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Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor  

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    A total solution for direct recording your guitar.

    The Line 6 PODxt Amp Modeler with Effects raises the bar in the world of amp modeling. Line 6 incorporates award-winning Vetta technology to give you 32 updated amp models plus 35 classic stompboxes and studio effects. Not only that, you also get A.I.R. II-based mic models plus amp and cab mix 'n' matching. 64 presets, tap tempo, and full MIDI control, plus all the knobs you need for on-the-fly tonal tweaking. USB I/O enables direct computer recording and gives you access to more downloadable models and effects. Classic effects and authentic reverb sounds plus full-time compression are always at your fingertips. The tap tempo features support for modulation and delay effects with note divisions.

    Features

    • Award-winning Vetta amp-modeling technology
    • 32 updated amp models
    • 35 classic stompboxes and studio effects
    • A.I.R. II-based mic models plus amp and cab mix 'n' matching
    • 64 presets
    • Full MIDI control plus
    • All the knobs you need for on-the-fly tonal tweaking
    • USB I/O enables direct recording and access to more downloadable models and effects
    • Authentic reverb sounds plus full-time compression are always at your fingertips
    • Tap tempo features support for modulation and delay effects with note divisions
    • ToneTransfer libraries available online for expansion of presets
    • Compatible with FBV and FBC
    • Chromatic tuner
    • Manual mode for WYSIWYG operation
    • Flash-based memory supports future operating system upgrades
    • Effects:
    • Compressor
    • Noise Gate
    • Phase 90
    • ADA Flanger
    • Uni-Vibe
    • Opto Tremolo model from '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb
    • Bias Tremolo model from '60 Vox AC15
    • Deluxe Memory Man
    • EP-1 Tube Echoplex
    • Roland Re-101 Space Echo
    • Stereo Delay
    • Ping Pong Delay
    • Spring Reverb
    • Plate Reverb
    • Hall Reverb
    • Wah modeled after the Vox Wah
    • Volume (Preamp or postamp routing options)
    • Advanced A.I.R. II with microphone placement options:
    • Shure SM-57
    • Shure SM-57 off axis
    • MD-421
    • MD-421 off axis
    • U-67

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    Line 6POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor
     
    4.6

    (based on 119 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    PODxt Vs Vox Tonelab

    ToneLab - Sweet ToneI took home the Vox ToneLab and was impressed right off the bat. All the same connections as the PODxt but with SP DIF connectivity. The unit is a very attractively...Read complete review

    ToneLab - Sweet ToneI took home the Vox ToneLab and was impressed right off the bat. All the same connections as the PODxt but with SP DIF connectivity. The unit is a very attractively built, solid-as-a-rock heavy chunk of hardware. It connected to my rig (MBOX) easily and before I knew it my guitar sounded like Brian May's (one of the 48 Presets). I played the presets with both a Gibson humbucker (tail position) guitar and a Kinman Avn modified G&L, and I really liked about 7 or 8 of them. When you start playing with the amps and cabs though, that's when things get fun. You can match up classic amps with their respective cabinets or you can mix and match. Then start adding the pedals and effects and the possibilities seems endless. It's an impressive piece of hardware for your digital sudio if you wish to duplicate the sound of your Valvetronix amp when recording direct. I honestly did not play with the live sound, as I was under a time constraint.I did record some tracks with it and the sound transfered quite nicely. It sounded just as fat and warm recorded as it sounded live. I wish I could afford to have both the ToneLab and the PODxt, but alas, I'm a working stiff.PODxt - Sugar BuzzOh sweet Jesus help me! I thought I'd be crapping all over the PODxt because most of the guys at the store really dig the Vox amps (the valvetronix especially) and don't care for the Line 6 amps, and I'd have to agree with them as far as the amps go. This is not amplifiers we're talking about though, this is software, and Line 6 has been doing it a bit longer than Vox.I opened the pod and plugged it in in much the same manner as I did the ToneLab. I already knew I liked the ToneLab's solid THUNK construction and and that I wasn't fond of the PODxt's toyish appearence. You can upgrade to the PODxtPro, which is rack mounted with a few extras like SP DIF connections, but it's also nearly twice as expensive. I plugged the PODxt in and it felt cheaper than the ToneLab, and pricewise, it actually is. The guitar cable just didn't CLICK into the jack like Vox's heavier box did. Anyway, I picked up the guiar and started checking out the presets and as I progressed throught the presets it just sounded better and better, with more and more versatile tones than the Vox seemed to offer.This is all before I've even gotten into the recording options such as mic selection and placement in front of the virtual cab of your choice. Many many effects and pedals and options and whether to run the effect before or after the amp and the list goes on and on.The PODxt is the hands down winner regardless of the lower cost packaging and construction. The sound and the versatility of the PODxt just blows away the limited Vox Tonelab in a bang for the buck A B appraisal.

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    Not worth the money

    I bought one of these a couple of years ago and have had nothing but problems with it. It's a cool little device but it's not made to last. My POD's problems appear to...Read complete review

    I bought one of these a couple of years ago and have had nothing but problems with it. It's a cool little device but it's not made to last. My POD's problems appear to be power related, sometimes it turns on, other times no-way. I've contacted Line6 tech support with not so much as a reply. I've posted to their POD forums, I've called and e-mailed their repair guys and still nothing. Hit their support site and take a look at all problem posts. Then look at the number that have a big fat zero in the replies column. These things are expensive throw-aways when they go belly up, purchase them at your own risk. I'm going back to good old standard stomp boxes and pedals.

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    1.0

    if only..

    By thetruth-DNzaP

    from everywhere

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    Playing this extensively for over a month you go from really loving this and never knowing what you did without it to realizing why all our guitar hero's don't use these on the road or in the studio.. it really has nothing to do with endorsement contracts either although the odd line 6 pedal can be awesome. But in the long run I thought this would help me record an albums worth of guitar tracks I was really mistaken.If you're playing without an amp you'll NEVER get that perfect clean tone when you record on your computer, metal doesn't have enough headroom or in other words sound full enough no matter what you do in Line 6 edit or use inside the studio using the usb drive to record no matter what head and amp combination also. The "tones" we download off the site for free for the most part aren't worth it although say fear of the dark and war pigs where awesome.. keep in mind the people who make them are you and me , we all don't have the same guitars and thats a big thing and we're really taking shots in the dark to see if the person has an actual ear for music.Line 6 has the WORST customer service in the guitar industry by the way, whatever you do if you buy it used DO NOT activate it you'll lose all your modeling packs the previous owner put on them giving you more amp simulations , effects and so on... at Line 6 they don't care they want you to buy the stuff again.This and the line 6 pod 2.0 are great to practice with and write new riffs.. thats it, but the usb recording on it can be so much better, everything sounds too digital or fake. Its a step up from webcams and those special cables you put into your microphone jack but theres a reason you buy studio microphones.

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    5.0

    unbelievable

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    I could write pages of good things about this but I'll do this the shortest way possible, this is a huge step up from the pod 2.0.the big decision maker for me was I had no way to record perfect studio quality, this is in my budget and once I set it up I'm regretting the years of not buying this... you can tune to any tuning , you don't have to drag around 30-50lb amps, you can go between 65 pre-made tones or make your own out of any combination of amps and presets imaginable, worse comes to worse download off the site.I've owned 50 watt marshalls and all that but this alone gets a much better tone even through a clean channel with a beginner 10 or 15 watt amp, I'm no beginner guitarist and I know exactly what. I'd recommend this to beginners and pros alike , see it to believe it and remember it takes more than just this to achieve your guitar gods tone, have fun and the most unlikely combinations of effects can make or break your sound, I put a lot of hard earned money into this and would recommend this to anyone from a jazz player to black metal this does it all and more.

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    2.0

    Not worth the money

    By WiFiGUy

    from Mid-Atlantic

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    I bought one of these a couple of years ago and have had nothing but problems with it. It's a cool little device but it's not made to last. My POD's problems appear to be power related, sometimes it turns on, other times no-way. I've contacted Line6 tech support with not so much as a reply. I've posted to their POD forums, I've called and e-mailed their repair guys and still nothing. Hit their support site and take a look at all problem posts. Then look at the number that have a big fat zero in the replies column. These things are expensive throw-aways when they go belly up, purchase them at your own risk. I'm going back to good old standard stomp boxes and pedals.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not For The Metal Heads

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    Trust me, if you are a metal head, this pedal is NOT for you. This pedal is great for blues, rock, and stuff that does not require high gain. It's got some great tones, but mostly acoustic sims and clean tones. I actually don't even know what to recommend...I thought this was the "be all end all" pedal!

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    5.0

    Pod xt

    By This amp is Great

    from Carthage, MO

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    I got the pod xt and fbv shortboard used from a guy I play with when he got an x3 live. It came with all the expansion packs except bass. It is very good for running through the system when required to. Good acoustic sounds. I also use it through my hotrod deville to crank the deville then pull the pod down through the fx loop and use my over driven distortion but chorous and delay through the pod with volume pedal, and amps reverb. That sosunds good and I can get a nice overdriven tube sound for 50 people or practice from a 60 watt tube amp. It sounds great. Shortboard a must have. Get the better one with the individual stomp pedals. well worth it

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    5.0

    Very Nice....

    By GB-0n2iq

    from Boston Area

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    First of all I would like to mention that I was very skeptical of the PODxt. I NEVER expected the sound to be SO great. I play Mesa Boogie amps and a ton of boutique pedals (Xotic, Fulltone & Keeley). I must say the Marshall Plexi Variac, Fender and Vox amp simulation is perfect. I downloaded some the "Classic & FX Power Pack" from Line 6 and was in tone heaven. really good effects and amp simulation. "Line6 Edit" makes things really easy to get a great sound. This tool offeres a nice visual interface. I'm seriously considering using the PODxt and use the "Studio Direct" output to go directly into the board. If you are looking for a great tool for direct recording or even carrying less to your gigs BUY THE PODXT!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Excellent Buy

    By Wildbill112

    from Texas

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    I've been playing guitar for 10 years and I'm constantly trying to achieve a wide variety of tones. This thing can pull anything off well. You can't go into using it and expect the amp models to sound perfect. Work with them for what you need and this will become the main part of your rig.

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    5.0

    Best Gear for the price

    By Joche

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    When I first bought it I was really disappointed, I could not get the tones I wanted, I've always been a big fan of analog gear and was always against digital gear, let me tell you I was wrong, after 3 months in my closet collecting dust, I read the manual and did some tweaking and this thing its amazing, I record, I play live with this with FBV. Best advice, play with it and experiment until you get that sound you are looking for, forget about the presets and also don?t expect the pod doing the magic for a $200 guitar, it is a chain Player-Guitar-Gear= Good Sound. I personally recommend this product for beginners and advanced players. Sometimes I?ll record direct or trough and amp, either way sounds good and professional. Also remember that sounding good and getting your sound its not an easy task it takes time and experience to get a good tone with analog or digital gear.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Line 6 POD XT

    By Phrimplepoot

    from Colorado Springs

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    Here's the thing: It's really, really cool, but it does have it's limitations. I play mine through a Fender "evil twin" and I am just tickled to death with all the twiddling and diddling I can do - pausing once in a while to enjoy a unique tone I just created. Editing is a learning curve, but once you get it, you got it. Definitely read the manual. The Marshall sounds are probably best and the tweed sounds are probably the worst. (wierd digital zzzert sound just behind the tone on single line notes) Chords are outstanding on this machine, but its during stop and go lead playing that you start to notice the deficiencies of all things digital. But, look here: If you want a whole bootie-load of fun for a few hundred bucks, get this little toy.

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    5.0

    Line 6 POD xt review

    By Reviewer-J0hjo

    from Toronto ON

    Comments about Line 6 POD XT Guitar Multi Effects Processor:

    In the world of analog sound, its the only thing that might compete with many drawbacks of analog electronics. This little thingy sounds more or less natural when playing through pc speakers. Besides that, PODxt has by far the best recording quality I have ever heard. The sound is so juicy and thorough. I mean you can avoid buying expensive audio interfaces - just plug in to the pc and record through the USB.Easy as that! Of course "live" cranked-up Marshall stack sounds better and more dynamic but this thing is so easy to tweak, I mean if you want to do some little recording projects(demos), then buy this thingy immediately.

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