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Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor  

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    Expand your tonal possibilities with powerful Dual Tone modeling.

    The Line 6 POD X3 Pro is the powerful Dual Tone processor that comes fully loaded with amp and effect models for recording guitar, bass, and vocals. In addition, the POD X3 has a comprehensive array of inputs and outputs that provide seamless integration into professional recording and performance rigs.

    Like all members of the Line 6 POD X3 family, POD X3 Pro offers powerful Dual Tone modeling and routing options. Split your single-input guitar or bass signal through 2 different amp and effect chains simultaneously to create gorgeous new hybrids, or use its dual inputs to individually process 2 instruments--a microphone and a guitar, for example--at the same time.

    Computer-based studios will want to exploit the USB 2.0 connectivity provided by POD X3 Pro for multi-channel recording as well as its S/PDIF or AES/EBU Stereo Digital Audio I/O for sending a direct digital signal to their DAWs. For additional recording and processing flexibility, POD X3 Pro also includes software plug-in functionality for integration with DAW recording applications.

    The comprehensive analog and digital inputs make the Line 6 POD X3 Pro perfect for a wide range of recording and performance scenarios.

    POD X3 Pro also supports a comprehensive set of outputs for delivering processed bass, guitar and vocals to recording and performance rigs.

    Whether you're recording in the studio or performing live, POD X3 Pro delivers the flexibility, connections and timeless tones that have made Line 6 POD the global standard for the discerning guitarist.

    Features

    • Dual 1/4" instrument inputs
    • Dual XLR microphone inputs (with phantom power, trim controls and low-cut filters)
    • Stereo 1/4" line inputs
    • S/PDIF digital input
    • AES/EBU digital input

    Order today and create sounds you've never heard before.

     

    POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor Specifications:

    • Stereo unbalanced 1/4" outputs
    • Stereo balanced XLR outputs (mic or line level)
    • Multi-channel USB 2.0
    • S/PDIF digital output
    • AES/EBU digital output
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    4.7

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    Ultimate Stadium Guitar System

    I normally play small club gigs with a maximum audience of 2000 and in that arena I've and will always rely on my Boogie's, as far as mixing the sound we mic a couple...Read complete review

    I normally play small club gigs with a maximum audience of 2000 and in that arena I've and will always rely on my Boogie's, as far as mixing the sound we mic a couple of the Mesa 2x12 cabs and the sound levels are just great.Then came time for the band to make a tour of Europe. Our soundman came to us with a rather grim look upon his face and proceeds to tell us that there's not enough money to haul all of our heavy Mesa amps so he tells all the string players he's got a fix for the problem and proceeds to introduce me and the guys to the Line 6 POD X3 Pro. Now I'm already familiar with amp tone sampling via the Roland VG-99 and I now realize what our soundman did for us was to save us about 4,500lbs in guitar amps alone. We simple put up faux amp fronts with a couple pair of real cabs and I'm telling you close to 15,000 strong in the audience couldn't tell these weren't Mesa's or Marshall's. I've still got the unit although now it looks closer to door stop material than when it started life but it held on after Europe to do time in Asia which was bigger in audience size. With a killer back end power amp a few good speaker cabs and can you tell me ,"Is it live or is it Line 6?" Not bad for all digital and yes I'm still an all tube player, if the venue is right.

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    Needs Work

    Unit still does not have full midi functionality. Often drops sound or refuses to boot up, knobs feel like toys...actually the whole unit feels like a toy. Refuses to save presets...Read complete review

    Unit still does not have full midi functionality. Often drops sound or refuses to boot up, knobs feel like toys...actually the whole unit feels like a toy. Refuses to save presets and hums for no reason.I would look at the PodXT instead, that "old" unit stomps all over this new one.

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    5.0

    Tons of good stuff in a convenient size...

    By Giorgio Jerez

    from costa rica

    I owned a lot of bass pedals, voice pedals, guitar pedals, since I play guitar and bass and sing. Line 6 always gave me good quality sounds. I am tired of handle bunch of stuff for the gigs, this solved that problem. In the studio, so far, this is a very capable piece of equipment. It has some very welcome extras like the outputs (plenty). As always with the line 6 stuff it is a little tricky to tweak at the beginning but, finally when you understand the inputs-outputs paths, you are done. If you are a guitarist-singer, nothing will come close: you run the guitar in A and voice in B and voila! I have it now for 1 year and I highly recommend it.
    I found everything that I needed until now. everything is good enough for all live and studio environments. I m a bass player and some tones of this stuff are amazing...
    I would like less plastic and more metal, but it still look like road worthy.
    If you consider that you really have two quality processors in one unit, then it worth every dollar. Just try to buy a multi-effects plus a voice processor and you will find that X3 saves you money.

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    5.0

    Swiss Army Knife of Sounds

    By GuitarGuy1

    from White Haven, PA

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    I've tried the new 'Ultra' from another brand two different times ... as in purchased two of them, and sold them both within weeks. They simply pale in amp model tone quality. Sure, all solid state devices don't 'feel' like tube amps, but, if you get the right tones to make the guitar 'sing', then the point of feel is moot .. especially to the listener who is purchasing the music. The idea here is to have a quiet, reliable, and good sounding guitar track on a recording to get the job done ... this device does that flawlessly. It will be hard to improve upon the tones here.
    Unbelievable array of features for studio, which is where I primarily use this device. The IO is absolute studio grade. A very quite device. Tones that are simply magical!
    This thing is near indestructable. Excellent build quality.
    You will be hard pressed to get this much studio grade gear for the price in any other device out there.

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    5.0

    Update on my review after 2 years

    By Armando A***

    from Undisclosed

    After more than two years of using the POD X3 rack version (time flies!) I think it's fair to give a more thorough and comprehensive review on it.First of all, the POD lines (all) usually DO have very good sounding and usable effects BUT, when it comes to simulating tubes... they are definitely sub-par. Period.Now, the one thing I REALLY dislike about the POD is that it doesn't come with any installation CD/DVD.. you have to install/authorize/update everything ONLINE (bye-bye offline studio).I'm guessing that's to protect their Farm stuff from piracy(?) However, as a paying costumer, you end up suffering the consequences of that..The GearBox (the app you use to handle the POD tones from your computer) is very unstable, no matter how much updates they have come up with (and they have updated that A LOT). More than once you will have to update something at least twice, because the POD doesn't recognize the new stuff properly, leaving you with a useless unit. The Monkey (the app you use to update the POD through the web) constantly asks you to disconnect the USB cable, then reconnect, then disconnect, the reconnect..) really annoying after 4 times in a row or so, if you have the unit rackmounted, and away from your computer. If you have a DAW open atm, it forces itself to be added as additional I/O and-or interface, effectively disrupting other configurations.To summarize, if I were asked 'is it worth to buy this?' yeah, I still think it's very good value for all the things you can do with it (and for the sound of the effects specially).Just bear in mind, this will not replace a real amp (specially a distorted one).If you're after that feature, an HD POD will probably serve you better (still toyish, imo, but, definitely better in that respect).

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ultimate Stadium Guitar System

    By Mr. GoGo Rilla

    from The Space Capital, Alabama

    I normally play small club gigs with a maximum audience of 2000 and in that arena I've and will always rely on my Boogie's, as far as mixing the sound we mic a couple of the Mesa 2x12 cabs and the sound levels are just great.Then came time for the band to make a tour of Europe. Our soundman came to us with a rather grim look upon his face and proceeds to tell us that there's not enough money to haul all of our heavy Mesa amps so he tells all the string players he's got a fix for the problem and proceeds to introduce me and the guys to the Line 6 POD X3 Pro. Now I'm already familiar with amp tone sampling via the Roland VG-99 and I now realize what our soundman did for us was to save us about 4,500lbs in guitar amps alone. We simple put up faux amp fronts with a couple pair of real cabs and I'm telling you close to 15,000 strong in the audience couldn't tell these weren't Mesa's or Marshall's. I've still got the unit although now it looks closer to door stop material than when it started life but it held on after Europe to do time in Asia which was bigger in audience size. With a killer back end power amp a few good speaker cabs and can you tell me ,"Is it live or is it Line 6?" Not bad for all digital and yes I'm still an all tube player, if the venue is right.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A must for home studio

    By Dirty Dick Furberger

    from I live at home with my mom

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    I own an XT Live for live stuff, wanted something for home recording and the X3 Pro does NOT dissappoint! First, u never have to purchase software or effect/amp upgrades- theyre all there. Second, just plug in the USB and start recording- the sound quality is amazing, I had no problem getting great tracks with sonar. A little advice-dump all the presets and spend some time making your own patches, so many people judge these processors off the presets- seems stupid

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    5.0

    Great piece of equipment

    By DangerBoi777

    from St. Louis

    First off I would like to say that I have paid my dues. I had every pedal and tube amp combo you can think of. From old Marshalls to the Krankenstein. Will this piece of equipment replace all that. YES...it already has. I have used it live, and it sounds great. Just plugs directly into the sound board without having to mic the cabs. The sound guys love it because I don't have any frequency loss. I love it because I got rid of my very cluttered pedal board and picked up the FBV. Must have if your runnin it live. As far as recording. I've had this thing for about 1 month now and I've already laid down mine, and my lead guitarists trax using our cubase recording software. That saved us about 1000 in recording costs. If you can afford it, I say buy it. Go through the pre-sets and tweak them to your own specs. OR download more tones using the Line 6 website. Great piece of equipment, great price.

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By Solrac

    from Texas

    I don't understand why someone said fake. The sounds the are present, are great. I've had other pedals and amps..Also did get guitar rig kontrol and could not get my system to sound good until I got this processor. What I mean by good is the tone so you sound like your playing similar to your Rock God. If you like to play rock or even do some soloing, then I think you will be more than happy.

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    3.0

    Sounds like Fake Junk

    All this stuff sounds like crap compared to a real tube amp and a real vintage axe and some real vintage stomp boxes. Plus it's built ulta-cheap and won't hold up in a tour environment. If you're a kid with daddy's money who wants to play 'big shot rock and roller" this is for you. If you want to really sound good - pay your dues. This thing ain't gonna do it for U Peace out.

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    5.0

    rock solid

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've had this unit about a month. At first I didn't like it. But now I don't know if I'll use anything else. It took a little bit to learn my way around it but now it's very simple. The stereo output is awesome I got rid of my old pedalboard that I have used forever. I had to get the optional footpedal for live gigging but it was worth it. I can program 32 user presets and title each song accordingly with a A,B,C,D, section and recall them easily now with the footswitch. This is plenty for my application as I have about 24 songs for a live gig. I do a solo act with a looper so now everything is perfectly in-sync . It's frekin awesome for acoustic or metal . I play anything from Michael Hedges or Kottke style to Slipknot , Tool , Slayer ....and this baby does it all , there is no hum at all if it's set up right. I use it as a pre-amp to two Mesa Boogie Mark 2C+ with two 4x12 Mesa slant cabs in Stereo . Most of my music is psycedelic by nature and I just love the ping pong delay settings. The footpedal has volume and wah-wah . Everything I need in a 3-space rack... thanks line 6 ...

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    4.0

    almost wow

    By chitownrocker

    from chitown

    you have to buy the foot control or it's useless for live performance. quality built cheap. All of these processors, I don't care which brand, are mass produced and are not complete packages. I have use almost all the stuff out there in terms of rack guitar gear and this is a nice piece overall but does not have all I would like.Big plus is the line out reproduce my custom presets accurately. I always run stereo even live and it is hard to reproduce the same sound out of cabs into daw.this does it well.For touring I would take like 3 or four because of cheap construction. being able to save custom presets to pc is nice.all factory presets have a wierd low end boom that needs to be eq'ed out. some tones are plasticy

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