Line 6 today introduced the Powercab® 212 Plus active stereo guitar speaker system—the premier amplification system for modelers. The Powercab 212 Plus looks, sounds, and feels like a guitar amp because it is a guitar amp. And Powercab 212 Plus operates in two distinct modes.
If a guitarist is happy with their modeler’s onboard cabinet models and just wants to hear the sound of their presets amplified, they can simply connect their modeler to Powercab 212 Plus, select Flat mode, and play. Custom lightweight neodymium coaxial speakers with high-frequency compression drivers provide the benefits of a full-range, flat-response (FRFR) speaker system—but with the rapid transient response of guitar speakers, resulting in a more authentic and familiar feel.
Or, guitarists can bypass the cabinet models in their presets (freeing up valuable DSP) and switch to Speaker Modeling mode on the Powercab 212 Plus. This enables them to take advantage of 12 proprietary onboard speaker models—which are not the same as cabinet models or impulse responses—for a more organic, “amp-in-the-room” playing experience. The modeled speakers range from classics such as “Greenback” and “Blue Bell” to modern designs, and may be mixed or matched. And because Powercab 212 Plus is a stereo amp, ping-pong delays, expansive reverbs, spacious modulation effects, and even dual-amp setups will sound the way they were intended to be heard.
“Many touring professional guitarists are now choosing modelers for their live rigs due to their unparalleled flexibility, but many of those guitarists also still want the experience of air being moved by a guitar cabinet,” said Brandon Frenzel, Product Owner, Line 6. “With Powercab 212 Plus, we aimed to create the premier active guitar speaker system for guitarists who wish to realize their modeler’s maximum potential when performing live—and hear themselves in stereo.”
The Powercab 212 Plus speaker system’s 500-watt stereo amplifier (2 x 250 watts) produces up to 13dB SPL—enough power and volume to handle nearly any musical situation—yet it weighs only 47.6 lbs (21.6 kg). Also, unlike many FRFR speaker systems, the Powercab 212 Plus is constructed of wood rather than plastic and tuned like a traditional guitar cabinet for enhanced acoustic resonance. Additionally, foldout kickstands enable the Powercab 212 Plus to be angled up toward the player, and an optional heavy duty cover is available.
Other professional features include a 2" LCD, 128 user preset locations, XLR direct outputs, MIDI In/Out, AES/EBU and L6 LINKTM I/O, a multipurpose second input, and a USB audio interface. Third-party IRs may also be loaded and saved within presets.
Finally, although Powercab 212 Plus was engineered to deliver superb results with any modeler, it is the perfect sonic complement to Line 6® Helix® guitar processors, completing the chain from guitar input to guitar speaker. Combining a Helix with
Powercab 212 Plus via L6 LINK multiplies the power of both, resulting in a truly state-of-the-art, professional rig.
Pricing & Availability
Powercab 212 Plus ($1959.99 MSRP) will be available worldwide in Q3 of 2019.
About Line 6, Inc.
For more than two decades, Line 6 has created products that empower modern musicians to create, perform, and record in ways they never thought possible. Line 6 products are feature-rich, easy to use, and leverage groundbreaking digital technology that inspires musicians to achieve their full creative potential. With a long history of firsts, Line 6 has a proven track record of creating category-defining products—from the first modeling amplifier to POD®, Spider® amps, Variax® guitars, Relay® digital wireless, AMPLIFi®, and more. Recently, the Line 6 Helix® family of guitar processors have received numerous accolades and awards, including the Guitar World “Platinum Award”, the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear Award”, and the Guitar Player “Editors’ Pick” award.