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Posts posted by gtrman100

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!


  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. The DT amp settings aren't set for each amp model from the factory. They are just giving you the option to set each preset to control the DT the way you like. It's just another option of tone control that you can use a preset 2 store. You might like a marshall with a Class A output stage, or a Vox with class A B. It's up to you.

  15. 1 hour ago, Vic20-Ian said:

    @gtrman100Great, thank you very much.


    Are there any details about the fix or manual update?

    What do you mean fix? Control over the DT amps is a new feature with the 2.8 Helix software update. Up until now, you had to change the software in the DT amp, connect a midi cable, and use DT Edit to configure the amp and then create a midi cc in your Helix preset to control the DT. Now, that's all done by the Helix. All you have to do is connect the Line 6 Link and go to the page I mentioned and you can see all the parameter sliders that control the DT. Here's a few tips when you're on that page:

    1. load a preset in the Helix
    2. navigate to the output block and click
    3. locate the DT25/50 page select and click
    4. Choose Preset mode to be able to control the amp via presets (global and off are the other options)
    5. The top slider controls what preamp will be active- Helix or DT. Select the one you want
    6. The next 3 sliders control the Topology, Class A or B, and Pentode/Triode modes
    7. The next slider turns the onboard DT reverb on or off, the next control the default amount of the reverb.
    8. The last 3 sliders control the "hidden" DT50 only options.
    9. To add Snapshot control over a slider, either click on the slider cursor (square box) and press "S" on your keyboard, or right click on the slider, scroll to the bottom and select Snapshot. This way you can control the DT parameters via Snapshots.

    Hope this helps.

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  16. You can control the DT Amp with the helix with just the line 6 link cable attached.


    Go ahead and re-initialize your DT so that the stock amps are loaded into the preamp section.


    Connect the Line 6 link cable. When you open up a preset on the Helix, navigate to the output block.


    You will see a Tab that says DT 25/50. Click on that and you can select all the parameters of the amp with every Preset Individually. You don’t need to connect a midi cable anymore. The helix is totally compatible now.

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