Hands-On Review:Line 6 Floor POD Plus
Even more POD 2.0 sounds packed into a pedalboard
By Daniel Vincennes
When Line 6 introduced the original POD way back in 1998, I was the first in line to buy it. The concept was just so cool: Plug any guitar into it and get the sounds of the best amps, cabs, and effects ever created. How could you go wrong? It truly revolutionized the way guitar is recorded. In fact, you will be hard pressed to find a studio without one, and with good reason. It is just so easy to get any sound you want. Now, many years later, Line 6 has done it again with the Floor POD Plus.
I recently had a chance to try out this new beast and it was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. All those classic POD tones are built right in along with a huge library of additional effects in one stage-ready pedalboard. Now I can dial in the sounds that I need for my songs, save them, and bring them to the stage with no hassles.
All the amps you need
The amp models in Floor POD Plus are simply the best around. No matter what style of music you play, you will find a tone that works for you. Admittedly a sucker for that warm, slightly overdriven top boost sound, I found Brit Classic, modeled after that favorite 30-watt British combo, to be dead on. Line 6’s modeling has only gotten better over the years and it shows. Glassy clean sounds, full-blown balls-to-the-wall metal, and everything in-between, Floor POD Plus doesn’t miss a beat. And you can go even further by mixing and matching all of the fantastic amp models with the 16 cab models to build your own dream stacks.
During my first audition, I played it for hours; there were just so many possibilities. From the moment I started messing around with the effects presets in Floor POD Plus, I knew this was going to be a real treat. Not only did I get all the effects that I know and love from the original POD, there was an additional sizable stash of other effects to satisfy even the most hardcore effects junkie. Delay, modulation effects, reverbs, and more are all instantly accessible and easily tweakable, so I could spend more time playing and less time reading manuals. There are even some extreme effects options like Comet Trails, Octave Fuzz, and a great lumpy Uni-Vibe.
Step on it
Whether you’re on a nationwide tour or you just play every other weekend like me, you’ll be glad to know that the Floor POD Plus is not only all your dream sounds at your feet, it is extremely rugged. It definitely feels like it can easily stand up to years of abuse. The footswitches are rock-solid, a chrome handlebar protects the top knobs, and the wah/volume pedal has just the right amount of give.
I placed it on the stage, plugged in, and I was ready to go. I used it to go directly into the house PA, but it also will work wonders in front of any amp. And when it comes time to record, just flip the switch to Direct mode, plug into your mixer, and you’re ready for another great session.
More options than you can dream of
Come with me as I explore the Floor POD Plus’ sound possibilities. I start by playing around with many of the 124 amp-and-effects presets programmed by Line 6, including Dire Tranquility, Roulette Blues, Clean Headroom, and Shreddy Metal. Now I re-create an effects chain used by Jimi Hendrix: I turn the Amp Models knob to select Brit Classic. I turn the Effects knob to U-Vibe and click on the toe of the pedal to turn on the wah. Just like that, I’m at Woodstock doing a medley of "Voodoo Child" and "Star Spangled Banner." I turn off the wah and effects, add a little delay, and I’m suddenly whipping through the A minor to G malevolence of Van Halen’s "Ain’t Talking ’Bout Love." Switching amps to Black Panel for a spot-on model of a mid-’60s tube reverb amp and I’m now Mike Bloomfield playing smooth jazz-tinged blues on "Super Session." I dial in the Tweed Blues, turn the Drive knob to near-max and it’s like I’m playing with smokin’ boutique amp power tube distortion. And finally, for some clean tones, the Tube Preamp setting coupled with some rotary speaker effect and a touch of tape delay produces a little Adrian Belew magic. Oh, c’mon, just one more! OK, I switch to Line 6 Insane for almost-but-not-quite-over-the-cliff input gain distortion as I work out some Trivium riff tabbage from my favorite guitar magazine.
Floor POD Plus: emphasis on "Plus"
I think Line 6 has really nailed it this time with the Floor POD Plus. The quality of tone and range of sounds are enough to make this a must-have item. Add in the caveman-easy interface with NASA-grade editing options, and the incredible price, and you’ve got a guitarist’s dream come true.
Floor POD Plus features:
- 32 amp models from the studio-standard POD 2.0
- 16 classic cab models
- 16 modulation effects, including chorus, flanger, and tremolo
- 6 delay models, dedicated and separate from the modulation effects
- Spring and hall reverbs
- Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, and Channel Volume controls
- 7 footswitches with aluminum volume/wah pedal
- Tap tempo/tuner footswitch
- One 1/4" input
- 2 unbalanced 1/4" outputs
- 1/4" headphone jack
- 1/8" CD/MP3 input
- 124 presets
- MIDI In/Out
- Durable, road-ready construction
- Easy-to-read 3-digit LED display