Re: Throw away your amps-try the "Pod" by Line 66

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Posted by Stan Besaw on April 08, 2001 at 01:30:08:

In Reply to: Re: Throw away your amps-try the "Pod" by Line 66 posted by JImmy on April 07, 2001 at 10:14:56:

I like it a lot in the studio. It seems to use "effects" more efficiently than any mic I've tried. I can't use it live because the pickup sticks on the harmonica with a "velcro hook type" fastener and on many songs I play I use multiple diatonics and can't switch them quickly enough, so I use a regular ball mic for live playing

Look up the Barcus-Berry web site and check for a description and picture. I think the harmonica model is #5600.

Good luck,

: Stan,

: How do you like that Barcus-Berry harmonica pickup?. I have been looking at some unusal mics on Ebay, but never seen one of those.

: JImmy

: : I haven't played through it myself but I don't doubt you. I have been recording in the studio with a Barcus-Berry harmonica pickup plugged directly into an Alesis Quadraverb GT (rack mount effects processor) for about 10 years. Not one harmonica or guitar player that has heard it has known it wasn't a typical bullet mic and tube amp combo.

: : I'll check it next time I'm in a music store.

: : Thanks,
: : Stan

: : : I am a profession harp player and have fiddled around with all sorts of gear in the past 10 years. I have never been a fan of pedals or effects units, but on a recommendation I went out and bought a "pod" by Line 66, and I love it. I paid $350 bucks for it on sale at the guitar center in Dallas. It digitally recreates the sounds of about 20 different vintage tube amps, such as the Fender Chanp and 1959 Bassman, and many others. It also is loaded with effects, such as tremolo, reverb, vibrato, delay, flanger and--this one is really cool-- an effect called "rotary" which recreates the sound of a Leslie cabinet used for the Hammond B-3 organ. After becoming frustrated with broken mics, mainly Green Bullets and Blues Blasters, I now play on a cheap, generic $30 vocal mic made by a company called Audix. Instead of lugging heavy tubes around, I just plug my mic directly into the Pod, and plug the pod directly into the PA, and you get real, gritty, fat tube amp tones and it comes out of the PA! It is the greatest tool to come along in a long time. Purists may disagree, but don't knock it till you try it, this thing kicks ass. And when you find the amp/effect combinations you like, you can record them and use them live at a show, or even change mid songs. You can also crank the gain and output levels up and I have yet to have any feedback problems, at least a lot fewer than when I mic my amp.

: : : You can also use it as a medium between your amp and your mic, by keeping the amp clean (i.e., no gain, reverb, or othre effects) you basically get the effect of having dozens of tube amps in one. I use it with my 1962 Fender Vibrochamp, and, strangely, I can get a hell of a lot more volume out of the amp then when I plug the mic straight into the amp.
: : : They're also very handy in the studio
: : : I am anxious to get some feedback...anyone ever try one?

: : : "Sweet Texas" Jimmy

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