Mobile POD update – Line 6 tweak their iOS guitar rig sim

Download from iTunes App Storemobile pod logo 2If you have any interest in guitar-related technology then Line 6 will be a very familiar brand. I’m most certainly a fan having, over the last 15+ years, used their hardware guitar amp modellers, digital amps, desktop software and, now under iOS, their guitar amp/cab/effect modelling app Mobile POD.

While the app itself is ‘free’, for much of its early life, you had to own a Line 6 Sonic Port (or the newer Sonic Port VX) to use Mobile POD. However, Line 6 did the sensible thing when they updated the app to v.1.7.0 back in November 2014 as they added an option – via a UK£14.99/US$19.99 IAP – to open the app up to users of other audio interfaces; most welcome and it works a treat.

Mobile POD offers an excellent selection of amp models covering almost ever tone style imaginable.

Mobile POD offers an excellent selection of amp models covering almost ever tone style imaginable.

Mobile POD went through a visual re-design when v.2.0 was introduced at the end of march. Some folks didn’t really get on with the new look but, while graphics are, of course, a matter of personal taste, having also just invested in a Line 6 Helix hardware guitar rig system for my project studio, I was kind of expecting the iOS app to gravitate into a somewhat more abstract graphical look that the Helix’s UI offers.

The app includes an excellent range of preset sounds....

The app includes an excellent range of preset sounds….

What the graphics don’t do, of course, is have any influence on how the app sounds….  and it has to be said that it sounds very good indeed. Maybe it is simply that I’ve used Line 6 stuff for so long that their sound is now what I ‘expect’ a guitar to sound like? :-) Anyway, if that’s the case, then I’m not the only one; Line 6 have a huge user-base for all their guitar-related products.

The app is universal and works great on both the iPad and (as shown here) the iPhone.

The app is universal and works great on both the iPad and (as shown here) the iPhone.

Anyway, a further update to Mobile POD has appeared on the App Store taking the app to v.2.0.2. This includes a few bugfixes and minor refinements but the most welcome change is that you can now toggle items within your signal chain on/off simply by double tapping; when v.2.0 first appeared, toggling bypass on/off was a two-step process and, as a consequence, not as efficient as it might have been.

Anyway, as ever, this release of Mobile POD is a class act – as you would expect from Line 6 – from start to finish. With or without one of the Sonic Port interfaces – Mobile POD comes highly recommended…

Mobile POD by Line 6


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    1. I’ve been a fan of Line 6, but I have two huge concerns/problems with Mobile Pod. First is the disappearance of the options to search CustomTone.com and import tones, even though the app (v2) still has the option to send custom tones. If I can share, I should also be able to benefit from other users submissions.
      The other problem is somewhat related. I have dozens of user tones. When I updated to v2, the app immediately crashed. If I deleted all my user tones and reinstalled, everything worked fine. And of course, this wouldn’t be a problem if I could connect to CustomTone.com and re-download the tones, and recreate mine. But of course, that option is not available. Search around and seemed I was not alone in this app crashing at startup problem. So, as it is, I downgraded to 1.x (hooray for backups!) and was just afraid to try 2.01.
      Now that 2.02 is out, does anyone knows if it is stable enough to not crash with a big library of user tones? Can anyone confirm if Customtone.com is still missing from this version?
      Thanks

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