Line 6 on Tour with Dido and Company
   


Exploding onto the scene just a few short years ago, North London-born Dido has been a multi-platinum success. She became a household name when Eminem used her song “Thank You” for his own song, the dark and disturbing “Stan,” and she’s only been growing since. World tours, Grammy nominations and appearances; you name it, she’s done it. But behind every successful singer is a great band. And this band just happens to be big fans of Line 6. Guitarist Vini Miranda uses Line 6 gear night after night for brilliant consistent tone. His rig includes PODxt Pro, Echo Pro, Mod Pro, Filter Pro, and an FBV. Vini himself explains why he arms himself with Line 6 below.

Where did you first hear about Line 6?

I first heard about line 6 in the home studio session community. I was doing a lot of work with people who had home set ups and I got turned on to this wired shaped thingy sitting on top of studio mixing boards. I plugged it in and had a go at it. It took me a few go 'rounds to settle in to this peculiar device, eventually I finally bought one of my own and have been using them since. I've got a first generation kidney Pod. The original rack pro. at home and two line 6 Pod pro XT's in my rack out on tour...
The appeal for me at first was portability and ease of use. When your working in the studio, time is the enemy. Bringing in a couple of amps, setting them up and moving mics around, etc., could take quite a bit of time. With the pod, I could show up to a session or rehearsal, dial up a decent tone and go! Six months prior to buying one I couldn't get away from them...It was like attack off the Kidney bean pods! So I said to self, look let's pick one up, fool around with it and learn it or get left in the dust... It got to the point where you didn't even have to bring one to a session, they were everywhere, you knew the in's and out's and you'd just dial it in... If the studio or session project preferred to use amps then the Pod could add some flavor to an otherwise plain sounding amp or give a little "booty" and character to an otherwise one trick pony amp... The Line 6 amp models are varied from pristine clean and subtle to way over the top distortion sounds, dialing in that tone or combining 2-3 different tonal colors became a snap without having to jump from amp to amp, mic placements or endless stombox/amp combinations taking up precious studio time...
You can also run the Pod through a drum loop, organ part, a weird vocal section or an already existing guitar or bass track, etc. It can really add grit, shine or plain old adventure to a track that's in need of some "flava" if your willing to take a leap and get your tweak on!

What Line 6 gear are you using and how are you using it?

Well my current set up goes like this: Avalon 737 into the Pod pro XT rack unit. That's followed by the delay pro, filter pro, and mod pro, rack units. Other things such as a Korg Kaoss pad etc. are chained into the effects loop section of the FBV long board via the Pod pro XT rack. This goes direct to our Monitor desk and front of house console. No amps are used onstage! We have doubles and triples of this set up as back up but as far as my tech George and I can see, we've had no trouble at all. We're about 5-6 months into this world tour and the Line 6 gear has proven itself to be quite reliable. I can trace just about any glitch or hitch we may have had to human error. I haven't had to replace or repair a single unit since the tour started...

How have our products changed the way you work?

Line 6 hasn't really changed the way I work, it just made my life a whole lot easier. Instead of having separate rack stuff from various companies along with their manuals learning curves and quirks, Line 6 keeps the same operating methods throughout the product line, letting the user get to the finished idea/sound one is after in a very efficient manner. It's all quite organized and well thought out. I've owned quite a few different multi effects boxes and rack stuffs in the past but the Line 6 design helps me get to the desired sound in a more timely fashion, without the drama of 4-7 cursor moves before I can even access what I'm looking for. Another fine design cue is organization, keeping things clear throughout the tweaking process we guitarists do endlessly, you can see it clearly in front of you. One can scroll through relatively quickly and find that sweet spot or move the delay time around with lightning speed, quarter note to eight note, etc. It's made programming and finding sounds a painless process allowing me more time to create, experiment and just plain old play and that's how it should be...

What are your favorite settings on the gear you use and why?

I'm a self -admitted tweak freak... The stock sounds in the Line 6 units are ready to roll, I still knob around them and try to find my own spin on stock sounds or build them from scratch....
In the Mod pro. my starting point is often the tri chorus, I build about four different variations from the stock setting using it as the template then copy that to 3 or more patches, adding slightly different depth and mix level points to each patch and then mapping that out as I build a song bank. For example: Foot switch A has 18% chorus Switch B 25% switch C 30% and so on. I try to mix the song in my head and build patches in the Bank that build constantly toward the outro of a song. The same method is applied to delays and reverbs, always building...
In the delay pro. I always use the ping pong or stereo delay as a starting point and it's inserted usually after the second chorus and outro's for a little more movement sonically. I like to play off of the delay pro and off of our drummer Alex Alexander, adding a push and pull syncopated kinda thing. We time align everything to the set tempos of the songs and then build in subtle delay grooves as the arrangement moves along. I'll also use a bit of the delay in the Pod pro XT rack in a short millisecond spread e.g. : L. side 25-30 milliseconds and the R. side 30-35 milliseconds with a mix level of 10-25 % as to give the guitar a bit of width and dimension like a doubling effect again inserted in the 2nd chorus and outros of songs. I like to fool around with the reverse delay settings as well...
The Filter unit inspires the weirdo in me. From dive bombs to using a slide you can always find something in there to twist yours and anybody else's melon for a "what was that!?!" kind of moment...

What would you like to see Line 6 make in the future to help meet your needs?

That's a hard one...
I think the "glass" is still the ever elusive "X-Factor" in solid state/digital processing. Every year technology gets closer and better. The variations of hard wired transformers and figuring out how they react with vacuum tubes is an abstract pursuit and I imagine a highly subjective one as well. The magic that happens between the amp pre-amp and speaker is still the final frontier, Line 6 gets as close as any other modeling competitor on the block or better...
I'm also waiting in anticipation for the next generation of effects will bring ... I mean a good chorus unit is a good chorus unit. I'd like to see Line 6 go deeper and further into the possibilities of experimentation and manipulation of sound. It's a tall order but Line 6 has the goods to take it to the next level!
They've already taken the lead with the new Bose system. I have yet to try it out but the concept seems quite sound. The five to one mix is becoming a regular and accessible to almost everyone with even the simplest of home entertainment systems, it's only logical that musicians would want to spread their sound and sonic ideas into those uncharted territories. I would love to engulf myself and the listener in sound. It's the next wave for sure! Soaring sounds above you and things from L. and R. as well as frontal audio sources. The possibilities and combinations endless!! Tweakers unite!

Any final comments?

Finally I would like to thank Tim Godwin, Michele Wernick, Valerie Corabi, Anny Deery, and all the other Line 6 family I may have left out that have always been so kind and helpful over the years! Keep your Mojo's workin'! All the very best!


But it doesn’t stop there. Dido’s bass player, the inimitable Keith Golden, is armed to the gills with Line 6 as well. To keep the rhythm section solid, Keith relies on a Bass POD and Bass POD Pro. And he’s got a winning smile.

Where did you first hear about Line 6?

I heard about the Bass Pod by Line 6 from Vini Miranda at a Dido rehearsal. I tried it out for 5 minutes and realized it was exactly what i was after to get more subsonic sounds.

What Line 6 gear are you using and how are you using it?

I use the Bass Pod and the Bass Pod Pro to get the absolute deepest fat tones. I mix and match different sounds to get maximum depth with raw clarity.
How have our products changed the way you work?

The Bass Pod gives me tons of sounds and colors at my fingertips.
What are your favorite settings on the gear you use and why?

My favorite setting on the bass pod is "Sub Dub" because the sound is super deep.
What would you like to see Line 6 make in the future to help meet your needs?

I'd like to see line 6 develop sounds that are even heavier than "Sub Dub". Sounds that are deep, dirty, and dripping with bass.
Any final comments?

The Bass Pod is phenomenal. Tons of sounds, tons of choices, tons of possibilities. It's amazing that so many tones can come from one unit. I use both the kidney Pod and rackmount Pod Pro on stage and they move the super subsonic underwater lows. The Bass Pod has something for all bass players.


To see Vini and Keith on tour with Dido, go to www.didotv.com and click on tour dates.