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POD Patches – Guitar World (April 2008)

Every month I try to write some cool POD patches to go along with my subscription to Guitar World. I authored these patches on my POD X3 Live but you can use them on any Line 6 device or any other modeler that has appropriate amp models. Boss GT-8, V-Amp, Digitech modelers, you name it, you can probably type these and and make them sound pretty cool. This month I got to play around a bit with Amplitube 2 and Guitar Rig 3 so there are some sound samples and patches for those modelers as well. Which do you think sound best?I have also uploaded a bundle you can use to load the tones into your X3 using version 1.23 of Line 6 Monkey. I did some sound samples so you can hear the patches in action.

Van Halen – Little Dreamer

Sound clips
Van Halen - Van Halen - Little Dreamer
POD X3 with track without track
Gearbox   without track
Amplitube 2 with track without track
Guitar Rig 3 with track without track
  • Output: Match/studio direct, amps panned at 9 and 3 o’clock
  • Amp 1 Gate: Threshold -60dB, Decay 0%
  • Amp 1: 1968 Plexi Variac’d (Marshall Super Lead), Room 80%, Cab 4×12 Celestion V30, Mic SM57 off axis
  • Amp 1 Controls: Bass 50%, Mid 100%, Treble 95%, Presence 90%, Drive 82%, Volume 92%
  • Amp 1 Reverb: Cavernous, Predelay 0%, Decay 22%, Tone 35%, Mix 43%, Config Post

Pulling up the variac plexi model put this sound 90% there. I probably spent more time tweaking the reverb than the guitar amp. The reverb was tricky to get close to the original recording. I’m not certain I nailed it, but I am happy with the results.

Ibanez UV777 Electric Guitar Black
Ibanez UV777 price check

I used my ’98 Ibanez Universe on the Little Dreamer clips. This is my go to guitar for almost everything. This guitar just feels right.
DiMarzio Blaze 7-String Bridge Pickup Black
DiMarzio Blaze price check

My guitar has the stock Dimarzio Blaze pickups.

Soundgarden – Pretty Noose

Sound clips
Soundgarden - Down on the Upside - Pretty Noose
POD X3 with track without track
Gearbox   without track
Amplitube 2 with track without track
Guitar Rig 3 with track without track
  • Output: Match/studio direct, amps panned at 9 and 3 o’clock
  • Amp 1 Gate: Threshold -80dB, Decay 0%
  • Amp 1: 1968 Brit Plexi Bass 100 (Marshall Super Bass), Room 0%, Cab 4×12 Green 25’s, Mic SM57 off axis
  • Amp 1 Controls: Bass 3%, Mid 76%, Treble 43%, Presence 0%, Drive 63%, Volume 94%
  • Amp 1 Reverb: Tiled Room, Predelay 0%, Decay 36%, Tone 9%, Mix 30%, Config Post
  • Amp 2 Gate: Threshold -80dB, Decay 0%
  • Amp 2: 1969 Brit Plexi Lead 200 (Marshall Major), Room 0%, Cab 4×12 Green 25’s, Mic 421 dynamic mic
  • Amp 2 Controls: Bass 85%, Mid 79%, Treble 44%, Presence 0%, Drive 100%, Volume 73%
  • Amp 2 Reverb: Small Room, Predelay 0%, Decay 63%, Tone 23%, Mix 26%, Config Post

This tone is very sludgy. Even though most of my research indicated Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil used Mesa Boogie amps on this album, the combination of Marshalls just sounded more right to me. How close did I get?

Dean ML Electric Guitar with Matching Headstock Metallic White Dean ML price check
I used my 7-string Dean ML for Pretty Noose. The tuning is C-G-C-G-G-E (the 7th string was tuned to A, but not played on these clips).
DiMarzio Tone Zone Guitar Pickup Black Regular
Dimarzio Tone Zone price check
My Dean ML has a Tone Zone 7 in the bridge position. This pickup is wired directly to the output jack.

Gearbox Patch files for Line 6 products

The sound clips on this page were all recorded direct using my POD X3 Live with no post processing. What you hear is what you get direct out of POD X3. Additional clips were recorded by taking a simultaneous dry out from POD X3 and processing it with Amplitube 2, Guitar Rig 3 and Gearbox plugins.

Line 6 POD X3 Live
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Line 6 POD X3 LIVE Guitar Multi-Effect Pedal
Line 6 POD X3
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Line 6 POD X3 Guitar Multi Effect Processor
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2 Electric Guitar Amplifier and Effects Modeling Plug-in Software

Amplitube 2
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Native Instruments GUITAR RIG 3 Software Edition

Guitar Rig 3
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15 replies on “POD Patches – Guitar World (April 2008)”

Nice. I have the Ibanez UV777 too!!! Had it since 1999, and it is my one and only……….

Very cool. Hey, I notice that you rarely (never?) seem to use EQ settings. I find myself spending the majority of my time screwing with EQ. Is that what I’m doing wrong?

Second Question:

What’s your process for tweaking nobs. Do you do some kind of re-amping majic or something? For me, it’s difficult becuase I play a littte. Stop. Twist a knob. Play a little. Stop. Twist a knob. Save it, becuase I want to A\B it against some other patch. Come back. Play. Twist a knob.

Bottom line, pretty soon, I’m so turned around I don’t know which end is up anymore. I’ve been toying with buying a loop pedal, so I could have a single riff that plays continuousy, and I can make subtle changes looking for sweet spots. Do you do something like that? Can something like that be done in the X3…without an external pedal?

Thats what i’ll be doing this weekend……yey! Have you tinkered with impulses before?

Not too much. In spite of my serious reliance on and love for technology, I’m a pretty traditional gearhead. I don’t like to futz with the science too much. Twist some knobs, get a sound, and rock! Impulses are VERY cool, I just don’t favor them for my own workflow.

Hi Ben,

I love the all the work you do around the PODX3 sound !!!

I just have a question : how can i try to copy the sound of eddie van halen on the cd called : for unlawful carnal knowledge ???

I don’t know how you do but the sound is a thing extremly complicated…

Thanks for answering me … I am alone in France…


with all your test, what is the verdict ? which one is the best ?

gearbox , amplitube 2 or guitar rig 3 ? Can all they works together ?

There is no such thing as which one is best. There is only which one is best for *you* personally. I can’t answer that question. I try to provide tools that help you think for yourself. I don’t like software amp simulator plugins myself. I much prefer plugging into my POD directly and recording the guitar. I’d rather make decisions and keep the creativity flowing than get mired in a sea of re-amping indecision. That is just my opinion.

Presently i have toneport, its cool. the sound is really good in my headphone. but when i listen by my studio monitors (Event reference 6) i’m always disappointed. it lacks something. i’m sure that with an amplifier it with be better but i cant afford it right now. Maybe a subwoofer could help, i should try. if you have any clues that could help, would be appreciated. thanks

You should be able to get the same type of sound through your studio monitors as headphones. Your headphones probably have a lot more high end though so you may be missing that sizzle.

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