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HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by philmandoo on 2011-09-05 05:02:33

I'm getting some great sounds out of my HD500 but I'm missing the solo boost feature of my old Spider Valve MKII. I've tried using an EQ as a volume boost after the amp model but this does change the tone a little. I prefer to use exp1 as a volume pedal with it being 0% full back, 100% fully forward and a separate pedal to boos the volume for solo's. I like being able to mute the guitar with the pedal, and I also like being able to use the Wah at my regular volume as well as my boosted volume.

So any ideas? Or am I missing something dead obvious?

Cheers

Phil



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by Nick_Mattocks on 2011-09-05 05:53:02

There's a number of things you can do.  Here's a few suggestions:

  • add something like Vetta Juice or Boost Comp after the amp in the signal chain
  • copy your patch to an adjacent slot and just set the Channel Volume higher
  • use an external clean boost between your HD500 output and your amp's power amp in

If you want to do it with just the HD500 then the Boost Comp or a separate version of your patch will do it.

If you have something like an MXR Micro Amp you can use that between the 1/4" out on the HD500 and the power amp in socket



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by gregr on 2011-09-05 10:17:32

The graphic EQ set flat gives a couple of dB boost, setting all the sliders up all by the same amount gives you more.

Lots of people use the boost comp, but it colors your tone, altering your dynamics even when the compression is set to zero.  This is easily revealed in a wave editor.

To me the best solution would be the ability to toggle parameters with a foot switch.  Please have a look at this thread, and if you agree, please send a feature request.  Thanks!

http://line6.com/support/message/276039



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by sidysm on 2011-09-08 05:33:48

I use a volume pedal as last effect in chain set to 75% and the expression pedal disabled then turn the effect on and off with fs4 to get an entirely clean boost. Then use channel volume paramater of amp assigned to exp2 to control volume overall.

not necesarily the most ellegant solution but works for me



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by spaceatl on 2011-09-08 06:54:00

I like using a screamer in front of the amp model (very low drive, higher level) and a mid focus eq post amp model tied to the same footswitch...sometimes I tie an extra delay into the FS as well...mid focus in front of the amp model works pretty well on lower gain tones pushing the model...depending on the particular lead, I often find the need to rolloff some lowend and the mid focus is pretty nice for this as it is basically a highly configurable bandpass filter...



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by jak_E_lee on 2013-04-17 17:21:04

i have a rythmn and lead patch

same patch except the lead one is running at 60% vol and my rythmn patch is at 50% volume



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by Leftzilla on 2013-04-19 18:19:00

I use the fx loop.  Just take a very short chord from the send to the return.  Place it in the chain and set the level you want assign a switch and off you go.  Been using it live for about a year.



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by silverhead on 2013-04-20 08:43:32

jak_E_lee wrote:

i have a rythmn and lead patch

same patch except the lead one is running at 60% vol and my rythmn patch is at 50% volume

Just an observation.......... you could achieve the same thing in a single patch by assigning the EXP pedal as the controller for whatever Volume control you use (amp?), with a MIN value of 50% and a MAX value of 60%. Then just use the pedal to go from Rhythm (full heel position) to Lead (full toe). But both methods work - it's just a matter of saving patch/preset space.



Re: HD500 - what do you use for solo boost?
by PRSGuy on 2013-04-22 10:23:14

I do the same as Leftzilla...I assign the fx loop to my last switch on the upper switch bank (for consistency across patches). I have essentially an insert cable in the fx loop where I adjust the level a few DB and it works great. Hit the switch to give me a boost.

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The whole board

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FX return with the insert cable

hope that helps,

Rick




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