StompIO – Revolutionary Modelling?
So – here’sÂ a noteworthy piece of gadgety goodness that has recently caught my eye.
It’s the StompIO– which is a USB connected interface for AmpliTube and the makers, IK Media,Â call it a “Revolutionary stage controller”.
I think “revolutionary” may be pushing it – I have used a Line 6 Bass POD XTÂ with a shortboard controller for the past 4 years for both live and studio work – have even used it DI’d for a gig when my rig failed to materialise on time!Â The POD seriesÂ are also amp and effect modellers that can be tweaked and new stuff downloaded via a USB connection to your puter through Line 6’s fabulous site.
The StompIO gives you control over all â€œPowered by AmpliTubeÂ®â€ software/plug-ins with the same feeling of a traditional stompÂ boxÂ – no need to even look at the computer screen or touch the mouse.Â
The StompIO comesÂ with 5 software packages: AmpliTube 2, AmpegÂ® SVX, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrixâ„¢, AmpliTube Metal and AmpliTube X-GEAR.
It costs 799 euros so isn’t dirt cheap andÂ most of us musicians aren’t rich!Â – Until I actually hear the noises it makes I’m going to reserve my judgement for now.Â
I have used Amplitute software before and know that their modelling is good – I’ve yet to put POD v Amplitude yet and would love the chance to get it through my rack and hear what it can do live.