Line 6 POD XT Live Review

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Pros: Great authentic sounds and superb versatility make the XT Live an exceptional floorboard modeler.
Cons: Any chance of making it a bit smaller or even a little lighter, guys?
Overall: Everything the gigging guitarist could ever need in a floorboard.

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Coming from the company that made the groundbreaking POD, the Pod XT Live is a natural progression from the classic kidney bean unit to a floorboard unit, while removing the need for a separate floor controller along the way. Mind you, what we’re left with is still a fairly hefty device and probably as heavy as most practice amps. But, for what you get for your money, it’s very much worth it.

Ready to Rock?
Basic editing is straightforward enough with the XT Live. Learning to control some of the board’s features, however, such as those involving the output mode, was a bit more difficult. Having said that, the XT Live is pretty much ‘plug and play’. The onboard presets didn’t immediately awe us, but it took very little tweaking to get them working nicely through a valve-laden Laney combo.

Once we got used to the interface, we focused on getting some real nice tones out of this beast and it did little wrong. The amp modeling was superb with each model coming across with its own identity and surprisingly close to the real thing, especially when using a valve amp. In fact, we could barely tell the difference between the tweaked amp models on the XT Live and the real thing. Although once we went direct to mixer, you could hear the digital aspect kicking in. Mind you, in is a live setting, this shouldn’t be much of an issue to anyone apart from the pickiest guitarist.

Tone quality is superb and there is a huge amount of versatility in both the effects and the EQing of those effects. From country and western to metal and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Combined with the Line 6 Edit software and a computer, as well as one on Line 6’s guitar software packages such as Pod Farm, the ease of manipulating patches and creating sounds is simply incredible. And just to make it even easier, there’s an online library of downloadable tones created by Pod XT enthusiasts to enhance your own presets.

If there were one negative thing we could say about the XT Live, it would be that there simply aren’t enough blank patches to save all your presets on. That’s a pity because once you start creating presets on this; you won’t want to delete them!

Hard to Beat
Quite simply, this is another world-class floorboard from the company that, arguably, began digital remodeling. A lot of thought has gone into the XT Live in order to differentiate the unit from all the copycat modelers out there and it has paid huge dividends for Line 6. The XT Live is the jewel in their crown. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more versatile, professional sounding unit anywhere.

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4 thoughts on “Line 6 POD XT Live Review

  1. superb processor.very easy to handle and very powerful on stage while performing
    100 points to line6.wherever i perform my tones are always appriciated.more excited when i connect jtv89f guitar by line6.thank you line6 team.

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    • Hope you don’t mind me asking, but what is your live setup? I am going to use mine live plugged into my Blackstar amp.

      How do you recommend I connect it?


  2. My experience has been the exact opposite of all that I read here. Very hard to program and it is totally user-unfriendly. Impossible to use onstage because everything is stored in layers and you have do a dance on the pedals and then scroll to access a specific layer and only then can you SCROLL and SEARCH for the effect you need. You have to be able to remember WHAT LAYER THE EFFECT IS IN TOO and perform a magic act to adjust anything. That would be OK the way they designed it intending for everything to be pre-set but to use it you have to program the pre-sets to conform to a song list, being that you would be using “that effect” on “that song” and so-on. You would then have to use the same list at every gig, or re-program the entire rig before or during any usage. It never goes that way at the gig at which you have to read the crowd and play songs they dig. All this changes by the minute. The usable effects and sounds are very few with mostly unusable hokey joke samplings. You cannot make any quality adjustments to any setting without making a fool of yourself in front of the crowd, not being able to read the tiny screen visuals and you end-up appearing to be the only guy onstage that scored any Meth before the gig, frantic and distraught, bent down over it in the dark. If you turn on the wah-wah effect there is no stomp switch to turn it off and it stays on making it extremely difficult or impossible to get through the layers to convert to the pedal/volume effect. It is embarrassingly ridiculous. With stomp boxes you just quickly reach down and make fine adjustments, any way you want. There is no way that this beats having individual Boss and Ibanez pedals, a volume pedal and a wah-wah pedal, all of which can run on batteries as well which makes them very convenient. There is no hum or buzz in DC battery power like there always is any time AC is involved, no matter what. You can’t use the POD XT Live to record because it is FULL of internal and line noise and the wah-wah squeaks when you use it. Come on. All of the reverbs suck, the equalizer is inaccessible and the TS808 emulator bears no resemblance. Virtually ALL of the single stomp boxes out there sound much better than the Line 6 “clone” (clown) noises. I guarantee you will not see ANY serious pro out there using this board. I never have. The Boss pedal board is somewhat superior but has the same or similar issues. All of the home studios are constructed in the exact same manner (everything buried in layers) which renders them largely useless. Ibanez, Sony, Panasonic, Nakamichi, and Yamaha are JAPANESE. There is not even ONE famous CHINESE company. What’s up, China? The only thing the Chinese can do even today, is to try to copy the accomplishments of others out in the real world.
    Sorry guys. I am really surprised. You’re letting me down here.

  3. Hi Winnie. Hope you see this even though it’s been a year since your comment. I would like to say I personally started music at the age of 6. I am now 67. I had 2 GNX 3’s and struggled with them for around 5 years, only to get rid of them. I picked up an XTLive, and couldn’t be happier. I’ve had many compliments on my tone with both guitar and electric violin. I know another professional that also uses one. He is quite well known from his 11 years playing bass for Paul Rogers and Bad Co. Lynn Sorensen. Just letting you know that there are pros out here that do use this unit. Now, as for your dilemma re patches/banks. what I’ve done is break down my songs that are done fairly regularly, figured out which ‘sounds I use on them and ‘tie them’ together. When I have several songs that I do use basically the same sounds for I will set up a bank with those sounds, from A-D. then I go to the next group and do the same thing. I’ve done it in such a way that the sounds I need are easy to find. Yes there will be a bit of memorization for that, but in the end, it becomes quite easy. All I’ve ever needed amp wise, I have in a Tiny Terror with 1-12 cab. IF I even take my amp to a gig, I always mic it, so I don’t worry about being heard, and even without mic’ing it, in most gigs I have more than enough volume to still be heard. When my mates have their large Marshalls, or what have you, then I will either mic the amp OR go straight into the board and I am set. I hope that there is some info here that works for you. I live my POD XTLive. Best to you.

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