Line 6 POD X3 Live
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Line 6 POD X3 Live
MGR/Line6Fan 11/26/2008

Line 6 POD X3 Live : MGR/Line6Fan's user review

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I play guitar in a garage band of 40 somethings who are trying to recreate our teenage years. Call it a mid-life crisis, or whatever, but the simple fact of the matter is finally we can afford the toys we've always wanted, and now we get to make time to play with them. Sure, men never grow up, but who cares, we're having fun.

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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