IK Multimedia Stealth Pedal Review

 

So I have done reviews on Amplitube 2, Amplitube Metal, Amplitube Fender and Ampeg SVX. Well these amazing tools all came with the Stealth Pedal I just got. That is a intro to how awesome of a studio tool the Stealth Pedal is! It is a USB pedal interface for guitar or bass. It has 2 separate 1/4″ inputs, 2 1/4″ outputs, a 1/8″ headphone out and 2 1/4″ inputs for addition pedals to be added for more control. When I first opened the box it actually surprised me. It is pretty heavy! A solid feeling metal pedal with great smooth action when you put your foot on it and adjust it. On the right side there is a input for a expression pedal, 2 inputs for guitar or bass as well as a master volume knob. On the left side there is another input for a foot switch, 2 1/4″ outputs, a 1/8″ headphone out, a usb input and 3 status LED’s. This thing is feature rich before we even hit the software!
When I first received the Stealth Pedal I was really impressed by the awesome sounding software it comes with. Granted each in their own right have tons and tons of features but what I wanted to focus on here is the ease of use when controlling the different programs. When I first installed the drivers it installed a program called X-Gear. It is basically a shell that hosts the other Amplitube programs. Inside of this you can use Fender, Ampeg SVX, Metal and of course Amplitube 2. You can easily and quickly switch between a clean shimmery Fender to a heavy metal 5150 sound with a single click. Really great too! At the top of the screen you have your Speed Trainer where you can play along with your favorite songs as well as slow down or speed up the music without changing the pitch so you can learn different solos or study different parts. This is a GREAT practice tool! In the upper right hand corner there is a metronome and control option. This is where you can change what the pedal actually controls. This is super easy to set up and change on the fly. Even if you add all the options with the external controllers it is simply labeled and logically laid out. Then in the main section of the screen appears all your usual Amplitube settings your familiar with.

I first tried this in the studio and was impressed. Solid feel, great sounds and easy to use. The next step was to try this out live. I took it to a gig I play regularly at a local jazz spot. Plugged into the pa and pulled out my laptop. The drummer was a bit curious as he sometimes plays to a metronome on his laptop but never thought you could use a laptop instead of a amp. One of the best things for me here was that I was able to walk in with my backpack and my guitar case. That’s it! Laptop, Stealth Pedal in the backpack and my guitar and cables in my guitar case! It was easy and the fastest set up/sound check ever!

After I played a few chords along with the band to check how it sounded they were all impressed. No more big Fender deluxe for me when this is just as good and a million times better on my back! After the gig I had a few regulars stop by to ask me about what the laptop was for. They were very impressed at the sound coming from this little pedal! I played the whole gig with out a hiccup! Lastly I tried this with the bass player who is a great friend of mine and we record and gig together regularly. I had him plug into this and play straight through the PA. After a few clicks to find a decent sound he liked with Ampeg SVX he was asking me where he could buy one! He was loving this! The best part about it is how well it integrates to control the software. You can set it and forget it. Volume pedal, wah, channel switching – it can all be done with this pedal!

Now after writing reviews for each version of Amplitube that the Stealth Pedal comes with I can say I love this whole package. For less than a lot of people pay for a pedal board or amp you can get a whole suite of world class guitar amp and effect modeling as well as a interface to control those sounds live! This has to be one of the best things I have seen for guitar. You can use this to control the software functions with a pedal! Its no surprise that if comes from the labs of IK Multimedia.

 

IK Multimedia Stealth Pedal

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