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X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by Beacheshome on 2010-02-08 12:02:15

I'm about to purchase an extension cab for my Flextone iii plus and I wanted to ask what the best cabling method would be to connect my X3 live to the Flextone amp, in order to take advantage of the stereo effects and dual channel tone capabilities on the X3. I'm assuming I'll be able to route the X3 live to drive tone one through left speaker and tone two to right speaker etc. Also, I'm fine to use the X3 live for amp modelling and effects so bypassing the Flextones modelling capabilities would be fine.



RE: X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by ricksox on 2010-02-09 14:29:22

Hello,

If this was my setup, I'd dial in a flat, clean tone on the Flextone as there is no true bypass.

Plug the left analog output of the POD into the Guitar Input of your Flextone.

Remember that all of your stereo effects will still be summed to mono. The only way you can have a true stereo image is if you were plugging into the amp itself in stereo.

Line6Miller



Re: RE: X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by Beacheshome on 2010-02-27 08:28:56

I really wasn't sure what I could expect with the combination of my Flextone III amp and a POD X3 Live combined with a separate stereo extension cabinet, Your reply left me thinking I'd made a mistake and bought too much gear that wouldn't really work together, but I am ECSTATIC TO REPORT THAT IT DOES WORK. In fact, it works so well I can barely believe my ears. All of the effects and dual tone sounds run in true stereo. It is literally, the exact same sound that I'm getting with a great pair of stereo headphones plugged directly into the X3 Live.

I've connected my guitar to the the Pod X3 guitar input. The Pod X3 Live to the Flextone's L/R effects return, (using the Pod's 1/4" L/R outputs).

I have a dummy plug in the Flextone's amp input and an extension speaker cabinet running from the R channel speaker out on the Flextone III.

I can control the Flextone via the volume control, but the amp's tone controls, amp and cab models and effects are disabled. (Exactly what I wanted).

Now I control all of the amp and cab models, effects, stereo settings etc. on the X3 Live. THE RESULT IS UNBELIEVABLE!

Can you please explain what I've done with this configuration? Have I bypassed the Flextone's preamp and models etc?? It certainly sounds like it.

Anyway, LINE 6 -- you guys have really nailed it - thank you!!



Re: RE: X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by roblof on 2010-02-28 01:49:43

The fx-return is routed after the flex pre-amp. If you visualize it, you can say that it's more or less connected directly to the flex power-amp.

Please remember that if you have the stereo version  you need to make sure that both speakers are sounding (connect to both fx-returns) otherwise you'll loose some sound (at least on my flex-II).

Also, try to search for the 4-cable medhod (4-cm) in this forum. This may give you better control as well, especialy when connected to an 'analog' amp.



Re: RE: X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by Beacheshome on 2013-02-05 13:12:33

The POD XT was good, but I ended up selling it because it took way too much effort to set up and my band hated the amount of time I spent trying to balance out volume levels between channels. The M13 is light years ahead of the POD.



Re: RE: X3 Live with Flextone iii and a stereo extension cab
by TheRealZap on 2013-02-05 13:54:54

the M13 effects are now in the new pod HD's




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