Amplitube and iRig HD-A for Android

Samsung Professional Audio technology finally allows Android users to enjoy real-time amp and effects modeling.

AmpliTube for Android

As expected IK Multimedia jumps straight into this fresh new market with the AmpliTube app and iRig HD-A digital interface for Android.

Two Samsung devices were mentioned, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, both of which now feature improved audio interfacing capabilities that allow for real-time recording and playback with minimal latency.

Just like the iOS version, the new AmpliTube app for Android is bundled with an extensive array of virtual gear that include up to 11 stompbox effects, 5 amps, 5 cabinets, and 2 microphones. It has the processing power to run up to 3 pedals, one amplifier, one cabinet and one microphone all at the same time. This means that you can emulate a wide variety of tones right on your Android phone.

To organize your virtual gear, the app comes with 15 easy to save and recall presets, along with a nifty digital tuner. The official press release says: "It has everything that's needed for guitarists and bass players to play, practise or perform with their new Samsung devices. The app comes in 3 flavours: full, free and LE, with the difference being the number of effects and amps included. The AmpliTube LE version is part of the Galaxy Gifts app bundle that comes as a complimentary download for Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge users* (a $9.99 gift)."

You can use any of IK Multimedia's analog interfaces to connect your guitar to your Android phone, including the old iRig and iRig Stomp pedal which connects to the mini jack input/output connection of the device.

The company also released a new digital audio interface specifically designed for Android devices, the iRig HD-A. It is the first of its kind for Android, allowing for the best possible sound along with plug-and-play connectivity. It comes with a 24-bit/48kHz A/D converter and a high-impedance input for guitars, basses and other electronic instruments. It comes bundled with a specialized OTG cable for connecting directly to your Android device, and it also works with your PC via the bundled USB cable.

Other features include an onboard gain potentiometer for adjusting input gain and a multicolour LED that displays the optimal signal level. The processed sound can be monitored from the regular mini jack output of the device, and can be connected to your headphones or speakers.

Samsung also developed a new music production software for Android called SoundCamp. It is a free music studio app that will let you record and compose full songs entirely within the device. The AmpliTube app can be used as a standalone application but also as a plug-in inside the new SoundCamp studio for full recording and play-along uses. It was announced that other Samsung Android phones will also soon support the new Samsung Professional Audio system, including Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and more. And it won't be surprising if other manufacturers will follow.

The new Android AmpliTube app is now available via the Samsung Apps store, with a price tag of $19.99. A free version is also available along with the AmpliTube LE version which is priced at $9.99. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge users will get the LE version for free as part of the Galaxy Gifts apps program.

Finally, the new iRig HD-A digital guitar interface is now available for $99.99. For more information, visit IK Multimedia.

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