After reading the first instalment in this series of blogs on the Line 6 M20d smart mixer, you’ll hopefully have managed to pick up your jaw off the floor. Sure the M20d is ‘only’ a mixer, but its features are so advanced yet intuitive and useful, that it’s surprising someone else hadn’t made something similar before now. But to Line 6′s credit, they recognised this and in true Line 6 style, are the first to the party.
In this 2nd part of my series of guitarists point of view blogs on the Line 6 Dream Stage, I’ll be looking closely at 2 similar products: The StageSource L3t and L3m. The two actually share some of the same features, with the L3t having a few extra features over the L3m, such as built in FX, EQ and dedicated instrument/mic inputs, plus an additional £100 price tag (£849 online for the L3t and £749 online for the L3m).
If you’re a regular visitor to Rowbinet, the free StageScape M20d firmware update (v1.0 to v1.1) will be no surprise to you.
I’d had a little issue where I’d updated to v1.1 and it had wiped all my setups that I had not backed up. I didn’t get any warning of this, and luckily I only had a couple of setups to recreate. This video shows you the whole process of how to backup to an external SD card (the process is the same for a UDB flash drive or USB HDD), update your M20d, and then restore your settings.
Remember to select the settings button (the small cog bottom right of the video) once it’s started and choose to watch in 720 HD. This will make the video much clearer, so you can more easily follow the tutorial.
As a guitarist, I’m not usually too bothered by mixers or PA gear, but when the Line 6 Dream Stage was released it really caught my eye. My initial reaction was that the price point of the mixer was a little too high for my needs, but when you actually sit down with one even for a short time, you really start to understand how much it can do for you and why it’s well worth every penny of the £1449 it currently sells for online in the UK.
Here’s a recent Line 6 mailshot I received. It’s certainly true that there are a vast number intones you can create, but I am interested to know if there’s a guitar tone from a song that you have failed to replicate on a POD HD + JTV.
Call it a challenge if you like, and post a comment under this article with the song that contains the guitar tone you’ve not been able to replicate, and Rowbi will have a go for you.
As a POD® HD owner, you know the power of having a priceless collection of amps and effects in a single, compact unit. But did you know you could multiply the possibilities with a James Tyler® Variax® guitar?
In addition to putting 29 vintage, modern and exotic instruments at your fingertips, James Tyler Variax integrates with POD HD500 and HD Pro multi-effects for instant control of your entire rig. You can save your instrument, tuning, amp, effects and more to a single preset—then recall up to 500 different rigs with the press of a footswitch.
I received this mailshot from Line 6 yesterday. I think there are some fantastic products coming out of the R&D department at Line 6 these days! smaller active PA speakers, with a proprietory input for POD HDs (as well as the usual PA inputs). But it’s ideal for plug and play with your POD HD 300/400/500 or Pro (with Line 6 Link output).
Then there’s the awesome JTV89, but with a Floyd Rose!
And lastly the M20d software update (yes a free one) that gives you some great new recording features, better WiFi management and monitoring options.
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*
Line 6 Expands the StageSource Family with New L2m and L2t Loudspeakers for Musicians on the Go
Exceptional sound, unparalleled DSP power, modular architecture and easy digital networking make the new loudspeakers as powerful as they are portable
ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A) today announced the new StageSource™ L2m and L2t loudspeakers, expanding the StageSource family with models designed for even greater flexibility and portability. With unmatched sound, unparalleled DSP power, modular architecture and proprietary L6 LINK™ digital networking, the new StageSource L2m and StageSource L2t loudspeakers deliver more than any other loudspeaker for musicians.
“StageSource L2-series loudspeakers are designed to deliver great sound from solo performances in coffee shops to full-on rock shows,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Product Management, Line 6. “We took the same unsurpassed sound quality, powerful DSP, feedback suppression and digital networking technology as our award-winning StageSource L3 series, and placed it within an even more portable form factor. As a result, StageSource L2 provides more than any other powered loudspeaker in its class—and delivers unparalleled power, ease and flexibility when combined with StageScape M20d as part of the Line 6 live sound ecosystem.”
Line 6 Introduces New James Tyler Variax JTV-89F Guitar
New solidbody guitar features Floyd Rose licensed double-locking tremolo system by Graph Tech
ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A), leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians, is pleased to introduce JTV-89F, the newest member of the acclaimed James Tyler® Variax® family. With a Floyd Rose® licensed double-locking tremolo system by Graph Tech and the ability to virtually tune down a whole octave without impacting playability or intonation, JTV-89F is ready to throw down like the hammer of Thor.
Coming soon to a downloads page near you: Tyler Variax HD
Tyler Variax HD will be a free upgrade from amp and guitar modelling pioneers Line 6 enhancing all James Tyler Variax guitars to include an entire collection of pristine HD instruments.
Also included with this upgrade will be a new version of Variax Workbench, unsurprisingly named ‘Workbench HD’. This will be supported by all Tyler Variax guitars and will enable new ways to customize your guitars and tones.
Line 6 are set to announce a new member of the Tyler Variax family at Winter NAMM 2013 in a few days time. This limited edition guitar equipt with a licensed Graph Tech Floyd Rose is an all new version of the renowned JTV-89 and will be called the JTV-89F. More news to follow at NAMM.