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Posts posted by gtrman100

  1. The 60 has a 10" speaker, and the 120 has a 12" speaker and XLR output connectors. That's the only difference besides power. For home practice personally, the 60 should be fine, but if you ever want to jam with others, I'd get the 120.

  2. The Spider V20 has no ability at add a foot pedal to select presets, which is limiting your ability to switch quickly between two presets. You can do it with the Spider Remote app, but it's not as easy. I just replied to your other post about a clean tone. You might trade your V20 for a V30 which will probably meet your needs better.

  3. With a small inexpensive digital practice amp like the V20, you're probably not going to get decent results with outboard pedals. It wasn't designed for it. If you've tried the "Acoustic" amp, it's probably going to be as close as you'll get to a clean, unmodeled tone. There is no way to access the power amp directly with that model. The Spider V30 model and above you can access the power amp using the aux input for just the purpose you are looking for.

  4. 15 hours ago, L-Files said:

    Hello All,


    I am looking to purchase the 240 MKII Combo.  I am wondering if there is a way to disable the stereo cab and run everything mono?  I will mic the cab up on stage as well instead of using the on-board DI.  So would just like it to all run mono.  (Or does it depend on the preset you are using?




    All the amp models are mono, but some of the effects are stereo. I would just stay away from stereo effects- reverb, modulation and delays.

  5. If you don't want to spend the money on an FBV3, the Express should give you a volume pedal, plus the ability to change presets with the footswitches which would make it easier for you to switch between electric and acoustic instruments easily.

  6. Just scroll through the presets until you find something that's close to the tone you're looking for.  Then you can use the tone controls to tweak for the guitar your playing. It's all a matter of taste which is why digital modeling amps are cool- you have a wide variety of tones to experiment with. Good luck!

  7. It could be a ground loop- check the ground lift switch next to the XLR's in both positions and see if it helps. Another thing to try is to plug the Spider into the same wall outlet as your mixer. House wiring can really affect the noise level. Good luck

  8. It's probably class D- they're most common these days, use less power and are cheap. No way to know unless you have a schematic or open up the cabinet (which might void the warranty). What difference does it make to you?

  9. What do you mean hook up an external speaker? You mean take the back off the cabinet and attach wire to the speaker terminal? DON'T DO THAT YOU'LL POSSIBLY BLOW UP YOUR AMP! The only Spider V that you can hook up external speakers is the Spider V 240HD. It is meant to work with the external cabinets, none of the others can't.


    If you mean change the internal speaker to another, I wouldn't. The models are created to sound best with the stock speaker.

  10. The presets are all the same. What is different is the new software version (mkII) adds the classic speaker mode which cuts off the tweeter. The amp sounds more like a typical guitar amp instead of a PA speaker playing a recording of a guitar amp. They redid all the presets so they sound good with the new mode. You can still select the original mode by going into the Cab modeling page and selecting it.

  11. When I updated to MkII, it became readily apparent that the base tones of the presets were more "amp like" which is what I think the vast majority of guitar players expect when they demo an amp for the first time. I got very good tones with the MkI software, but I think if you readjust your presets, you'll find that the tones are markedly improved. I still use the FR software for acoustic tones, and for some more exotic sounds where I want it to be a "mixed" sound. YMMV

  12. 1. Here's the official link: https://line6.com/support/page/kb/amplifiers/spider-v/spider-v-series-model-list-r839/

    2. The Helix models are the latest and most advanced amp modeling algorithms from Line 6. The Spider V algorithms are reworked Pod Farm algorithms. That said, the Pod Farm models were used in many top flight recordings, and still sound good, I would give them a 7. There is no perfect amp for Helix. Front of an amp, into the effects loop, FRFR PA Speaker, Line 6 Powercab, Line 6 DT amps(have a digital connection for Helix), or studio monitors; it depends on how you plan to use the Helix.

    3. Digital modelers are option that many find equal or superior to tube amps, others like the dynamics that a tube amp can give. Both have their pluses and minuses. Tube amp are easy to tweak, there aren't that many tonal options, but you have to have the amp that makes the right tone for you, or have several amps. Digital modelers give you an incredible number of ways to build your tone, and since they model most famous amps, you get to find the flavor of amp that you like. Honestly, there is nothing like a cranked tube amp, but today there are not many places to play that loud, so digital amps are a great option. I have a Helix/DT amp setup, and a Spider V 240. The Spider is a great all in one package that sounds great too.

    4. The Spider V 240 is the top of the line Spider. Depending on if you gig or not, a 60 or 120 may be plenty loud. The DT amps are Line 6's hybrid digital preamp/ tube power amp amplifier. I have them, they are great. The Powercab is another top of the line option- a PA type speaker that emulates a traditional tube amp and cabinet. Good luck!


  13. Go to the Downloads page above, select Spider V 20 as your hardware. Select the operating system of your laptop.  Scroll down and you'll find the driver. Install it and you should be good to go.

  14. 3 hours ago, Random1643 said:

    I manage my 120W for gigs with the Spider V software rather than front panel. In the software, there's an option in the Cab setting per preset where you can toggle between FRFR and Classic. Gotta say I have yet to figure out managing the sound of the Classic option.; it ain't giggable yet for me.

    There are no parameters to adjust in classic mode since there are no cabinet models. Use the effects models to affect your tone.

  15. 5 hours ago, PeterMuylaert said:

    I was wondering, is there a way to download the full presets for the spider amps (V 120 in this case)

    Looking for the original presets that came with the amp but I lost after the 2.0 update.


    Thank you.


    You can restore the original presets by doing a Factory Reset (hold down the Home button, scroll down to Factory Reset) If you haven't yet, you should do a software download of the new Mk.II software. Just use Spider Edit PC/Mac software to download the new version.  Don't forget to backup your current presets before doing the Factory Reset and/or Mk.II update.

  16. What different effect are you wanting? The Spider has more than 200 effects- 78 amp models, distortions, overdrives, EQ's, compressors, delays, reverbs, modulation effects, etc. built in. As Stonefx said, you might want to get one of the available floorboard controllers to access the effects like a regular effects pedal.  The whole idea of the Spider series is to have an all in one solution to finding the amp tone, and the added effects to create your guitar sound.

  17. On 8/24/2019 at 2:27 AM, Vic20-Ian said:

    It would be great to have the basic one amp patches at least set to an appropriate Class and Topology to get the best out of Helix and DT25 out of the box. 



    It's easy to do for yourself, plus it has the advantage of letting you experiment with the parameters to find your desired tone. There are only a few amps that are class A designed- Vox, Matchless, Fender Champ and Supro.

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