Hi, I can't seem to find a decent sound with my Pod HD500.
I've had it for 3 years now and I play it through the effects loop of my old solid state Peavey Classic Chorus 130.
Although not the best amp out there, I thought it would be an ok match for a modeler, since it has good cleans without much power amp coloration.
Strat--->Guitar In--->1/4"Outs--->Power Amp In.
Tried all the input settings, tried using full models and pre models, tried all the output settings, tried "guitar in" both in normal and in pad mode, tried "1/4" out" both in amp and in line mode.
I even bought new cables and changed my guitar's pickups.
Haven't tried going to the front of the amp or using the 4 cable methods since it would mean having to deal with the horrible sounding preamp of the Classic Chorus.
Since it is a combo amp I choose the combo power amp output setting. Cleans are not that bad but any kind of overdrive/distortion sounds like I have a Big Muff on...Muddy to say the least at low volume. Both muddy and ear-bleeding trebly at medium-high volume. Turning the bass EQ knob down makes the sound thin, turning it up makes it muddy. Turning the highs or the presence EQ knobs down take the mud back, turning them up make my ears fall off: it seems like there's no sweet spot. EQ pedals work the same way.
The mud goes away if I set the output to "direct" but the sound gets harsh and unnatural. The other output settings are even worse than these.
The same bad sound comes out of the "Phones" output through headphones (Sennheiser HD 25 II) or through my PC speakers.
But here's the strange thing: if I go direct to my laptop via USB, record a riff and then listen to it through those same speakers the sound is suddenly good. No mud, no harshness, no farting distortion. I don't know why or how but all the "gainy" models seem to become more overdriven than when played through the power amp.
What am I doing wrong?