Great! Just some questions (take a deep breath, ahhhhh):
1) When you say "single input" do you always mean "Variax"? Because I've found out that "Aux", "Mic" and other combinations give different amounts of distortion, with "Variax" being the less distorted one of all...
2) Do you always use "Guitar" as "Input 1 Source" or sometimes you use the default setting? I've found out that the default setting has more gain and more noise than "Guitar"...
3) If you don't specify an order that always means all effects are before the amp?
4) The fact you never specify the Mixer settings means you always use the default settings?
5) What about the position of the "Master" knob and all the physical switch on the POD and ? I mean Normal\Pad etc. Because that change the sound a bit...
6) You do record the POD connected via USB to the PC, but do you use the default PC USB settings and\or the default Reaper settings?
7) What size is the pick that you do use? I mean 0.88mm or more\less heavier. That could seem like a strange question but I've found out that with different picks you get different sounds...
and specifically for this patch
8) The reversed guitar at the has been done with the delay "Reverse" in the POD, it's a DAW trick or it's the original reversed track?
Thanks in advance In closing, this confirms once again the impression that the pickup choice is really that important...
1) when I say "single input approach" I mean that input2 is different than input1, and the chain is done in pre position..
which in practice means that if I connect to the HD500 a normal guitar my inputs will be: guitar/variax
and if I connect a Variax my inputs will be: variax/guitar..
the above settings make sense only if the chain is done in pre position (not in path A or B )..
2) lately I tend to use only the single input approach, the reasons are thoroughly described into my other thread http://line6.com/sup...e-of-the-hd500/,.. often I try also the default settings to see if I can get even better results, but till the now the winner has always been the single input approach..
3) generally I describe the models and their settings following exactly the order in which they are in the chain, for this track I forgot to say that the reverb is after the amp/mixer.. sorry
4) only in some tracks I described also the mixer settings (vol and pan), I use them just as volume levels and I do some changes on the fly during the recording session when needed, eg in this case a turned up a few dB for the solo section,.. sometimes I set pan A and B in the center just to get more volume..
5) the POD master volume knob is set about half way, but only to set the right monitoring volume through my headphones which are low impedance, it doesn't affect the sound at all,.. regarding the other physical switches, the 1/4 OUT is set to LINE, the GUITAR IN is set to NORMAL, but since I used a Variax it doesn't matter..
6) the POD is working as an audio interface and is connected through USB, Reaper is set to use the HD500 asio driver, and the guitar track is set to use stereo inputs (default would be instead 1 mono input)..
7) I use Dunlop 2mm picks, I like this type of picks because I want to have complete control of the dynamics which with soft picks would be impossible to the same degree, also they give an attack a bit similar to that of the fingers, slighty warmer compared to regular picks..
8) I would have gladly added by myself the reversed guitar effect but it was already there in the backing track.. which I chose because I wanted that there was also the inspiring and great voice of Robert Plant.. anyway using a slide bar on the central strings and a reversed delay fx should be quite easy to get those crazy effects..