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  • Provides low noise for recording guitar with 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces
  • ToneDirect monitoring virtually eliminates latency and allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone
  • provides 18 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs, 29 essential stompbox and studio effects and 6 mic preamps in Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS /VST formats
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A guitar interface with zero latency and plenty of tone-shaping options.

Line 6 POD Studio GX includes the POD Farm plug-in and Ableton Live Lite 8-track recording software, an ideal platform for guitarists. This collection of studio-standard hardware and software provides instant pro guitar recording, right out of the box.

NOTE: As of April 2010, if you order this product, you'll automatically be upgraded to POD Farm 2.0.

The Line 6 POD Studio GX boasts low noise for recording guitar, 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces, for clear and dynamic recordings. Plus, exclusive Line 6 ToneDirect monitoring virtually eliminates latency allowing you to record with amp and effect modeling and without sacrificing tone or feel.

Compact and powerful, the Line 6 GX interface features a 1/4-inch guitar input that allows for an immediate and no-nonsense recording experience.

Public Service Announcement: Latency Kills

Recording with latency is like driving with your eyes closed. Exclusive to Line 6, ToneDirect monitoring allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone while virtually eliminating latency and taking all the guesswork out of recording great-sounding tracks.

What's latency? Latency is the delay caused by the time it takes your guitar signal to travel all the way through your hardware interface, through your computer's processor, through your plug-in software, back through your hardware interface and out of your speakers or headphones. This delay is heard in your monitoring signal and makes recording almost impossible. With a Line 6 POD Studio GX interface, latency is something you'll never have to deal with.


Features

  • Provides low noise for recording guitar with 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces
  • ToneDirect monitoring virtually eliminates latency and allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone

POD Farm plug-in

  • provides 18 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs, 29 essential stompbox and studio effects and 6 mic preamps in Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS /VST formats
  • 64-bit compatible
  • Ableton Live Lite 8-track recording software
  • 1/4-inch guitar input; 1/8-inch guitar headphone/line output
  • 44.1/48 kHz 16-/24-bit recording (88.2/96 kHz with sample rate conversion)

Get this simple recording solution and make your guitar sound better than ever. Order today.

 
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Line 6POD Studio GX with POD Farm
 
3.9

(based on 27 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

...and then came Line 6

I'll start with the fact that I am happy with the entry level product I received. The cost vs value is a total victory for the Guitarist. Before the internet age, getting an...Read complete review

I'll start with the fact that I am happy with the entry level product I received. The cost vs value is a total victory for the Guitarist. Before the internet age, getting an great electric guitar sound on limited income meant limited options. This product puts a world of options into your hands with the ease of point and click. The software setup on Windows 7 Home Premium required moderate tech savy as there is not an instruction document or map of what to install. So if you have a tech friendly friend, geek out together and share the fun. The Pod Farm is the most fun part of the package. The basic Pod Farm 2.5 has so many great sounds, I haven't found a reason to pay for the locked out options. The learning curve for the included recording software is higher. There are tutorials included and they are helpful. However, expect to spend some time here and beg your tech friends to help out. The recordings made from the Ableton Live Lite tutorial sound great.
I have not checked for a firmware update for the GX device, but (as detailed in previous posts) I noticed some popping once in awhile. It seems random and infrequent. It's annoying, but It isn't a show stopper for me at this point. Well, I didn't exactly call up Line 6 and ask for their absolute best product.
It's not a recording engineer in a box and I'm sure it's not meant to be. Take the Line 6 Studio GX as an entry level way to the best time you will spend at home with your electric guitar.

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Faulty

When I first bought this I thought it was awesome, it was the cheapest ASIO soundcard I could get at the time and my band mates and I all bought one so that we...Read complete review

When I first bought this I thought it was awesome, it was the cheapest ASIO soundcard I could get at the time and my band mates and I all bought one so that we could record ideas outside the studio and on tour. It comes with Ableton Live Lite 7 and Riffworks T4. The version of Ableton is TERRIBLE, it is very limited compared to the standard version of Ableton which is understandable since you get it for free, but it makes the learning curve for Ableton a huge waste of time because we you do figure it out you realize there are better DAWs you can get for free than this one. Riffworks T4 on the other hand is awesome and I highly recommend it, but you can download that for free without having to purchase anything, just go to the Sonoma Wireworks website. It also comes with POD Farm, a software that simulates guitar amps and effects. The GX includes a more limited version of POD Farm than the UX1 which means some of the presets are unusable (though they are still listed as if to taunt you) the software is alright if you own no amps or effects... otherwise you'll just be plugging your effects into the GX. Now the real problem with the GX is that it worked fine for a short period of time and then it developed feedback where just having it plugged in it would release deafening bursts of static, which 1.Hurts your ears and 2. Is very disruptive when you are trying to record. I thought maybe I got a bad model, but of my three other band mates two of their GXs also developed the same problem. I went online and found quite a few people have had the SAME PROBLEM and Line 6 has no solution. I would say go get an M-Audio Fast track, $20 more and also has a XLR input and doesn't release bursts of loud static every three to six minutes. Don't buy it, unless you are willing to gamble on your $99.

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5.0

Very solid, simple unit

By Colin D.

from Madison, WI

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

    I needed a simple rig to be able to record myself separately from my background tracks (tough to do) so I got this little gem to sit on my amp and run to my computer. I'm not sure what other reviewers were going on about with the difficult installation - yes, it takes about 20 minutes total and you have to register on Line6 but most audio stuff is like that anyway. I read the little yellow cheat sheet and in 20 minutes I was in Studio One Pro recording.

    The sound is great (I recommend running a high quality instrument cable with adapters to the line in on the back of the unit to your speakers with a splitter on them) and I don't have a complaint yet. Well, I need a power brake for my amp but that's another story...

    Overall, this unit is a great buy for the money if you just need something to record guitar with. Oh, BTW, contrary to some reviews, you can listen to this through the computer...the USB cable allows that - I tested it and it worked. You do get some delay, but it wasn't bad.

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    3.0

    Great While it last

    By CzYfOx

    from Perry Ga

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

    I have had my GX for about a year now. About every 30 minutes it cuts out and I need to reboot my computer.I had my old UX1 for about a year also before it fried. I love these things, but I am not happy having to buy one every year. I am hooked on POD Farm 2 even though it sounds sort of plastic. I finally got close to the sound I have been after for years. Considering the ease of use and the fun factor I guess I will just keep buying one every year.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great for about 2 months

    By Franko-ZwjPr

    from Ontario Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

      Against my better judgement (I had a Guitar Port many years ago that did a real number on my computer) I thought I'd give the POD GX a try because it was half the price of a little bass amp. The best word I can use to describe that decision is regret.

      The sound modeling and POD software are very good, and sound great, but if you're playing back music through the pod (like if you're learning songs at night) it was choppy on my laptop (which had an i7 and 6 gigs of ram) but playback was fine on my desktop (which has twice as much power).

      Initial set up was a pain. I've never seen software that jumps through so many hoops to validate a license. Which leads to why this thing is useless garbage. Your license is stored on your device, not your PC, nor their servers. After 2 months mine has decided it no longer has a license. Software wise everything is perfectly fine, and the only solution for this is to buy a new POD or license. Now if I'm gonna spend money every 2 months to play bass I'm sorry but I'd rather save up and go buy a classic SVT and a nice Peavey cab, or a Markbass set-up because at least once you pay for those (unless you buy something with tubes) you never have to pay for it again.

      All in all I'm not surprised. I've never been a Line 6 man but when I decide to give them a chance I always regret it, don't do the same. Save the trouble and go buy a small practice amp with a headphone out instead. Your wallet and computer will thank you.

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      3.0

      Good for playing around with

      By alcoholica_316

      from Undisclosed

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Has To Use Line Out
      • Takes Time To Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Recording Ideas

      Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

      once you jump through all the hoops of getting it set up, it's a pretty easy to use system. I recommend watching the LINE 6 videos on how to do it and what to expect. This is not a PLUG-N-PLAY unit. The recording software (Reason Limited) it not very user friendly and is kinda a pain to set up. You've got to make an account with them, wait for them to send you a license number, register it with them, and then continue the install.

      My biggest gripe is that you have to use the headphone/line out jack to listen to it. In Reason Limited, you can select the GX unit's sound card (ASIO) to hear back through the headphones (or speakers if you have them hooked up) while you're playing but then have to switch it back to the computers sound card if you don't have the GX hooked up.

      I also noticed the sound quality changes when playing with Reason open. I recommend opening everything and then tweaking with the sound before recording.

      Reason Limited will let you export the files to a WAV format, but then you need to use a separate program (i used winLAME) to convert it to mp3. Pretty easy, but another pain. Also, i don't think there are any pre-loaded drum loops to play along too. Finding useful information or videos for Reason Limited is impossible. Most of the videos are for the full Reason software, and some of it's the same, but some of it isn't.

      The LINE 6 software is really cool and easy to use. It's fun to play around with all the different stuff in a easy to see way..just grab and drop. I wish you could just record from the LINE 6 stuff.

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      1.0

      It works as long as you dont use it

      By puri

      from the world

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

      Flip a coin as you plug it in, it may or may not Brick itself just by turning on. I've seen seven GX's die by this alone. One of those seven being mine and not many miles were put on this thing ethier.

      Maybe a grand total of 8 hours playtime was on mine before it lunched itself.

      The software is fantastic, the GX is junk.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not A Viable Recording Solution

      By The Cadaver

      from El Paso, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Software
      • Relatively Inexpensive

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Jamming At The Computer

      Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

      Allright, let me preface this review by saying this is NOT a viable recording solution for tracking guitars if you care about your mix in any capacity. Trust me, if this is what you want out of this unit, save yourself the headache and find a dedicated hardware unit that can interface with the computer without replacing your sound card. Anyway...

      The POD GX is a good audio interface. The low-latency interface, POD Farm 2.0, and some other essentially useless software come in the bundle.

      POD Farm 2.0 is pretty impressive for a lightweight little amp modeler running on a PC. The amps and cabs that come with this bundle are lackluster at best, but the add-on packs they sell on the Line 6 website are pretty decent. So don't expect to get passable amps right out the box -- especially if you're into high gain amp models or clean Marshall/Boogie-esque tone. You're gonna have to fork out more cash to get the good stuff. But even on the best of amp model & cab combos, the high end becomes tinny, the low end seems too mushy or unresponsive, and the mid range fluctuates between flat and over-processed to annoying and honking at you. Still, it is better than the low-end DigiTech pedals and the like.

      Now, for the interface itself, and how it works within your DAW... The interface doubles as an external soundcard. This is a double-edged sword because it allows the unit to work with your DAW, but it totally replaces your sound card. (More on that later.)

      The Asio GX drivers worked really well for me, were easy to configure, and provided the low latency advertised. And when pairing the POD Farm plugin with some cab impulses in Cubase, it sounded downright AMAZING.

      I got my POD Farm presets configured, tweaked my cab impulses, laid down my tracks, and mixed it all down to near perfection. Must've listened to it about 50 times. It sounded so good I had chills...

      Out of curiosity, I switched my 'playback device' back to my built-in soundcard, and played the file. IT SOUNDED BEYOND TERRIBLE. All of that time tweaking and mixing were worth nothing -- not to mention all the time wasted getting my presets to sound acceptable. The GX had been altering the mix so much, that the raw file had no resemblence to what I was hearing when I was working in my DAW through the GX. Also, when I just booted up my media player with the GX configured as the output device and started listening to music, the audio was noticably deadened -- like it was running through some high/low pass filters or something. I did some research and testing and found that the GX absolutely HAS TO be used as the output device in order to use the POD Farm plugin or the GX input in my DAW. Making it virtually useless for recording.

      It's not all bad though. Recording issues aside, this is a respectable unit. The software is good, the interface is good, and when you start fiddling with cab impulses -- the tones you can milk out of it are really quite impressive. Great for jammin' in front of the computer and coming up with melody concepts and saving 'em within a DAW.

      Just a shame that it amounts to squat when it comes to using it for its proported purpose.

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      5.0

      Can't believe how awesome it is...

      By m-jayz

      from Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

        Frankly for years I've always wanted to do some serious recording with my trusty guitar... But I suffered lag and or crusty noise issues... 30 minutes later I'd end up throwing my guitar away for another few months, feeling dejected and totally over it. This thing has completely revitalised my whole outlook. The sound and ease of use, along with the attached software opens up a whole new era of creativity... Being stingy, I held out for years.. but I am so happy I finally cashed out and bought this thing. To be honest I wasn't really sure what this thing really did. But yep, as it says on the box. Lag will 'never' be an issue..Ever again. Buy it ! And start going crazy. Also comes with some other amazing softwaress which not only affect your overall sound... but pushes the ease of being creative..take Riffworks as an example... Check it out on Youtube, nothing compares... Can't say enough about it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ...and then came Line 6

        By Edward Penoi

        from Texas - DFW

        Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

        I'll start with the fact that I am happy with the entry level product I received. The cost vs value is a total victory for the Guitarist. Before the internet age, getting an great electric guitar sound on limited income meant limited options. This product puts a world of options into your hands with the ease of point and click. The software setup on Windows 7 Home Premium required moderate tech savy as there is not an instruction document or map of what to install. So if you have a tech friendly friend, geek out together and share the fun. The Pod Farm is the most fun part of the package. The basic Pod Farm 2.5 has so many great sounds, I haven't found a reason to pay for the locked out options. The learning curve for the included recording software is higher. There are tutorials included and they are helpful. However, expect to spend some time here and beg your tech friends to help out. The recordings made from the Ableton Live Lite tutorial sound great.
        I have not checked for a firmware update for the GX device, but (as detailed in previous posts) I noticed some popping once in awhile. It seems random and infrequent. It's annoying, but It isn't a show stopper for me at this point. Well, I didn't exactly call up Line 6 and ask for their absolute best product.
        It's not a recording engineer in a box and I'm sure it's not meant to be. Take the Line 6 Studio GX as an entry level way to the best time you will spend at home with your electric guitar.

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        (0 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good for practice and jamming...

        By ant-bCYrc

        from new york

        Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

        i have this on my mac book pro and it works perfectly i use it with garage band..some people can't get it to work with garage band caz they have to set up as a "real instrument" change input to gx, turn on monitor and plug headphones into computer instead of gx..sounds good with a load of options it is fun to play with... sounds pretty digital though especially the distortions... i was doing a solo and certain notes made me nauseous dont deter just dont have your headphones blasting while screamin on the high e string..either way def fun to play with if you have a quality computer like a mac it will not have any issues at all if you have a garbage computer with windows nothing ever works so dont be surprised that this dont work either.

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Line 6 POD Studio GX

        By TokenFire

        from Port Richey, FL

        Comments about Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm:

        Outstanding software, many things you can do with this. Would recommend this to anyone.

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