Palmer Pocket Amp

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Pocket Amp, Portable Guitar Amp Simulator from Palmer.

9 user reviews
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  • Manufacturer: Palmer
  • Model: Pocket Amp
  • Category: Portable Guitar Amp Simulators
  • Added in our database on: 11/15/2010

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Palmer Pocket Amp user reviews

Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 9 reviews )
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captainAmerica's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very bad copy"

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See other reviews and technical details - on paper, it's very good.
To summarize in a partisan manner: it is a copy of the famous Tech21 SansAmp GT2, but with more opportunities to output and input, yet much less expensive: it puts a red flag for more ...


Everything is accessible and clearly marked on the chassis as the SansAmp GT2, all the same.
Here too: on paper, it's very good.


Using otherwise (pre) primary a SansAmp (Character Series British V2) amp, I know the extreme sound quality of Tech21 products both live sound, and via a Digital audio interface or a Poweramp + guitar cab.
This copy Palmer has absolutely nothing to do with New York products.
Dynamic zero, muffled and eaten without any shine, even with the treble at most - and in this case there is another concern: an unbearable breath.
3 modes, Clean / Crunch / Heavy: I feel we are in Heavy everywhere. Its impossible to have a (relatively) clear, apart from the Clean Tweed mode (supposedly Fender Tweed). Similarly for an overdrive or crunch was on the heavy distortion, especially on British (supposedly Marshall) and US (supposedly Mesa) modes. For example, the British fashion, Clean, drive zero fashion: it was already too saturated for any AC / DC.
Perhaps for the compressed ultra hi-gain with no dynamic that may be suitable, I do not know because this is not about my music, but for the rest, from clean to crunch through large clean the dirt or overdrive, it's totally wrong.

Yet I had no great expectations of this device: it was to work / play with headphones at night in the living room (my office / music room is adjacent to the bedroom). It just had to make the joke, but it was not made; I much prefried sound vacuum of my guitars!

I also tested via a PA and a sound card, it's the same.

I played it with my Pocket Amp Fender Stratocaster 1979 (single coil, low output) and with my CP Jaguar Special HH (passive humbuckers but high output, and split).


More than a year I have, using it for small periods, always disappointed but I insisted, tried, tested. Most was to help me in a PA when I could not move the amp head lamps - amp and more Palmer Pocket Amp replaced with no regrets by Tech21 SansAmp Character Series (via EHX 44magnum + cab or live sound) I therefore have no anti-fundamentalism transo nor pro-lamps snobbery. Certainly the Tech21 have no headphone or XLR output or Aux, but it sounds extremely well. It's not the same price either, but 70 euros is way too expensive for what still produces Palmer.
This Palmer has the external appearance of its settings in common with the SansAmp GT2 is even maliciously misleading ... The rest (essentially sound, dynamic) is just awful. LoFi, worthy of the worst transos without them clean. In a word, and keeping all sense of proportion:-): disgusting!

So I still nothing for my game night with headphones, but nothing is better than Palmer Pocket Amp.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" This stuff is terrible"

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This is a simulated amp / HP direct box
XLR output (at the top) an AUX input (for MP3) and an output jack (useless)
Case very pretty and inspiring confidence, a trap for the battery (easy)
On a multitude of available settings panel.
Yes there is a headphone output, otherwise it would not be a PocketAmp


There frankly, no worries. It will take a few minutes to find happiness after and let's rock


it sounds! Fenderien crunch to saturated HiGain a Mesa, anything is possible.
I served with TELE and ECLIPSE, it will sound differently depending on the microphones used that goes without saying.


Before I had a Vox amPlug, but that was before. For 20aine € more, you have opportunities galore. What pleases me most is this gold-plated XLR output. The sound is top!

TAJ873's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The idea"

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Enough said.
I put a 10 because on paper it's prime, the pedal can be plain thing.


There's a lot of opportunity with this pedal, I personally use it mainly as a preamp in the clear. Or to work at home with either headphones or repeat when I do not want to take the amp and I connect all on the table mix. Sometimes I also use the distortion on my amp to have a retro sound (Position Brit / Clean / OFFX) but only for fun at home.
Unfortunately a breath problem limited settings (see sound)


For me the black spot of the pedal (I fed with Alim CIOKS DC10 and a battery that is the same) is a blast too far, of course we manage to reduce but we should minimize the settings gain and treble, suddenly we are not necessarily the settings you want.
To play with headphones, the sound is passable, my pedals upstream stand badly luckily pedal has an input to, it allows bosser of breath but Backtracks ruins everything because you have to minimize acute and you lose a lot.
To play sound on it goes but it's not great either, at least compared to my tube amp.
To the sound of PC ... a sound card is much better.


I finished the test proper, the pedal produces too much breath and has a lot of bass and it is difficult to play with the treble. But for € 40 (Cygnus), it still allows a lot of things, certainly the quality is not great but the price puts into perspective.
So yes I will redeem this occas pedal if it is needed for all its possibilities but if you find a nice sound go your way.

TheJeff666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" effective and cheap, good product"

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No need to go over the features.
Attention, there's not a pedal drive or DI, but actually is a minimalist analog preamp with a symmetrical XLR output. do not forget the relatively low price, headphone jack and with the average level of output, the symmetrical XLR output is excellent, this is how I use it.


Extremely simple configuration. easy edition of sounds, equalization is effective but does not allow you to color the sound too much. no need to book.
Overall it must still that three preset preamp you like the base (U.S., Brit or Tweed), and 3 modes (clean, crunch, distortion), little ability to sculpt the sound.
The emulated ogutput is the same as that of PDI09 (which I own), so better than my AMT SS11B and worse than my Pedaltone Koch.
Warning this is a preamp. So, even as the AMT and the Koch SS11B Pedaltone, once connected, it is active, so the switch (with red LED) only allows to engage the drive ...


The one enters a subjective judgment ... and also in a matter of practice ...
Use for me in a home studio, the symmetrical XLR output in my sound card, good output level, no breath.
It was for me to find a stereo configuration independent preamp not too expensive to exploit some of my stereo effects with my guitars (Boss Dimension C, eventide space, zoom and other MS 100BT). So use exclusively in its clear and I have two amp pocket ...
The result is quite up to my expectations for this purpose, the clean sounds are quite successful, respond well to the attack, much more convincing to me than any numerical simulation or software. The fact of having two and work in stereo allows me to grow and spatialized sound like I want. The us has a right, a left tweed, or different EQing right and left ... It accepts pedals very well that I mentioned above, and also my pedals low drive (808 expandora, big muff, rat, TRex alberta ...), this is just to spend a little time to fully adjust levels.
To drive and crunch sounds and saturated the beast part, I am more measured, it is through my ears (hard to fight with the AMT and Koch), but I did not take to it.


Very good product, very well designed and cheap, excellent value for money. Used regularly for nearly two years. To try it even if you can whether proposed by the preamp grains you like and fit your use. Priviligier use with a balanced output.
I also possesses a SS11B AMT, a Koch Pedaltone and Palmer Eins.
What I like the most, the ability to have a good stereo preamp configuration for less than 150 € ... and I have two ...
PS: I wrote this review for the previous opinion perspective. It takes time to tame and understand the machine (especially management levels and symmetrical output). I was also disappointed at first, but now I could not do without.

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