TapTone Vintage Guitar

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TapTone Vintage Guitar, version 1.2

It all starts with great tone, for free. Use the Compressor to condition the dynamics of your guitar signal, boost your level, or overemphasize to add sustain. With the Amplifier, create tones ranging from classic rock and blues all the way to alternative and heavy rock, with enough gain to spare. When you’ve dialed in the perfect sound, save it as a preset in the virtual Floor Controller for instant recall.

When you need more options or want to expand your creativity, head to the Gear Shop. You can buy amplifiers, cabinets, and pedals individually or subscribe for an inexpensive all-access pass that includes all future updates and products. Get fuzzed out and sound like a classic rock hero or an early punk rocker, use flange to unleash the eighties, and everything can always use more wah. Stay tuned for new products and updates.

Here’s a quick look at the different components of TapTone Vintage Guitar:



The input signal is first sent through the Compressor which can accomplish several things at once: boost the level of your guitar using the Output control, achieve traditional compression by driving the Input harder and reducing the Threshold/Ratio control, accentuate pick attack by adjusting the Attack and Decay controls, and gate unwanted hum and noise when gain levels are set high by using the Squelch and Release controls.



The Amplifier is designed to achieve a wide range of tones from classic to modern. The Volume control gives an indication that this is a non-master volume configuration though ultimately you have control over the master volume of the app. Increasing the volume control will push the amplifier into saturation similar to how a real tube amplifier would react. The tone stack at the core of the amplifier has been tuned to allow for extreme flexibility: dial the Middle control back for classic crunch, increase the Bass control for blues-rock, or push the Middle and Treble controls forward for a more modern edge.

Most importantly, the TapTone Amplifier is very responsive to the type of guitar being used, especially the pickups. With one guitar and a pickup selector, given the range of settings available with TapTone Vintage Guitar, the history of rock n’ roll sound is at your fingertips.

NEW Speaker Simulator


The Speaker Simulator adds yet another layer of flexibility to your tone. This was always driving the signal output in previous versions of the app but has now been broken out as a separate item. With the tone control set to Normal the response is equivalent to previous versions of the app and is tailored to sound like a basic loudspeaker meant for guitar. With the additional tone positions of Mellow and Bright, you can now emphasize the Bass or Treble frequencies, respectively after the Power Amp section of the Amplifier.

Floor Controller

The Floor Controller is the brain of your operation, it’s one screen where you can change your sound with the swipe of a finger and/or configure control of any combination of physical controls modeled in your signal chain including the Compressor and Amplifier.

By tapping and holding any of the four knobs and switches, or the expression pedal, you will enter the Routing Editor where you can assign each knob/switch/pedal to an unlimited amount of control over the rest of your signal chain. This device has been designed not only store your presets once you find the perfect tone, but to also allow an easy and flexible way to modify those presets with a focus on live performance.

NEW Gear Shop

The Gear Shop has been revamped and now includes new amplifier models as well as cabinet simulations that can either be paired with their respective amplifiers or blended to create more tonal variations. Continue to check the shop for new products, or take advantage of the inexpensive monthly subscription which grants an all-access pass that includes all future updates and products. If subscribed, new products will automatically show up in your purchased inventory as they are released.

Additional Features

• Inter-App Audio support for use with Garageband
• Crosstalk Suppression for audio accessories that connect via the headphone jack
• Background Audio support and Session mixing for playing along with iTunes tracks

Price: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

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