IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX
IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX

Ampeg SVX, Software Amp Simulator from IK Multimedia.

tarrtime 12/19/2012

IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX : tarrtime's user review

« Don't Waste TIme or $ with Other Bass Amp Sims »

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Amplitube Ampeg SVX is an expansion pack for IK Multimedia Amplitube. With the introduction of Amplitube Custom Shop, individual amp models in this package can be purchased separately rather than as a bundle.
IKM Amplitube is a software plug-in that can be used inside a DAW, and can also be used as a stand-alone plug-in.
Ampeg SVX is specifically for bass amp simulation.


This software is easy to use if you know your way around Amplitube. If not, it can take a little bit of getting used to. There are a bunch of different screens to sort through, and the routing can be a bit confusing. However, once you figure out the initial navigation of the plug-in, it is pretty easy. The software is laid out like a typical bass guitar signal chain - stomp boxes, amp, cabinet, mic, rack effects.
My opinion is that the stomp boxes and rack effects are not very useful in this package. However, I am a bass player that typically believes in plugging my bass directly into the amp anyway. If I use any effects pedals with this software, I typically use the pedals that are from Amplitube, and not the Ampeg pedals.


Ampeg SVX is the only bass amp simulation software that currently matters. Modeling of bass amps is mostly an after-thought in Guitar Rig, Eleven, etc. Although Pod Farm has a lot of different bass amp models and cabinets, they really can't compare to the sound quality in Ampeg SVX. Even the other bass amps in the regular Amplitube 3 fall short of Ampeg SVX to my ears. I haven't tried OverLoud Mark Studio 2, so I can't make that comparison.
Don't waste your time or money, just buy this software. I think it is pretty cheap these days. Unless you have access to the real ampeg amps, just run your bass direct and use these amps sims.