Ashdown Tone Pocket and The Ant review

Two new lightweight and super-practical bass amp and DI innovations

Ashdown Tone Pocket
(Image: © Ashdown Engineering)

Guitar World Verdict

Practical, versatile, affordable and so portable you could throw both into your bag and hardly notice, these two units show that Ashdown Engineering has its hand on the pulse with regards to today's bassists' needs.


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    Tone Pocket makes a versatile DAW interface.

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    Affordable, pocket-sized headphone amp.

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    The Ant is highly versatile, portable and fully featured.


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    The Ant could benefit from foot access to the mute switch.

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Live performance environments continue to evolve, and with them, so have the tools that working bassists require. Ashdown Engineering has stepped up to confront our changing circumstances with the introduction of two lightweight innovations, the Ant and Tone Pocket. 

The Ant essentially replaces the position of a DI box in your signal chain, but offers more versatility than a rudimentary 600-ohm balanced DI output. Its robust aluminum housing is elegant in design, prioritizing durability, and the controls appear simple, unassuming, and straightforward to interpret. 

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