Line 6 Pod Studio UX2 Review
Dynamic range, lowest noise, powerful tone processing – for modern day recorders, these are the top three aspects in our criteria. One recorder that caught our eye was the Line 6 Pod Studio UX2. It may not be as aesthetically sleek as other digital recorders you may find in the market, but it’s quality-wise, it’s a strong contender. Read on for our review.
Line 6 Pod Studio UX2 Details & Specs
- 12dB dynamic range with ToneDirect monitoring technology to eliminate latency
- 16/24-bit recording; 44.1/48 kHz
- POD Farm plug-in for 18 guitar amps, 5 bass amps and cabs, 24 guitar cabs, 29 studio and stompbox effects, and 6 mic preamps in Mac and Windows AU/RTAS/VST formats
- Two ¼-inch guitar inputs with two more balanced XLR inputs
- Two ¼-inch line inputs and two balanced ¼-inch line out; S/PDIF digital out with stereo headphones and assignable VU meters
- Phantom power and trim knobs
- Compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0
- Retailed at $199.99; lightweight at 3 pounds
Advertised as “the ultimate home studio for guitarists,” the UX2 is a complete recording package, almost to the point of being a must-have for the perfectionist recorder. It comes with the Cubase LE 8-recording software, known for its impressive and powerful collection of recording tools. It is the most expensive unit in the Pod Studio Series, said to be designed by guitarists for guitarists.
We’re no strangers to latency – we know how it feels when a tone is compromised because of simultaneous amp or effect modeling. The guesswork caused by the delay can be draining, so the Pod Farm plug-in should be delightfully convenient – the high-quality toned instrument effects and sequencer could help you take on any sound or feel you want to achieve.
For us, the best selling point of the UX2 is its multitrack recording platform, which is great for motivating anyone to get as experimental as possible. The comprehensive number of inputs and outputs is a great convenience; no matter your style or method, the setup can adapt to you and even let you explore your sound. The trim knobs, on the other hand, allow recording from the mic, so there’s no need for you to hook up other gadgets.
The only downside we’ve experienced with it so far is the fact that the manual doesn’t state that you have to go through a few steps to get it started. It’s not a simple plug-and-play unit. Here are the things you need to know first:
- You must register your unit on the Line 6 website. This is so you can avoid the limited trial version.
- The Line 6 Monkey software must be downloaded; you will need it to update to the latest versions of the POD Farm or any drivers you may have.
- After you’ve done both, you will need headphones with 1/4 jacks or smaller ones with ¼ adapters. Alternatively, you can start with any ¼-inch to 3.5mm Y cable; simply connect it to any powered speaker.
Line 6 doesn’t include any of the additional requirements/instructions in the manual, so that’s a bit of a downer for us. Once we got started with it, however, we were very pleased with the results. It certainly lives up to its promise; the effects, equalizers, channels, tones, settings, and customizations were in full abundance.
Is it for you?
Whether you’re regularly recording or not, the UX2 is of great value for your money. You might want to step up your game with this one – it’d be a waste to let it sit and play for just one purpose type.