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New GrandMeister 36 remote app for iPad


With the latest version of this free iPad App, the possibilities have expanded even further. You can now save and import presets and organize them within libraries held on your iPad. This is great for backing up your sounds, exchanging them with your friends, and downloading presets created by others.

You do not necessarily need the app to operate the GrandMeister, all features are accessible and programmable on the amp itself and the MIDI board FSM 432 MK III. But the app is a great add on to manage presets.

For example, if you are playing in several bands, you can create and store specific preset libraries for each of them on your iPad. You can now tour the world with your iPad, get to the gig and just load your sounds into the GrandMeister 36 that awaits you on stage. And with all the great features of the GrandMeister 36, such as the added FX’s, Power Soak, Intelligent Noise Gate etc., it is the perfect solution for modern Guitarists.
To get you started with the GrandMeister App, Evert Zeevalkink’s, one of our GrandMeister 36 demonstrators, has sent us the four presets that he used for his GrandMeister 36 YouTube demo video.

Check out the video, get the presets from this LINK and download them right to your iPad. Make sure that the iPad is connected to the GrandMeister 36 as shown in the video below. (Note: You will need an additional MIDI interface for iPad)

Remember to backup your previous presets via the BACKUP SELECTED MEMORY function before you transfer the new presets to your amp.

The iPad will automatically recognize the file format as GrandMeister library and will ask you to import the file into the GrandMeister App.

Once the presets appear in your GrandMeister library, just select the presets and click the “TRANSFER APP MEMORY TO AMP” button. The presets will now be transmitted to you amp.

Get your free GrandMeister App at the Apple App Store:


First published: March 27 2014. Most recent update: October 16 2015.

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Thomas Schmidt on August 4, 2018 Reply

with regards to MIDI and the grandmaster 36 amp I’m wondering about two questions:

1. can I use the MIDI IN channel to plug in a device that plays a midi playback file (like e.g. band-in-box), so that the (virtual midi) Rhythm section and my solo guitar come both out of the same amp?

2. can I use the MIDI OUT channel to send what I play to a software programm thats knows how to turn midi signals into a music score, automagically transcribing what I play?

As far as I understand the descriptions its only meant for soundcontrol, but maby there are more options?


    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on November 26, 2018 Reply

    Hi Thomas. Here’s your answers:

    1) MIDI only transmits control data, no audio. The sound is generated by Band in a Box, and the MIDI file data triggers an audio sample of a recorded guitar in Band in A Box; the audio needs to be taken from the output of the audio interface. So the answer is no.
    2) The MIDI out does not “know” what notes you play, it just knows the sound settings you use, like clean channel, EQ settings, reverb… But there is software that can translate audio into MIDI. Use the Red Box out to your audio interface. Hint: to translate audio into MIDI it helps to use no effects, then you will get best results.

    Hope this helps 🙂

    Team H&K

Aaron Dean on June 28, 2017 Reply

Love my Grandmeister 36. A whole new world! But I would love an app for my iPhone. Different Ui would be ok. It would be a backup in case I left iPad at home or battery died. It happens! I depend on the app greatly for the use of the amp. I know I know….load the presets into the amp before the gig… but I like seeing them on the app! Lol Love you guys and God bless y’all for what you have given the world with these amps!!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on July 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi Aaron, thanks for your message and we’re glad you’re loving your GM36! We know it happens, and we’ve passed your message on to the R&D guys – maybe when enough people ask we’ll have to do an iPhone version 😉 The other solution now would be to get yourself a cheap Android phone/tablet and use that just as a show backup (but if so, check with the developer in advance that your device would work with the app!)…

    All the best,

    Team H&K in Germany

Jeffry m on February 11, 2017 Reply

I’m curious how the Grandmiester app controls the Grandmeister? Is it controlled via a midi. I ask this because I have a older Coreblade amp, but feature wise it has a lot of the same features, as the Grandmeister, and from what i read can be controlled by the FSM 432 mkIII pedal.

I sure would of been nice if it was possible to control the Coreblade with a app?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on February 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jeffry! Yes, it’s all controlled by MIDI – the FSM-432, the amp and the app all connect with each other that way.

    You’re right, Coreblade with an app would’ve been cool, but it was too long ago and we hadn’t even developed the technology by that point! If we ever do a future Coreblade though we’re pretty sure it’ll have some (if not all!) of these features integrated… Now that would be one hell of an amp!

    By the way, we did another blog about how cool MIDI can be for gigging guitarists – have a read if you’ve not seen it already: http://blog.hughes-and-kettner.com/128-ways-midi-will-change-your-life-as-a-live-guitarist/

    Cheers from Germany,

    Team H&K

Russell on December 24, 2016 Reply

Hi, I have the IPAD working perfectly with the grandmeister amp and footswitch. The WMI-1 is awesome too! Question: Is it possible to create new, separate folders for different sounds you name as well as separate setlists in the ‘library’?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on January 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi Russell. THanks for the kind words – glad you’re enjoying the GrandMeister. And on your question, you can, yes – you can create as many additional Libraries as you want (well, depending on how much space you have on your iPad, of course)! Hope this helps 🙂

Curtis on September 23, 2016 Reply

Please help. Banks and programmable presets for Dummies

iPad app

I’ve tried with no success to start programming personal settings for live shows. Here is what the end goal would look like


SWITCH A Clean tone preprogrammed setting 1
SWITCH B preprogrammed setting 15

If anyone can help walk me through literally step by step I would be forever greatful

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 17, 2016 Reply

    HI Curtis, what exactly are you having trouble with? Making the sounds you want, saving and recalling them, etc… Let us know and we can explain 🙂

Urs on December 30, 2015 Reply

Can I programme the tap tempo as a global setting, so that if I change from one preset to another the time for the delay remains the same?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on February 17, 2016 Reply

    Hi Urs, unfortunately not – you can do this in the stompbox mode with the FSM 432 footswitch, but not if you’re in MIDI preset mode.

Neville on June 3, 2015 Reply

I’ll look into it!

In the meantime, couple other bits…

Be nice if the iPad app had the ability to change the cabinet emulation (Classic/Modern) like it does pretty much everything else! Don’t know why this function is missing… Also the NoiseGate level – so it’s not entirely remote!!!

Also, is there a way of turning off/bypassing the cabinet emulation?!


    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on June 16, 2015 Reply

    The Speaker type and Noise Gate level are global parameters. You adjust the Noise Gate to your guitar, and the cabinet type to your general taste. There’s a technical reason too: Noise Gate sensitivity and Red Box are two separate parts, and not part of the programmable circuit. So there you go! As for turning the emulation off, it’s on the wishlist, so watch this space 😉

Neville on May 26, 2015 Reply

Hopefully the FSM-mkIV will combat that… And be wireless! 😉 😉

Quick question: made a nice sound on my amp. Pressed ‘STORE’ just in-case… Hooked up the iPad app via MIDI cable and also stored it as preset 73 on that….

How can I save just this single nice sound I have?

(Now iPad isn’t connected I can’t see my settings on preset 73 and also the title has disappeared…)

Do I have to reconnect, back up the amp memory and then select this backup which will appear in ‘app’ mode…?

Is there not simpler ways ?!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on June 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi Neville, not entirely sure what you mean here, but in general, in AMP mode, the app shows values stored in the amp, so when the iPad is not connected, you don’t see any values. The preset name should not disappear, just the values. To store or copy this single preset in the app, just press store in the app in AMP mode, then change the mode to APP, and then select a memory slot (bank up/down; A,B,C or D), then this one preset is stored in the iPad itself. Hope this helped!

Gordon on May 11, 2015 Reply

Advice please on iPad, midi, GM36 and FSM 432 MK III wiring

Sorry to be a numpty but I cannot work out which lead goes where when trying to chain the iPad, the iRig and the FSM 432 MK III

In fact I can’t find any information about connecting the iRig to the GM36 which is a bit mean if you have never used Midi before.

Any help would be appreciated

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on June 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi Gordon, we missed this post before, sorry. The video in the post above shows how to hook the iRig up to the iPad, and the cables themselves go to the MIDI ports on the back of the GM36 and to the footswitch. Does this work for you? If not, give us another shout and we’ll do our best to help more.

      Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on June 3, 2015 Reply

      And hi again Gordon – just to mkae it even clearer, just have a look at the first couple of pages of the iRig manual (we just opened ours up to have a look for you) – there’s a diagram in there that shows you exactly where each plug and wire goes. (Just replace the keyboard/controllers in the pics with the GM36 and the FSM footswitch and you’Re good to go!)

Gordon on May 11, 2015 Reply


In Stompbox mode I have noticed an anomaly.

If you switch the amp off having used a ‘Channel’ say Ultra (D) with delay and modulation when the amp is turned back on it defaults to ‘Channel’ Clean (A) and retains the delay and modulation but does not activate the lights on the footswitch to confirm the same.

This then requires to switch these 2 items back on, just to get the light and then switch them off again, (if you don’t want them)

Is this a fault or a known issue that is being addressed


    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on May 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi Gordon. The StompBox mode is only meant to demo the amp and for jamming. This mode offers direct access, but has some compromises: it saves the channel settings automatically but not the effects and not what channel was active. The footswitch is connected only one way – to the amp (to control it), so the footswitch does not “know” if effects are on or off. This behavior is normal. On stage, we highly recommed the preset mode only. If you need to switch effects without changing a preset, you can connect additional footswitches to the FSM 432 MK III… Hope this helps!

Neville on May 8, 2015 Reply

JHS got a website / email contact? Cheers

Steven on May 5, 2015 Reply

When will the WMi-1 be available in Canada?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on May 8, 2015 Reply

    We’re still TBC Steven, but will let you know on here when we find out for sure! In the meatime, you could also try asking Yorkville (our distributors there) directly. They’ll probably be able to give you an exact date before we find out here. Here’s their details:

    Yorkville Sound
    550 Granite Court
    L1W 3Y8 Pickering, Ontario
    Tel.: +1 9058378481

Nev on May 4, 2015 Reply

I see. OK, thanks for the info.!

Is there likely to be a mkii (WMI-2 !) in future?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on May 6, 2015 Reply

    Oof, we’ll have to think about it further down the line, but we’ll let the dust settle on the Mark 1 first! Maybe we’ll get more useful feedback like yours over the next few months that we can put into the next one…

Neville on May 3, 2015 Reply

What is your price then? :/

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on May 4, 2015 Reply

    You’re in the UK, right? Well, our distributor there (JHS) will set the price – local distributors always do. We reckon they’ll publish it by the time of their June ‘Event’ that they do, and that it’ll possibly be similar to the price you already quoted! Sorry we can’t be more specific, but we’re not allowed to just put prices up on here 😉

Neville on April 28, 2015 Reply

I was hoping it would be a unit that would plug in relatively flush to the GM…. (And then cables plug into the back of it)

….none of this breakout cables like the Apogee Mobile convertes!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on April 30, 2015 Reply

    Hmm, your points have been duly noted for next time 😉

Neville on April 28, 2015 Reply

One day – EVERYTHING WIRELESS mwahahahaha

It was on Thomann! – Well known for their extremely competitive pricing! And that’s without tax/currency conversion/delivery!!!

Nev on April 27, 2015 Reply

The WMI=1 is £120 🙁

It’s not as low-profile as I’d hoped either…almost as big as the GM amp itself! Hahaha!

Next step is surely FSM432-mkIV (with wireless 😉 😉 capability ?)

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on April 28, 2015 Reply

    Hmm, where did you see that price? We’re sorry it’s more than you were hoping, but when you see it in person we reckon you’ll be a bit happier about the size. Next step… maybe! 😉 Let’s put it on that wishlist again!

Luke on April 22, 2015 Reply

Hi got the amp a couple of weeks ago and I realy like it I also have a strymon bigsky I was wondering if there’s any way to send the tempo to my big sky from either the pedal or the amp

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on April 23, 2015 Reply

    Hi Luke. No, unfortunately not, but with an expression pedal you CAN send values for time.

    But remember: time is a relative, not an absolute value. The values in between 1 and 128 (or 0 and 127) just divide the maximum delay time by 128. That means with one device a value of 64 could mean 500 milliseconds, on the next device it could mean 800 milliseconds, and so on…

Neville on February 28, 2015 Reply

(I’m envisioning something that looks like a spaceship! – that plugs into BOTH MIDI ports of the GM36 simultaneously – something low-profile that can remain plugged in indefinitely AND then just allows you to plug your regular MIDI cable setup into the back of the device (so that nothing has to be unplugged and plugged back in?!))

If you can make it like that then you are legends.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on March 2, 2015 Reply

    We will try and fulfil that ‘legend’ tag! 😉

Neville on February 28, 2015 Reply

So long as you’re still on it…..! 🙂

The amount of companies that give up on things is atrocious! Glad H&K have that integrity to follow through – it strengthens the H&K brand name…

P.s. Obviously the smaller/lighter (and lowest cost possible) you can make it – the better!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on March 2, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, we’re still on it. Germans don’t give up on stuff like this 😉 We’re just having to take the time to get it exactly right, is all… It’ll certainly be worth it, we hope!

Neville on February 25, 2015 Reply

Please tell me you’re still planning on releasing a wireless device (ideally Bluetooth) for the MIDI connectivity of the iPad app to the GM36 — this is the only thing missing from this amp! — it’s so frustrating unplugging and re-plugging in the cables each time a change has to be made (and then switching back to my MIDI setup…!)

If Line6 can do it (and have done!) with their AmpliFi range then H&K should be able to!!! 😉 😉

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on February 27, 2015 Reply

    Hi Neville. Yep, it’s still in the planning, but as you can imagine, it’s something of a challenge 😉 We’ll get it spot-on soon, and then you’ll be first to hear about it here! In the meantime, please bear with us…

Thomas on January 28, 2015 Reply

When pressing transfer APP memory to Amp I get a time-out message. Purpose is to have the APP settings on the MK III foot switch.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on February 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi Thomas. If you get time-out messages, please check your cables: In and Out have to be connected. Close all other MIDI apps on the iPad too, and it should work just fine after that!

Pierre Jolicoeur on January 28, 2015 Reply

Hi HK: the new triamp MKIIII is, clearly, a very cool announcement.
Some time back, on the GM36 blog, the H&K moderator promised also an announcement regarding a global override for the power soak on the GM, which I still really hope is forthcoming. Should we still have hope for this? And if so, can you tell us something about the timing?


Nev on January 14, 2015 Reply

If it’s a new BIG amp; I’m not interested (in purchasing! – will still check it out! …) as I bought the GM for a reason ;)!

Just playing around with the app yesterday and wishing for wireless Bluetooth functionality! – would make it absolutely effortless that way and save me changing MIDI cables & interfaces every 2 minutes! – would be insane if they could make some sort of Bluetooth unit that plugs into the MIDI ‘In’ & ‘Out’ of the amp …(and then the MIDI cables plug into this unit so that nothing has to be removed ever!)

Neville on January 7, 2015 Reply

It’s January… When’s this announcement (/ musikmesse 2015) ??!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on January 8, 2015 Reply

    Hmm, still early days in January though 😉 This will take some more time. In the meantime, NAMM’s coming up, and there’s something bigger coming there first…

Morris on November 15, 2014 Reply

I just got the Gm36 and have 2 problems:

1. I have the ipad connected via midi and the ipad will show the values change if I make changes on the amp but, if I try and use the ipad to make changes or load presets it does nothing?

2. I get no sound out of the DI Redbox, i have it running to a Line 6 ux1 using an XLR to 1/4 cable, then out to my studio monitors.


Dave on November 7, 2014 Reply

Thank you so much it was driving me crazy to see all the empty spots used and another question can you move a preset. by the way I love this head and I got the 212 cab almost returned it cause no warranty in the USA I have 3 Marshall’s the newest is there 205c with 6 effect pedal’s I only use this one with the FSM pedal as my everyday amp but I’ll take my chances.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on November 10, 2014 Reply

    No worries Dave, and yes, you can move a preset by duplicating it. We’re really happy you’re enjoying the amp – but there should a 3-year warranty on it in the USA (so long as you keep your proof of purchase), so no worries there either!

Dave on November 6, 2014 Reply

Is there a way to delete the duplicate presets on the amp ? I’ve called every guitar shop searched all you tube video’s no one seems to know anything about this amp or app can you PLEASE tell me where I can get some answers.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on November 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dave, thanks for the questions. We’ve put the question in to our preset/app expert and will let you know!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on November 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dave. OK, so actually, we didn’t see any need to “delete” presets. You can overwrite all factory presets with your own settings and so “delete” the original presets in that way. And by the way, “deleting” does not mean an “empty preset” – you will always need some parameters in those spaces. The only real way to “delete” a preset so far is to turn all the knobs to zero, switch off all bthe uttons, set the power soak to 0 watts, and select the CLEAN channel – then copy and paste this preset. But we haven’t yet seen any benefits of doing this… Hope this helps!

Dave Griffith on November 5, 2014 Reply

when you back up the presets do they show up twice when scrolling thru the presets on the ipad ?

Neville on October 22, 2014 Reply

Ok thanks, I’ll take that into consideration! Where would a fan best be situated to cool the unit (behind?) and do you have any recommendations of rack cooling gear? Much appreciated

Neville on October 21, 2014 Reply

Haha, I hear ya! Only a few months to wait then!

Can I ask how tall is the GM36 in rack terms?! (Ie. 3U? 4U?) …considering putting it in a rack situation with a TC Electronics G System ‘brain’ so it’s all wired up and ready to go for use!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi Neville. The GrandMeister would be 4U… but careful! As we write in the GM36 manual, it must NOT be mounted in a rack, unless the rack features active cooling (i.e. a fan), otherwise the amp will definitely overheat.

Neville on October 20, 2014 Reply

Oh really… 😀

Is there going to be a mark IV version of the FSM432 mkiii Footswitch also? …I can’t help but feel this is the only part letting down the GM36 brand/product launch (imagine if it had a nice display screen on it – similar to the iPad app! that detailed which preset you were on and which bank (and even displayed your self-titled presets…) please tell me there is something already in the works and it’s nearing release?!

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 21, 2014 Reply

    Our lips are sealed unfortunately, but there will be something new coming next year! Well, a few things actually, but a big one (huge!) in January… and that’s all we’re saying right now! 😉

Scott G on October 18, 2014 Reply

The Grandmeister is an awesome amp! Lots of positive feedback when playing out with it. I’ve downloaded the app, and am looking to purchase the midi interface. Does H&K ‘endorse’ any certain brand or model?



    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 21, 2014 Reply

    Hi Scott, and cheers for the kind words! We don’t have any official agreements in place, but we usually point MIDI first-timers towards the iRig, as it’s a really decent affordable option. There are more robust and expensive bits of kit out there, but you can’t go too wrong with the iRig. We also know for a fact that the iRig works, as we’ve tested it extensively and continue to use it with our amps in our showroom, for demos, etc. Just let us know if you have any more questions!

Neville Currie on October 15, 2014 Reply

Sweet. I’ll ask Focusrite if it Supports it, ie. If MIDI Out will work too..

Apparently Musikmesse says you guys have something to announce at NAMM 2015 regarding the wireless MIDI device 😀 …

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 16, 2014 Reply

    Oh really? 😉

Neville on October 15, 2014 Reply

Well the app looks glorious as it is! So maybe don’t change that! (But just add options/menus/flexibility on further pages…..) and that last comment was in reply to Pierre’s idea for the Global power soak settings ACROSS patches but it placed it at the bottom of the forum! Keep up the good work, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more questions! 😉

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 15, 2014 Reply

    That’s good to hear! 😉 Answer coming up in the MIDI thread now…

Neville Currie on October 15, 2014 Reply

Agree with this idea entirely – the amp is great just as it is – could this “software update” not just be implemented from the (ipad) app end?? Ie. A new version of the app with this added global flexibility (notice ‘added’ as some users may like it the way it is – I always believe in adding options for flexibility as there is always some changes that some users may not wish for…) Also, likewise very impressed you offer this forum and actually USE it and respond in an extremely reasonable timeframe; Bravo H&K, for giving customers what they want and something that is incredibly useful to both yourselves and consumers for product progression, bravo.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Neville. That’s something we’ll definitely have to look at – the update from the app side, that is. In fact, once we get the whole social preset sharing thing done, there will have to be changes somewhere, so it’s already on our radar in that sense.

    Cheers for the nice words, and we always do our very best to answer all the questions – even when they’re really hard! Keeps us on our toes 😉

Neville Currie on October 15, 2014 Reply

How close are we to a share library of user / artist (pros) tones??

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 15, 2014 Reply

    Hmm, hard to say time-wise, but we’re getting smoothly and steadily closer! Hopefully not much longer 😉

Dan Szemis on October 5, 2014 Reply

I just disconnected everything, turned off the iPad and the amp, reconnected everything, and turned it back on and it is working now. Maybe there is a short in one of the wires which makes it go out intermittently. Bit of a pain with all the specialty connections, and also the fact that I just bought the set-up less than a month ago. This iRig seems a bit kluge, definitely not industrial-strength.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 6, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dan, and thanks for your questions. We always use an extension cable in between the iPad and the iRig, then it works properly – otherwise the whole thing can seem a litle wobbly! We do recommend the iRig because it’s decent and very affordable. There are certainly more physically robust options out there though. 😉

    On the connections front, if the connection fails and the cables are OK, don’t restart the GrandMeister App. Instead, restart the App for the iRig (MIDI Recorder). The connection will only work if the App itself is working, you see. Hope this helps…

Dan Szemis on October 5, 2014 Reply

I have the Grandmeister, the FSM432, and the iPad app. Connected everything as instructed and the set-up worked fine, most of the time, for about a month. Intermittently, however, the app would refuse to recognize the connection to the amp. It would just get hung up “CONNECTING TO AMP…PLEASE WAIT…” Now it is doing that all the time. Not sure where the failure is at. Any suggestions as to how to fix this issue?

Guido Dirkx on September 30, 2014 Reply

Very well explained by Pierre Jolicoeur the benefits of having a global power soak. I could’t agree more on this. As a Grandmeister owner I too am looking very much forward to the day this “upgrade” becomes available.

Having the possibility to adapt the overall level of all your presets to the playing environment (home/rehearsal studio/stage) by the press of a button will make life so much easier 🙂

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on October 1, 2014 Reply

    Yes, we agree! We’re working on it, so fingers crossed 😉 It’d make things better for everybody!

Pierre Jolicoeur on September 25, 2014 Reply

Thank you so much for this very positive response. I hope you find a way to implement the global mode for the power soak.

Best wishes,

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 25, 2014 Reply

    No problem Pierre, and we really hope so too!


    Your Hughes & Kettner team.

Jerome BASSEVILLE on September 22, 2014 Reply

I have the IRig midi 2 linked to an Ipad mini and it works really well with the Grandmeister. It’s really convenient to sculpt your sound.

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 22, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the confirmation, Jerome!

Pierre Jolicoeur on September 22, 2014 Reply

I use the iRig 2 with the app and grand meister 36, and it works very well.

On a related question, Apple is now encouraging everyone to switch from iOS7 to iOS8. Will this have any effect on the grandmeister iPad app?


    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 23, 2014 Reply

    Hi Pierre. Thanks for the nice feedback! The change to iOS8 won’t affect our app. We’ve checked it with the “old” iRig MIDI, and it still works completely fine. We’ve not ckecked other interfaces yet, but we’re sure that iOS8 will be supported with them too!

Pierre Jolicoeur on September 21, 2014 Reply

I like the GM36 very much. The iPad app was a very useful addition to the amp and really increases the convenience of modifying and storing patches.

There is one aspect of the design that is very inconvenient, for the way I wish to use the amp. This is the fact that the power soak setting is stored in each patch, and there is no way to override this either in software (either on the app, or with a combination of button presses, such as the ones used to switch the foot pedal from patch mode to stomp-box mode). I know that this is something that H&K engineering designed into the amp. I wish to let you know that, as a user of the product, I find this choice particularly regrettable. Let me explain why. When I practice by myself, I use the amp with the 1W setting. Suppose that I take time to sculpt the sound of several patches and store them during practice, they are all stored with 1W on the power soak. Suppose, over time, that I have 25 or 30 such patches saved. Now, my band mates come to rehearse. We research at low volume, but 1W is not enough. So, I want to use the amp at 5W. I have to re-store the 25-30 patches, in other patch locations, with the 5W setting. When getting ready for the next gig, I may not be sure whether 18W will be sufficient, or if the full 36W will be needed. So, each patch has to be copied two more times; which is, really, a lot of time wasted considering it would be so much easier if one could choose whether this particular feature of the amp should be stored in each patch, or not. If I then want to make a change to one of the patches, I have to remember to store it 4 times, once for each power-soak level. This is actually very inconvenient. There are other options, like storing an entire library of patches at each power-soak level, and downloading them as needed, but this still requires storing and managing 4 times as many patches as needed. I realize that someone, perhaps more than one, thought it would be cool to be able to store the power-soak levels in each patch and use this to control volume. However, there are already several ways to control and boost volume do this on the amp, and personally, the major inconvenience of this feature far outweighs the possible usefulness.

In short, as someone who has bought in to the notion that using the power soak feature to obtain interesting tone from the output stage of the amp, it would be much better to take the power soak setting out of what is saved and recalled in the stored patches, just like the master volume knob on the front, either by having a way to flash the ROM in the amp, adding a way to turn the feature on or off, or, as a stop-gap measure, providing software in the iPad app to make duplicates of a library of patches, changing all patches to a fixed power-soak level (such as, making them all 5W).

I hope your engineering team will take this request into consideration.
Please do not reply that this is a decision made by H&K, and is a desirable feature of the amp. I fully realize it was a conscious design design decision. However, for this user, it was the wrong decision, and it makes the use of the power soak setting very difficult. My solution is to accommodate both users who might find the feature useful, and those like me who find it particularly annoying, but adding a software override.

Best wishes, and thank you for making a really great product, and for making this communication channel possible between users and the design team.

Pierre Jolicoeur

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 23, 2014 Reply

    Hi Pierre. Thanks so much for the detailed, open feedback – we really appreciate informed info and opinions like this from the guitarists who use our amps!

    You’ll be pleased to know that this is already on the wishlist, adn we’re currently checking if we can implement a “global mode” for the Power Soak. If it works (fingers crossed!), GrandMeisters could then be updated by qualified service technicians. Please note, though, that the GrandMeister it is still an analog amp – this means that we can’t just release a “software update” for it!

    But, ultimately, it is possible. Keep on following us on here, and (again, fingers crossed!) maybe we’ll have some more news for you at the Winter NAMM Show in January 2015… 😉

Neville Currie on September 20, 2014 Reply

+1 for Mac & PC editor!

Can anyone confirm if the new IK iRig MIDI 2 works with the GM36 and iPad app? Cheers in advance

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 21, 2014 Reply

    Yes, it’s something we should work on. We’ve not tested the iRig MIDI 2 yet – anybody? Should be fine in theory, of course…

Jerome BASSEVILLE on September 18, 2014 Reply

The grandmeister is the amp ! The sound is amazing, and the possibilities are huge, so huge that I spend hours to find the perfect sound to me !
Is there a site where we can share our presets ?

    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on September 19, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Jerome, that’s great to hear! There is no place to share your presets yet unfortunately, but we’re working on it 😉

Ian Birchall on August 14, 2014 Reply

Been looking at new amps. H & K tone is great. Is there any possibility for the app to be released over multiple platforms? Windows 8/8.1 for use on the Surface?
Cheers Ian

    Hughes & Kettner on August 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Ian, the app is available for Android as well, but not from Hughes & Kettner, it is made by a third party company. We are great in designing amps, we are not a software company 🙂 So supporting windows would no be our strenght.

    The good thing is: you do not need the app to operate the amp, all features are accessible with the amp itself or the midi board.

    Hope this helps, best regards

Robert fisher on August 10, 2014 Reply


I have complaint about the iPad app.
When I set up a preset with any effects to my liking, and then I turn the effect off in the app or foot switch, I notice that setting’s level goes to zero. If I attempt to now store the preset, and then use the just stored preset again, and then turn the effect back on again, I’d expect the effects level (or setting) to be remember again and reset to it’s original setting, but instead it remains at zero! I don’t know if this a bug or not, but if not, it makes no sense.
Just because one turns the effect off before storing it as a preset, does not mean that the effect’s original setting before it was turned off should not be remembered. The on/off switch should act as a toggle between effect on and effect off just like real pedal. Currently I must save a preset with effect on with my settings the way I like in order for the iPad app to remember the effects settings. I find this an annoyance.

I hope this gets fixed ASAP.



    Hughes & Kettner on August 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi Rob,

    it is not the app, it is the amp. The amp itself does not feature an FX mute, it just can memorize the level. What the app does is: it remembers the levels and switches in between 0 and the original value to help you editing presets and compare sounds with and without Fx. Once the preset is stored, the amp will overwrite the original value with 0 when the FX is muted by the app. And the app only reads out values from the amp – which is then 0.

    That’s it, so it is not a bug that could be fixed, sorry for this.

    Best regards

bertinotti on August 10, 2014 Reply

le nouvel irig2 midi n’a pas d’alimentation possible
comment l’ipad peut il être alimenté ??
le irig midi2 a des prises midi 5 broches et non 7 broches comme ma fsm 435 mkII donc pas d’alimentation prévue pour l’ipad en grande cession d’utilisation avec le grandmeister et la pédale
l’app H&Kest- elle possible sur un macbook et l irig midi 2
tout cela reste un peu un mystère..merci de vos conseils
je suis client HK depuis plusieurs années
le 18 puis le 36 , je viens d’acheter le 432 et je vais acheter le grandmeister
bien cordialement
réponse souhaitée en français ou allemand ou italien pas en anglais merci

    Hughes & Kettner on August 14, 2014 Reply


    S’il vous plaît contacter IK Multimedia (iRig concernant). Votre contact français de Hughes & Kettner est:

    Algam S.A. – Audia Division
    2, rue de Milan
    Parque d’Activités des Petites Landes
    44484 Thouaré (Nantes)
    Tel.: +33 2 40183700

Dino on August 1, 2014 Reply

Any plans to release a PC or MAC editor?


    Hughes & Kettner Hughes & Kettner on August 1, 2014 Reply

    Not as of now Dino, but it’s on the wish list!

Neville Currie on July 30, 2014 Reply

Likewise about to purchase the new irig MIDI 2 purely to save on connections/mess/money… Can somebody confirm it works with the ipad app and GM36?

Al Tijerina on July 26, 2014 Reply

Anybody have any luck using the gm36 remote app via the new irig midi 2? My amp recognizes the irig midi but not the new irig midi 2.

    Hughes & Kettner on July 27, 2014 Reply

    Hi Al,

    we did not check the new iRig MIDI yet. But the GM36 complies with all MIDI standards, so we would like to ask you to contact IK Multimedia. Good to know that the “old” iRig MIDI did work, so the rest of your hardware is fine 🙂

    Best regards

Rob Fisher on July 19, 2014 Reply

How do you connect the ipad app, the FSM-432 MKIII foot controller, a computer running Midi software like Logic, and the GrandMeister36 amp all together so the amp can be controlled by either by the ipad app, or the FSM-432 MKIII foot controller, or the midi software running on a computer (just like Josh Rand’s fourth demo video showed) ?

I have not seen any midi routing diagram anywhere and any manual or website discussing it are to vague.

Does anyone know where one exists?



    Hughes & Kettner on July 20, 2014 Reply

    Hi Rob, there is no diagram, but it is very simple: connect the out of the FSM to the in of the amp, the out of the amp to the in of midi interface for iPad, the out of that interface to the in of the FSM. If you want to use Apple Logic in that setup, just include your midi interface for your computer into the loop in between the out of the amp and the in of the interface for iPad.

    But be carefully: in a midi loop, Logic well send incoming midi messages to the midi out, which will create a midi feedback and may result in strange behavior of the hole system! The FSM does a filtering of incoming messages automatically.

    What Josh Rand does is: use the app to program everything and exchange presets, once this is done he controls it by logic just by sending a program change via midi to the amp.

    Hope this helps, best regards

ray on June 27, 2014 Reply

How do you connect the ipad to the amp? I see a irig midi interface but no mention of where the wires are going. I also do not have a FSM 432 MK III PHANTOM-POWERED MIDI BOARD so am I out of luck?


    Hughes & Kettner on June 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Ray,

    the manufacturers of Midi Interfaces describe in their manuals how to connect it, but it is very easy: the OUT is always connected to the IN, means OUT of the iRig to the IN of the amp, OUT of the amp to the IN of the iRig.

    If you want to use the app and the FSM 432 MK III at the same time, connect the OUT of the FSM to the IN of the amp, the OUT of the amp to the IN of the iRig, the OUT of the iRig to the IN of the FSM 432 MK III.

    Hope this helps,

    Best regards

Sean on June 22, 2014 Reply

Could you please advise if this app will be available on Android anytime soon? I happily moved away from Apple several years ago and am reluctant to go back (unless I have to).

    Hughes & Kettner on June 22, 2014 Reply

    Hi Sean, Hughes & Kettner will not offer an android version, there are just too many combinations of tablets and midi interfaces, we cannot guarantee that is will work properly.

    We know that a third-party company is working on an android version, the beta testing has already started, but we cannot tell a release date yet.

    Hope this helps, best regards

    ps: you do not neccessariliy need the app, all control functions are accessible on the amp itself, the app is a great tool to manage presets and add names to your sounds, but it does not mean that you need an iPad to use a GrandMeister 🙂

Kai Diederichsen on May 23, 2014 Reply

I’ve got my Grandmeister! Amazing Amp! It’s heating up a 2×12 Box with Eminence G12M25 Greenbacks and among the great eq settings there are much more options to tune the sound with presence and resonance. Great!

Please public the preset sharing site soon! And preferably with a choice to describe the used speakers. 🙂


Herb on May 15, 2014 Reply

I also have the older model midi footswitch for my switchblade

    Hughes & Kettner on May 15, 2014 Reply

    The older FSM will work to select presets, but you cannot use the new function like realtime control with expression pedals or the new stomp box mode.

    Best regards

Herb on May 15, 2014 Reply

I have the tubemeister 18 a and 36 and also have a switchblade. Just bought the grandmeister.
I have the latest iPad mini with lightening connector and the irig
I downloaded the app
With this set up allow me to use the app with the amp?

    Hughes & Kettner on May 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Herb,

    yes, this will work, you just need the Apple 30pin/lightning adapter.

    Have fun with your GrandMeister!

wayne fanning on May 3, 2014 Reply

I think you guys are the best in technology out their. You guys amaze me.
The animation you guys did on the Grandmeister 36 was awesome. I now own a Tubemeister 36 and a 18 and also just ordered a Grandmeister from Sweetwater. I wish you guys had made the Ipad app to work with the Tubemeister 36. Thanks for all you do!
Wayne Fanning

Paul on April 29, 2014 Reply

Thanks for the info.

Paul on April 27, 2014 Reply

Really loving the Grandmeister, which expression pedal works for Control 1 or 2? I have a Boss fv-50 H which does not allow me to select different effect type by assigning 12 – mod type? it only switches between chorus & tremolo.


    Hughes & Kettner on April 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Paul,

    we recommend the YAMAHA FC-7 or standard accessory pedals, BOSS and ROLAND pedals are designed to be used only with BOSS and ROLAND products. But the FV-50 H should switch as well through all four mdolation types, the range is just very short for each effect. Hope this helps.

    Best regards

Dave on April 27, 2014 Reply

Love the amp, love the app all works a treat. I never take my iPad to gigs but always have my iPhone on me – are there any plans to roll the app out on to iPhone?

    Hughes & Kettner on April 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dave,

    not yet, on the iPad the knobs and switches are the same size as on the amp. On the iPhone, you´ll need a different user interface, making it just smaller won´t work. Let´s put it on the wishlist 🙂

    Best regards

James Ciotka on April 21, 2014 Reply

I am having some difficulties maki
No the connection between the my ipad and the grandmeister. I believe I set it up correctly. I’m using the same midi device as shown in the video. I’ve downloaded and re-installed the app several times. Is there any other directions or assistance out there? I also wanted to know if it is possible in adjusting the boost level. I would like a global type solo button for all patches.

    Hughes & Kettner on April 24, 2014 Reply

    Hi James,

    please check the following:

    – is the app that belongs to the iRig installed? (the iPad will ask to install the “Midi Recorder” when you connect the iRig for the first time)
    – if you have an iPad with lightning connector, did you use the original Apple adaptor? (others may just work to charge the iPad)
    – did you connect both, midi in and out?

    The BOOST is not adjustable, it you need a volume boost for soloing, the idea of the concept is rather to program a second preset with higher VOLUME, or a combination of BOOST and VOLUME, than to use the same preset and engage BOOST. One the one hand this looks like a limitation, on the other hand, you have way more options to get a solo sound right, with more gain, more volume, less effects etc.

    Best regards

Robert Hopkins on April 17, 2014 Reply

I agree with Michael. A Hughes and Kettner forum is almost mandatory in today’s amp market. If you decide to not create a forum then please let me know and I will create one. My GM36 should arrive next week!

Jimmy on April 10, 2014 Reply

Just got my grand 36. Pretty amazing stuff. When the footswitch is in stomp box mode is there a way to store power soak settings individually to the a,b,c,d. I know it’s possible in preset mode but I prefer the stomp box mode.
Thanks in advance

    Hughes & Kettner on April 10, 2014 Reply

    Hi Jimmy,

    no, in stomp box mode, the power soak works as a global setting, which makes sense, because you will want to use your amp at home with 5, in the rehearsal room with 36, and maybe on stage with 18 watts. So it needs to work as a global setting.

    The stomp box mode is a great tool to be able to find your sound instantly. Once you know what you need, the idea is to store it in a preset. Of course, you will have to think different, for example instead of switching BOOST on/off, you will have to switch in between two presets with same settings, one with BOOST set to off, one with BOOST set to on.

    Have fun with your GrandMeister!

    Best regards

Sergio Escalona on April 10, 2014 Reply

If the smallest library file is 128 presets, how would I, for example, put together a set of presets where I want to use the best 5 presets from 2 or more separate libraries?

I understand that the app was originally created as a remote or as a display for the amp, but it would be great to expand its capabilities as a preset librarian.

My humble wish list for future updates of this app:

– Being able to transfer individual presets from app to amp to app, and between libraries in the app.
– Add a command to “initialize” a preset to make a preset an “empty” preset.

I don’t have an iPad yet and only played around with a friend’s iPad to see if if it was worth buying one just for this. If what I explained is already possible, please explain how, as I did not have enough time to spend with the app and the amp.


    Hughes & Kettner on April 10, 2014 Reply

    Hi Sergio,

    this already works. If you want to create a “best-of” library, you can load a library in the app memory and listen to presets without overwriting presets on the amp. But when you listen to that preset, the values are in the memory of the amp, they are just not stored! So if you have the FSM 432 Mk III, the easiest way is to go through presets with app, and if you found a preset that you want to store in the amp, just press STORE on the amp (not the app) and select a memory slot in the amp with the FSM 432 MK III.

    It works as well with the app itself, just in a different way: if you want to copy single presets from the APP memory to the AMP memory, just go through presets (chicken head in position APP), if you want to copy a preset to the amp press STORE on the iPad (just tap, don´t hold it!), then switch the chickenhead of the app to Position AMP, tap on the preset list, and select the preset you want to overwrite.

    That´s it, hope this helps!

    Best regards

    PS: make sure it is the latest version of the app, the first app really just was a remote control (see link in the blog)

Drew on April 8, 2014 Reply

Love the Grandmeister – covers so much ground, not to mention breaking new ground!
Through a 2X12, closed back cab, it rages.

+1 on a preset sharing site.

    Hughes & Kettner on April 8, 2014 Reply

    Hi Drew,

    site to share presets will follow.

    Best regards

Craig Rosen on April 7, 2014 Reply

Thanks for the info.
This helps.

Craig Rosen on April 7, 2014 Reply

I have a question about the new iPad app.
If I create or modify a preset, I am able to save it into the app library under a new name.
When I hit the library tab, it lists the new name I saved.
Is each new preset saved in the library as a new name, or does it save all of the presets (new & old) under the new library name? In other words, are you able to create a new folder that holds all of your new presets that you can pull up from the library on the iPad?


    Hughes & Kettner on April 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Craig,

    each file in the library of the app contains 128 presets, you can compare it to a folder that contains all presets. So the answer is yes, it saves all presets. Just to prevent misunderstandings: All the old presets that you did not modify are saved as well, the old values of presets that you did oberwrite are not saved, but still accessible in the libray. Changes are only stored in the app memory, the file in the library will not be changed unless you overwrite it when you do a back up.

    Btw: The library memory is not limited, you can save as many files as you like. And you can send your most important files by email (to yourself), so even if your iPad gets lost, you will always have access to your presets.

    Hope this helps, best regards

Michael Kuhn on April 3, 2014 Reply

Good move on your end to enable a way to import/export settings. Now it is just a question of time for you guys to create a forum for all those Grandmeister owners to share those. And, please do not make it a Facebook page…..

    Hughes & Kettner on April 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi Michael,

    we will, we will 😉 On this website.

    Best regards

Victor Johnson on March 28, 2014 Reply

I’ve had a play with a Tubemiester ! But , going for the GrandMiester for the extra fx !! This ap sounds great !!
Is the single 12 cab going to be ok ?

    Hughes & Kettner on March 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Victor,

    yes, the Hughes & Kettner TM112 (1×12″ Velestion Vintage 30, 60 watts) will do the job. It is a perfect match.

    Best regards

Pierre Tellier on March 28, 2014 Reply


It is possible to simulate a Wa-Wa effect with the app ?

I finaly received my GM36 last tuesday and I love it, great amp 🙂


    Hughes & Kettner on March 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Pierre, congrats to your GrandMeister!

    The app is a remote control for the features of the GrandMeister 36 and offers great Features to manage presets, but it does not offer additional features or effects. What you could do is to control the MID control (or HIGH or BASS) with an expression pedal in realtime. Controlling the EQ settings is a new “effect” but it won´t replace a real Wah Wah.

    Have fun with your GrandMeister!