Pod Hd400 / Volume Control For Stage Performance (best Approach?)
Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:34 AM
Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:14 PM
Without knowing more, it's hard to say why you aren't hearing your leads well, but a few questions:
1. How is your guitar EQ set up in relation to low/mid/treble levels?
2. What other instruments are you competing with when playing live?
I'm new to the POD myself, but if you're just transitioning from playing at home to playing with a band, it's very likely that you need to change some basic things about your tone to work in a mix, and these things would be true regardless of your equipment.
One of the biggest common mistakes is to use a scooped tone with a live band. A guitar's main tonal output is in the mid range, and a guitar rig that is set up with low mids, but higher treble and bass, will not cut through a mix. Adding more volume to a scooped tone like that will only make a very loud but extremely thin sounding lead. Guitars compete with keyboards and sometimes vocals, and really need the mid range of their tone to be prominent to be able to stand out and be heard.
If your mids are low, bring them up. If your bass and treble are high, lower them. Low range output for a guitar competes with bass, and high range competes with other parts of the mix, but the mid range is where the guitar sings and makes it's mark.
Dialing in your EQ this way will sound nasally to you at first, so you may want to make different patches for playing at home versus playing with a band.
Other things you can do are to add some compression before the amp in your signal chain, and have a preset for lead work that uses a booster and/or has a little more volume at the preset level.
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:58 AM
It depends entirely on the song, but when I used my 400, if there was a lead section that I had to kick it up for, many times I would set a patch that didn't have any OD/distortion on FX1, and then for the lead, I'd add FX1, and that could be a simple boost, if I needed to stay clean, or the OD/distortion effect that you want for the particular song. I'd have that level a bit above the FX1-off level, but primarily use my guitar volume for that last bit of extra oomph. Always have something in reserve; i.e., I wouldn't have my guitar on 10 all the time, especially not on rhythm. If I needed some crunch for rhythm, I'd just pick an amp and dial up the drive and master settings to get that. (However, a lot of times, I'd just turn up my guitar volume for the lead - again, don't play on 10 all the time!)
I used the volume/wah pedal on the 400 only actively for ambient swells. Occasionally, where it seemed like I needed to knock down what was going to the house (I used the 400 direct), I might tap it back off 100/full, but it was just a "global" kind of setting. Within a song, I'd rely on the guitar volume, and not use the pedal, but that's just as much because I never played with a volume pedal much, and the knob's right there....
Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:14 PM