Today, I have a dream.
I brought the dream rig back into the house and decided to have one more go to set it up perfectly once and for all. It's been in the garage for months as I just could not get the system working well for live work and went back to analogue pedals and more recently back to the Vetta. This time I intend to build Rome in as long a time as it takes so I am starting with just the basics and slowly day by day adding and experimenting until I fully understand the system inside out and become more expert than an expert. I'm rather hoping that some of you reading this will be feeling the pain too and join me for the ride with your help, tips and ideas.
Here is my mission,
Create just 4 patches in one bank on the HD500, 1 clean, 2 different crunch and a distortion.
Use the top four switches to add in up to 4 stomp effects on each patch F1 to F4
Each patch will have a wah at the front and volume pedal at the end.
At home I will use the JTV69 at it can easily represent all the guitars I normally use live without having to empty the gig van.
I am using a top notch DMX cable to connect the HD500 to DT50 and regular short guitar cable from JTV to guitar. I have no need of VDI as I use G30 wireless live.
I gig in a successful 70's glam rock band and I need sounds to cover songs from the nice clean of Maggie May to the singing sweet sound I need for All The Young Dudes, I also need to cover the twang of Tiger Feet to the warmer crunch of T Rex stuff. You get the idea. Easy hey? you can bet your arse it isn't. So this is the perfect rig for me right?
Now I will point out at this point that I am quite a minimalist when it comes to effects as my ears are very sensitive to crappy effects and whatnot getting in the way of good natural tone. I truly believe that what I have here is a system to model amplifiers and as such that's pretty much how I intend to use it with just enough subtle effects being available to keep the rig from being too dry and dull. I'm truly blessed that I have an excellent drummer with a DW kit and a bass player with excellent gear and my guitar sounds need to sit in the mix beautifully balanced in frequency range coverage and volume to the rest of the band even when the singer plays 12 string.
Now, I am fully aware that what I hear from the amp here in my music workspace will not translate directly to the stage but I'm hoping that once I am finally happy here that I can at last take the rig to a rehearsal, give it a tweak or two and see if I really can improve over the Vetta.
I know the DT50 head and 4x12 cab with my analogue pedal board sounds amazing.
I know the Pod HD500 for recording sounds excellent and responds well to playing styles and capable of all patch/FX selections required for live use.
I know the JTV 69 is an all round great guitar especially for recording though still sounds great live.
So why can't I make all three blow me away when I use them together at per their intended purpose?
All hooked up.
Master volume on the DT50 head at 3 oclock.
Open HD Edit and start with a bank of 4 blank patches.
Patch A clean
At this stage I have selected the BF Double Nrm Pre ( I will try others over the weeks ahead.
I have 4 FX slots available before the amp model and 4 slots after the mixer selection to play with. This will be the same on all patches. They are set up in perfect order in the FX editor selection, Slot 1 at the top through to slot 8 at the bottom (no confusion in reading order of effects from top down which equates left to right.
Issue 1 (gonna need some ideas and thoughts on this one)
I like a little subtle reverb on all my patches so after selecting the amp model, reverb is the next thing to choose.
Note: When I programmed the DT50 head via midi to work as a stand alone amp with my analogue pedal board I programmed a room reverb into the amp on channel one.
Sooooooo, now I have added a cavernous reverb to my clean patch on the PodHD500.
When I use the reverb on the HD500 I get cavernous reverb but if I use the reverb knob on the DT50 I get room reverb. Is this supposed to happen?
This is the killer for me. If I add reverb with the knob on the amp not only is it a different type but the reverb sounds like it is just layered over the top of my guitar sound whereas the reverb on the HD500 sounds like my guitar is immersed in lushness which I prefer. Can someone add anything here?
Tomorrow, I will reprogram the amp with midi to have the same type of reverb as the one I have selected on the HD500 and will then come back and let you all know if there are still any differences in behaviour. I feel this is too important an issue for me to understand before I move on. If anyone does reply, can I just ask that we work on each issue in a linear fashion, the complicated stuff is miles ahead of us.
Many thanks for reading and I hope that over the next few weeks this thread can grow into something we can all share in building to at least understand our rigs and share with others. That is my dream.