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Close Up: Line 6

Empowering Musicians and Inspiring Creativity: Launched in 1996, Line 6 is a technology company dedicated to empowering musicians and inspiring creativity on stage and in studio. Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, Line 6 has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide. Since its inception, Line 6 has pioneered a variety of industry-changing technologies including the world’s first digital modeling guitar amplifier, smart mixing system and more.

Its founders, Susan Wolf, Michelle Doidic and Marcus Ryle, joined forces in the late ‘80s to create the high tech consulting firm Fast Forward, which was involved in the development of ADAT and the Alesis HR-16 and SR-16 drum machines. Line 6’s corporate tagline is “inspiring innovation.” VP of Marketing Simon Jones explains, “We use innovation to solve problems and take away the friction that arises during the creative process. We use technology to its fullest extent to allow musicians to do unique, creative things.”

Flagship Products: The original POD was a revolutionary, kidney bean-shaped “desktop” modeling device for guitarists, offering a set of 16 amplifier models, 16 effects and a selection of speaker cabs. The Variax family of guitars allows users to choose from a collection of vintage electrics and access alternative tunings, including Open G, DADGAD, Drop D or any other custom turning with the turn of a knob. Relay® Digital Wireless Technology features the most advanced technology in the industry, setting the standard for simplicity, reliability and performance. The Spider V features guitar amp and effects modeling, including more than 200

Helix: Helix is the multi-effects floorboard system, featuring a new dual-DSP HX modeling engine with 56 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics, 95 effects, 4 stereo paths, 6.2” multi-color display, expression pedal, 8-in/8-out USB audio interface and 10 inputs & 12 outputs (including 4 FX loops). The Helix Rack offers all the features, inputs & outputs of the Helix floor unit in a 3-space rack mount chassis, sans the integrated footswitches and expression pedal. Helix Control is a floorboard controller for use with the Helix Rack.

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