You then select the type of distortion you want to apply to that band using the SHAPE popup. David Zajicek from Waco, Texas USA April 27, 2012Music Background:Recording/live sound engineer/pro musician Pod Studio and Pod Farm 2.51 Plugging into hardware for guitar tones and achieving them is as simple as taking the product out of the box and getting the cables run. The models included are based on the Pod XT algorithms, and though you get slightly fewer of them than in the hardware equivalent, the quality is exactly the same. The first changes between the stored setting and any edits you have made, allowing you to make comparisons before saving. Following the noise gate is a volume pedal, which can be controlled remotely via MIDI, as can the wah pedal that comes next. A pre/post switch allows the volume pedal to be moved to the end of the effect chain, immediately prior to the Send 3/4 output.
The more obviously coloured or distorted ‘genre’ preamps also add the right kind of character, providing you restrict their use to the musical styles that rely on these more excessive vocal treatments. Especially grandkids.The four stars is tentative, until I have time to maximize it’s functionality. The second bypasses the modelling chain, giving you a clean signal path and shedding any computer CPU load that Gearbox imposes, while the third opens up a very precise and stable guitar tuner with an analogue meter-style readout. This is a wonderfully uncomplicated way of setting up monitoring reverb for vocalists, but the down side is that you can’t use these effects when you come to mix (unless you route audio back through the box) as they are not available as plug-ins.
Model packs are software add-ons that dramatically expand the collection of amp and effects models in compatible Line 6 hardware devices, or on computers authorized to run POD Farm 2.5 or better. You’ll receive an outdated software disc, that once you install and the Line 6 Monkey, you will be prompted to update, then the drivers, then the authorization codes. The slightly more expensive UX2 has additional features including a second mic preamp, phantom power, footswitch sockets and an S/PDIF output. Also make sure that the 3 DISTORTION switches are turned off. This can be found under the bid entry box.