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Testing out the new Line 6 L3T Stagesource speaker
Mickael Maddison JUL 11 Mickael Maddison
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For a long time now I've been hunting and researching options to replace my current guitar / vocal rig. Up to now I've been using a Pod HD500 and a traditional PA system that includes a Behringer 16ch mixer, Behringer EP2500 Amplifier, 2 x Alto Elvis Speakers + 2 x Peavey floor monitors.  As you can imagine, this is one heck of a bulky and complicated rig to be lugging around to gigs.  Worse, it has always been a pain to set it up so everyone can hear what they need to hear.

In my research I have tried out various things ranging from Yorkville NX12, Bose L1 Model II, Traynor 150W Acoustic Amp, as well as various others.  Until I heard Line 6 was coming out with the L3T I was anxiously awaiting Peavey's release of the Ecoustic E300. To date I have never heard a release date or had any reply from Peavey on if or when it would be producing and releasing this amp.  After reading up on the Line 6 L3T I decided to order one and as is quite usual for me, it was not being shipped yet so I had to wait a couple of months.

On Monday the brand new Line 6 L3T Stagesource Speaker arrived.  I brought it home, plugged in my acoustic guitar and a mic and started playing around with it.  My first impression was moderate... there were no instructions (not that I would have read them anyway) with it so I wasn't sure how to dial in the sound and I ended up with some distortion on my vocals and guitar by having the gain set too high and not turning on the PAD for my guitar.  I messed about with the settings and was able to get a pretty decent sound at a pretty significant volume.

So last night I took the L3T to my studio where I was meeting Chris for a rehearsal.  I went in early to play around with the speaker and try it in various configurations.  The more I played with it the more I liked it.  It took a little while to understand how the the Acoustic Modeller worked but once I found the right match with my guitar and the room, I was stoked.  When Chris arrived I had him setup his gear using the PA system, and I ran my Pod HD 500 and my SM58 straight into the L3T.  With the volume set at only 50% on the L3T and the volume on the PA around the same (but using a 2500w amp with 4 speakers) we had a great balance for the room.  I could hear my guitar and vocals perfectly, I could hear Chris's bass and his vocals as well as the drums coming in from the TD8.  The studio space is not well set up for sound yet but we were both commenting on how good everything sounded.

We recorded a video of us playing my song Red Glaring Eyes.  The camera mic didn't do a very good job of capturing the sound of the room but you get the idea.  By the time we were done jamming for the night, Chris had vowed to buy an L3T for himself and I am very tempted to get a second one to replace my PA system.  I can't wait until our next gig to try this live. I think we're going to be very good friends.

Mickael Maddison
Mickael Maddison

Mickael Maddison