplitube app only or whether you’ll be able to buy the Fender app and select from the entire range of amps and models to round out your collection.

I look forward to testing the app and comparing the apps models to both the Fender models in other iOS guitar apps and also to a couple real Fender amps I have access to. If you’ve read my other reviews of the Amplitube app, you’ll know that I wasn’t as impressed with it as the tones found in other apps like AmpKit. IK Multimedia says that they worked closely with representatives of Fender to fine tune the tones in Amplitube Fender though, so hopefully that will make a difference. I use a Blues Deluxe Reissue, so hopefully I’ll be able to find something close to that in there somewhere. The American Dual, Bass King and Acoustic amps in AmpKit are patterned on Fender equipment too, so I’ll definitely make comparisons there too.

As I mentioned, there is no firm release date yet, but you can find more information about the iPhone and iPad apps at the links below: