I’m a Line 6 junkie when it comes to guitar effects. I have a Line 6 Spider III 175 for playing guitar, a Line 6 Low Down LD150 that I play bass guitar through and now a Line 6 POD 2.0 that I use for recording. Before buying the Line 6 Spider III 175, I went for the simple Line 6 Uber Metal distortion pedal with another amp before realizing that I wanted something with more effects and a bigger amp.
I love the Line 6 Spider III series and I really dig the 175 model because it’s loud for it’s size and there are just so many options in emulating different amplifiers and even using the clean channels for a nice sound when I don’t want the hard and heavy hitting sounds. The problem I had with the Spider III is getting a good sound when sending it through my recording interface. The distorted channels sound too over-driven and when I try to turn down the drive I still can not get the sound I want. I’ve tried plugging it straight in through the recording interface and recording through a good, quality cardioid microphone. I still couldn’t get the sound that I was going for. This is when I started started to study up on other options for home recording.
With software driven distortion through recording software and plug-ins you really don’t get a good feel for what your sound is going to be until after you’ve laid down the tracks and added the effect. At least that’s the problem I have had. Perhaps there are other options that I’m not aware of as I’m still kind of new to this recording process through a PC.
I’ve always heard great things about the Line 6 POD series and I wanted something that I could start off with without spending too much money. I found the Line 6 POD 2.0 on eBay with the Floorboard system for a pretty fair price. In fact, it was a hell of a deal. The floorboard is optional but comes in handy when using the POD for live sound.
The POD 2.0 gives you the ability to engineer the sound you want from the top of your desk. Most of the presets sound great as is. With optional Midi inputs and outputs you can tweak the sound even more through your computer. The basic controls of the POD are output level, drive, bass, mid, treble, channel volume, reverb and effect tweak. Those are the basics of most amplifiers with effects built in.
In addition the the basic features you have two knobs that control the amp modeling and effects that you want to use. The amps modeled vary from years, brands and cabinets but the labeling keep it basic and easily understood. The effects offered vary from the basic effects of Chorus, Flanger, Rotary, Tremolo, Compressor, delay and combination of effects. That knob also also offers a bypass if you want the ultimate clean, zero-effect sound.
(To be continued)