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    using X3 live as a midi controller for a third party VST

    1. Thanks for suggesting, but I just tried it out and Tone 2 Lock is just to stop Tone 2 from changing when you load a new preset. I figured when I wrote the OP that the chances of #3 being possible were about 25%, chances of #1 & #2 about 2%, lol. It never hurts to ask, though. It makes the X3 less desirable as a midi controller than I was thinking because only five of the 12 momentary switches are usable for that purpose, but maybe 5 is enough for me.
  2. On the X3 Live...when both lights WAH an VOL are lit up, I'm in Tweak mode, but regardless of what I set tweak to control for the current tone (via the System screen), the pedal does not affect it that setting (or any setting). Why? Does anyone out there have an X3 with a tweak mode that is operational or is that broken for everyone? The pedal controls Wah and Volume just fine, and sends out appropriate Midi signals too. I noticed someone in another thread complaining about the same problem with an FBV, but no one replied to that topic. On the System screen, it says my X3's Flash Memory Version=2.01 and USB Firmware Version=1.02 EDIT: Okay, my pedal tweak works after all. I learned two things: 1) the pedal tweak will not change the values you can manually set (and change via knobs), so, for example, if you set the pedal tweak to reverb volume and you move the pedal up and down, you will not see the reverb mix setting change dynamically the way you would if you were turning a knob for that setting. 2) The pedal tweak will only alter the % of whatever you've manually set for the value you're tweaking. For example, if you've manually set the reverb mix to 2%, then the tweak pedal will only vary between 0% (when it is up) and 2% (when it is down), not 0-100%. If you manually set the reverb mix to 67%, then the tweak pedal will vary from 0-67%. I'm sure Line6 did it this way because they didn't want "pedal tweaked" settings to be saved when you choose to save the preset.
  3. Is there a way to make Tone 2 button not switch between tone 1 & 2 (for example, so that it does nothing)? I realize you can "Hold for dual", but even in dual tone mode, Tone 2 button will change the off/on state of the Stomp/Mod/Delay/Comp, and I don't want that. Is there a way to make switches A/B/C/D stop changing patches (so that they do nothing)? A/B/C/D also changes the off/on state of Stomp/Mod/Delay/Comp, which I don't want. Any way to output dry signal form x3 live via analog? I only know of the S/PDIF and USB methods for outputting dry signal. FYI, using an analog out (not S/PDIF or USB), I want to be able to use the X3 as just an amp model and not change any of its settings (so that its momentary switches are unneeded), but then put a midi-enabled effects VST (3rd party) after the X3 in the signal chain and have the X3's momentary switches still send out midi on/off to control the VST. This is why I want the X3's momentary switches to turn only their own light on/off and to not affect the lights of any other switches.
  4. I'm somewhat layman in my understanding of this stuff, so bear with me if I seem confused. And sorry I've got so many questions. I'll be happy just to get some of them answered. 1) Do the x3 Live's balanced XLR outputs do what an active DI box does? UPDATE: The best official spec sheet I've found is this, and it's incomplete. http://line6.com/media/ips/uploads//monthly_08_2013/ccs-1070239-0-58043700-1376440351.jpg But apparently some user did some investigating and came up with these additional specs. http://www.benvesco.com/blog/the-digital-age/2007/pod-x3-specs-revealed/ 2) Do the XLR direct L&R outs supply a.)somewhat preamped signal? b.) lower impedance than the signal coming from my passive guitar pickups? I've read that this is what an active DI box does, yet the outputs are intended for XLR mic inputs on the mixing board, and mic level is even lower than instrument or -10 to +4 dB line level...which is seemingly the exact opposite of being preamped, so I'm confused about this. UPDATE: As for b.), yes, almost surely. As for the preamping confusion, "Mixing-console mic inputs in a live-sound context typically expect to handle signal levels from maybe as low as -55dBu, up to about +5dBu.", whereas passive guitar pickups might only get as high as 0dBu, so although mic level is normally low, it can be higher than instrument level too. 3) I've read that using a balanced line (before and after amplification?) will eliminate AC ground loop hum, so shouldn't every guitarist do this as a failsafe, even though there are other ways to prevent ground loop hum? ...rather than using the 1/4" outs that aren't balanced with no DI box. UPDATE: In addition to the balanced advantage, passive DIs apparently provide some reduction of ground loop hum because they use transformers that literally break the signal path (galvanic isolation), so the ground loop is broken. https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/prepare-di 4) What about the 1/4" outputs, and what level do they send at? UPDATE: They send at line level or instrument level, depending on what the "Line Out Level" switch is set to. If I use the 1/4" outputs to send to a physical combo amp and I turn the X3 Live's Amp and Cab emulation off by manually switching both to the off state, does that achieve the same thing as choosing "Combo Front" for the X3's 1/4" Outputs setting, or does it achieve the same thing as the "Combo Pwramp" setting instead...or neither? 5) With regard to using a different amp simulation VST that is not the X3's (running on a computer), yet using the X3 as an analog input device (so not using its USB capabilty) into that computer... and therefore needing to first send my guitar signal into a computer's audio interface... the audio interface is of course made to accept unadulterated instrument level signal straight from a guitar. But I once had a Zoom c5.1t fx pedal that had a built in tube\solid state preamp. And I liked how this c5.1t shaped the sound with its preamps, so assuming my ears and my taste are good, shouldn't it be a good thing to look for something to similarly preamp my guitar's clean signal before it reaches the amp simulation VST, to help it out a little so that I'm starting with a good base sound? I'm questioning if I could use the X3 in a similar manner as how I once used the c5.1t as a preamp (sending via either 1/4" or via balanced XLR outputs). Wouldn't it also reduce noise a bit by making the signal hotter earlier in the signal chain?
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    X3 Live's stomp switch capabilities

    Two questions on the X3 Live's stomp switches capabilities... Is there any situation in which the Bank Up/Bank Down footswitches do something other than only change banks? For example, going up and down consecutively between all presets, regardless of bank, such that pressing the Up switch takes you straight from preset 31D to preset 32A in one single stomp. ...or anything, really, other than what they do now. My main concern is obviously about making those switches more useful, but my secondary concern is using the X3's midi out, because those Bank Up/Bank Down switches send zero midi signal out, so as far as midi on my PC's host DAW goes, they don't even exist. If I'm not using the X3's onboard sounds, I'd love to make those switches into something other than shiny, but functionless, pieces of chrome. Similar question about the A\B\C\D switches... Is there ever a situation in which the A\B\C\D switches do something other than select the current bank's 1-4 presets? I get the impression that the xt live would've helped me here if I'd bought that instead, because it has a "manual mode" that changes the A\B\C\D functions, but Line 6 seems to have removed this feature from the X3. With regard to midi, they do at least send out Program Change midi, but CC midi is more useful for turning on/off effects in a software VST running in my DAW.
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