I love spending hours making custom length cables to wire entire pedalboards together (yes, I’m sick). But lately I can’t help but feel I’m wasting my time and effort, especially when I get my hands on today’s latest multieffect processors. And the new Line 6 Firehawk FX is a perfect example of why.
Line 6 has unveiled Helix, its 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.
Not too long ago, if you were shopping for a multieffect floorboard you were limited to a choice of affordable models with semi-pro-quality effects and moderately rugged construction or prohibitively expensive units with pro effects and tour-worthy durability.
During last week's 2014 Winter NAMM Show, the Guitar World crew visited the Line 6 booth to check out the company's new AMPLIFi guitar amp and stereo bluetooth speaker system with iOS integration. In the clip, which you can check out below, Line 6's Paul Hindmarsh explains and demos the new amp.
AMPLIFi is 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.
I often get asked about what gear I use in the studio. I have addressed this topic in my column in the past. However, a new guitar has been added to the bunch, Combined with my somewhat-new Line 6 Pod HD500 multi-effects processor, it has made my studio life happier than ever! I'm talking about the Line 6 JTV-89 modeling guitar combined with the HD500.
Line 6 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 artists to explore the ideas, trends and technologies that are impacting music today.
When Line 6 introduced its Variax technology back in 2003, guitarists were immediately knocked out by its ability to produce the sounds of various guitars and stringed instruments in numerous alternate tunings. However, many players were somewhat lukewarm about the solidbody guitars that housed the technology, which were decent and playable but not particularly sexy.