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  1. Dave,

    I frankly don’t understand why you cannot connect directly to PA. Does the venue oblige you to use the guitar==>pod==>amp==>mic==>pa configuration?


    Also I don’t know if you need stereo or mono sound.  I personally have found that the stereo option really improves my sound and makes the big difference when compared to the mono sound.


    In any case, the second cable necessary for stereo could be implemented via the wireless guitar system (max Transmission Range 300 feet via the Relay G90).


    But in order to provide you with the best possible solution, you must specify ALL “parameters†and any other additional info you have.


    So, to summarize (pls correct me if I’m wrong):

    1. You have ONLY ONE long 1/4=>XLR==>1/4 cable at your disposal (using 1/4'->XLR adapters?).
    2. You CANNOT connect directly to PA due to venue’s procedures compliance requirements AND NOT DUE TO TECHNICAL REASON WHATSOEVER (technically speaking this option is by all means implementable).
    3. You MUST mandatory use the amp, again due to venue’s procedures compliance requirements.

    If this is the case, connect the HD500 to the amp’s return loop (either via the venue provided single XLR, or via wireless), set the output mode to “combo/power front/stack†and tweak your presets accordingly.



  2. Dave,


    Why don't  u consider playing directly to PA?


    1) Either use only the XLR’s out to the PA  with “Studio direct†output mode.

    Since the house is pre-wired with ONLY a single XLR cable from your area of the stage to the closet, you could possible use a small mixing console ( to feed the single XLR, or


    2) Use a  1/4'->XLR adapter through the 1/4 left unbalanced output of the HD500 to connect to the stage single XLR (don't forget to set the 1/4" out switch to amp/line as requested by the sound guy).


    In either case the amp is not critical if the house can provide you with a stage monitor.


    3) Alternatively, use the stage XLR for PA connection and through a wireless system , use your amp for stage monitor.


    Since you cannot use any channel switching or EQ switching inherent to your amp, I believe  the HD500 is the ideal solution for an all-in-one unit, including full amp+cab+mic modelling and fx.


    For detals, c also




  3. This depends of the frequency response of your Blackstar HD60.

    From the HD500's side of view, the answer is yes, you can instantly change from my electric to acoustic without any unplugging and replugging in cables.

    But how is the Blackstar HD60.going to "service" the acoustic sounds?


    Search this forum and you can find acceptable solutions on this matter.




  4. Theoretically YES through the XLR outputs (or the 1/4" mono left output, depending upon the console available inputs), but bear in mind that the HD500 does not support true bypass. You may also  need to build an acoustic patch.

  5. Assuming the PRS is plugged into guitar 1/4" input and the strat into the aux input, you have 3 alternative setups in the attached setlist as follows:


    Patch 01A: prs+strat

    Use FS1 to switch between Amp A (prs) and AMP B (strat). Note that BYP VOL is set to 0 for both amps. Also Mixer PATH B LEVEL is set to 5db.  Input 1 set to Guitar+Aux, Input 2 Same.


    Patch 01B: prs only. Input 1 set to Guitar, Input 2 Same.


    Patch 01C: strat only.Input 1 set to Aux, Input 2 Same.


    You may use either Patch 01A with FS1, or Patch 01B for the PRS and Patch 01C for the strat.

    All FXs & parameters at default values, tweak them at taste.


    The approach with different patches for each guitar seems more flexible.

    Also, instead of using the mixer level to bring the strat up to the level of the PRS, you may consider use of a Studio Eq.

    PRS &

  6. Simulate your live play list by recording small indicative parts of intros, rhythms and solos for all 40 songs (use Audacity or other similar software).


    Then, just by visual (and audio) inspection of the recorded track waveform, make level adjustments.


    Repeat process until all levels acceptable.


    Important: do not touch the HD500 master volume, set it at some initial position (say 11 o’clock) and leave it there during the cycle. Do all adjustments using all other level controls (eg amp ch vol, mixer level, etc).


    General rule of thumb: solos must be some db (say 2 or 3, depending upon each song) higher than rhythm parts.


    Attached image demonstrates clipping.

  7. If your question is about using mags on channel A (left) and models on channel B (right), then you should arrange as follows:
    input 1 = variax mags
    input 2 =variax
    mixer path A 100% L
    mixer path B 100% R
    You must also plug a 1/4" jack to the right 1/4" out (using only the left 1/4" output sums the signal to mono, so the models sound will "bleed" to your amp).

    As far as the FX level "loss" is concernerd, I am sure you can find acceptable solutions in this forum. FYI I used the 4CM configuration with a Fender Prosonic Custom Shop combo with no problems at all (besides the non-acceptable acoustic sounds).

  8. Both scenarios seem to be implementable.


    I believe that you cannot avoid the D/A > A/D process, which will be present anyway (I mean both scenarios JTV 1/4->DIRT PEDALS-->HD500 and JTV VDI-->HF500 FX loop-->DIRT PEDALS, both implement D/A > A/D).


    As far as sending the 1/4 out of the HD500 to your amp and the XLR out to the PA for the acoustic models, bear in mind that you must use either “Studio direct†output mode or “combo/power front/stack amp†output mode. Therefore you cannot have simultaneously acceptable acoustic (via PA) and electric (via amp) sounds.


    In my case, I connect the JTV via VDI to the HD500 and I am using only the XLR’s out to the PA for ALL sounds (acoustic + electric) with “Studio direct†output mode.  I run the 1/4 out of the HD500 to my amp’s effects loop return, thus using the amp only as stage monitor.  The only drawback in this arrangement is that the stage sound that comes out from the amp is not 100% perfect, but the advantages are many:


    1) The audience receives pure HD stereo studio sound through the PA, both acoustic AND electring sounds are amazing.


    2) Each song in the play list has one or more presets, including JTV settings (model selection, variax mags input, tone, volume settings and tunings).


    3) I can use both variax+variax mags simultaneously (very convenient for Stairway to heaven, Have you ever seen the rain and many other songs).  In other words, it is possible to use one channel for electric guitar (variax mags) and the other for acoustic (variax).  In some cases the combination of 2 electric guitars (eq JTV69S mags+VARIAX LESTER for Hotel California harmony solo part) is also possible.


    4) All presets are level (volume) balanced with each other (a very time consuming process), so the “next song guys 1-2-3-4†interval is only a “click†away.


    5) The JTV69S+HD500 rig can be fully operational at any PA equipped venue (I mean that the amp is not critical if the sound guy can provide me with a stage monitor).


    6) The stage setup time is minimal (unpack, connect VDI, connect XLR’s, connect power supply, eq the two PA guitar channels, done!).


    I came to the above setup after experimenting with various tube amps as the main sound source (micked to PA), but although the electric guitar sounds were really good, I was never able to achieve a good acoustic sound thru the JTV.

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  9. You could use the unbalanced 1/4" Outputs Left+Right instead (assuming you are talking abt HD500)


    Copy from "POD HD500 Quick Start Guide - English ( Rev D )", page 8:


    18. Unbalanced Output - connect 1/4" cables here to send your sound to a
    guitar amplifier, recorder, mixer or PA system. Set the 1/4" out switch
    on top of your POD HD500 to AMP when sending to a guitar amp or
    LINE for devices with -10dBV inputs typical of mixers and recorders.


    19. Balanced Output - connect balanced XLR cables here for an ideal
    connection to digital recorders or as direct sends to the house mixer or
    PA when playing live. If you are experiencing hums and buzzes, set the
    XLR switch on top of your POD HD500 to LIFT to eliminate ground
    loops between your equipment

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