Hands-On Review:Line 6 POD Family Product Spotlight


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POD knows “beans” about multi-effects processing

Mark McCrite
Line 6 Product Manager

Overview

 

The POD® family of products from Line 6® are arguably the most recognizable signal processing devices of the  last decade. The iconic “bean” shape in fire engine red is impossible to  miss as it sits on mixing consoles, amps, and in front of  headphone-wearing guitarists in bedrooms all over the world.

 

Forming the foundation of the POD experience is an amazing collection  of core features. Each POD boasts a wide variety of presets, amp and  cab models, effects, a chromatic tuner, headphone jack, and other choice  tools. This means that every POD, right out of the box, offers supreme  versatility, flexibility, and world-class tone in front of your amp,  computer, and headphones. No matter what you play or how you play it,  you can tailor a POD to suit your needs.

 

Pocket POD Battery-powered barnburner for the player on the go

 

Perfect for the rockstar on a student’s budget, Pocket POD is everything you need to record, rehearse, and even play live; stuffed  inside a compact, battery-powered package. With hundreds of  artist-created presets, amps, cabs, effects, and tone editing  capability, Pocket POD is so much more than a complete stockpile of sounds—it’s the ideal tool  for finding your sound. Tweak to your heart’s content and store and  manage an entire library of your own creations. Plus, Pocket POD is your key to CustomTone.com,  the online army of users dedicated to the quest for great tone. Share  your sounds with the community and download any sounds you like.


Pocket POD makes it easy to play with friends but it’s also useful for a little personal inspiration: plug your MP3 player straight into Pocket POD and play along with your music, learn a new song or rock out to a favorite.


From the basement to the bedroom, from your back pocket to the back of the bus, Pocket POD is all you need to get started on the road to rock.

 

POD 2.0 Value and Versatility from the Original Bean

 

From the POD that started it all, you’ve finally got the collection of sounds you’ve always dreamed of having. POD 2.0 has a superb assortment of classic amps and cabs, plus some Line 6  originals that make it a great tool for writing, recording, and  performing your music. With 36 presets, a wide variety of effects, and  an onboard tuner, you’ve got everything you need right at your  fingertips.


Plus, if you’re looking to play silently, POD 2.0 has a headphone jack for late-night practicing and A.I.R.™ direct-out  technology for recording great sounding tracks to your computer,  four-track, or hard disk recorder free of hassle, microphones, and  volume.


If you need an all-inclusive plug-and-play tool that offers value, versatility, and ease-of-use, POD 2.0 is your bean.

PODXT/Bass PODXT Fully Loaded, Action-Packed, Ready to Rock

 

PODXT and Bass PODXT offer end-to-end support for players who demand full control of their  sound. At the gig, in the studio, or at the singer’s apartment at 3am,  your PODXT is there. Offering over 100 presets, amps, cabs, and simultaneous  effects, you’ve got an incredible selection of sounds and full editing  capability at your beck and call.


There’s nothing like experiencing real sonic flexibility. Editing,  storing and managing your library of tones makes you wonder how you ever  got by without it. With CustomTone.com you can share sounds with an entire community of players—downloading whatever inspires you—right to your PODXT.


PODXT can be your main rig but it can also act as a safety net: when you  drive four hours to the gig and the backline’s in shambles, plug your PODXT into the PA. When your amp is on the fritz during an expensive studio session, plug your PODXT directly into the board via USB or 1/4" output. When you get a  last-minute call for a gig and you need an entirely new assortment of  sounds, download them to your PODXT and you’re out the door. Being a musician can be hard, but it just got a lot easier.

 

POD X3 Too Much is Never Enough

 

For countless working players, POD X3 is the fiery core at the center of their lives that holds everything  together, bus to hotel, studio to stage. Offering unrivalled depth,  flexibility, and power, POD X3 lets you achieve your sonic vision like nothing else.


Out of the box, POD X3 comes fully loaded. Designed specifically to support the demands of the  working player, it includes hundreds of stunning presets and  simultaneous effects, intuitive features and a staggering array of ins  and outs including USB 2.0 and S/PDIF for reliable direct recording, an  XLR input and many more. Whether you need to help the singer find a  sound, tighten up the bass player’s tone or adjust your own, POD X3 prepares you for all situations, planned or unplanned, so you can remain focused on what you’re there to do: sound good.


More than just the guitar player’s survival kit, POD X3 is also the A/B box you’ve always wanted. The outstanding Dual Tone  feature allows you to set up two sounds at once (guitar, bass, vocals,  whatever you want) on two discrete signal paths each with its own  effects, pan and output jack. Play stereo channels for gigs or record  stereo tracks in the studio—double your tracks in half the time!


Roadworthy, reliable and packed full of features. . . if only POD X3 had a group therapy feature for your band it would truly be the perfect piece of gear.

 

In closing This Is (not) The End

 

Line 6 has developed a line of products that includes something for  everybody; a line of products designed to inspire and stimulate  creativity. Whether you’re buying them with your record advance or your  paper route, whether you’re playing in a club, the Superdrome, or your  bedroom, a POD exists for you. The best part: what you do with it is up  to you.

 

Features and Specs:


Line 6 Pocket POD Guitar Multi Effects Processor Features:

  • 300+ presets - including exclusive rock star presets with unrivaled tone
  • 32 amp models
  • 16 cab models
  • 16 effects
  • 4-way navigation pad
  • Chromatic tuner with muting
  • USB connectivity and free software from Line6.com
  • CD/MP3 jack
  • Portable design, hand-sized design
  • Optional DC power adapter (sold separately)
  • Artist presets include:
  • Steve Pedulla - Thursday
  • Randy Torres - Project 86
  • Bumblefoot
  • John Lefler - Dashboard Confessional
  • Tim Wheeler - Ash
  • Nick Hipa - As I Lay Dying
  • Phil Sgrosso - As I Lay Dying
  • Jim Ward - Sparta
  • Keeley Davis - Sparta
  • Matt Scannell - Vertical Horizon
  • John Z - Volto
  • Tim Mahoney - 311
  • Marcos Curiel - P.O.D.
  • Bjorn Agren - Razorlight
  • Dan Estrin - Hoobastank
  • JT Woodruff - Hawthorne Heights
  • Jim McGorman - Hawthorne Heights
  • Joel Stroetzel - Killswitch Engage
  • James Valentine - Maroon 5
  • 32 Amp Models based on*:
    • '64 Fender® Deluxe Reverb®; '59 Fender® Bassman®; '68 Marshall® Plexi 100 watt; Marshall® JTM-45 meets Budda Twinmaster; '60 Tweed Fender® Champ®; Budda Twinmaster head; '65 Blackface Fender® Twin Reverb®; '60 Vox® AC 15 '60; Vox® AC 30 non-Top Boost; '85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Clean Channel; '85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Drive Channel; Dumble®® Dual Rectifier® Head; '89 Soldano SLO Super Lead Overdrive; Dumble® Overdrive Special Drive Channel; 1987 Roland® JC-120 Jazz Chorus; Line 6® Insane, and more. Overdrive Special Clean Channel; '95 Mesa/Boogie
  • 16 Cabinet Models based on*:
    • 1960 Fender® Tweed Champ®; 1952 Fender® Tweed Deluxe Reverb®; 1960 Vox® AC-15; 1964 Fender® Deluxe Reverb®; 1965 Fender® Blackface Twin Reverb®; 1967 Vox® AC-30; 1995 Matchless Chieftain; 1959 Fender® Bassman®; 1996 Marshall® with Vintage 30s; 1978 Marshall® with stock 70s; 1968 Marshall® Basketweave with Greenbacks; Line 6® 4x12; Line 6®® 2x12; Line 6® 4x10, and more. 1x12; Line 6

16 Professional Effects:

  • Compressor
  • Delay/Compressor
  • Tremolo
  • Delay/Tremolo
  • Chorus 1
  • Delay/Chorus 1
  • Chorus 2
  • Delay/Chorus 2
  • Flanger 1
  • Delay/Flanger1
  • Flanger 2
  • Delay/Flanger 2
  • Rotary Speaker
  • Delay/Swell
  • Delay
  • Reverb

Line 6 POD 2.0 Guitar Amp And Effects Modeling Processor Features:

Amp Models based on*:

  • '64 Fender® Deluxe Reverb®
  • '59 Fender® Bassman®
  • '68 Marshall® Plexi 100 watt
  • Marshall® JTM-45 meets Budda Twinmaster
  • '60 Tweed Fender® Champ®
  • Budda Twinmaster head
  • '65 Blackface Fender® Twin Reverb®
  • '60 Vox® AC 15
  • '60 Vox® AC 30 non-Top Boost
  • '85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Clean Channel
  • '85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Drive Channel
  • Dumble® Overdrive Special Clean Channel
  • '95 Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier® Head
  • '89 Soldano SLO Super Lead Overdrive
  • Dumble® Overdrive Special Drive Channel
  • 1987 Roland® JC-120 Jazz Chorus

Line 6® Insane Cabinet Models based on*:

  • 1960 Fender® Tweed Champ®
  • 1952 Fender® Tweed Deluxe Reverb®
  • 1960 Vox® AC-15
  • 1964 Fender® Deluxe Reverb®
  • 1965 Fender® Blackface Twin Reverb®
  • 1967 Vox® AC-30
  • 1995 Matchless Chieftain
  • 1959 Fender® Bassman®
  • 1996 Marshall® with Vintage 30s
  • 1978 Marshall® with stock 70s
  • 1968 Marshall® Basketweave with Greenbacks
  • Line 6® 4x12
  • Line 6® 1x12
  • Line 6® 2x12
  • Line 6® 4x10 POD 2.0 Effects
  • Compressor
  • Delay/Compressor
  • Tremolo Delay/Tremolo
  • Chorus 1
  • Delay/Chorus 1
  • Chorus 2
  • Delay/Chorus 2
  • Flanger 1
  • Delay/Flanger1
  • Flanger 2
  • Delay/Flanger2
  • Rotary Speaker
  • Delay/Swell
  • Delay
  • Reverb

Line 6 PODXT Guitar Multi Effects Processor Features:

  • Award-winning Vetta amp-modeling technology
  • 32 updated amp models
  • 35 classic stompboxes and studio effects
  • A.I.R. II-based mic models plus amp and cab mix 'n' matching
  • 64 presets
  • Full MIDI control plus
  • All the knobs you need for on-the-fly tonal tweaking
  • USB I/O enables direct recording and access to more downloadable models and effects
  • Authentic reverb sounds plus full-time compression are always at your fingertips
  • Tap tempo features support for modulation and delay effects with note divisions
  • ToneTransfer libraries available online for expansion of presets
  • Compatible with FBV and FBC
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Manual mode for WYSIWYG operation
  • Flash-based memory supports future operating system upgrades

Effects:

  • Compressor
  • Noise Gate
  • Phase 90
  • ADA Flanger
  • Uni-Vibe
  • Opto Tremolo model from '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb
  • Bias Tremolo model from '60 Vox AC15
  • Deluxe Memory Man
  • EP-1 Tube Echoplex
  • Roland Re-101 Space Echo
  • Stereo Delay
  • Ping Pong Delay
  • Spring Reverb
  • Plate Reverb
  • Hall Reverb
  • Wah modeled after the Vox Wah
  • Volume (Preamp or postamp routing options)
  • Advanced A.I.R. II with microphone placement options:
    • Shure SM-57
    • Shure SM-57 off axis
    • MD-421
    • MD-421 off axis
    • U-67
    • U-67 off axis

Line 6 Bass PODXT Modeler Features:

  • Reengineered tone engine
  • Hot amp and cab models
  • Studio-quality compressor
  • Biamp mode
  • 4-band EQ plus 6-band parametric
  • USB connection

Expanded and improved effects include:

  • Distortion boxes
  • Synth effects
  • Reverbs
  • Delays

Line 6 POD X3 Guitar Multi Effect Processor Features:

Inputs & Outputs

  • 1/4" Instrument Input
  • XLR Microphone Input (w/ Trim Adjust)
  • USB 2.0 for Computer Recording & Tone Editing
  • S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio Output
  • Stereo 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Outputs
  • 1/4" Stereo Headphones Out
  • FBV Connector for optional Pedal Controller
  • 1/8" Stereo (CD/MP3) Jam Along Input

Controls

  • Expansive Backlit LCD Display
  • 8 Chrome "Amp Control" Knobs: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Reverb, Tone Volume, Master Volume
  • Tap Tempo/Tuner Button
  • 5 Stompbox On/Off Buttons: Amp, Stomp, Mod, Delay, Verb
  • Dedicated "Dual Tone" Control Button
  • 5 Context-Sensitive Parameter Edit Knobs
  • Dedicated Input/Output Configuration Buttons

Amp, Cab & Effect Models

  • Massive model set for Guitar, Bass & Vocals
  • 78 Guitar Amp Models
  • 24 Guitar Cab Models
  • 98 Stompbox and Studio Effects
  • 28 Bass Amp Models
  • 22 Bass Cab Models
  • 6 Vocal Preamp Models
  • A.I.R.™ II cab/mic modeling with 4 mic options each

Additional Features & Benefits

  • Send Guitar through 2 Complete Amp/Effect Signal Chains Simultaneously
  • Independent Tone Processing for 1/4" and XLR Inputs
  • USB 2.0 Multi-Channel Digital Computer Recording (Stereo Wet/Dry Per Input)
  • Studio-quality 24-bit A/D and D/A Converters and 32-bit floating point processing
  • Up to 9 Simultaneous Effects Per Signal Chain, with Pre & Post Amp Routing
  • Tap Tempo Control for Time-Based Effects
  • Precision Chromatic Tuner, with Audio Mute & Bypass Options
  • USB 2.0 Cable Included
  • External Power Adapter Included

Guitar Amplifier Models based on*:

  • 1. "Wide panel" Fender® Deluxe Reverb®
  • 2. Fender® Bassman®
  • 3. Fender® Deluxe Reverb®
  • 4. Vox® AC-30
  • 5. Marshall® Super Lead
  • 6. Marshall® Super Lead ("jumped" channels)
  • 7. Roland® JC-120
  • 8. Marshall® JCM-800
  • 9. Soldano SLO-100
  • 10. Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®
  • 11. Marshall® 1974X (18W Reissue)
  • 12. Orange AD30TC
  • 13. L6 Treadplate
  • 14. L6 Chemical X
  • 15. L6 Insane
  • 16. L6 Piezacoustic 2
  • 17. L6 Spinal Puppet
  • 18. L6 Tube Instrument Preamp
  • 19. Bogner Uberschall
  • 20. Cornford mk50h
  • 21. Diezel VH4-Lead
  • 22. Diezel Herbert
  • 23. ENGL® Powerball
  • 24. Marshall® Silver Jubilee
  • 25. Marshall® JCM-900-Clean
  • 26. Marshall® JCM-900-Dist
  • 27. Marshall® JCM-2000
  • 28. Mesa/Boogie® Triple Rectifier®
  • 29. Peavey® 5150 II®
  • 30. Bogner Ecstasy
  • 31. Diezel VH4-Crunch
  • 32. Fender® Vibroverb
  • 33. Fender® Dual Showman® Head
  • 34. Marshall® JMP-1
  • 35. Vox® AC-15
  • 36. Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+
  • 37. Fender® Bassman® Head
  • 38. Gretsch® 6156
  • 39. Fender® Mini Twin Reverb®
  • 40. Gibson® GA-18 Explorer®
  • 41. Marshall® Super Bass
  • 42. Marshall® Major
  • 43. Silvertone® Twin Twelve
  • 44. Supro® Thunderbolt
  • 45 . Vox® Fawn Non-Top Boost AC30
  • 46. Dumble® Clean
  • 47. Soldano SP88
  • 48. Marshall® JCM 2000
  • 49. Marshall® Super Lead Variac
  • 50. Matchless DC-30
  • 51. Blackface Fender® Twin Reverb®
  • 52. Marshall® "Block Logo" JTM-45 head
  • 53. Matchless Chieftain
  • 54. Supro® S6616
  • 55. Fender® Tweed Champ®
  • 56. Hiwatt® DR-103
  • 57. L6 Big Bottom
  • 58. L6 Fuzz
  • 59. L6 Octone
  • 60. L6 Smash
  • 61. L6 Sparkle Clean
  • 62. L6 Throttle
  • 63. L6 Clean
  • 64. L6 Mood
  • 65. L6 Agro
  • 66. L6 Class A
  • 67. L6 Variax Acoustic
  • 68. L6 JTS 45
  • 69. L6 Lunatic
  • 70. L6 Bayou
  • 71. L6 Crunch
  • 72. L6 Purge
  • 73. L6 Sparkle
  • 74. L6 Super Clean
  • 75. L6 SuperSpark
  • 76. L6 Twang
  • 77. L6 Chunk Chunk

Bass Amplifier Models based on*:

  • 1. Ampeg® SVT
  • 2. Ampeg® B-15A
  • 3. Eden Traveler WT-300
  • 4. Fender® Bassman® head
  • 5. Gallien Kruger 800RB
  • 6. Hiwatt® DR-103
  • 7. Hiwatt® 200DR
  • 8. Fender® Dual Showman®
  • 9. Fender® Bassman® Combo
  • 10. Mesa/Boogie® Bass 400+
  • 11. Polytone Minibrute
  • 12. Sunn® Coliseum
  • 13. SWR® SM-500
  • 14. Versatone Pan-O-Flex
  • 15. Vox® AC-100
  • 16. Marshall® Major
  • 17. Marshall® Plexi Super Bass
  • 18. Acoustic 360
  • 19. Aguilar® DB750
  • 20. Alembic F-2B
  • 21. L6 Tube Bass Preamp
  • 22. L6 Classic Jazz
  • 23. L6 Brit Invader
  • 24. L6 Super Thor
  • 25. L6 Frankenstein
  • 26. L6 Ebony Lux
  • 27. L6 Doppelganger
  • 28. L6 Sub Dub

Stompbox and Studio Effect Models Based on*:

  • 1. Teletronics LA-2A®
  • 2. EP-1 Tube Echoplex
  • 3. Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man
  • 4. Uni-Vibe
  • 5. MXR® Phase 90
  • 6. Fender® Deluxe Reverb® Tremolo
  • 7. Leslie® 145
  • 8. Arbiter® Fuzz Face
  • 9. Ibanez® Tube Screamer
  • 10. Big Muff Pi®
  • 11. ProCo Rat
  • 12. Maestro® Bass Brassmaster
  • 13. Sans Amp Bass Driver
  • 14. Arbiter® Cry Baby
  • 15. L6 Vetta Comp
  • 16. L6 Sub Octaves
  • 17. L6 Slap Plate Reverb
  • 18. L6 Male De-Esser
  • 19. L6 Female De-Esser
  • 20. L6 Vetta Wah
  • 21. L6 Digital Delay
  • 22. L6 Six band semi-parametric EQ
  • 23. L6 Flanger
  • 24. L6 Sine Chorus
  • 25. L6 Noise Gate
  • 26. L6 Standard Spring Reverb
  • 27. L6 Brite Room Reverb
  • 28. L6 Medium Hall Reverb
  • 29. L6 Cavernous Reverb
  • 30. L6 Bender pitch effect
  • 31. Boss® CS-1 Compressor (treble switch)
  • 32. Tycobrahe Octavia®
  • 33. Binson EchoRec
  • 34. Maestro® EP-3 Echoplex
  • 35. Boss® DM2 Analog Delay
  • 36. Roland® RE-101 Space Echo
  • 37. Square CE-1 Chorus
  • 38. A/DA Flanger
  • 39. Boss® CS-1 Compressor
  • 40. MXR® Dyna Comp
  • 41. Vox® V847 Wah
  • 42. Custom Vox® V847 Wah
  • 43. Colorsound® Wah-Fuzz
  • 44. Maestro® Boomerang Wah
  • 45. Cry Baby® Super - Jen Electronics
  • 46. RMC Real McCoy 1 Wah
  • 47. Mu-Tron® III Down
  • 48. Moog and ARP style synth filters
  • 49. Moog Lead
  • 50. ARP Solina / Elka® Strings
  • 51. Boss® Metal Zone MT-2
  • 52. Chandler Tube Driver®
  • 53. Fender® Vibratone
  • 54. L6 Sweep Echo
  • 55. L6 Reverse Delay
  • 56. L6 Stereo Delay
  • 57. L6 Ping Pong Delay
  • 58. L6 Small Room
  • 59. L6 Lux Spring
  • 60. L6 Auto Swell
  • 61. L6 Auto Pan
  • 62. L6 Large Hall
  • 63. L6 Vintage Plate
  • 64. Mu-Tron® III
  • 65. 1960 Vox® AC15 Tremolo
  • 66. L6 Tiled Room
  • 67. L6 Rich Chamber
  • 68. L6 Large Plate
  • 69. Boss® CE-1 Chorus Ensemble
  • 70. L6 King Spring
  • 71. L6 Dark Hall
  • 72. L6 Chamber
  • 73. Boss® Metal Zone
  • 74. L6 Vetta Juice
  • 75. L6 Boost & EQ
  • 76. L6 Clean Sweep
  • 77. L6 Seizmik Synth
  • 78. L6 Double Bass
  • 79. L6 Buzz Wave
  • 80. L6 Rez Synth
  • 81. L6 Saturn 5 Ring Mod
  • 82. L6 Synth FX
  • 83. L6 Synth Harmony
  • 84. L6 Squarge Chorus
  • 85. L6 Expo Chorus
  • 86. L6 Random Chorus
  • 87. L6 Square Flange
  • 88. L6 Expo Flange
  • 89. L6 Lumpy Phase
  • 90. L6 Hi-Talk
  • 91. L6 Sweeper
  • 92. L6 POD Purple X
  • 93. L6 Random Sample and Hold
  • 94. L6 Tape Eater
  • 95. L6 Warble-matic
  • 96. L6 Low Rez Delay
  • 97. L6 Phaze Eko
  • 98. L6 Bubble Eko

Vintage and Modern Preamp Models based on*:

  • 1. API® - 512c with API® 550b EQ
  • 2. Neve 1073
  • 3. Avalon Vt737
  • 4. Requisite Y7
  • 5. L6 Solid State Console
  • 6. L6 Lo-Fi