Line 6 POD X3 Live
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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 41 reviews )
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tarrtime's review"The most sounds in one pedal, period."

Line 6 POD X3 Live
The POD X3 is an amp sim/multi-effects pedal from Line 6. It uses all digital signal processing. Getting started is as easy as plugging in your guitar and headphones, then stepping on the foot-switches to jump between presets. The software application for the POD X3 has always given me problems. I think there are some 'bugs' in the way it downloads the presents to the foot pedal. Normally, I recommend using a software editor with a GUI. However, with the problems, I find it easier just to tweak the knobs on the pedal whenever I want to make changes.


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.

rockerdad's review"Great all around tone/effects machine"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
What are the effects, or types of effects available?

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 FR11/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Line 6 POD X3 Live
(Originally written by props/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

See ads, other reviews, user's manual etc.
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 LᥠRoxane (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 ..."

Line 6 POD X3 Live
What are the effects or types of effects available?
==> 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 ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" line 6 x3 live"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
not try on electric guitar.

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

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 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 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.

fferstler's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 POD X3 Live
What are the effects or types of effects available? almost infinite since you can load compléens (on payment) on the line 6 site

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

TheShield!'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Millions of preset and combinations!"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
78 guitar amp with 24 cabinet simulation!
28 bass amp with 22 cabinet simulation too!
98 stombox and studio effects! and 6 preamp vintage and modern!
Obviously it's digital, but all we saw for the price it's the possibility There's huge!
Opportunity to play with two completely different tone and is the best!
The best is the preset There's that and can download via the site of line 6!


Very easy to use a piece of cake!
The manual is very clear he explains everything in detail and there's even a tutorial ^ ^
Editing sounds there's nothing more simple it really is on top!
We have millions of possible sound with this processor is its modeling and that is great!


Ah, so here we are,

I use it with a neutral amp, a keyboard amp is great! it's a Roland KC 350 and I recommend anyone who has a pure spineless pod x3

- Effects such as chorus, phaser, flanger, delay, reverb are just huge! and hyper realistic for such distortion and other effects,
The noise gate is super efficient it really surprised me!
A slight disappointment on the side of wah wah and the whammy effect, I think it's a weak point of the POD X3 live ..

The compressor (which also makes booster) is great! same with the equalizer set is known as one would ...

- The simulation of guitar amplifier and cabinet are really quite good and quite realistic,
I play mainly metal and the best simulation for me I think it is: Line 6 Insane, CJM Marshall, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Engl Fireball, and other high gain amp that I do not remember the name. .
Firm level is pretty cool and it will be the difference between each.

- The simulation of bass amp and cabinet are not bad but lacks a bit of momentum and heat I think ..
This prevents the simulation ampeg, fender, mesa boogie or 400 + is sublime!
When we increase the drive limits it seems that the sound comes from a tube amp but without the power ..


In short, I hear people say that the sound is digital, too synthetic ..
Soon to be widely supported but it is!
It is on that if you really want a marshall sound, a mesa or an ampeg it is better to buy one .. But imagine how much it would cost if we buy all our favorite amp of this POD, counting all the effects that a loved one is in my opinion almost all close to 100 000 euro and still ^ ^

I use it for a year now, what I like is the possiblilité + we have a single pedal and the millions of possibilities, I also like being able to download more presets on the site Line 6!

Great value for money!

I recommend the POD X3 for those who do not know yet afford a big amp or effects ..
POD X3 me to a bunch of ignorant thing sounds great and now I know how to find my way!

I would do so this choice for the guitar!

As for the cons I would not be low as + to go to Tech 21 SansAmp because there the sound is realistic that + it is identical (but of course it's another budget ^ ^)

danlemajestic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not miss out on!"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
An impressive bank of effects (delay, verb chorus, flange, distortion, equa, compressor, wah, rotary, ...) more than it takes all editable and all good, very good show!
Monkey editable via software (free) Line6
Full connectivity: USB (used as sound card on PC!), Noon XLR microphone input voice (a little gadget in my opinion) in line input, output jack / XLR

On top of this system: the amp simulation: a real treat


simple basic setup ... but very fast it can get complicated if one wants to manage the different sounds of various banks, add and modify effects, change the order of effects in pre-post ...

Incidentally, a real plus: food and can conenct a Variax directly!

The manual is well done


Personally, I use a simulation of the JC120 for clear sound with a Start and MusicMan: top delirium! for saturation, I'm a fan of Lukather (Toto) and took a Soldano in simulation: a killer! I use the


X3Live since its release, because I was a former user of the Pod3 Pod2 then ... So, I'm not disappointed ... the price is still too high but still within the average of good products in the same range (Vox, Boss)

I love the most, reliability and sound quality (I am one of the few to never play guitar amp on my Pod, but thanks to Live PA)

What I like least: the range of its factory shipped that do not cover a sufficiently broad spectrum (light, crunh, rock, saturation, ...) but very big sound oriented (very large saturated) ..

Otherwise, I would do without hesitation that choice! Na

vipmusicos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"'s All good"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
Well, go on this point: all sites show the sellers product data sheet (and the Line6 site itself offers moult for each product information and photos / videos).


Is extremely simple ... especially through the gearbox (editor PC / Mac): = a single constraint approach his podx3live of his computer to usb connection!
Then, it rolls itself = you download the sounds / patches directly (and you can rework all parameters illico or later).
The screens are different from one type to another amp is dc super easy to navigate!


Well, again, opinions differ on the digital side too (and "cold") Line6 products ... For my part, I agree line6 sounds quite (Styles played: U2 primarily, but also ColdPlay, straycat, Police, Pogues, ZZTop, AC / DC, Eagles, Trust, Telephone, Dire Straits ...) even if must almost always rework the sounds / patches downloadable on the net ... to make them "stick" to its "leaf" in itself! But it is true that comparing (I also have a zoom G9.2tt), one or two lamps in the circuit, it warms you up faster sound!
Where podx3live excels is for the delay / reverb and other FX (pitches, etc.), less for distos.
I play it with alternately a Variax 500 (upgraded and connected by ethernet Special line6), and more traditional models (a fender strato, a project gretsch, ovation) ... The pallet is made impressive variety, especially as the placements / memories are many.


Almost 7 months and I am far from having been around the palette simus amps and effects.
I tried multiple bosses and the j-m4 (home line6): The pod is infinitely more versatile and efficient in my opinion (more settings, settings) ...
The +: the coupling of delays (although the Line6 M13 is better at this point)
The product is not cheap either, but it is in very affordable for a sound that is jus ...
Yes, I would do even if that choice from the M13 (pure multi effects) convinced me for what I play ...

gothmin7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Trs"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
While there is little prs any effects that are of the greatest amp simulation of the most famous pedals.
The pedal is programmable via the PC (it even simpler to do for that matter). It's not a pedal rack. It's all digital


The manual is complete as it's been a whole book ..... I never read when even if it is to see what the different simulations it offers. The config is not simple or complicated, the PC edition via video is simple and friendly.


Effects are not bad at all. Well I'll be honnte I prfere a good amp with good pedal lights. But frankly, the pod is not ridiculous, it's very good in sound. Moreover, it is also a sound card (audio interfase) and it works very well indeed for the home studio is small cot


It makes perfect 3years that I, I went home studio and the record is very good. I played in a group with AC and the fact as well. It is certain that AC will never be worth a great brand amp and pedals good, but let GPs for the price of pod x3live can just get a good distortion pedal and a reverb in quality store. The price is very actractif because you can do a gig without an amplifier, a mixing desk enough, you can play with headphones, connect the speakers above PC or connected to an amp and whenever there are sounds correct.
Good product I do not regret much