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Original POD & POD 2.0 FAQs

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Q: What is the warranty of the original POD and POD 2.0?
A: The warranty of the original POD/POD 2.0 is twelve (12) months from the date of purchase when bought new from an authorized Line 6 dealer.

Q: Where can I download a manual for the original POD/POD 2.0?
A: Line 6 Manuals
Note: If the pedal jack of your POD is labeled "pedal" than it is NOT compatible with our FBV line of foot controllers. If the pedal jack of your POD is labeled "FBV" then it WILL work with our FBV line of foot controllers.

Q: Which foot controllers are compatible with the original POD/POD 2.0?
A: The original PODs and POD 2.0s that are labeled 'Pedal' above the RJ45 pedal connection are compatible with the older Line 6 FB4 and the Line Floor Board. Those PODs that are labeled 'FBV' above the RJ45 pedal connection are compatible with the current FBV series of foot controllers.

Q: Is it possible to upgrade my POD 1 to a Bass POD?
A: Unfortunately, there is no upgrade path between the Pod and Bass Pod.

Q: How do I upgrade or check the Firmware/EPROM version of my POD/POD 2.0/POD Pro?
A: Firmware EPROMs are no longer available from Line 6. Please check out the EPROM Upgrade and F.A.Q. document for more information.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS

Hold down the TAP TEMPO button and press MANUAL. This will "virtually latch" the TAP button in the depressed position so that you can access the secondary functions without holding down the TAP button. This leaves both hands free for playing the guitar and auditioning the changes. Press TAP again to deactivate it.

Q: Does the POD have a MIDI through?
A: The POD does not have midi thru, only midi in and midi out.

Q: How do I connect my POD's MIDI In and Out to my computer?
A: Please check out the Original POD Computer Connectivity document.

Q: How do I record the audio signal of my POD 2.0 directly into my computer?
A: In order to record the audio signal of your POD / POD 2.0 directly into your computer, you will first need the proper type of software that is capable of recording audio loaded into your computer. You will also need a sound card that has an audio input. If you have a Soundblaster type of card, you will need a cable that has two 1/4 inch mono plugs on one end and one 1/8 inch stereo plug. This cable can be found at most major music retailers. The two 1/4 inch mono jacks on this cable will need to be inserted into the POD's Left and Right Outputs and the other end of the cable should be inserted into the audio input of your computer's sound card. Make sure your sound card and audio software are configured to receive audio input and you should be ready to record.

If you are using another type of soundcard, like a unit that has an external break out box, you can plug directly into that box using a regualr guitar cable of a balanced (TRS) cable. Be sure to check the documentation that came with the unit to configure it correctly.

Q: Can the Pod Pro be used as a mic pre?
A: The POD Pro does not have a XLR, balanced input which is what is needed for most low impedance microphones. Technically, you could use an impedance transformer to convert a low impedance mic line to high impedance or use a high impedance mic and then use the POD as a mic pre but you may not get the greatest, most noise-free results as the POD Pro was not really designed for this application. That said, you may try it out and find a sound that is quite interesting and useful so let your ears be your guide!

Q: Is it possible to use the preset amp models with a different speaker cab model other than the pre set one? If so how do you do it?
A: Just hold down the Tap Tempo button on POD while turning the Effects knob to switch cabinet models.
You can view or download the owners manuals for all Line 6 products at our User Manuals Page.

I noticed that when using POD without a MIDI editor on PC, you're not able to control your feedback on delay effect.
POD version 1.4 (or earlier versions) will not store the delay feedback. This has been addressed in POD 2. Not only will 2.0 store delay feedback but you can also adjust it from the front of the POD. Please contact us directly for an EPROM upgrade of your POD.

Q: How can I control the "Delay Level" on my POD when using the Delay in conjunction with another effect?
A: When using the POD or POD Pro, the Delay Level and Delay Feedback can be adjusted by holding down the TAP TEMPO button and turning the MIDDLE knob for Delay Level and the BASS knob for Delay Feedback. Also, REVERB Decay can be adjusted by holding down TAP TEMPO and turning the REVERB knob. More information can be found in the EFFECTS section of the POD manual.

How to correlate delay knob settings to Milliseconds
Here is a chart that correlates Effect Tweak knob settings to delay time in ms. Please remember that these are estimates and you may need to move the knob a little to get the exact setting. Knob setting Milliseconds 0-75 1-76 2-100 3-146 4-225 5-350 6-625 7-850 8-1400 9-2600

Q: Did you create a pitch shift or harmonizer effect for thePOD PRO? If so, can I download it from your web site?
A: No. There is no harmonizing/pitch shifter patch to download into the Pod Pro.

Q: How do I install a new EPROM upgrade chip in the POD/POD 2.0?
A: To install the Pod EPROM, take the four screws out of the back of the pod to expose the main PC board, it would be the largest chip on the board. Remove the chip with a flat screwdriver and replace with the new one. There is a notch on the socket on the PC board, line up the notch on the chip with the notch on the socket. NOTE: We no longer have any POD PRO EPROMS. You may be able to find a user on our forums or elsewhere online who has an extra chip that they would be willing to give you.

Q: Why isn't POD 2.0 equipped with an XLR direct output jack? Instead you have equipped it with left and right 1/4" jacks, making it still necessary to use a DI box when running it directly into the snake/mixer when playing live.
A:The POD's output jacks are TRS connectors. If you use standard mono cables, you will get -10, unbalanced signal. If you use TRS connectors, you will get +4 balanced signal.


Q: What are the differences in features between all of the Firmware versions of the POD?
  • POD Version 1.x differences from POD version 2.0
    • 4 More amp models - line6 twang,crunch# 2, Blues, and insane.
    • Can access all 32 amp models from the front panel - without midi.
    • With Tap Tempo held down the following dials change:
    • Drive - Distortion (on/off)
    • Bass - Delay feedback
    • Middle - Delay Level
    • Treble - Presence boost (on/off)
    • Channel Volume - Drive Boost (on/off)
    • Reverb - Reverb Decay
    • Effect Tweak - Tap Tempo Speed
    • Amp Models - Other 16 amp models
    • Effect - Cab Models
  • The Marshall off axis cab sim went away and was replaced with Marshall w/greenbacks.
  • Amp and effects customization feature was added:
  • Ability to store your favorite settings for amps and effects, so that next time you turn the dial, they are how you like them.
    • Set an amp model how you like it (or effect).
    • Hold down save and Tap Tempo (Manual, Tap Tempo, A, and B start to flash)
    • Hit (A) to save the amp settings. And ( B) to save save the effects setting.
    • Next time you move to that amp/effect it will be set how you like it.
    • Does not work in manual mode.
  • POD can be "tuned" to work with different amp setups
  • Hold down SAVE while powering up
  • Press UP and DOWN to select:
  • A - POD feeding Power amp and closed back cab.
  • B - POD feeding Power amp and open back cab
  • C - POD in front of combo/head and open back cab
  • D - POD in front of combo /head and closed back cab
  • POD version 2.1 is different from 2.2:
    • Latch mode was added.
      • Hold down Tap Tempo and Manual at the same time for about 3 seconds.
      • Tap tempo will flash slowly on older POD's.
      • There is no visual indication of Latch mode on newer (v 2.54) FBV compatible PODs.
    • All dials act as if you are holding down Tap Tempo.
    • Press Tap Tempo one more time to disengage Latch Mode.
  • Delay spill-over was removed to allow latch mode.
    • When you switch patches, your delay will not carry over, it turns off.
  • POD version 2.2 is different from 2.3:
  • Some amp models were slightly changed, most noticeably the Marshall sims.
  • Some cab models were changed.
Q: What is the difference between the original POD/POD 2.0 and the newer POD 2.0?
A: The most obvious differrences are the display now have a different 3-digit LCD display and the POD is now labeled 'FBV' above the RJ45 connection to show compatibility with the FBV series foot controllers. These newer POD 2.0's are not compatible with the older FB4 or Line 6 Floor Board controllers. The newer POD 2.0 also has a different processor from the original and is not upgradeable via EPROM chip. Also, because of this new processor, the modeling of this POD 2.0 may sound slightly different that an original POD 2.0.


Q: How do I bypass the amp models in the POD?
A: Unfortunately, you cannot bypass the amp models in the POD. You can, however, set up some patches that sound as if there was no amp model being used.

The most transparent model on the Pod is the "Tube Preamp" model. It is designed to be flat and uncolored, and does not have any cabinet modeling. Set your bass, mids, and treble to 12 o'clock for a "flat" setting.


Q: What amps, cabs, and effects are included in the POD/POD Pro?
A: Please review the cab models.pdf file below for reference.

Q: How do I know what cab model I have connected to my amp?
A: There are two cabinet setups in the POD 2.0:

Cabinet Tuning:
  • In cabinet select mode, simply hold the "TAP" button and turn the effect knob to scroll through different cabinet sounds.
Cabinet Select:
  • Your POD can be tuned for optimal performance with a variety of systems when the A.I.R. switch is set to its AMP position. By default, your POD expects be plugged in before an open-backed cabinet. If you want to plug into something else, you'll want to change the Cabinet Tuning Mode.

To do this:
  • Hold the Save button while powering up your POD.
  • The POD's display will show a letter for one of the Cabinet Tuning Modes; press the Up and Down arrows to pick the mode, then press Save.
  • Use Mode (A-D) when POD is (A-D) & your speaker cabs are (A-D)
  • A feeding power amp closed back (ideal for 4x12 cab)
  • B feeding power amp open back (ideal for 1x12 cab)
  • C (default) in front of combo/head open back (ideal for 1x12 or 2x12 cab)
  • D in front of combo/head closed back (ideal for 4x12 cab)

Q: Is it possible to use a MIDI controller with my Line 6 device?
A: All of the Line 6 products equipped with MIDI inputs and outputs can be controlled by another external MIDI device. The most commonly used are the Voodoo Labs Ground Control and the Behringer FCB 1010.

Since you can not adjust the values on most Line 6 products that receive MIDI information, issues with communication are generally resolved by programming the sending unit correctly.

Basically, the POD only knows that when you send it MIDI MESSAGE "A" it will do ACTION "A". Since this can not be changed in the POD (and most other Line 6 products) you need to make sure that your foot controller (or other controlling device) is sending MIDI MESSAGE "A"

Please refer to the back of your Line 6 user manual for a list of all MIDI events pertaining to your product.

For more on MIDI, check out this site: http://www.midi.org/


POD Input Levels

Q: Will line level inputs into the POD destroy it? The manual says the POD is built for guitar level inputs, but can you run line level inputs from keyboards into the POD without messing it up?
A: You won't destroy it, but the overall sound quality may leave something to be desired. You might want to try a buffer/direct box between your keyboard and the Pod to lower the level back down to instrument level settings.

Tap Tempo Times

Q: How do I set the TAP TEMPO button to a specific number?
A: Remember that the tweak knob is an analog pot, so to get it exact, you may have to move it a little + or -. Refer to the Delay Time Settings chart below.

Delay Level Adjustments

Q: How can I control the "Delay Level" on my POD when using the Delay in conjunction with another effect?
A: When using the POD or POD Pro, the Delay Level and Delay Feedback can be adjusted by holding down the TAP TEMPO button and turning the MIDDLE knob for Delay Level and the BASS knob for Delay Feedback. Also, REVERB Decay can be adjusted by holding down TAP TEMPO and turning the REVERB knob. More information can be found in the EFFECTS section of the POD manual.

No Tuner Control via MIDI

Q: Is there a way to use MIDI control to turn the tuner mode on and off?
A: There is no MIDI sysex assignment of the tuner ON/OFF function.


Switching Cab Models

Q: Is it possible to use the preset amp models with a different speaker cab model other than the pre set one? If so how do you do it?
A: Just hold down the Tap Tempo button on POD while turning the Effects knob to switch cabinet models.

Delay Time Settings

Q: How do I correlate delay knob settings to Milliseconds?
A: Here is a chart that correlates Effect Tweak knob settings to delay time in ms. Please remember that these are estimates and you may need to move the knob a little to get the exact setting.

Knob setting Milliseconds
  • 0 75
  • 1 76
  • 2 100
  • 3 146
  • 4 225
  • 5 350
  • 6 625
  • 7 850
  • 8 1400
  • 9 2600
  • 10 3070
Attached File  midigraphics.pdf   78.31KB   194 downloads


Attached File  cab models.pdf   22.12KB   241 downloads



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