Line 6 POD XT Live

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by Line 6

Description Oh my, I finally got one, and they finally have some patches on the internet to download. This thing is rugged and is just awesome
Posted By Robert De Groot (4781)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 3/9/2009, Michael Laurance (4040) posted:
Overall Rating:
Now that the new version is out, I would recommend going with that. I plan on upgrading soon.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: GC
Features:
Features? Are you kidding? There's not much it won't do. The only thing I wish it had is a good harmonizer and whammy. Otherwise, it does everything, and is expandable in case you need more. Mine has the FX junkie pack which gives more stompboxes.
Sound Quality:
I run this from my guitar right into the amp. Nice and quiet with a good noise gate built in. The amp models are incredible. These days I don't use them as I have a great Randall amp. I use it for effects now. Why? Simple. I set up patches for each song. I can have different choruses and delays for everything, with totally different settings.
Ease of Use:
Pretty easy to use up front. Gets easier as you go.
Durability:
I've been dancing on mine for years.
On 5/3/2007, Randy Hano (12149) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great unit to practice, record and play live with. Just plug and play - obviously after you dialed in your personality!
Model Year: 2006
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I struggle with amp modelling 'cause I always difficulty with the tracking ability. When I first tried the XT back in 2004, I found it to be a good unit with problem. Every 3-4 months I would try it again and again finding a flaw until 2006 when I was convinced the unit had improved severly. The biggest improvement has been the ability to upload new rigs and keeping it fresh.
Sound Quality:
Totally awesome. You really have to sit with the unit and continuously tweak until you get it right. In the long run, it is worth every penny and more.
Ease of Use:
Lots to program and edit. You can walk with the stock patches but you really need to play with it to the true soul of the product. What I also like is that you can tweak and save while you are playing.
Durability:
Very rugged. I haven't had mine long and the intentions for this unit is for minor jams and gigs along with sessions.
On 4/11/2007, Kevin Peace (138) posted:
Overall Rating:
I checked out comperable units from Korg, Vox, Boss and Digitech .. and for having the option to run this direct to board with good tone, and having a nice variety of effects, added onto the computer interface and the ability to use it as an offboard sound card for recording to the computer .... I am very pleased with the unit, and would replace it with a like unit if lost/stolen/damaged.

Food for thought, they make you buy the carry bag seperate .... go ahead and factor in a bag or case for it, as the box is not only a pain in the can, its not gonna last THAT long .....
Model Year: 2006
Price: $330.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
User friendly foot interface allows 4 patches per bank access, quick access to tuner/tap tempo, and dedicated amp/stomp/mod/delay on/off switches. The Volume/Wah continuous controller has a tendancy to squeek after a short amount of normal usage (of which some graphite took care of that problem). The bar below the amp style control knobs allow some piece of mind that your wont inadvertantly knock them around with your club-foot. The interface to edit patches will find you reading the manual, scratching your head & frustrating you. I highly suggest using the USB interface with the Line6Edit software readily available from Line 6's website. As well, the Custom Tone website offers a ton of patches (well over 20 thousand as I write) that are easily downloadable and edit.
Sound Quality:
I use this unit both in front of a Mesa Nomad 100 2x12 combo and direct to board. It has tones well suited for many styles, and is relatively a quiet unit. There are effects on there that are flat out useless in my opinion, but show me an effects unit that doesnt have them. Biggest beef, if you are running a really complex and involved program, it can have a tendancey to sound a little too over processed, or too digital sounding ... If you are concious of how much you are throwing at the mix, you are in good shape 95% of the time ....
Ease of Use:
I covered alot of this up in the features department ... but Ill do some copy/paste action here so its where it needs to be. .... The interface to edit patches will find you reading the manual, scratching your head & frustrating you. I highly suggest using the USB interface with the Line6Edit software readily available from Line 6's website. As well, the Custom Tone website offers a ton of patches (well over 20 thousand as I write) that are easily downloadable and edit.
Durability:
Line 6 did a great job here, it is a good heavy metal piece, and other than the squeeky continuous controller, everything has given me no reason to question the durability of everything. Ive been gigging with it now for nearly a year.
On 5/15/2006, Ray Pace (114) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would not buy this effects unit again. Instead I would go for several of the real thing effects and leave it at that. I get more pleasure out of my Morley Bad Horsie II plugged into my Q tron, Boss Blues Driver and BBE stomp,,, than I do with this thing. This is a unit for people who have to try everything, try to imitate everyone; this is not for people who want to sound like they have something to say on their own.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $400.00 (new)
Features:
This unit has mucho controls -- many of them hard to use due to the lack of ergonomic research that didn't go into the design of this unit. It's a floor unit that frankly is hard to use from a standing position and not much better from a sitting position. The alpha numeric readout is hard to see and changing in the editing mode often finds one's hand blocking the readout of the item you are changing.
Sound Quality:
I use a Taylor T-5 and a Variax with this unit. I find some of the effects to be on the okay side and some a total disappointment. The Dingo tron patch is a total loser and a real joke-- it's supposed to sound like a Mutron III.
Ease of Use:
Editing is easy if you want to plug into the computer and leave it at that. Editing on the unit itself is difficult due to the aforementioned disregard for ergonomics. For those who think it's fun or even their calling to sit in front of a computer editing when they could be playing -- go for it! It's your life!
Durability:
This unit seems very durable.
On 11/22/2005, Eddie Sanders (178) posted:
Overall Rating:
I look at Boss and Digatech, but after alot of time and reserch for the money this was the pedal for me. I would buy this pedal again, the only thing is you only have 1 wahwah and some of the effects could sound more like the brand names they copy. I love the support and easy computer programing you can do with it, but on the down side it is large, heavy and really sould have a case to carry it in.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's friend
Features:
It has a volume/wah wah, also all the amp controls drive,, bass, mid, trebel, presence and channel volume. You can also tweak your pre-set effects from the pedal but I find using my computer and a download called Guitar port from line 6 to be much better and easier. It is AC powered.and will play in stereo
Sound Quality:
1982 G&L F100 and a Wasburn Accoustic I play rock,metal,blues and alt. pop I think this could be used for any style playing but it does have alot that leans to rock. The sound is very good but I will say it is not quite as good as the effects they are trying to duplicate, but with that said for as many things as it will do it is very good. Some effects are better than others and some sound the same or close to it but with 84 stomp boxes,36 amp modles , 24 cabs and 4 micsyou get alot then you can download even more for a small fee.
Ease of Use:
It is programable but doing an edit thru the pedal is a pain. I have it hooked up to my computer and use a program called guitar port. This make it so easy to play with the sound while you have the guitar on your lap it's crazy, you'll get lost and hours will go by while you have all kinds of fun
Durability:
I don't get out and play much but this thing is real steel and looks to be bullit proof
On 10/10/2005, Anthony Ridi (2010) posted:
Overall Rating:
Most other units were either too overpriced for my liking or inadequate. I fell for the amp and stompbox modeling as well as the units other quality studio effects.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $499.00 CAN (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music
Features:
I rated this very good and not excellent because I would have liked to have seen a Digitech Whammy type of effect in this unit. I love the multitude of tonal possibilities. Here are the specs: Pro Guitar Tone on the floor 24 Cab & 4 Mic models 36 Legendary and Classic Amp Models Over 80 Stompbox and Studio Effects 128 Channel Memories* Stereo 1/4-inch analog Amp/Line Outs Variax Digital Input Routing Options Deep Editing Built-in Chromatic Tuner Large Backlit Display Dedicated Stompbox On/Off Switches Combination Wah/Volume/Tweak Pedal Tap Tempo/Tuner Switch Expression Pedal Input Headphone Out Aux Input for CD/MP3 players, drum machines, etc. Full MIDI Support USB Digital Recording I/O - Plus, Mac/PC editing with free Line 6 Edit or GuitarPort software
Sound Quality:
My main guitar is a handmade custom strat-style electric guitar with Alnico II's in it. My sound is a modified 100-watt Traynor tube amplifier. The only original components to the Traynor are the chassis and casing and transformer. The amps circuitry designed and patented by Jeff Larocque. I am using the XT Live for recording and giging. I like the sound of this unit for both live and recording. One drawback is the unit sounds different at higher volumes. Adjust your amp's equalizer to level out the louder frequencies. It has been suggested by Line 6 that 2 seperate banks be created for custom patches (one for low volume and the other for higher volume. The wah pedal can be activated on the fly in most patch configurations.
Ease of Use:
This unit is programmable and it is easy to create patches. Patches can be saved with certain programmed effects but not active when the patch is selected. This allows more versatility with one single patch, each stage acting like an a stompbox. The XT live's Tuner is adequate but hard to see standing up...crouching required in certain lighting situations.
Durability:
This unit looks like and is built like a tank. Its power supply input and cable look sturdy and unobstrucive. The wah pedal is once again squeaky, even after having brought it back to the dealer. Am hoping this problem will be resolved.
On 8/26/2005, Robert De Groot (4781) posted:
Overall Rating:
Of course, with any multi effects pedal, it takes time to get used to this new one and I will update this review as I grow more acquainted with it. The only real problem that I have with it is that I simply cannot see the tuner when I am standing on stage, I have to bend way down
Model Year: 2004
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Nice and sturdy foot effects pedal; AC; it is stereo; I wish it had a bigger display screen, especially for the tuner.
Sound Quality:
Amp modelling is a wonderful feature of this unit. I have only used it once live, so far, and only with my little Fender Princeton 65 watt (solid state). Rock is what I play, but this unit is good for any style. The sound is awesome, depending upon the patch you are using. It appears to be much better than my Digitech RP2000, which I have used for live performances for years. The reason being that I can switch banks alot easier with this unit. The really great thing about it is that Line 6 has a library of effects made by other users that you can download from the internet right to the unit and use as is, or tweak to your own preference.
Ease of Use:
More to follow, when I get used to it.
Durability:
Very rugged