Line 6 has updated the Spider line of guitar amplifiers, announcing new models as well as a free firmware update and a computer-based editor-librarian. The update, called Spider FX Infusion, delivers 28 new effects to the Spider IV and Spider Valve MkII amplifiers, bringing the total to more than 50.
The software programs, Spider IV Edit and Spider Valve MkII Edit, let you create and edit your own presets and trade them freely at customtone.com. The catch is that using the software requires an FBV foot controller. However, I’m more excited about the two new foot controllers than anything else. For $199, the FBV Shortboard MkII has 13 assignable, high-quality footswitches and a nice footpedal, and the $99 FBV Express MkII has 4 switches and a pedal. Both have USB connectivity and tremendous possibilities as real-time controllers for any MIDI user