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    Which Amp?

    Hi, the DT50 / 212 combo is a heavy monster and I am carrying the combo around with a case - but I love it sound wise. The clean headroom is not to under estimated; therefore a 50 Watt amp just gives more this Fender Twin Twang others already have mentioned. I would buy a DT50 again, but as a DT50 Head and two decent 2 x 12 cabs: less heavy and pretty flexible on all type of gigs I used to play.
  2. Hi Tboneous, thanks for sharing your ideas to control the DR-sounds! I guess there is no right or wrong, because the level of control heavily relates to the music style, the player, the line-up of the band, etc. So sharing ideas / concepts where users can pick up something and adapt it to their own needs is a good thing I would say. I like your idea with the Acosutic and magnetic-PUs Dual Tone. As I am the only guitar player in our Cover Rock Band, I will give this a try. Apart of that I am not a fan of Dual Tones/amps presets: It is more natural to me to go for ONE amp in a song. Sometimes I use TWO amps in one song, but with different presets. As far as I see there are two main approaches for users to control the DR-sounds (or standalone with a POD HD): - using the POD HD as a classical pedal-board with different FXs assigned to a FS (FS mode = FS 5-8) - using the POD HD with more or less lots of presets (FS mode = ABCD) Depending on the approach a user has choosen, the level of control may be pretty different. I am using the ABCD-Mode, because I am personally using several FXs in my sounds during a song and I do not want to spend lots of time pressing FX-pedals during a song. I also think that everyone needs decide how much moving around on stage is needed: for shure using the JTV-knobs exclusively gives the most flexibility. I myself can live with a combination of EXP-pedals and JTV-knob control. What makes me also thinking is what level user assign to the MIN and MAX-parameters? I am currently assigning an initial ("right") level to the MIN-parameter and add some 50% on Top to the MAX-parameter. So there is only the possibility to add more. I have reviewed my need of control during songs over the weekend and I thought about your approach too. It turns out to me that I need to have some extended control over the following effects and amp parameters (although I am using normally more than 1 preset per song) and this should have some "easy-to-remember" approach for gigging as well: - WAH-pedal (pretty obvisiously): I am going to use the EXP-1 (no change to old setup) - Amp volume on stage and FOH/PA-Mix: I tend to use a new separate EXP-2 pedal. This can be also used to control any volume levels between the Dual Tone Acoustic/magn-PUs you are using (and right - this saves a FX-block in the signal chain). I guess this EXP-2 will probably used rarely, because I normally add already +7db more gain via the mixer section to my Lead presets. - Amp volume ONLY on stage: I am using a power attenuator to set the overall volume level on stage (not shure if this is self speaking for every one that this only affects stage volume and NOT FOH/volume) I add this for completeness; but the power attenuator thing is a different story with already lots of existing Threads. - Morphing between two sounds with several parameter changes: I tend to go for the EXP-1 pedal, because using these sounds, I am normally pretty busy playing and to not have that much time and free fingers to change JTV-knobs. - Amp parameter Drive, OD/Dist-parameter drive, COMP-parameter Thresh: I tend to go for the Volume knob on the JTV to control; these parameters tend to change the overall volume level too, so the amp volume parameter needs to be controlled also in that case. In some songs I am using the Volume knob in an old school manner to control volume and Lead part. This is then going to be the exception. - Delay parameter Time + Mix: I tend to go for the Tone knob on the JTV to control, Well, that is what makes me thinking for the moment. Any additional ideas/thoughts are really appreciated, because I don't feel that I have finally made up my mind here.
  3. If an idea is right, it is only a question of time until it find its way ... good to see that this applies from time to time ! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am using the DR (JVT / HD500 / DT50) for gigging. And I tend to use this rig with lots of FX and AMP changing through songs. And I started to morph complete presets with my EXP which I more and more going to use. So Instant control on stage during a song is vital to me. I am now reviewing how to increase my possibilities to incorporate the JTV knobs (Volume / Tone) and may be even another EXP. I would appreciate if we share different concepts to use EXP and / or JTV-knobs to control: - FX-parameters - amp parameters Sharing special presets to adapt to its own suitability would be even more beneficial. Any ideas ???
  4. I am playing now the DR since early 2011 and I am gigging with it. I have also posted several Threads on the old DR-Forum, because I initially (and still) believed in a separate forum for DR-user. But all in all: there are several pros and cons. Let me point out my thoughts to it: Yes, you can say that it always affects one component (for shure). But this is only half of the (my) truth: I found out that it often affects TWO components. It is very often the POD HD AND either the DTXX OR the JTVXX, because the POD HD is the hub for the Dream rig (it controls also the JTV and the DT-amp). So I found myself sometimes posting the SAME issue on the POD HD AND either on the JTV OR the DT-Forum. Yes, you can say that with more forums you may loose control of the already existing overload of information. I personally get the new Threads to my E-Mail account, so I am on spot. I don't think that is really in issue. Another aspect I figured out is that the way I am using the JTV, the HD5000 and the DT50 is different as if I would use it, if I integrate only one of these into another guitar rig. Especially my presets on the POD HD (this is the hub) are not at all comparable to any other presets I would imagine just using the POD HD and / or a DT-amp. This has developed over the last 2 1/2 years. Especially how to control the Dream Rig via POD HD or over the JTV-knobs is something I feel a lack somehow. Another aspect are new users which are buying the complete DR: clearly speaking a lot of them I think are lost when starting (like me initially). A DR-Forum could be a serious kick-starter to overcome a hard learning curve which it is in my opinion. Although issues it may affect only one or often two parts of the DR, user want to have a "HOME BASE" - being part of a community of proud DR-user - RIGHT ????????????????? Finally the most speaking point to me which points to a DR-Forum are the user feedbacks here: PEOPLE WANT IT !
  5. Bought the JTV89F a few weeks ago and played intensively now at home and on several rehearsals. And I like to share my experience so far here ... My first JTV 89F had a Piezo Pickup problem with the B and high E-string. I changed the guitar to a new one and tested the second guitar directly in the guitar shop. The second was pretty operational. The guitar setup of both guitars were very good. The Floyd Rose Tremolo was well balanced and the fine tuning knobs were not into extrem positions. The tremolo arm sits pretty tight and does not make much annoying noise playing the guitar models. Although I do not have much experience with Floyd Rose Tremolo, I consider this tremolo as a high quality tremolo. If you once have done the fine tuning, it stays in tune for days. The string height is too high for a fast, shredding playing style in my opinion. So I lowered it. I guess Line6 has made a compromise to meet all the different guitar models (like acoustic, jazz guitars as well). I couldn't find any intonation problems, regardless where I played on the fretboard. (The JTV59 initially had some intonation problems to my style of finger pressing). The guitar was tuned pretty clean in the octaves. I just needed to adapt the G-string a little. The Fretboard is killer for fast playing, although I am not a shredder guy. It is very slim compared to the fretboards I am used to (Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul 60s). I felt instantly at home at this fretboard. The high E-string has enough space on the fretboard edge. Haven't got any slip offs as I had on my original JTV69 fretboard playing the high E-string. The magnetic pickups are stellar and compared to JTV59 more hot and with lots of harmonics. Hearing the magnetic PUs, I instantly fall into to hard and heavy playing style (so far I am capable to play hard and heavy ...). The Neck PU is a little bit like a Strat which I am a big fan on, but with lot more sustain to my ears. The bridge PUs is beefy for muted Rhythm and can be fairly aggressive in solo parts - again: to my ears: For the ones who like to hear audio examples, I did a quick recording on a playback using the Neck and the bridge pickup in the solo part. I also started to use the Tremolo more excessively than on my JTV 69 and I am still pretty much hesitating to go into extremes :-( http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=12359314&q=hi&newref=1 (I used the Treadplate Full amp model on my HD500; a tube driver and a tube comp in front of the amp, a little chorus (dimension), the dynamic delay and the hall reverb post amp). The modelling guitars sounds are slightly different to the JTV59 and JTV69 (I own all 3 of them) to my ears. Although it is modelling, the different guitar design itself colors the sounds a little (and may be also the different piezo pickups). But honestly I cannot really says which one is better. I prefer the JTV 69 (with a Warmoth neck) most for Acoustic models, because of the bigger width of the neck. For finger picking in open chord position this is more Acoustic guitar like to me. The only problem I have now is that I unfortunately do not know how to stick to my own guideline to use only 2 guitars for gigging :-( Would be great to hear pother user experiences with the JTV89F in this Topic ...
  6. There is no right or wrong at that point: personal taste how to deal with a foot switch / pedals, range of music styles, number of songs, number of guitar players in the band, accuracy level to cover songs/sounds, the guitar rig in total, the addiction to play with the boys toys :-) I have also started to use morphing of sounds/presets with the EXP-1 which is a pretty cool thing in some songs. The use of a JTV (including Acoustic models) - HD500 - DT50/212 guitar rig as I do, tends to more usage of presets per song. So I guess the more who chime in, the more valuable this thread is going to be. By the way: May be this is a helpful for the one or another: I have marked the foot switches I am going to use during a song with white cellotape, because I hit sometimes the TAP or the Down/Up-bank foot switch. During a song I am mainly using the PS-1 to PS-4 foot switches: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33377898/POD%20HD500.JPG So I guess the more who chime in, the more valuable this thread is going to be.
  7. Good Topic and the way how to organize songs / presets / setlist is very relevant for those who are gigging ... I make Cover Rock Music (1 band). Our program is currently approx. 50 songs. We play up to 5 sets per gig. Each set is around 10 songs. I use one set out of the eight of the POD HD per gigging set. Our programm may grow with time to 80-100. But we never play more than 5 sets per gig. So I will add new songs to the existing 5 gigging sets we will play in future. I am using the ABCD-type mode and I use one complete bank for ONE song. I am using in average 2-3 presets per song. Rarely one or four and I change sometimes between amps within the song too. And I occupy all 4 FS with presets per song, so in case of an accidently wrong footswitch selection I do not fall into an empty NEW Tone presets trap. I have encountered a slight delay when preset-switching as you have described (impressive to know that it is 15ms ...). But I honestly do not consider this as a real problem in a live situation to me: I have found my personal workaround in each song to that in a gigging situation and I do not anticipate that anybody in the audience actually realize any delay switches in the area of 15ms. The other option using the FX 1-8 mode is not pratical for gigging to me personally.
  8. The good thing on Line6 gear is that there are often different options to use it, which then fits best to most users (subjective) taste/need. I like the Gibson Les Paul models pretty much on every JTV. But the JTV-models have a hotter signal than playing with magn. PUs to me. One point why I prefer the magnetic PUs. Apart of that, i have changed the setup of my JTVs which also affects the tone slightly (mainly when playing magnetic PUs): - JTV69: Warmoth fretboard (very Strati in tone and playing feel) - JTV59: pick up covers (gives a more mid tone)
  9. Now this moves into another story ... As you can see from my signature: I own all 3 JTVs. What I can tell you from my personal (subjective) experience is: - each JTV sounds sligthly different using the same guitar-model. So the guitar design (wood, fretboard, etc.) has some influence to the tone. - Strat-model sounds best on the JTV69, Gibson-models sound best on JTV59 to me - I prefer the JTV69 with my Warmoth fretboard for Acoustic sounds, also because of the thicker fretboard - the JTV89F is killer for very Hi-gain lead parts; more hi-gain than the jtv59 and the thin fretboard is perfect for fast playing - I have moved away from mainly using guitar-models on the JTV to mainly playing the mag. PUs on the JTVs: the mag. PUs sound best to me; - I only use guitar-models on the JTVs for Live performance for Acoustic sounds, special tunings and special guitar sounds like 12-string E-guitar.
  10. Use the Studio EQ in Acoustic patches (no amps models too) mainly for gain at the very end of my signal chain. Using before may (but not necessarily) cause clipping/distrortion in the effects that comes after the Studio EQ.
  11. Hi phil_m, much appreciated your input. I wasn't aware that the post amp setting of effects in a HD500 signal chain together with a DT50 (not any other amp) is not after the power section, but after the pre amp section. What you have described makes now pretty much sense to what I have investigated in the meantime: - Using the DT50-reverb instead of a HD500 reverb doesn't solve my sound problem. - I can hear some noticeable reduction of what I consider as a negativ impact by reducing the Master Volume of the DT50 from 1 o clock to 11 o clock. As long as I see a power attenuator as a must to drive run the DT50 I like, I cannot see that a different attenuator will help that much. I consider the Rockcrusher as pretty much high and end. Also my expercience with another attenuator I had before, speaks for that. May be someone else have similar experience and could solve it with a specific attenuator (greatly appreciated for any reliable tip). So: as long as I do not see a realistic chance to solve my sound problem with a different attenuator, I will try to minimize me problem just by reducing the overall level of the power section saturation and to reduce as much as possible Reverb and or delay in my presets. Finally I am just wondering why not any other user have chime in so far with a similar setup (there should be some out there having a DT50 with a power attenuator for good reasons).
  12. I have therefore changed the original JTV59 tuners to locking tuners. I personally think that bridge end doesn't hold the string properly when changing strings - it is a faulty design to me. But there are probably other ideas to fix that.
  13. Hi lef38, thanks for your feedback. Some good thoughts to think about ... - I will test the DT50-Reverb and look how it behaves. As I am using various presets (with/ without reverb) this might not be a permanent solution to me. But I will check how the sound is going to behave with the DT50-reverb compared to the POD HD. - The PAD switch in the POD HD is not working using the VARIAX as far as I can see (which I do). - My pre amp volume is already pretty low: most amps are at 45% (exceptions: JCM800 = 40%; BF Double = 95%). But experimenting could be in idea (will give a try). What makes me thinking is the POD HD signal chain (see my EDIT-comment): if Time/Mod-Effects are NOT after the power section in the signal chain, then they may generate irritating coloration to the distortion sound coming from the pre amp and/or power section. And at the moment I am not shure whether the Line6 POD HD "POST AMP" signal chain is really POST amp. If not: then this would be very likely the reason. As far as I am aware several multi effect units (like a POD HD) are not capable to really place effects after the power section and before the speakers. The design of the POD HD and the DT50 may have this capability. Hope that someone can chime in for specifically that point.
  14. Hi all, I have posted this Topic also in the DT25/DT50 Forum, because this Topics applies to POD HD 500 + a DT50 amp ... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am gigging with the Line6 setup DT50/212 - POD HD500 - JTVs since more than one year now. And for me as Cover Rock Musician this rig works fine. The Master Volume is set at 1 o clock as a standard level for all my presets (no low volume mode). And I am using the Pre Amp Models out of the POD HD500. At 1 o clock all my used amps sounds very good. Especially the Vintage amps like Marshall Plexi Lead 100, PARK-75 are shinning.But this volume level is heavily loud and just doesn't fit to the overall Band level. As other users I therefore use a power attenuator (Rivera Rockcrusher) to adapt the overall volume level to the specific environment I am playing (rehearsal, club, hall). I had before a SPL reducer which which I was not very impressed on it. The original function of the Master Volume knob is somehow neutralized, because the amp models I am using are reacting pretty much differently sound wise depending on the Master Volume level I am using (12 o clock and above is the good to me). My sound problem: ------------------------ What I have realized is that when I am using Delay and/or Reverb effects in my signal chain (post amp) which is configured via the HD500, the sound gets destorted in a negativ way by these 2 effects once I am attenuating to a level of -16db and lower: the tone gets somehow crumbly and scraping (hard to describe for me). EDIT: I am not 100% shure whether this post amp configuration via a POD HD (as described in Line6 manuals) is really POST AMP: this would mean, that all effects are placed AFTER the power section and BEFORE the speakers, so no distortion irritation will occur in the power section from time/mod-effects( my amps power section are all saturated by setting the DT50 Mastervolume = 1 o clock). Does anyone know, if I can 100% rely on that the line6 "post amp" is really a post amp effect setting in its real sense ? But this is unfortunately the levels I need to reduce the volume to adapt to the overall band volume. If I do not use these effects, the sound is pretty good at all level attenuation levels. This unormal distortions increases with the level of attenuation. As I have tried to modify different parameters in the HD500 like GuitarIn-Z, etc. without a remarkable success, I am wondering if one of you have encountered such a sound behaviour and if anyone of you have some ideas what the root cause is respectively how this can be minimized. Not shure, if I have described well enough, so you can pick it up from there. Thanks for your support.
  15. I am gigging now with the Line6 setup DT50/212 - POD HD500 - JTVs since more than one year now. And for me as Cover Rock Musician this rig works fine. The Master Volume is set at 1 o clock as a standard level for all my presets (no low volume mode). And I am using the Pre Amp Models out of the POD HD500. At 1 o clock all my used amps sounds very good. Especially the Vintage amps like Marshall Plexi Lead 100, PARK-75 are shinning.But this volume level is heavily loud and just doesn't fit to the overall Band level. As other users I therefore use a power attenuator (Rivera Rockcrusher) to adapt the overall volume level to the specific environment I am playing (rehearsal, club, hall). I had before a SPL reducer which which I was not very impressed on it. The original function of the Master Volume knob is somehow neutralized, because the amp models I am using are reacting pretty much differently sound wise depending on the Master Volume level I am using (12 o clock and above is the good to me). My sound problem: ------------------------ What I have realized is that when I am using Delay and/or Reverb effects in my signal chain (post amp) which is configured via the HD500, the sound gets destorted by these 2 effects once I am attenuating to a level of -16db and lower: the tone gets somehow crumbly and scraping (hard to describe for me). EDIT: I am not 100% shure whether this post amp configuration via a POD HD (as described in Line6 manuals) is really POST AMP: this would mean, that all effects are placed AFTER the power section and BEFORE the speakers, so no distortion irritation will occur in the power section from time/mod-effects( my amps power section are all saturated by setting the DT50 Mastervolume = 1 o clock). Does anyone know, if I can 100% rely on that the line6 "post amp" is really a post amp effect setting in its real sense ? But this is unfortunately the levels I need to reduce the volume to adapt to the overall band volume. If I do not use these effects, the sound is pretty good at a level attenuation levels. This unormal distortions increases with the level of attenuation. As I have tried to modify different parameters in the HD500 like GuitaIn-Z, etc. without a remarkable success, I am wondering if one of you have incountered such a sound behaviour and if anyone of you have some ideas what the root cause is respectively how this can be minimized. Not shure, if I have described well enough, so you can pick it up from there. Thanks for your support.
  16. Is this range of serial numbers accessible to existing DT50/212 users like me ? Up to now my DT50/212 works fine and I bought the amp already end of 2010.
  17. Okay, tested a new JTV89F directly in the guitar center: all piezo PUs on the GraphTech-Tremolo worked fine - no volume difference and no octave-artefact as on the first one. The service guy in the guitar center confirmed that something was wrong with the piezo PUs on the B and High E-string. I do not want to judge it any further. Everybody can make up his own mind. The setup of both guitars were very well adjusted: Tremolo, octave tuning, etc. On both guitars the string height was too high for my taste. No "High E-string falling from the fretboard problem" as on my JTV69 (changed finally the fretboard). (Open) Chords should not pressed too heavy with fingers, because the Jumbo frets have a light tendency to go into sharp tunes. But on my JTV59 this was initially pretty much more a problem to me. JTV89F Fretboard is killer and very nice and fast to play. Magnetic PU sound is excellent and clearly more Hi-Gain than the JTV59. It fits pretty well to some of the 80s songs I am playing with my Retro Cover Rock Band. Will play very likely mainly the magnetic PUs, the Acoustic models and some alternative tunings. I think this JTV89F is a keeper for me.
  18. Customer Support Supervisor Administrators 1936 posts Posted Today, 05:05 PM Our Terms of use under Forums says: You will not post anything on the Website that violates the intellectual property rights of others, including any patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, or moral rights. If you believe that any User Submission infringes your copyrights, you may provide a notification of claimed copyright infringement to Line 6's customer service staff. To me, that makes the post OK, unless the owner of the original content complains. Then we'll remove it. Tony Reese Line 6 Customer Support Supervisor --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Line6Tony, I have posted several audio examples in Forums like "Line6 Dream Rig" or Group Forums like "James Tyler Variax" which are no longer accessible. I always felt that this is a good contribution to all that WORDS from the users here. At least the comments of the users make me feel like that. I wasn't aware that the terms + conditions on this forum doesn't allow that. And I also do not only want to be tolerated with my posts in such a forum. So I will leave this comment for the rest of this week. I will then delete all my posts and will not post any of this type in the future.
  19. Dear Line6Tony, I have posted several audio examples in Forums like "Line6 Dream Rig" or Group Forums like "James Tyler Variax" which are no longer accessible. I always felt that this is a good contribution to all that WORDS from the users here. At least the comments of the users make me feel like that. I wasn't aware that the terms + conditions on this forum doesn't allow that. And I also do not only want to be tolerated with my posts in such a forum. So I will leave this comment for the rest of this week. I will then delete all my posts and will not post any of this type in the future.
  20. Well, to close this Thread: YEP, for the modelling, Line6 have a GraphTech-Tremolo with piezo PUs on the JTV89F (although that does not really help me in any way). I will return the JTV89F to the guitar shop I have bought it. I have ordered a new one already and will test it directly at the shop.
  21. Hi thanks, but I am running the JTV over a HD500, so power is not an issue. Apart of that: battery is charged.
  22. Well, all I can say from experience is: POD HD presets for usage: - with a valve amp, - with a FR-system (directly or directly into a PA-system), - for recording, - with headphones, - with a DT25/50 amp are different stories. They are different output system with different audio behaviors. I therefore never ever would expect the same sound ... I normally leave the amp models and effects using presets from recording to Live-Performance, but I very often change the parameter settings of the amps and effects in the signal chain. If you realize clipping, this sounds that you have where too high much Input level to one of your components in your signal chain. - Start with the Guitar Input level and go from 3.5m to lower - then look at the gain level of your effects. - input 2 source: from same as default setting to AUX or VARIAX can also solve Clipping. May be you only need to lower the Drive and/or Output parameter level on the boost comp. On the PD HD itself you can reduce clipping by changing "Guitar In" from from PAD to normal Just some thoughts; may be they are helpful ...
  23. Bought the JTV89F on Friday and did some testing in the rehearshal room and at home over weekend. The guitar with magnetic PUs plays and works perfect. The fretboard is very nice to play. String height was a liitle too high for me. But the overall setting, including the Tremolo of the guitar was very good as it was shipped. I just needed to adapt the octave tuning on the G-string. Now there is a serious problem I have discovered with the modelling: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The B- and High E-string has pretty much lower volume than the other strings. And the high E-string has a very noticeable octave-artefact. This is very much noticable on clean amps and Acoustic models. As I own already a JTV59 and a JTV69 for more than 1 1/2 years, I know how it should/can sound, so I fairly can say, that there is something wrong. Initially a thought it is a software problem, so I reinstalled the FW 1.9 again, but this doesn't helped. Then I assumed a mechanical problem with string and/or mounting of the strings. So I changed the B- and High E-strings with new ones. This also doesn't change anything. I am now at a point where I assume that something is wrong with the piezo PUs and I am close to send it back to the guitar shop. Any thoughts / ideas ????
  24. Oh, wow - I wasn't aware that the original isn't from CS! Thanks for sharing!
  25. RETROMANIAC

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