Line6 POD Farm2

I was once the proud owner of the POD 2 hardware unit. I used it religiously on everything I recorded for 3 years. The thing about it that always bothered me was that I was forced to commit to a sound in order to record with it. That’s not Line6’s fault; it’s the nature of using a hardware ampsim.

Enter POD Farm2.

I demo’d this last night (there’s a 15 day demo for ilok owners), and I’m very impressed. IMHO, it’s better sounding and far more stable than Amplitube (which is my main ampsim).  BTW, I’ve used Studio Devil with Recabinet, and I’ve raved about the sound, but it got to be a bit of a burden on my CPU (with patches loading slowly, etc.)

I woke up this morning, and my Mrs.  took the dogs and the baby to the park, so I’ve had the chance to play all morning!!! Woooohoooo!!!!!

POD Farm2 reminds me of the POD I had. Most, if not all the sounds,  are there, and it’s really easy to create new sounds. Plus it’s got a great dual mode, so I can set up two different amp chains (like you would play live), and pan them left and right.

Now the really cool thing about POD Farm2 (besides the ease of use and stablility) is the ability to change the tone on the recorded wave “on the fly”. That’s just a brilliant thing because a lot of times I like to tweak the amp, eq, etc, and with the hardware POD I couldn’t do that.

The cabinets sound really good (not as good as Recabinet, but there’s a trade-off for stability), and I always thought Line6’s vibe, and tremolo sounds were the best sims around. Strangely enough it comes with a ton of Beatle, and U2 guitar presets, and very few extreme metal sounds (which is a good thing for me).  I’ve already re-created my “go-to” amps.

Yea, this thing is real cool, and a must purchase (eventually) when I get the extra $99.

**EDIT**

What’s really cool is that Line 6 created POD Farm 2 to run as  a complete unit combining FX, mics, delays, amps, etc.. AND as individual plug ins! So, if I want just 1 amp, and a delay (without the tuner, etc.) I can set that up. What you end up with is:

  • 18 guitar amps
  • 24 guitar cabs
  • 5 bass amps
  • 5 bass cabs
  • 29 stompboxes and studio effects
  • 6 mic preamps
  • Dual Tone functionality and A/B/Y box

Check it out.

🙂

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4 Responses to “Line6 POD Farm2”

  1. empirepd Says:

    Great minds think alike. First of all, love the AD presets, keep them up.

    On POD Farm 2, I am fairly new to running guitar through an amp sim. I have an old Line 6 AX 2212 amp and my American Strat (with cobalt pickups) always sounded great through it. I have tried NI’s Guitar Rig and POD Farm, but I just can’t seem to get the same great sound out of them. I am running my Strat directly into a MOTU 828mkII and then into the amp sim software and am monitoring out of a set of Event Electronic Studio Precision 8 monitors.

    Do you do anything special to your guitar before going into POD Farm? For instance, are you using a pre-amp or something like that before going into your digital interface? Thanks.

    • Hey Empire. thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoy the presets- I’ve posted more today (here and a Joey C preset in the XLN forum).
      Yea, your Strat’s a solid guitar, and Line 6 is a solid company with great products. Amp sims are tricky. Some are better than others depending on what guitars you use, genre of music you write, and how powerful your computer is. I will say this: Analog Rules. The key to a good sound is to first warm your clean input/signal through a tube-driven pre-amp. I swear by that, and you don’t have to use an expensive unit. Anything by ART will do (I use the Tube MP Project Series). It works for my bass, guitars, and anything I put through a mic. The reason for the hardware pre-amp is:
      1. I don’t have to waste precious ram on warming the signal by using a plug-in. Pod Farm has pre-amps, but you don’t necessarily need them.
      2. It gives you a nice strong signal into the “cold as ice” digital sound card.

      Hope that helps.

  2. empirepd Says:

    Thanks. What exact model do you use? I have pondered the pre-amp route and even tried a Grace One at one point a while back, but it didn’t seem to be any better than the pre-amps built into the MOTU 828mkII. Maybe I’ll try one again. I also have a bass and mics for vocal and acoustic guitar, so something that covers all of the bases would be good.

    • I use the “Tube MP Project Series” from ART. It’s got Phantom Power for mics, phase inverse, a built in limiter, etc.. It should run you about $70 (US dollars). It really warms up my signal nicely.

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