Best Answer spawn2031 , 20 April 2014 - 09:24 AM
Unlikely that anything is broken.
I downloaded a whole bunch of stuff from customtone when I first got my 500X...never used one of them for more than 2 seconds. Same goes for the factory presets. There are WAY too many variables to expect any patch to sound the same with your rig as it did to the guy who created it. Might have sounded just like Pantera to that guy, but with your amp, guitar, and fingers it might sound like the Ramones. You will learn more, and waste a whole lot less time if you start from scratch. Customtone is a nice idea, but without a whole lot of real world practicality. You might get some ideas seeing how others go about building their patches, as far as fx placement, etc...but a drag and drop tone solution it's not.
All that said, I love this thing...but there's a learning curve, sometimes a steep one. Took me several weeks of daily use to get to the point where I'm comfortable with it. There are MANY deep edit parameters to tweak that will have a huge impact on your sound...just fiddling with gain, bass, mids, and treble is only scratching the surface of what this thing can do. Try different models, even if its not one that you think you'd like, or wouldn't even consider buying if it were the real thing...you might find that to be your favorite...that's exactly what happened to me. I really dig the Soldano models, and I've never been in the same room with a real one.
You'll get there, but you gotta give it a while.
Absolutely. I went from a UX1 to a 500x. With the UX1 the tones were very plug and play so I expected the 500x to be the same way... wrong. Anyway, I have been working with it literally everyday since I got it a little more than a month ago. I DL'd tons of patches to just as Crusin said, seeing how others set their chains up but honestly the only thing that really helped was reading the Meambobbo guide cover to cover (linked below), watching tons of videos on how to make them and just playing with it.
Once you get used to the pod, one other thing that you can do if you are trying to replicate a particular sound is to research the guitarists rig. There's some other links below to some websites that have a pretty good list of them. So, good luck, keep at it and your time will pay off!
Meambobbo Tone Guide - http://foobazaar.com/podhd/toneGuide/
Guitar Geek - http://www.guitargeek.com/Go to the full post