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Review of the Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100

A Multi-Effects Pedal in the Palm of your Hand Following in the footsteps of the AMPLIFi 150 and AMPLIFi 75 amplifiers, Line 6 has released the AMPLIFi FX100, a floor-based multi-effects pedal controlled by your iOS device. How does this concept translate to a floor unit? Read on to find out. read more…

Exclusive Line 6 AMPLIFI 150 Review

The Blue-Toothed Combo Line 6 enters the Bluetooth era with the new AMPLIFI series, which combines multimedia speakers and a modeling combo in a single box. read more…

Line 6 POD HD500X Review

Are you POD-to-date? The final exam of the music course I took at the Audiofanzine academy, read as follows: "With a theorem-article of at least 10,000 characters, resolve the equation LINE 6 POD HD500X where X = (new footswitches + powerful DSP)". read more…

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Unbelievable clarity that releases your tone (Relay G10S)

By MGR/Brian Johnston, 25/02/2019
SOUND:
The Relay G10S is a 2.4GHz wireless system for guitar (and other musical instruments) that produces (allows for) incredible tone because of its 24-bit uncompressed digital transmission (best in class ADC [analog to digital converter] and DAC [digital to analog converter] provide very low noise). Amazing clarity is the obvious first impression. The demo video accompanying this review demonstrates how to operate the Relay G10S, but there’s also a sound comparison, which very much surprised me.



I strummed some chords on a clean channel then later banged out a few riffs and double stops with some high gain. In both instances I compared two cable brands to the Relay G10S. The least expensive cable (of modest cost $25) was a Monster 12-foot. Next up was a quality 12-foot cable by Spectraflex, a company known in the industry for producing higher-end cables (and endorsed by many professional musicians). When compared to the G10S the Spectraflex cable was slightly darker and not as crisp and clean, whereas the Monster cable had an even more obvious darkness or muddiness to it. Now, what’s interesting about the G10S is that it offers a Cable Emulation function for both a 10-foot and 30-foot cable (I presume a sound difference becomes noticeable once you get upward of 30-feet). What this does is add an analog ‘warmth’ to the signal if you so choose such a setting, which can be beneficial if using bright pickups or amps. This, too, is demonstrated in the video.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
The clarity of signal with the Relay G10S is nothing short of impressive. All my guitars, pedals, preamps, etc., actually sound better and slightly different… more crisp with a very apparent ‘cut-through-the-mix’ quality. At $249 USD it may seem steep for a wireless system that does nothing but transmit your guitar’s signal, but that is a typical cost for many pedals (and certainly a fraction of the price of a guitar, amp, etc.). Consequently, imagine having a pedal that enhances the sound of your music gear investment, and that’s exactly how the G10S should be viewed, besides having freedom from a chord wrapping around your feet. The Transmitter has a very fast charge of about 30-minutes, which then gives upward of 8-hours of play (by then your fingers will want a break). And if you leave your guitar for a short while and with the Transmitter plugged in, the Transmitter goes into sleep mode within 4-minutes to preserve battery life. With all all-steel construction, 130-feet of cable-free-freedom, auto channel select and a design made for a pedal board (although you can place it where preferred) there’s everything to like about Line 6’s Relay G10S and not much to gripe about. Wireless systems finally are getting to where high-end pedals have been for the past few years – excellent work by Line 6.

GENERAL USE:
Using the Relay G10S requires very little initial setup. The Transmitter (the part that plugs into your guitar) inserts into the Receiver for initial charging, which takes about a half-hour (which then gives upward of 8-hours of use). You can leave the Transmitter in storage when not in use, although you need to ‘press the Release Latch on the Receiver and pull the Transmitter out one stop so that the battery does not drain’ (fully inserted and the Transmitter communicates with the Receiver). If you leave the Transmitter in your guitar it will enter ‘sleep mode’ when there is no play for 4-minutes (the battery continues to drain, albeit more slowly). The Receiver has up to 11 possible channels from which to choose. Typically you would leave it on Auto so that the Receiver can search for the clearest channel with the least interference. However, if other band mates are using a wireless system you will need to select a Channel to prevent honing in on their territory and to keep their signals from interfering with your signal.

Both the Transmitter battery life and the Receiver (RF) signal strength can be viewed clearly on the Receiver (3 LEDs each, with ‘RF’ on the left and ‘battery life’ on the right). When you see 3 RF Green LEDs light up you have a strong signal, whereas 2 or 1 Green LEDs mean there is some strength, but not as good (and you cannot wander as far away before losing your signal). Red LEDs indicate anything from a usable or short range to too much interference. Having good reception (3 Green LEDs) means upward of 130-feet of freedom, just in case you want to stroll through an audience while playing. In regard to battery life, you get upward of 8-hours of play time on one charge, indicated by 3 Green LEDs. As you get down to only 1 Green LED you have about 1.5 hours, or a bit more, of charge. Red LEDs provide warning with 30-minutes or less of charge.

As indicated previously, there is a Cable Emulation option, to add analog warmth to the signal (since the G10S is so amazingly clear); a function that can be useful for bright amps and pickups – or perhaps you simply like a warmer tone relative to your gear. This function can be used only if you use the quarter-inch jack instrument out. The other ‘out’ option is the XLR DI Output that goes to a mixing desk, audio interface, etc. As well, there is a micro USB input for firmware updates and optional power.

OTHER DETAILS:
The Line 6 series of wireless systems have improved over the years. The Relay G10S has all metal construction, for both the Receiver and Transmitter. Past Receivers had a plastic housing and touring musicians had concerns about the long-term durability of the unit (I also have read this concern on various guitar forums). The antennae in the Receiver are protected by rubber pads as well, just in case your stomping foot goes awry. The unit is of standard pedal size, made for pedal board use, measuring approximately 5 (L) x 3.5 (w) x 2 (h) inches or 12.7 x 8.9 x 5 cm. The Transmitter tucks in nicely and well protected under the 2-inch height of the Receiver unit. All cable inputs and outputs are located in the back, which keeps a pedal board clean looking and cables out of the way. The Relay G10S (Receiver + Transmitter) comes with its own 500mA power supply, and you also get a USB cable if you prefer powering up in that manner, and certainly needed for firmware updates. As a side note, the Transmitter is a G10, which has existed prior to the G10S release. Consequently, if you have any G10 Transmitters you can use them in the updated Relay G10S system.
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With New Firmware, the Spider V sets a new Standard for Integrated Amps (Spider V 60 MkII)

By MGR/Brian Johnston, 30/08/2019
SOUND
The Spider V MkII is the latest in the Spider line of amps and with a big difference. First, you can select a more produced sound for any of the presets, which is how the original Spider V sounded, but you also can select the Classic mode, which is more of a raw amp tone that emanates from its 10-inch loudspeaker (and without the tweeter).



The Produced sound is ideal when running the Spider direct to DAW, for example, but also when using an acoustic guitar (since this mode uses both the loudspeaker and the tweeter for a more rounded and accurate tone). There are different presets for an acoustic guitar, but suffice to say (as you hear in the demo) an acoustic sounds great coming through this amp. The Classic mode has you playing through the Spider V as you would any other amp/cabinet, which sounds more traditional – and this feature is really turning heads with Spider users.

There are various presets on the Spider, any of which you can edit and save, ranging from super clean to crunch to hi-gain. I was impressed with both crunch and hi-gain as they sound punchy, heavy and thick to varying degrees, but many of the clean sounds (particularly the artist presets) are mesmerizing. And that is the other improved feature with the MkII, in that there are a lot of great sounding artist presets from the likes of Devin Townsend, Ola Englund, etc., but also classic songs that emulate compositions from Led Zeppelin, Metallica, The Beatles and everything between. Although the Spider V MkII is a solid state amplifier, it does have a host of very usable sounds that sit well with both home recording and live gig playing. And when you consider how many different effects accompany all the different amps and cabinets with this amp, you get just about any perceivable sound possible.

FEATURES & SOUND
There are two new features with the Spider V MkII. The first is a new Classic Speaker mode that produces a more organic sound and feel, just like a regular amp. What I mean is, if you were to plug into a typical amp/cab combo you get that true-to-life amp sound and that’s just what this amp offers. Conversely, you can select a ‘produced’ sound, which is ideal when running the Spider direct to DAW, for example, but also when using an acoustic guitar (since this mode uses both the loudspeaker and the tweeter for a more rounded and accurate tone). There are different presets for an acoustic guitar, but suffice to say (as you hear in the demo) an acoustic sounds great coming through this amp.
The other new feature with the MkII is the Artist, Iconic Song and Classic Amp presets. At your fingertips are straight-forward clean, crunch and lead tones (that you can customize), but also several Iconic Song presets, like Whole Lotta Love and Enter Sandman, as well as artist presets from the likes of Jeff Loomis, Bill Kelliher, Vernon Reid and others.

Those two features not only are new with the MkII (previous Spider V owners can download the new MkII firmware for free!), and definite game changers, but there also several great features built into this amp. These include being wireless ready (with a Line 6 G10 transmitter), a built-in metronome, drum tracks and a preset sampler function (pick a preset and hear it in different genres, such as Blues or Classic Rock). There are 78 amps and 24 cabs that range among Clean, American, British and Hi-Gain (from classic Fenders and Marshalls to Diezel and Friedman). And there are several stomp boxes in the categories of drive/distortion (10), delay (14), reverb (13), modulation (24), wahs (8), filters/synths (15), dynamics (8, including compressor) and EQ (1). And you do get a free license to Cubase LE for recording and mixing purposes, but I recorded my tracks in Cakewalk Sonar X3 with the Classic mode via a Shure SM57 mic… and with very decent results.

The various presets on the Spider can be edited and saved, and they range from super clean to crunch to hi-gain. I was impressed with both crunch and hi-gain as they sound punchy, heavy and thick to varying degrees, but many of the clean sounds (particularly the artist presets) are mesmerizing. Although the Spider V MkII is a solid state amplifier, it does have a host of very usable sounds that sit well with both home recording and live gig playing. And when you consider how many different effects accompany all the different amps and cabinets with this amp, you get just about any perceivable sound possible.
All elements can be tweaked via USB and the free downloadable Spider software, but also with the hard controls on the front of the Spider V. The Amp and FX buttons switch between the two, so that in Amp mode you can adjust the EQ, volume and drive of the amp, whereas in FX mode you adjust the compressor, amount of fuzz, depth of reverb, tempo of delay, etc. (each color coded, e.g., blue LED around a knob indicates ‘delay’). Speaking of tempo, you can adjust this manually if desired by tapping the Tempo button, or if hold down the button you access the Tuner. This amp also includes a 60-second Looper, a headphones jack and an AUX input to jam to your favorite music.

Some optional add-ons (not included with the amp) include an Expression Pedal, ideal when using the internal wahs, filters, etc., a foot controller, and a USB cable (to connect to a computer for editing, recording and firmware updating).

OVERALL IMPRESSION
Designed to be a one-stop type amp for practice and recording, particularly for the budget-minded individual, the Spider V MkII offers and exceeds anything a person could want in an all-inclusive package. From small practice to higher wattage workhorses for gigging musicians, the latest Spider V MkII series’ sound quality, diverseness and total options surpasses anything else on the market in its category. If you’re tired of lugging amp heads, speaker cabinets and a pedalboard, then you may want to look into this amp line. The model being reviewed is the 60-watt version, which is loud enough for small bands (although it depends if your drummer is a fan of John Bonham’s heavy pounding), and certainly complex enough to serve the needs of any home practice, playing and recording musician. With over 200 amps/cabs and effects, 128 presets (including classic to modern sounds, with iconic songs and signature tones), the Spider V MkII offers a lot. But with editing software, easy-to-navigate hardware (via the LED menu), built-in wireless receiver, a 60-second looper, headphone jack, and all the other options combined, the price ($429 Canadian) of the Spider V MkII makes it a serious contender for Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS). There’s also several other features for the modern musician, including being able to sync up with an iPhone, iPad, Android device or computer (for recording or editing), adding an expression pedal or foot controller, receiving free Cubase LE software upon registration, and being able to choose between Classic (traditional speaker sound) and Full-Range (produced sound) modes. The overall engineering of the Spider V, along with its improved MkII sound and features has brought all-inclusive amp packaging to a new level.
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Line 6 releases Relay G70

Published on 03/30/16
Line 6 presents the Relay G70, a wireless receiver stompbox described as 5 pedals rolled into one.

30% off all Line 6 model packs

Published on 12/28/15

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