Winter NAMM 2016 – What’s Hot?

Well, it’s been a busy past year with work and family life – barely leaving time to blog.  But fear not, Rowbi couldn’t resist blogging after seeing all the news this evening about numerous guitar related gear being released at Winter NAMM!

Line 6 look to have come up trumps with the Firehawk 1500 – I recall when I first found out about this beast when it was only an idea, I was staggered that they’d fit in a 1500 watt power amp into a large combo – however when you think that the Line 6 StageSource PA speakers are 1400 watts then it seems sensible for a guitar amp come FRFR PA system.  Essentially for me, this is the Vetta III, and compared to other similar offerings it just has no competition for the great value ~£750 price tag.  Check out the cost of Boss’ new Waza Craft amp head and cabinet (it’s ~£3000, yes look again, that’s no typo) – silly money for the Boss.

Click here for more info on the Firehawk 1500.

Firehawk_1500The Amplifi range has a new baby in the Amplifi30 – Fab products all round (I have the TT and 75 courtesy of Line 6 beta testing) and the 30 watter will deliver a great solution to those needing a guitar amp/Bluetooth streaming speaker – but in a smaller and better value product.

Click here for more info on the Amplifi30.
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Next we come onto Marshall. They’re taking a very different approach with their new CODE modelling amps – only modelling their own valve amps. Of course they own prime examples of their own amps which I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand in the Marshall museum – so who better to model Marshall amps than Marshall themselves. It’s sort of a competitor to the Amplifi range above, as there’s Bluetooth editing and streaming included – however with the range of amps only being Marshall some might say it’s a bit limited… Not me though, Everyone loves Marshall amps, and you’ve got every style of amp covered here – what’s not to like! Some of the demo videos so far released show they’ve recorded the demo on the CODE25 and CODE50 combos, thus showing that the best tones are available across the whole range – not just from the flagship 100 watt head!

Click here for more info on the Marshall CODE amplifier product line.marshall-code

There’s not much to say about the FBV3 – the previous version (the Shortboard MKII) has been around a while.  It’s great to see the long list of previous products that the FBV3 works with (Going back to the Spider II, POD2, Vetta, HD147) as well as of course supporting the latest products too.  It’s essentially a Firehawk style pedal with multi colour footswitch indicators – nice1.

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OH MY GOD!!!!!! A 20 watt Silver Jubilee head (and combo)!!!! I’m sure many guitarists prayers are answered right here.  Combo includes a Celestion G12M Greenback, and both have a 5 watt low power mode.

I’ve nothing else to say except: AWESOME!

Click here for more info on the Mini Jubilee.

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I’ve owned  and gigged with Line 6 Relay G50 and G90 units in the past and they were absolutely solid and faultless.  Pro guitarists also seem to really rate the G90 units, so I’m pleased my thoughts on them are shared by those who are more qualified than I am to make judgement.  The introduction of the G10 is a stab at simplifying what was already a simple set of wireless systems – however with any settings came a tiny bit of complexity that the average guitarists just wouldn’t want or need.  Sure a pro player needs to be able to select up to 12 different wireless frequencies, but most do not.  The G10 is so simple that I’m sure it will be a big seller!

Click here for more info on the Relay G10.

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Line 6 POD HD500X First Play

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That’s right faithful readers and Line 6 fans, I have a lovely new POD HD500X that Line 6 have kindly loaned me to do some product reviews…

It only landed on my doorstep yesterday, and the first thing I wanted to try was to compare the more powerful POD HD500X to a POD HD500 or POD HD Bean (both the HD bean and HD500 have the same processing power and I have the HD bean to hand so that’s what I’ll use).

Above is a preset I created on the POD HD500X (above top picture).  Then the lower of the 2 above pictures is as far as I got on the POD HD Bean.  The next effect I tried to add on the HD bean was the 63 Spring Reverb, and I got the DSP over limit warning.  Now I do appreciate that this isn’t a full test, it’s just me creating a preset in the order that I usually do it, and that’s as far as I got.  For reference: I usually add amps, then delay(s) and then reverb.  Perhaps adding the FX in another order would mean I can add more less DSP intensive FX to the POD HD bean preset before the DSP limit is reached (as the 63 Spring Reverb is well known to use a large amount of DSP processing resources), but that’s a test for another day.

Line 6 WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference Tours – London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City.

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 Line 6 and Topspin Media present WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference in London.

Line 6, Inc. and Topspin Media are joining forces with other leading music and technology companies to present the WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference, a series of free events that will allow musicians to explore the ideas, trends and technologies that are impacting music today. Featuring panel discussions with industry experts, live artist performances, breakout sessions, music technology demos and more, WHAT’S NEXT will empower musicians to take control of their future—and chart their own path to success.

WHAT’S NEXT conferences are scheduled to take place in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City. The London event will be on 6th July at Music Bank. Used by the likes of Jimmy Page, Noel Gallagher and Corinne Bailey Rae, Music Bank is a world renowned suite of rehearsal studios in south London, and is an ideal environment for discussion and workshops around improving live performance. 
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Create Any Tone Imaginable With POD HD + JTV

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.

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NAMM 2013: Line 6 Expands Functionality of DT-series Amps and POD® HD-series Multi-effects with Free Firmware Updates

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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*

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No Time to SLOw Down – Line 6 Free Update Includes Soldano SLO Amp Models

Free v2.1 Firmware Update for POD® HD500, POD HD Pro and POD HD Multi-effects Now Available

Available immediately for download at line6.com, the free v2.1 firmware update for POD® HD500, POD HD Pro and POD HD provides five new HD amps—bringing the total HD amp count to 30—as well as revolutionary performance options.

The v2.1 update features three stunning new HD amps based on* the distinctive clean, crunch and overdrive tones of the Soldano® SLO100, one of the most coveted premium amps of the modern era. Two custom-designed originals, Line 6 Doom and Line 6 Epic, round out the POD family’s selection of high-gain amps.**

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Amp Modeller Makers Get Amp Manufacturer Support – Why?

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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.

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Dream Big for Your Dream Rig

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

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Big Dreams for Less

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.

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