Yesterday I talked about the very basic functions of the Line 6 POD 2.0. The POD 2.0 is one of the more affordable option of their PODs, while there are a couple of smaller, less expensive version with less features. There are also slightly more expensive models with even more features. The type of POD you want all depends on what features you want/need and how much money you’re willing to spend.
I have barely even tapped in to the multiple functions of the POD 2.0 yesterday, so today I’m going to go a little deeper, yet I couldn’t tel;l you all of the functions unless I re-printed the “Pilot’s Handbook” as Line 6 likes to call their user’s manual. I’ll do my best to explain some functions that come in quite handy when you want to tune your sound for recording.
The POD 2.0 comes with a noise gate, which simply turns on and off with the touch of a button. A noise gate is great for cutting out noise and feedback. The noise gate detects certain decibel levels and more or less cuts of the sound until the sound level is present again. This is a great feature for live performances and cutting out pickup “hiss” or humming.
What would any multifunction piece of guitar gear be without a tuner? That’s right, the POD 2.0 has a tuner for quick, basic tuning of your instrument. Who likes to pull out an extra tuner to get your string in tune between songs and takes? I surely don’t. Press the tuner button and pick the string to see if your in tune, sharp or flat. It’s that easy.
The “Tap (Hold)” button is a cassified, Top Secret button that unlocks even more features. The basic function of the “Tap” button controls the tempo or speed of the effects such as Chorus, Tremolo, Delay, Flange and Rotary. By holding down the Tap button while turning some of the other knobs and you get even more effects.
Hold the Tap Tempo Button while turning:
- Treble: Presence boost
- Drive: Drive Boost
- Channel Volume: Volume Boost
- Bass: Echo
- Middle: Delay boost
- Amp Models: Alternate amp variations
- Effects: Change speaker cabinets
You have a midi button that dumps sounds in to midi through the deep editing mode. I haven’t had a chance to p[lay with that because I don;t have a midi interface. That will be my next toy to buy, along with a small midi keyboard.
Save: after you play around and get everything tweaked the way you want to tweak it, the save button lets you save that sound to a chosen location with the up and down button.
The Manual button allows you to start from scratch and build your own sound without starting from a preset channel. Then you can just save it with the save button.
There are L/R mono outputs and you can switch it to just one stereo output if you like. There is a midi in and midi out for midi tweaks and options. Of course there is the cat5 type jack where you plug in your optional foot pedals (See below). Lastly there is a headphone jack, which works out great if you just want to jam and play with the sound without bothering anyone within listening distance. Unlike headphone outputs on guitar amps, this makes the sound exactly as you would hear it coming through an amplifier or your computer.
If you would like to know more about Line 6 PODs or other Line 6 products, visit Line6.com. They have a great line of products for practice, live sound and recording.
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