There's no law banning bassists from using guitarist's gear. Heck, guitar players have been using equipment designed for other musicians since the 60s (like Jimi Hendrix's adoption of the Leslie cabinet, a rotating keyboard amplifier, for studio work). Another case in point is the Line 6 POD 2.0 amp simulator/effects unit. While made for guitar, it can also give bassists a professional sound--provided it's dialled in correctly.
- Skill level:
Ensure that the POD's output level dial is turned all the way down.
Using instrument cords, connect the left and right outputs from the POD to the corresponding inputs of your recording unit/mixing board. Or if playing through an amplifier, connect the left output into the amp's input.
Set the "A.I.R." switch to "Amp," if connected to an amplifier, or "Direct," for all other applications.
Insert the power adaptor plug into the POD, then plug the other end into the wall socket. Plug the bass into the instrument input. Activate the POD's power switch.
Set the "Channel Volume" control to the maximum level. Adjust the POD's output level to the desired volume. Watch the clip indicator: if it lights consistently, lower the output level.
Turn the "Amp Model" dial so that "Tube Preamp" is selected. Adjust the treble, midrange and bass to your preference. Increase the drive (gain) for dirty or distorted sounds.
Hold down the "Tap" button while turning the "Effects" dial to the "4X12" setting. This simulates a large cabinet sound. Alternately, turn it to "Off," if a sound uncolored by a cabinet simulation is desired. Let go of the "Tap" button.
Experiment by adding chorus, flanger, delay or reverb. Adjust their levels with the "Effect Tweak" dial.
Tips and warnings
- When using a preset sound, the POD's controls will be non-responsive until turned past their preset level. Remove preset levels by turning the dial of the respective knob to full then back to minimum. It will now provide active response throughout the dial at the level visually indicated.
- Different settings can be stored by pressing the "Save" button, then using the "Up" and "Down" buttons to choose a memory location. Press "Save" again to commit a setting to memory.
- One thing a bass player should be cautious about borrowing from the guitarist's arsenal is a guitar amp. Guitar speakers aren't designed to handle the lower frequencies a bass puts out, and could be damaged if played at anything other than low volume.
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