Positive Grid’s BIAS Amp software has been updated to version 2, adding some handy new features to its popular software bundle. Here’s an overview of the new features.
The “Virtual Amp Designer” lets you adjust the different stages of an amplifier individually: preamp, EQ, Tonestack, Poweramp and the box. The GUI has been updated a bit with a smoother look, but this looks fundamentally the same as the previous version.
The Dynamic Tone Engine has been redesigned for more authenticity, Positive Grid says, with new tubes (12BH7, 12AY7, 6550, KT88) and new amp packs (guitar and bass). In addition, the amp match function has been improved and you can now calculate the amp using only an imported audio file. The new RTA EQ now allows a real-time analysis of your sounds, so if a frequency cannot be reliably identified, just look it up.
The most interesting new innovation is the cooperation with Celestion, which brings in many IR files to BIAS Amp. Whether these are the same impulses as Celestion itself has published has not been revealed.
The ‘Grace Period’ started on January 16th, yesterday. If you bought Bias Amp 1 yesterday, you will get Bias Amp 2 for free. All others will receive an upgrade “offer”. You can pre-order the new version as of now.
I would suggest you check out the video below and see if you feel it is worth the upgrade. With stiff competition from Line 6 Helix Native and IK Multimedia’s Amplitube software, Positive Grid has plenty to prove in the already well-filled software amp solution market.
There will be three versions starting at USD 99 for the Standard version, USD 199 for the Professional version and USD 299 for the Elite package. If you want the Celestion IRs, you’re going to have to go the whole hog, as they’re only in the most expensive version.