Line 6 has released Spider FX Infusion 2.0, a free collection of 50 effects for the Spider IV and Spider Valve MkII amp series.
Expressive delays, lush reverbs, creamy distortions and more are yours for the taking. Load them into your Spider IV or Spider Valve™ MkII amp to greatly expand your sonic palette.
How do you get it? Just connect your FBV Shortboard™ MkII or FBV Express™ MkII foot controller to a computer with Internet access, run Line 6 Monkey™, and follow the directions. You’ll be playing your new effects in minutes! (Spider Valve MkII amps can also connect to a computer via a MIDI-USB converter.)
Spider FX Infusion 2.0 is a free update (compatible with Spider IV 75, Spider IV 120, Spider IV 150, Spider IV HD150, Spider Valve MkII 112, Spider Valve MkII 212, and Spider Valve MkII HD100 amplifiers).
Propellerhead Software has released version 1.0.1 of Record, the recording software for Windows and Mac.
Version 1.0.1 of Record is a free maintenance update that resolves several minor issues.
It also comes with a few new features including multiple audio file import and support for Line 6 Pod Farm 2.
Changes in Record v1.0.1
Audio input/output with built-in audio hardware on Mac — Record 1.0.1 features custom audio drivers for combinations of the default audio Inputs and Outputs on Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.5 or later. This way you won’t have to create an Aggregate Device to allow for simultaneous use of audio inputs and outputs in the built-in audio hardware.
Pod Farm 2 support — Line 6 has just released the Pod Farm 2 application, which includes changes to the Tone format. Since the Line 6 Amp devices in Record load and save Tones, this has resulted in some changes in Record 1.0.1
The Line 6 Amp devices in Record 1.0.1 load Tones of the Pod Farm 1 or Pod Farm 2 format.
The Line 6 Amp devices in Record 1.0.1 will always save Tones in the Pod Farm 2 format. These Tones cannot be opened for editing in Pod Farm 1 – you need to use Pod Farm 2.
Multiple audio file import — The “Import Audio File…” function now supports import of multiple audio files at once.
Record Performance Automation for Audio Tracks and Mix Channel Tracks — It is now possible to send performance controllers to Audio Tracks and Mix Channel Tracks. For example, if you have a Line 6 Guitar Amp device as an insert effect, you can now use an Expression pedal to control the Wah effect (and record this as automation if you like).
Make’s definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009.
Welcome to definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009. First up – What is open source hardware? These are projects in which the creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and "board" files to recreate the hardware – they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar to open source software like Linux, but this hardware centric.
Each year we do a guide to all open source hardware and this year there are over 125 unique projects/kits in 19 categories, up from about 60 in 2008, more than doubling the projects out there! – it’s incredible! Many are familiar with Arduino (shipping over 100,000 units, estimated) but there are many other projects just as exciting and filled with amazing communities – we think we’ve captured nearly all of them in this list. Some of these projects and kits are available from MAKE others from the makers themselves or other hardware manufacturers – but since it’s open source hardware you can make any of these yourself, start a business, everything is available, that’s the point.
Flo Kaufmann shows his “satrap activ” portable analog synthesizer made out of a vacuum cleaner.
It contains 2 cmos based VCO’s , a Moog ladder filter, a 555 based ADSR, a cmos based 8 step sequencer, a PIC based vc to midi interface and a PIC based auto trigger unit. There are 4 tunable knobs on top, mostly to play base lines, and 2 conductable wires, which act as voltage dividers to generate variable tones. the wires do not vibrate. so it is not a cord instrument. satrap activ can also control other synthesizers either by midi or cv/gate interface.
For a generation of musicians of nearly every genre, the laptop has become an instrument. It’s easy to take for granted, but the rise of the computer for music has been remarkable. Less than twenty years ago, real-time digital synthesis and audio processing was the domain of expensive, specialized workstations. Now, $700 per seat can buy you a full-blown musical rig, with the computer hardware, gestural input courtesy the Nintendo Wii controller, and even a DIY speaker made from IKEA salad bowls. The next challenge is to make this setup as flexible and reliable as possible. Enter Linux.
Joe Glider of Home Studio Corner has a reivew of the Line 6 JM4 Looper pedal:
I’ve always been absolutely fascinated with looper pedals. Any time an artist uses one in a performance, I’m spellbound. As soon as you introduce a looper pedal into your setup, suddenly all the rules change. You’re no longer a solo performer, you’re an entire ensemble. It’s like you brought a recording studio right on stage with you, and now you’re doing an overdub session for all of us to see. Fascinating.
Needless to say, I’ve wanted a looper pedal for years. Thanks to the good folks at Line 6, now I have one!* What I love about the JM4 is that it’s not JUST a looper. It’s an entire guitar workstation. It has both amp modeling and three different selectable effects.
Line 6 has announced that it is giving away POD Farm, a premium tone plug-in for pro-sounding recordings.
POD Farm delivers industry-standard POD® tone to any DAW. Its comprehensive collection of immortal guitar amps, bass amps, stompboxes, studio effects and preamps are absolutely essential for any recording guitarist.
Incredibly easy to use, POD Farm features a carousel-style gear browser that displays every available model at your fingertips. Flip through the dark and smoky American combos, the gain-crazed British stacks, sumptuous effects and more. To build your tone, simply drag-and-drop models into the signal flow. Or use any of the hundreds of presets for classic tones in an instant.
Discover the awesome power of Dual Tone. It’s like having two full versions of POD Farm in one! Split your guitar signal to play through two full rigs of amps, cabs, effects and more and produce classic dual tone combinations or gorgeous new hybrids.
POD Farm features
POD Farm (for iLok)
42 guitar amps and cabs
10 bass amps and cabs
29 stompboxes and effects
6 mic preamps
POD Farm (with compatible Line 6 gear)
Standard POD Farm model set
Unlock all the amps, effects and model packs from your Line 6 gear and add them to POD Farm!
POD Farm is available as a free download until September 30, 2009 (regular price $99 USD). Note: An internet connection and an iLok USB Smart Key or a compatible Line 6 product are required.
Propellerhead Software has introduced Record U, a series of articles on Record, Propellerheads new recording software.
Welcome to Record U, University of Recording. Record U is a series of articles created for those who are new to Propellerhead Record, or recording in general. This article series will explain fundamental recording topics that are useful for all Record users, but also for users of any audio software.
The first article explains the basics of recording guitar, either from a guitar amp or directly through the Line 6 device in Record.
Producer Loops has released Bunker 8 BoomBassTic, a bass guitar loop collection for Hip Hop and Funk producers.
Bunker 8 Digital Labs presents to you ‘BoomBassTic’, the ultimate bass guitar collection for your greezy funk jams. Full of ear popping, booty bumping, phat funky grooves, this library will supply you with all the grease you’ll need to get your tracks flowing. With 848 bass loops, at a total of 3.84 GB, these bass lines have been designed to blow the roof off the party before your hook even kicks in. Whether you’re going for a classic P-Funk groove or a hip-hop vibe, every bass riff has the phatness needed to make your listeners move their feet and shake some trunk.
Bunker 8 BoomBassTic features
848 phat bass loops available in ACID/WAV and Apple Loops formats.
Recorded using the following bass guitars: Rickenbacker 4003, Gibson EB-3, Steinberger Headless, Fender Jazzman, Music Man Stingray, Höfner Violin, Eston Acoustic and the Washburn XB600.
Amplification hardware used includes amps by Mesa/Boogie, Hartke, Ampeg, Line 6, Warwick, Carvin A&I, Crate, Euphonic Audio, and Traynor.
Bunker 8 BoomBassTic is available for purchase for £18 GBP.
Kazrog has released version 2.0 of Recabinet, a speaker simulation for Windows and Mac.
With Recabinet, you can get full-bodied, album-quality guitar or bass tone at any volume with your Mac or PC. Recabinet accurately models the loud part of your guitar tone – including cabinets made by brands such as Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Fender, Orange, Vox, Ampeg, and more. Recabinet also models the subtle EQ shaping of 6L6 and EL34 power tubes, as well as 9 different industry-standard microphones in over a dozen positions.