Artist Spotlight: Jake (cloudchair)

Japanese guitarist Jake, known as a core member of experimental rock band Guniw Tools and alt rock band Super Soul Sonics, has been relying on Variax® modeling guitars for several years as his main tools to create the “six-string soundscapes” in his solo project, cloudchair. The tonal variety afforded by his Variax® 500 quickly grew […]

Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi-Effects Processors: Stereo Delay

It’s been a little while since my last Tips & Tricks blog post, but it’s good to be back exploring some of the effects in POD HD multi-effects processors! We’re well on our way through all 19 delay models in these bad boys, but we still have a few more to go. About the Stereo […]

JTV and POD HD500 Multi-effect: Building the Perfect Beast

In the last blog post, I talked about using the James Tyler Variax and POD® HD500 multi-effect pedal to tackle the daunting task of recreating and taking the vast array of tones created in the studio to the stage. My personal experience in the past has been that the results are one huge compromise. Unless, […]

Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi-Effects Processors: Analog w/MOD

Welcome back! If you’ve been following my blog series you’ve already read about the history of three very popular delay models in the POD HD multi-effects processor family; the Analog Echo (based on* the Boss® DM-2 delay) , the Tube Echo (based on* the Maestro® EP-1) , and the Tape Echo (based on* the Maestro […]

Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi-Effects Processors: Tube and Tape Echo

Thanks for joining me once again as we travel through the effects of the POD HD multi-effects processors. If you read my blog last week, you learned about the Analog Echo delay model in the POD HD series and some useful ways it can be used. Today, we’ll learn a little about the Tube Echo […]

Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi-Effects Processors: Analog Echo

Last week we talked briefly about the history of the delay effect and how it started out as a recording engineer trick requiring the use of tape heads on reel-to-reel recording systems to create a unique echo effect. This method, although effective, proved to be an arduous task. As a result, various companies began developing […]

Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi Effects Processors: A Series

It’s no secret that Line 6 invented the digital modeling amplifier. However, many people also consider us the industry leader in quality audio effects processors and stompbox modelers. To date, we’ve modeled over 100 vintage and modern FX from legendary analog tape delays like the Maestro® EP-3 Echoplex to more recent and advanced effects like […]

Putting a JTV in the Hands of an FMO

A few months ago, I got a call from England and was invited to join a band whose first gig before touring Europe was to be a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I haven’t played in an actual band in quite a few years. (Let’s put it this way, last time […]