Line 6 AMPLIFi Detailed Review

 

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As a father to a cheeky but adorable 2 year old girl, I often find myself with a little time to spare late in the evening to pretend that I’m the next Joe Satriani or Angus Young.  With the aforementioned dozer being fast asleep at such hours of the evening, it would be ideal if I had a whiz bang tool that allowed me to very quickly plug in and jam along to some Satch or AC/DC in my living room, or with the possibility to use headphones if I wanted to play loud without anyone else hearing it. The same features would also make such a product ideal for any bedroom rock star or a student who cant make too much noise in their dorm room.
I suppose it would also make sense that such a tool has super flexible features like streaming music from any Bluetooth device (phones/tablets/PCs/MACs) and is loud enough to rehearse and gig.
What about making it look especially cool and edgy with a funky updated vintage vibe going on so that it looks as good in a living room as well as on stage. Then lastly give it a price point that is affordable for even the smallest budget.

Well prepare yourself….. As those clever boffins at Line 6 have only gone and delivered an innovative and feature rich amp that fits all those requirements and more to boot! Its called the AMPLIFi, and is apparently such a new take on the humble guitar amp, Line 6’s marketing material suggested that the AMPLIFi is ‘The guitar amp, reinvented’. That is perhaps an overstretch, and I would have gone for ‘The guitar amp, evolved’.
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Line 6 Sonic Port Released

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Line 6 have just released the all new Sonic Port. A pro quality guitar system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

It’s got some great features to give you all you’ll need for a portable rig to interface with Lightning and 30-pin iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

Check out the full features on the Line 6 website.

Line 6 Mobile Keys – USB Keyboard (MIDI Controller) For PC, MAC and iOS

Whether you need a MIDI keyboard for your PC, MAC, iPhone, iPOD Touch or iPad… You now have a single option that can do all those things. Introducing Line 6 Mobile Keys.

Here’s the official Press Release from Line 6 from earlier today:

Line 6 Mobile Keys™ Premium Keyboard Controllers Move Seamlessly Between iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and PC

— Available in 25- and 49-key models, each with full-size keys, iOS and USB connectivity, and compatibility with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®

ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Line 6 (room 212A/B) is showing Mobile Keys™ premium keyboard controller for iPad®, iPhone®, Mac® and PC at Winter NAMM 2012.

Mobile Keys 25 and Mobile Keys 49 are a pair of new, lightweight, ultraportable keyboards designed to control iOS music apps and do double duty as USB MIDI controllers for Mac® and Windows® computers. Both models have full-size keys and solid keyboard action. The keys are velocity sensitive, allowing them to accurately interpret the nuances and subtleties of a keyboardist’s playing. Both Mobile Keys models are compatible with any iOS app that supports the CoreMIDI standard for input, including GarageBand® and numerous drum machines, synthesizers and virtual instruments.

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Line 6 Mobile In & Mobile POD – Meat & Potatoes: No Gravy Needed

I remember the first effects pedal I ever bought when I was an angry teenager at 15 years old – The Zoom 3030.  I didn’t really need such a large box of tricks, and a Zoom 505 would have likely done the job well enough.  However a friend of mine (who was also a better guitarist than me) had the 505, and so felt getting a bigger FX pedal would make me a better player… Well FX pedals do have an instant talent switch, don’t they!?

Roll forward 15 years and there’s far more processing power available in my iPhone and iPad than in pedals even from a few years ago, as well as many tens of millions of users of iPhones and iPads globally.  So it’s a sensible way forward for any amp modeling and FX software company to design an interface and iPhone/iPad App that can give guitarists the amp and FX tones they crave for, any time and in any place they can hook up their iPhone/iPad…
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Line 6 Mobile In and Mobile POD App – Released

I blogged a while back that Line 6 had announced the impending release of their premium iPhone4/iPad/iPad2 audio interface.  Well I’ve just heard that Mobile In (the interface) has started shipping, and Mobile POD (the free amplifier and effects simulator app) is available to install from the App Store.  Watch this space for a full review coming in the next few weeks.

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Griffin StompBox for iPhone/iPad

Guitarists have been able to use amp and FX simulators on their iPhones and iPads for a while… But if you’re like me, you’ve also wanted to see someone come out with an effective foot controller for such apps, and now Griffin has come to the rescue with the rather obvious name: ‘StompBox’
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Line 6 Mobile In & Mobile POD for iPhone/iPad Announced

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen in the past year, Line 6 users have posted on the Line 6 User Community asking for a version of POD Farm for their iPhones and iPads…. Well just to prove they listen to us (like they’ve proven many times before) Line 6 have announced their all new Mobile In (iPhone/iPad/iTouch Audio interface) and Mobile POD.

Below is the official press release to learn more about this exciting announcement.
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Line 6 MIDI MOBILIZER II

Line 6 have released the 2nd version of their portable MIDI interface that connects all classis and modern MIDI gear to iPhone and iPad (and iPOD Touch).

It supports CoreMIDI on the Apple iOS platform, and can me used for many free and paid for MIDI compatible applications, such as GarageBand.
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Digitech iPB-10 – iPad Foot Controller

It would seem that with the sales figures suggesting there are more than 20 million iPad owners globally, that any music company selling accesories to use with an iPad already has a large potential market.

It’s not totally clear from Digitech whether this iPB-10 will just be a fancy dock and controller for the iPad, or if in fact this is an FX pedal where just the editing is done via the iPad.  My initial thoughts were that it was a controller and the iPad will process the audio, but then why are Digitech advertising the iPB-10 as having multiple DSP chips?  Digitech say: “The iPB-10 Programmable Pedalboard is not simply a dock for the iPad.  It uses multiple Audio DNA2™ processors within the unit to provide users with no-latency, high-definition signal processing.”

All in all though, the cost of the iPB-10 added to even the cost of the entry level model of iPad 2 would likely make this whole package around £800 which is over twice the price of the Digitech RP1000.

So whilst I think this is a good idea, I’m not sure it’s been as well thought out.  Yes there’s a market for it if you already own an iPad, or are intending to buy one.  But if you’re not I fail to see how this can be justified, unless there really is a lot more you can do with it, and the sounds are superior to the RP1000.