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Tonecore - Tonecore Development Kit Part II... 08-10-07

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Reference Platform Fast Tracks Development of Audio Effects

The ToneCore DSP Developer Kit is a solution for digital signal processor (DSP) software developers who create custom sounds for guitarists. The kit enables third-party audio DSP developers with little or no electronic design experience to quickly and easily program audio effects modules for Line 6 ToneCore guitar pedals.

Major corporations have been the primary creators of DSP hardware products. Now with the Line 6 ToneCore DSP Developer Kit, all audio designers who write DSP code can create and sell a portable, affordable, battery-powered, stereo audio hardware product for musicians and audio enthusiasts. All it takes is a PC and the kit.

The ToneCore DSP Developer Kit, jointly designed by Line 6 and Freescale Semiconductor, has the essential elements a developer requires to program unique effects. The elements include the hardware platform (ToneCore Programmable Module), sample code and documentation. The end result of the kit is a custom ToneCore Module allowing a guitarist to swap out effects in their ToneCore pedal at any time.

"The beauty of the ToneCore DSP Developer Kit is that it allows a DSP software developer to be an audio effects creator and manufacturer," said Erik Tarkiainen, director of product marketing for Line 6. "The kit dramatically simplifies the development of battery-powered stereo audio hardware guitar pedals."

The Freescale Symphony audio DSP is in more than 50 Line 6 effects products to date. Line 6's choice of the Freescale DSP technology helps reduce complexity, cost and size, as well as power consumption.

"The collaborative process between Freescale and Line 6 on the ToneCore DSP Developer has resulted in a product that helps audio engineers develop specialized audio effects for go-to-market products," said Todd Benson, audio DSP product line manager, Freescale Multimedia Applications Division. "This solution underscores Freescale's desire to enrich our customers' product offerings and their bottom line wherever possible."

How the development kit works

The kit contains a special Line 6 Developer ToneCore Dock, which in addition to containing the Freescale Symphony audio DSP, audio circuitry and ToneCore Module docking slot, can be connected directly to a PC. The ToneCore Programmable Module is customizable and stores DSP code in the FLASH memory of the on-board Freescale microcontroller. DSP code development is performed on the PC and then a programming tool is used to FLASH the MCU with the new DSP code through the Developer ToneCore Dock.

Once the module is programmed, it can be used in any ToneCore Dock since the DSP code from each module is automatically downloaded from the MCU to the Symphony audio DSP. The result is a custom effects guitar pedal.


The ToneCore DSP Developer Kit from Line 6 will be available for purchase in the first half of 2008. Designers can purchase ToneCore Programmable Modules from Line 6, configure them with the ToneCore DSP Developer Kit and sell their Modules to music stores or directly to musicians.

Source: Freescale Seniconductor


Tonecore - Tonecore Development Kit... 25-09-07

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It's great to have so many readers worldwide that enable us to have new information spread in no time. This time we recieved notice from R. Sowden on a new online-article where Line 6 announces a Tonecore Development Kit. Allthough it is briefly mentioned it seems it enables the creation of tonal landscape and presets by the user of the kit..

" If you see the band Sparta during its current nationwide tour with Velvet Revolver, then you may wonder how Sparta's lead guitarist so quickly switches from the distortion-drenched tone on "Erase it Again" to the sweet vibe of "Air." The answer is not that roadies are running around connecting different amps between songs, but that Sparta's lead guitarist, Keeley Davis, is harnessing a Freescale DSP in a guitar effects "POD" from Line 6 that instantly swaps preset tones.

"The unique collaboration between Line 6 and Freescale is not just using DSPs to convey guitar music, but is actually at the heart of the calculations creating these tonal landscapes," said Erik Tarkiainen, director of product marketing for Line 6 (Calabasas, Calif.).

Line 6's most recent guitar effect processor using Freescale Semiconductor's digital signal processors (DSPs) is the Pocket-POD, but at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, Oct. 5-7, in New York, Line 6 will announce its Tone Core Module Development Kit, which enables third parties to program the same Freescale Symphony-based guitar presets into an interchangeable program module that plugs into a Line 6 Tone Core Pedal..."

"...If you prefer the one-effect-per-device of a traditional guitarist's "stomp box," then you may want to wait until next week to check out Line 6's Tone Core Module Development Kit at the AES convention. The kit enables a single preset tone to be programmed into an interchangeable module that plugs into a Line 6 Tone Core Pedal."

Source: EE Times / R. Sowdon


All Tonecores Modular and Interchangeable... 13-10-05

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You all have read the coding versions of the Tonecore pedals if not just click here to go there. That was the beginning of the revealing of Hidden Features. Now can tell you there's even more to it then that.

There are 2 more features to all the Tonecore pedals.

  1. Tonecores are modular
  2. Tonecores are interchangeable

Source: Line 6 in conjunction with

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Shipping News; New Tonecores Shipped... 03-10-05

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Liqua Flange, Dr. Distorto, Verbzilla, Otto Filter and Roto Machine are coming to town. Line 6 is moving them forward to the Line 6 dealers. Please be aware that the the Tonecores must cover some ground to reach your dealer and that'll take time. They'll arrive at your local dealer shortly..

source: Line 6


Reveiling Hidden Treasures Part 1... 26-09-05


There's something about the ToneCore pedals that isn't known to many users. There's a way to tell what coding they have.... If you wanna know just click the link to get it and try it for yourself.

Be sure to stay tuned because when there's a part I there's bound to be at least another part...


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Tonecore pedals coding versions... 26-09-05

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There's something about them that isn't known to many users. The Tonecorepedals have a digital coding. You can check the coding version you have if you follow these 4 easy steps...

  1. Plug a cable into pedal input to power it up
  2. Unplug cable
  3. Press footswitch through the second switch and hold it.
  4. Plug cable back into the input and count the number of red and amber flashes.

RED = 1.0 * * * AMBER = 0.1+

Meaning, a Verison 1.2 would flash Red (once) then two Amber flashes. A version 1.0 pedal only flashes once Red. Most pedals will be on a Version 1.0 status. However you may have a different version yourself. Well you know how to check it now...


Ubermetal Demo by Johnny Ziegler... 25-07-05

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Tone at it's core. Here's a recording with the ToneCore Ubermetal pedal. It's kinda groovy demo in mp3 format. You can run it from the link or download the approx. 2MB mp3 file if you really dig it. Enjoy...

Source: JOHNNY Z

Providing Core info on Tonecore pedals... 13-09-05

Line 6 just announced 5 new Tonecore pedals making it a total of 11 in the series. On this page will inform you about these pedals. We'll start of with the E.T.A. and pricing of the new pedals, etc...and we will be revealing some special info soon.... So Stay Tuned...

Power to the Core - AC versus DC... 13-09-05

Tone core pedals work on DC (Direct Current). What's the difference between AC en DC? well...

AC stands for Alternating Current. Meaning that the flow of electricity alternates, first in one direction, then back the other way. So it alternates in both directions, there's no polarity and the plugs can be wired as you see fit.

DC stands for Direct Current. Meaning that the flow of electricity always runs in one direction. DC power connections, like on the Tonecore pedals, always have a polarity. In the case of the Tonecore pedals this means that the center is negative and the tip is positive. See the picture below.

When connecting different power supplies (other then DC1 from Line 6), be sure that each output is completely isolated. This means that you won't have any ground loops or interaction between pedals that can cause hum and noise.

Power to the Core - Batteries... 13-09-05

When you're using a Tonecore Pedal with batteries, use a 9 volt, alkaline battery. The battery life will vary greatly, however, you should expect at least 3-4 hours from a quality alkaline battery and may get up to 8 hours depending on model used.

Different Tonecore pedals have different power requirements.

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Power to the Core - Battery compartment... 26-09-05

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Here's how to open up a Tonecore pedal for battery replacement. The picture above is rather self-explanatory. Just press both sides of the footswitch hinge to access the 9 Volt Battery compartment.

Power to the Core - 1 pedal... 13-09-05

There have been several request on how to power the Tonecorepedals and how to power them. Whell let's see what you can do, why and how.

Just one pedal, If you're running just one pedal before your amp, just use the DC1 power supply from Line 6, it's designed for the work and offers 9V DC with a 200 mA current. Of course you could use a normal single 9 Volt battery aswell.

Tone Core pedals require a 9vdc, 100ma isolated power supply. If you want to power more than one at a time, the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 is also compatible. When using the DC1 it'll disconnect the battery.

New Tonecore - Verbzilla sound clips... 02-09-05

Line 6 annouced the Tonecore Verbzilla pedal. Here are some soundclips in mp3. For more info see the topic below.

source: Line 6

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