Hands-On Review:POD® X3 Pro

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The most powerful POD® ever

By Marty Jameson
Line 6 Product Manager

Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor

Full of stunning amp and effect models, a comprehensive set of digital and analog ins and outs, and an intuitive design, POD® X3 Pro is the powerful Dual Tone processor that is crucial to performing or recording masterful guitar, bass, and vocal tracks.


Many players rely on a combination of multiple pieces of gear to create their unique tone. For this, POD X3 Pro offers powerful Dual Tone modeling and routing options. Split your single-input guitar or bass signal through two different amp and effect chains simultaneously to create gorgeous new hybrids. Or, the dual inputs can be used to individually process two instruments simultaneously—a microphone and a guitar, for example. Guitarists, bassists and vocalists will have no trouble finding the perfect pro tone in the extensive collection of models featured in POD X3 Pro.


POD X3 Pro boasts 98 stompbox and studio effect models including immortal fuzz pedals, compressors, reverbs, delays, EQs, and more. The 78 guitar amps and 24 cabinet models from boutique beauties to screaming monsters and the 28 bass amps and 22 cabinet models ranging from legendary heavyweights to classic combos, will have jaws dropping in studios all over the world. And six vocal preamps, offering everything from vintage warmth to solid-state performance, deliver the necessary tones for platinum-caliber vocal tracks.


Exclusive Line 6 A.I.R.™ II microphone modeling offers models of four must-have mics famous for capturing legendary guitar and bass tones and a variety of studio-tested mic positioning for every single guitar and bass cab model.


Dual 1/4" instrument inputs, dual XLR microphone inputs (with phantom power, trim controls, and low-cut filters), stereo balanced XLR outputs (mic or line level), MIDI in/out/thru, and a VDI (Variax® Digital Interface) are just a sampling of what POD X3 Pro has to offer. Studios, besides taking advantage of the S/PDIF and AES/EBU Stereo Digital Audio outputs for direct recording to pro applications, will also enjoy lightning-fast multi-channel recording via USB 2.0, studio-quality 24-bit A/D and D/A converters, and 32-bit floating-point processing for sharp, clear audio imaging.


Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor
Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor

Record any or all of the eight different signals running through POD X3 Pro via USB 2.0. The 1/4" and XLR inputs can be used to simultaneously record two individual instruments, or microphones, to separate tracks in a DAW, each in stereo and each capable of recording the dry mono signal at the same time. (This is perfect for going back after recording a track and adding a little magic with the included plug-in.) In addition to the dual stereo and mono options, there’s also a stereo blend being sent down to the DAW that matches exactly the blend coming out of the stereo 1/4" outs.


For additional recording and processing flexibility, POD X3 Pro includes software plug-in functionality for integration with DAW recording applications. Not to mention Line 6 software that allows computer-based creation, editing, and storage of POD X3 Pro tones.


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