Mobile POD update – Line 6 tweak their iOS guitar rig sim for iOS11

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£19.99/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 over a year ago. Some folks didn’t really get on with the new look but, while graphics are, of course, a matter of personal taste, having also  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 today taking the app to v.2.0.3. This is, of course, yet another ‘tweaks for iOS11’ update and, having given the app a run through this morning (including through the also updated version of Audiobus 3), it seems to be working very well indeed. I’m not sure it is an innovative in terms of the features it offers as, for example, the BIAS FX/BIAS Amp combination, but the guitar tones themselves are excellent and the UI is actually very easy to use.

Perhaps the obvious outstanding question – for Line 6 and other iOS music app developers who have a guitar rig sim in their catalogue – is just who is going to be first to market with an AU version? It’s here that I thing the slightly more abstract design of Mobile PODs UI would be a big advantage. It’s not difficult to imagine how this could be adapted to the more compact AU window size and still work very well. And if it can as a modestly priced IAP so Line 6 could recoup some development cost involved, then I’d certainly be in the queue. Fingers crossed….

Until then, as a standalone app, via Audiobus, or in some other IAA host, Mobile POD sounds great. You can ‘demo’ if for free if you want to see and hear what’s on offer…..  so hit the App Store download button to find out more.

Mobile POD by Line 6

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    1. Michael O'Comain says:

      John, heartily agree with your assesment about Mobile POD’s suitability as an AU, and like you, would gladly pay extra for this capability. Hopefully, this will happen sooner than later!

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