Line 6 Pocket POD
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Line 6 Pocket POD

Pocket POD, Portable Guitar Amp Simulator from Line 6 in the POD Bean series.

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Hatsubai 20/06/2011

Line 6 Pocket POD : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Decent for on-the-go sounds"
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With the hype and fame of the POD, it was only natural that there would be something smaller. The Pocket POD is Line 6's creation to help create some sort of modeler that you can take with you no matter where you go. For such a small device, there's quite a bit packed into this thing. There are tons of different amps, cabs and effects. On top of that, there are tons of different presets you can create.

UTILIZATION

POD did a great job at laying everything out in an easy to use manner. This thing is fairly tiny when compared to the original POD, so I'd say they achieved what they were set out on creating. Editing presets and setting everything up is just like any other POD. If you've used one before, you'll know how to work this without a problem. If you haven't, there shouldn't be too much of a learning curve. I wish the effects had more versatility, but I was never a huge Line 6 effects fan to begin with. Line 6 has some good manuals, so if there's anything you don't get, just check it out. One thing I do worry about is how sturdy these are. I've had a few PODs break on me when chucking them around on tour, so keep that in mind. I'm hoping it's stronger because it's smaller.

SOUND QUALITY

If you like the Line 6 tone, you should like this. However, I was never a huge fan of the Line 6 stuff. For one, it has that standard modeler sound. What I mean is, the treble and presence has this certain frequency or something that I can't dial out. The gain is grainy, and it is the same no matter what preset you choose. The effects are weak, but that's not really a huge fault considering all the stuff that's thrown in here. The feel, however, is exactly like a modeler. If you've ever played a modeler, you know what I mean.

OVERALL OPINION

For a practice device, this works great. You can take it with you no matter where you go and start jamming with some headphones. However, it's still that standard Line 6 tone which means that it still feels sterile and sounds a bit grainy.