Want to rock out with Brian May's rig? Now you can with AmpliTube Brian May - a brand new signature collection of amps, speaker cabinets, pedals and signal processors meticulously modeled after the actual equipment used by the legendary guitarist and available NOW in a stunningly designed Mac and PC compatible desktop app and plug-in for your DAW.
Legendary tone... on your desktop
With his iconic guitar, one-of-a-kind gear, and unmistakable sound, Brian May has powered some of the world's most enduring stadium rock anthems and all-time jukebox hits. For decades his intricately layered, harmonized leads, muscular rhythms, and sweet, chiming melodies have seen him blaze a singular trail, proving that rock and roll can have both brains and brawn.
If you are here, you probably have your very own Brian May Guitars Special (or Super) but you may well be wondering how you can accurately emulate all the epic majesty and nuances of his signature sound, without breaking the bank...
AmpliTube Brian May has the answer!
Featuring a unique suite of amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and signal processors forensically modeled after the actual equipment used by the legendary guitarist on tour and in the studio throughout his stellar career, this astonishing desktop app and plug-in is packed with ground-breaking features and a wealth of presets that will enable you to perfectly capture the sounds of Queen's spectacular, hit-filled discography.
For over two years, IK Multimedia's audio engineers have worked closely with Dr. May and his techs to recreate the iconic sounds of countless classic hits, album cuts and live performances from the Rainbow, Wembley and beyond... from Brian's storied Red Special guitar and treble booster pedal to his massive, three-amp VOX® AC30™ setup and carefully curated choice of effects, the spectacular attention to detail on offer here will make you the champion of the maestro's distinctive guitar tone.
What’s included in AmpliTube Brian May
With 2 different amplifiers, 3 matching cabinet configurations with multiple speakers and 5 stomp boxes, AmpliTube Brian May features precise software models of the exact live and studio gear used by the legendary guitarist - all recreated in collaboration with Brian May himself. This amazing custom shop collection includes a brand new pedal that simulates the response of the iconic Red Special itself, a “Deacy” amp (complete with adjustable battery power!), the famous triple Vox setup, a virtual studio room with adjustable microphone types and positions, and a selection of tone-shaping effects - adjustable chorus, delay; even a harmonizer for nailing Brian's lush, stacked leads in a single take.
BM 30 - Based on the classic triple VOX® AC30™ setup, this model offers 3 amps with the effects chain in a Wet-Dry-Wet configuration to match Brian May’s classic setup.
BM DK - Originally fashioned by Queen bassist, John Deacon, after modifying an old radio, the diminutive "Deacy" amp is the trademark sound behind many of Brian May's classic recordings. As part of this groundbreaking software emulation, the Deacy even allows for the ability to adjust the amp's battery power!
2x12" BM 30 Blue - Triple cabinet based on the cab section of VOX® AC30™ equipped with with Celestion™ Alnico Blue speakers.
2x12" BM 30 H70 - Triple cabinet based on the cab section of VOX® AC30™ equipped with with Celestion™ G12H Anniversary speakers.
1x6" BM DK - Cabinet section of the BM DK amp, featuring a 6” speaker, modeled after the mysterious “Deacy” amp.
Red Special - Created by a detailed study of Brian May’s famous guitar, this exclusive effect simulates the unique tonality and controls of the Red Special itself.
Treble Booster - Based on the Brian May Guitars Treble Booster Classic, designed by Nigel Knight of Knight Uadio Technologies. this unique, multi-era, pedal combines three separate, uniquely voiced circuits that faithfully replicate Dr. May's most recognisable boosted tones from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
May Wah - Based on a rackmount Dunlop® Cry Baby® wah, modeled in the same configurations Brian uses to augment his tone.
FOX Phaser - Based on a vintage fOXX® Foot Phaser, a pedal-controlled phaser with a distinctive sound.
Star Gate - This noise gate helps clean up the signal chain, minimizing the noise feeding Brian’s powerful amp and pedal setup.
The collection contains a set of song-based presets from Queen's discography and celebrated live performances which were painstakingly crafted by Brian May Guitars artist, Jamie Humphries, a “We Will Rock You” veteran and regular Guitar Interactive contributor who has also performed with Queen and Brian May. These presets, constructed under Brian's personal supervision, will allow users to dial up their favourite tones instantly.
Groundbreaking Modeling Technology
For the AmpliTube Brian May app, IK Multimedia have employed their latest Dynamic Interaction Modeling™ (DIM) to deliver the highest level of ultra-realistic sound when emulating Brian's gear. The product of 20 years’ experience modeling analog equipment, DIM™ reproduces the behavior of every component in the circuit all the way down to its smallest nuance and character.
IK models have consistently set the industry standard, as evidenced by their recognition from influential MI co-branding partners such as Fender®, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano® and many more.
Applied to Brian May’s rig, the result is the same sound and feel you’d get from the real gear as used in the recording studio and on a concert stage.
AmpliTube Custom Shop
AmpliTube Brian May functions within AmpliTube Custom Shop - a free software package for Mac or PC that includes a complete basic guitar dual signal chain; tuner, pedalboard, amplifier, cabinet, microphone and rack effects section, as well as 24 extra pieces of gear and access to a unique online virtual music store where you can purchase additional models either a-la-carte, or as a complete collection. You can create almost any rig you can dream up combining AmpliTube Brian May equipment with the universe of gear available to try or buy in Custom Shop.
When used as a standalone application, AmpliTube Custom Shop also features a 4-track recorder section and a song-player for easy play-along capabilities. The SpeedTrainer function allows you to slow down the audio so you can learn Brian May’s signature licks note for note without affecting the pitch. Grab a sixpence coin and give it a whirl...
Learn more about AmpliTube Custom Shop products HERE.