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  1. If anyone has been checking out the information coming out of NAAM, Line 6 has announced that (finally!) with the release of Helix Core, DT amps will be fully integrated through the Line 6 Link connection. It will connect fully just like the HD series does, so you can control topology, class a/ab, triode pentode and preamp model. An added bonus is that you will be able to control all these parameters via Snapshot on the Helix. So cool!


  2. Plug into the effects return of the DT from an effects send of the Helix that is before the amp cab model. Obviously, the DT is it's own cab and you'll probably not want to send a cab processed signal to it. That's what I would do. With the Helix you can place an effects send anywhere in the chain.

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  3. I'm not sure why you would want to replace the speaker in a modeling amp, especially the Spider V series.

    First, you have plenty of ways to modify the tones of the presets, from different amp models, different speaker cab models, pre and post eq, etc.

    Second, the speaker specs for the OEM speaker show an efficiency of over 100 db per 1 watt, so you aren't likely to find a speaker that is more efficient and therefore would make the amp louder.

    Third, since the higher models are a 2 way system, the efficiency of the 12 in driver needs to match the efficiency of the tweeter, so the frequency response of the system will be as flat as possible.

    To me the whole point of a modeling amp is to have the flexibility to make the widest options possible of different tones. For the money, the Spider V's give amazing tools to do just that. I have a number of nice tube amps that have one or two good tones if that's what I want. But the Spiders have plenty of ways to get the tones you need. If it doesn't, sell it and get something else.


  4. 2 hours ago, phil_m said:

     

    Instead of a Spider V? I mean, the Kemper is like at least 4 times as more expensive than the Spider V, depending on the particular model of Spider V you're talking about...

    Rule of Thumb #1:  don't buy a product based on future functionality, buy it for what it can do now. That goes for guitar stuff, cars, computers, phones and just about everything else. If you were considering a Kemper, you might investigate Helix because it's much more of a pro level  piece of equipment. Not that I don't really like my Spider V 240 for what it is.


  5. Placement of the amp will affect bass response very much. I have no problem with my V240 being bass heavy. Try moving it away from the corner if it's there or  get it off the floor. Other than a reflash of the firmware I can't think of why it would be bass heavy.


  6. You can create a preset and use the "No Amp" block to basically bypass any amp modeling. I haven't tried it and I have a Helix, but it might work. If you reinforce the cable so that it doesn't strain the 1/8" jack, you could probably get away with using it and having a stereo monitor is pretty cool when you're standing in front of it.

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  7. You could send the HX Stomp to the 120 using the Aux in jack in the back, but since it's a 1/8" jack, it's not really gig worthy. For home use it will probably work ok. The other thing is, the frequency response of the woofer and tweeter in the 120 is not the flattest, so whether it sounds good to you might be an issue.


  8. I totally agree with you that the Spider V series are great sounding amp WHEN you create your own presets. I had a Spider IV before and even though it didn't sound particularly good, I could create presets that sounded reasonably close to the target amp.

     

    The Spider V series hasn't gotten very good reviews from the chattering class, partly because of snobbery, past Spider history, and the fact that it has so many options to tweak vs the more simple Katana amps. With gobs of amp models, tons of effects, and loads of tone shaping options, with a bit of time great tones are inside this amp. After all, the amp models are updated versions of Amp Farm, which was a staple in many pro recording studios.

     

    My live rig consists of a Helix controlling DT amps, and I get a phenomenal range of great tones, but sometimes it's a pain to set up for smaller gigs. It's just too convenient with the G10. I used the 240 at a small club gig, and my guitar playing friends who attended said the guitar tones were great and they're a bunch of cork sniffers. 

     

    I didn't have a similar experience with the presets; I never judge a modeler with presets including my Helix. There are too many variables with different guitars, playing style, etc. 

     

    I'm with you on the pitch shifter, and a compare button would be nice.


  9. On ‎7‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 8:19 AM, connor1974 said:

    THIS IS SO SERIOUS!! I JUST UPGRADED FROM IV TO V!!! ITS NOT CHEAP AT ALL!! I WANT MY HARMONIZER ON MY SPIDER V!!! WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?? 

    Yell louder...


  10. Using the Spider V remote program on PC/Mac you can "export" a tone (preset) to a file on your computer. This is how you save presets; it can't be done on the Spider Remote app on Android or IOS. Save the presets on your computer that you want to swap, then import them back at the preset location you want.


  11. Yes, the tweeter and woofer are active with both guitar and aux input, so it works as a FRFR system. The amp modeling is derived from Pod Farm which has amp and cab modeling, so the guitar speaker is designed to be accurate with the software. The aux input is sent straight to the power amp, so both speakers are active.


  12. Only you can be the judge of whether the Spider sounds better than the Mustang, but the fact that the Spider is a full range system with a tweeter and woofer will reproduce the jam tracks more accurately. Since you have 200 amps, cabs, and effects you might have better luck finding a tone that fits your needs.

    Also, you have two options for organizing and saving presets with the Spider- the Spider Remote App for IOS and Android, or the Spider Remote for PC/Mac. 


  13. What is your problem with the speaker? Since this is a modeling amp, the speaker isn't designed to work like a regular guitar amp. The speaker is designed to work with the tweeter to give the most accurate response with the modeling software. If you want to change the tone of the amp, there are tons of options with the software- amp/speaker cabs/eq, etc.


  14. The only way to really tweak patches is at band level during rehearsal. Sometimes this tries the patience of other band members, but in the end you'll be a lot happier.


  15. I recently picked up a Line 6 Spider V 60 and wanted to try to load some custom tones ont it. But, I cannot actually find any? If I go to the Custom Tone section no Spider V amps are listed. Any that I choose tell me that I must have a registered product, my amp is registered, there are just no tones that I can find. 

     

    The amp says on the top, download tones, Google search for the amp the details from Line 6 say that I can load custom tones. So, where are they? 

     

    Thanks.

     

    You have to connect the Spider to an Android or IOS device and use the Spider V app to access tones. They are searchable using the app, and all the tones are stored in the cloud. At this point there are no user tones available with the PC Spider V Remote program.


  16. Technically, doubling an amp's wattage only raises the volume by 3db. Going from 120 to 240 is a 3b increase in volume. For reference, a 10db increase is normally perceived as doubling the volume. I've played many gigs with a 75W amp and had no problems.

     

    That's true, but because the 240 has two 120 watt amps going into two speakers, the apparent loudness is much greater. I tried the 120 with my loud band and it couldn't cut it. The 240 has no problem.


  17. I initially bought the 120 figuring it would be loud enough to keep up with a loud drummer, wanting the most portable rig possible. I had a Fender Mustang 100 that was plenty loud.

     

    Unfortunately, the 120 wasn't loud enough to keep up with our drummer, so I swapped it out for the 240 and couldn't be happier.

     

    The 240 is plenty loud, the sound quality is enhance with the 2-12" speakers and and stereo output. If you're playing metal I would definitely go for the 240 because you're going to need more power for the bass heavy metal tones.

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  18. Don't panic; you've picked a perfect amp to learn from. It can be as simple or complicated as you want. Here are some basic terms (adjust ALL to your taste. There is no right or wrong).:

     

    "Amp" -press this button to control the sound of the amp models. Here are the controls.
     

    "Drive"- preamp distortion. The more you turn it up, the more distortion of the amp you will get. Many "real" amps have a stage where you can turn up the "gain" or "drive" to push the preamp into distortion without the amp having to get louder.

     

    "Bass. Mid, Treble"- your basic tone controls, just like your stereo system.

     

    "Volume"- since the amp has individual places to store sounds (presets), this is where you can adjust the preset to have the volume level similar to other presets. If one preset is too loud or too soft compared to others, the volume control is where you adjust it. 

     

    "Master"- the overall volume level of the amp. Set this control for a comfortable volume for your situation, and then adjust the "Volume" control on each preset to be about the same as others you are hearing.

     

    "FX"- press this button to change the controls to affect the digital effects. There are 5 basic effects, but many more that you can discover through the menus. There are default colors to identify the different effects- Yellow- distortion, Blue-modulation, Green- delay. Just turn the knobs up and down to increase or decrease the desired effect. For a beginner, this is a good place to start. For more information. the manual is your friend.

     

    "Comp"- an effect that smoothes out the sound so the notes don't stick out as much. This control is always a Compressor.

    "FX 1" - Distortion effects like a stompbox distortion- Tube Screamer, etc.

    "FX 2"- Modulation effects like chorus, flanging, phasing etc. 

    "FX 3"- Delay effects- like slapback delay, tape delay etc.

    Reverb- always a reverb effect- room, concert hall, plate reverb etc. 

     

    Each preset will have it's own amp model and effects. You don't have to change anything if you don't want to, but the fun is hearing the different sounds you can get with a modeling. amp. Audition the presets to find a sound you're looking for and you can save them to a location that's convenient for you. There are many deep controls of this amp that you don't need to use until you get familiar with the basics.

     

    Once you create a preset you like, save it to one of the 32 preset locations. Press and hold the rotary knob to get to the Save screen, then turn the knob to the preset number where you want to save. it.

     

    I hope this helps. Good luck.

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