1. avatar jonny is an ambulance
    Wel guys just curious of what multieffects pedal would be best for recording?

  2. avatar anty2
    heard great things about the line6 x3 pedal, that latest one they have out
  3. avatar unplugged

    wach this and tell me its not he answer to your problem. Never a fan of muli effects this unit has done away with the need for anything i use either live or recording.

    i would go he extra for the X3 live as it has wah pedal and you can control he sounds if you decide to take it out live (which you prob will the sounds are awesome)

    best 280 i ever spent. i does bass, guitar, acoustic guitar vocals. it emulates 70 odd guitar amps and 20 odd bass amps and virtually every botique preamp and guitar fx pedal ever made and it does it very well.
    the sounds are painstakingly good i must admit and a few years ago i hated the line6 spider stuff with a passion. i cant argue the x3 is amazing.
    for recording especially the interface with the pc is simple as abc and you can get brilliant sounds and recording just using it and something like mixcraft 3 or 4. simple as plugging in he x3 via usb and away you go.

  4. avatar ryanego
    It depends how you want it to sound. What sounds are you looking for?

    In my experience, recording with multi fx usually doesn't sound as good as with single units, but whatever works, works.

    You might be better to just spend your money on a decent guitar and amp, or a decent distortion stompbox or whatever, as you can always add effects in the computer, or buy stompboxes as you need them.
  5. avatar dubhdavidblack
    good advice all round. I'd suggest also that you record a 'clean'/totally un-effected track at the same time for each guitar pass,too(assuming your recorder will let you record 2 or more inputs at a time, of course). I'm pretty sure any the units mentioned (and tons more)will give you a 'direct out' or such, maybe called 'dry output, 'pass through' etc. so as you're laying a track, you're getting down both the effected version as well as a pure un-treated one. That way you can easily work with the effects/modeling choices/etc after the track is recorded, as often you'll find that tone could sit better with all the rest of the instruments in a song if only it were a little less/more effected, or you can take it into a totally different direction than originally considered.

    You could then slightly or radically alter the tone if you need to, without re-recording the guitar performance, or feed the clean version through an amp & record what comes out. Also, you'll an un-effected layer can be mixed in a little or a lot, to add clarity, note-definition, etc.

    Good to be aware, though, that even MANY of the $$$ modeling/fx units output a phase-flipped/aka reversed polarity version of your input-- or will on some presets, not on others. Easy workarounds for this, but good to be aware of if you're using effected and 'clean' versions of the same track. If that's gobbletygoo to you, I'd be glad to blather on about what that means & why it can make a blurry puddle of your final mixes.

    I totally agree that the most recent Line 6 stuff just kicks the azz out of anything that's come before(until you get to the really [i:6a6169feef]insanely[/i:6a6169feef] $$$ ones). Sheesh, some of the earlier ones, not just Line 6's, were just....ugh.

    I'm forgettin the various diff ones & diff between the newest Line 6 ones, but have gotten some really useful n' creative sounds. And better yet, have gotten some shockingly good and convincing straight-up 'real amp in a real room' tones, besides being able to take the sound to some really whacked-out, fkd up places :lol: 'cause sometimes that's what the song needs too.

    The cost is always the drag of it... but the less expensive stuff realllly show their shortcomings under close scrutiny, esp. when in a mix with other tracks recorded through the same unit...
  6. avatar Bileofwood
    I concur, fully. Just spent 310 on an X3 Live. You can do so much with it. It has dual tone - which basically means you can have a guitar preset on your guitar input, and you have an extra tone which you can eiother aply to your microphone, a second guitar using the aux line in, or even add a second preset to your guitar giving it an extra dimension.

    Just like plugging your guitar into two amps.

    For home recording it's great - I stick it straight into an Edirol UA-25 USB audio interface and use my PC as a guitar amp when I'm in the house. This means when you record you record exactly what you hear (if you set the bit rate high enough).

    As a Pod has it's own pre amp you don't need a guitar amp. If practising just plug direct into the PA or mixing desk, same as for gigs.

    It really is 'teh shizzle'.
  7. avatar unplugged
    i hate to say it but its the best peice of gear i have ever bought since i started playing. the amp tones are very convincing and dont sound digital at all.

    previous units lacked (ill do my best to describe this lol) "output and warmth" they all sounded transparent and awful.

    I was a valve purist until i heard this. It gets even better when put through a decent valve combo also. It warms it up even more.

    The things you can do with the x3 live extend way beyond just guitar. its a complete recording tool.

    Listen to the Head Grange preset (reference to Headly Grange where Zep recorded many classic albums) on that demo. It is designed to be used with a microphone to mic up an acoustic guitar. Tell me thats not Jimmy Pages guitar tone on Led Zeppelin III. Tis. Page used a very expensive and hard to obtain tube preamp to obtain that tone and this thing keeps the tone of your acoustic and makes it sound like your sitting in Headly Grange recording with the stones mobile studio! lol

    Ok, of course there are compromises but all i know this thing gives stunning sounds. The Bass settings on it are amongst the best bass guitar tones i have ever heard some really good motown stuff in there giving the sound of a flatwound bass in heavy action. Lovely amp tones.

    I hate to say it but yes for 300 its all ill need to get great tones in the studio and live without alot of assing around and cost and hassle.