Quick Guide To Using External MIDI Controllers with AmpliTube 3
The release of AmpliTube 3 added a host of new features for interactive control of effect settings via external controllers. Among the options for control via IK Multimedia’s StealthPedal and upcoming StealthBoard you’ll find an option for controlling AmpliTube 3 via MIDI. There are a few layers to the control options such as parameters and patches but in this post I’m going to focus on the quick-and-dirty “I have this pedal and want to make it work” approach. While this post focuses on the standalone implementation of AmpliTube 3, there isn’t much difference when using your DAW. For your DAW just setup a MIDI input and route the signal to the instance of AmpliTube 3 you wish to control.
So if you’ve never seen AmpliTube, crawl out from under your rock and take a peek.
Pop into the device setup (for standalone instances) and setup your interface and MIDI device parameters.
Now flip over to the STOMP A section of the signal chain and let’s drop a Wah 46 on the floor.
IK Multimedia couldn’t have made the MIDI setup for this any easier or more straightforward. Simply right mouse click the aspect of the effect you wish to alter to reveal the Assign Midi -> Learn function.
AmpliTube will now enter the Learn mode waiting for you to engage your physical pedal that you want to use to control the effect.
Now for the hard part… drag your lazy foot off the floor and push the pedal you want to use. The interface will dismiss the Learn message and you should be controlling the pedal. Good times!
Now let’s try a pushbutton because there are a few ways those little gizmos work within the interface.
Right mouse click the mode (off, on , auto) above the wah. You might notice there is no ‘bypass’ option. This is one thing I don’t completely understand about the way IK implemented the MIDI Learn functionality. I personally would like to also see the bypass option available for any pedal that has a multi-mode like this, but that’s just a personal tic. Not a huge deal because IK has given us more than one way to assign control. In the lower right area of AmpliTube click the MIDI button.
The MIDI settings screen will appear. In this area you will already see the Wah MIDI control we setup. Now we’re going to manually configure a controller.
Click the Add button at the bottom of the window and a menu will appear. Navigate into the Stomp A signal chain -> Wah 46 then select Bypass. A new row will be added to the parameters list.
Now with the new row selected, click the Learn button and AmpliTube will enter the MIDI Learn mode.
Press your ‘real world’ button and AmpliTube should change the CC# to match the message sent by your controller button.
There may be one more step depending on your physical pedal construction. If your pedal snaps/latches like an on/off switch then the Latch Mode off would be preferred (and is the default) however if your switch is momentary then pressing your button would enable the pedal while letting the switch go would disable it. To alter this behavior simply click the word OFF in the parameter row to change it to ON and all is well.
So there you have it… two ways to get immediate satisfaction in AmpliTube 3 with your external MIDI controller.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.