New offerings give guitarists more sonic and aesthetic options
CALABASAS, Calif.—September 18, 2012—Line 6, Inc. is proud to introduce two additions to the James Tyler® Variax® family. The new JTV-59P and JTV-69S guitars provide new pickup configurations and a variety of finish options, expanding the sonic capabilities of the James Tyler Variax family to meet the needs of even more guitar players.
“We’re excited to expand the James Tyler Variax line with additional models that will inspire even more guitarists to check out these amazing instruments,” says Darrell Smith, Guitar Product Line Manager at Line 6. “For the player who likes vintage P-90 soapbar pickups and is looking for a slightly lower-gain, warmer tone, the JTV-59P is a great choice. The JTV-69S offers the industry-standard three single-coil pickup configuration, which is ideal for guitarists who want that classic sound.” Continue reading
Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares is a pioneer of modern metal guitar technique. His ultra-tight picking, monstrously heavy tone and pioneering use of Ibanez seven and eight string guitars helped to solidify the combination of mechanical precision and brutal riffing that spurred an industrial metal revolution and eventually fed into the development of the djent sound. And Dino’s riffage is in fine form on the band’s new album, The Industrialist [Riot]. The collection is perhaps the most pure representation of the Fear Factory philosophy yet, with Dino handling guitar, bass, and drum programming, and vocalist Burton C. Bell dishing up the kind of anthemic melodies and brutal textures that made albums such as Demanufacture and Obsolete such classics.
“We’ve been getting that a lot,” Cazares says of the Demanufacture/Obsolete comparison. “I think part of that is just because it’s me and Burt! I think it’s the purest you’re going to get of Fear Factory.” The Industrialist marks a departure for Fear Factory in its use of programmed drums in place of a live player such as Raymond Herrera or Gene Hoglan. But the move is not entirely out of character for the band. “When me and Burton started the band in 1990 we were using a drum machine to record our demos” Cazares explains. “Over the years we’ve never been a band that has shied away from technology. We’ve never been a band who hid what we did in the studio. Over the years we’ve used drum machines on certain songs and certain albums, and even though we’ve had live drummers we have edited the drums to be like a machine, and we’ve changed the sounds to machine sounds. So either way it would not have made a difference if we used live drums or not. It would have been the same outcome. Some people are kind of shocked by it, like they didn’t realise that’s part of our schtick. That’s who we are. It’s what we do! Again, even if we had a live drummer it would come out to be the same outcome. And one of the benefits of using a drum program on your Mac laptop is it’s much more cost-effective. And with the way the music industry is going these days, it’s getting really hard to make a solid income because record companies are going down, and the amount of money you would spend in an actual recording studio to record the album, nowadays it’s still pretty expensive. So using a drum program is definitely a much more cost-effective way than hiring somebody to do it.” But Dino remains coy on the exact drum program used on the album. “Oh, I don’t want to promote any kind of drum program that doesn’t give it to us free,” he laughs.
I just received a press release from Line 6 about their new StageSource L3t powered loudspeaker, which is now shipping. At first glance this looks like a great PA-type speaker – and I’m sure it is – but it also offers some very interesting applications for the guitarist. It can serve as an acoustic guitar amp, which is handy, but it can also be used with Line 6 POD gear as a speaker system. So if you’re really attached to your ‘in the box’ POD settings and would like to use them onstage without running through a conventional amp, pair your POD with one of these and you’re ready to go.
Line 6 Ships StageSource L3t, the World’s Most Versatile High-powered Loudspeaker for Musicians
- Now available, StageSource L3t combines multi-function design with Smart Speaker modes, integrated mixer and digital networking for the widest variety of live sound applications -
CALABASAS, Calif. – April 10, 2012 – Line 6, Inc. proudly announces the availability of StageSource™ L3t. StageSource loudspeaker systems are built on a powerful new technology platform that enables a single enclosure to provide best-of-class performance in multiple live sound functions.
StageSource L3t is the most flexible loudspeaker available for musicians. Using six innovative Smart Speaker modes, the L3t optimizes its output for a variety of performance scenarios: front-of-house PA, floor monitor, personal PA, keyboard and acoustic guitar backline or with Line 6 POD® multi-effect processors as a high-performance electric guitar speaker system. Smart Speaker modes can be set manually or automatically via built-in orientation sensors that detect whether the speaker has been pole-mounted or rotated and tilted for use as a monitor.
Line 6′s StageScape M20d mixing system is one of those ‘Oh wow, that’s so simple I can’t believe it hasn’t been done this way for 20 years’ things. A graphic interface for a mixer? Perfect!
Line 6 Wins Top Awards at Winter NAMM 2012
ProSoundNetwork, Music Inc. and ProSoundWeb honor Line 6, the StageScape M20d smart mixing system, StageSource loudspeaker series and more
CALABASAS, Calif.—February 2, 2012—Line 6, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company’s groundbreaking product introductions and participation in Winter NAMM 2012 have garnered two ProSoundNetwork Best of Show awards, as well as two Music Inc. awards. In addition, the Relay® G90 digital guitar wireless system received a ProSoundWeb Readers’ Choice Award at the show.
After several days of sweeping the show for outstanding products and services, the editors of Pro Audio Review and Pro Sound News magazines, with assistance from the editors of sister titles Audio Media andMIX, gave the new StageScape™ M20d smart mixing system a ProSoundNetwork award in the “Best in Show” products category.
One of my favourite sights at NAMM this year was the sight of the wall of Line 6 amps. Something about the particular colours they’ve chosen and the overall shapes of the cabinets and heads feels very comfortable and homey to me. And seeing a wall of them kicked me into ‘wall of amps on an arena stage’ daydream mode. Couldn’t you just imagine ripping out some blues licks on one of these? This series is the latest evolution of the relationship between Line 6 and legendary amp man Reinhold Bogner.
Line 6 DT25™ Guitar Amplifiers Combine Boutique Tube Design with HD Modeling
–New more portable and affordable family of tube amps from Line 6 and tube-amp legend Reinhold Bogner combine reconfigurable analog components and HD modeling technology to deliver boutique tone, feel and touch response, and multiple amplifier voicings–
ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Line 6 (room 212A/B) is showing the DT25 family of amplifiers at Winter NAMM 2012. The portable, new 25W/10W tube amps, which include DT25 112 Combo, DT25 Head, and DT25 112 Extension Cab, deliver boutique sound and performance via a uniquely versatile design by renowned amp designer Reinhold Bogner and advanced HD modeling technology from Line 6.
“DT25 is like four boutique tube amps in one,” remarked Elliot Chenault, Line 6 Product Manager. “Bogner’s innovative design applies reconfigurable analog components to provide incredible sonic flexibility and the rich tone, feel and touch response his amps are known for.”
PickBay is a great way of either framing a special pick to keep with you – the pick you caught at a Steve Vai gig, the promotional one that came with your copy of Paul Gilbert’s Alligator Farm CD, the one you used at your first gig, or whatever – or for just making sure you always have a pick or three handy when you need them.
Hey! Head over to Musicosphere to read Sem’s review of the Line 6 James Tyler Variax and POD HD Pro. There are a bunch of sound clips too which really show off what this setup can do.
Check out this new gizmo from Line 6, for plugging your guitar into your iPhone or iPad. It plugs into the digital audio input on the dock connector on the bottom of the iPhone or iPad, rather than the lo-fi analog input, and it works with any app that uses CoreAudio. I’m really excited by this, because I’ve been pretty dissatisfied with the interfaces I’ve tried that use the lo-fi input.
Here’s the press release:
LINE 6 SHIPS THE NEW MOBILE IN™ PREMIUM DIGITAL GUITAR INTERFACE AND MOBILE POD® APP, WHICH CONNECT GUITARS TO APPLE® iPhone® AND iPad® DEVICES
—Guitarists can turn their iOS devices into portable Line 6 POD® multi-effect processors—
CALABASAS, Calif.—November 15, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, announced today the shipment of Mobile In™ premium digital guitar interface and Mobile POD® guitar tone app. The new hardware and app allow guitarists to connect an electric guitar to their iPhone or iPad, which gives them the same high-quality sounds they’d get if they were playing from a wide variety of famous guitar amplifiers, speakers and effects including distortion, chorus and reverb.
There’s only one B-52s. Sure, they’ve had their stylistic changes, and they weathered the tragic death of original guitarist Ricky Wilson, but whether slamming out quirky angular guitar pop (“Rock Lobster,” “My Own Private Idaho,”) radio-friendly chart megahits (“Love Shack,” “Roam”) or danceable, electronica-tinged club-ready tracks (“Funplex,”), there’s no mistaking who you’re listening to. And a large part of that sound is Keith Strickland. Originally the band’s drummer, shifting to guitar after the 1985 passing of Wilson, Strickland is a lifelong multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, and one of the nicest chart-toppers you could ever hope to meet. B-52s have just released With the Wild Crowd: Live in Athens GA, an 18-track live album, with a DVD and Blu-Ray to follow next year.
I understand there’s some special significance attached to the timing of the concert that became With The Wild Crowd?
We did that this past February in Athens, Georgia. A booking agent had booked the show and then we realised it was close to February 14th, the anniversary date of our very first performance. It was a few days later but we thought ‘Let’s make this an anniversary show!’ And it was also a benefit for the Georgia Theatre, which is this venue in Athens, a theatre that had been converted into a performance place. It had burned down, so a portion of the proceeds went to rebuilding that. So it was just coming full circle. We played the Georgia Theatre in our early days before we actually recorded our first album. It was also interesting because we realised, ‘Wow, 34 years and we’re playing Athens again…’ But it really wasn’t set up that way. It was just, well, here it is! We turned it into an event celebrating coming full circle, so to speak.
This is a re-publish of a review from the early days of I Heart Guitar. I still get a lot of inquiries about this amp so I thought I’d bring the review up to the front page. Enjoy!
I’ll be perfectly honest with ya, I’d been looking forward to the day when I got to test-drive a Bogner Alchemist like a kid looks forward to Christmas. Then again, I look forward to Christmas like I look forward to cranking tube amps. Anyway, the Bogner Alchemist is the first ‘relatively low-cost’ offering from the eccentric, California-based, German-raised amp genius Reinhold Bogner (if you wanna see how eccentric, go to bogneramplification.com and scroll down the news page). Bogner’s modern classic USA-built amps, such as the Ecstasy and Uberschall, are now badged as Bogner Custom Shop, with the straight Bogner name now being used for the Alchemist series, which are built in China. Straight up, let me say the build quality is very high, so don’t let that ‘Made In China’ throw ya.
The 6L6-loaded, Class AB-powered, 40-watt Alchemist is available as 1X12 and 2X12 open-back combos, and a 100 watt head with matching open-back 2X12 cabinet. I tested the 2X12 combo (and I also ran it through my closed-back Marshall 4X12 cab and an AxeTrak isolated speaker box for recording the demo video above). Channel 1, the Gold channel, has controls for gain, treble, middle, bass and volume in addition to slider switches for Clean/Crunch, Bright (treble boost) and Deep (low boost). Next are a pair of switches for channel switching and a solo boost. Channel 2 (Mercury) also has gain, treble, middle, bass and volume controls, along with switches for Punch, Bright and Mid Shift. Next there’s an effect section with delay (Ducking, Analog and Tape) and reverb (Plate, Spring, Hall). Finally, there are power and standby switches, the latter of which has selects between standby, 20 watt or 40 watt operation. The supplied footswitch selects channel, boost, delay and reverb. The effects loop is parallel, meaning that whatever effect is in the loop will be running alongside the unadorned sound. The loop has its own level control, it travels independently of the main signal for improved clarity, and it’s designed for instrument-level effects (ie: stompboxes), although the manual says rack gear can be used too if you’re careful with the levels.