Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to zfender9)Re: Making the Transition from XT to HD 500- Tips Wanted
I did the same thing. Hope you like programming and tweaking. Basically the tradeoff is:
XT - works for 80% of people's use cases, minimal effort to set up
HD - works for 98% of people's use cases, you have to set up everything yourself
Basically I'd start from scratch with empty patches and play around with:
- How to assign various foot switches to various controls
- How to set up wah / volume pedals
- Which "input settings" you want to use
For that last one, there has been a huge amount of debate, but it boils down to - if you're only going to use one input, start with Input 1: Guitar (or Guitar/Variax if you're using a Variax), Input 2: same. This will make the unit behave predictably no matter what combinations of effects you use.
Setting it to Input 1: Gutar and Input 2: (some unused input) will sometimes cause your guitar signal to be reduced by 6dB pre-modeling and sometimes not, depending on the specific effects in your chain. With some people's setups, it can sound better to have a 6dB lower signal, but it's more reliable to just build your tones around Input 1 Guitar/Variax, Input 2 Same.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2013 9:25 AM (in response to zfender9)Re: Making the Transition from XT to HD 500- Tips Wanted
The other thing you might want to try which will jumpstart you is go to custom tone and download whatever interests you. This way you can audition and keep stuff you like and then use them as a baseline to tweak against. THE HD has quite a bit to it and some users get lost in all the options and need a little focus (like me).
The sound of the unit will blow you away especially upgrading from the XT