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The Line6 Pocket POD is a portable, hand-held guitar multi effects unit containing over 300 custom presets. Battery-powered and about the size of a tuner, Pocket POD is completely portable. Use it for effects in front of your amp, or just plug in headphones and practice anywhere, anytime.


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Could have been the perfect practice tool, but... featured

Ease Of Use This (IMHO) is a fairly straightforward little amp, as are all PODs. The sounds are broken out well by Artist, Type, etc. so it's easy to find a "base tone" to tweak and get the tone you're looking for. So what's my gripe? Well... at the time I was scouring the Earth for a highly portable practice amp--something I could clip onto my belt, plug in a pair of headphones, and walk around the house jamming. I didn't own any Line6 gear at the time but when I heard the Pocket POD was coming out I thought "GREAT" and pre-ordered one. Then I kept waiting and waiting and waiting and it was taking a long time. In the interim, my local music store suggested I try the KORG Pandora PX4 and if I hated it I could return it. I tried the Pandora and it fit the needs--then the Pocket POD finally arrived so I had both. The Pocket POD has a computer-based editor you can use to tweak your tones as well, so even though the display is single-line, all the information you need is there and the 4-way gaming-controller-style D-pad makes for a unit that is very easy to use and tweak. The only downside is that you have to hold down buttons to access some of the other functions, which is a bit tricky at times.


Sound Here's what came out of it: the Pocket POD killed on guitar tone--the KORG tones just couldn't stand up to the quality of the Line6 tones, even though the Pandora is slightly more flexible with being able to assign different cabinets without using the computer software. The overdrives, distortions, modulation effects... everything in there is pure Line6 quality--I would seriously gig with this Pocket POD if I didn't need to change patches. However... the Pandora has a plethora of rhythm training options--there's a built-in metronome in various time signatures and multiple drum loops in multiple styles. You're supposed to practice with a metronome--everyone knows this, so I don't understand why anything advertised as a "practice" tool would not have at least a metronome onboard. I understand the price difference of $20 may have something to do with it, but I would have paid the extra $20 to have rhythm in the Pocket POD--that would make it the perfect practice tool for me.


Reliability The D-pad seems to have lost a bit of contact on the right side, but I keep in mind the price point. Other than that, the unit and display are solid and since it's Line6, I would gig it without a backup.


Customer Support I've not dealt with Line6 customer support for any issues, but they are great when I call for general questions.


Liked about it POD tone that runs on batteries and fits in your pocket!!
Cabinet modeling sounds just can't be beat.
Not a toy--gig-worthy at a low price!


Didn't like No metronome or on-board rhythm trainer.
Not supported by POD Farm/GearBox even though there is a USB interface.


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4.0

By racerevlon
Dec 28, 2009
 
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Great for portable practicing featured

Ease Of Use As I write this, I'm sitting up in the loft on my leather couch, guitar in my lap hooked to my Pocket POD, with headphones plugged in that I'm wearing. (Laptop on the coffee table, of course!) I'm sitting here experimenting with the vast plethora of sounds found in this little "amp for your pocket" device. I'm quite impressed.

I think this is where the Pocket POD excels: Ease of use. The controls available to you are a four-position rocker selection switch, four multi-function knobs covering Drive, Effects, Delay, and Chan Vol. The knobs double as Bass, Mid, Treble, and Reverb selections when you hold down yet another button on the unit labeled "Save/Alt". There's also a "Tap/Tuner" button.

The unit powers on when you attach the guitar cable to the guitar input. Selecting a sound is pretty straight forward, using a 4-direction rocket switch. You're first presented by a "Browse By" prompt. Pressing up & down switch between User, Style, and Band. Pressing right takes you deeper into the menu for the chosen "Browse By" selection. For instance, choose "Style" and press right, and you're now looking at the style menu where the selections are: Clean, Crunch, Heavy, Effected, Bass, Vocal, Song. Choosing "Song", click right, and now you can select an individual sound which are named for the song they were modeled after (Aenema, Ah Via Musicom, Alive, etc). I found the menu navigation to be pretty intuitive, and Line6 really is doing the most it can do with a one line LCD, which is turns on its back-lighting when you're making a change to any selection.

Since the Pocket POD also has a mini-USB port allowing connection to a PC, you do also have some software options available for performing patch editing that can make things a bit easier. I've not looked into this yet myself.


Sound I've used it with my JEM7V as well as my JS1200. What surprised me about the Pocket POD were the wide range of amp and cab models that this unit emulates, which is very reminiscent of Line6's full sized POD family of guitar effects units of which I've owned a few. Honestly, I wasn't expecting such full functionality for a unit that is battery powered and fits in your pocket! The presets show off the wide range of sounds really well, and I'm going to say that at least through my headphones, I'm as impressed with the quality of sound from this Pocket POD as I was with my full sized POD 2.0. But, perhaps this is no surprise, given that its using the same internal sound engine! I've been able to squeeze out any tone I've been looking for. Chrous, Flanger, Tremolo, Rotary, Reverb, Compressor, Delay, and various combinations of those effects are all available to you, and the while the effects aren't steller, they do get the job done.

I've turned off the AIR amp simulation and have gone direct into my Blackheart Little Giant stack, but the sound isn't as thick. I wouldn't really use this as an effects unit for even a small gig. But for a practice unit or portable "jamming at a whim" guitar effects processor used with headphones, I give this baby a thumbs up. I now have the freedom to play guitar on a lunch break at work, or anywhere around the house where I feel inspired.

I like the Pocket POD for the same reason a writer keeps a notepad on their night-stand in the bedroom.. I can start working out a guitar part from anywhere, and transition to my home studio when I want to expand upon it.


Reliability Its constructed out of plastic. It seem all that durable and I wouldn't feel comfortable dropping it. Other than that it seems reliable so far.


Liked about it 1. Being so portable, it is great for practicing from anywhere.
2. The sound quality is better than I expected.
3. I find the user interface pretty easy to navigate.


Didn't like 1. I'd have liked it a bit more if it had a metal case.
2. Some of the effects sound a bit too "digital".
3. The sounds really aren't appropriate to be piped directly into a guitar amp.


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4.0

By PortlandAxe
Nov 01, 2009
 
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Extremely versatile tool!

Ease Of Use The Line 6 Pod is a perfect practice, and is extremely ease to use once you noodle around with it for awhile. The presets are usable and can be tweaked easily to taste. Editing patches at first can be difficult if you don't read the manual. Most of the edits come from dpad while depressing the edit button. Extremely quick and easy to mod. The instruction manual as well makes it easy to figure out everything.


Sound I really recommend using high quality studio grade headphones with it. I believe that's the most important thing to use of all. I use a variety of guitars with it. Personally, I enjoy the boogie mark amp simulator on it, and some of the fender clean amp tones. The reverb is nice on it, as well as the other choruses and effects. I am not too fond of the marshall/british style tones on the amp though. Just feel like they are missing the presence. Pretty much though you should be able to dial a solid tone for almost any style of music you want. Just a note, the sound quality on the rack pod is better than the pocket pod, if you compare them back to back. I believe it maybe a higher rate, but just sounds fuller.


Reliability I would depend on it. I use it to practice mostly everyday, and it hasn't failed yet.


Liked about it 1)aux in jack- I love the aux in jack. Makes it super easy to jam to backing tracks, and is really good at night when people are asleep.
2)the amount you get for your money- Basically for a cheap price you get an extreme variety of amp sims/ and effects. They are all usable in some form.
3)the ease of recording- I like running demos out of the pod. It's super easy with cab sims, and sounds very nice for a demo with some eq'ing. Its actually probably the favorite feature.


Didn't like Don't really have much bad to say. I wish they made it midi controllable as I think you could actually gig this quite easily. It's just not setup well enough to be able to swap tones as at a gig. If it was midi controllable likes its bigger brothers, it would be in the gig worthy range. I think that's the main thing that holds it back.


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4.0

By mgk321
Oct 03, 2011
 
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Great portable amp.

Ease Of Use As I got my pocket pod it took a little while to get used to all the tweaking buttons and stuff. After I figured out how to manage everything, not thanking the instructions manual since it wasn't too helpful at all, it has been quite easy to operate. You can tweak most of the settings with on board pots and buttons, but if you want total control of EVERYTHING in this thing, you must use the handy Vyzex (or something like that) editor. Editing patches is very easy, just dial in the settings you want and push save button twice. You can even edit the patches name, but it's not too easy on the unit itself.


Sound I use this with 5.1 sound system and headphones, and it works perfectly with them. I tried it few times with a real amp, but it's not really made for that. It works but the tone isn't too good. Effects are as good as most of these digital effects. I really like delay, compressor and the noise gate. Cleans are good, but this thing really shines on the hi-gain stuff. Once you get in to dialing all those little things to match up, the distortion just rips. I can get tones from 70's rock to the most brutal death metal growls with this. And surprisingly enough, no one has ever said anything bad about my tone with this sucker.


Reliability My unit has worked since the day I bought it and has had no problems. Wouldn't go to gig with this thing anyway. :)


Liked about it Versatility. Couldn't believe how versatile this can be. I mean like it's so small and handy and it operates with batteries when you aren't near any power sources (trains, busses etc), and yet it has so much variety and possibilities.

Ease of use. As soon as you get hang of it anyway.

Tuner. Now I don't have to carry separate tuner in my pocket.


Didn't like On/off switch. There isn't one! The unit powers up when you plug in your instrument cable. It would be so much more handy if it had a separate switch to power it up or off.

Screen. It could have been bigger, but hey, it works.

Some of the things you'll have to deal with.. Like pressing three buttons at a time and stuff. Can't do it with one hand on the go, but have to take it off my belt or table or whatever, and use both arms for some actions.


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4.0

By FrostStorm
Feb 02, 2010
 
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