From clean to mean, this little POD comes ready to rock. Extremely portable - use it for a quiet practice solution via headphones, or combine it with a Fender Mini '57 Twin (for example) and clip them both onto your belt - you'll be amplified, "wireless," and prepared to entertain!
COVERS ALL THE BASES
This (really) little FX processor has me picking and grinning for hours and days!
Navigating the menus takes a bit of practice, but that's only because there's SO much packed in there, from twangy country, to crunchy rock, and everything in between. And all this in a unit that sits lightly on my belt or strap. It's guitar heaven at my fingertips!
An outstanding value for the price. Five stars to Line 6, Sweetwater, and my sales engineer, Andy Miller!
Powerful Snare Processing!!!
Blown away. Simply blown away. I use this as an outboard unit alongside my SSL 9000. The input and output don't quite fit the my DB25 cables to the patchbay, but this can easily be remedied with a soldering iron and some tape! However there is no sacrifice in tone. I reach for presets 1-6 to give my snare that classic "Elton John" vibe. Presets 8-12 work great to fix timing issues, and the later 6 presets are great for adding a little mastering magic to your snare chain. Snare tuning too low? Turn up the drive knob! Cymbal leakage in Tom mics? Turn up the effects knob! Just remember microphone input goes into "CD/mp3 in".
Phantom power is provided by the included 4 AA batteries. A must have!!!!
My new Line 6 Pocket Pod is like adding a new member to the group!!
I purchased my Pocket Pod because a friend mentioned his when I asked about his guitar sounds on his new recording. Man, the sound is so good and so versatile that I've not only been using this for my electric, but also acoustic guitar, and the bass is fantastic!! I haven't tried keyboard or sax yet, but I'm sure it'll be interesting! This is a great, easy to use device that's by far the best addition to my recording arsenal.
I can't put it down! I've been playing guitar for 30 Years and have gone through myriad's of equipment. The tonal wizardry alone of this wee little kidney bean completely dumbfounds me! If I would have possessed such a device durring my formative years, I would have been ~"God"~
I just recieved it today and I'm already all over it. With it's vast array of presets, effects, amp/cab emu's and unlimited downloadable presets from Vyzex, the possibilities are truly governed by the imagination! I would have paid $229.99 for this much quality. The multidirectional controller is the perfect size for the unit and is easy to manipulate. I don't by the "big hand" compatibility issue one bit. Buy it!!! Their practically giving these babies away. It's my new kidney transplant!
This is a great tool. I love how i can take this anywhere without needing my amp. Sounds are great coming from my Strat. I would recommend anyone who wants to just sit down anywhere with their electric and jam.
Sweet little box
I've been a Line 6 user for quite some time now and I can always expect the same delivery of sound from and piece of gear they offer. Knowing that I can have that sound on the couch or in the office or car with this little box is exactly what led me to it. There are plenty of useful tones in the device. I like that I can throw a tube screamer or DS1 in front of it and get the wicked shred tone out of it just as I would from a full blown amp setup. It's pretty cheap so it's a safe buy for quiet practice and you can still hook it up to record out of it. I would give it the full five stars if it just had a little easier interface or extra buttons. It seems like it has the space for it but after tinkering around you get the hang of it.
Impressing little device !
I am very pleased with the Line 6 Pocket Pod, the sound and the features are amazing for a device so small !
Wow! is right! I had a little slow start , until I down loaded the in-depth reference manual. I have started to creat and save some user presets for previous songs that I played in my last band. They sound very close to my Boogie and 412 set-up. I use it on top of my Fender Champion 600. Very small set-up with very large tone. The only thing missing is the feedback sustain.!
Great, but Not a Perfect Practice Tool
To start off, I would like to say that this is a great start, but it has room to grow. I am in a band that doesn't have time to practice as much as we would like, and when I practice alone, I need a quiet method. This gets the job done: it has, of course, a headphone jack, place to plug in my iPod (great for practice without the band), jack for power adapter (saves money on batteries), and allows for the recording of quick riffs or full demos. Plus, comes with the very useful tuner and tons of presets. Those are the pros.
The cons aren't so bad: I expected the tough metal casing of its bigger bothers, but this one is light and plastic (I feel like it wouldn't be too hard to break it; not good for something that I want to throw into a bag and take everywhere). The buttons are also plastic, and i feel, too high; they would have been just as useful at half the size. I would have also liked a power button; the turn-on-when-you-plug-in feature just isn't too my taste. But the biggest problem that I have with this as a practice tool is no metronome. I feel like that is one of the most useful things for my practice sessions, and this doesn't have one. Now, I suppose you could plug a metronome into the mp3 jack, but that is a little annoying to me. If it had the metronome alone, I would have given it 4.5 or 5 stars.
I hope that newer models will be more to my liking, but looking at the new Express model, I feel like this model is superior (if this review weren't so long, I would state why).
Good for jamming
I am a relatively new guitarist and I got the POD so I could have some nice effects at a nice price. For the price, it's pretty good. It's a great tool for jamming with friends and also for making crappy little amps sound a lot better. I would recommend this for any new musician who wants a lotta tones for not a lotta cash and for someone who wants great portability.
You get what you pay for
Sounds great and is cheap. That being said, I deeply regret not getting a different processor. In order to make it "portable," Line 6 has made it virtually impossible to manipulate. The same four knobs control 8 functions. Want the drive cranked? Hope you like the bass cranked too. Want some treble? Well you're going to get delay for days also. And this baby eats AAA's for breakfast. Basically, it's made for novices who like presets. I mean, it has a belt clip. If you like dedicated controls, spend the extra dough and get the POD 2, like I should have done.
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.
I found the Pocket POD to be very enjoyable to use with a lot of flexibility contained within a small, cost-effective unit. I took one home, plugged in my headphones, and started flipping through presets, which by the way couldn't be simpler. I got a kick out of the different presets and their associated names - such as "chugs and kisses," which is... you guess it... meant for palm muted downstrokes on a very overdriven amp! Then there was "slow swell," whose name again gives an idea of what the sound is about - a very slowly opening gated effect with some light overdrive and delay; almost synth-like if played correctly at the right speed.
Perhaps the coolest feature of this little unit is its portability. Being the smallest of the Line 6 family, and small it is - measuring a mere 5" x 3.5" x 2", it lends itself well to being able to be transported almost anywhere, anytime, by anyone. It will easily fit in a gig bag or case, and even in the front pocket of a comfortable fitting pair of pants (I tried it). It even has a belt clip!
I plugged the Pocket POD into my mini guitar amp that runs on a 9-volt battery with two watts of power and a 2" speaker. If you haven't tried any similar products such as the Fender Mini Tone Blaster or the Fender Mini '57 Twin, you would not believe how much output such a tiny amp can have! I clipped both the mini amp and the Pocket Pod onto my belt and I was mobile with a whole lot of different sounds at my disposal! It was akin to an economy "wireless system" for a small space!
This is a great product for any guitarist who needs mobility and/or privacy, with many different editable sounds to choose from and practice with. It's a great solution for guitarists who live in an apartment/dormitory/anywhere that there isn't a lot of space to store even a small practice amp.