Around the time that Venice was made Christian Fennesz started using the Line 6 Pod 2.0 amp modeler and FX processor to save the presets of his amps and effects. Now he has AC-30 and Fender amps in his Rider. So a POD isn't really comparable.
Bill mentions several effects units. "I still have and use my Line 6 Pod II but also have a Line 6 Pod HD500, a Digitech Valve FX, a Zoom 2030S, a Boss ME-50, a Korg Toneworks AX-10 A and a Fractal Audio AXE FX II XL guitar processor, plus several stand alone analogue pedals."