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Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-17 10:24:55

Hi folks, I'm new to the forum but have been using a  Pod 2.0 for a few years and love it. I just got a Pod XT Pro from my local music store in mint condition that came in on a trade, my dream machine. I love Line 6 products. I'm having a bit of difficulty getting used to the Pod XT Pro in comparison to the Pod 2.0.

Here's my setup. I run directly out of the Pod 2.0 (Direct Mode) using two left and right quarter-inch outs which run into my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 which is in turn, is connnected to my Late 2009 iMac (running Snow Leopard) via FireWire. I'm using the very latest version of GarageBand v6.0.5.

The Pod 2.0 has been a real workhorse and has a very noticeable bottom end (I have the bass cranked right up, naturally). It sounds great. Everything works perfectly and I normally use the Modern Higain Amp Model with either Delay/Chorus 1 or Delay Compressor. Very few tweaks.

I run the Pod XT Pro into my system in the exact same way using the back unbalanced analog outputs and no matter which Amp Model I use, I don't get the same bottom end - it is much 'tinnier' sounding. Again, the bass is cranked right up. I use a pair of M-Audio Studio Pro 4's with  4-inch drivers that really kick butt. When I play my Dean Cadillac through the Pod 2.0, these things sound like a real Marshall but this isn't the case with the Pod XT Pro rack mount unit, due to the lack of bottom end.

I must be doing something wrong. I absolutely love the additional sounds in the Pod XT Pro but being a drummer (aside from a guitar player), I love the thick bottom end of the Pod 2.0 but am having a difficult time getting any deep bottom end out of the Pod XT Pro. Am I doing something wrong? Perhaps I need to tweak something? Shouldn't this unit have the same, if not better, bottom end response as the Pod 2.0? Maybe I'm set to studio instead of direct but I'm positive it's direct. Again, I'm just getting used to this unit but I wonder if anyone else out there has experienced the same problem.

Thanks for any help!



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by Mr_Arkadin on 2013-01-17 15:52:38

Have you hit the little black Dig Select button on the front? Scroll to the "What are yiou connecting to?" menu and see what options you have selected and try a different setting. Page 3.16 in the manual.

Also make sure you have the latest firmware version installed (3.02). You can use the Monkey program to see this and to update it. Be aware that any expansion packs installed will be wiped if they have not been 'gifted' to you by the previous owner.



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-17 17:22:12

Thank you for the reply. Is it possible for me to tell which firmware version I'm running without connecting to USB or is the Monkey the only way to tell? Thanks so much again for your reply.



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by Mr_Arkadin on 2013-01-18 01:21:57

Hit the TUNER button and scroll using the SELECT knob to the last page, you should find the version number there.

These may be useful:

http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-3827">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-3827">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-3827

http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4747">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4747">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4747

http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4734">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4734">http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-4734



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-18 11:59:10

Will do - thanks so much for your help!



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-21 10:13:52

The version shown on my Pod XT Pro after taping the TUNER button and scroll using the SELECT knob shows version 1.02. I guess this must be really outdated?



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by Mr_Arkadin on 2013-01-21 13:45:21

Yes it's almost the first OS version! You will not be able to update via USB - you must use the MIDI In port. If you do not have a MIDI device then Line 6 recommend using the M-Audio MIDISport Uno as a reliable USB to MIDI interface. Please don't cheap out and try a no-brand one, I can almost guarantee it won't work.

After you have done this initial update you should be able to use the POD via USB as expected.

Scroll to the bottom of the first document I linked to for further information.



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-21 19:37:19

I thought this was a pretty old firware version, this unit is like mint - I don't think it was actually ever even used. Didn't realize I couldn't update via USB. Got Line 6 Money installed and was going to give it a try tonight. I have two Focusrite Saffire Pro 24's with MIDI and an M-Audio FireWire 410 with MIDI, both units connected to my Mac via FireWire. Do you think one of these would do the trick? Thanks again, as always, for your help!



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by Mr_Arkadin on 2013-01-22 04:16:53

Either of those should be absolutely fine.



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by garyzz on 2013-01-22 14:33:26

Great, thanks so much. I will give this a try on the weekend, so little time between work and play, wish I could quit my job and play full time



Re: Pod XT Pro Lack Of Bottom End
by Mr_Arkadin on 2013-01-22 19:47:12

Give us an update on your update when you've done. Hopefully all will come good.




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