Line 6 Introduces Helix

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This looks really cool! I’ve been looking forward to seeing what Line 6 would do to push things to the next level. Until an embeddable video shows up, go to http://line6.com/helix/ and scroll down to ‘Learn More’ to hear it in action. The dynamic response is incredible.

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today unveiled Helix, their new flagship tour-ready guitar processor. Helix represents a giant leap forward in guitar processing, as well as a new way of thinking about guitarists and their relationship to technology. Every hardware and software component has been meticulously designed and works together to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers and lush sonic footprint of classic effects pedals. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Line 6 AMPLIFi TT

AMPLIFi TT

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today introduced the new AMPLIFi™ TT guitar tone processor, making it possible for guitarists to turn any speaker system into a guitar amp and Bluetooth® streaming system that mixes in guitar amp tones. AMPLIFi TT makes jamming, practicing, and recording easy and accessible, and enables guitarists to develop their musicianship while they interact with the music they love. The release builds on the growing momentum of the AMPLIFi product line, and provides guitarists with even more ways to play and enjoy music. “The AMPLIFi family is the most innovative and exciting line of products for guitarists,” said Marcus Ryle, Line 6 Chief Strategy Officer. “AMPLIFi TT delivers the AMPLIFi experience in an ultra-powerful yet compact size that fits everywhere, so guitarists can take advantage of every spare moment and enjoy playing guitar more often.” Click here to buy the Line 6 Amplifi Tt Guitar Table Top Multi-Effects Unit

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MUSIKMESSE: Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100

AMPLIFi_FX100_iPad_MediumIt’s cool to see Line 6 already really running with their new AMPLIFi line, which was introduced at NAMM a few months ago. The newest addition is the AMPLIFi FX100, an iOS-enabled, cloud-enhanced multi-FX pedal which lets you do, well, pretty much anything: create and share tones, jam to tracks in your music library via Bluetooth, connect to an amp or external speakers, or even play music from your iOS device into your stereo while sending your guitar sound to an amplifier. Here’s some more info: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew

The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring three current members of that historic, nay, iconic band – Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto – along with Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Markus Reuter. And a typical Crimson ProjeCKt concert is a marathon of musical might which shifts through many moods and configurations. Belew explains: “What happens is this: Stick Men (Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter) play a set of their music (which includes a Crimson track or two), then the Power Trio (Belew, Slick, Ralph) plays a set of my music (which also includes a Crimson track), then Tony and Pat and I play a Crimson song (as yet another trio), and then comes the big finale: both trios play more than an hours-worth of Crimson music as a double trio! It’s a helluva show!” And the group is coming to Australia and New Zealand to spread their particular brand of musical majesty in June and July, with shows in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Stevic Mackay of Twelve Foot Ninja

Stevic Mackay Charles Cilia 7-stringIf you’re reading this, perhaps you’ve posted a video of your playing on YouTube. Maybe it’s your band, maybe it’s you playing along to your favourite Megadeth solo, maybe it’s a lesson video. Whatever it is, you’ve probably run across the horror that is the Internet Troll. Twelve Foot Ninja have too. That shouldn’t be surprising: they’re a talented, innovative, driven band who have charted their own course and worked their way into some pretty enviable opportunities. And that tends to bring out the haters, the jealous, the miserable, the sickish: the trolls. So the band decided to do something about it, releasing a video for the song “Ain’t That A Bitch” which pits the band up against an internet troll – an actual, filthy troll – with bloody and not-safe-for-work consequences.  Read More …

NAMM: Line 6 AMPLIFi Series

Line 6 AMPLIFiPRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A), leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians, today unveiled AMPLIFi, an entirely new kind of guitar amplifier. By combining a high-performance guitar amp, a streaming Bluetooth® speaker system and a breakthrough iOS app into one powerful device, AMPLIFi will change the way guitarists practice, perform and enjoy music. “Eighteen years ago, Line 6 revolutionized the guitar amp market by releasing the world’s first modeling amplifier,” said Paul Foeckler, CEO of Line 6. “And now we’re doing it again. AMPLIFi completely redefines the guitar amplifier, bringing together our customers’ musical and personal lives like no other device.”

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6 To Be Acquired By Yamaha

line6_logoCALABASAS, Calif. – December 20 2013Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6, a leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and exciting opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies. Line 6 products have been at the cutting edge of digital audio development for musicians and audio professionals since the company pioneered the digital modeling guitar amplifier in 1996. Line 6 continues to deliver innovation and excellence across its industry-leading portfolio, including POD® multi-effect processors, digital effects, guitar amplifiers, modeling guitars, a range of professional instrument and microphone digital wireless systems, digital live sound mixers, speakers, as well as iOS interfaces. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Dave Leslie of The Baby Animals

daveandsuzeHot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End (and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut), iconic Aussie rockers The Baby Animals are hitting the road for the national Feed The Birds tour. The tour will be filmed for the band’s first ever live DVD, to be called Feed the Birds (Live). And Baby Animals can always be counted on for great guitar moments courtesy of lead guitarist Dave Leslie and vocalist Suze DeMarchi. Dave’s one of those incredibly adapatble players who is able to sound perfectly at home whether he’s playing a simple rhythm part, dishing out the shred or – and this seems to be his most impressive skill – playing the kind of stuff that sounds simple until you try to play it yourself, whereupon you learn that it’s impossibly perfect and unpredictable. I Heart Guitar caught up with Dave right before the tour kick-off to talk shop.  Read More …