Line 6 announces free firmware updates for James Tyler Variax guitars and POD HD500, POD HD, and POD HD Pro multi-effect processors.
Downloadable for free from line6.com, JTV firmware v1.8 for the James Tyler Variax series features updates to the guitar’s five acoustic models and new functionality when the guitar is connected to a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro multi-effect processor.
Benefitting from acoustic guitar modeling technology developed by Line 6, the updated models are based on the Martin D28, Martin D12-28, Martin 0-18, Guild 12 String, and Gibson J200 acoustic guitars.
Also downloadable for free from line6.com, new POD HD v2.0 firmware update expands the POD HD500, POD HD, and POD HD Pro sonic palette. New features include two new HD amp models based on the Marshall “Plexi” 1959 Super Lead 100-watt head, an HD bass amp model based on the Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex (with eight mic options), and a new, vintage-voiced tube mic preamp that can be used to warm up a guitar, bass, or vocal track.
In addition, the free updates contain new features used when a JTV guitar and a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro are connected to a Line 6 DT-series tube amplifier, forming the Line 6 Dream Rig. The result is analog and digital reconfiguration and control over guitar models, effects, HD amplifier models, analog tube topology, and more with the press of a footswitch.
New enhancements to the Dream Rig include the ability to use POD HD500 or POD HD Pro presets to engage/disengage the JTV guitar’s onboard Variax modeling, allowing footswitch control over magnetic pickups, guitar models and the combination of the two. Additionally, the guitar’s volume and tone knobs can now control the POD amp model and effect parameters. Alternate tunings can be saved together with POD HD500 or POD HD Pro presets allowing up to 512 custom guitar tunings with footswitch control.