Six months ago, Line 6 announced the new POD HD series of amp and FX modellers. Unparalleled in their ability to accurately reproduce some of the most sought after guitar amps of the last 70 years, and some of the most revered effects pedals since such things were invented.
Well, if you weren’t already impressed, then you’re sure to be now as Line 6 has upped the ante once again with a free update that gives us more amp models, and more parameters to tweak for the existing and the new amp models. Do you want a more Class A tone with less Class A/B Crossover distortion, just crank the bias and there you have it. Do you want less power amp distortion, and more preamp distortion, just tweak down the master volume and crank the drive and you’ve got it! Do you want your amp to sag like a Fender Champ using a 100m power cable, in a storm and during a brownout? Just dime the sag parameter. Boy are we in for some fun when this update is released shortly!
Here’s Line 6’s official statement on the free update:
Line 6 announce a free update for all POD HD multi-effect processors. Firmware update v1.3 will include six new HD amp models and five new amp parameters for addition tones and flexibility.
“This free update is our way of thanking POD HD owners for making the POD HD family such a huge success,” remarked Michael Murphy, Category Manager for POD and Effects Products at Line 6.
“The new sets of HD models and parameters deliver a deeper experience to the POD HD platform and more flexibility that we hope will inspire POD HD players.”
The six new HD amp models available in v1.3 are based on channels from three classic American combos (the “Vibrato” channel of a Fender Deluxe Reverb, the “Vibrato” channel of a Fender Twin Reverb and the “Bright” channel of a Fender Bassman), two British half stacks (the “Normal” channel of a Park 75 and the “Normal” channel of a Marshall JTM-45 MkII) and a high-gain Line 6 original.
The inclusion of alternate channels of amps already found in POD HD multi-effects ensures an experience that more closely relates to playing the actual modelled amp.
The new parameters in v1.3 enable POD HD users to further customize and dial in any amount of tube amp feel and behaviour.
Sag, Hum, Bias, Bias Excursion and Master Volume can be adjusted within any HD amp model, including the 16 that come with POD HD multi-effects processors originally.
Firmware update v1.3 will be available to download from Line 6’s website in May.
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