Tones that will rock you

AmpliTube Brian May captures his special guitar, one-of-a-kind gear and unmistakable sound. Brian May’s guitar tone has powered some of the biggest rock anthems the world has ever heard. His intricately-layered harmonized leads, muscular rhythm guitar, and sweet clean tones blazed a path for rock guitarists, proving that rock music can have both brains and brawn.

AmpliTube Brian May overview

  • Gear collection for AmpliTube Custom Shop
  • 10 new models split between amps, cabs and effects
  • Breakthrough DIM™ technology for unparalleled realism
  • Sound-certified and approved by Brian May
  • No previous version of AmpliTube required
  • Works seemlessly with the new Custom Shop updates
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You want it all? Brian brought it all!

We worked meticulously with Brian May and his techs to provide the unique signature sound you've heard on countless albums and stages for decades. From Brian’s treble booster to his three-amp VOX® AC30™ setup to his carefully-curated effects selection, the attention to detail in modeling this inimitable tone will make you the champion of guitar tone. Hear for yourself.

Listen to audio demos

All audio demos by Jamie Humphries (guitarist for official Queen production “We Will Rock You”, also performed with Queen, Brian May, Jeff Beck, Ronan Keating, more)

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Gear available in AmpliTube Brian May

AmpliTube Brian May features 10 brand new models including 2 amps, 3 cabinets and 5 stomps created to recreate both the guitar and gear Brian used live and in the studio. AmpliTube Brian May also unlocks the Wet-Dry-Wet signal path mode to mirror exactly his setup. A new pedal modeling his Red Special guitar, the unique home-built “Deacy” Amp (with adjustable battery power!), the famous triple-amp setup, his tone-shaping effects, and even a harmonizer so you can nail those Queen leads and go Headlong into the tone that sparked a rock revolution – they're all here.

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2 Amplifiers

  • BM 30
  • BM DK

3 Cabinets

  • 2x12 BM 30 Blue
  • 2x12 BM 30 H70
  • 1x6 BM DK

7 Stompboxes

  • Chorus-1
  • FOX Phaser
  • Harmonator
  • May Wah
  • Red Special
  • Star Gate
  • Treble Booster

2 Rack Effects

  • Analog Chorus
  • Harmonator

6 Microphones

  • Vintage Dynamic 20
  • Dynamic 421
  • Dynamic 441
  • Condenser 67
  • Condenser 170
  • Ribbon 121

Amplifiers

  • BM 30
  • BM DK

Cabinets

  • 2x12 BM 30 Blue
  • 2x12 BM 30 H70
  • 1x6 BM DK

Stompboxes

  • Chorus-1
  • FOX Phaser
  • Harmonator
  • May Wah
  • Red Special
  • Star Gate
  • Treble Booster

Rack Effects

  • Analog Chorus
  • Harmonator

Microphones

  • Vintage Dynamic 20
  • Dynamic 421
  • Dynamic 441
  • Condenser 67
  • Condenser 170
  • Ribbon 121
Explore the gear

It all starts with the guitar…

As much as the effects and amplifiers, the true key to May’s tone is his Red Special guitar. In the early 1960s, Brian and his father built this guitar from materials they had on hand, including wood from their fireplace mantel and springs from a motorbike!
Even the Burns Tri-Sonic pickups were altered.

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For AmpliTube Brian May, we knew we needed to provide the unique sound of this instrument, so we went the extra mile to develop a new stompbox effect to help simulate the tone and controls of the Red Special itself.

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This machine is wild!! It transforms your guitar into a different instrument in a different universe - in this case, MY universe. Dial in one of the presets to get into Hammer to Fall or Bo Rhap or Killer Queen. Then make your own custom adjustments to fine- tune it, and mould it, and create the tone you want to own. And ... save!! Enjoy!

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Nowhere else can you get the sound and feel of the actual gear Brian May used in the studio and live in concert. Experience the tones that rocked millions today.

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But wait, there's more

AXE I/O — Capture your guitar and bass at their best

Ready for the ultimate guitar and bass recording experience, that brings out every nuance of AmpliTube? Check out AXE I/O, IK’s premium audio interface with powerful tone shaping tools. It’s the audio interface guitar and bass players have been waiting for.

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Take MIDI control

AmpliTube is fully MIDI compatible, so all the knobs, controls and presets of this gear Collection for AmpliTube can be assigned and controlled with a standard MIDI controller, or a high-quality interface like the iRig Stomp I/O, or the convenient iRig BlueBoard.

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A Time Machine of tone… for free

The AmpliTube 5 Custom Shop is a free software package for your Mac or PC that includes a complete guitar dual signal chain; tuner, pedalboard, amplifier, cabinet, microphone and rack effects section. It comes with 39 pieces of gear and access to our unique online virtual music store where you can purchase gear models either a-la-carte or as a complete collection. You can even create almost any rig you can dream up combining this gear collection with the universe of gear available to try or buy in Custom Shop.

When used as a standalone application, AmpliTube 5 Custom Shop features a 2-track recorder section and a song-player for easy play-along capabilities. The SpeedTrainer function allows you to slow down the audio so you can learn Satch’s signature licks note for note without affecting the pitch.

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AmpliTube 5 — step up to the modern player’s ultimate tone studio

While AmpliTube gear sounds absolutely amazing in AmpliTube Custom Shop, it will sound even better with all the new and improved tone-tweaking features inside of AmpliTube 5 — features like the Freely Configurable Signal Chain and a re-designed Cabinet section to name a few.

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Freely Configurable Signal Chain

AmpliTube 5 features a new, completely customizable gear chain. Beyond mono & stereo, AmpliTube 5 now supports wet-dry-wet configurations and other advanced series & parallel routing.

The overall chain now supports up to a massive 57 simultaneous models across Stomps, Racks, Amps and Cabs. And setup is a breeze - just drag & drop any model into place, to build or re-position even the most complex rigs in seconds.

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New Cabinet Section with VIR™ Technology

AmpliTube 5 premieres a re-engineered Cabinet section with all-new DSP. IK’s new Volumetric Impulse Response (VIR™) uses 600 IRs per speaker, 1,200 IRs for a 2-speaker cab and 2,400 IRs for a 4-speaker cab, capturing a massive 3D array of mic placement options, plus all the interactions between speakers, cabinet and floor for a completely true-to-life sound.

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Track your creativity

As a standalone application, AmpliTube 5 also features an integrated 8-track recorder, plus a 4-track looper for quickly capturing your ideas as they come to you. And, of course, you can mix and match your favorite gear with any and all of the new AmpliTube 5 models to create your own one-of-a-kind tones.

If you haven't already, now’s a great time to leap ahead with AmpliTube 5.

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