Line 6 POD Studio UX1 Hands on Review

Line 6 POD Studio UX1 | Al J.

Musicians in need of a user-friendly USB interface for guitar recording are in for a treat with the Line 6 POD Studio UX1.  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, the POD Studio UX1 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 studio or project studio should have.

POD Farm features 18 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps, 5 bass cabs, 29 sweet stompbox and studio effects and 6 microphone preamps.  Add to that the RiffWorks drum machine and recorder that’s included.  Also included is the FX Junkie model pack that adds another 35 effect models to POD Farm including filters, delays and synths.

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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 sans 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 UX1 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 less than $150, you can purchase UX1 and have yourself a pretty solid project studio.

There are a handful of glitches in this otherwise fluid product. First, the set-up can be a bit tricky.  The product is advertised as a replacement for your sound card, when that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, depending on how you set up your software.  In general though, it does become your computer’s default sound output source.  Hook up your monitors or a set of headphones and you’re good to go. Once you unplug the UX1, sound output reverts automatically to your computer’s soundcard.    Second, the effects are solid.  The clean sounds are good, but the quality of the effects diminishes with distortion or the application of digital delays, which sound pretty cheap and thin.  And though the unit is compact and extremely portable, it doesn’t seem to me to be very rugged.  I would think twice about tossing it into a backpack and heading out across town on a bike.

Again, for the price the quality is pretty good.  The UX1 can definitely hold its own against competitors in the same price class.  My unit stays in constant use with no problems.

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