Floor POD Plus review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 8 (78 votes)
Line 6: Floor POD Plus
8

Sound — 7
The electronics and models are essentially lifted from the older "kidney bean" version of the POD. The requisite Fender, Marshall, Vox and Mesa models are all present, as well as some less-popular but very cool choices like Dumble, Soldano, Budda and Matchless. High-end tone connoisseurs should recognize these names as among the vanguard of hand-assembled amps. Overall, I felt the Floor POD Plus lacked realism in a way that is difficult to describe. Listen to the sound clips for examples; I recorded them all with a Washburn Dime 333, loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB, direct into my computer. There is a lack of roominess or woodiness, very difficult to capture but essential for realistic tones. The feel of it is pretty compressed also. The response of this unit is different from the amps it mimics, something you will notice when you plug into it.

Overall Impression — 8
The Floor POD Plus is not designed for someone who needs a giant rack full of gear, tube amps and 4x12 cabinets for days to get the tone they like. This pedal is designed to have a wide variety of tones available for three purposes: silent recording, low-volume practice and playing direct through a PA. Part of the reason for Line 6's success is that is does all these things admirably. Not as well as plugging into the real amps, but far cheaper and simpler. I wouldn't have a unit like this as my main tone, but it would be great for a backup in case I have amp trouble at a gig.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The POD is a tried-and-true design, one of the reasons Line 6 has stuck with it and modified it for many years rather than starting from scratch. The Floor POD Plus, while a brand-new product, seems well-put together and sturdy. The switches seem a little flimsy to me, but I have not heard of any problems with any facet of the pedal as yet.

Ease of Use — 8
Line 6's Floor POD Plus is firmly entrenched in the "Guitar Effects For Dummies" vein; even if you have no idea what is going on, you can twiddle knobs until you get a tone you like. There is a knob to select amp model, one to select effect, and several others for compression, delay, noise gate, and reverb. The knobs are carefully laid out to give the user a maximum of tone-shaping capability with a minimum of confusion. There are also several footswitches: one for Bank Up and Bank Down, then one each for presets A, B, C, D from each bank. This layout is far preferable to a simple Up/Down, as you have four tones immediately available with one touch. There is a Tap button to set delay time (a very useful feature), and a treadle on the right that can be used for volume or wah. There is even a built-in tuner -- Line 6 designed the Floor POD Plus so that you would not need any external gear at all.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    papersun87
    A buddy of mine actually plays this through his acoustic, but he really doesn't use many of the effects on it except flange and light distortion periodically. It doesn't sound bad, just a little digitally.
    U.P
    those sound samples are really low quality. Maybe it'll sound better if you dont compress it so much.
    U.P
    im kinda surprise, i expected the POD to be better.
    thoraxe
    whitebluesboy wrote: How is this different than the POD XT Live?
    it doesnt have as many amp models and effects
    RX120D
    i find line 6 sounds too digital and has no original sounds, they just copy other brands
    webbtje
    of course they copy other brands, it's their job. how well they do it is another matter, and whether they do it well or not is gonna determine if i'm going to buy one of these.
    bettiefan
    U.P wrote: those sound samples are really low quality. Maybe it'll sound better if you dont compress it so much.
    Just to clarify: I recorded the sound samples direct from the POD into my computer, so you're not hearing any coloration from an amp/cabinet, microphone, or anything else. The sound is, indeed, pretty compressed, but I only added a little bit after I recorded to smooth the peaks and bring up the overall level. The bulk of the compression you're hearing is from the POD itself--I used the factory presets for all three sound samples. Thanks for reading!
    cyclefreak207
    question for anyone out there who has it or has used it, can you just plug it straight into your amp, and it sounds good, and also to plug into your computer, do you have to have a midi controller already or is there some sort of usb device?? P.M. me, thanks