Line 6 has released a the Variax Limited Edition Amethyst guitar. It is made with a special translucent-purple finish.
Featuring a translucent-purple finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, the Variax Limited Edition Amethyst guitar was selected by more than 2,000 guitarists in the Line 6 Color Sweepstakes. Each instrument features a Limited Edition insignia and numbered neck plate – plus a look that’s sure to command attention. This guitar is being produced in a limited run.
- Translucent-purple finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, with matching headstock overlay and black pickguard
- Small production run with Limited Edition badging and numbered neck plate
- Lightweight alder body with proprietary tremolo bridge
- One-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and Graph Tech neck
- Three Yamaha Alnico V single-coil pickups
- Wide range of guitar sounds and alternate tunings via Variax HD modeling
- HD guitar models based on historic Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, and other renowned vintage instruments
At the time I am writing this, the Line 6 website says that the Variax Limited Edition Amethyst guitar is “in stock”. It is priced at $899.99.
Line 6 has announced that Helix Native has arrived. It is a critically acclaimed guitar and effects processor in a plug-in format. You can try Helix Native for 15 days absolutely free – and discover what it can do for you.
The Helix Native guitar and effects processing plug-in features the authentic sounds of vintage and modern amps, cabs, mics, and effects, as well as extensive signal-routing capabilities and an intuitive interface.
The Helix Native plug-in provides a limitless creative palette for inspiring tone creation, with 60+ amplifiers, 30+ speaker cabinets, and a wide range of 100+ effects. The interface provides a fast and intuitive tone editing workflow, so you can instantly access your entire signal chain and quickly tweak your settings. Helix Native also supports 3rd party impulse responses (IRs), offering even greater tonal flexibility.
Not just for guitarists, the Helix Native plug-in is also ideal for producers and engineers, sound designers, film/TV/game composers, electronic musicians, and anyone else seeking to craft new and exciting sounds and special effects. And preset compatibility across the entire Helix family allows Helix hardware users to bring studio-created sounds to the stage by simply transferring their plug-in presets to their Helix Floor, Helix Rack, or Helix LT processors.
The Helix Native plug-in features broad compatibility with popular DAWs, offering powerful 64-bit performance on AAX, AU and VST3 platforms. It also tightly integrates with Helix hardware so you can take your presets from the studio to the stage – and back again.
You’ve put in the hours and hours of rehearsal time. You’ve dealt with all the drudgeries of booking the gigs. When it’s time to finally get up on stage and show the world what you’ve got, you don’t want to be tied to an instrument cable trailing off behind you.
Live musicians have relied on wireless transmitters to give them complete freedom on stage for years. The concept is pretty simple. Players connect a small cable to a transmitter pack, usually clipped onto a guitar strap, and that transmitter carries the instrument’s signal to a receiver that runs it thru an amplifier and then on to the rest of the house.
And while the concept may indeed be simple, the process of making a wireless transmitter reliable and usable is no easy task. That’s where Line 6 came in with its Relay G10T wireless system. Unlike traditional systems that require a transmitter pack, the Relay G10T is a single piece of kit that connects directly to an instrument’s input jack, no cable required.
Guitarists who’ve already purchased one of Line 6’s newest amplifiers, the Spider V, can take advantage of a limited-time opportunity to pick up a Relay G10T transmitter for free. This offer is open to U.S. customers only, and some restrictions apply. This promotion ends on July 31, 2017.
Playing live in front of a crowd can be a great experience. But one thing you definitely don’t want to worry about as a performing musician is your gear getting in the way of that next killer riff or vocal run. Modern players often work with a small army of accessories and effects to fine tune their sound. All of those extra devices come with attendant cables and cords which can get downright complex! That means eliminating even one cable from the mix can save a lot of hassle.
Wireless guitar/microphone systems have been around for decades. But musical-instrument manufacturer Line 6 has done a lot of work in recent years to improve the wireless experience for musicians. The company has designed six different wireless systems. Right now, Line 6 is offering rebates to anyone who purchases one of these systems:
- Relay G90 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
- Relay G75 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
- Relay G70 Guitar Wireless System – $100 rebate
- Relay G55 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate
- Relay G50 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate
- Relay G30 Guitar Wireless System – $50 rebate
This rebate offer from Line 6 is available only to customers with U.S. mailing addresses. Eligible products must be new, not used or refurbished, and must be purchased from authorized Line 6 dealers.
The rebate offer is active now and ends on July 31, 2017. Visit the Line 6 website for complete details.
Musical instrument and equipment manufacturer Line 6 announced it is holding a flash sale on software modeling packs. The sale will expire at 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, June 12th. The sale features different modeling packs for some of Line 6’s effects processors.
Modeling packs include:
- HD Metal
- HD Vintage
- HD Bass
- HD Fully Loaded Bundle
- Bass Expansion Pack
- Power Pack
- FX Junkie Pack
- Collector Classics Pack
- Metal Shop Pack
- Triple Pack Bundle
These Line 6 model packs focus heavily on electric guitar and electric bass processing. But these packs could be used for a wide range of applications, including processing of acoustic instruments and vocals.
The descriptions for each model pack indicates which Line 6 products are compatible with the packs. A quick survey shows that most packs are compatible with older Line 6 product lines like POD HD (all models), Guitarport, PodXt (all models), Pod Studio (all models), and TonePort (all models), Unfortunately, there isn’t anything here for newer Line 6 products like the Helix or Firehawk lines.
These model packs from Line 6 range in price from $29.99 to $99.99. All model packs can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Line 6 website. Most model packs can then be installed and authorized using the appropriate management software from Line 6.
Since it first introduced the Variax guitar line over a decade ago, Line 6 has been working hard to improve the design and playability of what is often dubbed “the world’s first modeling guitar.” Line 6 took the Variax line to new heights with the JTV (James Tyler Variax) line that marked the first major upgrade to the Variax line. Now, Line 6 is taking Variax even further with the new Variax Shuriken guitar:
Featuring a longer scale length, advanced Variax HD technology and an assertive body shape, the Variax Shuriken guitar is the result of intense collaboration between Line 6, Yamaha Guitar Development, and guitarist Steve “Stevic” MacKay of Twelve Foot Ninja. Designed for heavier or more technical styles of music, Variax Shuriken delivers exceptional playability, clear and tight tone—plus the unrivaled versatility that Variax HD modeling provides.
If you like to perform with heavier strings and lower tunings, Variax Shuriken features a 27” scale length that delivers optimized playability and punchier, more-precise tones. The extended scale length also works in conjunction with Variax alternative tunings—so you can play in any tuning, regardless of the tension and feel of the strings. With Variax Shuriken, you can go far beyond the range of any standard 6, 7 or even 8 string guitar.
Variax Shuriken has all of the features of previous Variax guitars, with the ability to model a number of vintage electric guitars and acoustic stringed instruments. The increased scale length of Shuriken is new to the Variax line, and should be useful to players looking to get deeper, heavier tones. Variax Shuriken has Line 6’s Variax Digital Interface (VDI) built-in, so it works seamlessly with most VDI-equipped products.
Variax Shuriken is currently available for purchase from many musical-instrument vendors with a starting price of $1399.
Line 6 is proving its commitment to its flagship Helix line of effects processing tools with the recent release of upgraded firmware for Helix hardware devices. Helix firmware 2.20 works with Helix Floor, Helix Rack, and the recently released Helix LT. According to an e-mail from Line 6, the new firmware includes these features:
…offers guitarists an additional suite of HX amp models, including new amps, cabinets and effects, with a special emphasis on models for bass players. The release will also feature a host of functional upgrades and a newly crafted set of impulse responses.
Included in the update are 6 amp models, 7 cabinet models, and 9 effect models. A total of 11 models are designed for bass players. Highlights in the release include models based on* the Pearce BC-1 bass preamp, a Darkglass® Electronics Microtubes® B7K Ultra bass preamp/overdrive/EQ pedal model, and Line 6 Badonk, an original Line 6 amp model inspired by the original high gain Big Bottom model.
Helix 2.20 also introduces the Line 6 Allure IR Pack, a free download of new speaker cabinet impulse responses created by Dan Boul of 65 Amps fame.
The e-mail also noted that the firmware update will allow owners of Line 6 Variax guitars to use the Helix as a bridge between a Variax and a host computer for connecting to Line 6 Workbench software. The firmware update is a free download for owners of all Helix hardware products.
Audio production professionals can never have enough reverb/echo plugins. These effects can often help turn a good mix into a great one. There are plenty of good free plugins out there for reverb and echo. In fact, most digital audio workstations come preinstalled with decent ‘verb and echo sets of their own. But sometimes, a mix needs more than what the base line can offer. That’s where plugins like Echo Farm from Line 6 come in.
Recently, Line 6 released the latest version of Echo Farm (3.0) for ProTools:
Classic Delay and Echo Effects for Pro Tools Systems Bring the same legendary collection of vintage echo effects back to your studio with Echo FarmTM 3.0—now available as a 64-bit AAX plug-in for Pro Tools 11 and higher. Choose from 12 models based on* vintage hardware units like Maestro® Echoplexes, Roland® RE-101 Space Echo®, Boss® DM-2, Electro-Harmonix® Memory Man and T.C. Electronic® 2290—plus Line 6 originals. Each unit delivers the detailed sonic properties of tubes, tape and vintage electronics—so you can add organic warmth and mojo to your mix without the expense and hassle of bulky outboard gear.
Echo Farm 3.0 for ProTools is currently available for macOS only (Windows version coming soon). The plugin requires iLok authentication as well as a qualified Pro Tools HD or Pro Tools system, software version 11 and higher. Echo Farm 3.0 for ProTools costs $199 for first-time buyers. There’s also a $49 upgrade option available to owners of Echo Farm 2.x versions of the plugin.
Line 6 has been innovating the audio hardware and effects space for decades. The company made a big splash with the release of its latest flagship guitar effects processor, Helix, in 2015. And while the hardware version of Helix has proven to be very popular with musicians, Line 6 identified a need for Helix’s effects outside of an all-in-one piece of gear. That’s why Helix will soon be released as an audio plugin, with native versions available for most popular digital audio workstations:
Helix Native is a world-class guitar processor plug-in that accurately recreates the dynamic sound and feel of vintage tube amps, cabs, mics and effects with award-winning HX modeling. It allows guitarists and engineers to accurately recreate the dynamic sound and feel of vintage tube amps, cabs, mics, and effects in professional DAW environments and they can now bring those exact tones to the stage by simply transferring their plug-in presets to their Helix hardware.
Seamless workflow and broad compatibility. The Helix Native plug-in features broad compatibility with your DAW of choice, offering powerful 64-bit performance on AAX, AU and VST3 platforms. It also tightly integrates with Helix hardware so you can take your presets from studio to the stage—and back again.
Pricing is not yet available for the Helix native plugin. Line 6 has marked the plugin’s status as “coming soon,” with no further release details.
Musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturer Line 6 made waves in the guitar gear field when the company released the Helix processor last year. The Helix is Line 6’s first next-gem level processor, packed with high-end hardware and software designed to give guitarists access to the best possible tones.
The Helix processor itself comes with one of the industry’s largest built-in displays. But Line 6 promised it would release a computer-based application guitarists could use to create and edit Helix patches. (This follows suit with other Line 6 products that have also had their own computer-based editors.) When Helix units first shipped, the software editor was not yet available. Making good on its promise, Line 6 has now delivered its computer-based software editor for the Helix. From an e-mail sent today by Line 6:
Drag and drop amps, cabs, and effects to build complex signal chain
Quickly reorganize, rename, edit tones, and modify footswitch labels
Visualize every detail of your tone editing workflow on your computer
The Helix Edit application is a free download from the Line 6 website. In order to find it, go to the software download page, select “Helix” from the products menu, leave the software menu set to “All software,” select the appropriate OS for your computer from the operating system menu and then check the “Beta” box on the right before clicking the Go button. The Helix Edit software will come up as the first downloadable item on the next page.