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Posts posted by gtrman100

  1. I had a Vetta years ago, and my memory is a bit foggy but I think the Spider V sounds better. It's much easier to navigate with the simpler interface which makes tweaking easier. The mid/ high gain tones seem more dynamic. I had the "lost in the mix" syndrome when I had the Vetta, I believe a function of the lack of headroom in the power amp section. I've got none of that with the Spider V 240.

  2. Hello. I've seen these treads before but haven't gotten any answers.


    My record line out, with headphones or plugged into my audio interface, has a buzz. I have moved the amp across the house and still has a buzz. This is happens with guitars plugged in and out. The volume nob doesn't effect it either.  


    I have bought and replaced the amp thinking it was just broke. And have tried new power cords. 


    What do I need to do to use my amp? I really love line 6 distortions. 

    You have a ground loop between your computer and the amp. You can check it by using a ground lifter (3 to 2 prong adapter) on the amp. That will most likely solve it. Be aware though, it isn't the safest way to operate, but usually there isn't a problem in a simple setup.

  3. Can you use the XLR outputs to connect a 1x12 or 2x12 cabinet?


    I am playing guitar in a band and need a fuller sound than just my 1x12.

    The XLR outputs are line level. You would have to patch them to a powered full range speaker to get your desired result. You could patch them into your PA system also to get a wider sound.

  4. In the Spider Remote app, you just hold down on the "Position" parameter for a few seconds, and a dialog box pops up asking you if you want to assign that parameter to the expression pedal. I'm not sure about how to do it on the amp itself... I would need to dig into the manual for that.


    That's actually not the way it works. Double tap on the blank area( outside of the slider) of the parameter you want to control with the Exp. pedal and a dialog box will pop up. BTW, is there a manual or guide on the Spider Remote App? I've had to discover things by experimenting- not the best way to learn it.

  5. Is it possible to transfer all tones from a Spider iv to the spider v?

    Nope- different amps, different software. You can only get tones from the Cloud through the Spider App or create them yourself.

  6. Hi together,


    unfortunately my Spider V 120 sounds also bad. The tone is dull, no transparency, no clarity. It feels like you are looking through a dens grey curtain. No matter which preset I dial in, always the same dusty shape of tone. These presets have nothing to do with those presets you can listen on YouTube. If the Spider would Sound like that it would be really great. I am also not able to create a Setting from the beginning which sounds just half the way of my Spider IV 75.

    I love my Spider IV 75, but I am missing all the cool features the Spider V 120 have. Giving the Spider V the soundmachine of the Spider IV would create the perfect amp.

    So I have 2 weeks left before I can´t send the amp back. Perhaps anyone can tell me how to get a good Sound out of the amp. I would love to, because of all the Features the Spider IV haven´t.



    Have you downloaded any presets from the cloud? You should be able to find a few good ones quickly. Try searching for Hindmarsh. He's the guy in the Line 6 demos, and has created some good ones. Maybe try a different guitar too. Have you updated the software? That affects tone also. If you've done all that and it still doesn't sound good, the amp might be defective.

  7. Hello there Spider V user.


    My problem: If I want to use the tab Switch to tab the delay time, it dosen´t work. Also if I use the swich on my FBV3.

    Is it an function, that can be disabled in the menu of the amp?


    Would like to get an answer quick, cause I use the feature very often.





    PS: The Spider App does work so bad and there is no Editor for PC. I hope the Line6 Team will change the missing things rapidly. It is so uncomfortable, using the amp at home without an PC editor. Also it would be helpfull, the USB Unit on the Spider can load the tab by using, cause it is impossible to use app and loading with a separat unit at the same time.


    You have to go to the delay effect and select "note" instead of time. You then use the slider to determine the note value of the tap tempo. Then the tap button will control the delay time.

  8. I can't seem to find info on the modeling engine either. I did notice that Line 6's Firehawk 1500 online info screams at you that it used the HD modeling engine. The fact that Line 6 is silent the Spider V modeling engine causes me to have to assume that it's older X3 or XT technology. Any clarification Line 6?

    According to Digital Igloo, the modeling engine in the Spider V series is an updated and reworked version of the Pod Farm modeling engine. I think they started with that version because there are so many different amps modeled, and then massaged them to work with the Spider series.

  9. Is it me, or is this a totally bug ridden app? Almost every time I create a new preset, save it to My Tones, then try to download the preset to the V-120, it crashes my Samsung S6. I can't even restart the app or phone, I have to reboot the phone.


    Is this happening to others, and is there a solution? I'm trying to create banks of tones as a backup rig to my Helix. So far it's really frustrating.

  10. Not really. This is one of my biggest beefs with it. Not having the ability to save your own files in your own folders and manage your own workflow. You either add it to the my tones area, cloud or unit itself. I just went through this hassle setting up my 240 for gigging. Sounded great but to prep took a long long time. I'm in 3 bands so I have to manage different set orders each week. It's a real PITA and could be so much simpler.


    Keep pressing the Ideascale site for a Win /Mac editor. Should simplify things a great deal. This was I believe made off the Firehawk type apps, but those are bluetooth. Spider V amp is not BT capable so the app doesn't make much sense. Not only is the app glitchy, but often times I even have to reboot the amp to get connected. Then the app reports it was disconnected, then you start over. Ipad or Android tab or AmiDuos emulator on Surface Pro 3. They all have the same app problems.


    Go to Ideascale and vote for the computer editors for Spider V. 


    Thanks for the info. It's what I thought- with an amp with this many options, a real editor is really necessary. I'll vote and hopefully there will be a solution soon.

  11. I just got a SV120 and downloaded the app. Linked to my Samsung S6, the app is glitchy, but operational.


    Question: is there any way to drag and drop, or cut and paste presets using the app without saving to the cloud and then downloading down to the amp? It's unwieldy to have to go through all those steps to create banks of presets for gigging.


    Also, I haven't found any manual for the app. Is there one?

  12. I have a 59(and a 69). Both have been flawless for years, and integrate with the Helix extremely well. I have big hands(unlike some :D) and find the necks very comfortable. The shape is different than my Fender and Gibson guitars, but I got comfortable with them in no time.


    The ability to change guitars and amps with a single footswitch is a godsend to a cover band player like me. As mentioned before, you can determine if you want to send both the mag and modeled pickups to the Helix in the input stage of the Helix.


    Like any mid range guitar, having a setup by a pro, maybe a bit of fretwork with increase the playability to match just about anything out there because the design of the guitars is good out of the box.

  13. Radatats, I will first admit that I am a MIDI dummy. That said I have my Helix connected via L6 and one midi cable as you describe (Helix DT50/out to DT/in). I have even downloaded your templates. I still have multiple issues when I select any of them.


    I downloaded your templates but I am getting mixed results. I was under the impression that CC#11 value 0 would eliminate all of the control panel and just run through the power amp section. The helix has taken over channel A but the control knobs still function and affect the overall sound. I went through each of your midi settings on your templates and they are all pretty similar. A typical layout for a template is as follows.


    Instant   Midi Ch   CC#   Value   

        1          Base       19       0      This tells me Channel A/B select value 0 places it on A

        2          Base       11       0      This tells me HD amp select value 0 means none

        3          Base       71       0      This tells me Cabinet select value 0 means none

        4          Base       82       0      This tells me Direct out Mic Emulation type value 0 means none

        5          Base       36     127    This tells me Reverb bypass/enable value 127 that the reverb is bypassed?

        6          Base       77   0 or 1   Tells me that the Topology is either 0 is tight  1 is loose.




    Does instant 2 not take out the controls on the face of the DT?

    Does instant 5 not remove the reverb? 

    My question is what should my global Midi/Tempo settings be?  (I think this might be a part of my problem)

    Also I do see that there are individual CC#'s for Drive, Bass, Mid, ETC but there are 7 control knobs and only 6 instant commands (yes I can turn the reverb to low). 


    Again I am almost completely clueless about Midi and with what you have posted I have dabbled into this strange ocean but I am now feel like I am swimming against the current drowning fast. I so desperately want to keep my DT50 but it is getting harder too. I did buy a QSC K12 and run the Helix straight into it and it sounds great but I want my tube head and I want my 2X12 with vintage 30's because they still sound great and look even better.. I still have 10 days left to get this worked out to return the QSC....   Any thoughts

    The secret is- you have to turn off the preamp section of the DT amp, so that the Helix will replace it.

    1. Download DT Edit- http://rome2.github.io/dtedit/
    2. Connect your DT amps midi in and out to a quality PC midi interface. The M-Audio ones work well.
    3. With the amp on standby, open DT Edit
    4. In the upper left corner, you'll see the 4 Topologies. Click on 1
    5. In the preamp section, select none. It defaults to a Fender Twin. Once you do that, the mic models disappear too.
    6. In the output section on the upper right, select Topology one. Select the class and triode/pentode mode etc for that topology to default to.
    7. Repeat #4-6 for the other topologies.
    8. Close DT Edit

    Now when you connect the midi out of the Helix, it will take the midi CC commands that you program in the Helix Command Center for each preset to the desired output mode of the DT. You program the Helix "instant" switch, not a footswitch unless you want to select it separately. It works great, and it is a bit of a pain, but once you've programmed it, it's done.


    I'm getting stellar tones with the Helix/DT setup using the "Amp" models- not Preamp or using the Cab models. You can experiment to find out what works best for you.

  14. This is exactly how I feel. I was happy with my HD500. Still am. Didn't even want the 500X. When I saw the Helix my jaw dropped because of the sounds, but more so because of the ease of use - the editing on the fly. I'm single, have extra income so I thought yes - this is actually what I wanted when the HD500 came out. But now I'm faced with midi crap? That goes against my main reason for wanting it, and at that price, I'll stick to my HD500. 


    I'll add a further note - Line 6 was a little devious here. The inclusion of an L6 cable, preamp only versions of amps, and endorsing the use of a DT amp in the Helix manual WITHOUT any confession that Helix will not control topography would make anyone think that Helix and DT amps work together the way HD and DT do. They certainly fooled me! I'm bringing mine back. 

    I'm going to chime in on this discussion, because I've been experimenting with the integration of the Helix with my DT amps in the last month, and have finally found the answer. True, it's not as easy as the HD500 Line6 link integration, but with a little bit of work, I think you'll be happy. The fact that they released Helix without a promise of full integration, doesn't mean it might not happen in the future, but I have a feeling that they're moving to the Firehawk 1500 as the Helix mate rather than the DT series.

    Heres how it works:

    1. Download DT Edit from http://rome2.github.io/dtedit/, load and connect to DT with 2 midi cables with a good USB midi interface. Select Channel A under master section.
    2. On the left side of the DT Edit control panel, select "none" for Topology 1 Preamp selection (eliminating the DT preamp)
    3. On the right side of the DT Edit control panel, select Topology 1 and select the desired class and pentrode/triode configuration
    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other three topology settings. Close DT Edit.
    5. Connect 1 midi cable from Helix to DT amp midi in
    6. Create a preset with an Amp model (not Amp + Cab, or preamp)
    7. Press the menu button and select Command Center
    8. Instant 1 will default, use default midi channel "base", and select CC# 122
    9. Select the desired Value #- 0 Topology 1, 1 Topology 2, 2- Topology 3, 3- Topology 4
    10. Save the preset.
    11. Now when you select this preset, it will change the amp Topology to the desired one, with the class, and triode/pentode selections.

    I find that the amp models without cabs sound the best, much better than the amp + cab or preamp models. Since the DT has it's own speaker, and the cab model in the DT has been disabled, you have a good place to start tweaking. I find I need to do just a little EQ to get the desired sound. The Helix sounds so much better than the HD, it's worth the extra work to get it integrated with the DT.  And it's still just 2 cables- the Link and midi. I hope you give it a try, and it works for you.