4 Reasons Why POD Studio is the Best Pro Tools 9 Interface
By Jim Dalrymple
When Avid released Pro Tools® 9, one of the biggest developments was support for third-party USB audio interfaces. For Line 6 users, this means we can finally take full advantage of all the amazing hardware and software features of our POD Studio™ interfaces and use them in the Pro Tools platform.
Here are the four reasons why POD Studio is the best Pro Tools 9 interface.
1. Near-zero latency with ToneDirect™ monitoring
One of the best advantages of recording on any platform with any POD Studio interface is ToneDirect monitoring. This is a technology developed by Line 6 that provides an almost no-latency signal that, unlike with other interfaces, has tone! This means you can monitor in real-time, including processed signals free of audible latency.
Other types of interfaces make you record with a lot of latency if you want to monitor and record a processed tone. This is distracting, disruptive to the recording process and just plain annoying. POD Studio interfaces make it a thing of the past.
2. Recording dry and processed signals simultaneously with POD Farm 2 plug-in
POD Farm™ 2 software delivers stunning POD tones in a plug-in. It’s included with all POD Studio interfaces. Besides all the great guitar tones it supplies, it lets you choose which signals get sent to Pro Tools: processed tone, dry signal or both. (In the Pod Farm 2 Mixer window, just go to the Record Send section and choose the signals you want to send to Pro Tools.)
When recording, many engineers will record a dry signal at the same time they record the processed tone, which has all of the effects and amps on it. The dry signal is just the sound of the guitar with nothing on it. This is handy to have for a number of reasons including reamping, which brings us to the third reason POD Studio is the best interface for Pro Tools 9.
3. Reamping a dry signal
As described in a previous post in the Line 6 blog, reamping is a technique that allows you to capture a dry guitar signal so that later, if you decide you want to change your tone, you can alter the signal processing without having to replay the guitar parts. Since POD Farm 2 lets you record a dry signal along with your processed tone, you can load it as a plug-in into that Pro Tools channel, pick a tone and suddenly you have a second track with a fully tweakable amped guitar sound.
Reamping can be helpful in shaping the tone of an entire song. Sometimes, after creating the perfect tone and recording your song, you realize that there is way too much chorus or delay on the track. Because this processed signal is recorded, you're stuck with it. However, if you have a dry signal recorded you can simply pull up the preset in POD Farm 2 plug-in, adjust the settings and you’re done. Song saved.
4. Recording vocals and bass
I’ve been using a POD Studio UX2 interface with POD Farm 2 while writing this article and it’s a great hardware/software combination for bassists and vocalists as well as guitarists.
POD Studio UX2 has two balanced mic inputs and phantom power, which vocalists will appreciate. POD Farm 2 features an assortment of preamp models and bass amp models based on famous vintage gear, and a collection of professionally done presets for each. The quality of the tones is top-notch. Of course, you can make whatever tweaks you want in the models and presets and save your own tones for later use.
It’s great that Pro Tools 9 is hardware independent. Now POD Studio USB interfaces and POD Farm 2 plug-in can help Pro Tools users get the most out of their music and their recordings.
Jim Dalrymple has played guitar for 20 years and has written about Apple products and music for more than 15 years. You can follow him on Twitter (@jdalrymple) and on his Web site at The Loop.