Line 6 Has Released 3 New Model Packs for the HD Series

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POD users have been asking for Line 6 to add the 5150 amp model (among others) to the POD series for some time now. I know this to be true because I’ve read the requests over and over on the Line 6 forums, and yes, I am one of the ones who was hopeful that we’d get the 5150 amp model eventually. I use the 5150 model on my Peavey Vypyr amp and it’s the one I’ve missed having the most on my HD500X.

Awhile back, Line 6 finally announced three upcoming model packs that would include a number of new amps, including the 5150. The new packs have finally been released, and prices are $49 for each guitar amp model pack, and $29 for the bass pack. You can get all three for $99. Now we’ll all have 17,000 new amp models (or maybe less, I didn’t actually count) to play with and tweak while our families just roll their eyes at us wondering what’s so fun about playing with a big guitar pedal.

The 3 new model packs are:

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Van Halen Tour 2015

Ok, so admittedly I’m a few days late on posting about this, but Van Halen announced a new tour for 2015 a few days ago. Tickets go on sale for the general public on April 4th.

I’ve seen Van Halen 3 times; twice with Sammy Hagar and once with Gary Cherone. I’m planning on taking my wife to see this tour, so this will be my first time seeing them with DLR.

You can find more info in the official announcement on the VH website.

Original Song: Into The Eye Of Harmony

When I was about 16 years old, I started learning how to play “Cathedral” by the great Edward Van Halen. That song uses a repeated delay and volume swells, literally turning the guitar’s volume control up and down with each tapped note. I began playing around with that same exact delay setting on my Digitech Digital Delay pedal (which, regrettably, I sold about a a year ago) and came up with my own song.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with what I came up with, and even got to play it live at a huge family reunion that our extended family had at Orange Beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama sometime in the late 80s. I never recorded the song, other than with a tape recorder set up next to my amp, until recently.

You can here it here.

I had never come up with a name for the song, but I decided it was time to make a recording and give it a name. The song is called Into The Eye of Harmony and was recording using the HD500X both for the guitar parts and for the bass (using my typical setup of using my guitar with the Flip Top Bass amp model with a bass octaver effect). I found a royalty free drum track on the web and set out to record a quick demo of the guitar part, but ended up using that first take without doing another. Since I hadn’t previously written a bass part, I just improvised the bass part in two takes.

I enjoyed finally getting this recorded and mixed and I hope you enjoy listening to it.

HD500X Medium Gain Tone

Newly uploaded today is one of the two medium gain HD500X patches that I regularly use. I created it using the Super O amp model, and have been using it live for almost a year.

This is also one of patches I used in the recording of Most Beautiful, a song I wrote for my wife. It’s the patch used for the guitar interlude after each chorus, although in the recording, that guitar part was double-tracked, giving it more of a chorus-effect sound that isn’t present in the actual patch. You can hear it in that recording here. I typically use this patch with a bridge pickup, but in Most Beautiful, I used it with the neck pickup.

You can download it directly here or on the HD500X Guitar Patches page.

Original Song: Most Beautiful

Several months ago, I wrote a song called “Most Beautiful” for my wife. I also recorded an instrumental version of that song, replacing my singing with guitar.

She has preferred that I not share the lyric version (I’m glad she likes keeping it to herself), so I decided to post the instrumental version. This is the same song, but with me playing guitar for the main chorus and verse melodies instead of singing.

You can hear it here.

This song uses the clean patch that I posted about several days ago here. You can also just get it by going directly to the HD500X Guitar Patches page.

The clean patch is just used for the finger picking/rhythm parts of the song. The solo and verse/chorus parts use different patches that I will post one of these days. The bass part was created by using one of my 6 string guitars with the bass amp modeller on the HD500X along with the bass octaver effect, so it’s actually just a regular guitar that sounds like a bass.

On a side note, the song was partially inspired by two songs; Beautiful Tonight by Eric Clapton and Something by The Beatles (or more specifically, George Harrison).

Now, here’s hoping that my wife doesn’t actually mind me sharing the instrumental version. If this is my last update and I’m never heard from again, you’ll know why.

Getting Ready for Peter Furler and Third Day

We’re going to a Peter Furler/Third Day concert soon and my wife and kids decided to make some signs to wave around.

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I’m pretty excited. It should be a really good show. I’ve seen the Newsboys live, but this will be the first time seeing Peter Furler doing his solo stuff, and it’s my first Third Day show. Interestingly enough, I played guitar and sang on Third Days “Your Love Oh Lord” for a Sunday Morning service 2 weeks ago.