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Line 6 PODxt

Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 7:07 pm
by Ryan Layton
im seriously thinking about buying one. i heard some great stuff on line6's web site that made me really excited about them. you can pick an amp head, choose your settings, set the head on a cab, choose what effects you use, and choose what mic you mic it with and it can be used live. it sounds almost too good to be true. lots of good players like ty tabor and george lynch use it and say great stuff about it.

if any of you have this thing, please tell me what you think.

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:05 pm
by glynn
Its a pretty cool box. Very usefull for demos and such, and not too bad hooked up to a power amp and cabs for live stuff.

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:05 am
by badasstommyboy
i was tempted, but it doesn't have an octaver or a whammy pedal facility.

So instead i'm going for a legacy and a G major.

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:58 am
by Nilsefix
good thing this thread was up .
Today i bought a used PodXT , but it didnt come with the software and manual you usually get.
I know there are som users of it here , and im wondering :
1) can i download all the software you get with it , off the internet?
2) can anyone fill me in on the possibilities? that would be very nice :D

Nilsefix

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 10:12 am
by ChrisCarr
The Pod manuals are at http://www.line6.com/manuals.html
and the software/drivers are at http://www.line6.com/software/

Of course just select what you need from the dropdown menus.

Hope that helps

Re: Line 6 PODxt

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:55 am
by Mr_Creosote
Ryan Layton wrote:im seriously thinking about buying one. i heard some great stuff on line6's web site that made me really excited about them. you can pick an amp head, choose your settings, set the head on a cab, choose what effects you use, and choose what mic you mic it with and it can be used live. it sounds almost too good to be true. lots of good players like ty tabor and george lynch use it and say great stuff about it.

if any of you have this thing, please tell me what you think.
I think they're excellent...I bought one a couple of months ago and haven't looked back since. You can have tremendous fun just trying out amps, cabinets and mike configurations before you even worry about the truckload of effects at your disposal! And the fact that you can directly link to the PC via USB makes home recording especially easy!

Now, I'm no great guitarist...erm, actually I'm verging on mundane on a good day :lol: ...but here's a link to something I recorded on the PodXt. This is sort of bluesy - it's a 60s replica strat run through the Pod (which is running a Fender Bassman amp, 4X10 cabinet and a touch of Tubescreamer). People who've heard it think the guitar tone is good and are surprised when I tell them it's a PodXt...

www.nazghul.freeserve.co.uk/Tippedhat.mp3

Good luck! I don't think you'll regret your purchase...

Pod xt pro

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:24 pm
by Jemfever
I bought a pod xt pro(the rack-version)three months ago,after having played a Laney vh 100r head for over four years.I use it with a peavey classic 50/50 poweramp and i have to say it's the best sound i've ever had!I play mainly rock stuff but i also need a good clean and crunch sound.The clean ones are very good,but the crunch sounds are a bit muddy.High gain sounds are just awesome!!
For live performance i'd recommend the pod with a poweramp.I personally don't like the sound when you go directly into the pa,but like everything i wrote, it's all a matter of taste!Just try it and then make your own decision! :D

Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 7:25 pm
by Ryan Layton
wow.... i started this thread a LONG time ago, but i finally ordered a pod xt and its in the mail right now :D

anyway, i have a few questions that i probably should have asked before i ordered the unit, but oh well, here they are....

1) can you guys point me to some good sites with patches or post some of your favorites? I'm really looking for a good vai sound, a good thick rhythm sound, a good all around jazz sound (maybe like holdsworth) and maybe something else cool.

2) do i need a power amp to run directly into a PA? I know there is a volume control on the unit, but i doubt thats enough. If i do in fact need a power amp, what is a good one to buy?

3) how can i bypass the pre-amp on my mesa/boogie and just use the pod xt? if i do this, will i still be able to use the volume control on the amp, or will i need a power amp

4) if i decide not to bypass the pre-amp, can i turn all the tone controls on the amp to 0 and just use the pod for tone stuff, and the amp for volume stuff?

thanx alot guys!!!

Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 7:33 pm
by SS
Good call; I've been working with a PODxt for the last 3 weeks or so, and it's going well.

As for your questions: I believe the official online tone locker for Line 6 is at customtones.com - you should find a link for that right off of the Line 6 site.

Power amp; no, not required when going right into a PA. Set your output as high as possible without clipping the PA, as this will maintain your best signal-to-noise ratio.

To bypass the preamp of you Boogie, just go OUT from the PODxt into the Effects Return of the amp's effects loop. Then you can use the master volume of the amp, and the rest will be handled by the PODxt - but, mind that it's likely that, if there's a 'verb on the amp, it is almost certainly POST effects loop, so either turn its level all the way down, or use it instead of the PODxt's reverb... don't want to double up on that and wind up at the far end of a cavern... =]

As for 'neutral' on the Boogie's tone controls, you will likely find that '12-o'clock' is more neutral, but that depends on the tone block structure of your particular amp. I'd try 12, though (that is to say, at '5', or '50%)...

Hope this helps.
I'll soon make available a couple of early home-recorded tests with my PODxt... quite neat. I've been using a POD 2.x for the last three years or so, prior to this move.

Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 8:07 pm
by Ryan Layton
thanks alot dude!

what are some patches that you find useful?

Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:58 am
by Ryan Layton
on customtone.com is there any way that i can listen to samples of the patches before i download them? i dont want to download a ton of stuff that i'll eventually hate.

Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:37 pm
by ChopVai
theres no samples you can hear (i dont think), They are small files anyway,

all ya do is just download em, and oepn em up in GuitarPort or Edit and you hear em thru there. you dont have to save the ones you dont like on your pod, only the ones you do :):)

I bought my podxt last week, and its an awesome little machine :D :D

Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:50 pm
by SS
You're welcome...

As for patches - I use my ears and just dig in there, creating my own. I sifted through the presets and found some tones that were leaning in the right direction, and either noted certain elements of them and started from there, or found my own way to them again from a blank preset. I have spent a lot of time just going through all of the amps and cabs and mics and such... Keeping in mind that I got all of the Model Packs, so there are a LOT of amps to go through, many of which are, to me, going to be quite useful. You have to be ready to experiment... there's a lot going on in there.

Did your unit come with the 2.01 firmware, or do you have to flash it to get it there?

Oh, and recordings...
Here's a link below: click on the Music folder, and there's a couple of MP3s on there to you can listen to. The 'Nuno' one was the second day I had the PODxt - the other one was just a downloaded track labelled as being 'Kotzen' (I don't know if it's actually one of Richie's songs or not) that I home-recorded live takes of on my computer with a wave editor (not actual recording software) - that was the 3rd.
Path was guitar (Jem777LNG for 'Nuno' and UV777BK for 'Kotzen') into PODxt, and straight into the computer. Nothing professional... keep that in mind. =]
'Kotzen' demonstrates the inbuilt Wah some.
=]

The link: Click on the 'Music' folder; there you'll find the tracks

Enjoy...