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Line 6 POD Studio GX includes the POD Farm plug-in and Ableton Live Lite 8-track recording software, an ideal platform for guitarists. This collection of studio-standard hardware and software provides instant pro guitar recording, right out of the box.

NOTE: As of April 2010, if you order this product, you'll automatically be upgraded to POD Farm 2.0.

The Line 6 POD Studio GX boasts low noise for recording guitar, 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces, for clear and dynamic recordings. Plus, exclusive Line 6 ToneDirect monitoring virtually eliminates latency allowing you to record with amp and effect modeling and without sacrificing tone or feel.

Compact and powerful, the Line 6 GX interface features a 1/4-inch guitar input that allows for an immediate and no-nonsense recording experience.

Public Service Announcement: Latency Kills

Recording with latency is like driving with your eyes closed. Exclusive to Line 6, ToneDirect monitoring allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone while virtually eliminating latency and taking all the guesswork out of recording great-sounding tracks.

What's latency? Latency is the delay caused by the time it takes your guitar signal to travel all the way through your hardware interface, through your computer's processor, through your plug-in software, back through your hardware interface and out of your speakers or headphones. This delay is heard in your monitoring signal and makes recording almost impossible. With a Line 6 POD Studio GX interface, latency is something you'll never have to deal with.

Provides low noise for recording guitar with 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces ToneDirect monitoring virtually eliminates latency and allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone POD Farm plug-in provides 18 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs, 29 essential stompbox and studio effects and 6 mic preamps in Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS /VST formats 64-bit compatible Ableton Live Lite 8-track recording software 1/4-inch guitar input; 1/8-inch guitar headphone/line output 44.1/48 kHz 16-/24-bit recording (88.2/96 kHz with sample rate conversion)

Custom Guitar's Friend Gold Coverage

Gold Coverage goes above and beyond the manufacturer's warranty to protect your gear from unexpected breakdowns, accidental damage from handling and failures. This plan covers your product for one, two, three or up to five years from your date of purchase, costs just pennies per day and gives you a complete "no-worry" solution for protecting your investment.

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For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks) For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Custom Guitar's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax. Shipping fees covered if required for repair or replacement Plans are transferable in the event merchandise is sold Plans are renewable on new gear

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Term for New Gear begins on date of purchase but does not replace the store return policy or manufacturer coverage.

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I have Amplitube 3 and Guitar Rig 4 I had this on my Laptop but I needed something with more power and bought a new Desktop..I Thought it paled in comparison to the other 2 rigs as the sounds were so so and I do have the Metal Shop pack and guitar junky pack..It was all in the amount of Bit size you can use and buffer speed,I put it on 24 bit with full buffer speed and boosted up the sound samples and it sounds awesome now just as good as Amp. 3 and guitar Rig 4 even...Do this and you'll be glad you did cause your not getting the full sound potential if you don't....
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.When I first bought this I thought it was awesome, it was the cheapest ASIO soundcard I could get at the time and my band mates and I all bought one so that we could record ideas outside the studio and on tour. It comes with Ableton Live Lite 7 and Riffworks T4. The version of Ableton is TERRIBLE, it is very limited compared to the standard version of Ableton which is understandable since you get it for free, but it makes the learning curve for Ableton a huge waste of time because we you do figure it out you realize there are better DAWs you can get for free than this one. Riffworks T4 on the other hand is awesome and I highly recommend it, but you can download that for free without having to purchase anything, just go to the Sonoma Wireworks website. It also comes with POD Farm, a software that simulates guitar amps and effects. The GX includes a more limited version of POD Farm than the UX1 which means some of the presets are unusable (though they are still listed as if to taunt you) the software is alright if you own no amps or effects... otherwise you'll just be plugging your effects into the GX. Now the real problem with the GX is that it worked fine for a short period of time and then it developed feedback where just having it plugged in it would release deafening bursts of static, which 1.Hurts your ears and 2. Is very disruptive when you are trying to record. I thought maybe I got a bad model, but of my three other band mates two of their GXs also developed the same problem. I went online and found quite a few people have had the SAME PROBLEM and Line 6 has no solution. I would say go get an M-Audio Fast track, $20 more and also has a XLR input and doesn't release bursts of loud static every three to six minutes. Don't buy it, unless you are willing to gamble on your $99.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.Do not buy this if you are running any version of Windows Vista. All you will hear is crack and pops. Windows XP it works fine.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.This is a great product for somebody who doesn't know what they're doing. It is very simple, it's not hard to find the drivers so I'm not sure what some of these other people are having problems with. I got it when I was 13, I'm now 19. I still use it, and I plan on upgrading to the Line 6 UX2 within the next few hours. I love the tones that this one has. When you start off with it, you're not going to get that high quality sound. There's some doctoring you have to do to get there. I use Mixcraft 6 for my recording interface with some plug-ins from Ableton, FL, and other ones I've purchased. Using some of the skills I've learned over the years on recording the guitar, you can get a professional sound of this device. When I show someone a song I've made using it, they're completely dumbstruck the fact that something like this could be done at home.

Another important thing to remember about this product that if you have a junk guitar, you're not going to get a great sound. If you hear pops, crackles, or a lot noise. Don't blame on the POD, check your guitar. Check several, check cables. This product is great and I don't plan on going very far off of the Line 6 POD train. Anytime I can use it rather than using any other interface I do.

If you're just starting out your Home Studio or you are a seasoned recording artist, I recommend this piece. Definitely worth it, especially for the price. This thing is a steal at its price.

For any examples check out Reverie on Facebook or Summer Come Soon, I haven't used any other device besides this bad boy on my guitar.

Another thing, I've flirted with the idea of using this live. You very well could, if you only use two settings on your computer at home, or if you go through the scheduler which is something that I'm going to try, you can hook this up to any amp or PA with its Headphone input.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.Against my better judgement (I had a Guitar Port many years ago that did a real number on my computer) I thought I'd give the POD GX a try because it was half the price of a little bass amp. The best word I can use to describe that decision is regret.

The sound modeling and POD software are very good, and sound great, but if you're playing back music through the pod (like if you're learning songs at night) it was choppy on my laptop (which had an i7 and 6 gigs of ram) but playback was fine on my desktop (which has twice as much power).

Initial set up was a pain. I've never seen software that jumps through so many hoops to validate a license. Which leads to why this thing is useless garbage. Your license is stored on your device, not your PC, nor their servers. After 2 months mine has decided it no longer has a license. Software wise everything is perfectly fine, and the only solution for this is to buy a new POD or license. Now if I'm gonna spend money every 2 months to play bass I'm sorry but I'd rather save up and go buy a classic SVT and a nice Peavey cab, or a Markbass set-up because at least once you pay for those (unless you buy something with tubes) you never have to pay for it again.

All in all I'm not surprised. I've never been a Line 6 man but when I decide to give them a chance I always regret it, don't do the same. Save the trouble and go buy a small practice amp with a headphone out instead. Your wallet and computer will thank you.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
. I'll start with the fact that I am happy with the entry level product I received. The cost vs value is a total victory for the Guitarist. Before the internet age, getting an great electric guitar sound on limited income meant limited options. This product puts a world of options into your hands with the ease of point and click. The software setup on Windows 7 Home Premium required moderate tech savy as there is not an instruction document or map of what to install. So if you have a tech friendly friend, geek out together and share the fun. The Pod Farm is the most fun part of the package. The basic Pod Farm 2.5 has so many great sounds, I haven't found a reason to pay for the locked out options. The learning curve for the included recording software is higher. There are tutorials included and they are helpful. However, expect to spend some time here and beg your tech friends to help out. The recordings made from the Ableton Live Lite tutorial sound great.
I have not checked for a firmware update for the GX device, but (as detailed in previous posts) I noticed some popping once in awhile. It seems random and infrequent. It's annoying, but It isn't a show stopper for me at this point. Well, I didn't exactly call up Line 6 and ask for their absolute best product.
It's not a recording engineer in a box and I'm sure it's not meant to be. Take the Line 6 Studio GX as an entry level way to the best time you will spend at home with your electric guitar.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.I needed a simple rig to be able to record myself separately from my background tracks (tough to do) so I got this little gem to sit on my amp and run to my computer. I'm not sure what other reviewers were going on about with the difficult installation - yes, it takes about 20 minutes total and you have to register on Line6 but most audio stuff is like that anyway. I read the little yellow cheat sheet and in 20 minutes I was in Studio One Pro recording.

The sound is great (I recommend running a high quality instrument cable with adapters to the line in on the back of the unit to your speakers with a splitter on them) and I don't have a complaint yet. Well, I need a power brake for my amp but that's another story...

Overall, this unit is a great buy for the money if you just need something to record guitar with. Oh, BTW, contrary to some reviews, you can listen to this through the computer...the USB cable allows that - I tested it and it worked. You do get some delay, but it wasn't bad.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.once you jump through all the hoops of getting it set up, it's a pretty easy to use system. I recommend watching the LINE 6 videos on how to do it and what to expect. This is not a PLUG-N-PLAY unit. The recording software (Reason Limited) it not very user friendly and is kinda a pain to set up. You've got to make an account with them, wait for them to send you a license number, register it with them, and then continue the install.

My biggest gripe is that you have to use the headphone/line out jack to listen to it. In Reason Limited, you can select the GX unit's sound card (ASIO) to hear back through the headphones (or speakers if you have them hooked up) while you're playing but then have to switch it back to the computers sound card if you don't have the GX hooked up.

I also noticed the sound quality changes when playing with Reason open. I recommend opening everything and then tweaking with the sound before recording.

Reason Limited will let you export the files to a WAV format, but then you need to use a separate program (i used winLAME) to convert it to mp3. Pretty easy, but another pain. Also, i don't think there are any pre-loaded drum loops to play along too. Finding useful information or videos for Reason Limited is impossible. Most of the videos are for the full Reason software, and some of it's the same, but some of it isn't.

The LINE 6 software is really cool and easy to use. It's fun to play around with all the different stuff in a easy to see way..just grab and drop. I wish you could just record from the LINE 6 stuff.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.Allright, let me preface this review by saying this is NOT a viable recording solution for tracking guitars if you care about your mix in any capacity. Trust me, if this is what you want out of this unit, save yourself the headache and find a dedicated hardware unit that can interface with the computer without replacing your sound card. Anyway...

The POD GX is a good audio interface. The low-latency interface, POD Farm 2.0, and some other essentially useless software come in the bundle.

POD Farm 2.0 is pretty impressive for a lightweight little amp modeler running on a PC. The amps and cabs that come with this bundle are lackluster at best, but the add-on packs they sell on the Line 6 website are pretty decent. So don't expect to get passable amps right out the box -- especially if you're into high gain amp models or clean Marshall/Boogie-esque tone. You're gonna have to fork out more cash to get the good stuff. But even on the best of amp model & cab combos, the high end becomes tinny, the low end seems too mushy or unresponsive, and the mid range fluctuates between flat and over-processed to annoying and honking at you. Still, it is better than the low-end DigiTech pedals and the like.

Now, for the interface itself, and how it works within your DAW... The interface doubles as an external soundcard. This is a double-edged sword because it allows the unit to work with your DAW, but it totally replaces your sound card. (More on that later.)

The Asio GX drivers worked really well for me, were easy to configure, and provided the low latency advertised. And when pairing the POD Farm plugin with some cab impulses in Cubase, it sounded downright AMAZING.

I got my POD Farm presets configured, tweaked my cab impulses, laid down my tracks, and mixed it all down to near perfection. Must've listened to it about 50 times. It sounded so good I had chills...

Out of curiosity, I switched my 'playback device' back to my built-in soundcard, and played the file. IT SOUNDED BEYOND TERRIBLE. All of that time tweaking and mixing were worth nothing -- not to mention all the time wasted getting my presets to sound acceptable. The GX had been altering the mix so much, that the raw file had no resemblence to what I was hearing when I was working in my DAW through the GX. Also, when I just booted up my media player with the GX configured as the output device and started listening to music, the audio was noticably deadened -- like it was running through some high/low pass filters or something. I did some research and testing and found that the GX absolutely HAS TO be used as the output device in order to use the POD Farm plugin or the GX input in my DAW. Making it virtually useless for recording.

It's not all bad though. Recording issues aside, this is a respectable unit. The software is good, the interface is good, and when you start fiddling with cab impulses -- the tones you can milk out of it are really quite impressive. Great for jammin' in front of the computer and coming up with melody concepts and saving 'em within a DAW.

Just a shame that it amounts to squat when it comes to using it for its proported purpose.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm
.Got this so I could record with Garageband. It takes a little figuring out, but, it does work well. You have to make sure to set your output to the GX and plug your headphones in it. Also, go into the sound filter in Garageband and change it from the standard tones to PodFarm. Presto! You are recording perfect tone. It does only use about half of the presets. Most ones left out involve newer hotrod metal amps, so if you want to shred, buy the next package up. If you are happy with standard Marshall, Fender (Bassman and Deluxe), Vox, and Mesa amps, this is the cheapest way to lay down perfect tone.
Line 6 POD Studio GX with POD Farm

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