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Line 6 Pod Studio Kb37

by Line 6
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: £299.00
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Item Weight3.6 Kg
Product Dimensions66 x 35.6 x 15.2 cm
Item model numberPOD Studio KB37
  
Additional Information
ASINB001EI1RQS
Best Sellers Rank 22,366 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.8 Kg
Date First Available25 Jan 2008
  
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POD Studio? KB37 is a powerful USB interface that boasts a versatile a 37-key MIDI controller, a comprehensive I/O and the stunning sound of POD Farm?. POD Farm features every model necessary for pro-sounding recordings. It features over 80 immortal and fully adjustable guitar amps from vintage classics to must-have modern monsters, plus bass amps, stompboxes, preamps and more to deliver legendary POD® tone to your DAW. Versatile and powerful, POD Studio? KB37 boasts an intuitive control surface that gives you full authority over your music. The velocity-sensitive keyboard has 37 full-sized keys that are solid and responsive to the touch. Pitchbend and mod wheels, octave up/down buttons, and a full collection of software-assignable controls including buttons, knobs and VU meters, provide expanded control. KB37?s comprehensive analog and digital I/O features a 1/4-inch guitar input (normal or pad), two balanced XLR inputs with high-quality mic preamps, an S/PDIF digital output, 1/4-inch analog outs, expression pedal jacks and more for a truly pro recording experience.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing bit of kit 2 April 2010
By TBL
I was looking for a new soundcard to update my system, I also wanted a new keyboard so this "all in one box" looked very tempting

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This review is a simple short one outlining my own experience with the KB37 and not an overly technical ramble. Straight out of the box, onto the desk and off we go. First thing I would do before plugging it in would be to go to the tone 6 website and download all the latest drivers for it - I spent a good 30 minutes setting it up only to discover when I went on-line to register it that ALL the software that came with it had been updated to new versions and I had to sit and wait for it to download and update everything. 2 hours later I was ready to go... On that subject the Line Monkey software itself needed updated so do that first.

So anyway, I used the units tone pod module first and what can I say... mind blowing! I plugged my guitar into the guitar in jack, and selected one of the pre-sets and instantly I was "the edge" from U2. apart from the fact that I can't play like him that is :-)

The amount of pre-sets that come with the software are staggering - of course there are "upgrades" available but the free stuff is more than adequate for my needs as a beginner.

The controls are a little plastic feeling (obviously) but they seem of a good enough quality that means they should last - the buttons are rubber (think early 48k spectrum) the analog VU meters are a nice touch in this day and age of LED displays and the S/PDIF digital output is handy as my amp happens to have a digital input and it saved me making up leads for the main (1/4 inch jack plugs) outputs. again for a full list of all the inputs/outputs see the link above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plug and Pray! and eventually Play 12 April 2013
I am very happy with the KB37 now that I have spent a whole frustrating day setting it up. First let me give you the reality check

This product is far from plug and play. When I unpacked it I searched for the customary Line-6 Pilot's Manual. Nothing. So searched online for soft download. Nothing. Eventually I found a Line-6 video tutorial on installing it. I had to go through the process before it worked, but on my third time round Pod Farm installed properly and I could hear my guitar. Then I installed the freebie software: Ableton Lite, Reason Adapted, Riffworks extra extra light etc. I haven't tried the Reason yet but the recording software from Riffworks and Ableton is pathetic. They want me to upgrade to their full program but why should I after I have seen the hopeless lite packages. I the end I paid $39 for Cakewalk Music Maker. This is really intuitive and easy to use. Lots of Youtube tutorials. The one free software that I like is PodFarm 2 which contains an excellent range of guitar, amp and FX tones plus super fun presets from hundreds of songs. No need to turn on my big amp at home anymore. This automatically feeds into Cakewalk if you have the software open. Easy peasy.

So now I am recording music with cool tones, using the midi for bass/drums and having a lot of fun but the set up proceedure reminds me of the bad old days...
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent bit of kit 29 April 2011
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Bought this to record soft synths, guitar, vocals etc, on sonar x1 in one portable package. I have one minor complaint, which is that the 'octave down' key is really stiff and often fails to record a press. Other than that this is an excellent product, POD farm is great (and there is a free upgrade to 2.0), although I cant coment on Reason, Riffworks, or Ableton as I havent bothered with them. A-
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such promise but..... 11 Sep 2010
This should be a great product and it may be. Unfortunately it has no instructions and is supplied with four separate and complicated third party software products. The learning process is overwhelming for anyone not already familiar with advanced use of music software and associated files and hardware connections. To be a five star product it should have dedicated stand alone software and good step by step instructions. Possibly even a 'from scratch' video tutorial.
I haven't got time to hunt down info needed to learn how to use this and it will most likely stay in a cupboard until it's obselete.
To sum up - A promising item let down by lack of backup. Sorry - Not recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing potential and a screaming bargain 5 Jan 2010
By T. Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm new to creating music on a computer, and my research, along with tons of positive reviews from others, led me to the POD Studio KB37 as a good all-purpose starting point. In terms of flexibility, this package is very hard to beat. The built-in inputs and mic preamps let you record just about anything, from guitar/bass and other electric instruments to vocals and acoustic instruments (using your own mic, of course). For these uses alone, the KB37 is a great way to get sound into your computer with minimum headaches. Simply connect the KB37 to your computer with a single USB cable. It's USB-powered, so you don't even have to plug it into a power outlet.

The hardware's MIDI keyboard and control surface open up a whole new dimension. They allow you to add keyboard parts and adjust some software parameters via real-world knobs and buttons; this is much faster than clicking and dragging onscreen "virtual" controls.

The included software package reveals the KB37's full potential, transforming an otherwise great product into an incredible bargain. Sure, the Reason Adapted (synth, sampler, sequencer, and effects) and Ableton Live (multitrack recording) software are the "lite" versions of these programs, but even so, they're very versatile and powerful. If you're fairly new to DAW software, trust me, even the lite version of Reason is pretty incredible -- you'll get a lot of use out of it. It includes tons of sampled real-world instruments, fully functional and tweakable soft synths, drum machine, sequencer, effects, and a lot more. It takes quite a while to explore its impressive capabilities. Once you do, you'll know whether you want to upgrade to the full version, which is available at a discounted price. But again, the lite verion will be plenty for many users.

Finally, you get Line 6's POD Farm software, which gives you an arsenal of stompbox and rack effects for guitar, bass, vocals, and just about anything else. On top of that, it includes amp, cab, and mic preamp modeling. You get everything that most guitar multi-effects units provide and then some. Because it runs on your computer, naming and saving patches is quicker and easier than stand-alone multi-effects units, and you can save as many custom patches as you like. And, unlike stand-alone units, POD Farm is expandable. Line 6 claims that the KB37 allows you to monitor your tone, complete with effects, without a latency problem (a lag between playing a note and hearing the output). This is not an empty promise. On my modest laptop, which runs Windows Vista on an Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83GHz) with 3GB of RAM, I experience zero latency problems.

All told, for the price of one guitar multi-effects unit, you get everything you need to start a home studio. If you're a full-time keyboard player, this package probably isn't aimed at you. As its name suggests, the KB37's keyboard has only 37 keys. So, there are probably better MIDI keyboard controllers out there for you. Plus, as a keyboard specialist, you'd most likely want a full version of whatever synth software you prefer. On the other hand, if you play guitar or bass and you want all the building blocks for tweaking your tone, adding vocals, effects, *and* getting your feet wet with powerful synths, sampling, and multitrack recording, here it is for a laughably low price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great, but desperatly needs updates 2 Mar 2011
By zaybls - Published on Amazon.com
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This is great!! i bought this to be the heart of my long awaited home studio, and it definately has all the potential to be. the software alone is very usable, great for any music creative process. ableton has been the best so far, pod farm is of course essential for guitar players. but, a week after i got this it stopped recognizing the guitar signal, or any other input other than the keyboard itself. the pod farm program was not responding to any instrument. so i uninstalled, reinstalled, updated drivers, registered my product, everything. still not working. so i went to the line 6 forums and found a guy with a similar problem. he ended up upgrading to pod farm 2.0. i did the same, and everything works again!! i dont know what happened, but of course as with any electronic device today the internet is a crucial tool in making anything work nowadays. i am unfortunate enough not to have high speed where i live, so i had to resolve these problems at work. other than the updating which gave me a big scare and pissed me off, this is a awesome product and will hopefully give me years of music creation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unit, Has Some Serious Power To IT! 10 Dec 2010
By Charles Forquignon - Published on Amazon.com
Where to begin? The KB37 has so many features it's hard to know where to begin...

It's got 5 inputs (Instrument, Mic 1/L, Mic 2/R, Line 1/L, Line 2/R) all inputs can be used SEPARATE for a total of 5 inputs. Also certain inputs can be combined (Instrument & Mic 1 or 2, Mic 1 & 2, Line 1 & 2) for stereo recording or dual recording.

The KB37 comes with POD Farm... a MASSIVE collection of guitar, bass, and vocal effects for you to use and tweak pretty much as if you had the actually hardware itself. Hundreds of presets that would cost you HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars to buy the actual hardware/amps/pedals/speakers for all this! I upgraded to POD Farm 2 and it's got even more awesomeness packed into it!

I've got a 16 channel mixer running into the Line 1/L & Line 2/R inputs for recording live mixes of vocals, guitars, bass, and drums. This works really great if you got a big enough mixer to fit everything and you're able to get some good levels before recording.

I use the KB37 with Ableton mostly. Works great for vsti's and midi mapping. I've used it to record vocals, guitar and bass through the POD Farm into Ableton and all I can say is... IT'S SOUNDS GREAT! ZERO Latency just like it says, I've been using the KB37 for about a year now and it's solid!

Work off 1 USB cable, no other power supply needed... the KB37 becomes your 2nd sound card when you plug it into your Laptop/PC. The KB37 has dual stereo 1/4" outputs for studio monitors or you can use it with a PA or Powered Mixer. I've used all these set ups.

Great Product!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Line6 KB37 a steep line to follow 4 May 2013
By Martin Slater - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a way to input some of my instruments into my computer AND have a midi keyboard controller.
Generally I am happy with the product yet finding out exactly how to utilize it completely is not easy and has not that much documentation or support.

it has an impressive bundling of software yet same issue.. not much real support.

PROS
Product has potential.
works well in the LIGHT version of ableton live. as a midi keyboard and AUDIO input.

CONS
Not much documentation and a steep learning curve.
Reason..adapted (one of the included products ) is NOT recognized on windows 7.
no real explanation of how to assign keyboard controls.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 4 Mar 2011
By Gary Millstein - Published on Amazon.com
I was very fortunate to buy this unit a couple of years ago when it was selling for $199. It was the first audio interface unit I bought for using with Garage Band. For the life of me, I don't know why there are no other units on the market that come with a keyboard controller. I could not do half the things on Garage Band without the keyboard controller from setting up drum patterns to the innumerable sounds I control with all the Jam Pack Instruments I have installed on GB. If the knobs were properly assigned, I would do even better. They control some of the parameters on the Gear Box software, which is very useful. I often use it rather than Garage Band's modeling software package. Gear Box also switches the KB37 input from instrument to mike input, very easy to manage.

I love the KB 37. Paying $349 would scare me off a bit, it being so fragile, but for a small home studio, you make some massive sounds with this and a Powerbook.
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