Surprisingly, POD Farm is still a go-to plugin for a bunch of people. And it’s not just your cringey XweekendXwarriorX uncle using it either. Legit killers like Joel & Joey from URM still pull massive tones from POD Farm that are on par with any newer Axe-FX/Kemper/Bias tones on albums out now. But, I bet the ol’ “Big Bottom” patch is about to get a whole lot less use now that Line 6 have announced a plugin version of their Helix units.
“heelix? hellix?” – Bill Burr
For everyone (like me) that lost touch with Line 6 after the X3 bean, Helix is basically the latest line of PODs. Except PODs are considered super lame now so they had to re-brand it with a science-y name like “Helix” to show you that there’s some high-tech shit going on. And they sound effing sick btw.
The plugin version is called ‘Helix Native’ and it features the exact same architecture, functionality and sounds as it’s hardware counterpart. Thus the patches are supposed to be seamlessly transferable between Helix hardware and Helix Native.
Line 6 plan to release the software sometime in Spring and have it available for about $399 USD. Though, it appears that current Helix rack and pedal owners are gonna be able to pick Helix Native up for about $99 USD. Which is a goddamn steal compared to other amp plugins in the same league.
This is gonna be in your computer soon. No more twisting dials like a friccin’ moron.
All I can say is, I am keen as fuuuh to have these tones as a VST.
All the tentative deets are over at the Line 6 site.