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Spider Valve Mk II Presets, Specs, and FAQ
Line6Tony posted a article in Spider ValveApplication Q: What are the presets on my Spider Valve Mk II amplifier? A: There are 64 presets (16 banks of 4) programmed into the amplifier at the factory, and 64 empty preset locations for an end user to program. The empty 64 preset locations have defaults (1-4) in them as a starting place. Q: I noticed that the Artist/Song Presets from the Spider IV are not present on the Spider Valve Mk II? A: Yes, as many end users had asked for more locations to store their personal presets, we have removed the artist/song presets for the Spider Valve Mk II. Q: Are the Spider Valve Mk II series amps Mono(phonic)? A: Yes, the Spider Valve Mk II series amplifiers have a monophonic output (as are most tube amplifiers). Q: How can I connect a POD unit to my Spider Valve Mk II series amplifier? POD Connections, Routing and the 4 Cable Method Q: Do the Master volume and presence control applied to the power amp section only? A: Yes, the master volume and presence control are true analog. Q: Where is the Master volume located in the chain? A: it is after the preamp, and before the power amp. Specifications Q: What are the specifications of the Spider Valve Mk II series? Spider Valve Mk II Specifications Q: What speakers are used in the Spider Valve Mk II amplifiers? Spider Valve 112: Celestion Vintage 30, 8 ohm Spider Valve 212: (2) Celestion Vintage 30s, 16 ohm Spider Valve 412 cabinet: (4) Celestion Vintage 30s, 16 ohm Q: What tubes ship in the Spider Valve Mk II amplifiers? What is the power output? Spider Valve Mk II 112 & 212: (2) Sovtek 12AX7LPS or Shuguang Electron Group 12AX7B China preamp tubes, (2) Sovtek 5881/6L6WGC WXT matched set power amp tubes. 40 watts. Spider Valve Mk II HD: (2) Sovtek 12AX7LPS or Shuguang Electron Group 12AX7B China preamp tubes, (4) Sovtek 5881/6L6WGC WXT matched set power amp tubes. 100 watts. Q: What are the function of the 12AX7 tubes? A: V1 is the booster to the output tubes, V2 is the phase inverter for the output tubes. When viewing the SV MKII HD100 upright from the back, V1 is on the right side. On the combo, V1 is on the left side. Q: Can the Spider Valve Mk II handle another 12A_7 style tube without damage to tubes or circuitry? A: Yes, the 12AX7/AT7/AU7/AY7 types, but as these tubes act as a phase inverter and a boost to the power amp (rather than traditionally "cleaning up" the preamp section), you may not get the result you are looking for. Care must be taken with this and should be done by a technician well practiced in tube technology and modifications of this type. Q: What Line 6 controllers work with the Spider Valve Mk II series amplifier? Controller compatibility chart Setup/Connection Q: Is there a bias switch to change the power tubes to EL-34s or other power tube types? A: No, the Spider Valve Mk II does not offer bias switchable options and was designed to only be used with 5881WXT type of 6L6 power amp output tubes. Q: Is there a headphone output on the Spider Valve Mk II series? A: There is no headphone output on the Spider Valve Series, but you can use the XLR output to go to a mixer, then use the headphone jack from the mixer. Q: Can I run my Spider Valve Mk II amplifier without a speaker load? A:No, you cannot run the Spider Valve Mk II series without a speaker load. Please see the following link for more information on cabinet connections: Cabinet Connection and Ohm F.A.Q. Q: Can the Spider Valve Mk II be run with a Variac? A: This is not recommended as the lower voltage can cause problems with the digital processing in the Preamp section of the Spider Valve Mk II. Q: Can I run a Palmer S.E., THD Hot Plate, Power Soak, etc. for speaker simulation or power attenuation? A: There are no known issues regarding the use of any direct recording simulators or power attenuators between the power amp output and the speaker cabinet, but if there is damage caused by improper connections or malfunctioning gear, it will not covered under the Line 6 warranty. Be aware of “red plating”, when too much current across the plate can result in damage to the tubes and nearby circuits. Q: Do the Spider Valve Mk II 112 and 212 combos support external speaker cabinets? If so, will the external cabs mute the internal speakers of the Spider Valve Mk II? A: Yes, the Spider Valve Mk II supports the use of additional cabinets. Please ensure that the ohm load is correct to avoid damaging your amplifier if you intend to use both the internal and external speakers simultaneously. Q: What is the bias voltage for the Sovtek 5881WXT matched set of tubes? A: 35 mV (+/-2mV) Q: Does the XLR output still send signal when the amplifier is on standby? A: In some cases yes, in some no. Spider Valve MkII actually has two different modes of Direct Out, which can be found in the SETUP menu in Edit Mode. They are Studio and Performance. Studio mode is a traditional, DSP POD-style output with speaker simulation and will function when the amplifier is in standby mode. In contrast, Performance mode takes a tap off the output transformer, then goes through the speaker simulation before going through the Direct Out. This allows the tubes to interact with the DSP, and because the amp has to be on to allow this to happen, there will be no signal at the XLR output in standby if Performance mode is selected. Q: Does the Spider Valve Mk II have an FX loop? A: the Spider Valve Mk II has a pre-amp out (effect send) and Power amp in (effect return) section. Q: Is the effect loop series or parallel? Is the effect loop mono or stereo? A: The effect loop is series mono. Q: Does the Spider Valve Mk II have MIDI ports? A: Yes, the Spider Valve Mk II amplifier series has both MIDI in and MIDI out ports, and the Spider Valve Mk II will accept MIDI program changes on MIDI Channel 1-16, from values 00-127. The MIDI channel assignment can be accessed by pushing the “preset” encoder and using the left/right arrow key to reach “MIDI”. This greatly increases the opportunity to integrate Spider Valve MkII’s into your existing rig, and will also allow you to update your amps firmware via MIDI. See the advanced user’s guide for the full MIDI story. Q: Can I send a MIDI output from the Spider Valve Mk II to another MIDI-capable Line 6 amplifier and control both amplifiers with one FBV controller? A: Yes, but as different Line 6 amplifiers have different MIDI implementation you will want to go through each control on the FBV to ensure that you get the desired control on both units. Q: Is there an editor where I can connect my Spider Valve Mk II to my computer and edit/store tones? A: Yes, Spider Valve Edit is the editing software that can be used to edit the Spider Valve Mk II. Please see the following link for more information: Spider Valve Edit FAQs Q: What do the FBV Shortboard series stomp, FX Loop/Function 1, and Function 2 do? A: The Stomp button activates the "boost" on both the original FBV shortboard series (Mark I) and Mark II controllers. The FX Loop (Mk I)/Function 1 (Mk II) activates the Noise gate. The Function 2 (Mk II only) activates the loop feature on the Spider Valve Mk II. Q: What do the FBV Shortboard MkII Function 1 and Function 2 buttons do with Spider Valve MkII? How is it different from the original FBV Shortboard? A: The Function 1 button activates the Boost setting saved with each preset. The Boost setting (up to 8db pre and/or post amp model) can be found by entering “edit mode” on the SV MkII and pressing the R arrow on the 4-way nav button. The button equivalent to Function 1 on the original FBV Shortboard is labeled FX Loop. The Function 2 button (FBV Shortboard MkII only) is equivalent to the Quick Loop button on the faceplate of the SV MkII, and arms the built in Looper. For full functionality of the Looper, see the Spider Valve MkII Advanced User Guide. In addition, the Stomp button activates the first Smart FX on both the original and MkII FBV Shortboard controllers. Q: Can I run the Spider Valve Mk II head with only the outer two power tubes (removing the inner pair) to operate at a lower output volume? A: Yes, it is safe to run the Spider Valve Mk II Head with two 5881WXT’s. It is recommended that the output impedance be run at "half" when running in this configuration. An example would be running the 8 ohm head output connected to the 16 ohm cabinet connection, or the 4 ohm output to an an 8 ohm cabinet connection. Line 6 recommends re-biasing your amplifier to 35mv after removing the tubes, as the current draw will have changed. This should be done by a technician with lots of experience with tube amps. Q: Where is the fuse located in the chain? A: The fuse is located between the 12AX7s and 5881WXT’s (there is no master fuse). Spider Valve Cabinet FAQs Q: What are the specs for the Line 6 4x12 cabinet? A: 9 ply, ¾" wood with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. There is no internal baffle. Q: What are the ohm load options for the 4x12 cabinet? A: The switchable ohm load options for the 4x12 cabinet are 16 ohm mono, 8 ohm stereo, and 4 ohm mono. Trouble shooting Q: What is the manufacturer's warranty for Spider Valve Mk II? A: The warranty for the Spider Valve Mk II amplifier is 12 months from the date of purchase, the tubes warranty is 90 days from the date of purchase. Q: How do I perform a factory reset on my Spider Valve Mk II? A: The factory reset for the Spider Valve Mk II series is to hold the "A" button while powering the unit, then pushing the presets encoder twice. Q: I hear a loud "pop" when I switch between certain presets on the Spider Valve MKII. Is this normal? A: Sometimes if the Channel Volume is set or saved too low on a preset a loud pop will be heard when navigating to it and away from it. This is because of the level difference between it and the other saved presets. Try adjusting the preset's Channel Volume above "12:00" and saving again. This should level out the difference between the presets and eliminate the popping sound. Q: Will using different brands of 6L6 tubes in the Spider Valve Mk II void the warranty? A: Yes, so no Ruby, Mesa, GT, JJ, Tung-Sol, or others. The characteristic curves are not close enough, and the vacuum-to-gas ratio (soft, medium, hard) of the tube plays a role in that. So it’s best to use the specified Sovtek 5881WXT matched set tubes. Q: My amp seems to be malfunctioning. What can I do as an end user? Amp Troubleshooting Tube Troubleshooting and Replacement *Q: Where can I download a Spider Valve Mk II manual? Line 6 Manuals Miscellaneous Q: Where can I get a cover for my Spider Valve Mk II amplifier? Cases And Covers
Spider IV Edit v1.02 FAQQ: What is Spider Edit? A: Spider Edit is offered as a free software editor for all Spider IV (75, 120, 150, 150HD) amplifiers owners. Spider Edit required USB connection to a computer using a Line 6 FBV Shortboard MkII or FBV Express MkII Series Controller device and CAT-5 connection to a Spider IV amplifier. Q: Do I need to have version 1.52 (or later) firmware installed on my Spider IV amplifier to use Spider Edit? A: Yes, firmware version 1.52 is necessary to interface with Spider Edit. Q: Where can I download Spider Edit? Spider IV Edit Download Q: How Can I get the Spider Edit Manual? A: You can select the F1 key when using the Spider Edit program. Q: Can I share Spider IV tones using Customtone? A: Yes, here is the direct link to the Spider IV customtone sharing site: Customtone Q: Can I edit the artist, song or style-based presets using Spider Edit? A: Spider Edit can only see the User bank, so you will need to store song presets in the user bank area before making edits. Q: Why am I seeing an asterisk in the patch title when I change a parameter in a preset? A: An asterisk will show preset that has been edited, and will need to be saved either on the computer or the amp to make the change permanent. Q: What is the file extension for files that will load into Spider Edit? A: Spider Edit will be able to accept the .s4e(single patch) and .s4b (bundles) file extensions . Q: Can I use the FBV Mk II to control the Spider IV when I am using the FBV contoller to interface with Spider Edit? A: The FBV controller cannot function as an amp controller when being used as an interface for Spider Edit. Q: Can I import multiple tone patches at once? A: You can import single tone patches or bundles at once, but not multiple single patches simultaniously. Q: Can I change the global (Auto FX, MIDI, Loop routing, etc.) parameters in Spider Edit? A: Global parameters can be changed on the amp, but cannot be controlled by the editor. Q: Are there any know issues with Spider IV Edit v1.02? A: There are some late breaking known issues with Spider IV Edit v1.02. We are aware of them and working on fixes. * The graphic representation of Pre/Post in the Signal Flow window at the top of Spider IV Edit v.1.02 can occasionally be out of sync with the preset currently loaded and may appear dimmed. The Pre/Post position is accurate in the Edit panes and the Spider IV amp, and can be 're-synced' with the Signal Flow window by toggling the Pre/Post switch. * If when clicking and dragging a preset in the Presets pane, the Preset is 'dropped' outside of the Presets window, the scroll bar may begin to behave erratically. Completing another click and drag to a 'legal' location, i.e. your computer's desktop or another location in the Presets window restores the scroll bar to its proper function.
Updating the Spider Valve Mk II using Line 6 Monkey
Line6Tony posted a article in Spider ValveThis document explains how to update the flash memory of the Spider Valve Mk II using the FBV Mk II and Line 6 Monkey on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OSX 10.4.11, 10.5.8 and 10.6.x. Before you get started, you will need to have your Spider Valve Mk II connected to the FBV Mk II (Express or Shortboard) using a CAT-5 cable, and you will need to have your FBV Mk II unit connected to an open USB port on the back of your computer (do not use a USB hub). Be sure that your computer is connected to the internet. 1) Run Line 6 Monkey and you will be asked which unit you want to work with. Highlight the Spider Valve Mk II unit and select 'OK'. 2) Highlight 'flash memory' (it will turn blue), then select 'update selection'. 3) Select 'Yes' to continue. 4) Select "I Accept" for the software agreement and select 'continue'. 5) Select 'Yes' to update the Flash memory. Do not run any other programs or disconnect the cables while performing the update. 6) Allow the unit to go through the update process. This can take 5-10 minutes. 7) Select 'OK' when the update is finished. 8) You will see a green check mark in front of flash memory to show it is now up to date. Note: If you are having difficulty getting the Spider Valve Mk II to update, you can start the amp in "boot mode" by powering the unit up while holding the "Manual" and "B" buttons.
Spider Valve Mk II Firmware Update Instructions
Line6Tony posted a article in Spider ValveUpdate Instructions: All Spider Valve Mk II 112, 212 and HD100 amplifiers can be updated using an FBV MkII Express, FBV MkII Shortboard, or via MIDI with a USB to MIDI interface as follows: Connect your FBV MkII to your Spider Valve MKII using a standard FBV cable. Connect your FBV MkII to your computer using a standard USB cable. Launch Line 6 Monkey on your computer. Select your Spider Valve MKII as the connected device if it isn't automatically selected. Select the Flash Memory line item and click "Update Selection". Please also refer to the following FAQ for further update details: http://line6.com/support/page/articles/_/amplifiers/spider-ivspider-online/updating-the-spider-iv-75-120-150-150hd-us-r319 ***Please note: You MUST register your Spider Valve Mk II amp, and the FBV MkII Express or FBV Shortboard MkII in order to proceed with the update. Updating Note: Updating firmware does not erase User Presets. To return the amp to its factory settings, which includes restoring original User Presets and Amp Model Defaults, press the "A" Channel button on power up, then press the "Presets" encoder.
Compatible Apps for MIDI Mobilizer
Line6Tony posted a article in MIDI MobilizerBelow is a list of current compatible and released apps that can be used with MIDI Mobilizer. MIDI Memo Recorder MIDI Surface MIDI Live Pianist Pro bs-16i S1MIDI Trigger Little MIDI Machine NLog MIDI Synth NLogSynth PRO Music Studio NanoStudio StepPolyArp
MIDI Mobilizer (I & II) FAQ
Line6Tony posted a article in MIDI MobilizerMIDI Mobilizer IIâ„¢ Specifications MIDI Mobilizer IIâ„¢ Quick Start Guide Q: What is the difference between MIDI Mobilizer II and the original MIDI Mobilizerâ„¢? A: MIDI Mobilizer II provides support for CoreMIDI, which is the AppleÂ® standard for MIDI on iOS Devices. It works on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 4th Generation and iPod Touch 3rd Generation models. The original MIDI Mobilizer is still the perfect choice for older-generation AppleÂ® iOS devices. Itâ€™s compatible with all generations of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, for the 50 Apps that have been written to support MIDI Mobilizer. MIDI Mobilizer does not support CoreMIDI. Q: Will CoreMIDI support be added to the original MIDI Mobilizerâ„¢? A: No, this is not possible for technical reasons. The original MIDI Mobilizer lacks hardware needed to communicate to the iOS Device via USB on the 30-pin dock connector, as is required for CoreMIDI interfaces. Q: What is MIDI Mobilizerâ„¢? A: MIDI Mobilizer is a MIDI interface that connects your MIDI gear to any Apple iDevice. It was the first of its kind and still lets you play, record, and backup MIDI information any time, any place on the most portable platform ever. Q: What iOS app do you use with the MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II hardware? A:. There are 50 apps that support the original MIDI Mobilizer. Many apps support Apple's CoreMIDI standard, with more coming all the time and they all work with MIDI Mobilizer II. In addition, Line 6 publishes the app MIDI Memo Recorder (free at the Apple App Storeâ„¢) that allows an iDevice to play and record any MIDI data it receives via a MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II. It can capture musical ideas on a keyboard, save sounds or settings from an effects unit, or backup any MIDI device's data. Once inside an iDevice, a MIDI recording is stored as a Standard MIDI File (SMF) which includes all performance information (notes, controllers, pedals, pitch bend, after touch, etc.) as well as any special System Exclusive (SysEx) information (usually the parameter values of a keyboard or effect unit's sounds and settings. You can email any recorded MIDI file, or move files to or from your computer via iTunes File Sharing. Q: What apps can I use with the new MIDI Mobilizer II? A: Any CoreMIDI app available on the App Storeâ„¢ will work with MIDI Mobilizer II and that includes synths, samplers, sequencers, control surfaces, lighting controllers, and many other kinds of apps that may even surprise you. Here are a few of our favorites. Q: Are MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II compatible with the iPad? A: Both the original MIDI Mobilizer and the MIDI Mobilizer II are officially compatible with the iPad and iPad 2, and so is the MIDI Memo Recorder app. Q: Are MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II compatible with iPhone 4S? A: Each Line 6 iOS accessory lists the Apple models that it's been certified compatible with. While none have been certified for iPhone 4S yet, and we can't officially claim support, our customers informally report that they all work fine. However, iPhone 4S users should be aware that Mobile In and MIDI Mobilizer II communicate with the iOS device using USB Host Mode, and some 4S customers have reported that USB Host Mode accessories from any manufacturer (not just Line 6) may affect wifi and 3G performance â€“ so you may want to consider using Airplane Mode. Q: What are some compatible devices? A: A list of compatible Line 6 devices that will work with MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II is available in the "Using MIDI Mobilizer with Line 6 Products" section of the Advanced User Guide. In this section you will learn how to backup your patches, scenes, and bundles via SysEx. Q: What connection does MIDI Mobilizer have with Planet Waves? A: Planet Waves provided the high-quality MIDI cables that are included with MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II. Planet Waves was also a key partner in the initial development of software for the original MIDI Mobilizer, and participated with Line 6 at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference presentation in June, 2009. Q: How do MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II connect to my iDevice? A: MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II plug into the 30-pin connector on the bottom of your iDevice. Two Planet Waves cables (each with a 2.5mm 3-conductor jack on one end, and a standard MIDI 5-pin DIN jack on the other) connect MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II to the external MIDI device of your choice. Q: How can I use MIDI Mobilizer to back up the settings of my Line 6 gear? A: Most Line 6 products with MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks can back up and restore their settings via SysEx commands. Please download your product's user manual for specific explanations of this process. Q: What MIDI data can the MIDI Memo Recorder app record? A: MIDI Memo Recorder will capture and record all MIDI data that can be stored within a Standard MIDI File, which includes all performance information (notes, controllers, pedals, pitch bend, after touch, etc) as well as any System Exclusive data (usually the parameter values of a keyboard or effect unit's sounds and settings). It does not record System Real Time messages (which include Active Sensing, MIDI Timing Clock and Start/Stop/Continue), as these are not part of the Standard MIDI File format. All received MIDI messages are time-stamped to an accuracy of one millisecond (1/1000 second) in order to preserve very accurate timing for all MIDI events. Q: How many Memos can I have in MIDI Memo Recorder? A: Virtually unlimited. Since the iDevices have very large amounts of memory, and since MIDI data is very small, running out of room is nearly impossible. MIDI Memo Recorder makes it easy to rename, reorder and delete Memos in order to keep your information organized. You can also offload your Memo recordings to a computer via email or via iTunes File Sharing. Q: Can I copy a MIDI file from my computer into MIDI Memo Recorder? A: This can be accomplished via iTunes File Sharing with the MIDI Memo Recorder app. Alternatively, you can simply play any MIDI file out your computer's MIDI interface directly into MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II, and record the data in our MIDI Memo Recorder app as a new MIDI Memo. This will capture and time-stamp all of the data, and the app can also play it back exactly as it was received. Q: Can I use MIDI Memo Recorder without MIDI Mobilizer? A: The MIDI Memo Recorder app will run without MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II attached to your iDevice, but it won't be possible to send and receive MIDI data (as this requires a hardware MIDI interface). MIDI Memo Recorder will temporarily display a message that no MIDI Mobilizer is connected, but after dismissing this message you can use all of MIDI Memo Recorder's other functions: emailing, renaming, moving, or deleting Standard MIDI Files (MIDI Memos). Q: Will the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer IIâ„¢ work with the Line 6 KB37? A: No. The MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II send and receive MIDI messages only on standard 5-pin MIDI cables. By contrast, KB37 doesn't have standard 5-pin MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks; it uses MIDI over USB instead. Q: Can the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer IIâ„¢ reflash my Line 6 device (i.e. Vetta, PODxt, etc.)? A: No. While the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II can backup patch bundles and store MIDI data, the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II cannot install flash memory to a Line 6 device. Q: Is it possible to import Standard MIDI Files (SMF) into the MIDI Memo Recorder app through the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer IIâ„¢ as you would a MIDI SysEx file? A: SMF's can be moved between computer and iDevice via iTunes File Sharing with the MIDI Memo Recorder app. Alternatively, you can simply play the SMF out your computer's MIDI interface and directly into MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II, and record the data in our MIDI Memo Record app as a new MIDI Memo. Q: I thought MIDI Mobilizer was for editing VariaxÂ® and Vettaâ„¢ II settings? A: The first prototype of the original MIDI Mobilizer was shown as a proof of concept at the Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, 2009. This demonstration showed that this type of product could be used to control sound settings, such as selecting Variax models or Vetta II presets. After the presentation, we received requests to provide MIDI functionality that could be used by all MIDI gear. The result is the MIDI Memo Recorder app, which can be used to record and playback any MIDI messages from any MIDI product. Although the specific Variax and Vetta II editing features proposed in the demo are not part of this app, all of the control capabilities are still possible via a Mac or PC with the software applications Line 6 Edit and Variax Workbench.