IK Multimedia’s Amplitube 3 is one of the best sounding guitar amp modeling plugins in the industry. It’s super easy to use in a studio environment where there’s time to audition and record sounds, but Amplitube is a great option for live playing as well. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use program changes to select specific presets in Amplitube 3.
First let’s go over the differences between a preset and a patch, and why we want to use program changes to switch between presets. Here’s the official blurb from IK Multimedia…
A Preset contains all of the information for the models selected, the settings for those models and the signal chain that links them together. Presets have names (for example,’60 Brit Crunch).
A Patch is the combination of a preset and its external controller settings (such as master volume, amp gain, delay level, etc.). The new Patch mode shows 4,000 memory locations where you can store patches. Patches have numbers (for example, 200A) AND names. This is because the name of the associated preset contained inside each patch can also be thought of as the name of the patch since the preset contained inside a patch is a unique preset that is only associated with that patch and is not tied to any other preset in AmpliTube. Once you save a preset into a patch, the preset becomes a part of the patch and may be edited independently of the preset from which it came.
In Amplitube 3, a patch contains a preset and information tied to a specific external controller like the StealthPedal and the now discontinued StompIO. A preset itself does not contain this extra information. Program changes can be sent via internal software MIDI routing or with any number of hardware controllers, so that’s why we’ll be using presets in this situation.
Creating a Custom Preset
The first thing you’ll have to do is create and save a custom preset. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’ve selected the stock **Solid State Edge! **preset as a starting point. Once you’re done tweaking, click on SAVE AS at the top of the GUI and you should see something like this.