Hi there - I'd like to get some advice on how to get the best sound from a HD500/L2t connection.
For background I just picked up a L2t as a precursor to buying a m20d and more StageSource speakers for a band I'm in. I figured that if I can get great sound going right from the HD500 to the L2t, the same should be true when I go from the HD500 to the m20d out to the speakers. Ideally that means no amp mic’ing and less equipment to carry.
Generally I play an Ibanez RG through an HD500 and DT25. I love the sounds I'm getting for my heavy tones through the HD500/DT25. Full, rich – you know, tube amp sound. So my hope was to get close-ish by just running direct from the HD500 to the L2t.
As a note my HD500 output mode is set to "combo poweramp" when I use the DT25.
I went with the setup I read in an earlier thread: http://line6.com/sup...y-compare-imho/
I.e. I set the HD500 to “studio/direct” and set the L2t to “PA/reference”. No reverb, mod or EQ on the L2t.
Unfortunately the sound I got for all of my distorted patches (ones using F-ball, Bomberman Uber, Treadplate, J-800) sounded awful. Kind of like the distortion one used to get from the first solid state modeling amps long ago. Tinny and harsh versus the smooth, big sounds from the DT25 for the same patches.
But when I switched the HD500 to “combo poweramp” output and the L2t to the “electric guitar” preset my sound was much closer to the DT25. There is some brittleness in the top end with distorted patches. But it’s close enough that, with some EQ, I can use the patches I’ve created already for the HD500/DT25.
Unfortunately I’m worried that:
1. I’m missing a step and thus not getting the best sounds I can from the L2t despite the settings – OR -
2. Something is wrong with the L2t – AND -
3. If I have to set the L2t to “electric guitar” mode to sound good, I’m going to have an issue when I’m going direct to an m20d and not direct to the L2t.
Can anyone share advice?