Line 6 LowDown Bass Amplifiers, their first ever line of bass amps, delivers an incredible array of dialed-in, stage-perfected bass tones.
While most bass combos focus on volume and clean tone, LowDown amps offer five must-have effects and five killer bass amp models, that cover everything from funk to classic rock and beyond. Plus, the oversized, high-speed power amp has incredible articulation and bottom end punch that’s ideal for live or studio work.
Finally, there’s a line of bass combos that give you great tone, performance, and flexibility all at an incredible price.
LowDown Amp Models
LowDown delivers five carefully crafted amp models that can take you from modern punch to a thunderous, full-on assault! Each model automatically dials up a great sound that you can change to your liking and save into a preset using the channel memories on the front panel.
Clean – Inspired by* the Eden Traveler, this model is all about clean, funk and fusion bass tone. It’ll give you all the warm lows and punchy highs you need. R & B – Inspired by* a 1968 B-15 Flip Top, this model is a tribute to those late 60’s and early 70’s clean fat bass tones. It is the kind of tone you hear on most Motown recordings, as played by a pioneering young James Jamerson. Rock - This model is inspired by* the ’74 Ampeg® SVT®. This workhorse has appeared on innumerable recordings and arena stages worldwide. And now all the tone of the 300-pound behemoth 8X10 and head is available in your combo! Brit - Based on a ’68 Marshall® Super Bass, this model delivers the kind of overdriven bass sound brought to us by late ‘60’s British rock pioneers like Cream and The Who. Grind – As the name would suggest, this is for modern rock lovers, Alice in Chains to Mudvayne and Rage Against The Machine. Based on* a distorted SansAmp PSA-1 into an SVT® in addition to a direct clean bass signal mixed in, this model gives you that angry, clear and punchy aggression that takes your sound to DEFCON 1. But that’s not all...
Synth – Sitting at the back of the model knob is this secret weapon that turns LowDown into a ’70s classic bass synth. From funk to modern rock, this synth model delivers incredible tones and tracks every dynamic move you make with ease!
LowDown Effect Models
LowDown™ features a critical set of effects that no bass player should be without! You get a full time, vintage studio compressor model, and the Smart FX knob dials up three different heavyweight effects that are custom tailored for bass.
Envelope filter – Based on* a Q-Tron, this is the baddest envelope filter on the planet. This effect can be heard on tons of major funk and rock tunes. Octaver – Based on* the EBS® OctaBass®, this effect produces a single note one octave below the pitch of the played note, adding a powerful new vibe to your sound. Chorus – Based on* the much loved TC Electronics Chorus. This is the most transparent, smooth and expressive chorus for bass ever built. Using it does not reduce your low end and it’s especially beautiful on fretless bass.
Amazing Tone On Stage and In The Studio!
The XLR Direct Output was designed for recording or sending your sound to a house sound system when you’re playing live. This output utilizes our exclusive A.I.R. processing which has made Line 6 products like POD® the undisputed standard for direct recording. Whether you’re playing a gig in a club or rushing off to a recording session, this POD-based direct out will give you huge, mic’d amp tone everywhere you go!
LowDown Bass Amplifiers F.A.Q.
LowDown 175 and 300 has a horn, can I turn it off?
The LowDown amps include a horn for all the great players that like to slap their basses or value some extra articulation. However, being sensitive to the rock players in our midst, we made a special provision to disable the horn by pressing the small "Horn" switch located near the XLR Direct out jack. Is there a ground lift on the XLR direct out so I don't get hum from the PA?
Every once in a while you may experience a ground loop problem which sounds like a buzz in your signal, when connecting gear to a PA system. If this happens to you, simply alert your sound person, and try pressing the ground lift switch. Usually this will eliminate the ground loop. Is the LowDown cabinet ported?
Yes! The LowDown cabinet uses a proprietary waveguide port designed to enhance sub resonant bass frequencies. What is the deal with active and passive inputs?
A “passive” instrument has no built-in preamp and does not use a battery. An “active” bass utilizes a battery-operated preamp. Each type of instrument has a different signal level range, so we have included two inputs to best address each input range. The funny thing is that some passive instruments can produce more signal that many active instruments, so here's what we recommend: Start by using the passive input. If your bass’ output distorts the input section (the Tuner LED will momentarily light to indicate when you're clipping the input), switch to the active position. What is the difference between the direct out on my "your bass amps name here" and the LowDown's direct out?
The LowDown features Bass POD® style "Miked Up" Cabinet Emulated direct outs. That means you get the same tone coming out of your amp going to tape or to the sound system. Most bass amps with a direct out simply offer your original bass tone or your tone after amp eq, but LowDown is the only amp to offer real sounding amp AND cabinet tone. I like to keep things simple. I only use one tone. Is LowDown for me?
LowDown is a toneful alternative to some really expensive, and tremendously heavy vintage and modern bass gear. If all you want to do is play one sound, get to "Manual" mode by simply pressing the active Channel button to turn off the LED. Now you’re in the land of "What You See Is What You Get". Turn knobs, then groove. What should I do if I get my foot stuck in the port?
To date we have tested Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pam®, Bag Balm and Cod Liver Oil, all of which we recommend as excellent lubricants for bass port pediectomies. Why would I want the LD300Pro over the LD175?
While the LD175 will have no problem keeping up with your drummer in a rehearsal or small gig setting, the LD300 Pro can annihilate most drummers.
Tell me about the grind model.
As the name would suggest, this is for you modern rock lovers, Alice in Chains to Mudvayne and Rage Against The Machine. This model is based on* a distorted SansAmp PSA-1 into an SVT® with direct clean bass signal mixed in for that angry, clear and punchy aggression that takes your sound to DEFCON 1.
LowDown Press & Quotes
Line 6 makes high art out of affordable and flexible bass concepts in the form of the LowDown line.
|Line 6, known for their industry-leading software-modeling products, raises the bar even higher with the introduction of LowDown portable bass combos that offer a wealth of great modeled tones in three user-friendly packages. LowDown amps bring the versatility of Line 6's amazing software-modeled tones to new heights and new venues, as well. The LD amps indeed like it down and dirty, and they're perfectly suited for the road. Setting a high standard for value, this new amp trio is sure to attract a lot of attention.
Bruce Jacobs, Bass Guitar, October 2006
|There's enough cool gear out there to fuel a lifetime of lust. Exotic basses, sweet-sounding amps, and potent effects are now just a car ride or mouse click away. But cool and fun - and I mean big-grin, embarrassing-giggle fun - that's still a relative rarity. One company nails it every time, though: Line 6. The LowDown amps bolster an already exciting range of bass goodies like the Bass Variax and Bass POD. Line 6's first bass amps, the LowDown combos make extensive use of digital modeling to achieve a remarkable range of sounds and features. Line 6 designed the LowDown series for killer rock tone, believing that its proprietary digital technology overcomes the sonic shortcomings they see as inherent in solid-state combo amps.
Jonathan Herrera, Bass Player, August 2006
, March 2006 The ROCK tone in this thing is nailed! Unlike other combos, it makes me feel like I am playing through my kick ass stage rig.
(Thursday) When I’m on a small stage but need to have that big classic amp sound, this will definitely be my amp
(Vertical Horizon, bassist for Anastacia, Mya) Being a vintage guy, I’ve never gotten excited about new amps for bass players, but the LowDown has completely changed my mind. This thing sounds unbelievably fat. The octave and synth sounds are killer.
(bassist for Liz Phair, Matt Redman, Josh Kelley) Finally, something that really delivers the old school dirt with portability.
(The Dilinger Escape Plan) A combo bass amp with tone, versatility and attitude. What a revolutionary concept! Thanks Line 6.
(bassist for Chick Corea, Dave Weckl) A really fast-tracking, flexible synth bass sound I can actually use in the real world - very cool.
(Ima Robot, bassist for Beck, Macy Gray) My band is in the middle of writing for our next album and the LowDown has given me the ability to create and manipulate awesome new bass tones. The volume this combo produces is shocking. It has opened up a whole new world of inspiration.
(Hidden in Plain View) The SVT [‘Rock’ model based on* an SVT®] in this thing is amazing. If you're looking for a new amp, I recommend the one with multiple personality disorder. I am sure you will love meeting each one.
(bassist for Alanis Morissette, Don Henley, Volto)
* All product names used in this webpage 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.