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Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by spikey on 2012-01-19 20:19:43

Coming soon! The free v2.0 firmware update dramatically expands the sonic palette of all POD® HD multi-effect processors, and enhances integration with the James Tyler® Variax® and DT25 or DT50 guitar amplifier dream rig.

For all POD HD multi-effects, the update includes two brand-new HD guitar models, the world’s first HD bass model (with eight incredible mic model choices!) and a new vintage-voiced mic preamp model:
“Flip Top” HD Bass Amp Model. Introducing the world’s very first HD bass amp model based on* the immortal Ampeg® B-15NF Portaflex®, one of the most popular studio bass amps of all time. The modeled cab features the original 15-inch speaker perfect for laying down some serious thump.

Eight New Mic Choices for the HD Bass Amp Model. Get your ideal bass tone from the new “Flip Top” HD bass model with eight mic choices based on*
Shure® SM57
Sennheiser® 421
AKG® D12
AKG® D112
EV® RE20
Shure® SM7B
Heil® PR40
Neumann® U47

“Plexi Lead NRM” and “Plexi Lead BRT” HD Guitar Amp Models. Stunning new HD guitar amp models based on* the Normal and Bright inputs of the legendary Marshall® “Plexi” 1959 Super Lead 100-watt head. Plug into the classic cascading crunch of this historic English head!

“Vintage” HD Mic Preamp Model. A vintage-voiced tube mic preamp based on* the Requisite® Y7. Place this model at any point in the signal chain to give incredible warmth to vocal sounds and guitar and bass tones. Its controls include:
HPF (High Pass Filter)
LPF (Low Pass Filter)
The update also includes a variety of new features and enhancements that make a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro, James Tyler Variax, and DT25 or DT50 guitar amplifier dream rig even more powerful and easy to use. The result is complete analog and digital reconfiguration of guitar models, effects, HD amplifier models and analog tube topology with the press of a single footswitch.
Variax Knobs as Controllers. Variax Tone and Volume knobs can act like expression pedals, controlling different aspects of your tone such as delay time, amp drive or anything else you want. Controllers are capable of driving up to 50+ POD HD parameters simultaneously, making it possible to morph between sounds with a single guitar knob.

Variax Toggle Switch Behavior (Local Control). To provide smooth, intuitive transitions between the modeled and magnetic pickups, you can choose whether the Volume, Tone and Pickup Selector switch will control both the model and magnetic pickups simultaneously, or lock the model and only affect the magnetic pickups. For example, when switching between acoustic and electric tones, you can lock the acoustic model controls so that tweaking knobs and switching pickups when playing the electric sound won’t affect the sound of the acoustic when you switch back.

Variax Control Mode (Global/Preset). Choose whether you want to assign Variax guitar models and Local Control settings globally, or on a per-preset basis. Alternately, you can get complete manual control by choosing not to control Variax settings with POD presets.

New Input Selections. The new input selections — “Variax” and “Variax Mags” — allow you to assign any configuration of magnetic pickups and Variax models per POD HD preset. The new “Variax” input selection also recalls whether you were using mags or models per preset, allowing you to pick up exactly where you left off – no need for manual selection or input changes.

POD HD/Variax Custom Tuning Creation. Now you can create custom Variax tunings for any or all of your POD HD presets. Save and recall them per preset — and get up to 512 unique custom guitar tunings with instant footswitch control.
* All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development.

Re: Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by pugdealer on 2012-01-20 08:19:38

That sounds all very amazing and a bit complicated at first, but I'll have to fiddle with it to see how great it actually is, or how helpful in my case. Im pretty happy with the current amps, guitars and controls but I'm open to improvements!

One question though - when you say there will be two brand new guitar models, you mean amps or guitars? Could you elaborate on that?

Re: Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by jyflorida on 2012-01-20 10:34:53

Here's the link for the JTV firmware announcement:

Re: Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by ur2funky on 2012-01-20 15:10:59

Thanks for the info...

And a BIG thanks to Line 6 for this! 

Glad they're working on the Variax/VDI stuff!  To me it's the most exciting part of having all those guitars and all those effects if you can just hit a button on the HD500 to change everything. 

And now knobs as controllers?  Makes me rethink everything!  Love it! 

I need this to use the tone knob to adjust the delay level in one my patches today


Thanks Line6!!!

Re: Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by vjclaus on 2012-01-21 08:21:23


does this mean, if you´re an owner of a pod x3 live the update with the new acoustics does only work in combination with pod hd? or will there be a firmware for the jtv?


Re: Latest info if you have not seen it.....
by silverhead on 2012-01-21 08:51:22

There are two distinct firmware updates: one for the Pod HD500/Pro/Bean (v2.0) and one for the JTV line (v1.8). They each are compatible in the sense that the Variax knobs can now be used to control HD parameters, and are compatible in some other areas such as custom tuning. However, each update also provides some new features for their respective devices that are independent of the other. For instance, both provide new models  (HD5 amp models, JTV acoustic models).

I am not exactly sure about the answer to your question but I expect that the update to the JTV acoustic models will allow the new models to be used and dialed in as usual with the Pod X3. These models simply replace the older models - it can't mean that there are simply no longer any acoustic models accessible with the X3. However, I wouldn't expect to be able to control the Pod X3 FX parameters using the JTV tone/vol knobs.

Hope that helps.

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