Experience the innovative full-throttle guitar tones of MESA/Boogie® on your computer
Plug into a MESA/Boogie® amp and it will change your ideas about tone and your playing forever. Seriously, it really will. From the moment you first plug into a MESA, you’ll experience new levels of responsiveness, feel, nuance, and sound and you’ll quickly understand why MESA has always referred to their amplifiers as “Instruments”… because they are!
After experiencing your guitar coupled with the effortless and empowering playability and a new freedom to express emotion through attack and sustain characteristics that seem to read your passion… for most, there is no going back to “an amp”.
It’s hard to put into words the feeling of reward you get when all the hours of practice are suddenly supported and embellished and your playing jumps to a whole new plateau. But it’s REALLY great, and as soon as you plug in, you get it. The instant attack morphs stylistically under your command, the layers or rich harmonics create dimension and the newfound, willing sustain grant you access to the next level in your own development as a player.
The MESA experience will leave a permanent mark on the musical part of your brain and you’ll find you’ re smiling… saying under your breath, “damn this sounds good.” It’s that sound you’ve heard in your head and searched for all your playing life and yet, never attained until now. That’s a Boogie®. And now you can have the essence of Boogie on your laptop.
If you’re a tone-seeking adventurer, IK Multimedia is pleased and honored to bring you the Official co-developed Suite of Mesa/Boogie’s most acclaimed amplifiers for your laptop, desktop and DAW.
A handmade history
No one speaks high-gain guitar like MESA/Boogie. Since the late-'60s, Randall Smith, and from 1980 on, Dan Van Riezen, Doug West and James Aschow have been smashing the boundaries of heavy guitar with a myriad of innovative and handcrafted instruments and speaker enclosures. Four decades later, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie, gives you convenient access to 5 amps and cabs from their most toneful and popular lines, allowing you tap into the thick, rich sound that so long ago prompted Carlos Santana to make his ”mark” on the brand and famously say, "Man, this thing really boogies!"
Hello from the [digital] tone farm!
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is the most comprehensive collection of officially licensed MESA/Boogie virtual guitar amps and cabinets on the market. Now you can plug in and experience legendary tone wherever your computer can take you: You get everything from the violin-like sustain of the Mark series to the aggressive, huge crunch and searing gain of the Rectifier series.
And, like all AmpliTube gear, we've meticulously crafted these models to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts. Each virtual model has been painstakingly and meticulously scrutinized, tested and approved by our devoted team of talented engineers and by the guys who created these sounds at Mesa Engineering to ensure they perform like the real thing.
And we nailed it.
With the addition of MESA/Boogie to AmpliTube Custom Shop, the world’s biggest library of official virtual gear just got infinitely more versatile, and certainly more soulful.
Sound like a rock god
MESA/Boogie amplifiers have provided their signature tone to a wide variety of players from around the world. This includes iconic pioneers like Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Al DiMeola and also modern heroes like Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton and Will Adler, Johnny A, Andy Timmons… the MESA list of guitar greats with noteworthy tone goes on and on.
Cascading waves of tone
And there’s a good reason for its impressive roster of players. MESA/Boogie has pioneered the biggest advances in amplifier technology of the past 40 years. Its innovative “cascading” tube preamp offered multiple stages of gain that introduced guitarists to a world of near infinite sustain and aggressive crunch separate from volume that simply didn't exist before.
Their creation of the world’s first Dual Mode footswitching amp in 1980, the MARK II, ushered in a new bottom-line for live-performance guitar. Later II, III and IV MARK amplifiers unveiled nearly all of the now-common pro features players have come to expect. From Switchable Power Reduction to Effects Loops, Switchable Rectifiers to Switchable Speaker Cabs, Voicing Switches to on-board Graphic EQ, Simultaneous Modes of Tube Wiring to Channel Assignable Power Ranges and Classes of Operation, it was all seen first on a Boogie. All of MESA Engineering’s designs have helped to set the stage for entirely new and successive waves of era-defining sounds and the music those sounds inspire, like the MESA Dual and Triple Rectifiers, which gave the world a searing mid-range crunch and HUGE, percussive low end that's dominated hard rock and metal since its introduction 24 years ago.
A huge MESA tone palette
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie gives you a full spread of gear that represents the breadth and versatility of the many faces of MESA/Boogie. The line-up includes 5 amplifiers with matching cabinets: The Boogie Mark III, MESA and Boogie Mark IV, MESA Dual Rectifier, MESA Triple Rectifier and the master of mid to classic gain Brit, the TransAtlantic TA-30.
Mark III™ Combo
Mark IV™ Combo
Dual Rectifier® Head
Triple Rectifier® Head
TransAtlantic® TA-30 Combo
1x12" Mark III™ Combo
1x12" Mark IV™ Combo
2x12" Rectifier® Horizontal
4x12" Recto® Traditional Slant
2x12" TransAtlantic® TA-30 Combo
A familiar face
Like all AmpliTube products, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is intuitive, easy-to-use and provides for a ton of different creative possibilities. You get plenty of signal routing options: two separate paths, each with a complete setup, can be played simultaneously, or you can configure the signal path to double the available stomps, amps, cabinets and racks effects to create one gigantic rig. The AmpliTube MESA/Boogie signal chain includes 5 individual components, with up to 12 simultaneous stomp-boxes, 2 amp heads, 2 cabinets with 2 microphones and 8 rack effects that can all be configured and used simultaneously.
And, of course, you can mix and match your favorite AmpliTube MESA/Boogie gear with other AmpliTube models to create your own one-of-a-kind tones. AmpliTube is fully MIDI compatible, so all the knobs, controls and presets of AmpliTube MESA/Boogie can be assigned and controlled with a standard MIDI controller (through a high-quality interface like iRig MIDI 2) or iRig BlueBoard.
A legacy of superior sound
With AmpliTube MESA/Boogie, you’ll enjoy inspiring sound and feel from your computer that’s extremely close to playing the amp in your living room. That level of accuracy and enjoyment should come as no surprise, considering that IK’s team of engineers have spent almost the past two decades tearing apart vintage gear, analyzing it and reconstructing it for virtual use. Our special modeling technologies, like DSM™ (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) and VRM™ (Volumetric Response Modeling), give you the tone that you crave, right when you want it.
And only AmpliTube gives you the ability to “try before you buy.” You can download full working copies of any of the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie amplifiers from the AmpliTube Custom Shop and try them out free of charge.
Standalone and plug-in software for Mac/PC
5 of the most influential guitar amps of all time
5 original matching cabinets
Incredible tonal flexibility: mix and match amps, cabinets, mics and more
Sound-certified and approved by MESA/Boogie®
5 separate modules: Tuner, configurable Stomp pedal board, Amp head, Cabinet+Mic and Rack Effects
2 fully configurable rigs with up to 32 simultaneous effects
Expandable with more gear models via Custom Shop
More full-throttle tones from the inventors of high gain
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie® 2 is the much-anticipated follow-up to IK’s first MESA/Boogie offering, bringing 4 new officially certified amps and 5 cabs to AmpliTube 5. Now you can complete your collection of full-throttle gear from the inventors of high-gain tone.
All MESA/Boogie 2 models have been precisely crafted using IK’s latest modeling technologies including DIM™ and VIR™ to sound, look and respond just like their hardware counterparts, and have been tested and approved by the R&D team at MESA engineering.
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie 2 overview
Gear collection for AmpliTube Custom Shop
4 officially certified MESA/Boogie amps and 5 cabinets
Breakthrough DIM™ technology for unparalleled realism
Sound-certified and approved by MESA/Boogie
No previous version of AmpliTube required
Works seamlessly with the new AmpliTube 5 Custom Shop
More than mere amplification
Plug into any amp from this new collection and you’ll be amazed by the levels of responsiveness, feel, nuance and sound. We worked hand in hand again with MESA to meticulously recreate every circuit and control feature of each model. And we nailed it.
You’ll quickly understand why MESA has always referred to their amplifiers as “instruments” … because they are, lifting your verve and performance to new heights.
Gear available in AmpliTube MESA/Boogie 2
The amps and cabs in MESA/Boogie 2 were chosen for their significant tone-shaping innovations. You’ll find 3 ground-breaking amps from MESA’s current line-up and one of their most desirable models from the past. You also get 5 officially certified cabs with a range of configurations and a choice of Jensen or Celestion speakers. In addition, we’ve included two extra speakers from our work on the California Tweed, which you can swap into any cab.
1x12 California Tweed
2x12 California Tweed
4x12 RoadKing Black
4x12 RoadKing Vintage
Sound like a rock god
MESA/Boogie amplifiers have provided their signature tone to a wide variety of players from around the world. This includes iconic pioneers like Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Al Di Meola and more modern heroes like Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Lamb of God’s Mark Morton and Will Adler, Johnny A, Andy Timmons… the MESA list of guitar greats with noteworthy tone goes on and on.
Add MESA/Boogie 2 to your collection and you'll tap into the thick, rich sound that so long ago prompted Carlos Santana to make his “mark” on the brand by famously saying, "Man, this thing really boogies!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Officially certified MESA/Boogie amplifiers: TripleRectifier, Dual Rectifier, Mark III, Mark IV and TransAtlantic TA-30
Full digital representation of front and back panel controls
Industry-standard sound with DSM (Dynamic SaturationModeling) and VRM (Volumetric Response Modeling) technologies offer the mostrealistic emulation of real world gear and the best sounding models
Perfect as a plug-in for studio recording and mixing in anyMac/Win DAW, native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operatingsystems
Also perfect for live performance thanks to the standaloneversion with instant preset switching
Highest supported Sampling Rate: 96 kHz
DAW automation and BPM synchronization
5 separate modules
Rig of up to 12 stomps, 2 Amp heads + 2 Cabs + 2 x doublemics and 8 rack effects can be configured in up to 8 serial/parallelconfigurations
Two movable microphones allow you to mic the cabinet exactlylike in real world studio and live environment
Stereo signal path makes it suitable for any type ofinstrument including drums, keyboards, vocals and more
Massive database of presets with multiple guitar and bassoriented tags and keywords, advanced search function, rig visualization andmore
Perfect integration with IKs range of audio interfaces andcontrollers such as iRig HD, iRig Pro DUO, iRig Pro and iRig 2 allows forinstant recording and performing in the studio or on stage with fullprogramming at the software level
2-track built-in multitrack recorder with DAW-like featuresenables you to quickly capture ideas or even record a small band in thestandalone application without the need to open a DAW and with the convenienceof AmpliTube superior quality audio processing
Imports any Wav, Aiff, sd2, Apple Caf, Flac, MP3 audio file(Standalone version)
SpeedTrainer for speeding up/slowing down imported trackswithout affecting the pitch the perfect tool for practicing and improvingyour instrument skills or learning your favorite riffs and solos (standaloneversion)