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Line 6 GearBox Gold Bundle: First Impressions August 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : plugins (plug-ins), Reviews, Studio Setup , trackback

Well, I jumped for the GearBox Gold Bundle when it dropped to 100$. Originally up near $500+, it seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. I wasn’t completely happy with the Amplitube demos that came with my Pro Tools setup, so this seemed like a safe upgrade. Registering/getting this to work wasn’t the simplest thing in the world, but once that’s done, its a great product.

(I am using a Mac Pro, Leopard 10.5.2, Pro Tools LE 7.4.2)

I installed the version that came with the included CD (version 3.0) and ran Line 6’s “Monkey” registering/activation program. The program didn’t see my connected interface (even though I could run the standalone version of the GearBox). Without seeing my interface, I was unable to register/activate the product.

On top of this, I kept reading (both on the website and in the user’s manual) that I needed to pay another $100 to get the “Plug-in version” of the software… I was slightly irritated, as the only reason I bought the software was to use it as a plug-in (This issue was resolved without problem or spending any money, don’t worry!)

I went through the help forums at Line6 and found out that I should download the new version of the GearBox software (3.60) and install that instead. It was a rather large download (I think over 150 MB), but it installed without problem. Now the Monkey software worked, seeing my interface and registering/activating successfully online.

At 32 samples in Pro Tools (or even 64), it feels like you are playing an amp, without noticeable latency. The sounds are great for both guitar and bass, and the number of amps, effects, and options is awesome. If you need a good amp simulator, or are moving into a small space where hauling all of your amps isn’t practical (i.e. a college dorm room, etc.), this is a great great plug-in. I achieved awesome sounds right away by bringing my guitar in on two mono tracks (panned hard) with a different amp model on each.

As of my initial impressions, I would highly recommend this product (especially at this price)

(As a final plug here, I ordered this from Sweetwater at 3:00pm, and it was at my house by 9:00am the next day. I used the “Free Shipping” option…)


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1. Russ - August 20, 2008

Gotta love Sweetwater. <3

I have to say that at first I wasn’t a huge fan of the Amplitube stuff, but after recording and playing around, I love it. I’m happy with it, but I didn’t get it for $99. lol

2. ConnorSmith - August 20, 2008

Yeah, it could be that I am comparing Apples to Oranges here, as I have only used the LE/UNO stuff from Amplitube.

But, for $100, I think this is going to be hard to beat :O

I should upgrade my amplitube too to compare.

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