iMac/Macbook Pro/etc Mac 1/5
By Da Armstrongs
This software does not work right as if you try to go a long with the tab from Ultimate Guitar (Pro (Paid subscriber)) it does not work. Every time I click the website on the mac it loops me right back to the store to redownload it and nenver picks the tabs up to the matching tone to play along with. I have an iRig HD 2, iStomp and neither of them will foloow along with the tune in the web browser. Maybe I am doing something wrong but I doubt it as I have read all the reviews/youtube videos etc and still no fix.
Does't work on a Mac! At all! 1/5
I've been trying to make this thing work for an hour instead of creating and enjoying music. And still nothing! Tried everything is said on their site but it seems to be a problem of Apple not recognizing developers of this app as important enough to try to help resolve this issue.
Every time after trying to use it on my Mac I get so frustrated I dont want to play anymore. I hate my guitar, I hate my playing skills I just dont wont to continue doing music. Which is of course opposite to what that I should feel. And I this feeling from experience with Tonebridge so many times I just don't know what to do. I got my love to playing guitar and not hating everything connected to it only after several weeks passes by!
Your app costed me so much mental health I couldn't regain. I am in deep pain and frustration.
Seems like a great app but... 3/5
By Crystal Kliner
Alot of us do not want to pay extra money for another interface. I think this app needs to support all interfaces because it's not that hard of a fix. Please fix this and this with bee a 5 star.
Irig 1 does not work 1/5
Irig 1 does not work
no input is shown
Holy Cow 5/5
By Guardrail Gino
I downloaded this just to test out an audio input I got for me guitar! I ended up playing with it for 2 hours. Wow, the amp set-ups are great!!!!!
Better than expected 5/5
By CS Guy
First, this is free! You can examine the settings of each preset and make adjustments as you see fit. It’s interesting for gear heads to see the effects, amps and settings they chose to emulate whatever tone you are looking for. I use it with the iRig HD 2 via USB, and works great. I do have an Ultimate Guitar subscription, and together with this, I actually enjoy practicing and learning again. I’m very busy, and keep a guitar in my office to help me unwind when I need a mental break. This together with my U.G. subscription lets me get those 10 minute or so breaks in my day and have some fun. Very, very pleased. Thanks!
HOW TO GET IT TO WORK IN LOGIC 5/5
Open the app in standalone mode, bottom left the is a FAQ button. It will take you to a page where the last topic is how to use it in logic and it works just great
Great app but conflicts with iMovie 10.1.9 2/5
if Tonebridge 1.3 is present iMovie 10.1.9 will fail file exports with the error
*** -[AVAssetWriterInput initWithMediaType:outputSettings:sourceFormatHint:] The following keys are not allowed when format ID is 'lpcm': AVEncoderBitRateKey
I clean installed this machine and added apps one at a time, exporting in between each install, to confirm that the presence of Tonebridge provokes this error.
Which is a bummer because Tonebridge is itself pretty awesome and great for guitar/bass practice !
Great up but no AU 3/5
By Nicolas Sanchez
Works great as a standalone app, but I get an error when I try to lead it as a AU plugin in Ableton Live!
Update wont open as AU in Logic 4/5
So what happened? Major update has made this app useless unless you want to use it in standalone. Logic does not list it as an AU in a project but did before the update. When you do fix it can you have the AU also be in stereo since the standalone has stereo effects and when you would open it in logic before the update it was a mono effect.
Great as a stand-alone app but no luck in Logic Pro X 3/5
I have a lot of fun hooking up my guitar through an Apogee Jam and running the stand-alone app. Just going through all the sound options is great. Many of my favorites sounds are included. But I really wanted to use it as a plugin for Logic Pro X (v10.4.1). I’ve tried several fixes including re-install but no luck. In Logic Pro X I can go to the plugin manager and find the correct plugin - even run the “verrification” check and everything looks fine. But when I create a new audio track and then try to select Tonebridge as an audio effect I always get the “plugin missing” error message. If you have a fix for this problem I would love to hear about it. That would get this free app five stars for sure from me!
Ultimate Guitar responded to my first review very quickly and I thank them for that. They sent me to a link on their FAQ pages that described a fix for my problem. Well, I no longer get the “red exclamation point” error in Logic about a missing plugin. It seems to be present and I get all the supplementary effect windows and all. But there is no effect of any setting on the resulting tone of the audio output - nothing! It’s like the plugin wasn’t even in the audio output chain. I sent a message directly to the email address they provided on their website rather than come here and it’s been a week with no reply. I’ve pretty much given up hope that I will get this to work as advertised in Logic Pro X. Please - if anyone actually has it working let me know. By the way - this plugin doesn’t show up anywhere in Garageband so I can’t use it with that app either. Sorry Untimate Guitar.
Absolutely Brilliant with Mainstage 3! 5/5
Tonebridge replaces guesswork, experimentation and $$$ with presets and guidance for guitarists seeking to reproduce the timbre of their favorite recordings. It’s worth a lot to me.
To use Tonebridge as an AU plug-in for Mainstage 3 (fixing the “!”), enable it in AU3 Mode after opening a concert: Mainstage 3 > Preferences > Plug-in Manager > UGTB > Tonebridge Guitar Effects > Check “AU3 Mode”.
An entire Audio FX “rack” can then be replaced by Tonebridge.
I set it for “Let It Be - The Beatles - Solo” and started focusing on my technique instead of the gear: Noise Gate > Compression Pedal > Distortion > Amp > Delay > Echo > EQ > Cabinet > Mike all selected and adjusted appropriately.
Every guitar and rig sounds different and every guitarist seeks their own sound so there’s still some tweaking to be done, but it’s a great starting point for dialing in the right tone for each song instead of compromising with the same “rack” for an entire set.
Needs Google sign-in, Tone Wizard 3/5
Current version offers no way for those of us who registered on UG using Google account to sign in.
Great…but ! 4/5
thank you for this app.
it’s great one !
but why is there a difference between Iphone or Ipad version and the computer one,
the Tone Wizard, which is so interesting ?
TYA for your answer
and perhaps for including TW to the Mac version, soon.
Does what it says, no catch. 5/5
This software provides a massive catalog of guitar and some bass tones—and by massive, I mean literally thousands of options. Want your guitar to sound like David Gilmour in the Comfortably Numb solo? Tonebridge can do that for you, and it will sound pretty much as expected, depending on the quality of your gear. The library spans many genres; just type in the name of a band or performer you like and you’ll probably get some results. Out of just a few I’ve tried, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix all sound great. Less well known bands/performers are hit-or-miss, however; Alexisonfire, Queensrÿche, and Crush 40 (yes, really) all work, but Spock’s Beard, 3, and Moving Atlas come up empty.
What this software *does not* do is allow you to modify your tone in any way. The tone you select is what you get, and while you can control the overall strength of the effects and the output volume, you aren’t able to customize a sound. Fortunately Garageband exists and allows you to add any kind of effect you want, so if you absolutely must sound a particular way you can always do it. Just not in Tonebridge, and likely not without some fiddling.
Some other nice features: the ability to immediately open a search window on Ultimate Guitar and find a tab is handy, and maintaing a list of favorites is cool, though it would be nice if they were grouped into genres (you can, at least, sort by name or artist).
The thing that impresses me most about this, actually, is that aside from Facebook integration—which appears to matter only for adding favorites—this is an ad-free and generally unobtrusive application, and it’s free. I’m frankly amazed that there doesn’t seem to be a catch, especially considering how awful Ultimate Guitar’s iPhone app is; The Tabs app is filled with obnoxious freemium features, popups, and ads, even if you’ve already paid for some of it, but Tonebridge is without any of that garbage; the interface is clean, easy to navigate, and functional. Silly as it may be to make this comparison given that they’re using Apple’s API—Tonebridge feels like an Apple product.
great tone with no ads or purchases 4/5
The tones in this app sound great, very little latency with it. The only thing keeping it form 5 stars is it doesnt tell you how to connect to a DAW like pro tools? i need in pro tools so if the developers can help me, i would gladly appreciate it!
Totally amazing for free app. 5/5
There’s plenty of apps I’ve paid for that I’ve immediately regretted so I was suspicious this one was free, what’s the catch right? There is none. It just works… right away… and it’s got a huge catalogue of notorious hard sounds that are hard to emulate, especially anyone who has ever tried to recreate any Radiohead song. Awesome job you guys, thanks for the rabbit hole of “oh my god have I been playing that long” this holiday. Cheers.
GREAT now that it’s a plug-in! 5/5
Fantastic, quick way to capture that sound that’s in your head without spending hours dialing it in. Great for making demos. Works seamlessly with Garageband. Thanks!
Where’s the AU? 3/5
Wrote customer support for missing AU. Recieved a reply that Tonebridge would have AU support in October 2017. Update recieved October 31st…no AU support. Great app for practicing but, without AU support (as advertised and promised) it is useless as a home studio tool. Meh, it is free.
Won’t show as a AU in Logic X 4/5
Just want to let you guys know that there is NO component (AU) showing in the Components folder after the update and after reinstalling the software. I tried looking in Application Support under both Logic and GarageBand, AND in both the hard drive and home folders to see if it was there and the AU (component) is nonexistent in either. What is the component titled? If I knew I could do a search and at least see if it’s installed in another location. Anyway.. I really hope to see this software as a AU.. It was actually the first thing I thought when I used it! :) :) I also wanted to add this product has HUGE potential as an AU. Not only can you find certain tones your looking to use in your OWN songs… it’s also a great tool to reamp existing tracks! You guys have a $$$ maker here imho. Hope ya can resolve the issue soon… I am DYING to try this in a existing project I’m currently working on. Anyway.. Good luck! and I promise to give a full review when this issue is resolved. Peace!
Amazingly fun 5/5
The most fun I’ve had with my guitar in decades. It’s an absolute thrill to go through the presets of songs I haven’t played in years and hear how dead-on the tones are. There’s a bit too much latency for fast picking, but that’s an extremely minor qualm for free software that does so much. I lost hours to this app last night and fully expect to lose more in the near future. Thanks to the devs!
Great App With One Flaw 4/5
The tones are pretty accurate & the response is great but the AU support is sketchy…Logic 9 does not see the plugin & it seems to play hide & seek with the latest version of GarageBand.By that I mean sometimes the plugin is avaiable & sometimes it is not, what you get is a small yellow exclamination point in the middle & no sound.Seems to work great in the stand alone mode still though…Also it would be really cool if you could design your own tones or rigs within the app…If you fix the AU bug & add the ability to program your own tones you will have a 5 star plus App...
Great tone and response 4/5
I’m editing my previous review to say that by restarting my Mac my problems using this as an AU plugin was fixed. This is actually my favorite guitar effects app and plugin at the moment. It more than competes with Peavey’s Revalver as far as tone and tube like response goes.
wonderful tone, great controls. easy to use 5/5
Love it. In a minute, I was up and running, and with the in-app help, I connected with no problems through my usb audio adapter. Nice example of a well-designed app - not too complicated to figure out, but lots of room to experiment too.
Sounds are great, love the previews to highlight exactly what that tone was for in the original song (and the other riffs using the tone).
Outstanding range of tones, too. I found that with tweaking my guitar’s volume and the controls of the effect, I was able to get a huge range of tones for a lot of the presets.
I love the app 5/5
I am saddened that it still won’t run as a audio unit on OS X version 10.11.6. Maybe the MacOS_STM_Extension.appex can’t find the AudioUnitExtension macOS.appex in the app’s package contents. I wonder if it would work if there was a downloadable component that could be dropped in the library/Audio/Plug-ins/Components?
Great App! 5/5
This app does exactly what it says it will do. Great concept, great tones. I can’t wait until I can use it with Garage Band! Well Done.
Great Tones! 5/5
By JJJJ Man
This is a great app for incredible guitar tones. I am so glad it is finally on the Mac. It’s way easier to use an audio interface with it than the iRig. The only thing that needs to happen is it needs to be turned into a plugin so it can be used in Logic/Protools/etc. Is that going to happen any time soon?
Almost perfect 4/5
As free apps go, I’m amazed. Having played with multiple different tone modeling programs, this is about the best I’ve found, especially for the money. Only two things I’ve noticed. Their Shellac tone isnt quite right. But imitating a harmonic percolator isnt easy. The other gripe I have it that when lined in via USB to 1/4-inch, the program sees my cable and guitars. System prefs sound sees the input and the output correctly. Audio Midi Setup does as well. But when you load up a program like oh, Logic, or Garage band, while they see the instrument at the system level, any recording is the line level input of the guitar, sans the effect modeling. So far, in an hour of mucking about, I’ve yet to find a way around this that wouldnt involve another piece of software, or slaving this computer, to another computer, to record the effected audio signal into a recording program. Sure, the program is great for practicing and jamming, but if I actually want to record the signal, I cant? Developers, that should be a priority one. Otherwise, the program is an interesting novelty, and thats about it.
Great useful app 5/5
Would be nice if they included a tuner with it. Most tones are very close to the original, there’s just no escaping matching your guitar as close as possibble with the original to get the tone truly spot on. However this does the job very well without having to tinker with loads of effects. I found that most effects suffer from too much treble, I guess when they programed the tones their guitars’ bass and tone dials were set to the middle. Otherwise a real joy.
AU Support 5/5
So Tonebridge is amazing, the tones are pretty accurate regardless of the pickups on the guitar; although it doesn’t act as an Audio Unit in Logic Pro or garageband, I’d really appreciate it of that was possible.
The FREE part is nuts 5/5
So many tones … for free? I’d have paid some money for this.
Exactly what I want! 5/5
By I Don’t Need a Nickname...
This app sounds great and is super simple. Thanks!
Practically Perfect 4/5
This a really great piece of software! Definitely recommend it! Though I would like to suggest to add the ability to favorite tones and to add further sound tweaking capabilities. Other than that it’s great!
Amazing App!! 5/5
Very fun app! Well designed and sounds good with good quality headphones( not laptop speakers). Tons of songs to mess with and It even worked with my Rocksmith usb cable!
Amazing variety 5/5
Well done! This reminds me of the sick variety of tones I used to find for the Line 6 products.
WOW!!!! A++++ 5/5
By Savvy Jay
Download this right now!!! It’s so much fun!!!!
So fast and easy to get a quick tone 5/5
Sometimes, all you need to do is get a tone. You don’t want to tweak, you just want to get into it and play. ToneBridge is perfect for this. Find a song, get a tone and go! What a great app to respond to your urge to play!