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IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software

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A simple, easy-to-use, 1/4" jack to USB audio interface cable for your guitar or bass.

StealthPlug is the first audio interface for guitar and bass integrated into a simple, miniaturized, 1/4" jack to USB cable with full input/output processing for your PC or Mac. It's so easy to use that you will be able to plug it into your computer as you would plug into an amplifier. Be ready to rock in seconds and enter the world of software-based amp/effects modeling and recording.

StealthPlug includes the new, easy-to-use, award-winning AmpliTube 2 Live standalone and plug-in for your favorite recording software. Fully MIDI-controllable, it has 5 guitar and bass amp combinations of the most sought after gear, 11 effects, mic-modeling with 2 microphones and position controls, a built-in tuner, and more than 128 customizable user presets. Plus, the standalone version also offers the new SpeedTrainer, an integrated audio player with pitch and speed control for playing with or learning your favorite songs.

4 additional software and sound packages bundled with the StealthPlug make it one of the most affordable and complete hardware/software solution for playing, practicing, and recording on the market. First there's Tracktion 2.1 by Mackie which allows you to compose and record with a full audio/MIDI sequencer. Secondly you can fine tune your work with IK's acclaimed T-RackS 6-band mastering EQ. The third bundled item is IK's SampleTank 2 SE sound workstation and its 64 sounds which let you write and arrange your MIDI tracks. Last, but not least, you get a staggering 500MB of Sonic Reality loops with guitar, bass, and drum loops for you to use within your songs or play along with. Moreover, you will also be eligible for upgrades/crossgrades to the the full versions of the included software and the entire IK range at highly reduced prices, making the StealthPlug a great value for any guitarist or bassist.

Free AmpliTube X-Gear download
StealthPlug users can now download for free AmpliTube X-GEAR, a completely expandable guitar amp and effects modeling software system available as a plug-in and standalone version for Mac/PC. It allows mixing and matching between all the gear models from all current and future "Powered by AmpliTube" products in a single host interface; providing seamless control over every parameter directly from IK's StompIO USB floor controller and audio interface. X-GEAR gives users the ability to build the ultimate mega-rig of truly custom guitar and bass tones, live and in the studio.

To get this extra add-on, simply go to: www.ikmultimedia.com/userarea

FEATURES
9' (2.5m) length cable with integrated audio interface
1/4" jack connector MONO IN
1/8" mini-jack Headphone stereo out (suitable also for Amp/Powered Speaker out)
USB 1.0/2.0 connector
Activity LED
Volume UP/DOWN buttons
USB bus powered
16 bit A/D -D/A converter
44KHz/48KHz Sampling Frequency
Ultra-low latency ASIO and Core Audio Drivers
Hi-Z direct Guitar and Bass-IN (suitable for any instrument with line out also)

Included Software
Amplitube 2 Live
2 separate modules: tuner + configurable Stomp pedal board, and Amp head + Cabinet + Mic
9 Stomp effects plus Spring Reverb and Noise Gate
3 Amp models
4 cabinet and 2 microphone models
Digital tuner
Stand-alone and VST/AU/RTAS plug-in for all popular DAWs
Includes SpeedTrainer for playing along with your favorite recordings
Includes AmpliTube X-GEAR for seamless integration with all the other "Powered by AmpliTube" products, MIDI control and StompIO integration
Powered by AmpliTube with exclusive DSM (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) technology for award-winning sound & realistic feel
Mac OS X (including Leopard) and XP/Vista compatible

AmpliTube X-Gear
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 (thanks to newly available separate Amp Pre, EQ, and Power Section now available) for 192 different amp combinations
More controls like Ambience in the cabinet module and advanced Automation
Possibility to integrate AmpliTube 2 Live with other "powered by AmpliTube" software applications into a single interface with full mixing and matching between the included gear models
Seamless integration with StompIO advanced USB floor controller and audio interface for using your computer live
Automatically recognizes previous AmpliTube 2 Live installation, as well as other "Powered by AmpliTube" software installed on your computer, giving immediate access to all of the gear models and new features within the new interface

Other included software
Mackie Tracktion 2.1 Audio/MIDI Sequencer
SampleTank 2 SE with 64 Sounds Included for VST
T-RackS EQ 6-Band Mastering EQ for VST
500MB of Sonic Reality's Loops of Guitar, Bass and Drum Grooves
SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements:
Power PC-based Macintosh
Minimum: 866MHz Power Macintosh G4, with 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
One free USB port

Intel-based Macintosh
Minimun: 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
One free USB port

Windows
Minimum: Pentium III 1GHz/Athlon XP 1.33GHz with 256MB of RAM, Windows XP
One free USB port
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IK MultimediaStealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software
 
2.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cleaned up my live set-up

My main mission for this product was live use playing my Bass with minimal cables. I was using a USB interface with my Macbook and an Ampeg Amp set up flat in order to...Read complete review

My main mission for this product was live use playing my Bass with minimal cables. I was using a USB interface with my Macbook and an Ampeg Amp set up flat in order to take advantage of my Ampeg SVX Software amp modeling features. This cable replaced the complicated interfaces that I was using and going to the "House" Sound board. I am NOT using the "Headphones Out" jack from the steathplug. I go directly out from my Laptop out to the amp and soundboard.There is no latency issues.The mac already comes with the "Driver" for the plug so you just connect and play. If you are going to go live with it, you MUST disable the "Feedback" check mark in audio preferences or the click sound from the computer will sound live when you adjust the volume using the plug.Yes it is noisy if you use it with guitars. The reason is that this is a "Hi-Gain" plug. Not a regular balanced or "Low-gain" line inputs like in other systems. I used the noise gate feature to clean up the "noise" when not playing. Also, you MUST adjust audio gain in the "Sound Preferences" Window"Overall, I like it, But I wish the cable was a little longer. If possible buy the "Real" Amplitube 2 for guitar or the Ampeg SVX for Bass. You have Many more options thatn the toned-down Live program with the plug.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The hardware is worthless, the software is ok

A guitar-to-usb interface? Genius! Sadly, it doesn't quite live up to the promise. Got this thing today, installed the software, and was very disappointed. The interface is noisy as hell, when...Read complete review

A guitar-to-usb interface? Genius! Sadly, it doesn't quite live up to the promise. Got this thing today, installed the software, and was very disappointed. The interface is noisy as hell, when you can hear it at all. The drivers it installs overrides your standard ASIO drivers, and I couldn't get it to send the sound out to anywhere but the headphone out on the stealth plug. What I heard when I plugged into that output, to put it plainly, sucked.Amplitube, the software it comes with however, is another story. What I ended up doing is running a regular guitar cable from my guitar output straight into the line-in on the back of my computer, and used amplitube with that, and voila! Sounds great! And with decent tracking software (like Nuendo, what I used), you can record the raw guitar signal, use ampitube as an effect plugin, and swap out amps, mics, cabs, et cas you see fit. Recorded with a Marshall tone but think Fender would sound better? No problem! You can even switch tones while listening to the recording playback. Save your money and just buy the software...For the record, I was using amplitube 2.0, not the "live" version that comes with the hardware.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

biggest waste of money since beenies

By Scottcat74

from Apalachin, New York.

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Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

I had the same problems as almost everyone else. Lots of hiss, Lots of hassle. As far as getting it to work properly, I have gone back to using a mike & amp while saving up for a new interface. I did learn that less money is usually more hassle.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great, less filling...

By CJBadge

from northern Virginia

Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

For me, using a newer MacBook Pro, this product could not have been simpler. Plug in and play, after installing the AmpliTube Live software. I did not have the issue with noise that others have experienced and the included software was fun and the amp modeling is stellar. Maybe it's the difference between using Windows and Mac OS X. I liked it so much, I went out and purchased the AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix version and have the AmpliTube Fender on order. I originally purchased the StealthPlug as a USB interface for the lastest version of Apple's GarageBand and it works great for that as well. Apple includes a compatible driver in their system software. Now, I can play my guitar through the interface and have a very realistic sound through headphones and practice in the Family Room at night while my family is watching TV and I don't need to go to the basement and "crank" some amps. A wonderful, fun product highly recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

cheap junk broke in 1 hour

By bendar

from san jose , ca

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Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Headphone And Usb Out Sho
    • Junk
    • Limited Functions
    • none
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Shorted Out In An Hour An
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

      cheap headphone jack and usb shorted out within 1 hour

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Adequate

      By Purple Fan

      from USA

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      Pros

      • Best with Amplitude SW
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Noisy
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Amplitude Amp software
      • Practise

      Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

      This is the interface OEM recommends for their Amplitude Metal and Fender SW packages. Easy to install and plugs right into USB Port. Headphones plug onto this interface. Sound quality of Amplitude SW is good but the big draw back is there is background noise....not unlike a real tube amp. If they could eliminate the noise this would be better. I thought it was a bit pricey as well but not terrible. However, the amplitude SW is great and this is the easiest way to get started.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      stealthplug is too noisy

      By John Richards

      from San Francisco

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      Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

      The software is great but the stealthplug is too noisy for serious recording. Use a better interface and it sounds great.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This is ridiculous...

      By Xander69

      from Boise

      Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

      So I got this bundle today and have been trying to get it work for 6 F****** HOURS NOW! There's the hissing problem with the output, and then programs that come bundled with it don't ever work in conjunction with each other. Not only that, the manufacturers become silent when questioned on this. It's ridiculous.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cleaned up my live set-up

      By IanRc

      from Puerto Rico

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      Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

      My main mission for this product was live use playing my Bass with minimal cables. I was using a USB interface with my Macbook and an Ampeg Amp set up flat in order to take advantage of my Ampeg SVX Software amp modeling features. This cable replaced the complicated interfaces that I was using and going to the "House" Sound board. I am NOT using the "Headphones Out" jack from the steathplug. I go directly out from my Laptop out to the amp and soundboard.There is no latency issues.The mac already comes with the "Driver" for the plug so you just connect and play. If you are going to go live with it, you MUST disable the "Feedback" check mark in audio preferences or the click sound from the computer will sound live when you adjust the volume using the plug.Yes it is noisy if you use it with guitars. The reason is that this is a "Hi-Gain" plug. Not a regular balanced or "Low-gain" line inputs like in other systems. I used the noise gate feature to clean up the "noise" when not playing. Also, you MUST adjust audio gain in the "Sound Preferences" Window"Overall, I like it, But I wish the cable was a little longer. If possible buy the "Real" Amplitube 2 for guitar or the Ampeg SVX for Bass. You have Many more options thatn the toned-down Live program with the plug.

       
      1.0

      NOISE NOISE NOISE

      By Andy

      from Brisbane

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        Convenient, but very noisy. Would not recommend a Stealthplug to anyone

         
        4.0

        Great & Powerful Software Needs Help

        By LoveofGutiar

        from Earth

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Options
        • Nice Interface Usb Cable

        Cons

        • Complex Registrations
        • Complex To Register
        • Pay For Extra Amps Etc
        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        Had a tough time getting the product registered for use, then found that you had to download the amps shown on the package and had a hard time figuring out how to use the speed trainer as the manual is poorly written (I am still waiting clear instructions on how to do this from the manufacturer)…all in all I was pumped to try this out but must admit was disappointed and frustrated getting started using it.

         
        4.0

        pretty good

        By Rockin Dad-R9a49

        from Canada

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        The driver software is a bit troublesome with xp but once i figuered that out I found no other issues with the product. I have found that plug works with my Roland electronic drums. My son and I have used Traction to record our own tracks and blend them together with no real issues to speak of. Overall a decent product for the money.

         
        2.0

        Dissapointing

        By rileyjr

        from Birmingham, AL

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        I bought this hoping I could turn my cpu into a low end studio. I have a Sony VAIO and could not get the sound to work correctly. Don't know if it was me, my cpu, the product or a combination. Alot of "hiss" with the effects, especially distortion/overdrive. I got decent sound out of my bass; just standard bass and no effects. But the guitar was another story, all hiss all the time. I could minimize it by choosing a bass amp for the guitar, but if you wanted to use any stacks or brit sounds...hiss. Like an angry snake!The amplitude software was pretty cool. Great learning tool for someone needing to see how to lay out effects pedals. I tried to find a way to just use it, but couldn't get it to work.All in all if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is.

         
        1.0

        Very Disappointed

        By Guitar Student

        from New York, NY

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        Purchased StealthPlug so I could record and listen at the same time without any latency. Very excited when I first plugged into computer and listened to the sound via earphones. More excited whem I played around with Amplitude. But quickly went downhill after that. Soon got major distortion, similar to a radio that is not tuned in to a station. When I tried using the recording software, Traktion, same type of distortion would occur when using Traktion filters, and even if I did not use filters. Since recording was my main purpose, the device and software have become useless to me. Have tried working with the IK Media support team. Although they try to be helpful, the response time is very long (days or weeks) and to this date, several months after purchasing the unit, I have yet to record more than once without encountering significant distortion. Perhaps I have a defective unit, so maybe you will have better luck than I.

         
        4.0

        It is a solution, but not the only one

        By Alfredo

        from Maracaibo, ZU

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        So there's not much to say, is a very fine product, has a lot of features like Mackie traction and other plug-in's, but I just wanted an audio interface for my guitar and a good sound. I just want to say that I just want a product like this, but with full guitar software, forget all the audio editing and the plug-in's. I just want to rock with my guitar and my computer if that's possible.

         
        5.0

        Great guitar to computer device!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        I bought this device and figured it was just another electronic device that would get shelved after a couple weeks. I?ve had it almost a month and I still love it. The quality of it isn?t that great. I would hardly plug into my guitar at first. The male connection was warped or something, but I got it in and its fine now. I wish the volume was rotary and not push button but it works. The drivers are great and worked great with amplitube full version and Guitar Rig 2. I must say I?ve been using guitar rig 2 much more than amplitube with the stealth plug though. I will focus on amplitube 2 live since its what ships with the stealthplug. It?s very cool, and sounds much better than I thought it would. I?ve been playing for almost 20 years, and I?ve had a lot of different gear. I have a lot of gear now that I haven?t used in a month since buying this, and might not use much again since I can get better sounds than ever before. I?m into blues and hard rock. The sweet bluesy sounds are great as well and the hard rock crunch. I am very happy I got it and I recommend trying guitar rig 2 also with it.

         
        1.0

        The hardware is worthless, the software is ok

        By tj-wS1ZI

        from NJ

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        Comments about IK Multimedia StealthPlug Guitar/Bass USB Audio Interface Cable + AmpliTube 2 Live Software:

        A guitar-to-usb interface? Genius! Sadly, it doesn't quite live up to the promise. Got this thing today, installed the software, and was very disappointed. The interface is noisy as hell, when you can hear it at all. The drivers it installs overrides your standard ASIO drivers, and I couldn't get it to send the sound out to anywhere but the headphone out on the stealth plug. What I heard when I plugged into that output, to put it plainly, sucked.Amplitube, the software it comes with however, is another story. What I ended up doing is running a regular guitar cable from my guitar output straight into the line-in on the back of my computer, and used amplitube with that, and voila! Sounds great! And with decent tracking software (like Nuendo, what I used), you can record the raw guitar signal, use ampitube as an effect plugin, and swap out amps, mics, cabs, et cas you see fit. Recorded with a Marshall tone but think Fender would sound better? No problem! You can even switch tones while listening to the recording playback. Save your money and just buy the software...For the record, I was using amplitube 2.0, not the "live" version that comes with the hardware.

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