FWIW, you can upgrade to POD Farm 1.12 for free (not POD Farm 2.5, that is a paid upgrade). It will not change your tone, but technically it replaces Gearbox for the Toneports.
Not sure how far along Audacity has come since I used it years ago, but IMHO I would look into a different DAW. Audacity still does not support ASIO (for licensing reasons), which is really what you should be using, unless you jump through hoop to compile it during your install. The info should be on their site.
Reaper is a popular choice, it is free to try, and at ~$60 it offers a lot of bang for your buck. IMHO it is pretty powerful for that price, of course you may introduce a bit of a learning curve.