Line 6 Amp Modelers


Helix DSP Allocations

Premium Helix Patches

Vesco’s Helix Patch Sorter

Helix Artist Tone Demos Playlist

Helix Tips and Tricks Playlist


POD HD500 first impressions

POD HD Tips and Tricks

POD X3 and POD XT era devices

New stuff! Check out the new BackTrack series of portable recorders coming soon from Line 6.

Release notes for POD X3 Pro, Lowdown amps, and looper station are here.

POD X3 Updates!

New Monkey, new flash memory, new firmware, new GEARBOX, new Workbench!! Read about it.

Take the test: can you tell the difference? (analogue vs. digital)

Take the test: can you tell the difference? (high sample rates)

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POD Tips and Tricks

Looking to get the most out of your POD? These articles cover some new ways to think about using your gear or just offer tips to use the old ways to do new things!

POD Patches

How do I get the sound of my favorite band/guitar player? This is the place to start. Though these are POD patches, you can use the amp settings on any modeler or even as a starting place for tweaking your actual amp.

POD X3 Factory Preset Lists

POD X3 did not come with a list of factory installed presets. I posted these pages as reference. The lists includes the amp model (or models) used for each patch. The list of song based presets include which particular artists each patch is based on.

Additional Line 6 Info

This information has a more technical side to it where the rest of the information on this page focuses on the practical use of your POD.

Other web sites of interest to Line 6 product owners

If you can’t get enough Line 6 info to keep you happy, check out these other great sites.

My Line 6 History

I have had a long and fulfilling relationship with the Line 6 POD series. I started off with the original bean back in 1998. POD XT came out in 2003 and I got one right away. The next step up was 2007 when I got my shiny POD X3 Live. As a bass player I have also owned and used a Bass POD and later a Bass POD XT. I used an ART X-15 Ultrafoot for controlling my early PODs but stepped up to the FBV Shortboard for my XT series units, but now I just use integrated X3 Live pedalboard. My computer gave thanks when I picked up a TonePort UX2 for it on Thanksgiving of 2005. You can hear Line 6 technology on almost every recording on this site and my personal site

21 replies on “Line 6 Amp Modelers”

For a very glassy sound I recommend starting with a higher gain patch than you think you need. Then turn your guitar volume all the way down and slowly turn it up until you just start to hear the sound. It will be a quite clean and quite glassy tone at that point. Also, for Chris Duarte’s guitar tone make sure to be rocking some single coil pickups!

I just purchased an X3 Live last week. I keep hearing about Gearbox, but when I try to download it from the Line 6 site, it says that I need to purchase a license, which doesn’t exist on the site. How do I get this?

I’ve tried loading your Lincoln Brewster patches into Gearbox, but it says that they are unsupported patch types. I was, however, able to load them into my X3 Live via Line 6 Monkey.

I would like to switch use 2 stomp boxes or 2 mod or delay effects within in one signal chain without using 2 tones blended, Is there any way of doing that on the X3 live? For instance, I want to use the metal zone distortion and a octave synth after it in the signal chain… thanks

Hey BenVesco,
I use a PodXT Live. Do you know which of your articles on the X3 could be used on the XT as well?

And I must say, your articles on mixing have changed my life :D

I am having problems getting ANY good tones out of my pod x3 live. sound clips and patches ppl have made sound great but when I put the exact same settings in MY pod it sounds rubbish. Any tone ALWAYS sounds slightly better thru headphones but when played through my power amp to monitors, the sound has to much treble or is too muddy. I have tried amps aswell and thats even worse! I am using a Jackson DK2 thru the pod thru a carlsboro powerline 300 and carlsboro EM10 monitors. I have heard some really great tones from the x3live but I must be doing something wrong here can you help me out??

yea both tones are set to match studio direct. I have tried all the settings before posting. im using the live outs from the back of the pod, would the xlr outputs give me a better sound??. the carslboro has unbalanced inputs and the xlr s are balanced, I have been told that because of this there was no point using xlr cables is that right? Any help you can give me would be really appriciated as im on the verge of giving up with the pod :(

just to clarify, the xlr s on the pod are balanced outputs, the carlsboro has unbalanced inputs. (lol but i suspect you already know that obe wan…)

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