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    Firmware update problem

    Seems to me that I also updated my 30 via Bluetooth when I first got it. But when it came to doing it with the 150, I tried USB, which failed quite spectacularly and repeatedly. If they ever come out with another update, gonna give it a lot of thought before attempting anything. I can handle 45 minutes or an hour. Beats spending over $100 for shipping and being without the amp for 3 weeks...
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    firmware issue?

    Device support can be tricky, especially when it comes to 'mature' devices. In your case, it was an older phone that presented a problem. But the amplifi series is also a mature technology, and there's a danger that upcoming versions of iOS and android may not be compatible, at a time when Line 6 has stopped supporting amplifi with app updates that work with the new operating systems. Ouch!!!! :o Hope all goes well with your Kindle Fire!
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    Newbie question

    The files you create with tools other than the amplifi app can't be loaded into the amp. But you could try to build equivalent tones in the app, using the same amp model - if available - and tone/effect settings that you used in GearBox. I'd think this would get you in the ballpark.
  4. As I recall, my JTV59 has '1 up' and '1 down' tunings already built in. But you can certainly use Workbench or the guitar, itself, to create others that you need.
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    firmware issue?

    Don't mean to sound insulting, but are you able to connect to the amplifi via bluetooth? You didn't mention that. Given that the app seems to be working, that could be a reason why your changes are not reflected in the sound output. If that's not the case, you should probably just accept that your phone's O/S version isn't up to the task. Not much you can do about it aside from replacing the phone, if you're not able to update it to a supported version.
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    Firmware update problem

    Are these new units, or did you both buy them used? If they're new, you might expect that the firmware would already be at 2.6. Are you able to confirm that it is not? This is a touchy area. I bought a used 150 that came with version 2.5, and I wanted to update it, as well as reverting to the factory default presets. It failed spectacularly, even when trying to do it while a Line 6 tech talked me through repeated attempts on the phone. I'm very knowledgeable computer & hardware guy, and tried it with 3 separate desktops. It left me without a functioning amp, which had to be sent back to the factory to take care of it. Line 6 was gracious enough to make the upgrade at no charge, but it cost me over $110 to ship it to them. That sucked the heck out of the good buy that I got in selecting a used device... Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be an anomaly -- there are quite a few reports about this scenario on the net, and here in the forum. If your amp is brand new from the store, you may have some options, up to and including returning it for a refund. Or you may be able to have it repaired under warranty. Just be aware that it's not unheard of for these things to get bricked when attempting an update, EVEN IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND FOLLOW THE PRESCRIBED STEPS TO THE LETTER. It's troubling that firmware upgrades appear problematic with these things, but that's the way it seems. Be aware of your options before jumping in, just in case something goes wrong. I kinda doubt that there will be future firmware changes, and I'll be very wary about attempting an update, should one come along.
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    AMPLIFi 30 Power Supply Alternatives

    I'm sure the 'official' response would be to use nothing other than the supplied Line 6 adapter, lest you risk damage to the unit and voiding any warranty you may have on the amp. However, as an electronic tech of many years, I would not hesitate to substitute an alternate source of my own choosing, being mindful of the nominal current and voltage specifications of the wall wart, and assuring the correct size and polarity of the Amplifi supply input jack. My approach would be to use a 12VDC source rated AT LEAST 3A, and run it into a 9V 3A voltage regulator. This would allow the option of using a 12V SLA battery as an alternative to the line-powered 12V wall wart being discussed. This could be handy for outdoor applications, like busking. The voltage regulator could be purchased rather inexpensively or tinkered together from a suitable circuit using inexpensive electronic components purchased online, if you have any rudimentary electronics assembly experience. In my opinion, the 'step-down/regulate' approach is superior to the step-up 5V to 9V strategy discussed in one of the earlier posts. I use the latter to replace the 6AA batteries in my Variax with great results, enabling me to power it from a 5V 2200ma power bank, but the current requirements of a power amplifier make it an unsuitable solution for this application. Just as a point of discussion, I'd go as far as to postulate that the Amplifi could easily tolerate the modest overvoltage of 12V on its 9V power input. Generally, the first important circuit component incoming voltage 'sees' is a voltage regulator, and these are normally specified with adequate 'headroom' so that fluctuations in the supply voltage don't cause problems. Please note, however, I don't have a schematic diagram, and therefore do not have specific knowledge whether or not this is an accurate guess. Safety sez: stick with a clean 9V supply with the proper polarity and adequate current, and you'll do just fine...
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    Amplifi TT wahs

    It's very likely that you're seeing this delay because you're going through the app and then into your Amplifi device via bluetooth. There's a similar lag in changing from one selected tone to another via the app. It's an issue that's mentioned (and complained about) in forum posts from unsuspecting users who expect the changes to be near real-time. This just doesn't happen when it's done from the app, and not a hardware device, like a foot controller. I think Line 6 should be more upfront about this, because it does raise questions in users' minds. It's not a defect or a bad design, it's just the way things work when you're pairing up hardware with software via bluetooth. I use an FBV Shortboard MKII with my Amplifi 30. Changing from one preset/patch to the next happens with minimal delay/latency, and volume & wah functionality is as-expected. If you buy a floorboard, make sure you get it from a source that will accept returns, if you find it unsatisfactory. I'm guessing that it'll be just fine.
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    Amplifi TT

    Well, you're not getting any enthusiastic responses to your questions, which, in my estimation, suggests that there's some validity to your fear that the Amplifi devices are kind-of 'dying on the vine'. They're still available as new units, but requested updates are not finding their way to current users. I don't own a TT, so I can't specifically address your questions as an owner. I do own an FX-100 and an Amplifi 30, so I am knowledgeable about the series, which sport the same effects, models & presets that are in the TT. I've responded to your posting, in part, because of your comment that you are looking at several other devices that are in the 'pedal board' form factor, and the TT is not. You've not said anything about your intended use, whether it's for at-home, studio work, maybe recording into a computer/DAW, or if you intend to use it as a performance tool. If you'll be playing in any kind of a 'live' scenario, by yourself or with other musicians, you'll be severely limited in the ability to make real-time patch/preset setting changes with the TT, because this must be accomplished by pressing buttons on the unit or on your bluetooth-connected device. In either case, this requires taking your attention away from your instrument to make a selection. In addition, changing to a different preset via bluetooth results in a delay before the change is made. Not good if you're playing a song... The Amplifi FX-100 is much like the TT, but in pedal board form, and is more easily compared with the other units you've mentioned. Same sounds and presets, but also somewhat limiting for live performances. This unit has only 4 switches and a simple 2-digit LED display to accept input for selecting one of the 25 banks of 4 presets each, and giving a visual representation of which bank and preset is active. To choose a bank, you have to stomp on two switches simultaneously, which increments or decrements the bank number that's displayed on the LEDs. If you wanted to select tones from bank 5 and you're on bank 1, you'd have to step on the C & D switches simultaneously 4 times, then choose the preset you wanted from the A, B, C & D switches. Works ok and there's minimal switching delay, but you have to keep track of which tones you want somehow, as the there's no name displayed. All you'll see is the bank number and which switch is activated, such as 01 and a light by the B switch. Realistically, this is pretty cumbersome if you use more than a handful of presets. In my opinion, this is a serious shortcoming of the FX-100. In addition, there is no control of the individual effects via the footswitches. If, for example, you want to kick in a solo boost, you'd have to store that in a separate preset. You can't just step on a switch to boost the output, because there isn't one! Of all the Amplifi series, I think the best combination is one of the two larger amps with one of their accessory floor controllers. I have an FBV Shortboard MKII, which provides excellent control over the presets and the individual effects within them, as well as a display that shows the name of the preset in use.
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    Notable Variax Users?

    While he's not well-known to the general music-listening public, longtime sideman/studio player Billy Sullivan has appeared with many recognizable 'oldies' artists, such as Gary Lewis, Eric Carmen, Mark Lindsey, Mitch Ryder, Dickey Betts, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner, Ian Hunter, Eric Carmen, Sam Moore, Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, Billy J Kramer,Peter Noone, Tommy Roe, Bryan Hyland and others. I've seen him play a couple of times on the old Jerry Lewis MD Telethons, sporting an original red Variax -- the one that became known as the '500' after the line expanded to the 300 & 600. It's been many years since he last checked in on ION website to talk about his Variax, and I don't know how long he may have employed one in his work. YouTube undoubtedly has clips of him performing with these various bands, and I'd bet that you can find him with a Variax strapped-on in at least a few of them.
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    Amplifi - Brand New User

    Congratulations on your purchase! I have both an FX100 and an Amplifi 30, and they are both a lot of fun. I use the 30 as a practice amp, streaming mp3s of our band's rehearsal recordings from my phone along with my guitar signal. It's the next best thing to playing with them! You didn't mention whether you intend to use your new toy with an Apple/iOS or Android device. There are subtle differences between the Amplifi Remote app on the two platforms, but both work well. (for me, anyway...) Make sure you've updated the firmware to the latest version, especially if you're using Android. Instructions for doing that are found here on the Line 6 support pages. I would recommend learning how to edit and save patches to 'My Tones', and also to save them to specific locations on one of the banks. This can be confusing, as it's possible to have two different tones with the same name and different settings if you're not careful, and it's also possible to spend a lot of time tweaking a tone and then losing it, because you haven't saved it properly. This can be a little confusing, so I'd spend some extra time figuring this out before trying out a lot of wholesale changes to the factory presets. I would caution you to avoid, at least at first, hastily saving a tone to 'Favorites'. I've read here on the forum that it's difficult, maybe not possible, to delete tones from this list. Until I learn differently, I'm staying away from assigning favorites. You'll soon find that the output levels of patches are all over the place. Some are rather quiet, others, balls-to-the-walls. There are reasons for this, but it makes it difficult to store patches in ready-to-stomp-on switch positions for live performances. In general, you'll have to adjust the output level in the Amp section while editing to sort-of even these out. One thing I've done that helps, after trying to equalize the output levels, is to reduce the range of the volume pedal. It defaults to 0 - 100% of the signal.That means it's pretty sensitive, and covers the entire range from no sound to full blast. I rarely need that! So I have most of my patches set so the minimum output level is about 60% and the maximum is 100%. That way, I can set up my amp to give me playable levels with the volume pedal at minimum, and then give my guitar a boost, if needed, by stepping down on the pedal. Have fun!
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    Older amplifi app IOs9 compatible

    Hmmmmm... I have a JTV59 and a 3rd generation iPad with the last version of iOS9 and the latest AMPLIFI firmware. Everything works just fine. I'm also a fairly recent purchaser of the AMPLIFI -- acquiring it in the past several months. It appears that you're suggesting that the Apple store no longer offers the AMPLIFI app - is that what's happened in your case?
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    Share tones with two AMPLIFI devices

    Which suggests that there's no way to easily sync the two devices, so that they have the tones in the same bank positions on both. That's what I'd really hoped to achieve, but it looks like I'll have to do it all 'by hand'. Oh, well -- there aren't that many changes I'll have to make. There are some banks that I'll want to customize for a specific song with unusual presets but I'll be able to set up some general purpose banks with tones that will work on many tunes. Thanks for your comments.
  14. I've found myself with two AMPLIFI devices, and have a somewhat different use for them. Basically, I like to use the Amplifi 30 as an everyday practice and rehearsal tool, and for creating tones. I'm subbing for a guitarist in a band temporarily, and playing live with an Amplifi FX 100 going into the PA and a backline guitar amp. I'm new to the Amplifi devices, and -- try as I might -- I'm not finding clear information on how to save my tones and share them between devices. Ideally, I would like to have both devices fully 'synced' with the same tones in the same banks, but would be happy to start out by just being able to copy over a few tones form one device to the other. I've seen references to Facebook and Twitter sharing of tones, but don't know how to sort out all the details to accomplish this. Seems like it would be easy enough to simply share a tone with another FB or Twitter user, but can I share a tone there with myself, and put it on either of my Amplifi devices? Both of my Amplifi devices connect to my Android phone and iPad via bluetooth, and both are associated with the same Line6 account. Does this make it easier or more complicated for what I want to do? Help! Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Share tones with two AMPLIFI devices

    Thanks to both of you who have responded. As it turns out, I was pleased to see, shortly after crying out for help, that they both synced to My Tones when connect with Line6. Very handy! I also tried sending a tone to myself via email. Although I haven't yet tried to load it, looks like that works, too.
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    Switching banks with the IOS Amplifi App

    Obviously, I'm late to the party with this whole thread, and this most recent post. But I'm a new Amplifi user who was searching for the same information regarding 'bank switching', and read this thread with interest. My situation relates to using two pieces of gear -- Amplifi 30 and Amplifi FX 100. Of the two, the FX 100, which has 4 footswitches, is capable of switching to any of the 25 4-preset banks and selecting one of 4 presets stored in that bank. The Amplifi 30, which has four panel-mounted pushbuttons, can change between four presets that are stored in Bank 1. It is not possible to select a different bank and have its 4 presets automatically available at the pushbuttons. It is possible to select a tone from any of the 25 banks while connected to the Amplifi Remote App on either iOS or Android via bluetooth and use it (almost) immediately, after a loading short delay, but to make it subsequently available via switch A, B, C or D, it has to be written to the Amplifi 30 -- the hardware device, itself. Unless this is done, the selected tone will always revert to whatever tones have been previously stored in those 4 switch positions. It's simply the way the device is designed/intended to be use by its manufacturer. Some find it restrictive and misleading, given the advertising hawking 100 tones in 25 banks of 4 tones each. It's not a false advertising situation -- the tones are there, and they are available for use, but they have to be selected via a bluetooth-connected app on a phone or tablet. Only 4 can be invoked via a hardware switch, and changing the presets stored in these switch positions cannot be done 'on-the-fly' in a performance situation. We, perhaps, misunderstood the functionality, and hoped or presumed it would be much more flexible than it is. My understanding is that the rest of the Amplifi series works the same way in this regard, but that using a specific model of the Line 6 accessory floorboard series does permit selecting from the available banks. I'm not well-versed in the specifics, though - you'll have to investigate and confirm for yourself whether this is a viable solution for your needs.
  17. While it's true that Line6 recommend updating via computer/USB rather than Bluetooth, the latter can work. I have purchased both a Amplifi FX 100 and an Amplifi 30, and have used Bluetooth to load the latest firmware to each without a hitch.
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    Older amplifi app IOs9 compatible

    Hi, doesn't look like you've received any responses yet. My situation is a little different, but still similar to yours. Here's my (limited) experience as a new Amplifi user. Amplifi 30 and the Ampli FX 100, both updated with the latest firmware iPad 3rd generation w/last version of iOS 9.3.5 Android phone with latest version of Android 7.1.1 Amplifi remote app, version 2.6 on both devices Although I'm still getting my feet wet, things seems to be working as-intended. Given that my iPad is older than yours, I'd expect that your results should be similar.
  19. The phrase "a fraction of the cost" suggests that the Sonic Port is vastly overpriced. Most of the inexpensive interfaces that I've seen plug into the analog (headphone) input of the iPad or iPhone and supply - in my opinion - inferior audio quality. Most of the "HD" or all-digital devices appear to be similar in price to the Sonic Port, and some are even more costly. It's apples-and-oranges comparing these two device types. I bought an interface from iRig that connects to the analog input, and was very disappointed with the results. It was very noisy, and plugging into the 1/8" jack on the curved side of the iPad doesn't inspire confidence in the integrity of the connection. The Sonic Port connects to the dock connector, and, as a bonus, LOCKS into it, making it less likely to become disconnected with a slight tug on the cable. I was very pleased to see that! Is the Line 6 software awesome-beyond-description? No. But it provides some good functionality and most of the sounds and effects a guitarist needs can be found. And if you don't like it, you can also use the Sonic Port with Garage Band or any other app that supports Apple's core audio format. It's not as if your restricted to using the Line 6 software, as the term "proprietary app" would suggest. I'm ot a Line 6 fanboy, just didn't quite see the previous comments being all that objective...
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