NAMM 2013: Line 6 Expands Functionality of DT-series Amps and POD® HD-series Multi-effects with Free Firmware Updates
DT-series amps and POD HD-series multi-effects now offer guitarists more tones, features and flexibility than ever before
ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A), is pleased to announce the availability of two firmware updates that dramatically increase the functionality of DT-series amps and POD® HD-series multi-effect processors. These free updates feature new HD tones, more configuration options and unprecedented flexibility.
V2.0 Firmware for DT-series amps
Co-designed by Line 6 and tube-amp guru Reinhold Bogner, DT-series amplifiers combine reconfigurable analog topologies with Line 6 technology to provide boutique feel and sonic versatility. Firmware v2.0 introduces the following features:
- 30 HD preamps (increased from 4) give guitarists the ability to create unique amp tones by pairing any preamp with any combination of dynamic topologies—including negative feedback loop, operating class, power tube mode, and more—within Reinhold Bogner’s reconfigurable tube power amp
- Musicians can load a DT amp with up to eight unique voicings (four on channel A, plus four on channel B), providing a wide array of tones for performance and recording
- Each voicing can be configured with a choice of 12 reverbs, all of which feature unique parameter settings
- Reverb spillover allows the reverb to finish its decay when switching between Channel A and Channel B
- Each amp model can have its own unique 12AX7 boost setting*
All you need to know is that Christmas has come 2 months early! With Line 6 already releasing the POD HD updates recently, now it’s the turn of the DT Series of amplifiers to get some serious love with firmware v2.0 bringing some great new features.
Now there are all POD HD amp models (30 increased from 4), some other configurable amp parameters, 12 reverb models, 17 selectable cab models (including no cab). These are all configurable via MIDI, so if you would prefer not to have these extra options, that’s fine too, as the original features and ease of use will still be there.
With this update the DT50 you can now use the direct output when in standby mode (which was already there on the DT25).
Line 6 started a trend in 1996 with the release of the AxSys 212 modelling guitar amplifier and soon after in 1999 the red kidney bean shaped POD was released and changed how guitarists recorded guitar tones in the studio. Since then Line 6 have released many other products, but so have other companies too!.
After reading about IK Multimedia’s release of officially certified Orange and Carvin amp models for AmpliTube on Guitar Noize I begun to think about original amp manufacturers and how in the past few years, they have been more willing to officially support/certify amp models/simulations of their ‘real’ amps.
Save Big on Your Dream Rig
Line 6 Promo Offers $500 Savings on the Best-Sounding, Most Advanced Guitar System Ever
RUGBY, UK, 8TH October 2012—Line 6 UK Ltd. is pleased to announce the “Save Big on Your Dream Rig” promotion. The Line 6® Dream Rig integrates a James Tyler® Variax® guitar, DT-series amp, and POD® HD500 or HD Pro multi-effect into the world’s best-sounding, most advanced guitar system. Customers can save £325 on the entire system, or up to £125 on select components.*
From 1st October – 31st December 2012, customers visiting participating Authorized Line 6 retailers will receive £100 instant savings on DT-series amplifiers and £125 instant savings on James Tyler Variax guitars
Save Big on Your Dream Stage
Line 6 Promo Offers Up to £1,125 savings on the Latest Live Sound Gear
RUGBY, UK – 8th October 2012—Line 6, Inc. is pleased to announce the “Save Big on Your Dream Stage” promo, which offers significant savings on groundbreaking StageSource™ and StageScape™ M20d live sound products. From 8th October–31st December 31, 2012, customers can save £100 per StageSource loudspeaker (limited to 10 loudspeakers per person).
In addition to the instant rebate, Line 6 is also offering customers who purchase and register the Dream Stage the opportunity to claim an additional £125 via a mail in rebate. Customers who purchase a complete system could save £1,125 (10 speaker plus one M20d). Terms and conditions apply.
Line 6 Extends The Acclaimed Dream Rig with Free James Tyler Variax® v1.8 and POD® HD v2.0 Updates – SEE. CHANGE.
Along come Line 6, and give us some more free updates. This time some extra features for the modelling of the acoustic guitar models in the JTV, as well v2.0 for the higher end POD HD devices.
Line 6 Extends The Acclaimed Dream Rig with Free James Tyler Variax® v1.8 and POD® HD v2.0 Updates
–New features for Line 6 James Tyler Variax guitars, and POD HD Pro and POD HD500 multi-effects, create even more inspiring experience for the world’s first fully integrated rig for guitarists–
ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 19, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A/B) the industry leader in digital audio technology for musicians and audio professionals, announces free updates for James Tyler Variax® modeling guitars and POD® HD multi-effects that give users incredible new features and enhanced integration.
Soon to be downloadable for free on line6.com, JTV firmware v1.8 for the James Tyler Variax series features spectacular updates to the guitar’s five acoustic models and enhanced functionality when the guitar is connected to a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro multi-effect processor.
As the first post of 2011, one of the Expert Line 6 users: Crusty Old Rocker, has created a short guide to help new users understand the best way to get the most from using a Line 6 POD HD and DT50 amplifier(s).
Read the guide HERE.
UPDATE October 2011: It seems that the improving customer service Silverstone.co.uk once offered has got worse (again). I have personally experienced long waits (several months) after I was assured a wait time of only a week, repeated excuses for why the product was delayed (usually blaming the situation on the postal service or courier, yet never being able to provide tracking numbers or any proof of postage), and rarely being able to get a response from the owner, Shaun Dunk, via email and never via phone.
Because of this decline in service to the point that I’ve seen multiple complaints on forums as well as my own experience, I must take the unprecidented action to ammend this review, to ensure no additional customers of Silverstone are ripped off.
If you’re in the market for an amp cover in the UK, then look no further than Silverstone Amp Covers. [EDIT: Many people I have spoken to recently, and myself have either been ripped off, or had to wait many months and had to chase many times to receive the item they paid for. For this reason I would advise against using Silverstone and to use Hot Covers instead. They are based in the UK and usually only wait 1 working day for a cover to be made and delivered to me.]
They make them in a range of styles and colours to your own specification, and as you can see my new Line 6 DT50 (sitting atop a pair of Zilla Music custom 2×12 Studio pro cabs) really looks the businsess, as I specified it to have yellow piping to compliment the gold piping on the amp.
Are you stuck trying to figure out how to work your Line 6 gear?? If you are, then I’m not sure hyow (it’s so easy) BUT fear not! Help is at hand! Line 6 have created videos on just about every aspect of using their products. check it out here: http://line6.com/community/docs/DOC-2065