Line 6 POD Studio UX2 USB Computer Recording Interface

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This 2-channel USB interface gives you 2 XLR mic preamps, 2 dedicated guitar inputs, and Line 6's POD Farm plug-in packed with top-notch amp and FX models.
Part USB interface, part POD Farm plug-in, the Line 6 POD Studio UX2 packs a lot of fun for guitarists wanting to rock out and record in one go. This recording hardware/software combo enables guitar players to tap in to Line 6's revered line of guitar, bass, and FX tones through the POD Farm plug-in.

A Virtual Gear Closet -- Courtesy of Line 6's POD Farm Plug-in

Your choice of amps, cabinets, effects, stomps, and preamps are at your service, and of course, the hundreds of available tones are fully adjustable, editable to accommodate your performance. With everything from classic to vintage to modern, the POD Farm plug-in (Mac/Windows) features 18 guitar amps modeled after the likes of the Fender Deluxe Reverb, Marshall JCM-800, Vox AC-30 Top Boost, Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier, and more. You also get 24 guitar cabinets; 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs; and 29 stomp box and studio effects modeled after the EP-1 Tube Echoplex, Ibanez Tube Screamer, MXR Phase 90, LA-2A studio compression, and other iconic pieces. Six mic preamps modeled after the Neve 1073, Avalon Vt737, API 512c, and other choice pieces round out the plug-in's extensive collection of soft instruments.

Playing with classic tones and modern modeled gear is as simple as dragging and dropping POD Farm models into the signal flow, pre-, or post-amplifier. A carousel-style gear browser elegantly displays the plug-in's modeled instruments. If you're the type of musician to get in, get the sound, and read more get out, you'll like the fact that hundreds of presets are programmed and ready to be played. If you're a tweaker, there's something in POD Farm for you too, since all sounds are fully editable.

Line 6 ToneDirect monitoring means virtually no latency, so you can record with all your fave amp and FX models without sounding less than sublime.

Plenty of I/O for All Your Guitars and Gear

A two-channel USB recording interface, the Line 6 UX2 provides discerning guitarists with up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording resolution and the full gamut of specs for studio recording and live performances alike. The unit sports 2 balanced XLR inputs with mic preamplifiers, phantom power, two convenient 1/4-inch guitar inputs (normal and pad), assignable VU meters, gain knobs, and a wealth of ins and outs for working with your other gear. With this interface, you can keep all your mics and guitars plugged in so you're ready to record at a moment's notice!

All-In-One System

Do more with your POD: In addition to the POD Farm plug-in, the interface comes with Ableton Live Lite Line 6 Studio Edition recording software. And since the UX2 is USB bus-powered, it's easy to take from studio to venue and back. Add a laptop and you're all set to record.

Features:

- 2-channel USB recording interface
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording resolution
- 1/4" guitar input (normal or pad)
- 2 balanced XLR inputs with mic preamplifiers
- Gain knobs
- Phantom power
- 1/4" stereo monitor input
- 2x 1/4" line inputs
- 2 balanced 1/4" line out
- S/PDIF digital out
- 1/4" stereo headphone out with level control
- Assignable VU meters
- USB bus-powered with LED status indicator
- Ships with Ableton Live Lite Line 6 Studio Edition
- ASIO, WDM, and Mac OS X drivers
- Includes POD Farm plug-in (AU/RTAS/VST), which features:
- 18 guitar amps modeled after Fender Deluxe Reverb, Marshall JCM-800, and more
- 24 guitar cabinets
- 5 bass amplifiers
- 5 bass cabinets
- 29 stomp box and studio effects modeled after EP-1 Tube Echoplex, Ibanez Tube Screamer, and more
- 6 microphone preamplifiers modeled after Neve 1073, Avalon Vt737, and more
- FX Junkie Model Pack with 35 effects models
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- 512MB RAM minimum (1GB or more recommended)
- 1GB free HD space minimum (10GB or more recommended for recording)
- Drive speed 5400rpm minimum (7200rpm or faster recommended)
- CD-ROM drive
- Internet connection for activation and online features
- One free USB 1.1- or 2.0-compatible port on computer (USB hubs are not supported)
- Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS/VST
- Mac: G4 800MHz or better, OS X 10.4.6 or better
- Windows: Pentium IV 1.2GHZ or better, Windows XP (SP2) or Windows XP x64, Vista 32-bit and 64-bit
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 818-575-3600

Line 6 POD Studio UX2 Audio Interface

POD Studio UX2 combines the stunning sound of POD Farm plug-in with a rock-solid and powerful USB interface. Essential to the success of countless platinum-selling albums, these immortal Line 6 guitar, bass and effects tones are now available for recording guitarists.

In 1998, Line 6 released Amp Farm(R) amp modeling plug-in and forever changed the way guitarists record. Ten years and dozens of groundbreaking creations later, Line 6 continues the recording revolution with POD Farm.

POD Farm, the Premium Tone Plug-in

From dark and smoky American combos to blazing, gain-crazed English stacks, the sounds of hundreds of fully adjustable amps and cabs, plus studio-standard effects, stompboxes and preamps, are here for you to define your music and cement your place in history.

POD Farm plug-in features the sounds of the sought-after vintage essentials and must-have modern monsters necessary for a pro-sounding recording. It includes 18 immortal guitar amps (modeled after* Fender(R) Deluxe Reverb(R), Marshall(R) JCM-800, Vox(R) AC-30 Top Boost, Mesa/Boogie(R) Dual Rectifier(R), and more), 24 guitar cabs, 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs, 29 essential stompbox and studio effects (modeled after* EP-1 Tube Echoplex, Ibanez(R) Tube Screamer(R), MXR(R) Phase 90, LA-2A(R) studio compression, and more) and 6 crucial mic preamps (modeled after* Neve(R) 1073, Avalon Vt737, API(R) 512c, and more).

Drag and drop models into the signal flow, pre or post amplifier. The carousel-style gear browser, displaying each and every coveted model, provides an experience that's a dream come true. Creating classic tones or imaginative hybrids is incredibly fast and easy.

Fully adjustable, each model offers total tweak capability. Also, with hundreds of presets available, classic gear combinations can be chosen to provide timeless tones in an instant.

Plus, get your free FX Junkie model pack and add 35 more effect models including synths, filters, delays, and more to POD Farm!

POD Farm is Mac AU/RTAS/VST and Windows RTAS/VST compatible for seamless integration with all major recording software applications.

*All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development. Fender and Deluxe Reverb are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. Mesa/Boogie and Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd. Ibanez is a registered trademark of Hoshino, Inc. Tube Screamer is a registered trademark of Hoshino Gakki Co. Ltd. MXR is a registered trademark of Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. LA-2A is a registered trademark of Universal Audio Inc. Neve is a registered trademark of AMS Neve Limited. API is a registered trademark of API Innovation, Inc.

UX2, the Lowest Noise for the Clearest Recordings

UX2 boasts the lowest noise for recording guitar, 12dB more dynamic range than similar interfaces, for clear and dynamic recordings. Plus, exclusive Line 6 ToneDirect(TM) monitoring virtually eliminates latency allowing you to record with amp and effect modeling and without sacrificing tone or feel.

Versatile and powerful, UX2 boasts a comprehensive I/O featuring two 1/4-inch guitar inputs (normal or pad), two balanced XLR inputs with high-quality mic preamps, phantom power and trim knobs, a 1/4-inch stereo monitor input, two 1/4-inch line inputs, two balanced 1/4-inch line outputs, S/PDIF digital output, a 1/4-inch stereo headphone output with level control and a pair of assignable VU meters for a truly pro recording experience.

Public Service Announcement: Latency Kills

Recording with latency is like driving with your eyes closed. Exclusive to Line 6, ToneDirect monitoring allows you to record and monitor a fully processed tone while virtually eliminating latency and taking all the guesswork out of recording great-sounding tracks.

What's latency? Latency is the delay caused by the time it takes your guitar signal to travel all the way through your hardware interface, through your computer's processor, through your plug-in software, back through your hardware interface and out of your speakers or headphones. This delay is heard in your monitoring signal and makes recording almost impossible. With a POD Studio UX2 interface, latency is something you'll never have to deal with.

Start Recording Right Out of the Box

POD Studio UX2 includes POD Farm plug-in, Ableton(R) Live Lite Line 6 Studio Edition 16-track recording software ideal for guitarists, and award-winning Reason Adapted production software featuring a sought-after sequencer and tons of stunningly lifelike instruments. This collection of studio-standard hardware and software provides instant pro recording, right out of the box.
(34 ratings)
Submitted December 18, 2008 by a customer from petersreviews.com
"Versatile and worth the money!"
I use the UX2 and GearBox software all the time and it makes creating music easy. Now that I've upgraded to the Pod Farm, it's even easier to dial up great sound. Control freaks will love the amount of control over every aspect of their tone but it's still easy to dial in a great sound.

Sound
The UX2/Pod Farm bundle gives you a ton of guitar, bass and vocal sounds in one box but be prepared to tweak presets in order to get the best results. After a while I was able to find some great amp models that gave me the sounds I was after. I could dial up a sound similar to Early Van Halen and also the cleanest of Fender shimmering amps. I really found that the sound changed greatly depending on which guitars I used so it didn't just strip every instrument of its individuality.

Features
Well, in theory you could record with just this bundle but in reality you need to also invest in good recording software. I use a PC so I swear by Sonar.

Ease of Use
Setup was easy but if you're not good with computers it may take you a bit longer. Tweaking the sounds will take a while but with Pod Farm's visual interface you'll find it a breeze.

Quality
The UX2 interface is plastic and it's light but I haven't had any problems with it and I've been using it a lot in the past year.

Value
I love this product and would buy it again in a heartbeat. It's read more pretty easy to use and if you're good with computers, you'll love all the options!

Manufacturer Support
Go to Line 6's forums and you'll always find helpful people there to help you with any problem you might have. There are plenty of Line 6 people there too. I usually don't even have to wait a full day before someone answers my questions.

The Wow Factor
The analog VU meters are sexy but some might be turned off by the plastic construction. Not the best made USB audio interface but you're not going to find more features and value for anywhere close to this price

Musical Background:
Pro

Musical Style:
Whatever gets me $$$
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