Line 6 POD X3 Live Floor Guitar Modeling Processor

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Updated: effects for guitar, bass and vocals, larger backlit display, heavy-duty construction, audio inputs/ouputs and a USB 2.0 interface.

Digital amp modeling has become so advanced of late, it's a good bet that new song you can't get out of your head was recorded not with real amps, but with digital emulations. If modeling is good enough for the studio, it's certainly good enough for your live show, but no guitarist wants to bring a laptop on stage with them. . . and rack gear can be cumbersome, difficult to learn, and hard to use in performance. Leave it to the digital modeling masters at Line6 to perfect the ultimate live amp and effects modeling solution: the Line6 POD X3 Live Floorboard.

All the amazing amplifier, speaker cab and stompbox effects models that have made Line6 famous are available with the POD X3 Live, but in a package that's been fine-tuned for explosive live performance. Ten footswitches grant easy and instant access to hundreds of tone combinations. With direct-effect access, individual effects can be turned on and off within a patch; the X3 Live is less like having hundreds of individual effects and more like having hundreds of different pedal-boards! A dedicated tap-tempo button and wah/volume rocker pedal make the POD Live more than just a piece of gear, but a truly expressive instrument. Dual-parallel effects chains can be assigned separately to each side of the stereo output for lush live and studio tones you never thought possible. The POD X3 can be used in front of any amp, but with integrated speaker-microphone emulation you can run directly through the venue's PA for a rig that's read more more flexible and more portable than any traditional guitar-amp setup.

Perhaps the best feature of the POD X3 is that it's not only for electric guitarists. Preamp models and specially-calibrated effects can sweeten any acoustic guitar tone, 28 bass amp and 22 bass cabinet models bring plenty rumble and grind for low-enders, and there's even an XLR input for vocalists to take advantage of the special collection of studio-quality vocal processing effects like compression, EQ, reverb and more. With this wealth of sounds and input options, it only makes sense that the Line6 POD X3 can be used as a high-grade audio interface, thanks to the addition of a USB 2.0 jack. Perfect for demoing new songs, the X3 can process two instruments at once -- or guitar and vocals -- through parallel effects chains and two-channel USB interface. Placing digital signal processing "outside-the-box" also takes the strain off you computer's CPU for lower latency operation, a more stable recording environment, and more audio tracks in your project.

Line6 quickly established themselves as leaders in digital modeling not only because of their superior sonics, but also because of their gear's ease-of-use. No matter how many options are presented in front of you, a cumbersome interface is only going to frustrate, not inspire. Line6 makes sure that accessing even the deepest patch-editing functions on the POD X3 Live is second nature, thanks to the unit's large, backlit LCD screen, easy-to-understand graphical interface, and intuitive four-way cursor control. You'll be well on your way to crafting your signature sound in no time. Editing in the X3 is so easy, in fact, that an entire online community has sprung up on the Line6 forums, where users post and trade their homegrown custom patches. Adding these to your own POD Live is a breeze with the USB 2.0 connectivity. . . you're bound to find a couple hundred or so sounds that you love, and you'll certainly get some new ideas for your own tones!

With so many amazing sounds in such a powerful, inviting, and rugged package, it's never been easier to be a tone chameleon -- on stage or off -- than with the Line6 POD X3 Live.
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Inputs & outputs
1/4 in. 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 in. line outputs (with amp/line pad switch)

Stereo XLR balanced line outputs

1/4 in. stereo effect loop

Variax digital connector

1/4 in. expression pedal input

MIDI in & out/thru

1/4 in. stereo headphones out

FBV connector for optional pedal controller

1/8 in. stereo (cd/mp3) jam along input

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 in. 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

External power adapter included

Optional accessories (sold separately):
Outfit your POD X3 Live for the studio or the stage with these optional accessories.

Carrying bag - protect your investment in great tone with the heavy-duty, rip-and water-resistant bag that's designed specifically for your POD X3 Live. Embroidered with the line 6 logo.

EX-1 expression pedal - the EX-1 expression pedal gives you even more options at your feet. Now you can control wah, volume and tweak all at the same time, or dedicate wah and volume to separate pedals. lack plastic, with embossed Line6 logo. Includes 1/4 inch connecting cable.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 818-575-3600

Line 6 POD X3 Live Guitar Modeler

Get inspired all over again, like the day you got your first guitar.

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 was designed to fit right in wherever you play, whether that's on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans or in the studio steadily churning out hits.

For those in search of greater tonal possibilities, 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 includes all of the inputs and outputs you need to practice, perform and record. Use the 1/4 in. 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(R) 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 new USB 2.0 connection for pro-level multi-channel computer recording.

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


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 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.

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 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.

POD X3 Live 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 on-board, real-time processing, POD X3 Live 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 bullet-proof 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 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 in. 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 new, 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 multi-track 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.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (156 ratings)
Submitted April 22, 2009 by a customer from

"Amazing sound- best on the market today. Not made particularly well, though-"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Only real gripe is the build quality.

Sounds really great. One of the hardest things to figure our about this thing ia the input/ouput scheme, but once you balance it out it sounds amazing. I'm upgrading from a Korg Toneworks AX1000G, which has really awesome sounds, but the X3 Live sounds better and does so much more. I use it hooked into my home recording set-up (mixer, compressor, BBE, power amp, studio monitors) and it sounds phenomenal. Not fizzy at all, and the models have such realism that it makes me keep playing for hours on end. The bass models are pretty good, as well, and the vocal signal chain modeling is really good. It took me a good two weeks to really be able to suss it out and start dialing in awesome tones; it is a pretty steep learning curve, but it's worth it. Once you nail it, it's quicker and easier to use and you'll have your user presets filled up with all sorts of wicked tones.

Every sort of in and out you could imagine, and easily one of the most feature-laden things on the market today. Unfortunately, I wish one "feature" it had was durability. Without it being reliable and road-worthy, which I don't think it is, it would be untenable for me to think about actually using it live. This thing seems fragile to me.

Ease of Use
Steep learning curve. Not to be purchased in hopes of using it that night for a show, to be sure. Or even that read more week. However, once everything clicks and you get it, the tone is simply amazing and you start moving much faster on it.

I'm going to keep mine here at my home studio, and try not to step on it too hard. I know a lot of folks have suffered from glitches, broken switches, etc. but I think I got lucky.

It is an awesome product. Very powerful, with very tough and muscular amp sounds. I wish it was in a sturdier casing, like the XT Live (or my old Korg, for that matter). As aforementioned, I wouldn't use this live.

Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to deal with yet (fingers crossed)...

The Wow Factor
The amp modeling is the best around today. Amazingly real.

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