Hi, Equipboard-Maniacs!! :-) Well, I came back to this unit after some time now experimenting with analog pedals and tube gear again (does this ever end? ;-).
Someday I bought my H&K Tubemeister 36 and thought it was a good idea to stay completely analog for the best possible ANALOG DREAM-TONE. Hehe.
So I watched many reviews and went out and bought killer analog-pedals and yes a switcher, cables and so on. After days of experimenting I had the analog tone....:)
At home it was allright, a little better as the setup/sound I had before BUT with my band it was just to much of everything. Don't know how to describe! Worst was that I'm used to do a overall boost of the my guitar-sound for guitar solis and passages where I simply must be a little louder in a song. Go and search for a good little analog unit that does the trick without changing the tone and that can handle a line signal from the amp's FX channel! You will be surprised!
Well I ended up buying a 19" unit to do just that! :-)) Crazy but it just worked again ;-)
And I ended up with a truckload of equipment to carry around! Oh no. Damn! Just for beeing a-true-tube-sound-analog-pedal-guy again ;-)
One evening I took out my old POD X3 unit and just linked it with the tube-amp via the 4-cable method and BAM! There it was. I was surprised how good the sound came from the amps effects-loop through the Line6 unit's D/A converters.
I thought it would kill the sound somehow and sure it does something to the tone, yes....but in a very good way! It adds a little crisp high-end to the tube-signal and rounds out the low-end a little. It also gets a little bit transparenter. For me just perfect. After three gigs with my new/old setup I must say it is the best tone I had ever had. Really. Well until the next year...LOL.
No, I just love it! I also connect my Roland GP-10 as a guitar modeler into an Electro-Harmonix Soul Food pedal and then the signal goes straight in the Line 6 unit….(if you want more details about the signal chain just write me). But I tell you...WOW! Hybrid is the way to go! At least for me.
What?? No use of the Line6 AMP Modeling? Nope. At the moment I don't really care of the Line6 modeling amps because the H&K Tubeamp is really all I need. And Tubes have to be in the signal-chain to get this sound. I more use the X3 Live as a central switching station and as an awesome FX unit and here it really shines!
So my advice is if you search: take your best guitar, buy a good tube amp with a effects loop (H&K Tubemeister is awesome), buy good cables and put this unit in the effects loop and you have all you'll ever need! I think you can buy a used unit for a very cheap price now 'cause everybody is switching to the newer Line6 stuff now I suppose. Perhaps I will test the newer models also but for now I see no reason for doing that. So yep, I come to an end. ;-))) Just my options and nobody have to agree! Hybrid is the way to go! ;-)
I hope you like this review and it helps someone finding his DREAM-Tone. (again) :-) Have a nice day.
More?...hm...just read the specs at line6.com ;-) I'm too lazy for this. But its really good! :-))