AmpliTube's Award-winning guitar amp-and-effects software package AmpliTube will ship for OS X in February.

The solution - which was singled out for praise by Apple's worldwide product marketing vice president Phil Schiller during his Power of X presentation last week - is a software-based solution for guitarists.

It offers hundreds of modern and vintage tube amplifiers and provides a sophisticated easy-to-use guitar rig including presets, amps, cabinets, and effects.

The solution exploits OS X's built-in Core Audio features - the manufacturers claim this means guitarists can explore the effects with no detectable latency. As Core Audio supports MIDI, guitarists can control the application with a MIDI foot controller.

It works by allowing a guitarist to plug the guitar into the Mac's audio in-port, so that music can be output through the audio-out port to any power-amp-to-speaker set-up, or to powered speakers. It means guitarists can use a PowerBook as an effects rig when performing live.

AmpliTube for OS X will cost $99 when it ships.