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A sample workstation, guitar/bass amp & FX suite, and audio mastering suite all at one great price.

The IK Essentials Software Bundle gives you 3 of IK Multimedia's top-selling titles at an incredible price. The software bundle includes IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 sample workstation, AmpliTube 2 Live guitar/bass amp & FX suite, and the T-Racks 3 Standard mastering suite. This tremendous digital audio trio gives you plenty of material and features to create, mix, and master your own musical compositions.

SampleTank 2.5
Eminem. Genesis. Shakira. Black Eyed Peas. Outkast. Nine Inch Nails. Herbie Hancock. That's a pretty diverse group of Grammy-winning artists. However, besides the award, they share another thing in common. They've all used IK Multimedia SampleTank samples for their album and soundtrack work. And that's just a small sample of the thousands of professional pop and specialized musicians who have found SampleTank to be their go-to sample software.

This incarnation, the SampleTank 2.5LL Sample Library and Workstation, continues this trend as it still provides you with one of the most wide-ranging sound collections available—with more than 1,800 samples of acoustic grand pianos, electric pianos, strings, brass, winds, vocals, orchestral sounds, drums, guitars, synths, loops, ethnic instruments, and more. The workstation also has the ability to read all "Powered by SampleTank" instrument sounds, including Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth, the upcoming SampleMoog, Studiophonik, and SampleTron. You can also import your own WAV, AIFF, AKAI, SDII, and SampleCell files for an unlimited range of sounds.

After your initial quick install, you'll be up and running within seconds. The sounds load quick, keeping you in the creative flow. Along with the extensive array of authentic-sounding instruments the virtual instrument sampler is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.

SampleTank 2.5 Sample Software offers more than 50 sampler controls that are accessible from an uncomplicated, intelligible single interface. Three advanced sample engines—traditional resampling, STRETCH and PS/TS—allow unrivaled sound manipulation. The STRETCH engine delivers amazing realism and expression over multi-sampled instruments with options like true glide, bending, staccato and vibrato control, all with an incredibly sumptuous, yet, real sound quality. If your song requires loops, the PSTS engine (Pitch-shift/Time-stretch) lets you synchronize loops with a single click. You can also control tempo and pitch independently of each other making this the ideal beat maker.

SampleTank 2.5 virtual instrument also provides some of the most powerful multi-effects to come in a virtual instrument. Every sound in SampleTank was programmed with fully editable built-in effects—drums load up with reverb and compression, guitars with amp-sim, electric organs with rotary speaker, etc. It's unique system of 5 insert effects per part, with 5 send and 5 master effects, gives you up to 90 effects options available in one powerful production package. You can also work with the algorithms from IK Multimedia's award-winning T-RackS, Classik Studio Reverb, and AmpliTube emulator.

With 2GB of sounds, you can't do much better than SampleTank 2.5. The last version was a big hit with the hitmakers of all genres.

AmpliTube Live 2
AmpliTube2 Live is an effects powerhouse and guitar amp modeling solution with ultra-accurate models of sought-after music gear and the ability to mix and match separate components to build your own amps and craft a unique tone.

Software comes both as a standalone application and a plug-in compatible with your favorite recording software, including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, GarageBand, and others.

Fully MIDI-controllable, AmpliTube 2 Live is based on AmpliTube 2's unique DSM technology and includes 3 guitar and bass amplifier models of the most sought-after vintage gear for a total of 15 amp combination possibilities, 11 effects, a built-in tuner, an amazing selection of more than 128 customizable user presets, and SpeedTrainer, an integrated audio player with pitch and speed control, ideal for learning your favorite songs.

5 Cabinets

Your choice of vintage 1x12", 2x12", 4x12", 1x15", and direct output (no cabinet, amp only).

9 Stomp models, plus Spring Reverb, Gate and Tuner

A noise gate and spring reverb comes standard along side stomp models of a Graphic EQ, Volume, Wah, Chorus, Delay, Overdrive, Flanger, Compressor and Opto-Tremolo. AmpliTube 2 Live stomp effects can be organized on a virtual pedalboard with 5 fully configurable slots.

2 Microphone models with selection/position controls

The microphones included in AmpliTube 2 Live are based on 2 classics used in all live and studio situation, and come complete with proximity (NEAR and FAR) and axis (ON or OFF) controls.

128 Customizable Factory and User Presets compatible with the full version of AmpliTube 2

AmpliTube 2 Live comes with 128 presets. All are fully editable with the ability to save an unlimited number or your own. All presets can be changed live using a MIDI footcontroller. Emulate the widest range of sounds and select them live or use them to record and edit within your preferred sequencer. Additionally, all presets are compatible with the full version of AmpliTube 2, so when you upgrade you'll be able to transfer all your settings and continue rocking. Create your next masterpiece with the best-sounding amp simulation around with AmpliTube 2


SpeedTrainer is an audio player integrated into the standalone version of AmpliTube 2 Live. The pitch and speed controls make it perfect for learning ANY of your favorite songs. Slow tempos of guitar solos without changing the pitch to track any riffs! SpeedTrainer allows you to drag any WAV or MP3 from your hard disk (even iTunes files!) and set loop points easily for playing over and tracking your preferred riffs. Also an included metronome (set by BPM or Tap) is very useful for the studying and practicing guitarist.

Full-MIDI Control

If you have a MIDI guitar pedal board, a guitar effects processor that has MIDI output, an expression pedal hooked up to a MIDI keyboard, a MIDI knob box, etc., you can control AmpliTube 2 Live.

Based on AmpliTube 2's unique DSM technology

DSM is an exclusive IK Multimedia technology used in the emulation of analog circuitry. DSM was designed to increase the response realism and playability of critical analog circuit models. DSM delivers a dynamic response that continuously morphs and "follows" the incoming signal; in other words, that follows the music. This leads to an accuracy that cannot be found in any other modeling hardware or software today, respecting all the signal nuances exactly like a real analog circuit would do with a grade of realism and musicality never achieved before.

Includes AmpliTube X-GEAR

AmpliTube 2 Live now includes AmpliTube X-GEAR. By integrating your AmpliTube 2 Live into X-GEAR, you will get instant access to major features like:
•5 modules including Tuner, Stomp, Amp, Cabinet and Rack effects

•Double rig with 8 series parallel configurations

•1 new Amp and Cabinet

•Custom amp building (with separate Pre, EQ and Power Amp models)

•More controls like Ambiance in the cabinet module, advanced •Automation and more

•Possibility to integrate AmpliTube 2 Live with other "Powered by AmpliTube" software like AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix, Ampeg® SVX and the brand new AmpliTube Metal into a single interface with full mix and match between the included gear models

•Seamless integration with StompIO advanced USB floor controller and audio interface for using your computer live like the most powerful multi-FX system ever made

T-RackS 3 Standard
T-RackS 3 is a high-end DAW mastering and mixing software solution with a suite of 4 analog modeled Dynamics/EQ processors. T-RackS 3 provides exceptional audio quality with scores of new and unique features.

T-RackS 3 has all the tools you need to create superb, tube-toned or digital-tuned, mixes and masters, utilizing its 4 top-notch analog classic processors. A new modular chain gives you full control and easy navigation/compare features, while a new complete metering section keeps all the most important variables of your sound under control. T-RackS 3 also comes with a superior mastering and mixing system that will put a polish on your tracks like no other. It comes with all of this, while adding the beautiful warmth and space of the tube devices it emulates.

Note: All current owners of T-RackS 3 Deluxe suites also have access to the individual modules (included in the package they purchased) as a FREE download from their IK user area. This nice new feature makes it so you can open the individual processors without opening the entire suite, making it more streamlined and using less CPU power.

Modular High-End Mastering/Mixing Suite of Dynamics and EQ processors, including:
•4 classic, award-winning T-RackS processors
•New configurable mastering/mixing chain—run up to 12 parallel/series processors
•Complete built-in metering section with Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase, and RMS meters, plus a Spectrum analyzer with Peak, RMS. and Averaging indicators
•New standalone and plug-in versions available in the same package for use in all the most popular native DAWs
•New high-fidelity oversampling with crystal clear transparency, for high quality audio processing throughout the entire signal path
•New SCC technology coupled with IK Multimedia's unique DSM technology provides realistic software emulation of vintage gear
•Extremely easy to use, with style-based presets, full-chain visualization, one-click single module or chain bypass, compare function, multiple audio processing in standalone mode, and much more

All-platform plug-ins and standalone versions in the same packages
•Plug-ins fully integrate with all of today's popular DAWs
•Standalone mode allows for loading multiple audio files, previews them with all-independent settings and processes all of them with a single click
•Standalone mode includes extremely high-quality sampling rate conversion to write
44.1kHz CD files, starting from any sampling rate
•Built-in dithering with various options
•Automation made easy: you can take snapshots within each song and automate processing parameter changes during the song —for example, when passing from verses to choruses, etc, all with a single click
•Non-destructive basic audio editing

4 Classic T-RackS processors
These are all of the original T-RackS modules that achieved cult status. They maintain their great original sonic character, and have only been improved upon to give you absolutely no compromise in the sound quality of the T-RackS 3 signal path.

•Classic T-RackS Compressor, a classic tube stereo compressor/leveler designed for mastering
•Classic T-RackS Multi-band Limiter, a Multiband master stereo limiter
•Classic T-RackS Clipper, a soft-clipping stage to create warm, saturated mastering effects
•Classic T-RackS Equalizer, a state-of-the-art six-band parametric equalizer, modeled on classic top quality analog gear which can now be used in Stereo or MS modes

New SCC technology
With over 10 years of experience in analog-modeled software, IK has been a pioneer in this technology and accumulated plenty of experience in the plug-in field. This has resulted in several improvements like their unique DSM (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) and now SCC (Sonic Character Cloning). SCC has been developed to clone the true behavior of an analog vintage processor down to its finest level of sonic detail for a faithful reproduction of all its tonal characteristics. This new emulation technology produces results that are indistinguishable from the originals, even for the professionally trained ear.

Many pieces of vintage gear tend to have original and interesting circuit topology, due to the creative solutions that engineers were sometimes forced to put into place in order to overcome the limitations of components' technology. However, many of these classic components can't be found anymore because their technology became obsolete and uneconomical. The ones that you can find have aged (some of the best sounding devices are 40-50 years old), playing a fundamental role in giving these devices a unique musicality that is what the purist would define as unmatched by even the most advanced processors today. Finally, many of the unique sonic characteristics of these magnificent vintage units sometimes depended on the erratic and unpredictable behavior of their electronics that would be considered unorthodox and unusable by today's science and standards.

That's where SCC comes in with technology that has the ability, through a new analysis method developed by IK Multimedia, to integrate all of the above and deliver an exact replication of the original. It's software emulation that sounds so close to the real thing, listeners can't tell the difference.


SampleTank 2.5L

  • Works as a standalone application as well as a plug-in in Mac OS (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU
  • Imports WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI S-1000/3000, and SampleCell directly from the plug-in.
  • 16 part multitimbral sound module with layerable parts
  • 3 synth engines: newly enhanced STRETCH and Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS) plus traditional Resampling.
  • 33 built-in DSP effects.
  • Part and Master Loop Sync.
  • Independent Part and Master Volume/Pan controls
  • 2 DVDs of sounds, 2GB of samples, and more than 1,800 patches included
  • Reads any instruments from "Powered by SampleTank" sound modules such as Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth, and more
  • 16 individual stereo outputs
  • Mix view and full mix parameter control
  • Powerful Effects section that includes 5 effects per part, 5 Send, and 5 Master effects with up to 90 effects available at once in any one module
  • Send Effects includes Send and Return controls and Pre-Post options
  • Range Controls allows for creating complex splits and layers
  • Instrument browsing
  • Total sound editing with full access to 50 Synth-Sampler engine controls
  • BPM syncable LFOs
  • Portamento Time and Curve controls with multiple selectable curves
  • Zone feature for single sample accurate editing
  • Expanded, easy-to-use full MIDI control
  • Responds to MIDI Program change
  • User preset and module save features
  • Convenient back-up function
  • Customizable keywords and sound search function with integrated sounds database
  • 256 notes polyphony
  • Customizable display colors

AmpliTube Live 2

  • 3 Guitar and Bass Amp Models
  • 5 Cabinets
  • 9 Stomp models, plus Spring Reverb and Gate
  • 2 Microphone models with selection/position
  • controls
  • Full-MIDI Control
  • Built-in Tuner
  • 128 Customizable User Presets compatible with the full version of AmpliTube 2
  • SpeedTrainer, an integrated audio player with pitch and speed control, for learning your favorite songs (standalone only)
  • Based on AmpliTube 2's unique DSM technology
  • Includes
  • AmpliTube X-GEAR

T-RackS 3 Standard

  • Includes 4 Classic T-RackS processors:
  • Compressor: a classic tube stereo compressor/leveler designed for mastering
  • Multi-band Limiter: a multiband master stereo limiter
  • Clipper: a soft-clipping stage to create warm, saturated mastering effects
  • Equalizer: a state-of-the-art, 6-band parametric equalizer, modeled on top analog gear of the past

New for T-RackS 3:

  • Configurable mastering/mixing chain—run up to 12 parallel/series processors
  • New complete built-in metering section with Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase, and RMS meters, plus a Spectrum analyzer with Peak, RMS, and Averaging indicators
  • New standalone and plug-in versions available in the same package for use in all the most popular native DAWs
  • New high-fidelity oversampling with crystal clear transparency, for high quality audio processing throughout the entire signal path
  • New SCC technology coupled with IK's unique DSM technology provides extremely accurate digital models of analog hardware devices
  • Extremely easy to use, with style-based presets, full chain visualization, one-click single module or chain bypass, "compare" function, multiple audio processing, standalone mode and much more


  • Works as a standalone application, as well as a plug-in
  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and Audio Units
  • ASIO (Windows) and CoreAudio (Mac OS X) compatible (standalone only)
  • High-quality oversampling
  • High-precision and high-transparency digital processors
  • Accurately analog-modeled vintage classic devices
  • Full-latency compensation support
  • Module and Global presets
  • Multiple curves Fade In and Out (standalone only)
  • Multiple Snapshots, independent for each audio file (standalone only)
  • Supports sampling rates up to 192kHz
  • Supports multiple input and output audio formats (WAV, AIFF, sd2, Apple Caf, Flac, MP3), sampling rates and resolutions
  • High-quality sampling rate and bit-depth converters
  • Single or Multiple audio files processing (standalone only)

Modules list

  • Classic T-RackS Compressor
  • Classic T-RackS Multi-band Limiter
  • Classic T-RackS Clipper
  • Classic T-RackS Equalizer


  • Multiple scale precision Peak Meter, Peak Hold and digital Over indications
  • Real Perceived Loudness Meter
  • RMS Level Meter
  • Hi-speed Phase scope with selectable display options

Purchase this software bundle and you'll have all you need to make great sounding computer-based music.

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