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Tom 1.0 04-24-2011 10:55 PM

Review: Line 6 POD HD300
 


After asking you guys what you really wanted to hear from this amp, and thanks to you actually responding properly and unlike you usually :p: do I got a short list of:


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom 1.0
blues, soft rock.
fender cleans, marshall crunch, vox chimes.
dJent
Impulses
Metal.
Cleans.
Post rock and delays into an AC30
Bluesy crunch.
Wah comparison.
Fuzzy shit.
Volume and "feel"
Pitch Shifter.
Mics.
Freebird.
Wah Rape.


So well done UG :D

Now I didnt quite have time to do all of the above, I do have to work on my degree too.

I did pretty much everything I could, though I didnt do Freebird ( Sorry Greg ). To try and show of the way the unit reacts to different guitars and pickups and players, my brother and I both took turns to play and we used a few different guitars we had lying around the house:


Epiphone Explorer (EMGs)
LTD PH600 (Dimarzios)
Epiphone Dot (Epi stock)
I know no Ibanez :eek:

I will list and let you know what guitar played what when your listening to the clips.

To start I will discuss the features and just the actual unit in general. You can wait for the clips... You can find the specs here as they are far to in depth and to be honest, a bit tedious. Suffice to say, this particular pod, is the definite baby of the range and compared to the other models, the 400 and 500, is certainly more user friendly and I would say, more of a bedroom warrior than a stadium crusader. This is not to say it isnt any good, it just doesnt have the wider range of effects and as versatile outputs and routing function which you can see by follwing the previous link to the L6 website.

IT DOES USE THE SAME MODELS HOWEVER.


The feel of the POD is solid, its well built and I wouldnt be afraid to stomp on it at a gig, in fact in a month or two I will have to! The dials feel smooth and the metal bar helps keep you from mashing them by accident. They do have a definite effect on your tone and they are very well thought out when it comes to applying and using effects, though it would be nice if they felt as solid a the foot switches. My one gripe with my POD in particular is that the Expression Pedal is so bloody squeaky, not an issue when uses headphones or when amplified, but it is irritating if your trying to achieve "silent" practice. Other than that, its solid and feels well built. One feature that I feel the POD lacks is that unless you make sure you save any adjustments, they do not remain if you are to then change to another patch. But its not hard to remember how to push save twice...

To actually use the POD its pretty simple. You only ( hardly a bad thing though ) have 16 amps and around 80 effetcs ( boosts, compressors, pitch shifters, distortions, delays and a separate reverb). Editing patches on the fly is pretty simple, a few pushes of the Preset dial and its all clearly illustrated on the main screen, though I personally prefer to use the excellent POD EDIT system, which allows you to create and export your patches on the PC in real time. I think this is both a brilliant feature as it allows you to keep the pod where it should be. The floor. Its a floor board after all and the EDIT programme allows you to keep using it without having to bend over, though if you prefer to use t otherwise feel free, I dont care. The other nice thing about the EDIT window is it gives you a very clear image of what your signal path, pre and post chains look like and helps you visualise your "setup." I am more of a plug and go person, but I can see that alot of people would appreciate the way you can play with the pre and post FX loops and so on. the 300 only allows for 1 amp, 3 effects and reverb simultaneously, unlike the 400 and 500s.

To play on, the POD is weird, very weird. It sounds good, I mean, it really is the best modelling thing I have ever used )when you consider the price. I mean its perfectly priced IMO)It sounds great, has very nice features and wonderful effects and really can create some brilliant sounds. But it still doesn't feel like a real amp, it sounds like one, it sounds like 16 real amps. But it doesn't punch you in the chest like a real tube amp ( turn a 6505 up and hit an open E and you will know what I mean ) but dont think that means its shit. The blessed ( read: over priced and over rated ) AxeFx doesnt sound like a real amp, it sounds good, but not real. But for now I am blaming this lack of feel on what I am using to amplify it...



But once I get hold of a decent amp ( another ENGL :heart: ) and cab ( another Orange, 412 this time :heart: ) within the year I will of course revaluate this unit and inform you of any change of heart... Especially is the rumoured rack version is any good. So as I said, dont write this off, there is nothing that sounds like a proper cranked tube amp and even AxeFx users would agree with this.

When playing it, the amp does respond to the player, the guitar and the pickups. We found it certainly likes more transparent and lower output pickups,( though I have grown to hate EMGs so I may be biased in that respect ) it does however have a very nice feeling of that "break up" and some of the amp models are just lush. the clean tones my brother Joe, got out of this thing were brilliant and I was major impressed ( with both the POD and him , he has only being playing for 8 months :eek: ) and when you want to play something heavier it will break up nicely when you really did in, we actually found that out favourite models were the Fender Bassman and the Marshall JCM800, though in reality I dont like either amp... But L6 have done a really good job with every model on this amp, they are all different and they all react differently to different guitars, effects, cabs and mics. Its a shame you dont get a few other models, I would have loved something like an ENGL Invader or a Bugera Sherbert. But you cant have it all and the amps you get should fulfil any player from any genre. A special mention goes tot he DR Z amps, those little ****ers are probably the most fun you can have if you want to pretend to be an ageing black man! I think that the POD definately nails the nice clean sounds and although its not quite 100% perfect, its certainly about 98% there. Really, it is, even through my shitty old stereo.

As a recording tool, the pod is brilliant, all the clips you are going to hear were recording through the pod into reaper using the pods cab and mic simulations. The cabs are quite cool, some are certainly better than others IMO the Rectifier cab is shit though, stay away, use the ENGL or Bogner ones, seriously. The mics are quite a cool tough and allow you to ad a bit of variety to your tone, they have quite a major impact on your eventual tone so its important to make sure you have a good listen and think about what your doing. I made sure to get a print screen of each of the patches I used so you can see the mics I chose to use as well as my signal paths etc etc etc... the unit is very easy to record with, there were absolutely no issues, it really was a case of plugging in the USB cable, opening reaper and its ready to record. You can usse the EDIT feature at the same time and have instant access to what your doing. Its a damn good sound considering it was all just the POD.

I am about to have a huge sense of humour failure as non of the clips that took 4 hours to upload are working. So when they are I will post them up.

Thanks for reading.

More to come so please dont post yet, thank you.

Tom

Tom 1.0 04-24-2011 10:55 PM

THERE IS NO POST PRODUCTION ON ANY OF THE CLIPS.

Please dont forget the shitty monitor system me and my brother had to use when trying to create and EQ the following clips, I am sure somebody would be able to get much better tones using a tube preamp, cab and decent mics and all sorts, but for now this is all we could muster. If you have criticism please do so in a constructive manner, I wont be offended, like I said, this is only after a few hours messing about earlier today.

Vox AC30

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/vox-ac30-cleanproduction really quiet, sorry.
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/vox-ac30-fuzzy-shit - going through each fuzz in order.
Played by: Joe
Guitar: Epiphone Dot

Fender Deluxe

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/fender-cleancrunch
Played by: Joe
Guitar: Epiphone Dot

Fender Bassman

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/fender-bassman - Joe (Dot)
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/fender-tweed-wah
Played by: Tom
Guitar: LTD PH600

Dr Z Route 66

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/dr-z-crunch/s-Xeriu
Played by: Joe
Guitar: Epiphone Dot

HiWatt Custom 100

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/hiwatt-cleanproduction
Played by: Joe
Guitar: Epiphone Dot

Marshall JTM45 MkII

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/marshall-45-volume-swell
Played by: Tom
Guitar: LTD PH600

Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/mesa-comp
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/mesa-comp-2
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/mesa-compwah

Played by: Tom
Guitar: Epiphone Explorer


Marshall JCM800 2204

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/marshall-jcm800-boosted
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/mars...00-boosted-lead
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/marshall-jcm800-boosted2

Played by: Tom
Guitar: LTD PH600

ENGL Fireball

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/engl-fireball

Played by: Tom
Guitar: LTD PH600

Bogner Uberschall

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/uberschall
Played by: Tom
Guitar: Epiphone Explorer



Let me know what you think, anything else I can do/record please ask me and I will do my best to answer/do it.

Thanks for reading and listening,

Tom


EDIT:

Quote:
http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/engl-djent


I dont play djent btw

oh and because I was really unhappy with how those Mesa clips sounded, I recorded some 'Tallica \m/ \m/

http://soundcloud.com/tomdhorn/mesatallica

311ZOSOVHJH 04-24-2011 10:56 PM

Well done.




Will check clippys later




:lurk:

TheAbsentOne 04-24-2011 11:01 PM

Sweet! Now I'm gonna listen to every clip..

Levi79 04-24-2011 11:03 PM

Slipknot man? Come on haha.

Nah, good review dude. I'll have to give it a good read through and listen to more of the tones later. I just listened to the dual rec and ENGL so far and it sounds pretty legit so far man.

Blick71 04-24-2011 11:05 PM

sick man! You were right about the engl thing, though, I wonder if fiddling around a bit could get you there? hmmmm.

Any who, what's your opinion on the effects in this thing? Good enough to compare to real stuff, or just "good"

TheAbsentOne 04-24-2011 11:10 PM

Most of the clips sound pretty sweet. The ENGL sounded ok, I believe though that it would come down to personal tweaking to get a nice distortion for myself.

This really makes me want to shoot for a 400/500..

diceksox1809 04-24-2011 11:25 PM

So can you play these things through cabs or just like monitors and such. Seriously starting to consider one of these over a head just for the sheer versatility.

Tom 1.0 04-24-2011 11:26 PM

Thanks for the comments guys :)

You can but you would still need a power amp as you would with any of the other sort of modelling things.

TheAbsentOne 04-24-2011 11:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom 1.0
Thanks for the comments guys :)

You can but you would still need a power amp as you would with any of the other sort of modelling things.

Might I ask, could you run this thing through the effects loop of an amp (like a combo amp) and have it work??

I'm rather clueless when it comes to this stuff.. But I'm wondering if when I get a 6505+ combo, I can also get an HD3/4/500 for recording/whatever and still use it without my computer?

Tom 1.0 04-24-2011 11:39 PM

Yes you can run it through the Effects loop and use it for effects or you can completely bypass the pre amp and use the amps power amp to amplify the amp sims.

though I would never use the pod over a 6505 if I wanted to use high gain sounds :p:

Major Sparky 04-24-2011 11:51 PM

Nice clips and good playing, glad you finally got a cite to work. My only complaint is that the clips sounded a bit thin, especially the JCM 800 models.

ECistheBest 04-24-2011 11:53 PM

haha u guys are good brothers. i wouldn't fking dare sharing a rig with my brother.


actually i wouldn't share anything with my brother.

TheAbsentOne 04-24-2011 11:55 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom 1.0
Yes you can run it through the Effects loop and use it for effects or you can completely bypass the pre amp and use the amps power amp to amplify the amp sims.

though I would never use the pod over a 6505 if I wanted to use high gain sounds :p:

No no no, not for high gain sounds :p:

I was considering using the Pod for cleans/delay/reverb, etc.. Just stuff I couldn't do with the 6505+ alone. I figure it'd be a good way to expand what I can do with it.. As well as have a nice device for recording, yeah?

deepsal 04-25-2011 12:11 AM

Tom is our :batman:
:down:
you should have uploaded the clips on dropbox please do
my laptop is Damned and i remain online from my cellphone which unfortunately dosent supports flash so i couldnt listen to the clips :cry:
please upload the files on mediafire/dropbox pleaseee

Major Sparky 04-25-2011 12:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by deepsal
Tom is our :batman:
:down:
you should have uploaded the clips on dropbox please do
my laptop is Damned and i remain online from my cellphone which unfortunately dosent supports flash so i couldnt listen to the clips :cry:
please upload the files on mediafire/dropbox pleaseee


He tried but he couldn't, that's why he had to use soundcloud.

Ignite 04-25-2011 12:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheAbsentOne
No no no, not for high gain sounds :p:

I was considering using the Pod for cleans/delay/reverb, etc.. Just stuff I couldn't do with the 6505+ alone. I figure it'd be a good way to expand what I can do with it.. As well as have a nice device for recording, yeah?



I'd use the pod over the 6505 for high gain just to see what I could do.

I'm going to do it with my Mark IV. I'm going to see if I can get a decent recto-ish tone by slaving it into the power amp because the Mark IV just can't do it.

TheAbsentOne 04-25-2011 12:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ignite
I'd use the pod over the 6505 for high gain just to see what I could do.

I'm going to do it with my Mark IV. I'm going to see if I can get a decent recto-ish tone by slaving it into the power amp because the Mark IV just can't do it.

I guess it'd be cool to test out, I would imagine it'd be possible to get a pretty wicked djent tone from the Pod rather than the 6505..

gregs1020 04-25-2011 12:28 AM

tom.

what's wrong with this?


it's the jtm45 "swell". :o















i mean seriously? :haha






great thread, it sounds very good but i told you the pods were decent. :golfclap:

Major Sparky 04-25-2011 12:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by gregs1020
tom.

what's wrong with this?


it's the jtm45 "swell". :o



i mean seriously? :haha






great thread, it sounds very good but i told you the pods were decent. :golfclap:


What? Are you saying that doesn't happen to you when you hear a JTM-45?


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