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  1. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  2. It depends on the particular patch chain, generally IMO (if using the single input approach) Threshold at 50 and Level at zero are a good starting point for the TC. Then use your ears to adjust the TC to perfection for you. Also, I suggest to put the TC just after the amp model and not at the very end of the chain after the time based effects, the time based FXs will thank you. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  3. You don't have a defective unit, your POD sounds as it should. Whether you like squirrels or not I'm sorry to inform you that to some extent they are part of the game. There are ways to try to minimize them if necessary, some of which have already been suggested before. (A further suggestion I can add is that squirrels are not present in all amp models in equal measure, so choosing a different model may be another solution). Even upgrading to a newer and more expensive modeler will not necessarily solve your problem; try to google "tube amp crackle on note decays" and you will understand what I'm talking about. The following reading copied and pasted here from the Fractalaudio (Axe FX) wiki could be useful: (about crackling sound through FRFR) "That's what amps sound like. Go put an amp in an isolation room with an SM57 on it. Listen in the control room. You'll hear the same thing. You don't hear it as much using a real guitar cab because the high frequencies are rolled off which softens the sound. "You're probably just hearing "tube crackle". This is most noticeable when letting chords ring out as the sound decays. It's more noticeable with FRFR because of the extended high frequency response of near-field IRs. Tube crackle occurs when playing more than one note typically. When you play multiple notes (as in a chord or even a diad) the amplitude "bounces" around as the multiple notes reinforce each other or cancel each other. The result is an envelope that is not uniform. The peaks of the waveform clip but the troughs do not. This causes a crackling sound when you get on the edge of distortion because the points at which distortion occurs are far enough apart in time to be audile." _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  4. Even if your unprocessed signal is not clipping the device input it doesn't necessarily mean that the same signal (if doubled or too strong) could not overload the amp model virtual input. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  5. If the "squirrels" subtle crackling noise on notes decay is what's annoying you play with the BIAS and SAG parameters, I don't remember now at which value zero or 100 they kill the squirrels (IIRC if one kills at zero the other one kills at 100), easy try... doing so the sound IMO becomes more fake/plastic but surely much cleaner.. personally I prefer some dirt.. Your audio clip doesn't seem excessively squirrell-ish to me (but using headphones I guess it could be more apparent).. However your patch inputs on my editor look like guitar/guitar (ie doubled input) that you are using with the hot signal of a LP _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  6. Your audio clip link doesn't work.. However, try 2 things: 1) set input2 to Variax to get a standard single (instead of doubled) input signal to avoid overloading the models inputs.. 2) set the HUM parameter to zero to get rid of the emulated dissonant ghost notes phenomenon
  7. Those very few times that I have done a global reset I have not noticed any difference in the response of the models. But I don't use Global EQ apart from rare cases after which I turn it off again. I wonder if in your case it is not the Global EQ that makes the difference between the before and after of the reset, since after a reset the Global EQ is reset to default values that no longer affect the sound. Another option that after a reset returns to the default values is the output mode which also affects the sound. Check also the input settings if before the reset they were set as global and differently than the defaults. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  8. When the mic source is selected, the mic's analog preamp operates, and like all analog preamps produces some hiss noise in proportion to the setting of the mic gain/level control (there is a dedicated physical knob on the rear panel). All POD inputs are analog except Variax which is digital and as such produces no noise at all. If multiple analog inputs are selected/enabled the hiss noise increases accordingly, and even more if input2 is set to SAME (thus duplicating what input1 does). It is all quite logical. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  9. Applying low cuts (and/or high cuts) to amp models (but also to tracks with real amp recordings) is a fairly common practice. And so with the POD the same goes. There are some modelers that have low and high cuts incorporated as deep parameters in the models (see Ax-Fx), other modelers have by default at least one input EQ and one output EQ in the chain (see Amplifire) and many of their presets have a low cut applied on the input and a high cut applied on the output (quite trendy as a cutting methodology). With Line6 modelers every adjustment is left to the user, who if he knows where to put his hands can get excellent results. Regarding Helix I believe that some sort of low cut (probably on the input) but not adjustable by the user has been applied to many of its amp models, and probably for this reason they are brighter in comparison. In regard to Peter Hanmer Low Cut in cab's DEP at 150 Hz you said that it is huge but actually is not huge as it seems because the cutting curve of the Low Cut filter is not steep, but gradual. A very steep cutting curve (like a scalpel) can be obtained instead by using the High Pass Filter contained in the MID FOCUS EQ, but the threshold frequencies are unfortunately expressed in percentages (but kindly translated into Hz by pfsmith0 in this forum). Therefore setting the High Pass Filter to the percentage corresponding to 150 Hz would have a much more dramatic effect (probably excessive) on the sound than the same setting for the Low Cut parameter. In any case, you should always decide your settings on the basis of what you hear and not what you see. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  10. With my K240s but also with my monitors the Plexi normal channel is darker than the bright channel, as is the case with the real amp. Regarding the comparison in the video clip between the Marshall models of POD and Helix, if you pay attention, you can notice that the models of the POD are much heavier particularly in the low frequencies. Lowering the BASS control a lot (even to zero in some cases, which is normal even with real Marshalls, see for example the videos of Johan Segeborn who always puts the BASS at zero with the Marshalls) the models of the 2 different platforms would be much more similar between them. Also, only in the POD the cabs are equipped with resonance controls, and one of these (Thump) emphasizes the bass response. In conclusion, the POD and Helix amp controls work differently and therefore must be adjusted differently, what is important is that excellent results can be obtained with both platforms. Just use your ears and not your eyes when doing the settings. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  11. Until now I have only used AKG headphones, in the past I used the K141 Monitor (600 ohms impedance), which in my opinion were the best, then since the K141s had worn out too much, I decided to buy new headphones, the K141 Monitor were discontinued so I tried the K271 but I sent them back after a few days because the sound was too harsh for my taste, so I got the K240 mkII which sounded a little warmer, and I'm still using them, but the K141 Monitors remain at the top of my preferences. If I found them in good condition and at a good price, I would buy them again. Generally high impedance headphones compared to low impedance headphones require a much higher volume setting from the source (some of them may require a headphone amplifier), but have a more harmonious and balanced sound, they never add own clipping/distortion, both low and high frequencies are of higher quality, more pleasing to the ear. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  12. Normally without a guitar connected, the POD should be totally silent. Then, depending on the type of guitar connected (with humbucker or single coil) and on the selected models (and related settings) in the chain, the background noise can increase to varying degrees. I don't know what particular headphones you have, but with no guitar connected and with the chain empty I never heard any background noise, whether listening through good low-impedance or high-impedance headphones. I wonder if the previous owner of your POD hasn't enabled global eq (which has active controls) and emphasized the high frequencies a lot, which thing could generate some hiss noise. But almost certainly the problem is due instead only to your IEMs system since even with the POD master volume at zero you still hear the hiss noise where you should hear absolutely nothing from the POD. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  13. If audio interference occurs only at certain times and only with the guitar connected (i.e. with no guitar connected it does not happen at all), your guitar (probably equipped with single coil pickups) probably acts as an antenna and picks up the frequencies of something electrical that starting from a certain moment is put into operation nearby. If so, in addition to using a noise gate as already recommended, perhaps you can further attenuate the noise by using cables with better shielding and/or shielding the guitar for example by placing aluminum foil on the inside of the pickguard (if any). (One of the reasons some electrical/electronic audio devices like the POD have a metal case is to block interference in and out of radio frequencies, but if you connect something unshielded to them that acts as an antenna, the interference still becomes part of the audio signal.) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  14. Having a demo audio would help make a quicker diagnosis. In case what you are hearing is some sort of dissonant ghost notes that overlap the normal ones, turn down the amp model HUM parameter. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  15. Try the (standard) single input approach, ie set input2 to VARIAX (sort of NULL setting if you don't use a VARIAX), and see if it solves the static noise issue (it should).. If doing so you'll find that you need a stronger input signal, use a booster and/or compressor, which is a much better working solution for boosting your signal than leaving the default input settings as they are (ie duplicating your input signal). For a more in depth explanation of this approach see here: How to get the original response from the models - HD500/X signals routings explained _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
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