This was an upgrade from a 2.0 - just decided I wanted to go the rack route, and after I got it & saw what the capabilities were, whoooo-weee! A lot of people knock the Line 6 stuff, but I've grown fond of the POD-models. Granted, their effects aren't the greatest, but then again, you're not spending the money for something with the name Eventide or Lexicon attached to it. I don't use a lot of effects, so NBD. A little delay is perfect as reverb is handled at the mixer level.
Where Obtained: Ebay
More features than I'll use for awhile. There's just so many different uses - I particularly like the fact that I can run both balanced and unbalanced signals out. For live usage this is fantastic as I can run a signal direct to the mixer and still run stereo on stage.
Line 6 just keeps getting better IMO. The emulations are as close as you can get without spending thousands of dollars on the 32 different amplifiers it emulates.
I'm lucky here - I cut my teeth on a standard 2.0 POD, so this is a piece of cake. My biggest recommendation is to load Sound Diver onto your PC & get some MIDI cables & the appropriate connector so you can download patches from the web. I have thousands of different tones available on my PC now.
No probs here. I anticipate it'll get less wear than my 2.0 since it's housed in a safe rack. My 2.0 got to experience the rigors or club gigs without any problems, except of course for new scratches in the paint from being tossed into a crate with cables & stuff.
I think it's great. A sound for everything. As you've probably guessed I recommend it! But don't take my word for it. Check it out! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Guitar, Amp & Keyboard Center
I found this unit very familiar as the majority of the controls are the same as an amp. Additions include a dial to select one of 32 amp sounds, a dial to select the desired effect/effect combo, a level dial to specify the amount of effects added. For increased control over the finished sound, a number of the dials double as parmater controls. Oh and I mustn't forget the tap tempo button, which is used for fixing the speed of the delay.
The unit contains all the outputs you'll need with a choice of balanced/unbalanced and digital outs. Two types of input are avilable, which can be specified with a toggle switch, line input(for none guitar sources) and guitar input.
Effects include: reverb, delay, compression, flanger, chorus, tremelo and swell. Also, as only one effect can be selected at a time, with the exception of reverb, combinations of the above effects are provided.
Ok I use this unit directly in to a mixer, which goes into my PC and finally into a stereo amplifier.
I enjoy all types of music: rock/metal, jazz, classical. Just about anything that is well done.
With the range of amp simulations available you'll find just about any sound you're looking for and for any style. I've heard critisims that the simulations aren't perfect. All I can really say is listen to it for yourself. At the end of the day whether it's perfect or not doesn't matter. It's the fact that you're getting a 32 channel pre-amp with excellent quality, usable sounds for a relatively cheap price.
To me the sounds are rich and warm with great tone that you can only get from a tube driven amp.
Even if this is your first attempt at configuring a pre-amp or effects box, you shouldn't have any issues. The controls are familiar and the interface is well labelled and neatly laid out.
It comes with a great instruction manual, which reads really well. Also included is a quick start guide. So on unpacking this unit from the box, you'll be up and running in minutes.
The first thing you notice as you take this unit out of the box is the sturdy construction. In my opinion you would be safe using this in both live and studio environments.
I must say though I haven't gigged with it. But I wouldn't be afraid to, though. Just make sure you get a nice rack to put it in.
This thing is awesome. I dont pretend to be a pro, but I cant believe the sounds you get out of this unit. i was skeptical about these amp modelers, but I decided to take up Guitar Center on their 30 day return policy and check the Pod Pro out. Now I am sold on this thing. I am running it as a Pre-Amp with a Mesa 20/20 power amp. At a push of a button on the Floorboard (bought seperately), I can go from a clean Fender to a dirty Marshall to a balls out Rectfier. Then there are the amp models that were created by Line-6, which combines the best of all the amps to get some serious sounds all their own. Plus you get some specialty amps which most people could never afford like Soldano's and Matchless. I have read complaints about the tuner, but I have no complaints about that either. For the skeptics out there, give it a try.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $599.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center