Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2011 10:54 AM (in response to Aeolianreflex)Re: Channel Switching Question
A standard switch will change on channel to the other, but it will NOT allow topology triode/pentode, Class A Class A/B changes other than whichever settings you put physically on each channel of the amp. The AMP will remember whatever setting you choose for each channel, but that is all you get with just a simple footswitch. For other options, you need the POD HD pedal and the L6 Link to access those changes on the fly. You CAN make patches that DO NOT use any footswitches with one or more amps set to whatever amp has the basic topology and other settings you can't get any other way.
You can easily make these patches by using the POD HD500 EDIT software. None of your FX have to have a switch unless you want them to. You can also use ONE switch to do two or more things and that will show up on your HD500 as MULTI in performance view.
Also as far as having 8 switches to trun on and off FX, that might not be possible depending on what FX you choose as there is a very sensitive DSP OVERLOAD sensor in the unit that only allows you to use FX that do not use up too much DSP power.
And afte writing this - I think the idea of having a Master class or some sort of forum to teach people how to use all the new gear is more and more likely to be created. It seems that this is sorely needed and might be a great help instead of those who want plug and play units instead of spending the time to read the advanced guide that must be downloaded, and spend even more time experimenting with the units.
Take care and Happy New Year,
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2011 11:58 AM (in response to MerlinFL)Re: Channel Switching Question
Neal, thanks for the detailed answer! I know how the HD500 & the edit software works as I am currently using it going into a couple of PE 60's and love what I hear. I am seriously considering the DT25 for more of the tube warmth that it would provide.
I find myself using the POD in configuations much like a multi channel amp with a clean channel and a boosted dirty channel on separate presets using pretty much the same effects for both of them. Sometimes its a Fender clean on one channel and a Treadplate one the second channel, etc. I will kind of mix and match amps depending upon the song. I don't use more than one amp on any of my presets so I haven't yet run into a DSP problem.
Using the HD in pedal board mode is great because I can turn on and off effects at will but switching presets takes some tap dancing which I don't really like doing especially live. If I were to use the DT amp channels and set the HD amp to none and then use the amp footswitch between channels that solves part of the issue but I am concerned about tone suck that I have experienced using other tube amps in the same configuration. Does having the HD connected to the DT defeat the channel switching? As far as tone suck, I imagine that using the pre models on the HD would take care of that but I am confused as to what effect having the modeled amp would do when I switch channels from clean to dirty or vice versa.
Maybe I am over thinking this or I am approaching it from the wrong perspective. Your idea for a Master class is spot on. It would be a tremendous help to those who have this set up and I think it would also help someone like me who wants to understand the interactions and limitations before purchasing.
Happy New Year to you too and thanks again...