Pod Go Overview

May 29, 2020
Filed Under: Gear


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The Pod Go hit the shelves in April 2020 after being announced at the Anaheim NAMM show in January. Almost exactly one year later, Line 6 released Pod Go Wireless, which features an integrated wireless receiver, and includes a transmitter in the box for simple wireless operation.

It features most of the Helix amp and effects models, but there is a small number of effects that are not available. This is because the Pod Go has a slightly slower processor than the HX Stomp or other Helix devices.

The Pod Go has some advantages over the HX Stomp, it's closest relative in the Helix family. It has a much larger LCD screen that is easier to read, and can fit more information in its display. It has more footswitches, and a built-in expression pedal. It's also easier to use and operate, since it is more limited in the types of routing available for creating patches compared to the HX Stomp and Helix devices.

Pod Go patches have a set of built-in blocks that are always assigned to an amp model, a cabinet or IR, Volume/Wah, EQ, and FX Loop. There are 4 effects blocks that can be set to an effects model or looper and can be moved anywhere in the chain.

The biggest advantage over the HX Stomp and its other siblings in the Helix family is price. The $449 street price is considerably lower, making it a very attractive option.

Pros

  • True Helix amp and effects modeling
  • IR loading
  • Built in expression pedal with Toe switch alternates between wah and volume pedal

Cons

  • No dual-path availability. For example on the HX Stomp you can create a patch that supports a microphone and guitar, with their own separate chain of effects, The Pod Go only has a single path of operation.
  • Some of the newer Helix effects models are not available on the Pod Go due to CPU limitations. These include the Analogman King of Tone and the Steve Vai Legacy overdrives.
  • No MIDI
  • Some effects types such as drives and compressors are mono-only. They will cause any stereo effects to be combined into a mono signal. You have to be careful to place stereo effects after mono effects, or you'll lose stereo separation.

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