Line 6 POD HD300
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Line 6 POD HD300
Vince Brooks 10/01/2012

Line 6 POD HD300 : Vince Brooks's user review

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Everything has been said ...
The pedal is robust, comprehensive level of connectivity, it's just a shame not to have placed an on / off switch, but hey, this is not really necessary.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is simple and intuitive (if one has already some experience in the field of multi-effects), which is why this product interested me because I'm not especially good for the programming, I'd rather spend my time playing ;-)
If you like hack, we may feel frustrated because it is not possible, for example, to quibble about the location of the microphone (you can also put one) or change the channel effects (eg you can not put two different overdrives one beside the other). In my case, it suited me, I do not look very complicated things and I think there are already enough to me to have fun. In addition, it allows you to quickly build a sound without getting lost in countless submenus.
As the manual downloadable from the Line6 site, it is very clear and sufficient (accessed for a little startup) and editing sounds is very simple, especially when using the appropriate software (I do not work for elsewhere without the software, it keeps me from going through the manual and have to do it by hand on the pedal).

SOUND QUALITY

So the most important sounds!
I use the POD primarily at home and it is directly connected to active speakers Behringer (and connected to the computer to edit the sounds with the software).
I also use it for rehearsals and concerts, and is then plugged directly into a mixer.
I did the update from its acquisition, so I enjoy include the 22 amp models instead of the 16 initially available, the Soldano and Plexi.
I mainly play with Ibanez Prestige RG 2620 and a U.S. Fender Strat modified with a Seymour Duncan SL59 at the bridge, but I now also the opportunity to play with a Gibson SG.
I knew the quality of the effects since I already had the excellent M13 that I bought to replace (not get rid of it!) Some of my favorite pedals I was using with my Fender Deluxe (mainly time and modulations).
Not surprisingly, almost all of these effects is there, with the same quality, and there are even some that I did not on my M13 (whose excellent vintage preamp).
I think overall the sounds are very good, as long as we know the first sound is desired, we know how to get there by manipulating the device, and we have proper equipment to amplify.
We must also accept that the report will be anyway very different than that obtained by listening to the sound coming from a tube amp, moreover if you play in front of the amp, but that it is transplanted by a microphone, Line 6 offering here the sound of an amp transplanted by a microphone.
I think I still have lots of things to discover with this device but I love playing with simulations and Hiwatt Twin for clean sounds, the JTM-45 and Park 75 for crunch, and Plexi Soldano for further satus, not to mention Dr. Z and Divided by 13, which have a very nice crunch brilliant ... I can not tell you if these simulations are close to the original models because I do not have, however it sounds and I find them pretty close to what I have in my ears when I listen to my favorite guitarists.
I am not come to a very convincing result with the Vox AC30 model for now (but maybe I am doing wrong that) and I do not use the Hi Gain amp because I 'm not too "metalheads".

OVERALL OPINION

I only use it for almost 2 months, but I waited three concerts (including two big scenes) and a relatively intensive use (I use it almost every day to play with me) to write a review.
Before the purchase, I used  Vox Tonelab SE (5-6 years ago) for a few months and the Pod 2.0, wich I reused ago shortly before I buy the HD300. There really is a world of difference between sounds with the old and the new Pod, it is hardly comparable ... The only interest Pod 1 is the fact that we sound a little "dated" you can not get with the new and can make their charm ;-)
I also had the opportunity to test some software like Guitar Rig 5 demo that I found really not bad until I bought my Pod.
But I mostly played for years before that on real amps, the last which is a Fender Deluxe U.S. with whom I made many rehearsals and a lot of concerts, and I used to complement the M13 with good overdrive pedals (Tubescreamer Ibanez, Fulltone OCD, MI Audio Crunchbox, ...).
Let;s be clear: my Pod HD300 never replace nor my Fender Deluxe or my good old analog pedals (which are beginning to dust).
In fact, I no longer have the palpitations I had with Fender, nor the fat and warmth of tubes... Basically, this is less ¨¨Rock&Roll ;-)
But for my needs (home recording, possibility of sound without disturbing the neighbors) and the many services it makes me (I no longer carry my big tube amp - heavy, bulky and fragile - I can move from one sound to another completely different without  tap dancing, I can do without my annoyed friends rehearsing musicians  because it is too loud, I can go to a jam with just a guitar and pedal , ...), I do not regret my purchase!
You just get used to hear yourself differently at reharsal or on stage (mainly in the back, but there are other solutions, especially if it is plugged into a Tech 21 Power Engine) and accept some small disadvantages of digital and this kind of system (it depends on a good rig - mixer, speakers, ... - and skills of the tec and then it is true that visually onstage, it is less  flashy than the guitarist who has his big stack behind him with a big pedalboard full of beautiful and expensive pedals ).
Finally, I think I never played so much  it since I got that gear, because I get off every time I use it ...
And for the price, frankly, it is unbeatable!!