I heard your demo clip..
the first part with Gibtone/AC15 sounds better than the other one with Marshall..
but they both sound like you were overloading/clipping the HD input, too much induced compression and noise, and not much definition..
probably you have a guitar with quite hot pickups, I think you should try the single input approach with your HD..
doing so probably your next patches will sound much better and with more definition..
you didn't tell me what you think of my "Jailbreak" version patch
Yeah they were both a bit rushed - I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to music at home right now.
It really is hard to get the right balance between distorted and clean.
I am using a vaxplant (600 guts in a strat clone using graphtechs) with the string output lowered to (I think) 70% and also all patches are lowered -3dB to get closer to a Strat I used to use live with Kinman pickups. The vaxplant is most likely still a fair bit hotter output than a Stra, but not necessarily a Les Paul or the like. I know variaxes are hot output though, and may overload the pod.
I set up all patches in the HD500 using the "same" 2nd input setup as that was being touted as the way to go way back when, and recently having read your viewpoint, and hearing your examples, I changed my pod to "aux" for 2nd input, but because all patches were set up using "same", a lot of my cleaner patches I use for live use ended up too "limp" for want of a better description - ie thin and no sustain at all.
So until I go through all (over 120) patches and modify them for single input, I have dual input. I should make time soon eh!
I'll try this weekend, even just to re-do those two "Malcolm" tones for comparison.
And of course your version is pretty good, but "THAT" tone is still missing (it seems really mid frequency specific), which I put down to maybe multi-micing on the original, or a real specific eq curve we haven't found yet. And also his technique is fundamental too! Maybe I dig in too hard for the graphtechs?
Thanks for all your input, and advice - information really is power!
ciao for now,