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    connected but nothing happens

    I have turned somersaults trying to update my AMPLIFi 150 using various PCs and versions of Windows. I am an experienced software developer, and I also know my way around a PC. The AMPLIFi USB driver appears not to install properly. Line 6 really needs to address this problem. When I suggest this on the support ticket, I get, “I can assure you that the driver works†as a response. Sorry, Line 6, you are dreaming. FIX IT. In the end I updated the AMPLIFi using my iPhone via Bluetooth, which Line 6 says is unlikely to work. Here again, the Line 6 instructions were misleading. The secret is to click, “Show previous versions†in the AMPLIFi app, which then shows not only previous versions but also the update you wish to install, along with a handy update button. You don’t need to set the amp up in update mode because the iPhone app does this for you. It took about an hour to update, so charge up your phone and disable the screen saver before you begin.
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    Amplifi and Variax

    No, the Amplifi and Variax don't change each others' settings, if that's what you mean. I was concerned when I bought the Variax that playing a modelling guitar through a modelling amp might introduce some kind of interference or delay, but that hasn't happened. Combining the two gives you a huge range of guitar and amp combinations and they sound fabulous. Playing techniques that introduce squeaks and overtones work as normal and the response seems just as instantaneous as with a normal guitar and amp.
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    No Line Out?

    The answer is, yes, even without the iPad and with nothing in the back end of the powered hub I get output through the iMic into the PA. I'm using a DLink DUB H4 hub.
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    No Line Out?

    I'll try it without the iPad and let you know. BTW, it is important to make the iPad the last thing you plug into otherwise the pad detects USB devices that it cannot power. Also the iMic must be plugged in at power up or else output from Loopy gets directed to the Amplifi rather than the PA (which may be helpful when you are creating and storing Loops at home).
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    Amplifi and Variax

    Did my first gig with the Variax last night. Fabulous! It's so great to have a huge range of sounds available at the flick of a switch. The controls have been very well thought out. Here's my rig: Variax into an Amplifi 150, which is connected to a powered USB hub. The hub also has connections from a Beatbuddy drum machine through a Roland OM-1 midi to USB converter, a Griffin iMic soundcard which goes to the PA, and the hub feeds an iPad running MidiBridge to Loopy. I've prerecorded loops with bass lines, guitar backing and some keyboard for many of our numbers. So when I hit the pedal on the Beatbuddy, Loopy starts and they stay in sync. Also the feed from my Amplifi ends up going through the PA as well as through the Amplifi's speaker. Loopy plays through the PA and also through the Amplifi. Beatbuddy output goes through coax to the PA in stereo. If I want to I can loop in real time on stage using the reverse feed from the Amplifi to Loopy. Prerecorded loops are so much warmer than sequenced midi. For numbers that don't suit Loopy (because their structure can't be effectively looped), I've prerecorded backing in GarageBand. The advantage of loops is that when the audience is up and dancing you can keep going; you're not constrained by the length of the recording.
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    Amplifi and Variax

    I recently bought a Variax JTV 69 & was curious to see how well it would pair with my Amplifi 150. I am happy to report that the combination is absolutely superb. I was a bit concerned that running a modelled guitar into a modelled amp might result in some latency issues, but nope, it's like having an unlimited number of guitars and amps at my fingertips snd it sounds just as present and lively as it would if I had purchased all the guitars and amps separately. The difference, of course, is that I can swap instantly between combinations (I have a shortboard controller for the amp). One thing to note: I changed the strings on the Variax to Elixir nanoweb 11s to fatten up the sound for acoustic guitar models. That set is a good compromise for all the different guitar options on the Variax.
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    A good looping option if you have an Amplifi

    Volumes of tracks can be individually altered after recording, which is also very useful.
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    A good looping option if you have an Amplifi

    Yes, Loopy plays back all six tracks, and the tracks can even be played over different lengths. If your bass track loops over 4 bars, but your rhythm guitar loops over 8, 12 or 16, Loopy can handle that, so long as all other tracks are an integer multiple of the smallest loop.
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    A good looping option if you have an Amplifi

    Loopy records whatever effects you had on the first take. After that, Loopy behaves just like a backing input to the Amplifi. The USB connection means that it all works ligically, but you can't add effects after recording. All loops can be saved, which is nice, so you can prepare many numbers in your studio for a live performance.
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    Line Connection Advice

    I get a great line out from the Amplifi by connecting the USB output to a powered USB hub, and then attaching a Griffin iMic to the hub. The Amplifi main speaker still works and the output from the iMic is through a stereo jack and is in stereo. A Griffin iMic is essentially an external USB soundcard with analog stereo input and output and so it's very likely other USB analog to digital sound adapters will work (but I haven't tried any others). Incidentally I also attach my iPad to the powered hub (using the USB adapter that comes with the camera adapter package) and I can run Loopy saved loops through the PA for live performance. Loopy output also comes out through the iMic with this setup.
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    No Line Out?

    I get a great line out from the Amplifi by connecting the USB output to a powered USB hub, and then attaching a Griffin iMic to the hub. The Amplifi main speaker still works and the output from the iMic is through a stereo jack and is in stereo. A Griffin iMic is essentially an external USB soundcard with analog stereo input and output and so it's very likely other USB analog to digital sound adapters will work (but I haven't tried any others). Incidentally I also attach my iPad to the powered hub (using the USB adapter that comes with the camera adapter package) and I can run Loopy saved loops through the PA for live performance. Loopy output also comes out through the iMic with this setup.
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    Stereo line out

    I get a great line out from the Amplifi by connecting the USB output to a powered USB hub, and then attaching a Griffin iMic to the hub. The Amplifi main speaker still works and the output from the iMic is through a stereo jack and is in stereo. A Griffin iMic is essentially an external USB soundcard with analog stereo input and output and so it's very likely other USB analog to digital sound adapters will work (but I haven't tried any others). Incidentally I also attach my iPad to the powered hub (using the USB adapter that comes with the camera adapter package) and I can run Loopy saved loops through the PA for live performance. Loopy output also comes out through the iMic with this setup.
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    Amplify line out?

    I get a great line out from the Amplifi by connecting the USB output to a powered USB hub, and then attaching a Griffin iMic to the hub. The Amplifi main speaker still works and the output from the iMic is through a stereo jack and is in stereo. A Griffin iMic is essentially an external USB soundcard with analog stereo input and output and so it's very likely other USB analog to digital sound adapters will work (but I haven't tried any others). Incidentally I also attach my iPad to the powered hub (using the USB adapter that comes with the camera adapter package) and I can run Loopy saved loops through the PA for live performance. Loopy output also comes out through the iMic with this setup.
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    What's your looper setup with the 150?

    Update: I've added a powered USB hub, and Roland UM-1 midi to USB converter, and a Beat Buddy with its optional midi cable to my setup. Now I can start and stop loopy using the Beat Buddy's pedal or stomp switches, and the superb drum tracks provided by Beat Buddy are in sync with my loops. I've provided a detailed description of how to get the Beat Buddy to talk to Loopy in another topic here: http://line6.com/support/topic/22057-a-good-looping-option-if-you-have-an-amplifi/
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    A good looping option if you have an Amplifi

    If you want to control Loopy with a pedal such as a Beat Buddy, then so long as your pedal has a midi sync output you can. Install "Midi bridge" on your iPad. Connect a powered USB hub to your iPad using the USB socket that comes with the camera adapter, then plug in both the Amplifi and the Beat Buddy to the hub. You'll need the midi cable that is an option for your Beat Buddy and a midi to serial converter such as a Roland UM-1. Make sure the UM-1 is switched to "passive". In Midi Bridge, make a connection from the UM-1 to Loopy. In Loopy go to "settings", then "control inputs", and link both the UM-1 "start" and "stop" to "pause and restart" Loopy. Loopy will wait for a signal, so start the Beat Buddy, then use its stomp pedal to stop it. Stop Loopy, then press the Beat Buddy stomp to activate a start, make the link in Loopy by choosing "pause and restart", then save the binding, and do the same for a stop by pressing the stomp again, choosing "pause and restart" in Loopy and saving the binding. Loopy will remember this setup when you next start it up. Now when you start a beat from the Beat Buddy Loopy will start playing after the beat intro and stay in time so long as the beats per minute and time signature are the same for both Loopy and the Beat Buddy. When the Beat Buddy stops, Loopy will stop. When you restart they'll be in sync. If, when you first get going, starting the Beat Buddy causes Loopy to stop, then stop the Beat Buddy, stop Loopy using the screen control and from then on everything will work properly. Loopy saves all time signature settings when you save a song, and so getting everything going again is easy. You can have the Beat Buddy playing through a different Amp or into the stereo input of the beat buddy. Loopy records anything playing through the main input of your Amplifi but neither other loops nor other inputs. Reading back over these instructions it seems complicated in prose, but it's all very logical and I didn't have to play around much to get the setttings right when I first connected everything up. Enjoy your setup, and may the musical fairies grant you marvellous licks.
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