Vocalists, track on your computer as if it were outboard gear

Maybe you’re tracking in a studio full of everything you want. But otherwise, it’s tough to argue with the appeal of being able to add tools freely, connecting just the cable from your mic to your computer. And so, for anyone recording vocals, this week’s news from Universal Audio is welcome indeed. It means that you can use a simulation of a powerful channel strip full of gear in software form – but track in real-time, as if you owned the actual hardware. And you can do it for a price that’s pretty humane.


Get AmpliTube, Ampeg Amp Software Free if You’re A Pro Tools User

The folks at IK Multimedia are sending free software to users of Pro Tools — anyone with a copy of Pro Tools LE or HD. (Apparently no love for Pro Tools M-Powered owners.) You get AmpliTube 2 DUO; it’s not the full AmpliTube 2, but it’s no slouch, with tuner, stomp, amp, cabinet+microphone, two models for everything, and 30 presets. There’s also the Ampeg SVX UNO bass camp, again with 4 modules, though 1 model for each, plus 15 presets. Standalone + plug-in, with Mac Intel and Windows Vista compatibility included. Promotion details over at IK Multimedia’s site.