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.

3 Responses to “ Recording With POD X3 Live: Teddy K. Bares All ”

  1. guitarplayer888 Says:

    Teddy what method are you using to capture the output of the X3L? Do you use spdif or do you use the xlr direct outs into some kind of tube computer interface? I’ve tried both and while I can’t swear that I hear a difference either way, as my cobbled together home studio the spdif outs a bit a difficult to manage because I haven’t mastered my DAW (Reaper) and its easier to just plug the two xlr outs into my presonus audio interface.

    Are there advantages inherent to one method over another?


  2. Line6DP Says:

    @guitarplayer888 thanks for the question. here’s teddy’s response:

    I use the XLR outs.

    I hear a difference in sound between the XLR and spdif, the spidf sounds a little better/clearer of course with no digital conversions, but it ruins my clocking scheme in my studio to do it that way (there’s no word clock input on the X3) so I use the XLR outs. It sounds good enough to me. If you can use the spdif, i.e. you’re not clocking to something fancy like me, then I would use that.


  3. spoonchef2003 Says:

    I use the X3 Live for all my studio recordings, running it thru Groove Tubes ” The Brick” for tube warmth ( only for certain projects) and a compressor and have had amazing results with voice and guitar. With bass I just run it thru a compressor. Drums the same way but with a pre mixdown. I really love the X3 for its versitility for recording and live performances. :)


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