Up to now, Line 6 appear to have been working in the lower channel counts for their TonePort USB interfaces, geared towards recording guitars, vocals, or perhaps (gasp!), a stereo keyboard. The UX8 rather changes all that and takes them up a league with 8 channels of XLR with dedicated mic pres, eight (8) 1/4-inch line inputs, two (2) 1/4-inch front panel instrument jacks, eight (8) 1/4-inch balanced line output jacks and two (2) stereo headphone jacks, as well as stereo RCA S/PDIF input and output.
All this at up 96kHz/24bit resolution brings them into the more serious recording field occupied by the usual suspects. Whats more, you get the TonePort and GearBox modeling package, which you can run as plug-ins (RTAS, VST or AU). For more information on the TonePort see our review here.
Included in the GearBox package you get: 18 guitar amps and 24 cabinets, 5 bass amps and 5 bass cabs, 6 mic preamps and 30 stompbox and studio effects for guitar, bass and vocals.
Additional packs can be added, depending on what youâ€™re recording
- Power Pack: The premiere suite for your TonePort, the Power Pack takes you up to the same model set as PODÂ® XT. Altogether, Power Pack delivers 19 additional amp models and 26 more effects models - that's a total of 36 amp models and 50 stompbox and studio effects! Imagine the hours you'll spend with the vibey 1960 Tiny Tweed or the mayhem you'll unleash with Line 6Â® Lunatic. Life will be sweet with the 60's classic Octave Fuzz or the modern Line 6-exclusive, Sweep Echo. And there will still be plenty more to enjoy with the Double Verb, Plexi Variac, Stereo Delay, Auto Wah and more.
- Metal Shop: Crush the enemy and see them driven before you! 18 punishingly high gain amp models from the super-powered HD147Â®.
- Collector Classics: Get those sought after vintage heads and rare pawn shop treasures. 18 amp models from Flextoneâ„¢ III and Vetta II.
- FX Junkie: Pile on the Vetta II effects! 30 effects models including synths, filters, delays, choruses, compressors, distortions, and sample and hold.
- Bass Expansion Packs: 28 Bass Amp and 22 Bass Cab models - all paired with the perfect mic selection to empower you to record pro quality bass tracks with the TonePort you already own!
Pricing and availability TBC