Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to rswarr)Re: Confused about whether I should be using Gearbox or Pod Farm...
For many folks it comes down to preference and features. You can have all three installed on your computer. Know that you will have to pay for POD Farm 2.5 and you can no longer get the reamping plug-ins for GearBox & POD Farm 1.
I will outline some advantages of each.
GearBox 3.72 - Still available for download. Stand-alone software is free (plug in can no longer be purchased). It's the software that will work with GuitarPort Online or edit tones on POD X3 series. Downside, you cannot create dual amp chains (Except for X3). Limited flexibility for effects routing and arrangement
POD Farm 1.12 - Still available for download. Stand alone software is free (plug in can no longer be purchased). Will work with all GuitarPort, TonePort, and POD Studio devices. Can create dual amp chains. Limited flexibility for effects routing and arrangement.
POD Farm 2.51 - Current product. Must pay for stand-alone software (includes recording plug-in). Will work with just about any input device, including non-Line 6 devices. Complete flexibility of effects routing and arrangement. There is alsl a free version with a VERY limited set of amps and effects.
I have an POD X3 live, as well as a subscription to GuitarPort Online, so I still use GearBox. I also use POD Farm 2.51 for direct recording. I have all three installed on my computer.
Bottom line - I would install GearBox (for familiarity) and POD Farm 1 to get a feel for dual amping. If after testing out POD Farm 1.12, you decide you would like mroe flexibility and the VST reamping plug in, then check out POD Farm 2.51. The amp models are the same between products, so no real sound advantage for any of them.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 5:24 PM (in response to BigChas52)Re: Confused about whether I should be using Gearbox or Pod Farm...
This may be a dumb question - but when I run garageband with gearbox running garageband uses the gearbox processsed signal. I think that garageband is then processing the signal with whatever effects I've chosen in it as well. So I guess this is not a "plugin" it is more just a processing in front of the garageband software. Is that correct?
So as a plugin, would podfarm2.5 show up in the options within garage band so I could select the effects directly?
Is this a correct way of looking at things?
Thanks for your great response btw
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 6:52 PM (in response to rswarr)Re: Confused about whether I should be using Gearbox or Pod Farm...
POD Farm 2.5 would show up as an effect that you would add to a previously recorded track.
If you poke around enough you can record the unprocessed GuitarPort signal (usually ASIO sends 3&4). Once you have recorded the unprocessed signal, you can use the POD Farm VST plug-in as a FX to "re-amp" the signal and keep changing the amps and effects until you've got your perfect combination.