Line 6 Pocket POD
Line 6 Pocket POD

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

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La opinión de Hatsubai (content in English)"Decent for on-the-go sounds"

Line 6 Pocket POD
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.


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.
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Audiofanzine FR30/12/2010

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Line 6 Pocket POD
Originally written by benbao on Audiofanzine French.

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.