Line 6 Jazzmasters: Matthew Von Doran

Matthew started playing guitar at age 15 and by the time he was in college he found jazz. Listening to Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. He played in the Don Miller Big Band, which became the house band for the T.V. hit show Seinfeld. His current solo Cd is “In This Present Moment,” which was produced by Famed Yellowjacket bassist, Jimmy Haslip. Guest artist on the CD include Peter Ersine, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Gary Novak.

Where did you first hear about Line 6?

I heard about Line 6 from friends of mine. The first Line 6 product I played was the Flextone, that was probably 6 years ago. Then after that I played the AxSys 212, then AX2 and now the Vetta. I have always tried to stay up with the technology that you guys come up with.

What Line 6 gear are you using and how are you using it?

I am using the Vetta II with an extension cab and 2 keyboard amps so I can use the wide mode. I love the whole dry / wet cab in stereo set up. It’s about as good as it gets as far as having a wide spectrum of sound. It sounds very lush with this set-up! One of the great things I have found using the Vetta is that I was able to find and hone in on my own sound.

How have our products changed the way you work?

Whenever you’re presented with that much versatility it lends itself to more creative freedom. To have it all right there with one interface I truly believe its part of the creative process to coming up with a sound that is mine. When I compose a song now I can also compose a sound to go along with the song. And when I am being a sideman each situation is different and calls for different sounds. The Vetta gives me that all those options to keep me working.

What is your favorite Line 6 amp model, effect…?

It kind of changes, but I mostly go for the fender sounds. For the more rock sounds I like using the Bogners and of course the Marshalls. As for effects I love the stereo chorus. That’s the interesting thing about having that much at your fingertips, you and your sound can evolve with it. I have found in the last month going towards blending some of the Matchless sounds. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of possibilities. But a nice sort of overwhelming!