Line 6: POD X3 Pro and other new products

It is now possible to preorder three of these new products with expected shipping dates revealed.

Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor Line 6 POD X3 Pro price check
Estimated shipping date: October 27, 2008.
Ben’s best guess street price: $700
Line 6 M13 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Line 6 M13 price check
Estimated shipping date: July 25, 2008 Shipping
Ben’s best guess street price: $500
Line 6 JM4 Looper Guitar Effects Pedal Silver Line 6 JM4 price check
Estimated shipping date: July 9, 2008 Shipping
Ben’s best guess street price: $325.

Line 6 POD X3 Pro

To the surprise of no one and the anticipation of many, Line 6 have made the POD X3 Pro a public reality. With the already top notch features of POD X3 Live many were left wondering how Line 6 could outdo themselves and offer enough extra bang to make the extra buck worth it. Here are the highlights of what Line 6 have done over and above the X3 Live and X3 bean.

  • Dual XLR inputs. You can now run two vocals, or vocals along with a miked acoustic guitar. Each with its own fully independent processing chain.
  • Phantom power on the XLR inputs.
  • Low cut filters for the XLR inputs.
  • Variax digital input (X3 Live has this too).
  • Two 1/4″ instrument inputs (X3 Live relied on an aux input for a second instrument). Each with its own fully independent processing chain.
  • Two 1/4″ dry outputs (unprocessed guitar suitable for reamping).
  • S/PDIF input.
  • AES/EBU digital input and output.
  • Effects Loop (X3 Live also has this).

I think the biggest additions are the dual XLR input channels with phantom power. Is this worth the extra few hundred dollars it will cost? Only you can decide. If you have been dreaming of a single unit to replace your TonePort UX2, and a pair of POD XTs, then POD X3 Pro is the realization of those dreams.Ben’s best guess POD X3 Pro street price: $700

Line 6 POD X3 Pro front

Line 6 POD X3 Pro back

More info at the Line 6 POD X3 Pro product page.

Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor Line 6 POD X3 Pro price checkTentatively set to ship around September 22, 2008. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one slips a little, but you never know. It is certainly worth waiting for them to work out all the kinks before shipping it. How close did I get on my projected street price?

Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler

This pedal looks huge, but is reportedly not much bigger than two of Line 6’s other pedals put together. The effects modeling of Line 6 has been such a success that they have been able to launch a full line of small and deluxe pedals based on their technology. This unit wraps almost all of their modeled effects into one box with a trademark ultra configurable Line 6 signal chain. You can mix any of Line 6’s effects models in any order you want, and even set up a sampling looper that can be placed in the background so you still have four effects slots to fill. In a performance situation the M13 Stompbox Modeler is designed to work like an integrated pedal board. Each of the configured effects has a dedicated screen, dedicated knobs (no menus to wade through) and dedicated on/off switches.Ben’s best guess M13 street price: $500

Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler front

Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler back

More info at the Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler product page.

Line 6 M13 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Line 6 M13 price checkExpect this one to ship around July 25, 2008. My predicted street price turned out to be right on the money.

Line 6 Lowdown bass amps

The Line 6 Lowdown bass amp product line has reached a level of success that demands a wider variety of selection. The core preamp features basically the same amp and effects models as the other Lowdown products. The new features take the form of additional configurations.

  • Line 6 Lowdown LD400 Pro is a new bass combo amp with 2×10″ speaker configuration and 400 watts of power. The LD400 also has a speaker output for use with an external speaker cabinet.Best guess LD400 street price: $700 Line 6 LD400 Pro product page
  • Line 6 Lowdown HD400 is a 400 watt bass head capable of driving two external speaker cabinets.Best guess HD400 street price: $550 Line 6 HD400 product page
  • Line 6 Lowdown HD750 is a 750 watt bass head capable of driving two external speaker cabinets.Best guess HD750 street price: $700 Line 6 HD750 product page

Line 6 JM4 Looper

The JM4 Looper is seems to basically be Spider Jam in a stompbox. It features integrated amp and effects modeling which is basically the preamp/effects unit of a Spider III amplifier. The included jam along section features 100 or so loops, rhythms, and drum tracks to play over. These aren’t your run of the mill midi tracks played through a cheap GM synth. These are full audio loops recorded by professional studio musicians. With nearly a half hour of internal recording capability and an SD card slot to export to your computer, this is a tool you can use to lay down riff ideas not matter where you might be when inspiration strikes. While the unit includes an XLR microphone input, there is no evidence of it including any preamp models or ability to record guitar and vocals simultaneously.Ben’s best guess JM4 street price: $325

Line 6 JM4 Looper front

Line 6 JM4 Looper back

More information is at the Line 6 JM4 Looper product page.

Line 6 JM4 Looper Guitar Effects Pedal Silver Line 6 JM4 price checkLooks like the release date is pushed back to July 9, 2008. I also got pretty close with my predicted street price of $325.

Line 6 are definitely looking out for the needs of the home recording studio owner.    

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6 Responses to “Line 6: POD X3 Pro and other new products”

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  1. Joseph says:

    Hey Ben. According to the Line 6 site, it sounds like this thing is a Spider III in a pedal with recording and vocal features added on: 200+ artist presets, 150+ song presets, 36 user programmable presets, 12 amp models with 2 voicings each, 3 modulation effects, 3 echo/delay effects, and reverb, integrated tuner, and vocal & aux inputs, each with separate 3 band EQ, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb. This comes directly from the JM4 specs page: http://www.line6.com/jm4looper/specs.html

  2. bvesco says:

    As stated in the original post, it’s more like a Spider Jam in a pedal. The preamp does match the Spider III but the product as a whole is a Spider Jam. Spider Jam is already an augmented Spider III. Check out the product page for Spider Jam and you will see even more similarities between that and JM4 than between JM4 and Spider III.
    http://www.line6.com/spiderjam/specs.html

  3. Greg says:

    The M13 looks extremely interesting! Aside from the looper, I wonder what advantages it offers over using an X3Live strictly for effects?

    And you forgot to mention the Bogner Alchemist! ;-)

  4. bvesco says:

    The main thing M13 gives above something like X3 for effects is the configuration. You can move the effects around in any order and keep them stereo through the whole signal path. I’m also wondering if it might be possible to use more than one of a particular class of effect. For instance, two mods and two distortions. Maybe. We won’t know until the manual comes out.

    I didn’t forget the Bogner Alchemist. This is a post about Line 6’s new product offerings. The Alchemist has nothing to do with Line 6.

  5. K says:

    On the Musician’s Friend website you linked the release date for The POD X3 Pro has changed to 10-27-2008. Are they having trouble fine tuning it or they adding new things to compete woth the Boss GT-10?

  6. bvesco says:

    Absolutely right you are about the release date. I’ll make that correction. I don’t really have any inside information about the delay in release date, sorry!