IK Multimedia offers the AmpliTube X-DRIVE software distortion pedal as a FREE add-on for all AmpliTube 5 users (including the free AmpliTube 5 CS) until February 25th, 2022.

AmpliTube X-DRIVE for AmpliTube 5 is the software version of IK Multimedia’s X-DRIVE distortion pedal. It features sixteen overdrive and distortion effects, covering a variety of guitar distortion flavors.

Here’s the complete list of available distortion modes:

  • Modern;
  • Metal;
  • Monarch;
  • Cat;
  • Orange;
  • Yellow;
  • Green;
  • Diode;
  • Blue;
  • Booster;
  • H-Boost;
  • Crush;
  • Octofuzz;
  • Purple;
  • Fuzzace;
  • Big-Fuzz.

Some modes are based on legendary guitar pedals like Tube Screamer and DS-1, whereas others deliver a more original sound.

It’s clear that X-DRIVE aims to emulate as many types of distortion as possible, so you’ll want to check it out regardless of your playing style. It can work in various genres, from metal and hard rock to jazz and blues.

X-DRIVE is relatively easy to use. Apart from choosing the distortion algorithm, users can fine-tune the drive amount and adjust the 3-band equalizer. You can also record, create and save presets within AmpliTube and use them onstage if you purchase the hardware X-DRIVE pedal.

Here are the instructions to redeem and get started with your AmpliTube X-DRIVE virtual distortion pedal:

  • Log into or register an IK account and head over to your User Area;
  • Follow the pop-up message to Redeem your promotional item and subscribe to the newsletter if you’re not already subscribed;
  • Download and open the IK Product Manager software;
  • Select “Manage My Products,” then using the “Software” tab, click the ” Install” and “Authorize” button to the right of AmpliTube 5;
  • If you’re already authorized, hover over the Authorize button and click “Re-Authorize”;
  • Now start up AmpliTube 5 and click “Collection” on the right side of the display;
  • Go to the bottom and click on “X-GEAR series”;
  • Select “X-DRIVE” to drag it to your signal chain;
  • That’s it!

X-DRIVE for AmpliTube 5 is priced at $149.99, but you can get it as a free download for a limited time. The promotion ends on February 25th, 2022.

More info: AmpliTube X-Drive (follow the instructions above to download for FREE)

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