Monday, April 21, 2008

On the Board

In this week’s On the Board we’re going to take a look at the coolest software out there right now for getting great guitar tones- the Line 6 GearBox plug-in…

If you’re like me, then you’re a big Line 6 fan, but always felt like there was something missing from POD and PODxt. Enter GearBox. GearBox is basically a plug-in for your computer that, when coupled with the included DI box/interface, produces digital tones of unsurpassed quality with levels of unsurpassed convenience. It’s important to note that there are two ways to use GearBox. The first is to install it on the same computer you record with. The advantage to this is that you can switch tones on the fly and make last second changes to you sound. The other way is to use it as a pedal (which is what I personally do) by having GB installed on a separate computer from the one that does the recording. The features listed below correspond to the “Gold” bundle, which has a much longer list of models than the “Silver” bundle:

Line 6 GearBox Plug-In Gold Bundle Features:

· 72 guitar amp models
· 24 guitar cabinet models
· 28 bass amp models
· 22 bass cabinet models
· 80+ stompbox models and studio effects
· 6 mic preamp models

The beauty of GearBox is its versatility and convenience. The Line 6 cats really thought about this because they not only make this a valid purchase for the guitarist, but also the bassist (no big surprise) AND the vocalist as well- that’s right- GearBox can be used to produce killer guitar sounds, bass sounds, and even vocal sounds with its 6 mic preamp models. On the convenience scale, this thing is off the charts as far as I’m concerned. I’ve saved myself a lot of time and trouble being able to haul only my laptop and Line 6 box to recording sessions. That kind of convenience just can’t be beat!

There are a lot of things Line 6 is not. Some tone purists will argue that because Line 6 models sounds it’s not worth a second glance. If you ask me, this is a bone-headed view point. For the few things that Line 6 is not, there are infinitely more reasons
to check out this particular piece of gear- versatility and convenience, which we’ve covered. Additionally, the fact the these emulations are quality reproductions of amps and effects that most of us, if we’re being honest, will never have the chance to play let alone own is probably the greatest reason of all. For the guy that wants be able to say he used 72 vintage amps on his record… good luck with that- keep saving! On the other hand, if you’re a real guitar player who has a real budget but still needs killer tone, check out the GearBox, buckle your seat belt and keep your arms INSIDE the ride!

More GearBox info:

GearBox Gold Bundle with TonePort D.I. is a powerful and portable USB recording interface that includes Gearbox Plug-In, the ideal guitar processing plug-in for Windows and Mac (Windows RTAS/VST, Mac RTAS/AU compatible). The USB recording interface provides amazing low-latency monitoring, and with 12 dB more dynamic range than its competitors, it provides incredibly clear sound and very low noise for recording guitar. The Gearbox Gold plug-in provides the industry-standard POD and Amp Farm tones: an instant collection of brilliant sounds inspired by vintage and modern guitar amps, bass amps, stompboxes, effects and mic preamps essential for every guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Line 6 has added support for the POD X3 Live in the newest revision of, GearBox. GearBox is a powerful modeling package that is compatible with its own hardware. However, until now the new POD X3 family was not among the supported devices. GearBox 3.6 is a free download from the Line 6 website.

Line6.com

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