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FBV Express, Pedal/Controller from Line 6 in the FBV series.


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Line 6 FBV Express tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Line 6
  • Model:FBV Express
  • Series:FBV
  • Category:Pedals/Controllers
  • Added in our database on: 07/23/2005

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Line 6 FBV Express user reviews

Stormleader07/26/2011

Stormleader's review"Actually a pretty decent controller!"

Line 6 FBV Express
I have a friend who has a Spider III (Icky, I know.), and I decided that I would get him this for his birthday. Guitarcenter had one used for $50, so I went ahead and bought it for him. Now, over a year later, it is still holding up just fine. It's pretty neat how well the presets work, and being able to access the tuner from the pedalboard is nice as well.

Another thing that the FBV Express adds to the Spider series of amps is a wah. The expression pedal that is on the right-hand side of the unit can act either as a volume, or press toe-down and you can switch it to a wah. One thing I dislike about it though is that you REALLY have to push down on it to get the wah to activatede-activate. The wah itself sounds decent, better than a stock Dunlop Crybaby to my ears, though, that's not saying much, heh.

The one thing that has started to have problems is the cable that runs from the controller to the amp. It has started to break down., in the form that covers that help provide strain relief for the plugs have come off on both ends, and are now sliding around the cable, and the locking clip on one of the plugs has broken off, therefor it no longer will lock into place. That's really no fault of the cable though, the RJ-45 connector just wasn't meant to take the strain of being used like that. I'm not sure why Line 6 used that particular connector,, I personally would have used a connector type more suited to the application myself.


Overall, this is actually a pretty decent foot controller. I expect that it will hold up over time, besides the cable that is. Now, if I could just get my friend to ditch that amp entirely, heh. Buy it if you need a foot controller for a Spider or POD. Or, better yet, ditch the Spider or POD and get a real amp!
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Feupied02/21/2006

Feupied's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 FBV Express
The FBV Express is a pdalier with pedals Volume, Wah, or Effect Tweak, four switches to select from four sounds, tap tempo control and display laccordeur.
The lame half plastic half mtallique heavy enough based on rubber feet hurt al.

I connector on the User a PODxt through a cable RJ45 also used its electric power.
Commissioning is IMMEDIATE, it is industry, the pedals are calibrated in two seconds and all EST.

The pedals creak slightly at times, jai limpression adpend that the position of the foot but cest dsagrable! OK we can play louder, but hey

The documentation is really minimal, a single sheet that Describes the connection, there have been more inspired to Line6 demplois modes.

The four switches to four sounds can daccder dune memory bank (Bank), so the Bank has given 3 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D.
The change in nest Bank not possible with the FBV Express, it must be done manually by the Select button or the PODxt Line6 Edit with The computer, for example.
The switches do slectionnent that sounds pre-loaded into the PODxt, you can not switch the sounds contained on The computer (in the bundle files) to load the flies as you can to, for example, from The computer mouse.
It not possible to nest OF USE switches to enable or disable individual effects.

The stroke of the pedals parat am quite short, but its not really Gnant.
To trigger the Wah, and also for the calibration rgler during startup, you have to press hard on the pedals washing. On my FBV cest impossible when you sit, get there with all his weight. It parat, Daprai what is said on the forum Line6 that asassouplit lusage!

Laccordeur is clear and readable, The display is lectroluminescentes diodes (LED) so visible in the dark.
Tempo is the RULES by successively pressing the channel select linterrupteur the rhythm is marked by the flashing LED dune.
Linterrupteur select is also indicated by an LED.

The FBV Express nest DTECT not the Monkey, so priori should not wait to put on this lment software update.

On his no further comments. Cest pdalier just a command, the nest's not hers but that of the PODxt or Lampl which it is associated. Jai amricain read on a forum that is close PODxt wah Crybaby dune with less background noise, cest probably true.

The PODxt, very easy using Line6Edit can be rgler some functions of the pedals.
- Position the volume beginners or near the end of string.
- Value Volume rsiduel position PDAL FALLS
- Choice of command assigns lEffect Tweak. Some paramtres can be controlled by the pedals, such as the level of drive dune StompBox, the value of the Mix trmolo or Time effects of delays for more noisy. on the other hand is activated when the pedals Effect Tweak mode disables it not nest, nest it not possible to switch back to volume.

The PODxt can be controlled by MIDI signals but also to signal to Facilities else. Incidentally FBV can therefore also act as pedals Midi Controller in troubleshooting.
A movement of the pedals forward CC4, Foot Controller ( )
when in position and CC7 Wah Volume ( ) Position in volume. The connection goes through the MIDI signal DIN or simply taken over on USB. The actions of the switches are also transmitted noon all this is perfectly in the documentation Describes the PODxt.

The main intrt the FBV Express is its price far less than other lev pdaliers range, its relatively small size may also INTERESTED.
In use (home) studio, its limitations are limpossibilit to change bank at the foot switches and a lack of DDIS individual effects are less sensitive.
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killer 712/30/2006

killer 7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 FBV Express
I use the FBV express for 4 months bought by OCCAZ kuja666 audio fanzine that I welcome the passage
I cot a total of 400 against 500 for a POD XT live. You will say "yes but on the POD XT Live pdalier there's more control," but frankly the 3 / 4 commands in addition to the live version are mainly used to look pretty. The one has the essentials: A, B, C, D, pedals and tuner. what more??
Pass technique, the FBV RLI is the machine by a cable network while bte long enough.
Orders rgissent well, wah wah Despite its long run is not trs sensible.
The default is that one big trigger for the support you really like a nag into place, and both need to do it several times by putting all his weight and super strong fupport what not trs class really at a concert for example;)
If the tuner is useful but I find that there are not many diodes to qualify the accuracy. Sometimes it thinks it's really just when in fact it lacks a little something.
But it's really that dtails: it is a very good deal!!
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Mediator-fr03/26/2008

Mediator-fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 FBV Express
It is nice that it finally pdalier pedals, but it lacks something essential is the buttons change BANKS Up and Down.
It dbile manufacture amps (I have a Spider III 75) with lots and lots of presets (400) and CASC have that 4 of these presets unhappy with the pedals.
Sr what it looks solid and beautiful design, but for 120 I expected more.
I n'parle not the tuner, I'll m'facher!
I would prsident to Line6, I dismiss the designer of this pdalier for serious misconduct. (Lol)
Yet I like a Line6 Variax 500 I possde a Spider III and Pocketpod ... gnial.
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