Hi. I've been using a POD 2.0 (desktop) since probably 2005 or 2006. It's been really handy and great for practicing and home recording but I wanted to upgrade since it's so old and I've worn through all its sounds. I've been thinking about upgrading to the HD desktop but wasn't certain.
I'd be using it entirely for home recording and practicing, not live. I have about 15 years of experience as a musician and 10 years as a recordist, so I'm pretty confident in getting the sounds I want, since I have a fairly solid understanding of signal flow, EQ, compression, etc.
I'm a little dubious because this version doesn't allow dry recording through the USB like the X3 did (why doesn't it?), and allegedly the processing power craps out pretty quickly, especially when using dual amps. I think it's a little misleading to boast the dual amp feature and all the available effects when you can't take advantage of them fully. So these things have given me a little doubt.
Also it's been a while since the HD came out, right? What if they come out with some new stuff suddenly and I can't upgrade because they pull their support, like Apple and Google often do?
Also, no bass amps?
Also, are the effects really any good?
Also, I hear about a lot of glitches.
Basically, what can I expect really? Am I upgrading horizontally, as it were? I'm worried the unit makes a lot of promises it doesn't keep.
Help a brother out?
Thanks so much for reading and for any help or advice you can offer.