IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX
IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX

Ampeg SVX, Software Amp Simulator from IK Multimedia.

moosers 07/23/2010

IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX : moosers's user review


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IK Multimedia's Ampeg SVX is a bass guitar amp modeling plug-in that can be used in a variety of formats. It's compatible on both PC and Mac operating systems, as well as for VST, RTAS, and AU plug-in formats, as well as having the capability to be run as a stand alone piece of software. I wasn't involved with installing this plug-in at the studio where I work, as it was already being used before I started working there. As long as you have a compatible system, and most users will, you should be all set as far as installation is concerned. The interface of SVX has a few different parts to it, as it's possible to change all sorts of parameters. There are four main screens inside of the plug-in - an amp head, a speaker cabinet with choice of microphone type, a tuner, and a virtual effects pedal board. There are many different modules to choose from within each of these windows as well. Even with all of this control, the interface is still very user friendly and easy to understand. A manual most likely won't be necessary for most users.


While I haven't had too many major issues with the IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX in terms of performance, it definitely is going to take up a good amount of processing power when you use it. At the studio where I work we run it within a Pro Tools HD system, so we don't really have any issues running it, but occasionally it will freeze up if I have a few of them going which isn't very often. If you're running it in an LE system, you're most likely going to want to print your sounds as much as possible, of course depending on what kind of system you have and all that.


Overall, the IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX plug-in is a very powerful one. There is a ton that you can do with it, a lot of which I've yet to explore into. In general it has a very realistic and believable sound, which for me is the main thing to look for in amp modeling software like this. There aren't as many bass guitar amp modeling plug-ins out there as there are for guitar, making the IK Multimedia Ampeg SVX all that more sweet. I don't use this on every song, but it's awesome to have around when the bass is not as happening as it could be. A few times when I thought we might of needed to do some parts again to get a wider sound, the Ampeg SVX plug-in saved me. For only $100 USD, IK Multimedia's Ampeg SVX is a great addition to a studio of any size.