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In-depth Feature:  Line 6 Gearbox Gold Plugin
Line 6 Gearbox Plugin
A virtual truck-load of amps, effects and mics with no repair bills.
Nick B writes: .


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Dave Rocks with Line 6
Digital models of guitar stuff just don't cut it. That's what I've heard from purist valve heads and collectors of lovely vintage gear. And sure, you'd expect them to say that coz they have a major investment in their gear.

Line 6 have really chucked the cat amongst the virtual pidgeons by modeling amps, effects, preamps and even guitars over the last ten years - that's right, it's 10 years since they first released the Pod (I wonder if Apple are after them for using that word -Ed).

The new GearBox Plug-in has taken pretty much all of the available Line 6 models and put them together in one (Gold) bundle. Each instance of the Gold plugin has:
* 78 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs
* 28 bass amps, 22 bass cabs
* 6 mic preamps
* 80 plus stompbox and studio effects
There is a lower priced Silver bundle too which offers a 'mere'
* 18 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabinets
* 5 bass amps, 5 bass cabinets
* 6 mic preamps
* 29 stompbox and studio effects


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The plug-in comes with the Guitar Direct USB audio interface which acts like a dongle for the software (although you can run it with any TonePort hardware attached). This USB device doubles as a soundcard and gives you the extremely low-latency ToneDirect monitoring although you can incorporate it directly into another audio interface - MBox in Dave's case. Dave said he had an issue as it need to be on it's own dedicated USB port with enough power to drive it. But once he'd figured it all out, it was just fine.

You can run the software as standalone, RTAS, VST or Audio Units, so that covers pretty much all the DAW setups out there. We took the box of tricks to our guitar guy David Carlyon, who to be honest is a bit of a Line 6 sceptic, to see what he made of it.

and.....

Apart from minor niggles; including a torturous RTAS registration and download (Line say there was a slight blip in the website during this time) and the fernickity USB power for the Guitar Direct box (needs a dedicated usb port with sufficient power), Dave was pretty impressed, the sheer tonal flexibility available meant he was able to experiment with all sorts of electronics (albeit virtual) that he would never get his hands on.

Check the video..

Pricing
GearBox Gold Bundle $699 / £421 list. Seen for $299/ £327.99
GearBox Silver Bundle $419/ £230 list. Seen for $199/ £188

If you already own some Line 6 Tone Port hardware, you can download the software only for $124.99 with additional bundles to add more models also available from Line 6 website.

As Dave points out, when you consider what you might end up paying for a single use plugin for RTAS or AU, this represents amazing value for money.

More Resources              Articles - full listing
  • GearBox Plug-in @Line 6
  • GearBox system requirements
  • GearBox Plug-in Gold guitar amps
  • GearBox bass amps
  • GearBox Plug-in Gold effects
  • GearBox Plug-in vocal peamps
  • David Carlyon WWW

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       6 Comments...  
    barKer    Said...

    hi, Thanks for your cool reviews!

    how 'bout bringing a REAL guitarist to demo the guitar stuff??

    23-Apr-07 05:17 AM


    Nick    Said...

    Thats a little harsh on Dave, he is a fine guitarist, but was just doing his usual modest thing.

    23-Apr-07 08:41 AM


    barKer    Said...

    sorry, didn't mean to be harsh... but i couldn't get a decent glance of the guitar gear and its sounds from: "JC-120!" *plays E major* "Marshall JCM 800!" *plays A minor* etc... also, saying things about sound ("colorful bright sounds", "a cool feature...that sounds really good", "you can have: da da da da or dadaa dada.."*while speaking of a delay pedal*) doesn't mean a thing, at least i don't get it.

    bottom line: speak less (give us just the technical stuff) and play more!

    and again: nothing personal against Dave, he looks like a cool dude and a real musician, its just my personal POV.

    thanks B

    24-Apr-07 03:51 AM


    Andy    Said...

    Too much tech-info for me..... i would think that most people ( including me ) jst want to hear you play it thru different amp/stompbox settings... a bit of soloing and a bit of them chord-changes.....

    30-Apr-07 08:20 AM


    Chris    Said...

    I've been looking for a decent review of this product and guys this has been the BEST one so far!

    Thx!

    30-Apr-07 10:49 AM


    Carl    Said...

    I thought it was a great review and Line 6 is well known for their great modeling of all sorts of amps and stompboxes as can be seen in this review. I liked it. Thanx for your awesome reviews Sonic State!!!

    08-Jul-07 05:48 PM


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