ToneStack updated – Yonac bring Ableton Link support to 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.

Yonac delivered v.3.0 of the app back at the start of November. As you might expect, this brought some fairly substantial 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. There was also a range of new virtual ‘kit’ users could explore available via the ‘Expansion Pack v.3.0’ IAP that is currently priced at UK£10.99/US$13.99. This included, for example, new multi-tap delay options and a ‘tricked out’ Delay Tripper. There are also some new acoustic simulation options that look interesting plus distortion options and ‘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.

ToneStack gets Ableton Link support – and it seems to work solidly :-)

Anyway, close on the heels of v.3.0 comes v.3.1 that arrived on the App Store today. This is more of a technical update as it brings one significant new iOS music tech feature; support for Ableton Link. Link has most certainly been one of the technical success stories for iOS musicians over the last 15 months or so…   and it’s great to see the technology continuing to expand its reach. Having given ToneStack a quick spin within AUM and alongside patterning (for example), it seemed happy to follow the tempo set by external apps via the Link connection. So, if you want to sync your delay to an overall project tempo, now it is easier than ever :-)

Anyway, feel free to check out the original ToneStack review as the basic operation of the app remains much the same as v.3…  and, priced at just UK£7.99/US$9.99, 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. Here in The States, at least, the “Expansion Pack v.3.0 IAP” is STILL $29.99.

      Bah Humbug!

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