v1.4 firmware gives enhanced MIDI control, faster gating and more new features 25-Nov-11
Line 6 has announced a free update for their range of POD HD
multi-effect processors. Firmware update v1.4 will give guitarists additional features including
enhanced MIDI control, faster gating, variable input impedance and new input flexibility.
Elliot Chenault, Product Manager at Line
6, told Amped, "This latest update reflects our mission to make POD HD extremely intuitive, even while
offering an extraordinary range of features. Firmware update v1.4 provides new ways to sculpt and control your tone, while improving
ease of use."
New Variable Input Impedance gives guitarists eight selectable options to enhance their tone.
When set to "auto," the impedance matches that of the first amp or effect in the chain, creating
the same response as plugging into the modeled original. Seven discrete resistor values (22k,
32k, 70k, 90k, 230k, 1M, 3.5M) can also be selected to further sculpt the sound, actually
changing the analogue circuitry. Impedance settings are saved with each preset.
New Global Input Selection mode means guitarists can play through any combination of
effects and tones from a single input source. When guitarists need their POD HD multi-effect
processor to remember different input sources, they can simply toggle Preset Input Selection
The new Hard Gate is an advanced gate capable of extremely quick response. With controls
for hold time, decay rate, and separate open/close thresholds, Hard Gate is ideal for any genre
including Metal. It can even be used to create erratic "sputter" and "splat" effects.
Enhanced MIDI Control enables guitarists to control POD HD500 and POD HD Pro with
external MIDI controllers. A variety of functions including Footswitch 1-8, Tap Tempo, Tuner,
Looper Controls, and Expression Pedals can all be accessed via standard MIDI messages.
(Note: MIDI control is available for POD HD500 and POD HD Pro only.)
Pricing and Availability:
To get Firmware update v1.4, just connect your POD HD via USB to your computer, run Line
6 Monkey and follow the instructions.