Line 6 quietly announced the release of POD Farm 2.5 today.
For current users the biggest changes seem to be:
- No hardware requirement – can use with any USB device (not an isssue with the iLOK version)
- 64 Bit support
- Stand alone version also available
- if you currently own version 2.0, 2.5 is a free upgrade.
This is NOT Pod Farm HD – but it’s a cool upgrade. For new users, the introduction of the POD FARM 2.5 FREE option is good news (perhaps the Amplitube free option with pay-per addition, was a factor in this move). In any case, I think it’s a smart decision by Line 6.
It seems like the free version is more of an unlimited trial version of POD Farm that you can use indefinitely but Line 6 has been generous with the offerings on the free/trial version. Here’s what you get (taken from the Line 6 website):
POD Farm™ FREE (i.e. trial version) includes:
• 2 guitar amps
- “Wide panel” Fender® Deluxe Reverb®, and
- Marshall® JCM-800
• 2 guitar cabs
- 1×12 1964 Fender® Blackface Deluxe Reverb® and
- 4×12 1978 Marshall® with stock 70s
• 2 bass amps
- Ampeg® SVT® and
- Ampeg® B-15 1×15 Ampeg® B-15
• 2 bass cabs
- 1×15 Ampeg® B-15 and
- 4×10 Hartke®)
• 13 stompboxes and studio effects
- Teletronix LA-2A®
- Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man
- MXR® Phase 90
- Fender® Deluxe Reverb®
- Arbiter Fuzz Face®
- Ibanez® Tube Screamer®
- Arbiter Cry Baby
- L6 Vetta Comp
- L6 Sub Octaves
- L6 Vetta Wah
- L6 Digital Delay
- L6 Standard Spring Reverb and
- L6 Cavernous Reverb
• 2 mic preamps
- API® 512c with API® 550b EQ and
- L6 Solid State Console
• Dual Tone functionality and A/B/Y box
For a free app, to run a dual Marshall/Fender rig with delays, distortions, and reverbs is a lot! You can certainly get a useable tone with the variations they have here.
POD Farm™ 2.5
($99 for Standard or ILok Standard)
has more amps (16 total), cabs (24 total), bass amps (5 total), more bass cabs (5 total), more stomp boxes/fx (29 total) and 6 mic preamps.
POD Farm™ 2.5 Platinum
($299 for Platinum or ILok Platinum )
With the platinum version you get: more amps (78 total), more bass amps (28 total), more bass cabs (22 total), more stomp boxes (97 total)
You’ll need a decent processor to run Pod Farm (see requirements here), but how much you’ll need the additional amps and fx available in the paid versions will depend on what you need to do. You can download and test drive the standard version for free – but as I said before with the tools that they’ve given you – you may not even need to upgrade – but with the additional flexibility you’d get – you might want to.
Thanks for reading.