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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Line 6 POD 2

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iamqman07/06/2011

iamqman's review

Line 6 POD 2
One of the best products that Line 6 has ever produced. These little units sound amazing and have a great array of variance of possible operations. You can run amp models and cab models as well as an assortment of modulations, delays, and others effects.

One very cool features is the ability to run 9 effects at the same time. This gives the user basically and endless supply of possible tonal variations.

Features:

32 Amp Models
15 Cabinet models
16 Digital Effects
36 Factory/ User Presets
1/4 inch TRS Headphone and Direct Out
ToneTransfer compatible for seamless transfer of sound with any other Flextone II, POD, or POD Pro, or with Line 6's on-line library of sounds
Headphone out
MIDI I/O plus free software editor/librarian
Chromatic tuner
Floorboard and FB4 compatible
Power supply included

UTILIZATION

Detail
A/D Res. 24 bit
Analog Inputs 1/4in TS
Analog Outputs 1/4in TRS L&R, headphones
D/A Res. 24 bit
Max. Delay 1000 ms
MIDI I/O In/Out
Simultaneous Effects 9

SOUND QUALITY

This little box is great for recording but live play is is another story. If you simply use the effects for live use ten it is a decent tone, but j=using the amp models in a real amp situation is pretty pointless to me.

When recording this little thing is a great tool. Will it sound exactly like a real tube amp pushing a speaker cabinet...no but it will get pretty close to the original sound.

Doesn't really matter what guitar you use with this product because it will sound decent. You will not get that feel of the notes and the dynamics of really playing a tube amp because this is just simply simulating what you would play not wise. There is no feeling at all in the notes.

OVERALL OPINION

I think Line 6 is one of the best if not the best companies out there who provide solid effect units for the all-in-one consumer who wants to keep things simple and clean. I would play this unit any day of the week. I don't use too much effects so something like this is perfect for me and it is perfect for home use!

At new you can pick these units up for aright around 4200. Not a bad price for this compact processor. I like the idea of using this silently for playing at home or in an office where noise may be an issue.
RickD07/31/2008

RickD's review

Line 6 POD 2
This has reverb, chorus, delay, compressor, flange, phaser, rotary, tremolo and some combinations.

It's all digital.

You can edit with the numerous knobs, very easily. Tap tempo is very handy!
I believe there is a PC edition mode but never bothered with it.

Big jacks in & out (stereo out), midi.

Not rackable, but that seems pointless. ;-)

UTILIZATION

Very simple to use.

Editing is very easy, yes.

Can't remember needing the manual that much but it was clear too.

SOUND QUALITY

The effects are usable...depending on how hard you mix them in maybe, but yeah, it's usable.
Now, if you have a TC Electronic sitting by then maybe you won't bother using these, but i have a G-Force and i have used the tremolo on this, and the reverb isn't bad either actually. Sounds more like an amp reverb than dedicated reverb units do.

Used this on electric & acoustic...worked very well.

I don't like most of the distortions in this...actually the Line 6 amps sound best to me...

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it about 4 years or so, i think.

I like that it's small...complete...and lets you play at any time of day or night...in pretty much any style...and you can record it & it sounds fine...if you get your settings good. ;-)

You must remember this unit is old, and pretty much the first...so i tried no other, it was totally the best at the time and was a gift actually...very expensive one at the time, i was amazed! ;-p
I think that for the current price it's a bargain!

I'd probably go for a pro rack if i were to buy one now cos i want digital out, but i'd try out the competition....and maybe go for one of those floor thingies that let you install VST plugins on them...now THAT sounds unbeatable!
MGR/Piccolo11/18/2003

MGR/Piccolo's review"Line 6 Pod 2.0"

Line 6 POD 2
The pod is an amp modeling unit which can replace most if not all of your stomp boxes There are numerous preset guitar effects and a manual setting with numerous controls to tweek. This unit has dropped in price, average street price and over the net from Musician's Friend is about $249 as of November 2003, since its new big sister the Pod xt model came out. I saw it at a local musician's friend store, tried it , and liked it. I acquired it for recording direct to my 8 track.




The many presets will get you started, but I obtained this effects tool mainly for recording, and it works well. The noise gate is a great addition to this pod to keep low level noise out. Although it does not have the auto wah of the new pod xt, it certainly can give you a myriad of effects on the manual setting. Manual preset information can be downloaded from the website to play the guitar parts on cover songs similar to the style used in the song.


If the effects loop is raised too much along with too much reverb, sometimes some 60 cycle ac hum gets in, but it can usually be tweeked down to an acceptable level. I have used it in gig settings but unless you have done the presets to the songs you are doing, you may find it cumbersome to change the knobs manually between songs unless you are fast and know the controls well.

The construction and quality is good, I have dropped mine several times without damage. The web site has good support

Best used for recording ideas in my opinion and makes a great direct box with all the speaker emulations and amp combos.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Tyler11/13/2003

MGR/Tyler's review"Line 6 Pod 2.0 and Floorboard"

Line 6 POD 2
I acuired this unit because it seemed to be ideal for me, i have been playing for two years and it looked like a good unit to have. i payed 500 for the pod and floorboard.

I like how the pod has easy accessible 16 amp modles and 36 effects. Also with the floorboard you can program your own effects into different banks so it is easy to organize and remember where your key tones are.

i dont like the wah pedel, it is very hard to turn on and you wouldnt be able to switch it on and off in a live sitchuation.

the construction is good for the pod the only weak part is the pedels to the floorboard i have bent my wah pedle to try and turn it on.

The pod is a nice unit to have but if you are thinking about getting it i would get the floorboard also because it makes it much easier to switch banks and channels. If you are looking forward to using the wah pedle i would buy a different one.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Adam Martin11/10/2002

MGR/Adam Martin's review"Line 6 Pod 2.0"

Line 6 POD 2
Paid $300.00
After hearing a few of my friends comment that they could get a great sound live out of it, thought I'd give it a go.

The distortion to my ears (and I'm a tube guy all the way) sounds very convincing. If I closed my eyes and nobody told me what I was listening too, I would swear that I was hearing 12ax7's in full heat, along with power tube break-up. I am impressed (not with most of the presets though, needs fiddling to achieve great results). If you have the ears to dial in the right tone and EQ you won't be disappointed. Bad ears, good luck because this can sound bad. For distortion I recommend starting with the Soldano SLO overdrive with a vintage Celestion 4-12 cab, roll off a bit of bass.

Why does the rack mount unit cost so much? All it has extra is balanced XLR outs.
Does this warrant it costing twice as much!
To me the Wah pedal in the floor board is unusable, it's shrill and unmusical (I guess digital sound has it's limitations).
Every preset has to much bass and backing it off steals the smooth low mid which I love. I recommend reducing it afterwards with a high pass filter in the mixing console. Chorus and flanger effects are NOT good. I've tweaked them and have achieved a usable chorus sound, barely usable.

I had to send it in for repair once, a chip went down. Was covered, had it back in my hands within a few weeks. Been OK for gigging since for the last year.

Once again, fiddle with it. Use the in depth software that comes with it and you will achieve a very convincing tube tone, the best on the market to date.
Effects and wah don't cut it, but what can you do, it's cheap, and can do some important things well.
I use it live with a Vox AC30 reissue, I hide it behind the amp.
I constantly have people asking me how I get such a great tone. It's tweaking, but it's in this unit.
I recommend your favorite chorus and wah pedal be put in line before the input.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anonymous06/28/2001

MGR/Anonymous's review"Line 6 POD 2 Upgrade Chip"

Line 6 POD 2
Ordered through Musicians Friend for $49.. I wanted to avoid the MIDI interface and access all models from the front panel.

I already liked the POD a great deal for practice and for recording, but really HATED using a MIDI interface to get at all the amp models and speaker cabs. This upgrade elminates the MIDI interface, improved the tuner (to where is is useable now), and did improve the sound to an extent. I almost never used the presets (as I have different guitars and different moods) so I prefer the unit in manual, roll your own mode. It used to turn on in whatever mode you left it, not it ALWAYS defaults to the last preset.

The upgrade was very easy to do. I do not use the POD for live stuff, I have a couple of amps I really like live (and loud), but it seems as if it could withstand live use.



The actual POD seems quiet well built

Yes. As a recording and practice media, this is an incredible value for me. The upgrade was worth every penny to what I already paid for the POD

The POD upgrade is a good thing.. My unit is easier to work and I think in so case sounds much better.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anonymous06/25/2001

MGR/Anonymous's review"Line 6 POD 2.0"

Line 6 POD 2
I bought my POD at Skip's Guitars in Modesto. Price was $330 before tax.



OK: POD rocks for direct recording. I am running the pod into the mic in on a generic Sound Blaster card on my PC and recording via SoundForge... Awesome sounds- not just the dirty and loud (marshall stack, rectified amp,...) but also very nice clean sounds... I've run my acoustic/electric Ovation through the POD on the tube preamp setting and even done some voice recording through it. Simply, it rocks!



Should have come with midi patch cords. For live playing... Should be able to switch effects with no popping...



Excellent. Already dropped it once or twice and no damage. Very solid construction.



Very worthwhile for advanced level direct recording or amateur level live playing. Good pickup if you have an axe, cheap amp, and want a few effects and other sounds without spending tons on diff amps, multi effect pedals...



This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anonymous06/25/2001

MGR/Anonymous's review"Line 6 POD 2.0 Upgrade Chip"

Line 6 POD 2
Ordered through Musicians Friend for $49.. I wanted to avoid the MIDI interface and access all models from the front panel.


I already liked the POD a great deal for practice and for recording, but really HATED using a MIDI interface to get at all the amp models and speaker cabs. This upgrade elminates the MIDI interface, improved the tuner (to where is is useable now), and did improve the sound to an extent.

I almost never used the presets (as I have different guitars and different moods) so I prefer the unit in manual, roll your own mode. It used to turn on in whatever mode you left it, not it ALWAYS defaults to the last preset.


Nothing

The upgrade was very easy to do. The actual POD seems quiet well built. I do not use the POD for live stuff, I have a couple of amps I really like live (and loud), but it seems as if it could withstand live use.


Yes. As a recording and practice media, this is an incredible value for me. The upgrade was worth every penny to what I already paid for the POD

The POD upgrade is a good thing.. My unit is easier to work and I think in so case sounds much better.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Perfect Mask12/03/2014

Perfect Mask's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and effective"

Line 6 POD 2
Line 6 View website.
Missing connectors (no HD output, for example), the effect settings, no screen to view what is rule, etc ...
But that POD is no longer young and do not cost much, you can not have everything!

UTILIZATION

Archi simple and intuitive. Highlight of the device.
Soon was the sound that research or we easily approach shortly.
Edition simple sounds, turn 3 or 4 buttons on backup and hop around and played.
I bought the used device, without notice, and it does not lack for we find settings quickly and alone.
Obviously, it does not ask too much!

SOUND QUALITY

Clear sound: a little cold, but pretty accurate. Qqs effects with the correct sound is rendered.
Crunch sounds: no comment, it's not the lamps but even qd very correct. Lack necessarily dynamic but makes it all pretty well.
Overdrive: broad palette of sound rock (clean and precise) in his dirty kind Fuzz (greasy and not accurate at all!). There's enough to have fun.
For my part, having an ENGL Powerball head to play "for real", I juggle at home or sometimes in rehearsal between Modern High Gain and Treadplate (simulation of a Rectifier). These are two typed metal sound, precise and warm enough, the sound is pleasant.

I'm not fanatical user of effects.
I mostly use, delay, reverb, chorus.
Simple effects, basic settings.
Sounds not exceptional but adequate.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the POD for 2 years in a home studio and repet.
It sounds good almost everywhere plugged into an amp head; live on a sound system or live on a sound card.
This is certainly not the high-end and simple adjustments necessarily imply a lack of precision but enough to send her in all circumstances without taking the head.

I have used several types of POD but this model is for the moment the one with the best sound for that price (especially secondhand) and such simplicity. I says, I did not like gas plants like POD XT or POD X3: too complicated to create a sound tjs not pleasant (if yucky ....)
Kurzwy12/03/2014

Kurzwy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and effective"

Line 6 POD 2
Concentric is noon but it works very well. There are lots of hidden editable by computer settings.

UTILIZATION

very simple to use.

SOUND QUALITY

the amp models are very well done you have to make adjustments or even because after the guitar and microphones used this does not sound at once (like a amp made).

OVERALL OPINION

value for money is unbeatable.