Well, I just placed an order for a POD X3 that I found on GC's used section. Why did I choose the X3? Cheaper than getting POD Farm Platinum, cheaper than an HD, and a few artists that I listen to still use the X3/XT technology to this date (John Browne, Chimp Spanner, etc...) However, I have a few questions regarding the unit (Bean) 1. How exactly does the computer connection and Gearbox work? I've only used POD Farm and never touched a dedicated unit with PC controls before. 2. How does the built in POD Farm Platinum license work? (Is it built into the device?) 3. Is the POD Farm license only for an early version, or does it upgrade to 2.5? 4. Anyone have any tips for using the Big Bottom? (Cabs, settings, etc...) I've gotten used to the L6 Treadplate and Treadplate Dual from POD Farm, but now I have the ability to use the "djentyist" of the amp selection. 5. Is there a built in pitch shifter/+1 octaver? I know that bands like TesseracT and Monuments have used the PODs to create glassy, octaved cleans, but I have never known if they tracked the octaves separately or if it was just effected from the unit. Thanks!