I might start listing some lesser used pedals for sale. I might be able to get close to the price of this.
I liked the idea of the X5 when it was introduced, but the price was too much for me to experiment with changing from individual pedals. My personal budget controls won't allow me to spend $500+ before selling off current pedals only to then find out I wish I had kept some/all of those pedals. That said, if somebody was starting basically from scratch, I think the X5 actually provides great value.
Now the X3....this would be easier to integrate into current setups. Just replace delay/reverb/chorus/trem. Run current wah/filter > drive/boost > X3. The X3 would also be an easy way to add FX to my acoustic setup. I currently use a lot of the same pedals for electric and acoustic, so end up doing a lot of pedal swapping & cable switching depending which I'm using most. But the X3 could just have a spot on an electric board, and then unhook it and place it in front of the pre-amp/DI box for acoustic use. Easy-peasy.
On first glance, I wish the X3 had the insert loop that the X5 does. In theory (having never actually played an X5), the ability to assign that loop to a different position in different patches seems brilliant. Patch 1 has chorus before your external drive pedals, Patch 2 has the drive before chorus. But maybe with just three FX versus five this isn't such a big deal.
Personally, I don't use expression pedals that much (In fact, my wah pedal has mostly been replaced by an auto-filter.), and the MASH switches give back some of that functionality. So that's no loss for me.
I've never used MIDI in my life, so please make me a cheaper version without that, thank you! . OK, I can actually understand how having access to all the Tone Prints via MIDI would be a big bonus for players using a that type of set up.
Interested in hearing other people's thoughts. Or experiences with the X5. Also curious to how well the included cab sims work.
Wow, of all the features they would leave off!! That would be a non-starter for me. The EXP pedal is what makes the PlethoraX5 so usable. That is tragic! The X3 is $349 at Sweetwater and the X5 is $549. I would buy the X5 just to have the live functionality of the EXP pedal.Theres no expression pedal input on the X3.
Well big congrats to ya! Please follow up with a review. The TC Toneprint series of pedals is very nice, add them to a platform that can offer 127 X 3 of them and they become all you ever want/need/use.Well, I bought the X3 yesterday from sweetwater. Thought I could wait longer, but no, I couldn't. You know how it is