Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 11:12 AM (in response to cwatsn2)Re: Help with DT25 and HD500
Regarding the DT25 alone .... since you are new to the amp, try this as an experiment and see how you like it ???
No HD500 connected ...... just bare bones amp.
First ... make sure your guitar is on FULL all the time, because when you back down the guitar volume you will decrease the crunch factor especially on Channel B. Just keep it up full and dial in the volume you need on the amp.
1) Use Channel A as your Clean reference ... use the Classic American Clean NFL I (ie: Fender), set the tone stack as per the template dial recipe. Class AB and Pentode. Set BOTH Channel Volume and Master Volume up FULL. Use the "Drive" level to acquire the volume you need (remember to keep guitar volume up full). With the Fender (NFL I) the Drive doesn't crunch it much at all so think of it as your volume.
2) Use Channel B for crunch. For this experiment, set it for the Class A Chime (Vox AC30) which is NFL 3 (Note tubes are set for Class A and Triode). Use the dial recipie for the tone stack except put the "Drive" at about 2 o'clock rather than 11 o'clock on the recipie (I sometimes max the drive right out). THEN, back down the Channel Volume so it is relatively equal to the Volume you have on Channel A when you switch between the two. If you have the channel volume on max for Channel B it will be WAY LOUDER than Channel A. It will probably come down to 11 0"clock or so, (remember Master Volume remains full up all the time).
Now what you have is a Clean Channel on A with volume set by the "Drive" level, and a Crunch on Channel B with the level balanced by the Channel B "Channel Volume". See if that experiment does anything positive for you?
Remember this is the DT25 alone with no HD500. Just to get you used to it's functions and gain staging between NFL's. Remember NFL I is the quietest BY FAR of the 4.
Hope this helps you in some way?