IK Multimedia offers the Amplitube SVX 2 ($99.99 value) bass amplification software as a FREE download until October 31st. It requires the Amplitube 5 software (the free CS version is also supported).
I feel we’ve covered our fair share of guitar-oriented amp sims since I started writing for the Bedroom Producers Blog.
That makes sense. Guitar amps are exciting and fresh; they captivate that little reptilian corner of my brain that physical gear once occupied.
Now, bass amps are a rarer occurrence, especially for free. But, we currently have the chance to get an excellent bass guitar amp plugin for free, for a limited time.
Until October 31st, you can grab Amplitube SVX 2 for free from the kind folks at IK Multimedia.
Amplitube SVX 2 covers three amplifiers, all based on classic Ampeg bass amps. You’ve also got the accompanying cabinets and a handful of free effects to take advantage of when used with Amplitube 5 CS.
The first amp is the SVX-15N, based on the classic tube-driven Ampeg B-15N. This is an all-time classic and is great for rock, funk, soul, or just about anything really.
It takes pedals well if you do care to add a little grit and clank to pursue an older heavy metal sound. It’s my favourite of the three amps covered by this collection.
The SVX-4B is based on the all-tube Ampeg V-4B, another rock and roll classic best suited for heavy-handed pick playing. This one is dead simple to dial in and gets a little gritty when pushing the gain against the preamp. This one sounds nice, but I’m not much of a rock bassist.
The SVX-VR is a workhorse based on the SVT-VR. This transistor-based amp is arguably the most replicated bass head in software, and for a good reason, I suppose.
It is a jack-of-all-trades despite being a little more in-depth when it comes to the overall tone stack controls.
Cabinet selections are a 1×15, 2×12, and an 8×10, which you can readily mix and match as needed. I personally run the 2×12 on most things for funkier and more mellow stuff. The 8×10 gives you plenty of low-end, provided you’re after that mammoth bass sound, you’ll inevitably end up sculpting in mixing.
All said and done, Amplitube SVX 2 is a tidy little collection of bass amps that might be a great fit for your MIDI or physical bass playing. You can download Amplitube SVX 2 free for a limited time.
Please note that you will need to install the free Amplitube 5 CS plugin (or some of its premium versions) to access Amplitube SVX 2. The activation process is explained in detail on the promo page linked below.
Don’t forget the other limited-time deals that are currently available, such as the LA-2A Tube Compressor by Universal Audio.
Download: Amplitube SVX 2 (FREE until October 31st)