LINE 6 SHIPS THE NEW POD® HD DESKTOP MULTI-EFFECT

Posted by Chris | Posted in Electric Guitars, Guitar Gear | Posted on 20-05-2011-05-2008

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Check it out! The guys from Line 6 have just sent out a release that they are shipping the new POD HD Desktop Multiple Effects module.

LINE 6 SHIPS THE NEW POD® HD DESKTOP MULTI-EFFECT

—The next generation of iconic “bean”-shaped direct-recording effects processors features HD amp modeling, over 100 M-class effects and an essential array of ins and outs —

CALABASAS, Calif.—May 20, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, announces today the shipment of POD® HD desktop multi-effect, the latest addition to the award-winning family of POD products.

“POD HD adds the truly exceptional tube-like tone and feel of new HD amp modeling to the classic POD benefits of convenience, simplicity and flexibility,” remarked Michael Murphy, Category Manager for POD and Effects Products at Line 6. “Plus, POD HD features over 100 M-class guitar effects and ins and outs that are perfect for any project studio.”

POD HD features all 22 of the new Line 6 HD amp models. The high-quality models offer a wide range of tones from sparkling cleans to mid-gain crunch to full-bodied, high-gain distortion. The models are based on famous modern and vintage amps including Fender® Twin Reverb®, Hiwatt® Custom 100, Supro® S6616, Gibson® EH-185, Divided by 13 JRT 9/15, Dr. Z® Route 66, Vox® AC-30 (Top Boost), Marshall® JTM-45 MkII, Park 75, Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®, ENGL® Fireball 100 and more, and deliver all the tonal nuances of each. (Amplifiers recognized as having being modeled for earlier POD products were re-modeled for POD HD using the new HD amp modeling technology.)

Fully adjustable guitar preamp, power amp, speaker cab and mic preamp models are featured in POD HD as well as over 100 M-class effects featuring tangy choruses, syrupy-sweet reverbs, distinctive delays and much more. Up to eight effects can be run simultaneously and in any order.

The large display shows quick, at-a-glance review of the entire signal chain. All parameters of all models are easily edited directly from the homepage.

POD HD features a studio-ready I/O with a 1/4-inch guitar input, stereo 1/4-inch balanced outs, USB 2.0, S/PDIF out, 1/4-inch headphone jack, an XLR mic input and an FBV™ jack for connection to a Line 6 foot controller.

Countless guitarists have chosen to direct-record with POD since the debut of the original bean-shaped desktop multi-effect over a decade ago. Many prefer the tactile, amp-like experience of POD instead of moving virtual knobs in a plug-in. Others choose POD for the outboard processing instead of bogging down their computers with processor-intensive software. Guitarists, who record, perform and travel for gigs value POD for its convenience, portability and reliable tone.

Learn more about POD HD desktop multi-effect at line6.com/podhd/desktop/.

All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. Fender and Twin Reverb are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Hiwatt is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company Ltd. Supro is a registered trademark of Zinky Electronics, LLC. Gibson is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corp. Dr. Z is a registered trademark of Dr. Z Amps, Inc. Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. Mesa/Boogie and Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd. Engl is a registered trademark of Ausflug, Beate and Engl, Edmund.

The new Line 6 POD HD Desktop Effects

About Line 6, Inc.

Based in Calabasas, California, Line 6 is a leading manufacturer of guitars, amplifiers, effects, effect processors, recording interfaces and digital wireless systems. The company is world renowned for its studio- and stage-standard gear featuring its patented amp and effect modeling and digital wireless technologies. Line 6 invented digital guitar amp modeling technology in 1996 and is currently the #1 maker of guitar amplifiers. Its award-winning products are used by musicians worldwide and have been featured on countless platinum and Grammy® award-winning titles. Line 6 is distributed in over 60 countries with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Japan. For more information, visit www.line6.com.

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The Spider IV 75 Watt Modeling Amplifier From Line 6 – First Impressions

Posted by Chris | Posted in Guitar Gear | Posted on 12-04-2011-05-2008

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When I got home Thursday, I was thrilled to find my new Spider IV 75 Watt Modeling Amplifier and Line 6 FBV Express MkII 4-button Foot Controller waiting for me.  It felt like being a kid on Christmas morning to see the big box sitting there.  The kids helped me unpack everything and in no time we were rocking out.  That first night I didn’t even bother with the instructions.  I just unpacked it, plugged it in and started tweaking knobs and pushing buttons.  Right out of the box, I was able to create sounds and tones that would take an army of effects pedals and hours of adjustments.  I was instantly in love with my new Line 6 amp.

Up till then I had only played with the amps at a guitar store and read up on their capabilities on the internet and in some guitar magazines.  This was the first time I was able to really sit down and explore all that they can do.  I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg and honestly, this amp can probably do a lot more than I’m capable of.

I hate tuning, but the on-board tuner is a snap to use.  It makes switching back and forth from drop D tuning to standard tuning incredibly fast and easy for me.  A nice feature is that you can control the tuner from the Line 6 FBV Express MkII 4-button Foot Controller or directly on the amp.

The Line 6 Spider IV 75 75-watt 1×12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier comes standard with over 250 presets to get lost in.  Everything from artists inspired settings to actual songs.  The songs are divided up by decade so you can go from that classic “Cinnamon Girl” sound of Neil Young to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica effortlessly.  I can’t wait to dig deeper and play through them all.

Once I’ve had time to get proficient with my new Line 6 Spider IV 75 75-watt 1×12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier and Line 6 FBV Express MkII 4-button Foot Controller, I’ll write up a more thorough review.

So far, I would highly recommend the Line 6 Spider IV series to anyone looking for a quality guitar amp.  The modeling capabilities also will save you a ton on effects pedals.