I’ve taken advantage of Line 6’s free 14 day download of POD Farm Platinum 2.0 ilok version and have been working on formulating somethings for a review. I won’t be able to post a full review now, but I wanted to post a couple of brief observations.
1. The demo version was a little glitchy in standalone version, so I’ve been using it with AU LAB. For those of you who don’t know about it (I had to find out about it on the super looper forum) – AU Lab is a free app that comes with the OSX Xcode Tools. It was designed to test AU plug ins with but its a stand alone app with a fully configurable mixer ( inputs, outputs, effects busses) . It records output and even generates midi clock! Also it makes a very small cpu impact – so it’s perfect for hosting something like Pod Farm and say SooperLooper.
2. 2.0 supports midi – which means you can control it with a foot controller like the FBV shortboard MKII or the Behringer FCB1010. I didn’t get to work with this yet – but this brings the live laptop rig very feasible for me.
3. Stereo rigs which you can A/B/Y!!! which alone would have been really cool – but you can use multiple effects in the same rig – something you can’t do on the POD for example.
Here’s a screen shot of a modification I made on the Outer Space preset. I just added a preamp in the beginning of the chain.
So here is an mp3 of a guitar track I improvised with this setting:
This was made with a FNH ultrasonic guitar, Behringer FCA202, Macbook Pro (2007), and AU Lab. No post processing.
So this particular sample doesn’t sound very guitarish – but that’s part of the reason I really like this approach. You can create things that you never could create with pedals without a ton of gear and/or a ton of noise.
As with many other sims – getting usable clean tones is pretty easy and getting dirty tones that respond the way an amp would is a little trickier. But the presets on all of these models are light years away from older line 6 presets that I’ve heard. It’s pretty easy to get a tone in the ball park and tweak it from there.
Line 6 has some great audio/video demos on their site, so I wont go into too much here for demos as they’ve done it really well. Also the May lesson uses the same signal chain for all the mp3s that will be posted there.
I need to also give kudos in that all of the sounds on the sites are included in the presets and they have also noted processed vs unprocessed sounds. Yes there is a big difference between the two, and it’s important to note those differences so that when you dial up a preset you know what to expect.
The only thing I wish it had was a dedicated looper, but that’s not a deal breaker.
If you have an I-LOK I’d say to definitely check it out. It’s more flexible than the POD and does some very cool things.
For further applications of this set up you can also go here or here.
Amazing tone ! I once made a similar tone from outer space too but my PC Crashed… ;-(
I remember that i tweaked many things but i cant remember exactly : was it feedback, time…
Is it possible to get your setting for the various elements or better the preset for pod farm ?
It would be SO nice
This is not a spam..not quite sure that my first comment was recorded
amazing tone.I once made myself a similar one from the outer space preset but My pc crashed…
Is it possible to get your setting or even better your tone ?
thanks in advance
Outerspace is actually a PODFARM preset! I just tweaked a few parameters for my own purposes.
The sound really comes from the multiple delays…
If you stick those effects in a row – almost regardless of specific settings, you’ll get something in the ball park!
I was really wandering why I didn’t get that particular sound with this specific chaining of delays pedals (and you’re right, it’s a preset)
It turned out that…some of the delays were not working !
I had to reinstall the software and authorise computer for my old licence.
And now, it’s fine. 😉
Keep on the good work with this blog (I landed here with a google request with outerspace, but I’m now reading the other articles)
Have a nice day