IK Multimedia is now heading into the realm of guitar effects hardware with the release of the X-Gear pedal series.
The series includes the X-Drive distortion and overdrive, X-Vibe modulation, X-Time delay, and X-Space reverb pedals. Each also work as USB interfaces and support MIDI control for each parameter. Wet and dry controls as well as stereo out options are also built into each pedal. Each X-Gear pedal when used as audio interfaces carries 24-bit/192 kHz resolution with 4X oversampling.
16 Effects are modeled into each pedal. The X-Drive and X-Vibe’s attributes hail from IK’s renowned Amplitube series of software, whereas the X-Time and X-Space both carry new custom effects created exclusively by IK Multimedia.
Owners of multiple X-Gear pedals can chain devices together, with one pedal controlling the main effect and the other controlling MIDI. Presets on one or more pedals can be saved with this type of chaining.
In addition to MIDI chaining, software versions of each pedal allow the sharing of virtual presets to the hardware, and vice versa.
All pedals in the X-Gear series run $300. A bonus copy of Amplitube SE is also packaged in with each X-Gear device. Find more information on the X-Gear pedal series on IK Multimedia’s website.