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Connecting X3 Live to AX 212

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Hi!

 

I've been playing with my pre-used AX 212 for a while now and as much as I love the sound I am looking to get a used Pod X3 Live. Now.... If I use only X3L to get the sounds I want, which connection you guys recommend? Connecting X3 to AX212 guitar input or AUX input? Simply, I need to use the AX 212 only as a power amp.

 

Sound wise, is it better to create a patch as clean, dry and pure as possible and plug the X3L to "guitar input" or can I just plug the X3L to AUX and be sure the AX 212 works solely as a power amp?

 

This isn't obviously the ideal way of using the X3 Live as I don't get the sound out in stereo, but I need a reasonable solution for the time being before I can afford buying a "real" power amp and cabinet.

 

 

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Going in the front will probably suck, the aux input might be your best bet (I don't remember there being an FX loop for that amp). You should play around with the X3's output modes to see what sounds best too.

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Going in the front will probably suck, the aux input might be your best bet (I don't remember there being an FX loop for that amp). You should play around with the X3's output modes to see what sounds best too.

 

Thanks BillBee,

 

I had similar theories about the sound when connecting to the regular input. I used to lose my mental health with XT Live and Marshall JCM800. :) 

 

I'll begin with connecting to AUX. 

 

 

P.S. Ax 212 doesn't have fx loop which sucks big time. I guess peeps at Line6 were pretty confident back then about the superiority of the amp in question. :P

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Ha ha! Yep we have all been there. The AX never really needed a loop as it is a beast on its own. Some Spider's don't have a loop either and the aux in is what is used.

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Hi y'all!

 

Just to keep you posted about my experiences so far connecting my X3L as I recently explained above...

 

I connected the board to AUX input in the amp. I have built my sounds with L6 2X12" cab sim, so the sound wasn't "that much" far off what I actually feared in the first place. Just a bit of tweaking AUX bass and treble from the amp and it was quite good. At that point the output on the board was selected as COMBO PWR AMP.

 

Last night I decided to change the output to "COMBO FRONT" just to test and to get the possibility to tweak the outgoing signal from the board to amp. I was still connecting X3L to AUX. I must say it probably sounded even better. I probably broke several "rules" but as long as I'm happy it's all that matters.

 

ATM I am running the signal MONO from the board to amp but I'm planning on buying a Y-cable with dual mono jacks and one stereo jack to be able to get the signal out in STEREO. I'm not sure if it actually works but I'm gonna give it a go anyway.

 

My first thoughts with my recent setup are that L6 products sit together pretty nicely even the age gap is pretty considerable between gear and you really don't have to spend all your family funds chasing the best tone for you. :)

 

I bought the amp used and spent 150 euros (ca. 160 $) on it. Also the X3L was used and bought it also for 150 euros. It came with a sturdy road case so it is safe on the road also. All in all the whole middle-aged-tone-chasing-package didn't cost me a fortune and my GAS was cured for a few weeks. As you all know GAS is something you are destined to suffer through life but thank god for Line6 we are able to chase the perfect tone without having to rob a bank or winning the lottery. 

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