Recording With POD X3 Live: Teddy K. Bares All

By Teddy Kumpel

Time is money for busy New York guitarist Teddy Kumpel. And when he’s in the recording studio, his time needs to be spent recording guitar tracks, not fiddling amp knobs. Teddy relies on Line 6 gear to record great tone and meet his deadlines.

I played guitar on a record for Saul Zonana called Blue Monkey and we used the POD® X3 Live to track guitars (we didn't want guitars bleeding into the drum mics). We thought we'd replace everything with real amps later. Guess what: the sounds were killing and we kept most of what was done through the POD X3 Live. (In fact the only reason we replaced anything was for performance, not sound.) All the overdubs were done with the POD X3 Live as well. So much for lugging amps to the studio.

I do a lot of soundtrack guitar playing with a film composer named Alex Wurman (Anchorman, March of the Penguins, Taladega Nights). I use the Variax® acoustic and POD X3 Live together to create a myriad of textures and odd instrumental doublings. I often find myself saying things like, "A little metal dobro with your slide banjo? No problem. You want me to play that on an old archtop with a mic on the neck and a mandola down the octave? Not a problem.”

With Variax® Workbench™ software you can get some amazing sounds out of the Variax, and throwing it through a POD X3 Live afterwards yields excellent professional-sounding results.

Right now, in my home studio, I'm mixing a record with Tony Scherr (Willie Nelson, Bill Frisell) by a great band called Ursa Minor. It was recorded in a project studio that produced pretty thin bass results. We fired up the POD X3 Live and auditioned a bunch of bass amps and are so amazed at the results we just want to put all the bass through it. POD X3 Live is an amazing piece of kit.