Line 6 POD Farm 2 Platinum ReviewOctober 27, 2013
Product: POD Farm 2 Platinum
Company: Line 6
Guitarists love messing around with new sounds, but gear is expensive, heavy, and can take up a ton of space. Line 6 has created an elegant solution with POD Farm 2 Platinum, which manages to pack an astonishing amount of amps (over 100), cabs (46), stompboxes (97) and preamps (6) into its arsenal. A true all-in-one solution, the software can emulate every possible rig combination you can think of, and it can be used in any digital audio workstation with AU/RTAS/VST support or in standalone mode.
One of POD Farm 2’s greatest features is also one of the most basic – it has a fantastic tuner that is extremely accurate and easy to use. Once you’re all tuned up, the software has a huge array of amps that can be tailored to fit just about any genre and style. There are some good console emulations that you can utilize to fatten up the sound of drums, acoustic guitar, vocals, and more. One of the great new updates from the previous version of the software is POD Farm Elements, where individual pieces of gear can be opened up by themselves without draining CPU to emulate an entire chain. This is great if you just want to throw a delay or console preamp on a track that’s using a different emulation software. POD Farm 2 also allows the use of a MIDI controller for effects like wah.
The GUI is very clean and nice-looking – a carousel of amps and gear provides a nice visual representation of the virtual rig, and double clicking on a piece of hardware allows you to begin your quest for the ultimate tone by tweaking knobs to your heart’s content. Even the cabs have a lot of options, including a solid amount of mic choices and positions – the amount of room sound is also adjustable. You can even use Dual Tone mode to blend rig combinations together, creating even more diverse sonic qualities. There are a ton of unofficial simulations here, from brands like Vox, Fender, Marshall, Orange, MXR, Ibanez, and more. Beyond that, there are gate settings and input and output level knobs. There’s also a massive amount of presets included in the Platinum version, emulating everything from Led Zeppelin to Metallica to 90s indie music, as well as user-generated patches available on the Line 6 Custom Tone website. Check out the video below, where I demonstrate a few great user-made patches emulating Iron Maiden, Pantera, and Deftones.
Overall, POD Farm 2 is a solid, very versatile amp simulation software. While some competitors fare a bit better in the high gain tone department, POD Farm 2 edges them out when it comes to clean tones. The Dual Tone and Elements features, as well as the addition of a standalone mode for iLok users are definitely appreciated, but it’s unfortunate that there are no new or improved modules in this update. Still, there’s a huge amount of digital gear to play around with here for guitarists, bassists and even vocalists.