Reviewed: Line 6 POD Go
The first Line 6 POD came out in 1998 and was initially famous for its big red kidney shape and its 16 amp models. Since then the POD has gone through plenty of iterations including rack and floor units, the tiny Pocket Pod and the POD Farm plugin. The digital modelling market is a lot more crowded now than when the POD first made its entrance. Line 6 is competing not only with its own vast array of products but also with a bunch of upstarts as well as legacy players who have entered the digital modelling space. So any new product that carries the POD name better be able to hold its own.
Reviewed: Cioks DC7 Power Supply
While on a surface level, power supply units might not be the most exciting genre of studio gear, they certainly remains one of the most crucial. Many budding musicians haven’t paid heed to their power needs and have quickly found out the weakest link in their (daisy) chain, often to disastrous effect. Eventually, one gets to a point in their life where they realise they are done playing Tetris with wallwarts and AC adapters, and that searching for RC interference and static is far from the best use of one’s creative time.
Reviewed: Zoom V6 Vocal Processor
Once upon a time the idea of a dedicated vocal processor just… wasn’t there. Occasionally you might spot a singer like Robert Plant (watch the Page & Plant Unledded DVD) or Mike Patton (especially in Mr Bungle) with a few guitar pedals repurposed for live vocal use, wresting control away from the sound engineer and placing it right onstage with the vocalist. Now floor-based vocal processors are much more commonplace and there’s a real push to make each one unique, rather than just ‘Hey bud, here’s your delay and pitch correction, have fun.’ The Zoom V6 is pretty serious about grabbing your attention among the various products competing for your love.
Mixdown's Pedal Special: Multi-Effects, Modellers & Utility Effects
Here at Mixdown, we wholeheartedly believe there's a pedal out there for every guitarist. A stompbox soulmate, if you will. Find your perfect match from the realms of multi-effects and modelling pedals right here, as well as all the weird, quirky pedals that can take your rig from 0 to 100 real quick. You can thank us later.
Reviewed: Kemper Profiler Stage Floorboard
The Kemper Profiler Stage would be Kemper’s flagship product, if Kemper weren’t so vehemently committed to retaining and continuing to support every customer they’ve picked up along the way. Even the earliest incarnations of their ‘toaster’ head units are still easily updated with the latest firmware and software, whereas some competitors continue to produce subsequent products that supersede their last product, and further drive their older products towards redundancy.
Reviewed: HeadRush Gigboard Guitar Effects Processor
Ah, multi-effects boards and amp modellers. A controversial topic that many guitar purists refuse to acknowledge as a legitimate source of inspiration. If you’re part of that team, it may be time to reconsider. The market is burgeoning with innumerable amounts of these devices, and they only seem to be getting better and better as technology evolves. There’s plenty to love about digital effects: they’re super handy for both stage and studio, are comparatively lighter than a large pedalboard, and most importantly, they have unrivalled versatility to suit your every need.
Reviewed: NUX MG-20 Guitar Modeling Processor
I never got on the multi-effects floor pod train as a teen guitarist. I was unjustifiably concerned about the “fidelity” of my tone, decrying the inauthentic tinny sounds of the all-purpose slab. Instead I dropped a heinous amount of money on what I considered the real deal; Russian Big Muffs, rare Wahs, etc. As time has gone on and technology has refined, that has become a rather silly position to take.
Reviewed: T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon
T-Rex has been producing pedals and power supplies alike out of Denmark since their inception in 1996. Producing world-class and widely used pedals such as the Mudhoney and Replica pedals, they’re used and loved by artists such as Steve Lukather, Alter Bridge, Depeche Mode and Patrick Matera (Katy Perry). T-Rex also produces power supplies that power these famous pedals and the Fuel Tank Chameleon is the middle-of-the-road option in the Fuel Tank Series, flanked by the bigger and aptly named Goliath, and the slightly smaller Fuel Tank Classic.