Line 6 POD Studio GX Review

Line 6 POD Studio GX | Jason S.

Musicians in need of a user-friendly USB interface for guitar recording are in for a treat with the Line 6 POD Studio GX.  The quality and popularity of Line 6 guitar and bass effects have made their way into the home studio market, putting platinum-record-selling sounds and effects processing within reach of you savvy recording guitarists out there.

First of all, like the POD Studio UX1, the POD Studio GX combined with the POD Farm software provides users with a pretty varied selection of effects.  You can expect to start recording immediately with Ableton Live’s 8-track recording software, a great tool for guitarists. POD Farm gives you a nice range of vintage essentials as well as the popular modern effects that every pro recording or project studio should have.

POD Farm features 18 guitar amps modeled after several legendary product lines (including modeled after Fender Deluxe Reverb, Marshall JCM-800, Vox AC-30 Top Boost, Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier), 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps, 5 bass cabs, 29 sweet stompbox and studio effects (modeled after EP-1 Tube Echoplex, Ibanez Tube Screamer, MXR Phase 90, LA-2A studio compression to start) and 6 microphone preamps (modeled after Neve 1073, Avalon Vt737, API 512c and more).

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One of the cool features about the POD is the ToneDirect monitoring which just about eliminates latency and allows you to record a dry signal and hear it back processed without any audible delay.  A good thing since you can record your signal and not sacrifice any tone or feel. The gear browser makes every single model available for drag and drop ease of applying effects.

The Studio GX has low noise, making it a solid choice for vocal recording as well. Vocals come out crisp and clean, even using a mediocre microphone. It offers clear recordings and 12dB more dynamic range than comparable interfaces.  And for the price, you can purchase GX and have yourself a pretty solid project studio.

Essentially the POD Studio GX and the UX1 are the same interface in a different package.  The GX models its effects after a different set of amps, but for the most part they are interchangeable, with the exception of a slight price difference – the UX1 is generally $20-$30 higher than the GX.

For around $100, the price and quality are pretty good.  The Line 6 POD Studio GX can definitely hold its own against competitors in the same price class.

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