Musikmesse 2014: Line6’s AMPLIFi FX100

I got a demo of this unit at Musikmesse and was actually very surprised by how well thought out it was. That probably sounds wrong. It is as I’d expect from Line6 (who made the very first MIDI mobilizer for iOS of course).

The hardware is well made, the build quality is high, but I was especially interested in the integration between the device, the app, and the cloud service that holds everything together. It’s a great idea and a good use of the individual pieces of technology. I can see it being really useful for guitarists.

What really interests me though is how we’ll see all these things hanging together in the future, or to be precise, the not very distant future. The use of cloud based services to hold and share presets is a great one, but so far everything I’ve seen sits in isolation. Line6’s cloud won’t talk to Positive Grid’s ToneCloud and vice-versa.

What we need, and what I expect will happen eventually is that we’ll see an Audiobus for tone sharing, and possibly for more, like synth patch sharing across apps. Why not? If you can share a preset in Audiobus 2 then why not more?

Anyway, that’s off the subject for now, I was impressed by Line6’s latest offering and I’ll be interested to see how it develops over time and what users make of it too.

Positive Grid Bias for iPhone | Fallout | Pete Cottrell

Flying Haggis arrives to put the fun back into your guitar playing

Put the fun back in your playing with Flying Haggis – the distinctive guitar amp for discerning guitarists.

Simply plug in your guitar via any iOS compatible interface (eg IK Multimedia iRig, Apogee Jam) and start playing. Or, connect via Audiobus for additional multi-fx possibilities!

Flying Haggis is an all-original amp design with great tones, a nice selection of vintage fx, and a no nonsense interface with all the pick-up-and-play appeal of real hardware. There are no complex menus or screens to navigate. There are no in-app purchases or advertising to distract you. Just start up the app, plug in your guitar, and play.

Don’t take our word for it – visit our website to hear examples of Flying Haggis in action!

With a realistic vintage tone stack, multi-stage preamp, 6 speaker cabinets and 4 mic positions, you can quickly dial in a massive range of amp tones. The vintage style stompboxes (drawn from db audioware’s extensive fx library) and stereo reverb complete your sound.

Audiobus compatibility lets you record Flying Haggis output directly into any compatible app, or process your synths or drums using Flying Haggis as an Audiobus effect.

Flying Haggis can also be controlled from any iOS compatible MIDI device. This lets you easily switch presets and manually control any amp parameter from real knobs or sliders.

The app is priced at $6.99.

MIDI Guitar

Demonstration of the new incredible polyphonic “MIDI Guitar” app.

MIDI Guitar - Jam Origin

JamUp PRO XT – iOS Guitar & Bass Processor and Sampler

JamUp Pro - Positive Grid LLC

JamUp PRO XT with Griffin Technology StompBox

JamUp Pro - Positive Grid LLC

NEW Recorder/Mixer in AmpliTube 2.5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

AmpliTube - IK Multimedia

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