Line 6 POD X3 Live Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal  

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POD X3 Live will inspire and amaze you with the most complete collection of POD-quality guitar amp and effect models ever. This arsenal of rare vintage treasures, modern boutiques, and perennial classics offers nearly unlimited creative possibilities. Built with working musicians in mind, POD X3 effects processor was designed to fit right in wherever you play, whether that's onstage in front of thousands of screaming fans or in the studio steadily churning out hits.

For those in search of greater tonal possibilities, the Line 6 POD X3 Live gives you more power than ever before to create entirely new sounds. Split your guitar signal and play it through two guitar amp and effect signal chains at once. Use the built-in expression pedal to smoothly change the blend between the two tones, or use it for wah or volume. Add bass or vocals using the bass amp and high-end mic preamp models now included in POD X3 Live. You can even plug in two instruments at once, each with its own independent tone processing.

POD X3 Live pedal includes all of the inputs and outputs you need to practice, perform, and record. Use the 1/4" instrument input for guitar or bass and the XLR microphone input for vocals and more. During practice, use the stereo headphones output to keep the noise down. For performances, plug in front of your amp or directly into the P.A. Use the stereo effect loop to add in your favorite stompboxes and other effects as well. When you connect a Line 6 Variax guitar via the Variax input on your POD X3 Live, you can instantly recall POD X3 Live's amp, cab, and effect model settings matched with the perfect electric or acoustic guitar model”all by stepping on a single footswitch. When you're ready to record, use the stereo balanced line outputs or digital S/PDIF output for traditional recording. Or use the USB 2.0 connection for pro-level multichannel computer recording.

Whether you choose to recreate the sounds of the past or turn tradition on its ear, POD X3 Live multi-effect guitar pedal comes fully-loaded with the most inspiring collection of POD-quality amps and effects for your live performances, studio recordings, and everywhere in between.

Features & Benefits


Electric Guitar

POD X3 Live offers a whole new level of control over your guitar tone.

Plug straight into any one of the 78 ear-shattering guitar amp models for pure, unadulterated guitar tone.

Combine amp and cab models with the mouth-watering collection of 98 stompbox and studio effect models to build out your rig.

Take your sound to the next level by blasting your guitar through two guitar rigs at once to create a massive wall of sound that even guitar heroes of the past would respect.

Or plug the Line 6 POD X3 Live in front of your favorite stack or combo to pile on up to nine simultaneous effects, including vintage overdrive, scorching distortion, beefy fuzz, vibey delay, lush reverb, ethereal chorus, irreverent flanger, wah-wah to name just a handful.

Acoustic Guitar

Whether miking up an acoustic or plugging in an acoustic-electric guitar, POD X3 Live will showcase the natural warmth and beauty of your instrument.

Warm up your acoustics with the high-end tube mic preamp and compressor models to bring out the natural tone of your acoustic six or twelve string.
Apply a touch of color with a full palette of reverbs, choruses, delays, EQs, and other essential effects.

Bass Guitar

Whether you seek stadium rock, a Motown groove, or modern grind, look no further than POD X3 Live.

Dial in classic bass tone using the 28 incredible bass amp and 22 bass cab models.

Bring a direct sound to life by using the modeled mic preamps and high-end compressors instead of traditional bass amps and cabs.

Add a combination of the 98 stompbox or studio effects to tweak your bass tone to perfection for practice, performance, or recording.

Vocals

POD X3 Live includes an XLR input for your microphone and an amazing set of effects for your vocals.

Six studio-grade vintage and modern microphone preamp models are included to capture the natural warmth and richness of your vocals.

Smooth out your sound with studio grade compressors, EQ's, gates and de-essers.

The comprehensive collection of studio-quality post effect models at your disposal include rich reverbs, vibey delays, lush choruses and more.

Songwriters

POD X3 Live guitar pedal is the ultimate sonic toolbox for the creative songwriter.

With its massive set of models for guitar, bass, and vocals, POD X3 Live will elevate your creative sketches to polished works of art.

When inspiration strikes, record your guitar and vocals all at the same time to capture the magic of the first take.

Harness the Power and Flexibility of POD X3 Live

Computer Recording

POD X3 Live fits right in with whatever computer recording solution you use.

With USB 2.0, POD X3 Live can send processed and unprocessed signals to your recording software, so you can always change your tone and fix it in the mix.

POD X3 Live can record 2 fully-processed instruments at once.

Split your guitar signal and record each virtual rig on separate stereo tracks to create rich, layered sounds.

With onboard, real-time processing, POD X3 Live pedal takes the load off of your computer and eliminates annoying latency.

Use the S/PDIF digital output to plug into ProTools systems and other pro-level audio interfaces to add legendary POD tone to your recordings.

Play in front of an amp

Use POD X3 Live as the ultimate pedal board with your favorite combo or stack.

With 98 stompbox and studio effect models, you have more freedom over your tone than even the largest, heaviest pedal board could ever offer.

Stomp - Fuzz, Distortion, Overdrive, and more.

Mod - Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Rotary, Phaser, and more

Delay - More than one of each type of delay: Analog, Digital, Tape and a mix of specialty echoes you won't find anywhere else.

Reverb ” More than one of each type of reverb: Room, Hall, Chamber, Plate and Spring models.

Miscellaneous ” Compressors, Gate, 4 Band Semi-Parametric EQ, Synth and Filters, Wah and many more.

Use up to 9 effects simultaneously to build the sound you're looking for.

Create rich blends of two entirely different effect chains to create a screaming wall of sound.



Plug into the PA

Plug POD X3 Live directly into the PA system for bulletproof live sound that rocks.

Leave your back-breaking mountain of gear at home and make set up and tear down easier than ever.

Take the guess work out of getting a great live sound every time.

Use the XLR outputs to plug directly into the mixing board without a direct box.

Reasons to Upgrade from POD XT Live

POD X3 Live effects pedal delivers a ton of new features to inspire your music and simplify the creative process more than ever.

POD X3 Live comes fully-loaded with the most comprehensive set of POD amps, cabs, and effects models ever. Includes models of 98 guitar amps, 24 guitar cabs, 98 effects, 28 bass amps, 22 bass cabs, and 6 vocal preamps.

Designed for gigging musicians, the rugged, stage-ready design features heavy-duty metal footswitches and a racecar-inspired Wah/Volume/Expression pedal.

Split your guitar signal and run it through two amps or two guitar rigs at the same time to create entirely new sounds that will blow your audience away.

Use the XLR input or 1/4" instrument input to play or record two instruments simultaneously”each with its own independent tone processing.

Add studio-quality POD tone to your acoustic guitar, bass guitar, vocals”or any other instrument you mic up”for incredible recordings and live performances.

Use the stereo effect loop to integrate your favorite stompboxes and other effects into your setup.

The enlarged display shows a complete end-to-end signal chain for each tone at a glance. Change amp or effect settings on a single page for quick and easy editing.

Use the USB 2.0 connection for professional multitrack channel recording with your favorite computer recording software. Simultaneously send a dry unprocessed signal and wet processed stereo signal for each instrument/input to your computer for convenient and flexible computer recording options.

Use the S/PDIF digital output to record digitally into Pro Tools and integrate smoothly with other audio interfaces.


2007 Line 6, Inc. Line 6, POD, Gearbox, Variax, A.I.R. ToneDirect are trademarks of Line 6, Inc. All rights reserved.

Features
  • Inputs & Outputs
  • 1/4" Instrument Input (w/ Normal/Pad Switch)
  • XLR Microphone Input (w/ Trim Adjust)
  • USB 2.0 for Computer Recording & Tone Editing
  • S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio Output
  • Stereo 1/4" Line Outputs (with Amp/Line Pad Switch)
  • Stereo XLR Balanced Line Outputs
  • 1/4" Stereo Effect Loop
  • Variax Digital Connector
  • 1/4" Expression Pedal Input
  • Midi In & Out/Thru
  • 1/4" Stereo Headphones Out
  • FBV Connector for optional Pedal Controller
  • 1/8" Stereo (CD/MP3) Jam Along Input
  • Controls
  • Expansive Backlit LCD Display
  • 8 Chrome "Amp Control" Knobs: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Reverb, Tone Volume, Master Volume
  • 5 Metal Stompbox On/Off Footswitches: Amp, Stomp, Mod, Delay, Comp/Boost
  • Built-in Heavy-Duty Wah/Volume/Expression Pedal
  • Metal Tap Tempo/Tuner Footswitch
  • Dedicated Bank Up/Down & A/B/C/D Metal Footswitches for Preset Selection
  • Dedicated "Dual Tone" Control Metal Footswitch
  • 5 Context-Sensitive Parameter Edit Knobs
  • Dedicated Input/Output Configuration Buttons
  • Ground Lift Switch
  • Amp, Cab & Effect Models
  • Massive model set for Guitar, Bass & Vocals
  • 78 Guitar Amp Models
  • 24 Guitar Cab Models
  • 98 Stompbox and Studio Effects
  • 28 Bass Amp Models
  • 22 Bass Cab Models
  • 6 Vocal Preamp Models
  • A.I.R. II cab/mic modeling with 4 mic options each
  • Additional Features & Benefits
  • Rugged, stage-ready design with premium metal footswitches
  • Send Guitar through 2 Complete Amp/Effect Signal Chains Simultaneously
  • Independent Tone Processing for 1/4" and XLR Inputs
  • 2 Chrome Handlebars
  • USB 2.0 Multi-Channel Digital Computer Recording (Stereo Wet/Dry Per Input)
  • Studio-quality 24-bit A/D and D/A Converters and 32-bit floating point processing
  • Up to 9 Simultaneous Effects Per Signal Chain, with Pre & Post Amp Routing
  • Tap Tempo Control for Time-Based Effects
  • Precision Chromatic Tuner, with Audio Mute & Bypass Options
  • USB 2.0 Cable Included
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4.5

(based on 147 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

this is the future

Before I purchased te X3 my rig consisted of a 1967 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp and a 1996 Line 6 AxSys 2/12. The X3 Live sounds outstanding, it has tons of features,...Read complete review

Before I purchased te X3 my rig consisted of a 1967 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp and a 1996 Line 6 AxSys 2/12. The X3 Live sounds outstanding, it has tons of features, easy to get the hang of, and is convenient. I can now confidently leave all my amps at home when it is time for band practice and gigs. The two amps simultaneously kick major butt, it adds another dimension to the possibilities of tonal versatility. I understand this is essentially the preamp to the Vetta II with some additions. My brother has the XT live, this definitely has more clarity than the XT, a couple hundred more presets, more outputs at higher quality, and also more amp models. It was a hard decision between the Spider Valve and the X3. The X3 won because of versatility and convenience for this working man. The tonal quality of digital modeling has finally gotten to the point where you can leave your treasured tube amp safely at home. *NOTE* In mid-January 2008, there will be a plug-in released to enable the X3 to work with Line 6 Edit, along with many other programs enabling you to record directly to your computer.

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tone killer... lost the tube punch of my marshall

PROS: this is the BEST for a live performance... this thing is so versatile in so many ways i wont have enough space to write it in here... you have so...Read complete review

PROS: this is the BEST for a live performance... this thing is so versatile in so many ways i wont have enough space to write it in here... you have so much control of your sound in ONE pedal its crazy Cons: i love the sound of my marshall MA100C amp with my gibson, the clean is very nice but the distortion department needs some help... so I decided to buy this stomp pedal to get a good distortion, chorus, delay etc... so i plug this guy in(with ALL of the FX turned OFFFFFF)and it made my clean and crisp sound dissapear!!! what the heck!!! the crisp sound of my tubed amp is gone and how do you expect me add all the other FX when i have to DIGITALLY imitate the gibson/marshall sound i had? what a hassle... dont get me wrong, youll sound good and it could pass for a gig and stuff, but you can sound BETTER, this product compress so much out of your guitar/amp that it takes away the natural sound the 100+ effects were useless, youll only use like 20 of them TOPS!!! from my experience... i paid for the whole thing, but only used 1/4 of it because the rest of the FX were too cheezy and pointless, unless you get REALLY WEIRD with your music -1 star coz it took my amps soul away -1 star coz of tone (could be better for the price) +1 star coz of prize +2 stars coz of how well thought out this is built, if only other pedals were built this way

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5.0

I get what I want out of it.

By tcbalz

from Michigan

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Line 6 POD X3 Live. I haven't used the bass/vocal applications yet, but it is great for guitar. It's also an awesome lightweight alternative with more features as opposed to heavy amps and cabs. I'd recommend this to somebody who is looking at getting a multi-effects processor, even though its been discontinued (clearance maybe?).
8/10 on features because although a lot of the effects are fantastic, some of them I will never use because they don't do what they should. For example, the harmonizing effects only harmonize in certain intervals which is useless if you're running up an A minor scale and want every note to be in key because it only works from a set interval - not a key signature. However, it can still be useful depending on the application. I still find use for it. It is cool how you can have one note going through one side and the harmonized note go through the other in stereo. The Dual Tone feature is really cool and I use it on almost every patch. You can blend two completely different tones and have seperate FX chains on both, seperate them in stereo, have one in mono and the other just on one side, and they can be independently or simultaneously be controlled or with the expression pedal however have it set up in System. The expression pedal has a lot of neat features as well with different types of wahs, adjustable volume that you can edit the min/max levels, and the 'tweak' that you can use for adjusting different effects settings (i.e. chorus or delay speeds, distortion level, drive, etc.). Very cool, practical, and useful. If you try to use it like a Whammy pedal, it's not so great and sounds really broken up the higher you extend the register. It's still usable to a certain extent though. The vintage/boutique amp sims sound amazing. The modern hi-gain amp sims are hit or miss for me, but most of them are really good depending on what you're looking for (you don't always have to the gain at 100% to get a heavy sound!). The OD/Distortion models are pretty good and some come remarkably close, but I typically use the amp models for that. Some of the effects are perfect for tone shaping (i.e. gates, compressors, graphic EQ, solo boost, delays, reverbs, and chorus). Although I'm not super impressed with the 'color' effects (i.e flange, phaser, octave, filters, and synth), they still sound good. I think Boss does better with those effects. The 'special' effects are a lot of fun and pretty entertaining. But from a practical standpoint, there's only a handful that are really useful. It's certainly not hard to find great tones. It takes a little bit to figure out how to use certain functions, but for the most part it's really easy to write patches and super easy to tweak them on the fly (even in the middle of a song... live!). I run it into a small amp for a personal onstage monitor via 1/4" out and run it stereo into the PA via XLR, and with minimal adjustments here and there, depending on the venue, it sounds amazing and is so much easier to hear in the mix as opposed to having a cranked amp mic'd behind you onstage. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't know of any other -floor- processor that allows you to run into 2 separate amps (or 2-channel/stereo power amp) AND into the mixer simultaneously, has a mic input, and 2 - 1/4" inputs. VERY cool feature. Haven't had a problem with feedback unless I use a single-coil pickup + a hi-gain model. The display is very practical and intuitive. Definitely easy to navigate and find good tones right out the box but, as I said earlier, there is still a learning curve.
I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever, but I'm a little weary on the plastic casing. I like the 'handles' because they block my feet from touching the knobs and buttons which is especially nice live and on dark stages. The power supply provided can short out on the smaller side if you're not careful (they even mention that in manual). The person I got the X3L from went through one and the replacement he got from the factory (Support) he wrapped with tape for added protection. I just make sure keep that in mind and be careful with it. The plastic casing and power supply issue brings the quality down to an 8/10.
Like ANY multi-effects processor, it has its flaws. Its not going to do everything and it's not going to replicate everything down to a T. However, it's an amazing creative tool in the studio, sounds great live, extremely versatile, and easy to use. All things considered, 10/10 for value (unless I start having problems lol).

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3.0

tone killer... lost the tube punch of my marshall

By ace

from california

PROS: this is the BEST for a live performance... this thing is so versatile in so many ways i wont have enough space to write it in here... you have so much control of your sound in ONE pedal its crazy Cons: i love the sound of my marshall MA100C amp with my gibson, the clean is very nice but the distortion department needs some help... so I decided to buy this stomp pedal to get a good distortion, chorus, delay etc... so i plug this guy in(with ALL of the FX turned OFFFFFF)and it made my clean and crisp sound dissapear!!! what the heck!!! the crisp sound of my tubed amp is gone and how do you expect me add all the other FX when i have to DIGITALLY imitate the gibson/marshall sound i had? what a hassle... dont get me wrong, youll sound good and it could pass for a gig and stuff, but you can sound BETTER, this product compress so much out of your guitar/amp that it takes away the natural sound the 100+ effects were useless, youll only use like 20 of them TOPS!!! from my experience... i paid for the whole thing, but only used 1/4 of it because the rest of the FX were too cheezy and pointless, unless you get REALLY WEIRD with your music -1 star coz it took my amps soul away -1 star coz of tone (could be better for the price) +1 star coz of prize +2 stars coz of how well thought out this is built, if only other pedals were built this way

 
5.0

Amazing pedal, if understand it

By A.I.R.Nick

from San diego, CA

i got this pedal a couple of years ago, and of course being new with it i was expecting to get the quality for the price just by plugin in...NOOO! doesnt work that way haha, i always used to plug in at the front of the amp and use everything that way, i ended up depending on the amp sounds from the pedal than my own amp, it never satisfied me. sucked to tone out of the amp, really didnt like it, ended borrowing my friends pod XT live, and that sounded better cause at that time i got a new amp and only used the effects, sometimes the stomp drives, distortions, whatever u wanna call it. after a while that didnt do me justice, so i went back to my x3 live and learned how to put it into the effects loops using the four cable method, and wow amazingly i have no idea why i ever put it away thinkin about selling it. everything is way better sounding than the xt, not gonna lie the xt live sounds are amazing, but ill choose the x3 over it anytime now. you just have to learn to mess with it, it takes time, and u have to have a passion to keep workin for it, this is a great pedal, if its not right for you then its not, if it is, i know your happy with it lol

 
5.0

Excellent Board

By Dave Percell

from Corona, CA

It is impossible not to get an incredible sound out of the X3. Once you take the time to understand the theory of this unit and its capabilities,their is no sound or tone that that you cannot get. I treat it like my studio gear and program in a flat environment to create my sounds for recording an live. With the dual preamp s,and the massive amount of combination's,it is endless. I run my classical and electric through this unit and get monstrous sound recording and live.

 
5.0

Great product... if you know what you're doing

By Stratomania

from California

I used the POD X3 Live for about 2 years and was very satisfied with my tone. However, I spent hours upon hours of tedious work just to get a tone that was usable. Don't expect to just plug in and play and get a tone you will love. If you are prepared to spend a LONG time and a lot of tedious work to find some good tones, then this is definitely for you. This thing is AWESOME if you know what you are doing!! I used it for church, jazz band, my personal band, and recording. It is perfect because it is so portable and you can plug into a PA with minimal problems and time. I recently sold my POD and switched to a Vox AC30 and other pedals because the POD isn't nearly as good for live stuff and gigging. I would still recommend the POD if you are willing to put the work into it. You won't be disappointed.

 
4.0

its okay but it no gnx4

By Rockarolla-pSDBJ

from Kentucky

have used the gnx4 for years and thought this would be a step up. Bought it, played it... honestly not that impressed. Its like this; its a reasonable product, with a reasonable set of features and the tones are okay. Its just nothing to write home about. My gnx4 is better built and gives me better sounds. I also feel like it is a sturdier product. If you are looking for a good multieffecys board, this should satisfy you, if you are looking for something a breed apart from the rest of the pack, this isnt it.

 
5.0

Know Your Tone

By hotdotdog

from Los Angeles

I've been gigging now for 40 years and I know several of the reviewers have expressed dissatisfaction with this unit. I can boil it down to this. If you know what it's supposed to sound like you'll get it from the X3 Live. If you don't and are expecting this to just take you there with no effort ..... it's not for you.It does probably too many things so it's easy to do stupid things like take a preamp output and put it into the preamp input of a guitar amp.(2 preamps in series do not a pretty sound make.) If you are willing to put the time into programming the EQ,the wonderful amps and effects, and many times I spend more time programming than I do rehearsing the song,you can put the pedal board in the closet or on Ebay.

 
5.0

Simply the best

By ThatGuy?

from Seattle Area, WA

I was very skeptical about buying this pedalboard, due to all the off putting reviews. but after tinking around with it at my local guitar shop, i was sold on the fact that i could return it if i was anything less than pleased. after getting to know this pedal, i will say that this is the single best thing to ever happen to me, if you actually read the manual and know how to use it, it is the best unit i have ever used, dont be swayed by all the haters who say this thing sounds cheap, it has everything you'll ever need in a pedal. believe me, i throughly test drove every pedal comparable and was impressed by features, and the tons of helpful quirks like the XLR outs, it makes it a breeze to use live.

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5.0

a great pedal to invest in!

By x.d.c.

from killeen, tx

I have read many reviews on the pod x3 live when i was waiting for mine to come through the mail. took forever! lol once i got it i was busy working away on it. i was skeptical about being able to get calrity out of it when recording and playing live and trust me you don't know till you do it! to get to the point when i used the xt live the clarity was decent when pluging into an interface for recording into pro tools. the clarity from the x3 is better hands down. i tried lookin for reviews on how to get rid of that annoying fuzz sound when plugging the x3 into even a pa system. my answer to that from experimentation was to use the studio direct mode. i figured if it sounds good when plugged into pro tools through an interface it should be able to sound just as good live, and it delivered in spades. this is a great pedal regardless. too many people tell me that it sounds horrible. fact is this thing can sound bad and it can sound good. you just have to know exactly what you want out of it. i recomend using a separate multi effects pedal with this to get better tone with the distortion. i use a zoom pedal from my guitar into the x3. i used the x3's l6 treadplate which is based on the mesa boogie dual rectifier...so fuzzy! lol..then i used the 4x12 line 6 cab with the sm 57 off axis and the distortion boost with eq to get rid of the fuzz from the distortion. it sounded muffle so i fixed it up with the parametric eq. i should mention that eq comes in handy in a tight situation! my answer to anyone who has been searching for ever to get rid of that fuzz is to use the studio direct mix when plugging into a pa system for playing live or recording into a mixer or interface. i'm done with this review. hope it helped. there's nothing better than experimenting with the actual thing.

 
5.0

It does it all

By Bwilson

from NC

Line 6 POD X3 Live: It does it all is the best description; play live through a PA or amp, record in studio or to a computer, ultimate practice rig. All the effects and amps you could want, the ability to modify everything can be a bit overwhelming but once you learn to navigate through it's a breeze, like having an endless pedal chain! Takes some time to master so be patient, but well worth it. The only thing that could improve is the tuner, not user friendly if you like to have different tunings, especially for a bass.

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