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Re: New from Line 6......

At 4:59 AM -0700 7/17/01, John Tidwell wrote:
>The latest issue of Guitar Player says that Line 6
>will be showing rack versions of their modeling
>stompboxes at NAMM.
>Echo Pro, Filter Pro, & Modulation Pro.

This is amusing. Last year I had the following e-mail exchange with 
the Marketing Director at Line6:

At 12:28 PM -0800 11/30/00, Richard Zvonar wrote:
>For the past year and a half I've been the happy owner of a POD, 
>with Floor Board. I've recently picked up a Distortion Modeler and 
>Delay Modeler, and I expect I'll get the Modulation Modeler as well. 
>They sound great, they're fun, they're easy to use, they're rugged. 
>My one real complaint is that only three or four presets are 
>available. This starts me wondering about Line6's next move in the 
>area of effects modeling.
>The Pod and Bass POD now have their "Pro" equivalents. Will a 
>similar product be forthcoming for effects modeling? I'd envision a 
>rack unit much like the POD Pro. Of course there are design issues 
>related both to front panel layout and to audio I/O. I'd probably be 
>content with three rotary switches, for effect model selection, four 
>rotary pots for parameter adjustment (with a three-way switch or 
>nudge button to select between modules), three pots for individual 
>effects levels, and a master volume. Or something like that. There 
>are questions about signal routing (series? parallel?) and mix of 
>various effects vs. direct signals. Clearly, at some point a 
>computer editor program would be needed.
>I worked with modular analog systems in the 1970s, with mainframe 
>computer music systems in the 1980s, and with stacks of effects 
>processors and matrix mixers ever since, so I'm bound to envision 
>more signal routing possibilities than your average head-banger. But 
>if such a product is under development I'd love to put in my two 
>bits. On the other hand, if it's under development but close to 
>release I'll trust you all to do you usual fine job, and I'll queue 
>up to buy my Modeler Pro with the rest of the dudes.

At 1:54 PM -0800 11/30/00, Steve DeFuria wrote:
>I can't comment on what we may (or may not) have under development, 
>of course,  but it's always good to get feedback about our products. 
>We value your comments and suggestions.


Richard Zvonar, PhD
(818) 788-2202