The Pocket POD is a powerful and unique effects unit. I recommend it for any player who would enjoy having control right there on their belt.
The Pocket POD is a powerful and unique effects unit. Rather than putting an effects processor for the guitar on the floor as a pedal or on a rack, this little kidney bean fits on your belt, which would be an interesting sight for an audience: to see the performer handle his effects from his hip and have the same options as many multi-effects pedals.
The interface is as simple as can be: several conspicuously labeled dials and a 4-direction transport that you use to navigate through the preset libraries. Although there are only a few of these libraries (popular bands, songs, and user-defined), the Pocket Pod can hold over 300 different presets, and each of these can then be manipulated further with additional reverb, tremolo, flange, etc. Imagine having the same sound from a 311 song, or Metallica, or Sublime, and then adding a bit of chorus or any other effect you want.
Grungy distortion, smooth reggae, trippy acid-rock, and many more sounds are available with the Pocket POD, and I recommend it for beginners who want an inexpensive practice tool as well as performers who would enjoy having control right there on their belt.