Pilot’s Handbook Your source for the insider information on your Flextone II and the optional foot controllers, Floor Board and FB4. Rev H. Electrophonic version available at www.line6.com and on accompanying CD.
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100% tube circuit. So that’s it – tubes or nothin’, right? Well, not any more..You see, the engineers at Line 6, being an adventurous lot, and totally pumped about this whole guitar tone thing as well, decided to stock up on the coffee, bust out the engineering equipment, and get down to learning everything there is to know about tubes.
Having sussed it all out, the Line 6 engineers were then able to apply their digital expertise to develop software which simulates the tube and other circuitry’s signal processing entirely within the digital domain.
Now, then. Here are a couple of things we want to be crystal clear on: 1. The Line 6 modeling process is a 100% digital software-based technology exclusive to Line 6. 2. Line 6 Modeling is not sampling, nor is it solid state; no special guitar, pickup, or cabling is needed. ’...
A microphone pointing directly into the cone of a speaker will hear something different than one positioned off-axis. Line 6 carefully analyzed the coloring that standard microphones add to the guitar sound, as well as the effects of different mic placement techniques, and developed a set of cabinet simulations that give you the tone of great speaker cabinet and microphone combinations.
Amp Model and cabinet/microphone emulation, and adjusting the contribution of the “spread” of the sound as well. The A.I.R. direct recording output is exclusive to Line 6. In combination with Line 6's Amp Models, it is the key to Flextone’s phenomenally satisfying direct recording sound.
RAND RONT ANEL ONTROLS RAND 2 • 1 RONT ANEL ONTROLS If you haven’t already done so, turn to the inside back cover of this manual and notice that it folds out. Ooh, pretty pictures! The idea is to have this essential pictorial reference always opened out while you’re thumbing through the manual.
ANEL ONTROLS Models around the knob so you get Line 6’s four custom sounds ﬁrst. From there, the models go clockwise from “cleanest” (Small Tweed) to “dirtiest” (Fuzz). New with Flextone II, you have a selection of 32 Amp Models from this knob (the 2 •...
RAND RONT ANEL ONTROLS Channel Volume - This knob controls the relative volume level of the channel you are playing through. Use this to balance levels between the setups you store in two different channels (say between your rhythm and lead setups). 2 •...
RAND RONT ANEL ONTROLS Channel Select Switches (A, B, C, D) - You use these buttons to save and recall complete amp-and-effects setups in your Flextone. By using the four programmable channels, you can save all the details of a complete Flextone setup for easy, instant recall any time.
RAND RONT ANEL ONTROLS Tap (HOLD) Functions - The Tap button also lets you access a second layer of Flextone features, labeled in gray: Amp Models 17-32, Cab Model selection, Delay Feedback, Delay Level, a Noise Gate, a Presence Boost, a Volume Boost, and a Drive Boost.
RAND RONT ANEL ONTROLS Presence Bump On/Off (Treble Knob): Hold down, and keep holding down, the Tap button as you turn the Treble knob up past twelve o’clock, and you get a Presence boost, brightening your tone. Same as the EQ boost on the Floor Board (details in Chapter 7).
RAND ANEL ANEL 2 • 7 Power Connector - This is where you plug the end of the power cord that doesn’t connect to the wall socket. Power Switch - The red button switch by the power connector is the ultimate digital control;...
RAND ANEL when using a mono cable for the return, the returned signal will only be fed to one of your Flextone’s speakers. And note: You probably won’t want to use stomp box-type effects in this loop, as they 2 • 8 aren’t usually designed to take line level signals.
RAND ANEL knob controls the output level here, too, so be sure your level isn’t cranked up too high before strapping on the headphones. Flextone II – If you have the 1x12 Flextone II, you can also use this jack as a 2 •...
ANEL of direct connections for live performance and studio recording sessions. They’re powered by the Line 6 exclusive direct out technology that has made POD the new standard for guitar recording, and the revolutionary tone-tool for live performance. 2 • 10 Studio Mode –...
Flextone Cab - The Flextone Cab is an 8 ohm open-back cabinet loaded with a custom 12-inch speaker, designed by Line 6 for use with the Flextone Plus. Connect it to the Plus’s satellite speaker output for 100 Watt, stereo ampliﬁcation.
Line 6. These marks and names are used solely for the purpose of describing certain ampliﬁer tones produced using Line 6’s modeling technology. The Line 6 modeling technology provides Flextone II with a wide variety of sounds and effects modeled after some of the most popular sounds of the classic amps, effects, and artists mentioned here.
(Line 6 Layer builds on this idea with even more versatility). With your Flextone, you can get this same kind of rich, multi-amp tone out of one combo, a feat that wouldn’t be possible with traditional guitar amps.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED Small Tweed - Modeled after a 1952 “wide panel” Fender Tweed Deluxe, this Amp Model will snarl with the best of them. The original amp had only a single tone control, essentially a Treble roll off. We set up the Treble knob to give you this Treble roll off when using this Amp Model.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED Black Panel - The Holy Grail for many blues, country, and “roots” players has been a blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb. (Of course, now that the Flextone’s here, that may all change.) After listening to quite a few candidates for modeling, we stumbled upon an extremely cool ’64 Deluxe.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED cranked AC 30 has a great saturated lead tone, a la Brian May on the early Queen albums. A non-Top Boost AC 30 is modeled for your Flextone’s Brit Class A #2 Amp Model, which comes up in a few more pages.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED Brit Hi Gain - Turn to this Amp Model to conjure up tones of the coveted JCM 800, one of Marshall’s most universally-acclaimed modern amps. This updated version of the Plexi continued Marshall’s heritage with added gain and edge for a new generation of rock guitarists.
Line 6 Twang This model draws on our analysis of (Hold Tap + Line 6 Clean) the '60s Fender blackface Deluxe amps and the '50s Fender Bassman. (It includes the classic Fender glassy high end, plus the snap and bite of these vintage amps.) Things don’t really get too crunchy until you get to the top range of the Drive...
“traditional” clean guitar tone and a particularly tweaked-up variant of the Line 6 Drive. The Drive knob acts as a blender control – fully left you’ve got big bottom 21st Century Clean, and fully right you’ve got paint-peeling Ultra-drive.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED that results. Instead, jack the sound source right into Flextone and then only monitor it post-Flextone processing. With the tone controls at 12 o’clock, the EQ is “ﬂat.” Small Tweed #2 Modeled after a 1960 Tweed (Hold Tap + Small Tweed) 3 •...
Los Angeles, where Line 6 is located. We later bought this amp, and continued to hone our emulation of it to bring you the Amp Model it inspired in the Flextone. This is deﬁnitely a good place to start to get yourself some of those classic British invasion sounds.
& C ODELED HICH MPS AND ABS ARE ODELED California Crunch #1 The ﬁrst of the “boutique” (Hold Tap + Brit Blues) amp makers was probably Mesa Boogie. Boogie made their mark in the late 70’s and early 80’s by adding master volumes and more gain stages to amps with Fender-style circuitry.
Based on the Dumble Overdrive Special (Hold Tap + Fuzz) Drive Channel (just described). If you like the Dumble sound, you might also want to check out the Line 6 Crunch model – it was created to deliver a similar kind of tone.
LEXTONE FFECTS DITING LEXTONE FFECTS DITING 4 • 1 For tweak heads and MIDI-philes, we’ve included a handy MIDI editor/librarian program which is made by emagic, and called SoundDiver. The program runs on Macintosh and Windows computers, and can turn your computer into a Flextone command station.
LEXTONE FFECTS NBOARD FFECTS Reverbs - Reverb is the effect that makes it sound like something is in a room. It’s basically a whole bunch of echoes smeared together to give you a sense of sound in an ambient space. With the Flextone, Reverb is always available. You control how much with the Reverb knob.
LEXTONE FFECTS NBOARD FFECTS Tremolo - Modeled after the classic Fender tremolo. The Effect Tweak knob controls the depth; Tap controls the speed. The tremolo speed will be twice as fast as you tap (and twice as fast as the Tap light ﬂashes), allowing you to set fast tremolos without having to tap like a madman.
LEXTONE FFECTS NBOARD FFECTS Rotary - This effect simulates the effect of a mic’d, rotating high frequency speaker horn, like on a Leslie. Rotary speakers have two speeds: slow and fast. We’ve set up your Flextone’s Rotary Speaker emulation to select a ﬁxed slow speed if you tap slowly, and a ﬁxed fast speed if you tap quickly.
LEXTONE FFECTS NBOARD FFECTS Noise Gate - Your Flextone also includes a built-in noise gate, intended to reduce the hiss and noise guitar systems tend to put out when you’re not playing, especially at high gain settings (since high gain means that noise is turned up along with your guitar sound).
Effect Tweak controls the attack speed of the volume swell. You can, of course, achieve a similar effect by using a Line 6 Floor Board with your Flextone, and riding its volume pedal, by using a MIDI pedal or other controller, or turning the volume knob on your guitar with your the heel of your picking hand.
& S REATING TORING OUNDS SING THE ANUAL EATURES & S REATING TORING OUNDS SING THE ANUAL EATURES When you are in the Manual Mode of the Flextone, all of the controls are active and the sound of the amp always reﬂects the knob settings. Sounds just like any ordinary guitar amp, doesn’t it? Who says technology is threatening? You know you’re in Manual Mode, by the way, whenever the Manual button is lit (but you probably already ﬁgured out that part).
Your Flextone gives you access to a constantly-expanding world of sounds. Visit the ToneTransfer Web Library at www.line6.com and you’ll ﬁnd a growing collection of sounds for your Flextone, created by Line 6 users around the world. The SoundDiver software included on the CD with this manual will help you store, organize, and transfer your sounds.
& S REATING TORING OUNDS RANSFER the Save button won’t cause your settings to be altered or cause Save Mode to be entered. Instead, when the knob position exactly matches the stored setting, the Manual light will turn off. After you’ve done this for every knob and noted the Tap speed, you can write down the settings on the Programmer’s sheet, take it home, enter it in your own Flextone, and write the anthem for a future (or past) generation.
& S REATING TORING OUNDS Alright, so let’s say you’ve got that sound you saved in one of the Flextone’s handy channel memories, and you want to add some more Bass. No problem. If the channel’s not already selected with its button lit, press that button to recall the sound.
Amp Models knobs: Controls affected by the Amp Models Knob Amp Model Cabinet Model 5 • 5 Drive Drive 2 (if Amp Model is Line 6 Layer) * Bass Middle Treble Bright Switch (if available on Amp Model) * Channel Volume...
& S REATING TORING OUNDS & E USTOMIZING ODELS FFECTS In the same way, turning the Effects knob sets all the parameters related to the effect you choose. Customization allows you to store your own personal favorite adjustments for all these parameters so they live on the 16 positions of the Amp Models and Effects knobs.
Flextone’s memory to its factory-programmed state, hold down all 4 channel buttons (A, B, C, and D) and power up the amp. That’ll blow your Flextone’s memory and reset it just like it was when it left the Line 6 factory. Warning: This will erase ALL the channels, as well as the custom amp and effect settings you might have created.
’ SING You really get the most out of your Flextone with a foot controller. Two different foot controllers can be used with your amp: Line 6’s Floor Board and FB4 LOOR OARD Using the Floor Board with the Flextone lets you access many features of the amp that are not available otherwise.
’ SING LOOR OARD recommend you turn the Flextone off ﬁrst, but you do whatever you feel like – it’s your amp! Then, plug in your guitar, turn on the Flextone (scared you, didn’t we?) and just press that Volume Pedal on the far right side of the Floor Board ( ) all the way forward so you can hear something.
These memory locations come pre-loaded with some tasty little tones created at Line 6, but you can change them into whatever you want, and store those changes back into one of the memory locations. The Floor Board notes that you can press the Bank Up &...
’ SING LOOR OARD Editing and Saving Channels with the Floor Board The basic story on editing channels is in Chapter 5 of this manual. With a Floor Board you’ll ﬁnd that the display ( ) will show an E (for “Edited”) whenever you’ve edited a channel.
’ SING LOOR OARD Tuner Well, Tap Tempo/Tuner switch, really( ). Hold that puppy down for a second or more and – shazam! Instant digital chromatic tuner. All TubeTone and effects processing are bypassed so you can hear those questionably-tuned strings clearly, should you choose to do so.
’ SING LOOR OARD Volume Pedal Not nearly as fun as the wah pedal, but arguably more useful (and it doesn’t require you to have Very Large Hair to use it convincingly). Put your foot up on that thing ( ).
’ SING LOOR OARD Distortion The Distortion on/off switch works kinda like a distortion pedal. With a distortion pedal, you kick the Distortion on, and your sound is more distorted. You kick it off, and your sound is less distorted. Same thing here. What this does in actuality is increase the Drive of your Flextone.
’ SING LOOR OARD Trem/Chorus The Trem/Chorus on/off switch lets you kick your tremolo and pitch mangling effects (it says chorus, but it’s really chorus, ﬂanger, tremolo or rotary speaker) on and off. Light on, effect on. Light off, effect off. Delay The Delay on/off switch turns your Delay effects on –...
’ SING SING THE WITH THE LEXTONE here’s how to save your bacon: just grab the Effect Tweak ( ) knob and give it a spin. Magically, your tremolo is back to make you a hero once again. That’s because a particular effect’s on/off status is overridden if you tweak that effect’s setting.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: MIDI B ASICS & MIDI C DITING ONTROL MIDI B ASICS What’s MIDI? MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a communications protocol designed to let various music-making machines exchange information. It allows one device to control another, and several devices to all be used together in coordination.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: MIDI B ASICS MIDI Messages MIDI allows several different kinds of messages, each with a different purpose: MIDI Program Changes - Program change messages tell a device to switch from one sound or memory to another. With your Flextone, program changes change channels.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: II / POD / POD P MIDI LEXTONE RANSFER VIA II / POD / POD P LEXTONE MIDI RANSFER VIA If you just want to transfer sounds directly from Flextone to Flextone, or between a Flextone and a POD or POD Pro, follow the directions below.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: II / POD / POD P MIDI LEXTONE RANSFER VIA Transferring Only Some Sounds - To transfer only one or more individual sounds between your Flextone and another Flextone/POD/POD Pro, do like so: POD or POD Pro is transmitting: Start by having POD in normal operating mode (no MIDI button lit), and selecting the sound you want to transfer.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: ’ ACKING LEXTONE EMORY TO THER EVICES ’ ACKING LEXTONE EMORY TO THER EVICES It’s recommended that you backup the sounds programmed into your Flextone so that you can restore them in case of some future disaster. If you want to transfer sounds from Flextone to some other MIDI device for backup (like say a MIDI ﬁle player or a hardware sequencer or keyboard workstation), things work pretty much the same way as they do for Flextone-to-Flextone/POD transfers.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: MAGIC OUND IVER OFTWARE MAGIC OUND IVER OFTWARE The Emagic SoundDiver software included on your the CD-Rom that accompanies this manual is an editor/librarian program that turns your computer into a Flextone control station. Check http://www.line6.com for the latest update for this software.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: MIDI THER HINGS O WITH MIDI THER HINGS O WITH In addition to using the Emagic SoundDiver software on the accompanying CD to edit and store Flextone sounds, or using a MIDI connection for ToneTransfer between your Flextone, and other Flextones, PODs, and POD Pros, MIDI also gives you what you need for: Changing Flextone Channels via MIDI Program Changes...
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: MIDI THER HINGS O WITH Full MIDI Automation of Flextone When you use your Flextone with a MIDI sequencer, you can automate any Flextone parameter using MIDI Controller messages. The Flextone front panel knobs all send out appropriate MIDI controllers (as do the wah and volume pedals of the optional Floor Board foot controller) that you can record into a MIDI track as you play through your Flextone along with a MIDI sequence.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: TEP WITH OUND IVER TEP WITH OUND IVER Step 1 - Hook your Flextone up to your computer’s MIDI interface. Use both the MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connections for bi-directional communication (so Flextone can talk to your computer, and the computer can talk to Flextone). Remember that Flextone’s OUT connects to the computer’s IN, and the computer’s OUT connects to Flextone’s IN.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: TEP WITH OUND IVER Step 5 - SoundDiver should now establish communication with your Flextone (like we said above, make sure you have both MIDI In and MIDI Out connected to allow this), and will give you a dialogue box asking if you’d like to “Request Device’s Memories?”...
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: TEP WITH OUND IVER SoundDiver will give you a standard Save File dialogue box. A pop-up menu at the top of the dialogue box will say “Libraries,” letting you know you are about to save your library to the SoundDiver Libraries folder.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: TEP WITH OUND IVER Step 8 - As a ﬁnal check to make sure everything went as it should, choose Open from the File menu, and open the library you just saved. You should see a window similar to the one at the left, listing all 36 of your Flextone’s memories.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: TEP WITH OUND IVER A Few Other SoundDiver Tips We’re done with the tutorial on how to save your sounds to the computer, but we ﬁgured we should give you one or two other tips: Editing a Channel Memory/Program - The SoundDiver window shown on the left shows you the contents of your Flextone’s...
SHOOTING There are a couple of considerations with SoundDiver and Windows sound card systems. Here are some troubleshooting hints, courtesy of Line 6’s own product support hero, George Van Wagner: 1. SoundBlaster type cards have more than one MIDI driver. The system will usually default to the driver for the built-in synth on the card, rather than the external MIDI port.
Deep Editing & MIDI Control: OUND IVER ETUP ROUBLE SHOOTING name, but the selection should be fairly obvious. 3. Make sure that the Device ID is set to 1. 4. On the right hand side of the Memory Manager, click on the title bar that says User Programs.
Inside Your Head: RONT ANEL NSIDE If you’re the proud owner of a Flextone II HD, this chapter’s just for you. While the Flextone II HD is much like its combo ampliﬁer brethren, there are important features and functions that set the HD apart. They are detailed herein. RONT ANEL If you look closely, you’ll notice that the illustration on the fold-out back cover of this...
Inside Your Head: FFECTS Effects loops let you send sound out of a device (like the HD) to another device (like a rack mount effects processor), and then loop it back again, feeding the now-processed sound back into the thing that the unprocessed sound came from. Like when you want to add an echo to your guitar sound, or maybe you want to compress it.
Inside Your Head: FFECTS tone. By using a parallel effect loop, you get to keep plenty of your pure, unadulterated tone right inside the amp where it’s safe, and then just mix a bit of the processed sound in on top for extra ﬂavor. SING THE FFECTS The back panel of the HD...
Inside Your Head: FFECTS you’ll need to use a mono-to-stereo adapter on the mono cable from the effect, to feed both the effect return channels of the HD. ETTING FFECT EVELS The amount of effect you hear is controlled by the output volume of your effect. You want to turn it up enough to get a good healthy signal into the HD for ampliﬁcation, but not so much that it distorts.
Flextone II HD’s Master Volume a wee bit to get things back into the realm of reasonable operational levels (note that, for Line 6 speaker cabinets, we’ve included some recommended maximum volume settings with the hook-up diagrams that follow in this manual).
Inside Your Head: ABINET LOSED MULATION Being one of these modern day technological wonders and all that, we’ve tried to put a few little reﬁnements into the Flextone Series ampliﬁers to make them more ﬂexible than the old technology amps that came before them. One of the things we’ve included in your HD is a closed-back emulator for use with open-back cabinets.
Inside Your Head: ABINET Operating the Flextone II HD without a load (that means without speakers attached) is OK! You do not need to have speakers connected to the ampliﬁer in order to use the balanced Direct Outputs (you wouldn’t want to run a tube ampliﬁer without a load).
B: E PPENDIX FFECT ARAMETERS Effect Tweak Notes Bypass Turns off the effects. Compressor Ratio There are 5 Compressor ratios: 1.4:1, 2:1, 3:1, 6:1, and Higher settings “squeeze” your volume more. Tremolo Tremolo Speed Depth The tremolo was designed with the characteristic Fender tremolo shape.
C: MIDI P PPENDIX ROGRAM HANGES Flextone II channels can be selected via MIDI program changes. Some devices number programs starting at zero. Some start at one. We start at zero (Manual Mode) and then work our way along through the channels as shown in this table: Flextone II Channel MIDI Program Flextone II Channel...
D: MIDI C PPENDIX ONTROLS (1 of 3 pages) Sound Diver Transmitted MIDI Control Notes Received MIDI Range Parameters Range Amp Model Selects Amp Model 0-15 transmitted from 0 = Tube Preamp, Amp Model knob 1-32 = Other Amp Models >32 treated as 32 Drive 0-127...
D: MIDI C PPENDIX ONTROLS (2 of 3 pages) Sound Diver Transmitted MIDI Control Notes Received MIDI Range Parameters Range Delay (always available) On/Off FB SWITCH ON=127 Rcv: 0-63=OFF, 64-127=ON Delay Time 0-3150 mS, 128 equal NO TRANSMIT 0-127 steps Double-precision with Delay Time, NO TRANSMIT...
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