Line 6 intros Sonic Port VX audio interface

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Line 6 has introduced its new Sonic Port VX audio interface.

Line 6 Sonic Port VX

Sonic Port VX is the only iOS audio interface that puts the power of a mobile studio into the hands of songwriters on the go. With built-in studio-grade condenser microphones and preamps that capture sound with stunning clarity and dynamics, you can finally develop ideas and record complete multi-track songs however, whenever and wherever you want.

The guitar/bass input features 120dB of dynamic range for incomparable tone and best-in-class dynamics. A stereo line input lets you record keys, drum machines, DJ mixers and other sources. Zero-latency monitoring means you can record without distraction. And with professional-level 1/4” stereo outputs, you can easily connect studio monitors and perfect your mixes. With Sonic Port VX, the world is your studio.

Sonic Port VX features

  • 2-in/2-out audio interface with 24-bit/48kHz audio quality.
  • Built-in stereo and mono condenser mics with professional preamps (45dB of gain).
  • 1/4” high-quality buffered guitar/bass input with 120dB of dynamic range.
  • 1/8” stereo line input for recording keys, drum machines, DJ mixers and more.
  • 1/4” pro-level, balanced stereo outputs for connecting to studio monitors.
  • 1/8” stereo headphone output.
  • Zero-latency monitoring.
  • Compatible with iOS, Mac and PC.
  • Seamless operation with GarageBand and other CoreAudio music apps.
  • Compatible with Line 6 Mobile POD app for jamming and creating guitar tones.
  • Bus-powered design with ultra-low power draw; optional USB power supply powers Sonic Port™ VX and iOS device.
  • Includes tabletop stand with mic stand adapter.
  • 1/4” thread for connecting to any camera tripod.

Sonic Port VX is available for purchase for MSRP £139.95 incl. VAT.

More information: Line 6 / Sonic Port VX

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Audiotechracy releases free guitar patches for Reason

Audiotechracy has announced a collection of free guitar patches for Propellerhead Reason.

Audiotechracy Guitar Patches for Reason

After the success of the ‘Rock and Metal Drums ReFill Vol.1′ that I released a while back I have decided to follow that up with a set of guitar patches for you all to try. Rather that releasing this in the form of a ReFill, this time the download is in the form of just a Reason file with the patches all lined up in it for you.

The reason for doing this is that some of the patches are wah devices and include the automation lanes for the wah effect within the file. Also, whilst all of the patches are based in a Reason audio track, some of them use audio tracks paired up with Propellerhead Combinator patches built on the Line6 guitar rig (I’ve used the ‘Thrash Metal Rig’ one, but toned it down a bit). I could have built all the effects into Combinator patches and then released that as just a single unit, but I wanted to make these patches as accessible as possible to everyone. So no loading up patches or connecting things up to different audio channels then having to automate the wah yourself.

With these patches you just plug your guitar in, select the patch you want and off you go. If you want to then use these in Reason projects rather than just for practicing with then you can copy and paste them over to your tracks in the usual way.

The patches are a free download at Audiotechracy.

More information: Audiotechracy / Guitar patches for Reason

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Line 6 intros AMPLIFi guitar amplifier

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Line 6 has introduced AMPLIFi, a high-performance guitar amp with 5-speaker stereo design that includes a streaming Bluetooth speaker system and a breakthrough iOS app.

Line 6 AMPLIFi

High-Performance Guitar Amp with 5-Speaker Stereo Design

AMPLIFi is unlike any amplifier ever built. The five-speaker stereo design delivers stunningly detailed guitar tones, from crystal-clear highs to deep and smooth low end. Featuring two tweeters, two mid-bass drivers, and a custom guitar speaker, AMPLIFi covers a far wider frequency spectrum than any other guitar amplifier, delivering sonic details traditional amps simply can’t produce. AMPLIFi is available in a powerful 150-watt model or portable 75-watt version, both of which can deliver ear-splitting volume levels.

Streaming Bluetooth Speaker System

AMPLIFi is the ultimate Bluetooth speaker system for guitarists, featuring streaming compatibility with Android™, iOS, Mac® and PC devices. The full-range speakers deliver amazing sound, while the custom guitar speaker functions as a thumping subwoofer. AMPLIFi combines playing and enjoying music like no other system, enabling guitarists to jam along with songs in their music library, play back tracks during band rehearsal, or crank up the volume at parties.

iOS App Control and Cloud Connection

The AMPLIFi Remote app for iOS introduces a new world of possibilities. Instead of using static knobs or tiny screens, guitarists can now control every aspect of their tones from an iOS device.* AMPLIFi Remote also introduces revolutionary Line 6 tone-matching technology, which automatically serves up guitar tones that match tracks in a guitarist’s music library.

With a cloud community of guitarists uploading their best patches, AMPLIFi Remote provides a unique and powerful resource for finding guitar tones. Within the cloud community, guitarists can rate their favorite tones, upload their own, and build their musical network by connecting with other musicians and fans. The AMPLIFi cloud automatically keeps all devices up to date and synchronized. Guitarists can store an unlimited number of presets in the cloud–and access them anywhere.

“AMPLIFi is a groundbreaking new amp that promises to change the way guitarists jam, practice and enjoy music forever,” said Max Gutnix, VP of Products and Marketing at Line 6. “It sounds absolutely amazing and delivers a uniquely incredible experience that players of all levels are going to love. Whether listening to music, jamming with friends or creating inspiring new tones to share, AMPLIFi is going to rock your world.”

Pricing and Availability TBC.

More information: Line 6 / AMPLIFi

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Line 6 to be acquired by Yamaha Corporation

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Yahama & Line 6

Yamaha and Line 6 have 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.

Under the terms of the agreement, Yamaha will operate Line 6 as a wholly owned subsidiary to fully realize the compelling opportunities for the two brands with Line 6’s operations continuing as before and its management team remaining in place.

“I am very happy that Line 6, which has been creating innovative products and creating new market opportunities consistently over its history, will become a member of the Yamaha group. We look forward to accelerating our growth strategy by pursuing the beneficial effects from both companies and by utilizing Line 6’s core brand power centered on guitarists that is so highly regarded worldwide as well as its unique technology, planning and development capabilities” said Mr. Takuya Nakata, President of Yamaha Corporation.

“For over 30 years of developing products, and even further back to my earliest memories as a developing musician, Yamaha has been the brand for which I have always had the most respect,” said Line 6 co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Marcus Ryle. “Yamaha has consistently set the standard in our industry for quality and innovation, and I am very proud for Line 6 to now be a part of this incredible legacy.”

“Yamaha’s acquisition of Line 6 will help accelerate the realization of our vision to drive innovation for musicians across the globe,” said Line 6 CEO and President Paul Foeckler. “We’re proud that Yamaha recognizes the innovation and value in our people, IP and processes and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead to expand our reach”

More information: Line 6 / Yamaha

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Line 6 releases POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor

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Line 6 has introduced the new POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor, the successor to the POD HD500.

Line 6 POD HD500X
With even more processing power, POD HD500X enables musicians to create more intricate sounds and signal chains than ever before. Professional-grade, backlit footswitches provide total control and are highly visible in any environment.

“POD HD500X is the ultimate tool for the creative guitarist,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “HD500X has a world-class collection of amps and effects that enable guitar players to get the tone they’re after, both in the studio and on the stage. And with more DSP power, tour-grade footswitches and a higher contrast display, HD500X is the best POD yet.”

Like its predecessor, POD HD500X features an unparalleled collection of HD amps. From vintage classics to modern powerhouses, each HD amp provides incredible sonic depth, character and touch nuance. POD HD500X also includes more than 100 studio and stomp effects, enabling guitarists to emulate classic signal chains or discover unique new sounds.

With unparalleled flexibility and more processing power than anything in its class, POD HD500X is built for tone customization. It features dynamic DSP, so guitarists have the freedom to decide which effects to use, and where to place them. They can add even more effects to their signal chains than with any other POD.

POD HD500X features professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings that are easy to see from anywhere on stage. The robust bent-metal chassis and die-cast expression pedal make POD HD500X ideal for performance.

POD HD500X is the perfect foundation for any guitar system, whether used live through a traditional guitar amp or full-range system, or in the studio as part of a computer-based recording setup. POD HD500X integrates seamlessly with a James Tyler® Variax® guitar and DT amp or StageSource® speaker to form the Line 6 Dream Rig—the only system that can be virtually any rig.

POD HD500X

  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel.
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously.
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics.
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones:
    • Dual signal paths
    • Multiple routing options
    • Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects
    • Stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation.
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp and more.
  • Variable input impedance.
  • L6 LINK™ connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource® series loudspeakers.
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler® Variax® guitars.
  • 512 user-writable preset locations.
  • Eight set list banks.
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters.
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch.
  • Built-in chromatic tuner Tap tempo.
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar and die-cast expression pedal.
  • Downloadable POD® HD500X software editor/patch librarian.

The POD HD500X is available for MSRP $699.99 USD ($499 USD street).

More information: Line 6 / POD HD500X

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