Line 6, makers of what is easily some of the most affordable digital modeling gear available to guitarists today, have released two new products that appear to be aimed squarely at those looking for portable solutions to their signal processing needs.
The Pocket POD is an extension of Line 6’s popular POD line of digital modeling effects boxes, and is apparently battery operated, and so small it can fit in the palm of your hand.
According to Line 6 you can use the Pocket POD as a traditional effects box, in between your guitar and amplifier, or you can just use it to drive a set of headphones, allowing you to shred at full-volume without driving your roommates to drinking (as if they needed an excuse.)
The Pocket POD comes loaded with 300 artist-created presets, but if you can’t find something in there you like you can hook it up to a USB port and use either the free Vyzex software to tweak your tone, or log onto customtone.com and download your pick of some 3,000 other presets from guitarists around the globe.
If you want to dig a little deeper, check out Matt’s coverage––he’s done a bit of a comparison between the POD 2.0 and the new Pocket POD.
The TonePort GX is the latest addition to Line 6’s TonePort family of USB audio interfaces, but unlike its larger brethren, the GX is built specifically for guitar, and appears to be small enough to fit in your pocket.
TonePort GX includes just a single 1/4″ input jack––for guitar, bass or microphone (you’ll need an adapter for XLR)––a standard USB-out jack for porting those virtuoso guitar licks over to your computer, an 1/8″ headphone jack, and a volume control.
In spite of its diminutive size, the TonePort GX appears to be built for professional-quality results, offering over 100dB signal-to-noise ratio, and recording modes consisting of 16 & 24-bit at 44.1 & 48KHz, and a 96KHz mode with built-in sample rate conversion for simultaneous input and output.
TonePort GX also comes with Line 6’s incredibly fun (I know, I own it,) GearBox 3.0 digital modeling software, which boasts a full compliment of effects, including vintage and modern amp models, speaker cabinets, stomp-boxes, and even studio effects for guitar, bass and vocals.