ToneStack updated – Yonac bring v.3.0 of their iOS guitar amp sim

Download from iTunes App Storetonestack logoDeveloper Yonac have gained a dedicated following with their ToneStack guitar amp sim app since it first hit the iTunes App Store a couple of years ago. It sounds very good indeed – up there with the best of the guitar amp sim apps such as BIAS FX or Mobile POD – that iOS currently has to offer. It launched with a solid set of virtual equipment, a bunch of excellent IAPs, Audiobus and IAA support and, as a universal app, this is an iOS music app that lots of iPad or iPhone wielding guitar players would be quite happy to have sitting on their devices.

About 12 months ago, Yonac launched v.2.0 of ToneStack with some new features and new pieces of virtual guitar kit. These included re-working of many of the virtual components, new ’boutique’ and ‘bass’ bundles and a new ‘Motherload v.2.0’ bundle. This contains everything found in the new version of the app so you end up with nearly 40 amp models, a similar number of cabs, 85 effects and the 8-track studio option.

ToneStack - Yonac's guitar rig sim is now at v.3.0.

ToneStack – Yonac’s guitar rig sim is now at v.3.0.

Yonac have delivered a number of .X updates since then that have fine-tuned the performance and refined a number of features. However, yesterday saw v.3.0 arrive on the App Store. As you might expect, this brings some welcome under-the-hood changes. For example, Bluetooth MIDI is now supported if you have the necessary other hardware, while the audio engine has been fine-tuned for better performance and some tweaks have been made to accommodate changes introduced within iOS10.

The base app is a great place to start....  the the Store contains lots of very tempting additional 'kit' to explore.

The base app is a great place to start…. the the Store contains lots of very tempting additional ‘kit’ to explore.

However, what all ToneStack fans will really be interested in is any new virtual ‘kit’ they can explore. As far as I can tell, the bulk of this is delivered via an ‘Expansion Pack v.3.0’ IAP that is currently priced at UK£10.99/US$13.99. This does add some very interesting new options though….  For example, it includes a new multi-tap delay options and a ‘tricked out’ Delay Tripper. There are also some new acoustic simulation options that look interesting.

In addition, there are a number of new distortion options added for different styles of overdrive, distortion and fuzz. However, for me, the most intriguing new option is ‘The Duplicator’ which apparently adds an automatic double or triple tracked effect following a similar vari-speed principle used with old school tape-based effects. I assume this is not a million miles away from the idea of Wave’s Reel ADT that does a similar thing as a desktop plugin? That effect is great for guitars and vocals so, at some point, it would be nice to give it a spin in ToneStack for myself :-)

The key new additions in terms of v.3.0 equipment can be added via the Expansion v.3 upgrade IAP.... and other IAPs - including the various Motherload IAPs - are also on sale.

The key new additions in terms of v.3.0 equipment can be added via the Expansion v.3 upgrade IAP…. and other IAPs – including the various Motherload IAPs – are also on sale.

Oh, and yes, there are also some new amps and cabs to be had most significantly the ‘British Invasion’ with various classic British style amps to explore….

Anyway, feel free to check out the original ToneStack review as the basic operation of the app remains much the same…  but, as the base app is currently on a 50% sale, it is quite a bargain at just UK£3.99/US$5.99, and with a range of excellent IAPs to add further options, this is an app almost any guitar playing iOS musician will enjoy….  and, if you are prepared to stump up for the v.3 upgrade IAP, it is now even better :-)


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    1. As a ToneStack user since v1, I’m pleased to see the app is under some pretty active development.

      I admit I’m a little unclear on my “upgrade path”, as I coughed up for the v1 “Motherload”, but never got around to doing the v1-to-v2 ML upgrade. I’ve just looked in the ToneStack in-app store, and it looks like the v1>v2 ML upgrade, and Motherload v3 upgrade (from v2?), are BOTH in there as separate IAPs (£14.99 and £10.99 respectively). Would I have to purchase both, to go from v1 to v2, and then from v2 to v3, or does the v3 ML upgrade take care of both?

      I think I need a lie-down :-P

    2. That in-app purchases system always so confusing and in the case of Yonac especially with so many paths unexplained.
      I’m sorry I can not help you, but be careful, if you make the wrong route Apple may consider you a “too smart person” and deny you the right to reject your purchase and you cant return the app in the next 14 days, just simply because that the confusing and wonderful system that they have implanted leads you to make a mistake.
      I know because it happened to me when I bought a new ipad-pro and my Module app was failing to try to restore my previous in-app purchases and when I tried to simulate the purchase to force the restoration of my sounds I was charged another time and I had to return the purchase. Well from this momment I am a “too smart persona” and I have no right to disregard my next purchases, something that is illegal in my country, but hey, we are talking about Apple. Pathetic, and an insult to intelligence.
      I do not have an answer to your question, but maybe taking this into account may help you

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