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I won't describe the effects provided: you'll find them on the Line6 website.
In short, it's a pocket amp simulator.
Works with batteries. The battery life is not very long: with rechargeable batteries, I can play nearly three hours.
Connections: guitar input, phones out, amp out, line input to play along with a recorded song, PSU connector.
Sold with a small manual but no PSU. It's a pity!
You can do your settings either directly on the unit or via a PC.
Directly on the unit it's a bit difficult because some parameters require key combinations. Browsing within the presets is not very practical: in some cases, you'll press a key by mistake when you want to select another preset.
For PC editing you'll have to download the software. Storing presets is not very intuitive: you can lose your settings by mistake pretty easily.
I use it with headphones when I play guitar at home or when I'm on the road (I don't have to carry my guitar amp with me). It's ok for these applications.
Considering the price, the sound is rather good. However, I found some weak points, like noise with high-gain simulations.
Another con: the simulations don't fully reproduce the sound character of the guitar you play.
Altogether, the sound is ok for me.
I've been using it for three years as a practice tool. Don't expect to be able to use it as your main amp.
Once you made your settings (with the software), it's ok as an additional amp, especially considering the price.
I bought it to play/practice without making too much noise since my big amp is not ideal to play at home. I wouldn't buy it again if I had more money. I would choose a quality compact combo or a good sound card, but it would be more expensive.
Decent for on-the-go sounds
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.
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.
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.
Line 6 Pocket Pod
I was looking for a nice headphone amp to use when I couldn't make noise. I wanted something that did not suck. I ended up buying this off of Craigslist for $40.
I really like some of the sounds. Some are terrible, but hey, different strokes for different folks. There are some very usable, inspiring tones. I would even consider recording with this device to get some layered guitar tones or effects in a pinch.
I like that there is a 1/8' input for my MP3 player. It makes learning songs really simple.
I really like the tap-tempo effects. I'm not very technical, nor did I have a manual, so being able to figure this device out on my own was a big plus. I did upgrade the firmware which was a pain, but I did not notice any changes whatsoever.
I don't like that the power jack is cheap. The device will shut down, then I need to unplug my guitar and replug it into the input jack, since the input jack powers the device
Besides the power jack this unit is built tough. I have dropped at as well have let it get rattled around in a book bag. Just the doggone power jack. That is the only thing holding me back from using this live.
A great headphone amp. Not built to handle abuse or be used live. Definitely some inspiring guitar tones that make you want to play.
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Line 6 Pocket Pod
This unit is available brand new for $129.99 at American Musical Supply. I was looking for something small and portable I could take to friends house for garage jams or recording sessions. I also wanted something that I could just use as a mini practice tool with headphones.
This pocket pod has great samples. You get the POD, batteries (4 triple AAAs), and then software. It has a CD and mp3 in, any 1/8' audio type will work. 1/4 inch out jack. About 300 preset patches. Different bands and popular songs you can play along with.
It does not come with a DC adapter. A little complicated to get working because of multiple button press configurations control various functions.
It's great. Good fit and finish, small size is not necessarily difficult to operate.
Overall, a great little gadget with some great patches and models for under $130, but would be a super deal if you found it under $100 used on eBay or Craigslist.
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Line 6 Pocket POD tech. sheet
- Manufacturer:Line 6
- Model:Pocket POD
- Series:POD Bean
- Category:Portable Guitar Amp Simulators
- Added in our database on: 08/06/2008
Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don\'t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today\'s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more. 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. Connect to any computer via USB, then download the free Vyzex software and \"deep dive\" into all your tone details to create your own custom tone, or manage your own personal tone library right on your desktop. Or visit CustomTone.com to download any of the 3,000 free presets created by guitarists from around the world. Pocket POD lets you sound like a rock star wherever you go. ocket POD® comes packed with 32 classic and modern amp models, along with 16 cab models, letting you create mind-blowing guitar tones wherever inspiration strikes. Our A.I.R.™ modeling technology accurately captures the tone and feel of speaker cabinets, microphones, and studio room characteristics. Mix and match speaker cabinets and microphones to find the precise vibe you\'re looking for.AMPS Amp Models based on*: ’64 Fender® Deluxe Reverb® ’59 Fender® Bassman® ’68 Marshall® Plexi 100 watt Marshall® JTM-45 meets Budda Twinmaster ’60 Tweed Fender® Champ® Budda Twinmaster head ’65 Blackface Fender® Twin Reverb® ’60 Vox® AC 15 ’60 Vox® AC 30 non-Top Boost ’85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Clean Channel ’85 Mesa/Boogie® Mark IIc+ Drive Channel Dumble® Overdrive Special Clean Channel ’95 Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier® Head ’89 Soldano SLO Super Lead Overdrive Dumble® Overdrive Special Drive Channel 1987 Roland® JC-120 Jazz Chorus Line 6® Insane Cabinet Models based on*: 1960 Fender® Tweed Champ® 1952 Fender® Tweed Deluxe Reverb® 1960 Vox® AC-15 1964 Fender® Deluxe Reverb® 1965 Fender® Blackface Twin Reverb® 1967 Vox® AC-30 1995 Matchless Chieftain 1959 Fender® Bassman® 1996 Marshall® with Vintage 30s 1978 Marshall® with stock 70s 1968 Marshall® Basketweave with Greenbacks Line 6® 4x12 Line 6® 1x12 Line 6® 2x12 Line 6® 4x10 * All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. EFFECTS Pocket POD® may be smaller than most stompboxes, yet it comes packed with 16 professionally designed effects models allowing for a wide variety of personal tonal character. Tweaking effects is easy with the bright LCD interface and easy to use knobs and buttons. Download the free Vyzex editing software at Line6.com to \"deep dive\" and fine-tune each detail of your own custom tone. Multiple versions of effects give you rack or stompbox options, and the combination effects give you classic setups like Delay and Chorus simultaneously. Pocket POD Effects: Compressor Delay/Compressor Tremolo Delay/Tremolo Chorus 1 Delay/Chorus 1 Chorus 2 Delay/Chorus 2 Flanger 1 Delay/Flanger1 Flanger 2 Delay/Flanger2 Rotary Speaker Delay/Swell Delay Reverb
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