For about two years I've recorded my music by simply plugging my amp's line out into my Audiophile 2496 sound card. This setup yielded several decent pieces despite continual problems with buzzing, touchy levels, flat tone, and the numerous other difficulties involved in using a 70-pound amp as a recording input. Every other month or so I would buy some nifty music gadget to try and fix the problems, but nothing seemed to work how I wanted it to. I eventually realized that to improve the quality of my music, I would have to change the foundation of the sound by using something besides the amplifier to boost the signal into my computer.
Yesterday I found it.
I bought Line 6's PODxt not really knowing what to expect. I had read the reviews in various places, but I was afraid it would be just another multi-effects box. I'm happy to say I was quite wrong. After just a day of playing, I've found it has taken away 90% of the difficulties I had in recording. I just plug it in to the sound card (using its line level output), play around with the amazing range of modeled amplifiers and effects until I get the sound I want, and hit record. The POD takes care of all the levels, equalization, and tone that used to come from my amplifier. Not only that, the POD does it far better than my amplifier ever did.
Here's a quick sample recording that I threw together yesterday afternoon. I think you'll agree, the sound is incredible. No buzz, great tone, perfect levels— I've fallen in love with this little red kidney bean.