Positive Grid has released its new BIAS FX 2 app for iOS devices, a DSP-based virtual rig builder for guitarists and bassists.
The new app iterates on the previous edition of BIAS FX, and is powered by a re-engineered BIAS DSP engine. It offers up a huge library of amps and pedals, to turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully-fledged multi-fx unit, or a portable ampless rig.
Like before, the interface allows you to drag and drop units for easy rig-creation, but there are a few new tricks up the app’s sleeve. The new ‘Guitar Match’ feature, for example, allows you to transform the tone of your guitar into another – simulating single-coil sounds from humbuckers, Les Paul beef from Stratocaster twang, and so on. There’s also an in-built set of utility functions including a looper, tuner and metronome, as well as the ability to record – perfect for quickly capturing any riffs that come up during practice.
Although, the practice-room isn’t the only place BIAS FX 2 can be used. Switch to live view, and you get a more pedalboard-esque layout to quickly switch tones with a single tap. The support for custom Impulse Responses also means that you can take your favourite cabs wherever you go.
The app also supports integration with AudioBus, GarageBand, and other IAA host applications, as well as dual-signal path operation for stereo or dual-amp rigs. In case you don’t want to get too deep into tweaking virtual knobs, there are 77 preset rigs included, covering all genres.