Line 6 Pod XT

Multi-Effects

Made by Line 6

Description Basically its the Vetta effects without the extra ampage to back it up. Apparently its mainly used with recording but I use it through my Marshall JCM900 1960 reisue.
Posted By Dave Gillett (20)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
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On 9/30/2007, Leon Higgins (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Use it live, generally straight into PA, and use a 15w Peavey as fold back.

I love it, but when we have jam nights most other musos can't handle. If you are happy to experient - excellent, if you are a trad valve and stomper, don't bother. Ultimately it puts you in control to create something different or the same, but if you want to play safe amongst your mates, leave it.
Price: $300.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
All the amps, and effects that you could need.
Sound Quality:
Custom Built SG type, with Bill Lawrence L500 Bridge and and Seymour Duncan P90. Play in a blues/soul/Reggae band every Friday as resident band. Unit works well for all sounds. Need the foot pedal controller though.
Ease of Use:
Easyish. Certainly easy with the PC connected. Bit harder live if you don't want to use the pre programmed. Be prepared though and all is good.
Durability:
Definitely good for live. Got surface skirmishes pretty quickly, but so what? I didn't but it to resell it...
On 5/23/2004, Stephen Lindsay (442) posted:
Overall Rating:
In the store I compared the sounds from the Pod XT (played through headphones) with a Boss ME-50 played into a Mesa-Boogie and found that Boss to have very harsh ear-splitting distortion. I couldn't get a creamy humbucking lead from the latter but had the Pod going within seconds.

This unit is not really designed for live playing - you ould be better off with one of Line 6's amps.

Having said that, you can buy an optional adaptor which enable you to connect it to a mic stand for tweaking at waist level and the aforementioned floorboar enables real time control of the unit. In the store I was told that one of the staff plugs his straight into the PA, so it clearly can be used live.

I bought this unit for recording at home and it really will provide me with decent lead and rhythm tones that do not have the accompanying fizz of a standard effects unit.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $299.00 Pounds Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Sound Control, Dundee, Scotland
Features:
This is not a standard effects unit - it represents a unique approach to obtaining a guitar sound in that the unit is basically a guiatrist friendly box that controls the digital software models of classic amplifiers and effects that are hidden with the box.This unit is not really designed for live playing - you ould be better off with one of Line 6's amps.

Having said that, you can buy an optional adaptor which enable you to connect it to a mic stand for tweaking at waist level and the aforementioned floorboar enables real time control of the unit. In the store I was told that one of the staff plugs his straight into the PA, so it clearly can be used live.

Connections are:

On/off switch, connection for supplied power supply. Standard quarter inch jack input for guitar with left and right outputs, connection for optional floorboard for live use, mini jack output for head phones. The unique feature of this kit is the use of either a USB connection or midi in/out sockets to connect to the computer. This offers the alternative of editing patches on the PC rather than using the unit itself. Additionally the website has a "tone library" comprising user submitted tones that you can downlaod and save on your computer or Pod XT. It's a bit like finding an mp3 file, you can download patches for all well known guitarists.

On the top of the box are:

EQ controls - bass, middle, treble, presence, drive channel and master volumes. Dials - select and effects tweak. Buttons - for stomp box simulations - compression, distortion, modulation, delay, cabinet simulation.
Sound Quality:
I normally play a PRS Custon 24 ten top through a Mesa Boogie Mark III so I am used to a first class creamy lead tone. However I can't get this tone at home as volume does not allow! I wanted to try this POD XT for home recording purposes and was not disappointed.

I downloaded a couple of patches for Satch and Gary Moore. I was looking for a nice thick distorted tone with plenty of middle, and good sustain - and I was pleased that this XT gave that. I thought that this was damn good considering that this is not a full rig but a small piece of hardware.
Ease of Use:
The unit comes with 64 spaces to save patches. These are already programmed with sounds to show off some of the 32 amp models the unit contains. To save a patch for your own sounds you edit an existing patch or create one from scratch and overwrite one of the 64 locations.

I am someone who is much more comfortable getting a decent sound from an amp than a unit like this but I found the XT reasonably straightforward - the manual was very good.
Durability:
The aluminium case is finished in a lovely metallic dark red and seems fairly substantial. However it is not of "industrial" quality (like my boogie footswitches for example) so I would not want to expose it to too much on stage pyrotechnics.
On 2/20/2003, Dave Gillett (20) posted:
Overall Rating:
I like it alot and would recomend the pot xt to anyone who is interested in opening up some effect laden music or even just to do some good quality recording on thier computer.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
The most interesting aspects of it is the ability to simulate different rooms like a big hall or small room, and then the ability to say where the mike is placed in that room. So you have total control over the resonating sound. On top of that you have an array of effects including delays, distortions, chorus, flanger,amp simulation, and limitless possibilities. I would give this a 4 of 5 star as far as effects go. It is AC powwered there is no option for batteries.
Sound Quality:
I play a epiphone les paul dropped d a half step down and a schecter c-1 (B E D G B E) the Style of music I currently play is modern hard rock I also play a lot of classicaly influenced finger picking and the pod xt works fine for that. It is a multi effect and the ones you like are totally up to your discretion.
Ease of Use:
Very complicated at first .
Durability:
Not for any hardcore mosh pit but you shouldnt take your effects with you crowd surfing anyways.