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post Nov 9 2008, 05:27 PM
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Hello, since it is nearing my birthday and the holidays, I was planing on spending most of my money on pedals and such for my amp, but i was wondering if a Line 6 POD Live would be easier to use

The thing is that the recent Line 6 products I have tried to sound way too digital, But I was thinking that maybe the POD XT Live was different

thanks in advance
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post Nov 9 2008, 05:30 PM
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Pod xt live sounds better but still digital. Remember:

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post Nov 9 2008, 06:09 PM
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I use the POD X3 Live and it really doesnt sound digital if you spend time on it, In fact I like it better than most amps that are $2000 or more.

Thats just me though, I recommend the POD X3 Live if your willing to spend alot of time with it. Took me almost a year to find the tone I wanna keep for good lol
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post Nov 9 2008, 06:10 PM
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thanks for the reply

by any chance would you happen to know a good pedalboard?, I was looking at this one since its cheap, http://www.guitarcenter.com/Musicians-Gear...336-i1387238.gc
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post Nov 10 2008, 11:11 AM
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QUOTE (megadeth1117 @ Nov 9 2008, 06:10 PM) *
thanks for the reply

by any chance would you happen to know a good pedalboard?, I was looking at this one since its cheap, http://www.guitarcenter.com/Musicians-Gear...336-i1387238.gc


I would go with pedals definitly...You will get a high quality sound so its always a better option in comparison to a modeling unit...You can match all the different pedals/brands to make your own sound...And you can always expand that setup..
These are my tips - good guitar + good amp (use distortion from the amp mainly(use pedals only for boosting etc))+good set of pedal effects and you should have a good live/studio sound...

Here is a pedalboard that I use and couldn't be happier with it :

BOSS BCB-60 - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Boss-BCB-60-Pe...852-i1124522.gc

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I`ve used both, and to be honest I think the Pod XT live sounds great "live" and through an amp, one huge advantage though with pedals is that its easy quick tweaking if the sound you want isnt quite right, quite often at different venues etc your sound will seem to be different, I find with the pedals its so quick to just turn a few dials to get the sound how you want it.

I spent quite some time with the POD programming patches etc at home that sounded dreadful at volume at band rehearsals but was a bit of a pain to play around with the patches, in the end I switched back to pedals full time and I`m much happier with the set up that way.

I sill use the POD XT at home for recording etc though smile.gif


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post Nov 10 2008, 12:06 PM
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QUOTE (Smells @ Nov 10 2008, 11:38 AM) *
I`ve used both, and to be honest I think the Pod XT live sounds great "live" and through an amp, one huge advantage though with pedals is that its easy quick tweaking if the sound you want isnt quite right, quite often at different venues etc your sound will seem to be different, I find with the pedals its so quick to just turn a few dials to get the sound how you want it.

I spent quite some time with the POD programming patches etc at home that sounded dreadful at volume at band rehearsals but was a bit of a pain to play around with the patches, in the end I switched back to pedals full time and I`m much happier with the set up that way.

I sill use the POD XT at home for recording etc though smile.gif


Did you use POD just for effects like delay , chorus etc or did you use its amp/cab modeling as well in a "live" situation through an amp...? How did it sound in comparison to using amps distortion and pedals setup?

I think multieffects unit can sound live pretty well if used only for such effects as delay, chorus,flanger etc...But I heard a lot of bands play live (small bands) and all of them who used multieffects processor units sounded thin/digital and kinda bad...That is maybe because they were using amps that they are not so familiar with (and its pretty hard to make patch on a go in a live situation that will suit the amp well)...Pedals are very easy to use on the other hand and will provide you with a high quality sound (if you buy good pedals of course)....

I would recommend these options :

1. if you just play at home then get a multieffects unit (with some recording capabilities).Will do a great job for practicing and home demo recording..And it should be cheaper than pedals...
2. if you play live it may be better to build a custom pedal board setup.It will be much easier to use and will sound better definitly..


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POD XT Live is definitely not a device you wanna use "live". The sound quality is not that great, and although it is a pricey unit, it is a still digital modeling unit that smears the analog signal and kills dynamics.
Not even Roland V88 (which is the best digital modeling unit I've played with, and PODs and Boss GT10 are toys compared to it) isn't that suitable for live stuff - it still sounds digital.
Nevertheless there are still situations where people use digital units live. These units are often only effect units that are top notch, like TC Electronic or Rocktron rack FX units. Note they are mainly for effects - you still need compresion, wah, distortion externally.
People use these units if they play often, need to have a good preset at a flick of a switch, and don't want to bother to carry heavy pedalboards. But note that rack unit is still rack, and you need a controller, and you again need 2 hands for that. So with racks it's more of a comfor of pressing only one button and getting several effects at once.

With pedals the situation is a bit different, good pedals offer way better sound, for example all Boss pedals will give you better sound than POD XT Live, and Boss is only a "B" company of Roland. Good quality pedals are more expensive and way better. Now check out the price of POD and check out the price of all those effects in Boss pedals. Yes Boss pedals will be a lot more expensive and a lot more heavier! So with pedals, you kinda take only what you really need, you don't pay any extra effect that you don't want. Also people sometimes think that owning 5 pedals is a bit too small. I say - with some tweaking you can make dozens of cool presets with only 5 pedals, and they will all sound great. Problem with the pedals is also that you have to press them simultaneously if you need 2 different effects on/off. This is not a big problem, if you practice switching a bit, and pedals are lot more flexible for imediate tweaking, cause all the knobs are usually right there for you to tweak them, no presets, programming, storing, going through menus etc.

When it comes to recording at home, POD is way better then pedals, because you can plug it into the computer easily and just record. With pedals you need DI box, and although the sound will be often better than with POD, POD is more practical, and at home you need a fast practical all in one unit to use in your room, not a big clumsy pedalboard.

So if you need stuff for live performance, use the pedals, if you only record at home, use the POD.

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