Line 6 Bass POD XT Live
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Line 6 Bass POD XT Live

Bass POD XT Live, Bass Amp Simulator from Line 6 in the POD Live series.

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Flo Jobb 07/19/2009

Line 6 Bass POD XT Live : Flo Jobb's user review

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Value For Money : Correct
What are the effects, types of effects available?
Modeling amps, effects pedals ...

What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
Digital seems to me you it is because modeling

Are they edited? Via a publisher Mac / PC?
yes, with the Line 6 editor comes with the installation cd

What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
input and output jacks (1 line output for audio not modeled, and model output for audio through the device), midi in & out / thru, output (or input from the point of view) for expression pedal Additional, and finally mini jack input for external device (ipod, etc. ...)

Is this a rack or rack-mount model?
Not unless you like to go into a rack of pedals.

I put 8, as some extras like an effects loop on what is meant as a "preamp" would have been significant, especially given the effects as we shall see below.



UTILIZATION

The general configuration is simple?
No worries, do not be afraid to just look a bit on the machine.

Editing sounds and effects is easy?
All parameters are generally very simple to change, the difficulty lies in the fact that y 'is not bad if you start to chew thoroughly!

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Yes, the only downside being that it is in English ... Not very convenient for everyone. However, it is available on the Net in French.



SOUND QUALITY

The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
I will not enter into the debate or not realistic, since few people had in his life I think the opportunity to test half of amp models combined with half the models of speakers residing within the device, so I will speak here only of what we're really interested, namely the sound.

I was going to say anything on the verge of selling it, having been over a year now, and starting to get tired of the coldness of digital, especially when you see the difference when you plug the bass directly the input of an amp.
And what has changed my vision recently, buying a new amp: rebelhead 450 of the tc electronics.
I had gone on the idea of ​​"having the amp that I bought, I will still not go over a pod!".
I still tried anyway and what a slap! The "Tubetone" the head amp (tube emulation) adds a presence and warmth to the monstrous sound from the pod (which I think must be the same for a real head lamps, test), without being too color as seen for the sound of this amp quite modern.

The search for the sound you want is so long and tedious, given the endless possibilities. Not that it's difficult to get a good sound, but I happen to find one better each day I spend working on it. And this thanks to the different colors made by the amps and speakers, but also thanks to the semi parametric eq 6 bands, and ultra efficient and indispensable in my opinion any good bass sound, as well as the possibility of placing a compressor before modeling, and after another as effects pedal.

on the other hand, regarding the effects, I'm not a fan of distos that are too garish and remove considerably low (like most of these effects, including the wha wha, damage to a simulator dedicated to low) except the bronze master that I find just monstrous, and the distortion between the synth type sound.
So I use my own effects, namely a wha wha boss PW10, which she keeps low.

In summary, as explained in the manual, it is not this device will sound a combo or a low at 200 euros or as a material crazy. But if only one branch on the quality of the material to increase its potential, and that is not afraid to spend a whole afternoon to work on his sound is a real gold mine .

Which instruments do you use?
Cort Artisan A4 fretless, and more rarely now Fender Active Precision Special (Mexico)

Which ones do you prefer, you hate?
I was looking for a sound very far, slamming, loud but not so far, especially with the bass without it becoming muddy! Quite difficult, often this is where our friend the semi parametric eq, coupled with a simulation aguilar preamp.
The combination pod / rebelhead 450 is nickel for this, since with a modern sounding amp, it does not fade too much sound you want on the pod, and can even compensate for the lack of heat through the digital Tubetone (see the features the tc electronics RH450).


OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it?
For over a year now.

What thing do you like most/least about it?
+: Versatility, and convenience. (Yes, it's a crank ...)
-: Effects, quite limited to me, and suddenly the absence of an effects loop.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
No, I would have liked to test the pod x3, and the boss gt10b.

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Honest, since I use the inside I would much more expensive with single pedals.

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
Yes, apart perhaps for the x3 version that combines simulated guitar amps, bass and even voice and acoustic preamps, especially for the possibility to route the signal on two different wall ties, eg one for the bass sound and a one for effects or saturation, a bit like a parallel effects loop inside the same simulator.

To finish, so I tested with and without the pod on the RH450. The sound is just monstrous on this amp, although I expected my new sound experience with the pod that it is better without it. And for the first time since last year to use it, I found the pod with a sound more punchy, without any loss of volume compared to the natural sound of the amp. And all this while leaving the EQ of the amp totally neutral, allowing the shot to be able to adjust later with just this one without having to touch the pod as the places where I should play.

We should therefore stop once and for all to spit on modeling and on this camera, because the secret lies in its good work and passion that you put as much as in how to use components, and not only in the "All Tube". It sounds may actually be slower and requires more work, but the result is worth it!