The Line 6 POD Studio UX1 Guitar Interface enables you to record guitar directly into your computer and digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice. Not only does it boast pretty awesome hardware specs, but you also get a massive selection of recording and modeling software to help you achieve your dream tone with ease. Combining the superb sounds of the POD Farm 2 plug-in with a powerful USB interface, the Line 6 POD Studio UX1 is a must have recording interface for every guitarist.
The POD Studio UX1 boasts a highly impressive noise rating, enabling you to record dry tones - i.e. your clean guitar signal - with the utmost clarity. Thanks to its 24-bit/96kHz recording capability, you can rest assured that even the most subtle nuances of your tone will be captured faithfully.
Across the front panel you'll find an instrument input, an XLR input - with independent Mic Gain control -, and a headphone monitor output with an individual Output level control. All you need to do is simply plug in, set the appropriate gain level and you're good to go. If you want to record acoustic instruments or vocals then the balanced XLR input with built-in microphone preamp is on hand. to, phantom powered and ready to record. If you want to include outboard line level equipment such as keyboards or sound modules, two 1/4" line inputs are available. Two balanced 1/4" analogue line out connections allow you to export direct signal feeds to outboard equipment.
As you'd expect from Line 6, who have a wealth of experience when it comes to building professional level equipment, latency-killing technology is included in the form of their fantastic ToneDirect monitoring. ToneDirect monitoring allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone, free of audible latency. You can even monitor a processed tone while recording a dry signal, allowing you to readily audition tones until you're ready to mix the tracks. This is very useful for layering tracks and building up your song ideas, in real-time and with minimal fuss.
The UX1 communicates happily with Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, Garageband, Pro Tools, Cakewalk and many others. Included with the UX1 is Reason Limited, so you can get recording as soon as it arrives. The POD Farm 2 plug-in includes a slew of awesome models for recording pro-sounding tracks. Within the software you'll find over 80 fully adjustable guitar and bass amps, preamps, vintage classic and modern rectifier models.
If you're looking for an intuitive, latency-free USB audio interface for recording guitars, bass, vocals or acoustic instruments, then the Line 6 POD Studio UX1 Guitar Interface is the perfect choice.
Manufacturer Line 6 Model POD Studio UX1 Guitar Interface Dimension (H x W x D) 102 x 305 x 229 mm Weight 454g Connectivity Inputs: 1/4-inch guitar input Balanced XLR input with high-quality mic preamp Trim knob Two 1/4-inch line inputs Outputs: 1/4-inch stereo monitor input Two 1/4-inch analogue outs 1/4-inch headphone out System Requirements 512MB RAM minimum (1GB or more recommended) 1GB free HD space minimum (10GB or more recommended for recording) Drive speed 5400rpm minimum (7200rpm or faster recommended) CD-ROM drive Internet connection for activation and online features One free USB 1.1- or 2.0-compatible port on computer (USB hubs are not supported) Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS/VST Mac: G4 800MHz or better, OS X 10.4.6 or better Windows: Pentium IV 1.2GHZ or better, Windows XP (SP2) or Windows XP x64, Vista 32-bit and 64-bit
- Customer Reviews
- An interface not just for Guitars
As a person who lives in a flat I have found the included POD Farm software to be a massive space saver.
The quality of the audio produced through this interface is very good and I have experienced zero detectable input lag.
The inclusion of a Stereo Monitor out as well as a Headphone monitor is very good. I use this as my main Audio interface on my iMac and it is very good for any instrument input thanks to it's stereo input.
If you are looking to record your guitar then look no further this is an amazing interface. Even if you just need an interface to record that new synth you have just bought, this one will also do the trick.
A good all round Audio Interface.
- Well worth it!
I eventually switched to distortion and was not disappointed. With a little tweaking, I soon had the perfect metal tone, heavy without the notes becoming muddy. It can even be used in conjunction with just some headphones as a mini-portable practice amp. Easy to carry, set up and then put away.
I would compare it to Guitar Rig 6 (a virtual amp modeller). However, while Guitar Rig 6 has an even wider variety of tone options, the Line 6 POD feels much more streamlined and easier to use. Guitar Rig occasionally has latency issues, which was not once a problem thanks to ToneDirect monitoring.
It even comes with the very acclaimed and widely used piece of recording software, Ableton. However, since I already had Logic I didn't need to use this.
In conclusion, the Line 6 POD is a great piece of equipment. Whether just for practicing with headphones or as a tool in the studio. While it will never reach the tone capabilities of higher market equivalents (such as Axe-FX II, which costs just under £2,000) for the price, it is well worth it.
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