FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is GuitarPort?
GuitarPort® is an entirely new musical experience designed for all electric guitar players. It brings Line 6®'s revolutionary POD® -based guitar amp and effects modeling technology to your personal computer for an amazingly low price. Select from sixteen classic amp models, connect up any speaker cabinet model you want, throw on some stompbox or studio effects (like models based on * the Tube Screamer®, Uni-Vibe, and Echoplex®) and play. GuitarPort's modeling gives you the tone of an amazing arsenal of amps and effects, perfectly mic’ed in a great studio, all within your computer.

Along with a huge range of killer tones, GuitarPort incorporates an audio player that allows you to jam along with CDs and MP3s, loop any section you choose, and even slow down songs without changing pitch. Other features include a built-in guitar tuner, a noise gate, and an intelligent hum reducer that "learns" the hum of your particular setup.

GuitarPort is also the portal to a world of guitar experience through the internet, with our optional GuitarPort Online service (more on that later!).

How does it work?
GuitarPort is a unique combination of hardware and software that work together to become the ultimate guitar experience on a computer. Setup is simple: Plug your guitar into the GuitarPort, plug the GuitarPort into your PC's USB port, plug the GuitarPort into some speakers or headphones, and you're ready to rock. The GuitarPort gets its power from your computer's USB port, so there's no additional power cord or wall wart.

From the software, you select and control every aspect of your tone, your audio player, and GuitarPort Online. If you've got more than one computer, you can install the software on each of them and then just plug the GuitarPort's USB cable into whichever one you want to use.

How does it sound?
In a word, unbelievable! Line 6® invented modeling guitar amps six years ago, and we've never stopped perfecting this technology. Line 6's modeling amps and POD® direct guitar recording devices have been used on countless hit recordings and by hundreds of thousands of guitarists the world over. The evolution of this modeling legacy is all brought to GuitarPort. And despite its price, GuitarPort doesn't compromise on audio quality thanks to its studio-grade 24-bit converters. GuitarPort includes carefully crafted models based on classic and modern amps plus a few of our own.

What's the big black knob for?
It's a good old-fashioned volume control.

What kind of computer and software is required for GuitarPort XT?
WINDOWS®
  • Pentium® 4 -1.2GHz or better (2.5Ghz or more recommended)
  • Windows XP® (with SP2 only)
  • 512MB RAM minimum (1GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free HD space minimum (10GB or more recommended for recording)
  • Drive speed 5400rpm minimum (7200rpm or faster recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection for online features

MACINTOSH®

  • Intel® or Power PC® based G4 -1.25GHz or better (G4 1.67 or better recommended)
  • Power PC and Intel processor platforms are supported
  • OS X 10.4 or better
  • 512MB RAM minimum (1GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free HD space minimum (2GB or more recommended)
  • Drive speed 5400rpm minimum (7200rpm or faster recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection for online features

USB

  • One free USB 1.1 or 2.0 compatible port on computer, or self-powered USB hub (requires power from USB, so bus-powered USB hubs are not supported)

What about Macintosh?
YES.  GuitarPort® with GearBox™ software fully supports Mac® OS X.  Read about it here.

What recording software can I use with GuitarPort?
If you're looking for an easy way to record your musical ideas with GuitarPort, check out RiffWorks™. It’s everything you need to record guitar, including the exclusive InstantDrummer™ as well as online collaboration and publishing features.

How much does GuitarPort cost?
The U.S. suggested retail price is $139.99.

Where can I get one?
At all the best music stores and online music retailers (which also happen to be Line 6 dealers!). Check our dealer locator for your nearest dealer.

What is GuitarPort Online?
GuitarPort Online is a revolutionary service that provides a library filled with hundreds of backing tracks for jamming or practice, playing tools such as matching amps with tracks, new patches, artist and gear info, playing tips, tablature, music news, user forums, a personal "tone locker," and more. It's offered only by Line 6, and is exclusively for GuitarPort owners.

What do I get as a member of GuitarPort Online?
As a member of GuitarPort Online, you gain unlimited access to an extensive library of amazingly produced audio tracks. Recorded with some of the best musicians in the world (in the best studios around the world), these tracks represent some of the greatest guitar songs of all time. These tracks are available with and without the guitar part, and can automatically set your guitar tone to the right sound for each song. There's even tablature or lead sheets for lots of the tracks available on screen and song maps that let you loop the chorus, bridge, solo, etc.

For more musical inspiration, there are hundreds of grooves and loops in lots of styles that are great to jam over. Real tracks of great drummers and bass players ready to back you up whenever the mood strikes you.

How do the online tracks sound?
With GuitarPort Online, the songs you hear are the original artist recordings (plus remixes without guitar if the multi-tracks are available), or meticulously crafted recreations. How meticulous? How about Stevie Ray Vaughan songs freshly recorded with Double Trouble in Austin, Texas? Or some Jimi Hendrix tracks recorded in New York with original Band of Gypsies members Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, and Eddie Kramer himself at the board? And the list goes on. Many incredible musicians have contributed their talents in order to make GuitarPort Online an amazing musical experience. Robben Ford, Gregg Bissonette, Tony Franklin, Brent Mason, Steve Vai, Carmine Appice, Jay Graydon, Rudy Sarzo, Leland Sklar, Roscoe Beck, Tom Brechtlein and Simon Philips are some of the amazing talents that recorded the tracks you get to play along with on GuitarPort Online. With tracks ranging from Chet Atkins to Iron Maiden, Chuck Berry to Dream Theater, GuitarPort Online offers a great guitar experience for players of every skill level and every musical style. In addition, the range of lessons, many provided by the actual artists like Sum 41, Spacey-T from Fishbone, Eric Johnson, and Godsmack, will bring you from beginner to advanced.

In order to maintain the high quality of these audio productions, copies of the tracks are downloaded and stored on your computer's hard disk. This way, the quality is not limited by your internet connection speed. Once downloaded, the tunes can be instantly selected for play whether you are connected online or not, for as long as you are a member of GuitarPort Online.

Do I need an internet connection?
In order to access the optional GuitarPort Online service, you need to have an internet connection and an ISP (Internet Service Provider) for your computer. Any connection speed will do, but of course, the faster the better. You can also use all of the capabilities of GuitarPort, as well as jam along with any GuitarPort Online Tunes that have been downloaded, while not connected to the Internet.

What does GuitarPort Online cost?
GuitarPort Online membership is only to GuitarPort, TonePort™ UX1 and UX2, POD® , POD® Pro, POD® Live and GuitarPort RiffTracker owners, and costs just $7.99 per month (billed to your credit card). You can cancel your membership at any time. You can also join again at any time to get back all of the GuitarPort Online tracks and services without any penalty.

Do I have to become a member of GuitarPort Online?
No. Even without GuitarPort Online, GuitarPort is an incredibly affordable way to have top-notch Line 6 amp modeling, effects, and a 24-bit USB audio interface for recording. Not to mention the built-in tuner and noise gate, plus, the ability to jam with CDs and MP3s, loop sections, and slow tracks down without changing pitch. And if you change your mind, you can join in on GuitarPort Online whenever you're ready.

What comes in the box?
GuitarPort comes with its snazzy red USB hardware interface, a USB cable, and the installation CD.  The installation CD includes the GearBox software, tons of preset tones, plus tutorial and help files.


1. What is GuitarPort?

2. How does it work?

3. How does it sound?

4. What's the big black knob for?

5. What kind of computer and software is required?

6. What about Macintosh?

7. What recording software can I use with GuitarPort?

8. How much does GuitarPort cost?

9. Where can I get one?

10. What is GuitarPort Online?

11. What do I get as a memeber of GuitarPort Online?

12. How do the online tracks sound?

13. Do I need an internet connection?

14. What does GuitarPort Online cost?

15. Do I have to become a member of GuitarPort Online?

16. What comes in the box?
* All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development.