Line 6 POD X3 Live
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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 41 reviews )
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Audiofanzine FR11/29/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Line 6 POD X3 Live
(Originally written by kikiln/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
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 (v3.4.2.9) 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!

oogtr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

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

Almost all


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


Very good


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.

torros's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" simulations"

Line 6 POD X3 Live
everything is said.


Request a while to get the best of it. Most


amp simulations sound good bills and in particular the FENDER BASSMAN 59 'and the Marshall JCM800. When comparing weight-qualitprix with all-tube guitar combo, the choice is quickly made. The distortion pedals are INTERESTED and effects are respectable. I would strongly advise not to plug this into a multi guitar amp ... he takes "full range" sound system with feedback, or amps like Tech 21 Power Engine 60.


Weight ratio qualitprix is excellent, the price is lovely. I do not regret buying this at all. Beautiful

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
Many effects ... editable via pc or mac ... Digital technology ... connectivity of all kinds ...
but needless to repeat here, the characteristics are very well detailed on the site builder at this address


The config is fairly intuitive, especially if one has already given in other multi effects. Anyway, a little dive in the manual will be beneficial because it is fairly well designed and tutorial propels us directly into the editing and creation of "Preset".
The manual is quite clear, but we can supplement learning through many tutorials and other tips found on the Net!
From the X3 Live, editing sounds is relatively easy, but there will be more time and flexibility in using the USB connection and software "GearBox" provided. (But happiness)


Yes, the effects are realistic ... and given the many, many possibilities, should take the time to create his "sound".
The ideal is to plug into a power amp or a PA or amplified over loudspeakers to stay "neutral" because if we chose to play on guitar amp, it is advisable to use the connection in insert effects (or son method 4)

I try as a first step, create / adjust my sound through headphones.
Then repeat / on stage, I mainly use an Ibanez RG420EG on my X3 Live, which is connected (left / right) to a stereo power amp (neutral) Hughes and Kettner CF 200, itself connected in output left / right speakers Marshall 2 (in fact, a baffle cut in 2)


I have the Line 6 POD X3 Live "since only 3 weeks my choice was made by viewing demos and videos on the net but also by consulting the manual before buying it. (Initially, they were 4: Zoom, Boss, Digitech, and Line 6)
The peculiarity of this vehicle is definitely "The Dual Tone", a Wonder!
And finally, you can edit its sounds, or download others from his computer ... it's really great!
a Value for money very convenient.
I would do this choice without a doubt ...

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
Then, the program was, 78 amp models, 24 cabinet models guitars, 4 models of microphones for guitars speakers, 28 bass amp models, 22 bass cabinet models, 4 mic models for bass cabs , 6 preamp models and 96 effects models.
only here!
it is not a model rack, it is a guitar pedal, period.
the technology used is digital;
to connect the pedal to the amp, the audio is to connect to the computer, the USB and there is the possibility of a connection noon;


I can say that the general configuration is not complicated; LCD screen where one has information on the sound that we play with on the side buttons to scroll through the settings and record them (type amp, speaker cabinets, pedals that we use), 8 knobs with drive, bass, middle, treble and other ..., 12 stompswitchs settings for the call, and a pedal on the metal right pedal which volume and wah.
The manual is very thick but easily affordable when you spend some time understanding!
for editing sounds, it is easy to follow tutorials to help you deal more confidently grip the pedals.


effects are very effective (especially repeat group!) and very realistic, even the most wacky! ah! ah!
I use this pedal with my guitar.
after 2 weeks of use, I find that most of the settings are good and realistic.


It's been two weeks that I have and I have not tried other models before buying.
I like its lightness, its appearance chrome and black polished metal foot pedal modulation, ease of use when we look a little on the pound and we follow the tutorials, sounds right, precise and take full extent even in rehearsal with a drummer logger can be connected to the computer to compose, the possibility of stereo, the possibility of resuming the settings TonePort and transpose them on the pedals and many more ...
the negative and it is plastic!
the price / quality ratio is the height of the product; sound performance for musicians who know what they want.
with experience, I will redeem perhaps not without having first tried the TC Electronic G-System! (But that costs too expensive for what it is!)

on 09/10/10, I sold my pod after finding certainnes things, in fact, I thought it was a sound without relief too "smooth", the amp simulations were too typed in my taste it lacked some pedals ...
so I found the taste and the desire to buy good old analog pedals for me be a pedal-board worthy of that name, I started by connecting a fuzz belcat during my rehearsals and the result was more than flagrant; finally I hear the blows of the pick, imperfections that I love and I finally have a warmth that I like!
Of course, there are still advantages to having the pod line6, we do not need to carry 100kgs of various effects pedals to go again, it has a compact format involving tens of amps, pedals and speaker of legend, but what you gain somewhere, you lose it elsewhere for you to choose what suits you ....

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
* What are the effects, types of effects available?
78 guitar amp simulations
24 guitar speaker simulation
98 effect
28 bass amp simulations
22 simulations for bass cabinets
6 vocal preamp simulations

* What technology is used?

* Are they editable? Via a publisher Mac / PC?
Editable Mac and PC

* What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
Almost all the connections needed. No phantom power for XLR ...

* Is this a rack or rack-mount model?


* The general configuration is simple?
It takes some time to fully master this pedal seen the number of possible settings but after a while we quickly found the sound that suits us.

* Editing of sounds and effects is easy?
The editing and sound effects is very intuitive. Moreover, if in doubt about a setting, the manual explains its usefulness.

* The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
The manual is very clear and sufficient. All necessary information is contained and we also have a tutorial to learn how to master the editing sounds.


* Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
The sounds are clearly effective. The presence of dual tone gives more possibilities in creating sound. Regarding the realism of the simulation it is therefore the quality is not the same. However I was not trying to imitate a particular amp I was looking to create my sound. What I did.

* Which instruments do you use?
I use an Ibanez RG321 with EMG 81/89 +, a 5 string bass Epiphone Embassy, ​​a Sennheiser E816. I also tried with a Musicman Mystic Dream 7 strings and Ibanez RG 1527 Prestige, all on an amp Peavey ValveKing 212

* Which ones do you prefer, you hate?
The sound of my RG321 (although low-end guitar) with the alliance EMG 81/89 + Pod + VK212 is simply monstrous! I recorded some tracks with the pedal plugged directly into the computer via USB and the final quality is terrible!
For less, I would say the quality of some effects that are not terrible, especially on the wah wah ...


* For how long have you been using it?
I use it for almost a year

* What thing do you like most/least about it?
The feature I like most: the dual tone that allows a huge diversity. We can combine two tones with their own characteristics! Furthermore, we can chain up to 11 effects on each tone. It can also lead tones on different amps and speakers. We can connect two instruments together with their own (guitar / mic / bass). Anything is possible. Over the USB interface is very useful
The feature I like least: The sound presets that are not up to what we can do with POD

* Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I tried a few models below the latter including a Korg AX3000G ME50.On BOSS and BOSS GT10 advised me that I was not at all convinced.

* What is your opinion about the value for the price?
The price / quality ratio is excellent although the pedal is not really affordable ...

* Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
What are the effects or types of effects available choice is huge
What technology is used? (Analog, numrique, lamp ...) Numrique
Are ditables? Via an editor Mac / PC? Yes
What is the connection? (Audio / MIDIY has everything! Xlr, 6.35 jack, USB etc ... everything!
Is this a rack or rack MODEL? Pdalier


Configuration gnrale Is it easy? It can Faie ring without a manual but it is really useful
The edition of sound effects or is it easy? Yes


The modlisations amp are top.

Which instruments do you use?
Ibanez prestige

What are those you prfrez, you dtest? Trs beautiful clean sounds, heavy metal distos; trs bonneset especially the dual tone doubling the sound of the guitar ... !!!!!
To my knowledge only the Rocktron Prophesy raprochant done better by more than one amp lamps (that is a prampli lamps)
The headphones seem of lesser quality than the pod pro


<img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="biggrin" /> How long have you use it? 1 week, I have to test recording

What is the particular feature you like best and least? Like all guitarists, I think c + simple, better c!
Have you tried many other models before acqurir? Everything! except pramplis and engl amps
How do you report qualitprix? 100 euros cheaper it would be cool
Exprience with, you will do again this choice? ... Yes, unless I find clear and sounds like distos emerging clean and tidy at the same headset

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
For the description says it all t ... dja
If in doubt go to the website of Line 6 ...
There's simple to do everything for ...


Configuration gnrale Is it easy?
In beginners we say "no god ... I understand it," but after an hour, is relatively simple, we can all rgler with only 6 buttons ...
For the manual, I dropped in 10 minutes, I want to play and not play me ... A visit in case of "how it's done dja?", It is relatively simple to check ...
For the edition of the sound, I personally think it's simple, we chose the effect dose for the settings on a rponse in real time, the backup, if a please ...
APRS can enter the complex, with all custom settings that are available in bbte style "microphone is what used to resume the simulation of HP", "how far from the HP", "what kind of pice, "" guitar ", etc. ... If we do not want to take the head you plug the guitar into the input and you can play, has done well ... trs
The majority of my patches is an amp, and that's it ... a hair on rverb cleans the delay for solos and it's part ...
When you stick a gambling effect was drooling a little, but I see no utility and is not a G major 3000E ...


Then I'm sick when I read the criticism of the sound, the guys who play the "Yeah this amp is poorly multiple pedals such a peak in the high when in real mdium not. etc ... .. "to believe these guys usually play on all 70 amp and some Mulsant and we have time to do comparisons with each of the critters or overlay (yes you can play with two amps at the same time on the x3 in Stereo or set) ...
When you're a "purist" on achte not a pod, must be dumb to believe that not even for 500 Euros you end up with all the greatest amp in the world ....
Ct must be its most talked about grain, ALL amps and pedals are used, there's thousands of possible combinations, not being able to get something that's really ill will if its not like a glue there a equalizer a comp. or chorus, there's always a way to get drinking stuff ...
For the effect is same, it is on the 3 / 4 that have a more restricted, but the "main" style chorus, flanger, delay etc. .. Are of good quality for the PRICE of the vehicle ...
I glue my personal custom Fender Aerodyne, or one of my other guitars in EMG, or a frying pan, I can always go for something good, to look for is a qute the sound ...
PS: I also like those who say that the sound is "dirty" to me it's more an APRS ear problem "grimey" as his, or level of play, a jc 120 mul same dirty? ...


Simply put I jou on the biggest amps, Marshall through Fender, Roland and Msa ... Sound after 20 years of scratch I know thank you ... The POD has grain approaches and textures of his approach, but it was not a Roadking for 500 Euros, a gentlemen must understand ...
If it is achte knowingly, there's an infinite, and must spend time to find the combinations that we like, APRS has frankly the fact ...
I also use it for convenience, I was tired of lugging my head with my cabinet with my hush with my things with my distos with my midi ... pdalier
My other had a scratch mga rack (Triax, mesa two / ninety, boss gt pro), Well I did not act piti noise, even in direct console or return amplifier, Not to mention the weight ...... The loose for him because ...
Same effect in pdalier or I just had (korg, bos gt10, Digitech, Rocktron etc ...), this one is one I have made concessions prfre I admit, but is not that bad ...
So for 500, there's everything you can imagine it, with a good record gnrale, sure I would do this purchase ...
There's good DMOS on youtube made by individuals when indcisions ...

Ps: I have not spoken patches bass and vocals, they are also not bad ...
Ps 2: I do not bump Line 6, but some critics bother me, the guy slamming 500th and says APRS only critic in "no" or "dirty" is that the guy when he bought or he must be silent pt buy ears or fingers to try the gear BEFORE ...

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

Line 6 POD X3 Live
All adj t said above. personally, I do not care whether this effect is the same one he is supposed mulate: as long as it is effective and musical, no problemo. For me, the pod is good that level.
For shipping via PC stealthily. However, as sound card niet: music from the computer + = dcrchage my bass after 3 seconds! But it does not matter, it does not serve me to this: I have the tone port UX2 makes them trs well!

01/2010: Well I'd like to finally enjoy the X3 sound card with POD Farm plug-in. Contavt from Line 6 that I had to review rpond with my dealer if the warranty still works. I contacted by mail Thomann dbrouiller is going to have it removed by UPS and rpar. (You can use the tone port UX2 as sound card and dongle in the pod to take advantage of all the simulation at the same time)


The manual is clear, you just take the time to read it (just) to win (much) time.


I am a bassist. I use it sparingly so the effects from a six-string player. on the other hand I enjoy a lot with the amp simulation. Ralistes or not the simulation? Nothing beat: each has its spcificits, his music and allow me to have sound Different. Double tone function is valid for a: an amp with a clear bass you kicking the boy and another with a disto mchante good example and a serious attack!


I use it for 4 months now. Not much with (4) with a lot of cons in rps heavy rock (with double bass drum and two atele a bcheron grateux pissed one with jcm 900). Eeeeeh bin it is not Czech! I connected to my amp: a power amp feeding a 2 fois130w 2fois 10pouces of 175W and 1 after 15 inches of 400W and the sound is good! He took the place of my pramp Peavey T-Max: more possibilities. It is worth may not be the sound of an Ampeg SVT atel August 1 times 10 inches, but for the price ...

And two more months and it's getting better. We just pay for a new sound and I hte try it!

marcoz84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 POD X3 Live
All dj t said before ... so we will get into the heart of the matter ...


Gnrale configuration is simple when you have a can used line6 effects but the manual as it is sufficiently clear dpatouille trs quickly with bte! and then just type pod x3 live on you tube for the tutorial on rglages.


The effects are effective trs condition like all multi effect too and have put in the right channel guitar amp effect ... I explain I plugged my pod on a Line6 amp thinking have the solution and the big disappointment ... I am all to my dealer and he told me prfr found the amp that goes best with the device: The Fender HOT ROD DELUXE Bluesman and it's a slap LA enhanced and trs Submitted!!
I do not put 10 because of the fact that it takes a vritable amp that really speaks pod


I use it for a month and so I advise everyone to use it well if ...