Line 6 AMPLIFi - The Future of the Guitar Amp

Line 6 AMPLIFi -

The Future of the Guitar Amp

Dural Music Centre has become a hive of excitement recently as we ushered in the next generation of guitar amplifiers in the form of the Line 6 AMPLIFi.

Solid-state amplifiers have always got a bum rap from the tube purists of the world, and as if that weren't enough, amps with inbuilt effects have been on the receiving end of many a turned-up nose over the years. And, let's face it, for a long time such scorn was deserved; the parameter limitations and quality of the old signal processing amps left a lot to be desired. But for those of you out there who have nailed your colours to the tube-amp-and-numerous-effect-pedals mast, we implore you to give the newest generation of solid-state signal processing amps a try, because the Line 6 AMPLIFi is unlike anything the world has experienced before.

Many manufacturers choose to stay true to the designs of yester-year, thinking that guitar amps are exempt from technological advancement, and to add bells and whistles would be an insult to the old standards. However, Line 6 have led the charge towards a new generation of amplifiers by incorporating everything that today's technology has to offer into their latest project. So, let's get down to the nuts and bolts (if anything so archaic exists in this amp) and run through some of the features of the AMPLIFi.

First and foremost, the AMPLIFi 75 is a magnificent guitar amp. Its four default presets offer a range of tones to get you started, and can be easily selected through the amp's preset button, or through the optional floor unit, which can be incorporated to control a number of parameters and effects. It's beefy 75 Watts gives it more than enough power for most bedroom, practice, and small gig settings, but if you need more power, there is a 150W option available, which is equipped with a 12-inch custom Celestion speaker. It has also been designed to look more like a piece of stylish furniture than a traditional amp, and can be easily incorporated into your living room without your family complaining about having all your "music junk" on the side table. And that's where the AMPLIFi's most surprising feature comes into play.

      

Surrounding its central guitar-dedicated speaker are four high-quality hi-fi speakers, which produce incredible playback quality of streamed audio via its Bluetooth feature. That's right, the AMPLIFi is designed to also fill the roll of your home stereo system, and it does the job superbly. Simply Bluetooth it to your phone, tablet, or music player, and you have a punchy and crystal-clear hi-fi system. This means you can play your favourite tracks through a dedicated hi-fi system, and play along with a great guitar amp, all in one package. You can even alter both the overall volume and the guitar volume with a simple press of the volume control, so you can always get the perfect jamming mix. But wait, the best is yet to come!

      

Not only can you stream your music library to the AMPLIFi and play along with your favourite songs without worrying about latency, audibility, and all those other usual hassles, you can also download the free AMPLIFi Remote app for Apple and Android, and control every effect and parameter that the amp has to offer, which are not otherwise accessible. With this gorgeous and user-friendly app, you will have at your command:

- 70+ guitar amp simulators

- 100+ effects/stomp box simulators, including EQ, compression, noise gate, reverbs, delays, overdrives/distortions, pitch adjusters, choruses, tremolos, vibratos, flangers, phasers, and more!

- 20+ speaker cabinet simulators

- 8 simultaneous effects with the ability to alter the order of effects.

- Built-in tuner

But here's where things get really exciting...

You can save the tones you create to your own tone library, and upload them to the AMPLIFi Remote database for other players all over the world to use and edit. But that's not the exciting bit. The app is designed to "listen" to any song you play from your music library, and instantly search for a tone that someone has made to fit that song. Let's say you want to sound like Keith Richards when you play "Satisfaction". Well, just play that song through the AMPLIFi Remote app, and it will give you a list of tones that will fit the song! And if it doesn't sound quite right to you, go ahead and edit any parameter in that preset, save it to your own tone library, and you've got your own perfect Rolling Stones tone!

The Line 6 AMPLIFi is more than a gimmicky novelty that will fade into obscurity after a few years; it is a true game-changer that is sure to forever alter the way guitarists of all ages and all levels interact with their equipment and achieve the sounds they want to make. And we here at Dural Music Centre can attest to its certain longevity because every time we demonstrate the AMPLIFi in the shop, time appears to speed up, and an hour passes in what feels like 10 minutes. It's that much fun! And anything that fun is going to be around for a long time.

     

Please contact us below and visit our AMPLIFi page for more info.


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