Collection Featuring Models Of Gear Used On PANTERA's 'Cowboys From Hell' Album Released By IK MULTIMEDIA

October 19, 2018

IK Multimedia has announced the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube. This new collection features models of the exact gear used by "Dimebag" Darrell Lance Abbott on PANTERA's groundbreaking album "Cowboys From Hell". Mac/PC users can enjoy nine brand new models including two amps, two cabinets and five stompboxes.

Dimebag is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time and a legendary, genre-defining musician. IK Multimedia worked with Dime's longtime guitar tech and right-hand man, Grady Champion, to precisely model all of Dime's guitar tones from the album utilizing all the personal guitar effects, amplifiers and cabinets he used while recording "Cowboys From Hell". Available in a convenient desktop app and DAW plug-in, guitarists can now play and record using the same gear and settings Dime did.

The collection features models that precisely mirror the rig Dime used to record "Cowboys From Hell". This includes a meticulously modeled reproduction of the highly coveted Randall RG 100ES Amplifier, a completely re-modeled 1986 Roland JC-120 stereo combo amp, and all the pedals Dime used.

Five Stompboxes:

* 6-Band EQ
Six-band graphic EQ based on a unit by MXR; used to shape and boost sound before the amp.

* Pre EQ 3
Three-band Parametric EQ based on the Furman PQ-3; offers great flexibility for sound shaping.

* Flanger Doubler
Based on an MXR Flanger Doubler, offering two effects in one. Primarily used by Dime in "doubler mode" to thicken in his overall tone.

* Dime Wah
Based on the Dunlop Cry Baby GCB95. Modeled with precise attention to Dime's lead tones.

* Dime Noise Gate
Fast and very responsive; based on the Rocktron Hush IIB model.

Two Amplifiers:

* Darrell From Hell 100
Modeled to meticulously mirror the highly coveted Randall RG 100ES solid-state, 120-watt amplifier. The sound and tone of this amp became famous when Dime started using it in the early PANTERA days.

* Jazz Amp 120CFH
Based on the 1986 Roland JC120, this stereo amp was used on the song "Cemetery Gates". Fine-tuned to match the exact tone heard on the album.

Two Cabinets:

* Darrell From Hell 412
Based on the Randall 412JB; the perfect companion to the Darrell From Hell 100 amplifier.

* JP Jazz CFH
The stereo cabinet section of the Roland JC120 combo that features 2x12-inch speakers.

For the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection, IK Multimedia used their latest Dynamic Interaction Modeling to deliver the highest level of ultra-realistic sound when modeling Dime's gear. The product of 20 years' experience modeling analog gear, DIM models the behavior of every single component in the circuit right down to its smallest nuance and character. Then it models the interactions and influence that each component has within the system of the circuit and all of the variables that affect it. Applied to Dime's rig, the result is crushingly heavy riffs and ferocious leads, with the same sound and feel comparable to the real gear.

"Dime's tone was so unique…you automatically knew it was him as soon as he strapped on his guitar and hit that first note," recalls Grady Champion, friend and guitar technician for Dimebag Darrell. "What a lucky guy I was to know him. He was my friend first and took me on a ride I'll never forget. I owe him everything. I am very fortunate to be included in this project and help create the Dimebag Darrell Cowboys From Hell version of AmpliTube. Can't wait for you all to hear it."

PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo adds: "Dime was as brutally hilarious as was his playing lethal. During extreme writing sessions, it was his sense of humor that made the intensity of those moments that much more endurable. Like Vince [Paul Abbott, PANTERA drummer and Dimebag's brother], Dime was a perfectionist in the studio and in a live setting, so his comedic styling benefitted all involved — the band, crew and audience. He was one in a zillion and his methodology lives on with every studio endeavor or tour I do. Bless his memory."

AmpliTube is the world's most powerful guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC and works both as a standalone application and as a plug-in for most popular recording software. It recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. Users can browse and purchase collections of gear models from the world's top gear manufacturers plus signature artist gear.

AmpliTube's new Live mode integrates seamlessly with iRig Stomp I/O, IK's USB pedalboard controller/audio interface, for real-gear control while recording or on stage. AmpliTube is also compatible with IK's iRig HD 2, iRig Pro I/O and iRig Pro Duo portable audio interfaces for easy connectivity to AmpliTube or any other software.

The Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection runs inside AmpliTube Custom Shop, a free download available to all. The Collection is now available for pre-order via IK's online store, inside the Custom Shop, or from IK authorized retailers for a special introductory price of $/€79.99*. The Collection will commence shipping during November after which it can be purchased for the regular price of $/€99.99*.

No previous purchase of AmpliTube is required. Individual models can also be purchased à la carte. The new collection will show up as an optional purchase for existing users.

* Prices excluding taxes

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