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Spider II volume problem
by tetramer on 2012-02-12 15:26:43.9100

Every time I change amp models or presets, the volume jumps the MAX (deafening!). Adjusting the Chan Vol restores normal volume. I tried a factory reset, to no avail. Has anyone solved this problem?


Re: Spider II volume problem
by jjack972 on 2012-02-12 16:12:05.6500

Is this a problem that just started happening with your amp?

I don't have this problem so much on my Spider II as I do on my Spider IV. The factory presets and amp models are set with the channel volume on anywhere from 75% to 100% on alot of them, so if I have my master volume set at even 25% (3 o'clock) and switch to a different preset or amp model then Bam!! Knowing this, if I am switching from one of my own tweaked presets where I have set the channel volume down a bit to one of the factory presets I just turn the master volume down a bit before I do. This is usually only when I want to find a different sound and when I do find and tweak one that I like, I bump the channel volume back a bit and save the preset to one of the user-defined slot.

I recently bought a used Spider III HD75 head with matching cab for peanuts because the guy bought it used from someone else and thought there was something wrong with the amp. He told me every time he turned the channel volume knob the channel he was on got extremely loud. What he didn't realize was that he had the channel volume at about max, and the preset he was trying to adjust had the channel volume saved at a lower setting so every time he touched the channel volume knob it would immediately zoom to the almost max setting. I explained this to him when I went to try out the amp and I told him there was nothing wrong with the amp, but he insisted there was and sold it to me anyway.

Re: Spider II volume problem
by fflbrgst on 2012-02-13 05:31:12.2650

Not sure about the Spider II, but with the IV, you need to adjust the channel volumes to the desired levels and then save them at that level to the User Preset.  When using presets, its always a good idea to set your drive and channel volume controls down to 0 so if they get 'woken up' they don't blast your ears.

Re: Spider II volume problem
by tetramer on 2012-02-23 23:26:07.3620

Thanks so much for the responses. I bought the amp new 6y ago, and this problem just started a few weeks ago. I've restored the factory presets by holding down CHAN A (clean) button for 8 seconds while I turn on the power. I've done this with the CHAN VOL and MASTER both at 0 or both at 9 O'clock, per your recommendations. Neither fixed the problem. Whenever I change channels or amp models, the volume swings to max. Turning the chanel volume just a bit restores normal volume control. But, I cannot change channels without first turning my guitar volume knob to 0, then changing channels (or amp models), and then adjusting the channel volume knob on the amp, and then adjusting my guitar volume knob.

Is there something I'm doing wrong, or a way to fix this particular problem?

Thanks again!

Re: Spider II volume problem
by fflbrgst on 2012-02-24 05:26:36.3480

Yes, that's an easy fix!   You need to adjust the channel volume on each preset to the desired volume, then save that setting to the existing channel preset.  The factory presets are not set so that the overall volume is the same for each one.

Re: Spider II volume problem
by Line6david on 2012-02-29 16:27:23.8880

+1 to fflbrgst,

You need to level off the volume of each channel with the channel volume knob and save them. That way when you switch between them there will be no jumps in volume.



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Re: Spider II volume problem
by azraaell on 2013-03-08 08:03:05.5050

i have discovered with my spider 2 that you can use the headphone socket as line out and plug it into the input of another amp, i have plugged it into a yamaha GA-10 and its great for my bedroom etc,using reverb and whatever effects you want playing through the other practice amp,with or without the treble/bass of the little amp, brings with it a new tone,and if you have a problem with volume of spider you dont have to fear death everytime you alter it,cos you can set it then alter GA-10! i think its great! i also have a orange cr3 micro amp and i love being able to add effects etc that the little amps lack

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