In recent years
amplifier and effects modelling has made great progress
so much so, that is it now commonplace on the stages and
studios of musicians, both in the professional and amateur
One of the companies
that have spearheaded this invasion is Line 6. Based in
California they have provided us with products such as the
original Pod 2.0 on which our review item the Pocket Pod
addition to the Line 6 family of PODs is a “kidney-bean”
shaped guitar processor albeit reduced in size and battery
powered for “Tone on the Go” as the Line 6 advertising puts
Specifications and Usability
Based on the
POD 2.0 sound engine this unit provides 32 amp and 16 cab
models for guitar, bass and vocals, plus a selection of
the most popular effects such as chorus, delay etc.
editor software and a USB cable is provided so the user
may edit tones on a PC or MAC and also download sounds from
the customtone website as with other POD products.
Out the box
the unit feels pretty solid with its hard plastic case and
chromed knobs. The LCD display is clearly legible and backlit.
The backlight times out after a few seconds of non-use to
avoid draining the battery.
use the device I notice that, with the layered menus this
is a bit tricky at first, but one soon gets used to the
different options available.
The sounds are
organised into styles such as clean, crunch etc... Which
then display each patch.
the patches are not numbered, so one has to remember the
sounds by name.
to newer PODs the sounds are adequate if slightly harsh
especially on the overdriven tones. At this price point
however and for its main intended use as a practice tool
one cannot really describe this as fault.
I find the unit quiet to operate with no usual hisses or
artefacts within the patches; this I have found is quite
common in lower end processors and is a big positive for
The Pocket Pod sports an array of connectors
including the usual ¼” jack for instrument input and output
to an amplifier, plus mini-jacks for headphones output and
input from an external device such as an mp3 player. A mini-usb
connector is also supplied for use with a computer as mentioned
before. The unit can also be powered by a 9 volt power
supply which is sold as an option.
Overall a good
device. However improvements on a few of the points mentioned
could have resulted in a better, more usable unit. I still
find it perfectly adequate for practice with headphones
or as a backup in case of problems at a gig.
information please visit the line 6 website - http://line6.com/pocketpod/