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Line 6 Guide
To Mic Models

Electrophonic Limited Edition - Rev C


Line 6 Guide to Mic Models

Introduction:
Line 6 is recognized as the world leader in digital modeling technology. Digital processing
inside the XD-V70 wireless system combined with Line 6’s long experience with modeling
allows it to offer accurate models or sonic emulations of six of the world’s most popular wired
Live Sound dynamic mics on the market with a simple push of a button. An additional seventh
model, the Line 6 “DC7”, offers performance never before available with conventional
mechanical dynamic capsules and only available with DSP processing. What’s intentionally
not modeled in the XD-V70 are any of the previously unavoidable artifacts present in existing
analog wireless systems, such as companding, limited frequency response, antenna switching
noise, and squelch circuits. As a result, the wireless performance of the XD-V70 is equivalent
to using a wired mic.

Depending on the system, the venue, and the outcome desired, the XD-V70 offers a broad
choice of microphone models to choose from. Multiple factors should be considered when
selecting a mic model. The most important factor may be to decide whether the tone match
(to accommodate a particular performer) is the primary goal, or if it is more important that
the mic match the system it is being used with (in terms of overall balance and freedom from
feedback). If your system is already balanced for a particular wired microphone, it is an easy
task to simply set the XD-V70 to match your existing mics which should all but eliminate
additional adjustments to add them to your existing system. If the desired goal is to find the
best tonal match for a performer, it is recommended that the model selection be experimented
with and selected to best suit the desired taste.

The Line 6 models emulate the on-axis frequency response, proximity effect and relative
sensitivity of the physical microphones they are based on. The red trace on the graphs shows
the on-axis frequency response at 18" and the black trace shows the proximity effect added
when the mic is used at 1".
Line 6 Guide to Mic Models

XD-V70 Mic Models:

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58 - Based on* the Shure® SM58® mic, world-renowned for its distinctive upper-midrange
presence peak that ensures an intelligible, lively sound. This model can be selected when
a deep quality is desired and smooth tone is more important than the ability to understand
individual words. This mic will add a chesty quality to your tone … a great all-rounder.
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b58 - Based on* the Shure® Beta 58a, this model features a frequency response tailored for
vocals, with brightened midrange for more clarity and higher output. This model is similar to
the SM58 model but offers more articulation and greater sensitivity. This is often helpful if
the sound system must project over a greater distance.

* All product names used in this manual are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These
trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line
6’s sound model development. Shure and SM58 are registered trademarks of Shure, Inc.
Line 6 Guide to Mic Models

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835 - Based on the Sennheiser® e835, this model has a gentle presence boost that evens
tonal response to ensure clarity and projection, and has a more controlled proximity effect
for consistently clear bass as the singer moves closer or farther from the capsule. This means
that the performer’s tone will not change so drastically if they pull the mic away while singing,
keeping the tone more controlled. This model may be a better choice when used by novice
performers.
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41 - Patterned after the Audio Technica® AE411, this model has an aggressive sound that
stays upfront in the mix. Give this model a try when cutting through the mix is more important
than individual tone quality. This can be an advantage if your PA system is lacking power to
cover the room.

* All product names used in this manual are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These
trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line
6’s sound model development. Sennheiser is a registered trademark of Sennheiser Electronic Corp. Audio-Technica is a registered trademark of
Kabushiki Kaisha Audio Technica DBA Audio-Technica Corporation.
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767 - Based on the Electro-Voice® N/D767a, this model has reduced boominess and sibilance
for more clarity. This model is more neutral in tone when a very natural sound is desired. A
great choice when used for spoken word.
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o5 - Based on the Audix® OM5 this model has a tailored mid-range for clarity and presence
making vocals easier to hear in mains. This smooth response often helps tame back feedback
in the wedges. While sometimes thought of as “thin”, this model is also very neutral in tone
and in many systems can be a better choice when high levels are required in the monitor
system. In many systems this model can be turned up louder without feedback than the other
microphones. Note: the output of this model is the lowest of all the models, just like the
output from the wired version of this microphone

* All product names used in this manual are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These
trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during
Line 6’s sound model development. Electro-Voice is a registered trademark of Telex Communications, Inc. Audix is a registered trademark of
Audix Corporation.
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L6 - Creating microphone models demands rigorous research, analysis and testing. We took
each microphone’s bench-test specs, proximity effect characteristics, feedback rejection
characteristics, and much more. The DNA we collected was used to create L6-DC7, the
“super” model. This original mic model combines the sought-after sparkle of top condenser
mics, the ruggedness and high dynamic range of dynamic mics, and plenty of responsiveness to
cut through the mix. Bright, clear midrange with extended highs that suggest the performance
of a condenser mic but it can handle very high levels from the loudest singers. This model is
only possible because of the DSP processing power inside the XD-V70 digital system and could
not be built into a conventional stand-alone dynamic microphone.