BIAS FX updated – Positive Grid add Metal Signature Pack IAP

Download from iTunes App Storebias fx logo 2As I posted back in April, Positive Grid created a bit of a splash with their new BIAS FX app when it was first released. The app is undoubtedly a step up in terms of the processing and sound from PG’s JamUp Pro (although that is still very good in its own right) and links brilliantly with BIAS Amp. For iOS guitar tone-heads, the BIAS combination is undoubtedly a very tempting one.

The app has had a number of updates since release, adding new features and a number of IAP expansion packs. However, a further update arrived on the App Store on New Year’s Eve taking the app to v.1.3.2.

BIAS FX offers flexible signal chains including a dual chain option.

BIAS FX offers flexible signal chains including a dual chain option.

This update brings a number of useful tweaks. There are a few bugs that have been squashed (for example a ‘popping’ noise made by the Cloner Chorus pedal has been dealt with). The Audiobus SDK has also been updated to provide improved compatibility under iOS9 while some tweaks to the underlying engine have improved overall performance.

However, there are two more obvious highlights in the new version. First, there is a free effect pedal – a Pitch Shifter – that you can unlock by simply liking the Positive Grid Facebook page. It includes both harmony and pitch-shift modes and works pretty well. Second, this update sees the addition of the Metal Signature Pack as a UK£7.99 IAP. This is a re-working of the same pack that I reviewed when it was released in its original JamUp Pro format. The various amp and effect models – there are 6 new amps and six new effects included within the pack – have all been substantially re-worked to take advantage of the superior modelling algorithms available in BIAS FX so the sound should be even better than in the original.

Users can access a Pitch Shifter effect by liking the Positive Grid Facebook page.

Users can access a Pitch Shifter effect by liking the Positive Grid Facebook page.

Positive Grid coped a bit of flack with BIAS FX was first released. This was nothing to do with the quality of the app nor the guitar tones it could create (on those fronts the app was very well received). However, in making BIAS FX a ‘new’ app and not simply an update to JamUp Pro, and not really offering a price incentive for JamUp users to ‘cross-grade’ over to BIAS FX, existing JamUp users (and especially those that had invested in lots of IAP content) were left feeling a bit unloved.

It’s a view I have some sympathy with (and a ‘complete my bundle’ option on BIAS FX for JamUp Pro owners might have been nice to see) but PG’s business model is, of course, PG’s own business. However, I do think they paid some attention to the complaints and we have seen a couple of very good sales on BIAS FX since where users could pick the base app up for a heavily discounted price (including right now; the app is currently selling for just UK£7.99).

The Metal Signature Pack is now available for BIAS FX - and is free if you already own the JamUp Pro version of the pack.

The Metal Signature Pack is now available for BIAS FX – and is free if you already own the JamUp Pro version of the pack.

The new IAP is also being handled in a pretty fair fashion. If you were a JamUp Pro user who had already owned the Metal Signature Pack in that app, you can get the BIAS FX version of the IAP for free. You might have to wait a day or two to get this free access though…. it requires an update to JamUp itself and that is currently still with the Apple elves waiting final approval. Hopefully it will be with us shortly….  and it is also worth noting that this does suggest that Positive Grid are still investing some time and effort in keeping JamUp Pro working for those users that are happy to stay with that app rather than move to BIAS FX….  that’s also got to be welcome.

If you are just making your first steps with mobile virtual guitar rigs, BIAS FX is undoubtedly a brilliant piece of software and would be a great place to start….  You can check out the full review here but, as BIAS FX is currently available for just UK£7.99, it represents very good value for money whether you opt for any of the additional IAP content or not.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning the free route to get it, otherwise I would have purchased it and later discovered the free part. Guess I have to re-download JamUP Pro then, which I actually uninstalled after having tried out all the things in BiasFX and figured JamUp Pro would just take up space that I wouldn’t be able to use. :)

    2. Lol. I’ve been trying to purchase the signature metal for a week but the BUY option is broken for me and for others too. Positive Grid are aware of it but the Christmas vacation got in the way of adding a fix.

      Pressing the “BUY” button doesn’t do anything at the moment and the same applies if I try to buy individual FX from the signature pack. It was on sale last week at £3,99 but since we can’t purchase I’m going to ask Positive Grid to extend that sale price if they’ve returned it to the normal price. Basically we have tried to purchase numerous times each day since the Signature pack appeared. I do understand Positive Grid are working on the issue though but they do need to extend the sale price period given the situation.

    3. Huh, color me surprised. Free update to the Metal Sig. pack. Cool beans. I thought I had already bought a metal one in Bias FX? Must a been a different one.

      Though, i’ve been able to get some pretty killer metal sounds already. ;)

    4. ” If you were a JamUp Pro user who had already owned the Metal Signature Pack in that app, you can get the BIAS FX version of the IAP for free.” << May have to check this because I was told by Positive Grid on twitter last week that in order to unlock BiasFX signature metal free you'd need to have the "All Access Pack" which is priced at £18.99. I purchased the signature metal on JamUp Pro and it hasn't unlocked the pack on BiasFX.

      • Hi Raphael…. if my understanding is correct, the ‘free’ access to the Metal Signature IAP will only work once the latest JamUp Pro update has been processed by Apple. I think it was submitted by PG at the same time as the BIAS FX update but is simply taking longer to work its way through the Apple system…. Cheers, John

        • Hi John, thanks for info. Positive Grid also confirmed with me today that the JamUp Pro signature metal is applicable to Bias FX so as you say… just need to wait for Apple.

    5. PG does need direction. I noticed the initial Sept 2016 update actually arrived with all the IAPs unlocked. There’s a new update that suddenly appeared, but something tells me to wait before installing that one. I’ll consider this update the real justification for having bought up everything in the abandoned JamUpPro

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