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Line 6 reveals Sonic Port VX

Want to record that impromptu 'unplugged' acoustic jam with a minimum of fuss and trailing cables? Line 6 reckons it's cracked the problem with a new audio interface that's also a pro-grade microphone rig.

The Sonic Port VX boasts a trio of built-in condenser microphones - a stereo matched pair and a front-facing mono mic - as well as a conventional 1/4-inch (6.35mm) instrument cable input. It can be mounted on a stand to capture acoustic instruments or vocals like a conventional mic, or used on a desktop as a conventional interface for electric guitar or other plugged-in instruments.

It features 1/4-inch (6.35mm) stereo outputs, plus a 1/8-inch (2.5mm) headphone output, and is compatible with Mac, PC or iOS devices and associated apps, including GarageBand and Line 6's own Mobile POD app for guitarists, which feature's 10,000 amp and effects modelling presets.

The Sonic Port VX will retail for £139.95 in the UK. Visit line6.com for more.

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.