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#1 MarkHiatt

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:11 PM

I have had a bunch of Line6 gear over the years. A Spider 2x10 and 2x12 in red, two Spider II 2x12s in gray and a Spider Jam, which I bought thinking I could use it to, well, "Jam!"
 
I've been a rhythm play for a hundred years but lately I've been wanting to branch out a little, maybe take a spotlight and a solo now and again, or at least freshen-up some of my rhythm playing. So, I popped for the Jam.

 

My problems basically boil down to probably not spending enough time with it, but it's so frustrating that my time with my Spider Jam isn't... pleasant. I'll find a sound that I like, and then can't ever seem to get it back if I don't save it as one of my limited tracks.
 
I've got a short pedal, an FBV Express, but can't seem to use it to start recording, play a verse and a chorus and then stop recording and play back what I've done so I can work on a solo.
 
The instructions for both left a little to be desired. There are some videos on YouTube which have been a little more helpful, but I really felt like this would be a better bargain, when I bought it. I don't feel like I'm getting much value out of it, now.
 
Is there a source somewhere that can tell me what jam tracks are installed and how to get to them? Suppose I found a bluesy rock jam and didn't want to burn one of my own channels—how to get back there, again? Are they in some kind a .pdf somewhere? And is there a quick and easy way to get from one to another? How do you clear them all out and get back to just a standard Line6 Spider amp, without any other settings involved? And what's the trick to getting my FBVExpress to run the loops, please?
 
I've been around computers for thirty years and guitars for forty! But this thing is a real challenge. I love it, but I just don't feel like I'm getting much out of it, really.
 
Thanks!


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#2 Dedoxinator

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:59 AM

I bought this fantastic amp a week ago.

 

Yes it is excellent for jamming, with the prerecorded tracks or laying down your own.

 

Spend the time with it if you have not already done so. It does everything it promises to.

 

Press the settings button three times, scroll down to the last item on the menu and press the right arrow. This will set the FBV Express to record and play rather than select effects.

 

Use a 2GB SD card for all your recordings.

 

Download the Advanced Guide for the Spider Jam, all is revealed!


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