Hands-On Review:In the Studio: Line 6 Spider Valve™ MkII Amplifiers
Tube tone and total flexibility
By Marty Jameson
Line 6 Product Specialist
There are no two ways about it: Line 6 has revolutionized the way guitar is recorded. Since the dawn of Amp Farm®, Line 6's groundbreaking (and mind-bending) RTAS® plug-in from a decade ago, Line 6 modeling has appeared on more records than you can count. And that number skyrockets when you consider all the generations of POD®!
Now there's a new innovation to add to the mix:. Together with tube guru Reinhold Bogner, Line 6 has produced a line of workhorse amps that delivers essential tools to recording and gigging professionals.
In the studio
Let's face it, studios are getting smaller and recording your live tone is no quiet affair. For many players, a software plug-in like Line 6 POD Farm™ 2 is the obvious choice. But those who are married to their live rigs require other options. This is an area in whichreally excel.
The amps deliver a full spectrum of world-class models and effects complete with rich tube characteristics at moderate don't-wake-the-baby levels. Saturated, high-gain tones sound big and burly; clean jazz tones sparkle and sing.
Need to record at 3 a.m. and be pin-drop quiet? Take advantage of the XLR out. The only sound you'll hear is your pick against the strings. Two output modes deliver record-ready direct signals in two flavors: Performance Mode sends a direct signal that combines amp and effect modeling with tube interaction; Studio Mode sends amp and effect modeling only.
Sure, in the studiocan play the strong, silent type. But don't miss the opportunity to crank one of these powerhouses to 11. Plug in and hear the latest Line 6 amp and effect models, Bogner tube preamp and power amp, Celestion® Vintage 30 speakers, and three-quarter closed-back cabinet work together like a bucket brigade as they quell your burning thirst for definition, clarity, and feel at cheek-flapping volumes. Gigging artists of all genres are glowing with satisfaction.
The line includesand combos (that claim 40 watts provided by two 6L6 power tubes, and twin 12AX7 preamps running at boutique-approved 300 and 450 volts, respectively), and a (with two 12AX7s and two 6L6s).
With over 20 onboard effects (that can be increased to more than 50 with a free download from Line6.com) and 16 amp models inspired by immortal modern and vintage gear, you're never without the tones you need.
Adding an optionalelevates the experience to a whole other level. With it you can download Spider FX Infusion (a free amp update that more than fortifies your amp effect arsenal), download Spider Valve MkII Edit (a computer-based editor/librarian), engage up to eight simultaneous effects, get hands-free channel switching, wah/volume/pitch control, and much more.
Get in the game
Spider Valve™ MkII amplifiers are a working pro's dream come true.
Features & Specs
- • 16 modern and vintage amp models
- • 50+ FX including Smart Harmony, Pitch Glide, and Quick Loop
- • Bogner (2) 12AX7 preamp and (2) 6L6 power amp
- • Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
- • Up to 8 FX at once
- • Up to 7 tweakable FX parameters
- • 128 user-programmable presets
- • Multiple direct-out modes
Order yourin total confidence. It comes with Musician's Friend's dual guarantees that ensure your total satisfaction and lowest possible price for up to 45 days after purchase.