Line 6 Powercab Active Speaker System

Line 6 Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus active guitar speaker systems

Line 6 have just released another video showing artist reaction to the Powercab 112 which was announced back in April this year.

For those of you who have not come across the Line 6 Powercab before it is a range of active guitar speaker systems, which deliver authentic “amp-in the-room” look, sound, and feel when paired with any amp modeler, preamp, or amp simulation pedal.

Guitarists can use Flat Mode to reproduce the sound of their modeler’s presets with a wide frequency range and the punch of a real guitar speaker, or bypass their modeler’s speaker cabinet emulation and use Line 6’s new Speaker Modeling technology to swap in models of any of six classic and boutique loudspeaker drivers. The speaker models range from the hard-rocking Green (based on the Celestion Greenback speaker) to the funky Bayou (based on the Eminence Swamp Thang). Whichever option a user chooses, genuine guitar cabinet sound and feel come from the Powercab speaker system’s powerful, 250-watt power amp and custom hybrid coaxial 12-inch speaker, designed to have a neutral, wide-range frequency response (70 Hz-20 kHz) for Flat Mode, and a lightweight cone to deliver the fast transient response that typifies guitar speakers.

Speaker Modeling is the latest innovation from the company that first introduced amp modeling more than 20 years ago. While speaker cabinet emulation has become commonplace, Powercab 112 systems are the first to offer models of speaker drivers themselves. “Guitarists love the flexibility and tone of modelers, but many also want to keep the visceral experience, sound, and physicality of playing through an authentic guitar cabinet with a 12-inch speaker rather than plug into a P.A.,” explains Line 6 founder and co president Marcus Ryle. “Powercab speaker systems offer guitarists the best of all worlds: modeling technology played through an actual amp, plus a selection of several classic guitar speakers to choose from.”

Powercab 112 and 112 Plus systems are made for gigging. Powercabs are constructed to withstand the rigours of the road, while weighing a mere 35 pounds (16 kgs), and their highly efficient amplifiers produce up to 125dB Peak SPL—enough volume to fill a small club or medium-sized venue. Their uniquely curved plywood construction provides a rigid structure, while foldout kickstands facilitate angled backline placement or use as an angled floor monitor. They also have XLR outputs featuring optimised microphone emulation for direct connection to a P.A.

The Powercab 112 Plus adds many advanced features, such as a 2-inch LCD, 128 user preset locations, MIDI In/Out, AES/EBU digital I/O, an L6 LINKTM, a USB audio interface, and a multipurpose second input. Users can select the type and distance of a virtual mic on the speaker model. Loading up to 128 third-party speaker cabinet impulse responses (IRs) is also an option, allowing users even greater tone-crafting flexibility

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