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I just love it (again). POD X3 is ALive!
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.
- very flexible!
- good sounding converters
- as a perfect combination with a tube amp
- awesone fx section with everything you'll ever need - USB audio interface for recording (multichannel)
- software for your computer to edit and use the units amps/effects as a plugin
- many connections possible
More?...hm...just read the specs at line6.com ;-) I'm too lazy for this. But its really good! :-))
Because this, now I'm analogue
This was kind of the top notch multieffects by 2009 and Amplitube recently was introduced in the market. So I bought this multieffects with the hope of improving my sound. I learnt a lot of history from the manual, but I never liked the sounds from this hardware.
For recording it is so great, so you can use the inputs and the USB to get sounds from Amplitube, but the POD X3 sounds were just so artificial. Even Amplitube had a better sound, so starting from here and thanks to Line 6, now I became All-Analogue in my sound.
Probably with the time, the emulations will get close to the real thing but they will ever miss anything in the process.