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Product Spotlight: Line 6 AMPLIFi

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A Radical Rethink of What a Guitar Amp Can Be

By Marty Paule

Line 6 has a lengthy track record of staying ahead of the pack. Their multi-effects, modeling amps, interfaces, and software have all been massive game-changers in the world of guitar tone. When the company rolled out it’s latest guitar combo line, AMPLIFi, the anticipation level was high. The crowd around the Line 6 exhibit at last January’s NAMM music gear trade show in Anaheim was dense with gear geeks anxious to give the company’s latest guitar amp a gander.

Line 6 AMPLIFi

All your obsessions integrated

From 20 feet away you know the AMPLIFi is a horse of another color. The sleek, living room-compatible cabinet looks like no other guitar rig—and that’s because it isn’t. The concept is brilliant: Guitar players love effects. They spend countless hours tweaking and editing them. They also love listening to their music collections. They play along with their favorite tunes and artists for both fun and practice. And they love geeking out about all of the above with fellow guitarists.

Line 6 designed the AMPLIFi by bringing those passions together in one very cool unit. The first part was the most straightforward. Build a full-featured guitar combo that exploits Line 6’s huge library of guitar effects and tones plus DSP know-how while giving it an elegant, modern look that doesn’t relegate it to man caves or bedrooms. Build two sizes—a 150W and 75W model with 12” and 8” custom Celestion speakers respectively. And make sure they can get plenty loud. So far so good.

 

High-fidelity full range stereo audio

The next step is where things take a giant leap beyond previous Line 6 guitar combos. The cabinet also houses a stereo four-speaker system with dynamics and definition that make your iTunes library sound mind-meltingly good. When playing prerecorded music, the guitar speaker takes on the role of a full-blooded, pulse-pounding subwoofer to give your listening and jam-along sessions, rehearsals, and parties plenty of punch.

But it gets even better. Because AMPLIFi is fully Bluetooth-enabled, you can stream music with any iOS, Android, Mac, or PC tablet, phone, or computer. There’s no need for cables, adapters, or special jacks. Talk about clean and simple. Mama won’t mind having this baby in the living room.

Multi-channel wet/dry signal routing like guitar pros use

The stereo speaker system isn’t just for music playback. Using an innovative wet/dry approach, AMPLIFi routes your guitar’s essential core “dry” sound via the guitar speaker while outputting your post-effects “wet” sound using the multi-speaker stereo system, producing unprecedented spaciousness and clarity in a single guitar combo. This is the same approach used by renowned guitarists who use independent systems in their stage rigs to keep their core tone intact. By routing effects such as choruses and reverbs through the multi-speaker system, your essential tone remains unaffected. You can feel and hear your playing dynamics—they never become muddied no matter how complex a signal chain you construct using AMPLIFi’s powerful DSP capabilities. And the effects, given the high fidelity treatment, sound sensational.

Wet/Dry Signal Routing

AMPLIFi’s wet/dry signal routing mimics the high-end stage rigs used by touring pros.

Due to the tight integration between the custom-designed Celestion speakers with AMPLIFi’s DSP circuitry, your tone will sound great at any volume level. Unlike tube amps that have distinct sweet spots at which they generate their best sound, once you’ve selected or created a tone you like, it will sound great played at any volume. Whether you’re keeping things turned down during bedroom practice or cranking your sound all-out onstage, the tone quality will remain consistent.

AMPLIFi Remote turns your mobile device into a tone factory

As revolutionary as the hardware might be, it’s the devastatingly smart Line 6 Remote app that puts all AMPLIFi’s tonal goodness at your fingertips. With nearly 200 revered amps and effects at your beck and call via a super-intuitive interface, your creative options are practically limitless. With a few swipes on your smartphone or tablet’s screen, you can create instant signal chains with up to eight effects at once. But that’s just for starters.

Cloud connectivity—your passport to tonal nirvana

There are a lot of guitar tone freaks out there, and you’ll find some of the most avid members of that fraternity hanging out in the Line 6 community. With AMPLIFi Remote, you can access their uploaded patches, post your own, rate your favorites, and commune with guitarists who share your musical passions. Cloud access allows you to store an unlimited number of presets for instant recall anyplace you can access the web. Each time you log into the cloud your device will be automatically updated.

Line 6 AMPLIFi Remote App

Match that tone

This may be the single most amazing AMPLIFi Remote function: Choose a song in your music library and the app delivers the tone to match the song’s guitar sound. Want to replicate Keith Richards’ hairy fuzz tone on “Satisfaction”? No problem. The app delivers the sound you want instantly. If you play in a cover band or simply want to play along with a favorite song, this app rocks!

Cookin’ up your own sounds

Forget about the endless knob twiddling and button pressing involved with creating patches on hardware-based effects processors. Quit squinting at hard-to-read LCD displays and stumbling through multiple layers of murky menus. With AMPLIFi Remote, creating signal chains and editing effects parameters is as fast as your fingers can move. With 70 amps, 100 effects, and 20 speaker cabs to choose from, the tone shaping possibilities and fun factor are huge.

Order the AMPLIFi 75W or AMPLIFi 150W at the guaranteed lowest price with free shipping.

Not sure which AMPLIFi model is right for you? Got questions about specific AMPLIFi functions? Call our friendly Gear Heads at (800) 449-9128 for expert advice.

AMPLIFi 150


  • 150 watts
  • 12” custom Celestion speaker
  • 2 mid-frequency drivers
  • 2 high-frequency drivers
  • 1/4” Guitar input and 1/8” Stereo Aux input
  • 1/4” Headphone output
  • Tap tempo/tuner
  • 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app)
  • Stereo Wet/Dry Effects for immersive sound
  • Compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII Foot Controllers
  • USB connection
  • Bluetooth streaming audio (compatible with Android, iOS and Mac or PC)

AMPLIFi 75


  • 75 watts
  • 8” custom speaker
  • 2 mid-frequency drivers
  • 2 high-frequency drivers
  • 1/4” Guitar input and 1/8” Stereo Aux input
  • 1/4” Headphone output
  • Tap tempo/tuner
  • 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app)
  • Stereo Wet/Dry Effects for immersive sound
  • Compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII Foot Controllers
  • USB connection
  • Bluetooth streaming audio (compatible with Android, iOS and Mac or PC)

AMPLIFi app

(compatible with iOS 7)


  • 70+ amps, 100+ effects and 20+ speaker cabinets
  • 8 simultaneous effects
  • Remotely control amp parameters to dial in your sound
  • Automatic tone matching instantly provides the perfect tones for jamming with songs in your music library
  • Access thousands of tones online
  • Share and rate tones in the cloud
  • Backup and store unlimited presets in the cloud
  • Compatible with iPod touch (5th generation), iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad 2 and iPad mini

Tags: iOS Amplifiers Line 6

Comments  

# Jeffrev01 2014-02-28 09:12
I have the AMPLIFi 75 and I really do love it. I think it will only get better and better as time goes by and the library of tones increases. There is a USB cable port on the back for "future" use and I hope that they open up those capabilities soon. The one thing I would really like to have access to is the complete tone library without having to search by songs in my iTunes library. As it stands right now, when I pick a song in my library the app goes out and finds similar or matching tones based on the song's metadata (artist, song title). The problem is that if I am looking for a tone but I don't have the artist in my library, I am out of luck. Being able to search all of the custom tones would be a sweet addition. Also,I would like to see an Apple app for my Mac computers. I already attach my Mac to the speaker via bluetooth for playing music and would love to control the customization from there as well. Like I said, it's a great system with lots of room to grow in the future.
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