The next generation of iconic “bean”-shaped direct-recording effects processors features HD amp modeling, over 100 M-class effects and an essential array of ins and outs.

Calabasas, CA (April 6, 2011) -- Line 6 announced today at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany that they would be bringing their POD HD technology to a desktop format in the classic bean-shaped package. Here's the press release from Line 6:

Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, announced today POD® HD desktop multi-effect, the latest addition to the award-winning family of POD products.

“POD HD will add the truly exceptional tube-like tone and feel of new HD amp modeling to the classic POD benefits of convenience, simplicity and flexibility,” remarked Michael Murphy, Category Manager for POD and Effects Products at Line 6. “Plus, POD HD will feature over 100 M-class guitar effects and ins and outs that are perfect for any project studio.”

POD HD features all 16 of the new Line 6 HD amp models. The high-quality models offer a wide range of tones from sparkling cleans to mid-gain crunch to full-bodied, high-gain distortion. The models are based on famous modern and vintage amps including Fender® Twin Reverb®, Hiwatt® Custom 100, Supro® S6616, Gibson® EH-185, Divided by 13 JRT 9/15, Dr. Z® Route 66, Vox® AC-30 (Top Boost), Marshall® JTM-45 MkII, Park 75, Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®, ENGL® Fireball 100 and more, and deliver all the tonal nuances of each. (Amplifiers recognized as having being modeled for earlier POD products were re-modeled for POD HD using the new HD amp modeling technology.)

Fully adjustable guitar preamp, power amp, speaker cab and mic preamp models are featured in POD HD as well as over 100 M-class effects featuring tangy choruses, syrupy-sweet reverbs, distinctive delays and much more. Up to eight effects can be run simultaneously and in any order.

The large display shows quick, at-a-glance review of the entire signal chain. All parameters of all models are easily edited directly from the homepage.

POD HD features a studio-ready I/O with a 1/4-inch guitar input, stereo 1/4-inch balanced outs, USB 2.0, S/PDIF out, 1/4-inch headphone jack, an XLR mic input and an FBV™ jack for connection to a Line 6 foot controller.

Countless guitarists have chosen to direct-record with POD since the debut of the original bean-shaped desktop multi-effect over a decade ago. Many prefer the tactile, amp-like experience of POD instead of moving virtual knobs in a plug-in. Others choose POD for the outboard processing instead of bogging down their computers with processor-intensive software. Guitarists, who record, perform and travel for gigs value POD for its convenience, portability and reliable tone.

POD HD desktop multi-effect will be available May, 2011.

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 Twin Reverb are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Hiwatt is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company Ltd. Supro is a registered trademark of Zinky Electronics, LLC. Gibson is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corp. Dr. Z is a registered trademark of Dr. Z Amps, Inc. Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. Mesa/Boogie and Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd. Engl is a registered trademark of Ausflug, Beate and Engl, Edmund.

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