Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 6:35 AM (in response to icecreman)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
First thing I would do is try the amp in stereo mode, simply becuase my Velocity has never done well in bridged mono mode.
Are you using both L and R outputs BTW? or only giving the Velocity a mono signal?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 6:40 AM (in response to PremiumJones)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
I'm only giving the Velocity a mono signal. Just using Left output from HD. I didn't use stereo out of the velocity because my cab has two 16 ohm speakers wired in parallel for 8 ohms. I can try setting the velocity in stereo and just using one channel to test. Should I have the HD left and right outputs going to the two channel one inputs of the velocity? Thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to icecreman)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
Just a quick note -- I also have a similar experience. Have been using a Crown Amp into a single 12 Eminence Tonker. Set up my own tones as none of the preloaded tones seemed to be that good to me. Tried all combinations of the output modes, was not impressed -- Studio Direct seemed best to my ears. I seem to fight some harsh resonance's, though. The JTV models never seem to sound as good as the actual pickups (I have the 59, and 69S JTV's). The models seem way too tinny -- no matter the bass/mid/treble settings...
This last weekend I decided to "crawl inside" it a bit more and mess with the output modes -- see what changes to the parameters would do. I'm still working on it, but I used my headphones in studio mode to listen to the JTV models, the HD500 stock tones, etc, and they sounded really pretty good in the headphones, totally different through my speaker. I switched the output mode -- unfortunately, it switches the tonality in all outputs on the 500 -- line out, XLR out, AND the headphone outs -- makes it harder to try to match what I was hearing in the phones to what I want out of the speaker... This has been my biggest disappointment with the POD HD500. They should have different settings for the line outs, XLR, and headphones.
ANYWAY -- I kept the sound I heard on the phones (in studio mode), switched to combo front mode for the amp and played with the parameters to see if I could match the same tone from the phones. The parameter I never really understand is the focus or mid-focus (don't have it in front of me). It is set at 570 Hz I think at default. I moved the focus frequency up, then down to see if I could tell what the effect is. When I moved it down, the harshness seemed to lessen, and the tones came closer to the headphone studio sound. I actually took it all the way down to the bottom of its range -- 100Hz, and the speaker response seems way more in line with the headphone studio mode tone, and the JTV model sounds seemed to tame down and actually sound better. The downside for me is I will have to re-tweak my tone banks a bit, as I was always chasing it in studio mode. My speaker is not FRFR, it's a guitar speaker and has response peaks in the mid and upper frequencies, even though I have it powered by a PA quality power amp.
I am still in the midst of exploring this and plan to try the stack front mode. I'm using the "front" modes because there is no tweaking the combo or stack power amp modes that I could find...
Anyway -- that's where I'm at in the process. I never really messed with any other mode very seriously before, as every time I did, I went YUCK and moved on -- usually back to studio mode. Another downside, I that I do go direct to the soundman's board out of my XLR outs, and will need to work with him, as it will be quite different due to the fact that all output modes go to all outputs -- that is aggravating. Should be studio to headphones always, and seperately switchable to XLR and 1/4" outputs.
My take on it....
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to davidb7170)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
Thanks Dave. I'll play with the settings in front modes as well to see if it helps any although on my setup the front modes sounded the worst. I agree about the global output settings but I feel it's not too difficult to switch output modes when needed. It sure would be nice to have the output settings tied to a setlist at minimum.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 4:49 AM (in response to icecreman)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
I adjusted the Front Stack and Front Combo output setting (turned down the focus per Dave's suggestion, Thanks Dave) and it made those outputs sound much better but I still have the fizzy sound on high gain settings. I also changed the Velocity to Stereo mode but no change there.
I did notice that if I crank the volume up on the Velocity to levels too loud for practice use in a house the fizzy sound seems to go away and the hi gain sounds appear to clear up. Does anyone using a Velcity 300 notice this? I don't get the fizzy sound at all using Cab sims with Studio Direct out but the sound thins out with cabs sims on and running through a real cab.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to icecreman)Re: Issues Running HD 500 through Velocity 300 and 2 x 12 Cab
Well I gave up and ordered a DT25 amp. Anybody want to buy a Velocity 300?