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There is a learning curve when starting out with the POD X3. There are tons and tons of options to edit the internal processing like: amp EQ, speaker models, microphones, effects pedals, parallel signal chains, etc. This requires scrolling through a lot of menus when looking at the screen on the pedal. It can take a while to figure out how to get to the right place to edit what you want. After you figure this out, this pedal is capable of a ridiculous amount of different sounds.
Amp simulation isn't perfect. The Line 6 X3 sounds convincing, especially if it is in the context of a full band. Still, it only gets the guitar player most of the way to the experience of playing through a real amp. To me, the best use of these kinds of effects pedals is in the studio to experiment with a ton of different sounds without having to completely change your setup. If you play live in a cover band, it might be useful to be able to switch between a lot of different sounds as well.
Although Line 6 has released a new line of PODs (the HD series), the POD X3 still has some useful aspects. I really the Matchless, Orange, Budda, etc. amp sims in the X3, but they are missing in the HD series. Hopefully, Line 6 updates the firmware of the HD series in the future with more amp models. Until then, the X3 has the most number of different amp simulations, well over +100. This alone should attract the true tweakheads.
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You name it, the X3 Live has it. From reverbs to chorus to flange and even tremelos, the Pod X3 live is a shmorgasboard of effects.
What technology is used? (analog, digital, tube...)
This board is all digital but don't let that deter you from at least trying it out. The sounds are pretty good for what they're modelled after.
Can they be edited? through a Mac/PC editor utility program?
Editing can be done through your PC with the free Line 6 monkey software as well as Gear Box. It takes a little time to get used to using it this way if you've never done any kind of editing on the PC before but once you get a handle on things, it's a piece of cake (assuming you are comfortable on a computer in the first place!)
What connection types are there? (Audio/MIDI)
Here is what you get:
-1/4-inch Instrument Input (w/ Normal/Pad switch)
-XLR Microphone Input (w/ Trim Adjust)
-USB 2.0 for computer recording
-S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio output
-Stereo 1/4-inch Line outputs (with Amp/Line Pad switch)
-Stereo XLR Balanced Line outputs
-1/4-inch stereo effect loop
-Variax Digital Connector
-1/4-inch Expression Pedal input
-Midi In & Out/Thru
-1/4-inch stereo headphones out
-Pedal 2 input for optional second Expression Pedal Controller
-1/8-inch Stereo (CD/MP3) Jam Along input
Is it rackable?
Being that it's a floorboard, no it is not rackable.
Is the sound or effects editing easy?
I find the editing to be super simple but I've had a lot of experience with Line 6 products and know my way around them. For new customers, it may take a couple of weeks to get used to.
Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
I've always found the Line 6 manuals to be lacking. I generally get my answers at the Line 6 forums or other guitar related board forums online like Rig Talk.
Is the general configuration/setup simple?
Yes, the setup and configuration is laid out for you nicely until you want to get into deeper sound editing. That's when it may get a little tricky if you're not familiar with the menus.
With what instruments do you use them?
I've only used a strat and a Line 6 Variax guitar with this. The Variax was basically built to be used with the pod series and can provide a wide array of usable tones. I'd recommend that setup for guitarists in cover bands that need a different sound for every song.
Which are your favorites and/or the ones you hate?
The cleans are generally good...some some nice and fat while others were a little thin. The mid gain tones were just ok...nothing beats a tube amp in that regard. The high gain tones, if dialed in right, can be good. There's always going to be that artificial sound that sits on top of the tone that is caused by a digital device. If you can live with that, then you should be happy.
Is the sound of your instruments or your microphones faithfully reproduced? Is the pre-amp transparent or does it color the sound?
I've tried other guitars with this board but each guitar pretty much sounded the same through it. You can hear subtle differences but the audience is not going to pick up on it or care. The Variax can sound like a ton of different guitars. Whether or not you think they sound authentic is up to your ears.
What thing do you like most/least about it?
The best part of Line 6 gear is the way it makes your gigs and recordings so much easier. Want a simple live setup? Bring the X3 Live, your guitar and some cables to a gig, connect to the PA, get sound in your monitor or in-ears and you're good to go. No lugging around a bunch of gear. For recording, just plug in, get your sound and go.
Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I've used the other XT Live in the past. The X3 sounds about 75% better and has many more options.
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
The product is priced correctly in my opinion. You get an awful lot for the $300 or so you can buy these for. As I said earlier, this is a great solution for a top 40 cover band guitarist.
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
I would probably upgrade to the newer Line 6 Pod HD500 series if I was looking to buy again as it's had a major overhaul. If that wasn't available, I would buy this again if I needed it.
Precision and quality of the sound?
Sound quality is as good as your ears can judge. Don't let others tell you otherwise. If you like it, then use it. It provides a good reproduction of some pretty famous amps and effects.
Audiofanzine FR's review
Pod X3 Live bought in December 07.
All-digital amp simulation and multi-effects pedal for bass and guitar! Sold with user's manual, USB cable for PC connection (can be used with the free Gearbox software) and PSU.
Very comprehensive connections!!!
Inputs: variax, guitar, mic, phones, aux, Midi, FX, CD/MP3, pedal 2
Outputs: L/R PA system, L/R amp, FX, S/PDIF, Midi out/thru
Allows the connection of two instruments at the same time: guitar/guitar, guitar/bass, bass/vocals, etc.
Disadvantage: mic level setting is not easy but it's ok if you are patient.
Good integrated volume/wah or FX control pedal. No noise problems.
Nice chrome switch and knobs. They work well, no sweat.
My only concern is the plastic housing! Take care of it if you want it to look new a long time.
- Is it easy to make settings?
Yes, a beginner could use it and the user's manual is clear enough.
- Is it easy to edit sounds or effects?
Not really, if you want to do it directly on the device! Personally, I use the Gearbox 3.7 software for PC which is incredibly easy and intuitive. I make the whole editing on my PC and I save them in the POD XL. The sound possibilities are so many that I will need a very long time to discover its full capabilities.
- Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive?
Yes (I skimmed through it). Line 6 provides user's manual updates on their website. And they are downloadable.
- Drivers, software?
The free LINE6 MONKEY software gives you an overview of all installed drivers and programs compatible with the POD X3L. It also informs you when a new version is available. Nice!
The last firmware (v18.104.22.168) seems to be very stable. I had problems with older firmware versions but Line 6 did a good job and removed all bugs.
I find the free GEARBOX software wonderful and essential to use the device. It makes sound editing very easy.
POD FARM is also free and excellent. It's a kind of VST plug-in that allows you to use the PODX3 in your favorite sequencer (Sonar, Cubase, etc.).
Until now, I'm very satisfied with all Line 6 software tools compatible with my POD X3L. A real DELIGHT!
The sound is just excellent!!!
For a fully digital unit, it's incredible. Amp models are very faithful to the original. I previously owned a Fender tube amp and believe me the Fender models in the POD X3 are very authentic.
The unit provides you huge possibilities. Only high quality. The device allows you to discover new effects and amps (I especially like the Mesa Boogie and Citrus).
The distortions sound vintage and the clean sound is excellent.
The very powerful Dual Tone mode allows you to combine two sound sets.
But I personally don't use it a lot. I use it mainly when I connect two instruments to get a dedicated sound for each source.
I use a 2 x 60-watt Tech21 Powerengine to get a transparent sound. It enhances the audio quality and the amp modelings of the POD X3.
I also own a Variax, which is a delight with the POD X3.
I'm ecstatic! And with a Variax guitar it's even better!
MGR/Line6Fan's review"Line 6 POD X3 Live"
My wife actually bought this for me as an early Christmas present recently. She wouldn't say exactly, but after looking it up I can see she paid about $500 at one of those online music gear retailers. I did want a new guitar, but when she asked me why I told her I was getting tired of the same old tones. On her own, she went and researched and decided to get me this as we, like most folks, are on somewhat of a budget this year at Christmas. What an amazing woman.
Wow, this board has it all. Effects for acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and vocals. It can process two live streams so you can hook your guitar up to it and use the vocal processor at once - amazing. It can serve as a front end to any home (or heck, even professional) recording rig, and is just as comfortable in front of my half stack. This thing has so many amp, cab, and effects models built in, i don't know what to do with them all - I know, try them! Seriously, there are like 98 amps for guitar, 24 cabs, almost 30 bass amplifiers and maybe like 20 bass cabinets. There are also 6 preamps for vocals processing! Built in! You can even run seperate lines from one guitar through two different processes and to two different amps. Talk about crazy. The unit runs USB 2.0 for interfacing with your PC and whatever your flavor-of-the-month record software is, or S/PDIF digital out if you have Pro Tools or something that can take a fully digitized signal. I also like the fact that I can take this board over to my buddies house and plug straight into his PA. Because of the various amp models, etc. it's a lot easier than lugging my stack around.
As with anything that offers this much, the board can be somewhat cumbersome. While I think it's slightly easier to use and a little more intuitive than, say, a POD XT, there are a lot of things to play with so don't expect to know your way around this board until you've had it for several months. That's really my only complaint with it, that they packed almost too much into one unit.
Construction? How about built like a brick shit-house? This unit is tough, built of strong materials and just feels solid and heavy. Ive already dropped it twice I think moving it from my computer room to my garage and it takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. You old timers will remember what commercial that is from! Some of the switches seems a little flimsy but that just might be me. Something to keep an eye on over the long term, but right now I dont see a problem.
Nice job Line 6. The POD X3 Live is packed with cool stuff to experiment with, has multiple line processing capabilities, supports multiple instruments/vocals, can be interfaced to anything from an amp, PA, computer or other recording device, contains tons of amp, cab, and effects models, and is all bundled together for around 5 benjamins. Cant beat that!
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Audiofanzine FR's review
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More than comprehensive connections!!!
The wah pedal looks pretty nice but squeaks a lot in spite of regular lubrication. The switches also need to be lubricated from time to time. I would have preferred alternate switch stages to avoid recalling a preset and an effect at the same time!
On the software side, upgrading the firmware via the Line 6 site works pretty smoothly, but the USB connection to a PC is a bit unstable. It might be my PC though... anyway I use the unit mainly in standalone mode.
- Is it easy to make settings?
Yes and no! Once you understand the principle behind it, it becomes easy. But the possibilities are so many that it's not easy to master the system even after several months of use.
- Is it easy to edit sounds or effects?
Generally speaking, yes. The plethora of parameters is a delight if you want to fine-tune your own sounds. But some interesting parameters aren't easily accessible (tweak, FX loop, etc.). I would like to have the possibility to combine effects directly on the main display.
Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive?
I don't read manuals I prefer to learn by doing and being curious. I refer to the user's manual only if I can't seem to get anywhere. But that didn't happen until after several weeks so it's a good sign!
It's pretty difficult to give a general statement regarding the sound quality because of the large variety of effects. You'll find excellent sounds, good sounds and average sounds, but you'll also find some totally worthless sounds (synth sounds most of all). I personally didn't spend a long time with the factory presets, I started to program my own effects very early.
Generally speaking, I get very good, cutting sounds for metal. With the dual EQ, the stomp boxes, the compressor and the noise gate you have a comprehensive tool set to create very fat sounds!!! With the dual-tone function I get mind-blowing nu metal simulations in the typical Deftones "Be quite and drive" style!! I've also created lots of warm and dynamic blues/rock sounds which I like a lot!! But you'll have to test, experiment, and dive into it... I also programmed bizarre sounds. It's a delight with the dual-tone function!!!
Regarding modulation effects, I love the side chorus which produces a wide sound without altering the source signal, and I also like some flanging algorithms. I do miss some good phasing effects, the one and only phaser is really poor. Most reverb effects are nice. The wah effects are mostly good but some of them sound too shrill. I like the delays with lots of voices and a nice vintage character.
I use it mainly at home with my Lá¥ Roxane (two Seymour Duncan pickups) and my amplified M-Audio monitors. Unlike other Line 6 effects, this unit doesn't alter the source signal. That's definitely a good point because my guitar has a very warm sound and it would be a pity to waste it. I also use it with my amp which has no FX loop, but that's another story. The sound is totally crushed... it's a consequence of the modeling technology! I hardly ever use the mic preamp so I don't have an opinion about it (and I wouldn't have anything to compare it to anyway).
I've been using it for 4-5 months, mainly at home because I prefer to plug directly into my amp when I play with a band! In this case, I don't want to tweak sounds for hours, I just want to plug my guitar and play! So it's a toy for home use, sound trips and experimenting... One day I will take it to a band rehearsal if I have the matching amp (my Vox has no FX loop).
This unit is a beast for programming freaks. It provides lots of possibilities and very good sounds. It also has some useless sounds which I won't ever use except maybe for an experimental music trip...
The overall sound quality is very good, although emulations aren't always perfect. But I don't need perfect emulations of a vintage gear or an artist's sound. Thanks to the real-time controls and the dual-tone function, its expressiveness is the unit's main strength. To wrap it up, it's a nice and awfully versatile toy with a reasonable price tag.
StephDu62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Millions of possibiltés ..."
==> Almost everything is available except the Whammy ...
Are they edited? Via a Mac / PC editor?
==> Yes via GearBox editor
What is the connection?
==> Anything that can exist, MIDI, Jack, XLR, ... etc ...
The general configuration is it simple?
Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
==> Do not lie through the pedal, it's not easy (no worse) ...
The ideal is to configure via the editor
The manual is clear and sufficient?
==> It is fairly complete, and especially consider printing the gallery templates to make the connection between the actual hardware and labels not always clear ...
The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
==> As a general rule, the sounds are quite realistic, provided you know how to configure them. After a while we come to apprehend them, but the possibilities are so numerous, it takes many lifetimes to exploit ...
Purists crying foul against these multi-effects swearing only by their tube amp, but hey, when you have a limited budget, this is the best solution. In addition we must admit that on stage with a drummer, the simulation of Marshall largely filled his role ...
Which instruments do you use?
==> Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster
==> Lower active Cort GB34A
The two are still connected (on guitar and bass guitar input on the Aux input)
I have not tried for singing but it should not take long ...
How long have you use it?
==> Almost two years ... and intensively ...
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
==> Not really because at the time I began the electric guitar and Guitar Rig apart I do not have another gear ... As I did not want to invest in an amp and pedals and I did not want Mom upset when I play at night, pedal became naturally the solution ...
How would you rate the quality / price?
==> Very good for the price I bought it, I would not have been able to buy an amp ... and as I am Pro-Fender, as saying that I would not have even been able to buy a button volume ...
With experience, you do again this choice?
==> Without hesitation, yes ...
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malhomme's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" To avoid unreliable"
Pedalier plastic. Hardware not reliable reliability limit (see below)
Setup is simple when you know what kind of product that we know what we want. otherwise it takes time to read the manual which is very informative and fun, with a history of each amp quite exciting ...
The effects are more or less good. Some modeling amps (JCM800, Fender) do not look anything like reality.
Overall quality of pretty cheap pedalboard (plastic).
I am touched by the fact that the cell volume pedal fails. This fault is recurrent (see forums) and that the pedal .... not his fate (the volume remains at zero)!
It reflects the decline in quality between POD XT and X3 (I own both).
Became unusable live: you never know if it will work or not ...
Value for money limit. AUuourd'gui if you buy is secondhand, and given the reliability of the photocell which is under the pedal, it's the lottery, you do not know when it will drop.
To avoid in my opinion.
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" line 6 x3 live"
but voice and acoustic
there is little to be less choice for acoustic
looking good but there is so little happiness that we paufine settings
I plug in my mixing table bose bose l1 tonemacht and direct model 1
phew I believe it.
I wanted clapton acoustic sound I found.
we say that the sound on the cold zt x3 live but I found nothing
therefore can be ca depent on what you plug your guitar and?
otherwise very happy and just after 3 days utilisation.donc can certainly
do better and paufiner time.
simple enough but I prefer going by the software to parameterize the gearbox pedal.
not even look at the manual.
yes I find quite nice
I'm not a pro but I'm not deaf
and as we know each seeks his own sound.
So for me may be not perfect but for the price this is stunning.
was good preset and effect settings for voice and guitar
some amps will vraimment well on vocals? bizare but it is good that we are trying new sound.
for me the quality of my bose l1 and quite impressive.
may not be perfect for the purist
but enough to make a high-pretation
of game.c is my opinion.
I regret my purchase
enough means to buy the pod hd 500 unless line 6 me the offre.lol
I use the last three days, but acts as a real 5/7 hours and dejas satisfied.
ca rest of the simulation but must admit that it can work even when
corectement a low coup.si I could buy all the stuff that you can do with this pedal ca would have a big budget and space.
in any case it does well for me in acoustic and voice even if I do not enormously choice.
so I guess not even for electric.
I'll aillor in achetrer one for laughs.
you can buy one occasion it is well above all the pedals that I "ve been trying to walk right between 80 and 200 euros.et that n is not the peculiarity of presented several pedals, effect, amp, compressor .. ...
at the same time.
in fact I do not work for line 6
but I say bravo and thank you.
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fferstler's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
What technology is used? (Analog, digital, lamp ...) Are they editable? yes
Via an editor Mac / PC? yes via the small module gear box
What is the connection? jack or XLR outputs, usb, to pedal, ... everything is very comprehensive
Audio / MIDI) Is it a rack or rack-mount model? not
config is interesting: I bought occas allow me to play the sounds I had on line 6
However programming via the single pedal is not easy: it is better to go through the computer by usb and save its settings (much simpler)
of Camaguey this pedal is the opportunity of a given sound to add or remove the effects one by one with the switcch feet (which is not always the case)
I love the sounds made by line 6 ...
However, they can be a little cold in some ... it says line 6 is best known for his simuls amps that are effective
I personally use the pod for our live concerts and répets plugged directly into the mixer
I had a concern recently dysfunction footswitch whawha apparently I'm not the only
it seems there was a concern that side and you have to reprogram the card line 6 frankly did not help to solve this problem
this is my disappointment
by it against rugged hardware CNCU OPUR be carted
a case, however, does not hurt
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The general configuration is simple?
For one who is accustomed to the pods, yes.
That said, the use of the machine is much more intuitive via the gearbox software
I am a professional guitarist.
I use a lot of configs, amp, pedalboard, etc., and among other times, the pod xt pro, with the FBV Shortboard.
I used this last config across to the variety (variety = all styles, funk, rock, pop, etc.). Both small scenes that on very large, avaec an audience ranging from 50 to 10,000 people.
I have used only "live on the sound system", thanks to the integrated DI.
I realized that the pod X3 Pro is much better, in many field, the pod xt pro + config fbv.
Firstly because it is a solution "a while", so no-brainer for the emcombrement (which was minimal but the xt pro).
Then lots of improvements:
- Being able to have two "tones" per preset (I will not go into details, but you have to walk twice as many possibilities)
- Being able to drive a Variax, and even pre-program changes microphones!
- The comp boost: before, this button was for the reverb, but let's be clear; often good enough reverb for all patches, suddenly, thanks to the boost, we can stay on the same preset, and enter by programming a solo boost on the same preset.
- The sounds of xt are, and we add to this, line6 packs that cost $ 100 more, and this, for free.
- The effects loop can be programmed for each preset, you can put it before the preamp stage, or after.
- The dual tones: I personally do not see too much interest, but ... a priori, we mix two config, ie 2 presets in a ...
- If one owns a Variax, you can use dual tones; this Parmet, for the same preset, set two sounds, one for the Variax, and one for the other guitar. Utilie eg repeat two guitars, or for teachers, etc ...
For those unfamiliar with the machine, here are some tips (Live console):
- Vox for clean and crunchy slight
- Line6 clean for clean
- Orange for slight crunch
- All marshall plexi for the crunch
- Engl saturates for rhythm or lead
- Line6 big bottom for modern solo (Lukather and others)
- Agro line6 for lead (mediums between half and bottom) ... it runs squarely on simple bridge position
for the latter, it is essential to play on console and in a mix and volume of scene; at home, it's rotten, but on stage, it is huge!
All simulated metal pack are fine but a little ressembent all.
They must be left as is for rhythm, and move it slightly to the medium for the lead.
But that said, I did some tests and tests, those that work best are those I have quoted above.
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