So I've had my POD HD500X for about 8 days now, and the one thing I'm still a little fuzzy on is distortion (pun intended) that is built into an amp model.
I've read the Quick Start guide, and I'm starting to work through the Advanced guide, but my problem is probably due to the fact that I need to unlearn a little of what I'm used to.
My previous experience is with a Crate G120-C 2x12 combo and with a Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 (I still have and use both). With the Crate, there are two guitar inputs, and there is a "channel" button that affects both of those. The button switches from clean to distortion, and each channel has gain control, but obviously much less on the clean channel. With the Vypyr VIP, there is an amp selector knob that rotates to each of the 12 modeled amps. You rotate the knob to select the amp model you want to use, then press the knob to switch between the clean, medium gain, and high gain channels.
My way of approaching things, because of those 2 amps, is to load an amp, then select the clean or dirty channel, then tweak pre-gain/drive, EQ, etc. from there. If I understand the POD correctly, it's a little different.
From what I can tell so far, with the POD HDs, each amp channel is a different model.....is that correct? What I see when I load a model in the 500X is typically just a drive control for gain/distortion, but no way to switch that model between clean and gain channels. If I want a clean channel, I find an amp model that is modeling a clean amp or clean amp channel. Is this correct? I'm sure I'm off in my understanding, or just missing something simple.