Line 6 set the guitar world on its collective ear when they unleashed the original POD in 1997. At the time, walking into any recording studio, guitar shop or
Line 6 set the guitar world on its collective ear when they unleashed the original POD in 1997. At the time, walking into any recording studio, guitar shop or early adopter’s home resulted in one or more of the red, kidney-shaped oddities being thrust into your face, immediately followed by the inevitable proclamation of, “It sounds exactly like an amp!”
Demonstrating that the trickle-down theory is at work and thriving in the world of consumer electronics, the Pocket POD provides the same 32 amp and 16 effects models available on the POD 2.0 in a pint-sized package, but giving up some indepth, standalone editing functions in the process. Basic amp models can be edited and saved easily enough, but getting down and dirty with cabinet emulation and detailed effects parameters requires the freely downloadable Vyzex software.
Sans software, setting up your own sounds and saving them is a breeze and won’t even require skimming the manual for previous POD owners; although, like my experience with previous versions of the POD, I found it easier to start at the point where I wanted to save, rather than try to move my new sound to another preset.
The Vyzex software is easy to use and also enables the user to add presets created by other PODites, downloadable via Line 6’s CustomTone.com site. Once the Pocket POD is attached to the computer via the included USB cable and the Vyzex software is launched, loading up downloaded presets is as easy as clicking the OPEN button under the L6T menu up top, then saving by pressing the SAVE button on the POD itself.
Crafting homebrew patches with the Vyzex software is just as easy; start off with an amp model on which to base your sound, tweak every other parameter – cabinet emulation, effects, effects order, reverb parameters and about a million other things – to your heart’s content, and when everything is buttoned up, hit SAVE on the POD. All edits to the software are sent back to the POD so having speakers or a headset plugged in to the unit will allow you to monitor your editing progress.
The Pocket POD sounds really good, and spending some time fine-tuning your own presets is rewarded with tones that can work really well in home recording situations, for quickly knocking out arrangements on larger projects or simply for an inspired practice session. Does it sound exactly like a Boogie or a blackface Deluxe or a JTM45? No, it doesn’t, but it can sound really good, particularly in its ability to obtain an almost ideal tonality for a particular track with an absolute minimum of fuss. Simply set up a few in-the-ballpark presets, i.e. Fender-y clean, Marshall-y crunch, Boogie-esque lead, etc. then fine tune the EQ settings on the fly to suit the situation. The sounds are convincing enough, and through a nice board or some good cans, can be truly inspiring. Of course, it will inevitably beg the question: “Is that a POD in your pocket?”
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Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
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- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
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Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
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A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
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Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.