POD or pandora

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by hyperlitem, Sep 30, 2001.

  1. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    hey whats up

    I used the guitar pandora the other day and i was impressed. Ive heard its a really good headphone type amp. I don't just want a headphone amp though, i want something a little more versatile. Ive been looking at the bass POD. This thing seems like the perfect solution. I'm wondering if i should get this and then and then i can use it live too. I know the POD is signicatnly more expensive, so is it worth the cost. Can i use it as a headphone amp? Well any suggestions would be great thanks.
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Another choice - a Johnson J-Station. It does bass and guitar, works as a great headphone amp, and is perfect for home recording, too. Add a floor switch and a mic stand mount, and you have a giggable preamp or DI!
  3. Gallient Knight

    Gallient Knight Guest

    Jul 31, 2001
    Milford CT
    Of the 2 POD. But I sold my POD and later bought a J station. The J station has some good bass presets. And my POD was guitar, BTW the J station can be had for a lot less.
  4. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    It depends on what is more important for you:

    The Pandora is predominantly a multi-effects box.

    The Bass Pod is predominantly a bass amp emulator device (with some effects which are not great), which can act as a DI as well.

    They are both quite different really - and have different uses IMO.
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    The J-Station fits in the same category as a Bass Pod, and also includes a guitar amp emulator.

    But you probably already know this!
  6. Jodaka


    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    the pod is great as a headphones amp. lots of nice amps and cabinets to choose from. the effects are a bit weak under working conditions, but decent enough for what i believe you're looking for.
  7. Ankles

    Ankles Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    Not to be negative but,I thought the both suck.

    The Pandora is a nice practice tool. But, live it is limited and does not sound very good in a live application.
    I found the POD to sound to synthetic. The compression was audible.

    Just my opinion.
  8. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    My question is: "WHY?"

    Like Bass Guitar said, it's an amp emulation device meant for studio use. Like, heavy studio use. Not for a "headphone amp" or live pre-amp. I, personally, didn't even like any of the presets on it that I tried (which was most), but even then, it's still NOT meant for anything but studio use. You just can't use it to it's full extent live. IMO, it's like buying a Ferrari to drive through residential streets.
  9. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    If you're looking for a headphone amp to use as a practice tool, the Bass Pandora can't be beat, with effects, phrase sampling, drum machine patterns, and CD or tape input, and built-in tuner. It is pretty much useless for live application, though, as its too cumbersome to switch patches on the fly.

    The POD is good for a preamp, DI, or recording device, and will serve as a basic headphone amp, but not a practice "tool".

    I know nothing about the J station so can't compare.
  10. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    ok sorry i should of said this. I do record more than anything. Ive built a nice little studio in my house. I know its good for recording, but will it be any good live?
  11. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    as i said on another thread the BOD is not a miracle tool, but it's a good shortcut to have good sounds in a compact and MIDI device. i use both for redcording and live. i play in a band and we don't have a private room for practice together, we go to different situations and sometimes i have to play with amps that i don't know. due o the fact that we have to pay to rent the room and the equipment i have not the time to freak out to find the sound i like tweakening the knobs so i use the BOD with my preset, set the amp eq flat and i have a sound that i like. i use only passive basses so the BOD is for me like an outboard preamp too. it's not a rack unit and it is user friendly and light. i can make sound much more versatile basses that are known as one tricky pony.
    i used it live and i am pretty happy. quite good clean sounds, for dirty sounds i use a marshall jmp1 preamp. i love the midi of both these devices and with a pedalboard you can switch sound pretty fast. there will be other preamp better than the BOD, but for the price i paid ($250 used) i can only say good things about it. i have found good patches too. effects are not that bad and if you are interested in a couple of effects you'll end paying more for the single pedals than a used BOD. i use only the octaver, phaser, a little bit of tron (great with guitar) and chorus. as i said i prefer clean sounds form the BOD. i record with both BOD and marshall jmp1 on my computer and i'm quite happy. my basses are gibson thunderbird, rick 4001 and japanese squire jazz '62 RI. hope it helps.
  12. count_funkula

    count_funkula Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Greenville, Tx
    I know a guy that has a rack mounted POD that he uses live. It sounds great. He uses it with a Mackie power amp and an Ampeg 8x10.

    I personally wouldn't buy one for live use because the sound is going to be changed by the room your playing in and the cabinet you are using. So, if you set it to sound like a Eden rig in a small club setting and then play it through an Ampeg cab in a really big room, it's not going to sound like you wanted it to. Does that make sense?

    Just my opinion.
  13. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist Guest

    Sep 18, 2001
    i dont know about the pandora, but i met a guy in sound control in glasgow who had some sort of deal with warwick and went about seling pods and demonstarting on warwicks...anyway.....he said that the pod is reallygood as a preamp but didnt mention any of the effects, it is supposed to be good for maing your amp souind better....or something...