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  1. what if you have an exp2 external pedal additionally, how would that work?
  2. you have to send your changes to the pod before moving pedal and knobs, i send and save each time. else changes in edit will be undone, theyre only temporary. its more like a bug than a feature. pod and edit are not in sync.
  3. im not going to argue for the soundbar, certainly not for tweaking, but if it sounds good with music from the tv, the pod should sound ok, same goes for a surround system. got to be careful with the dynamics though if the speakers are small/cheap. if they sell you a system with 7x100 watts output but the label on the back says power consumption is only 100 watts total, its either magic or a ripoff. A stereo or surround setup with good big speakers will sound good. if it has tone controls it can be set to flat, if that is the requirement. i have friends who spent over 2 grand for a hifi and it doesnt even have tone controls because they like their sound flat. too bad they cant dial out the bass when late night listening... have you tried to set the pod output to studio mode, might help with the bassy sound.
  4. i really wish someone could write a step by step midi setup tut for the dummyest, not leaving out any of the most basic and obvious, still havent figured that out like send the pedal midi to pc/daw, map or modulate it, then return it to pod to control a parameter, or can this be done? the one vid on youtube dealing with midi on the pod is in portugese and about as helpful as the cc table in the manual i can figure out things on the daw side, the pod remains a mystery
  5. almost forgot the most important effect for surround: dimension...
  6. what do you hear on your favorite records, mono? the guitar is typically a mono instrument, so how do they make those surround mixes ... it is all in the effects in a chain the (pseudo) surround information is generated from phase variations in the stereo image (simplified). plenty of time related effects in the pod with surround potential: phasers, chorus, flanger, vibe, reverb, delay. just make sure you dont put any mono effects towards the end of your chain reducing the signal to mono the 5.1 is ok, i prefer a 4.0 setup for a better stereo effect besides the pseudo surround of my hifi amp which is always on i`ve used plugins like spatializers and stereo expanders with great results. often, the wideness setting will control depth from the rear speakers, just great. then the fx loop send can be taken from a dual path patch giving a 4 ch (2 different stereo channels) most modern pc mainboards have on board surround with 6 or 8 analog out jacks, only problem is to feed the pod into the pc with a decent interface, not using the pod as default soundcard some plugins split the signal into frequency bands processing each separately with individual settings the one weakness is that listening position drastically changes the surround experience
  7. panaman

    Flat waveform

    since the op says he gets what he wants in tuner mode, it must be something in the feedback from a delay or reverb, if he can use an extra monitoring input on the pc for this purpose, the spdif in the "dry inputs" global setting or the loop output early in the chain should do it hopefully
  8. while in a live situation mono may be the way to go, in the bedroom you dont have 1000 watts. thats where that stereo will produce sound and fill the room, this will easily show using headphones, 1st one can on one ear only, then both for stereo with some of the factory presets . will help with the decision to get that 2nd speaker. a surrounf processor can open yet another dimension, at the cost of an extra 2 or 5 speakers the pod is a stereo device - with some limitations
  9. i had the exact same issue: after 2 years with a standard strat (mexico model) i opted for a LP traditional. instant agony. i use customtone tones mostly. tweaking to my taste. and was generally happy with the strat - pod combination. the LP sounded dull and ducked- took me a week (yeah i know) to find out i had a compressor plugin on the pc to protect my home stereo speakers. disabled/adjusted that and humbucker heaven. turning the pups down some (3mm) did also help. the humbuckers appear about twice as loud, still with no or minimal drive/gain tweaking, i can get a decent tone on pretty much all patches with both guitars. no hiss of fizz or clipping. while i strongly feel the right setting is guitar-same i leave it to the author of a tone and set the global to preset (per patch), best of both worlds. there is nothing wrong with a lp traditional / pod hd500 setup. the strat really came to new life with .9 ernie ball cobalt strings lately, got to put them on the lp next for sure.
  10. for the 500hd im thinking a sturdy magnifying glass with the edges of its metal frame filed down so its a little sloped.
  11. it is not unlimited. common strategies in these kind of devices are to reduce sample rate and bit depth, or the quality of the algorhythms. the ultimate limit is physics: time- a cpu or dsp can only do so many computations per second before it has to drop data or start lagging, introducing latency. from what i read the ios audio system has issues to begin with.
  12. the pod is already flexible enough as it is when it comes to routing. if you swap 2 guitars frequently, you run into 2 issues though: the tuner and input z settings apply to guitar in only. a simple a-b switch could connect either guitar to guitar in. all issues resolved and everything fine until your buddy comes over and wants to play along and you want to keep your paths separated. so i got a cheap aby switch for just under 30€ with 2 switches and 4 jacks: 2 ins (or outs) and 2 parallel (1"tuner" and 1 out (or in)). it is all mechanical and the battery only required for the led indicators, not needed. i wanted to be able to switch either guitar to either output, or to both to connect to the pod guitar in and aux in . luckily (and as expected) the 2 foot switches are both the same 2 x 2 way variety with one half not being used. not so luckily the switches and jacks are soldered to the little board inside and unused pins are soldered to ground pads. it is relatively easy though to separate. one or 2 of the switches` pins are a little tricky to insulate, you want to leave some/much of the soldering pad alone to retain stability. one connection from in-out jack to a switch may already be where you need it and doesnt need to be cut. while youre at it you may want to check the soldering and fit of the components. one of my switches was a mm off and prone to come loose soon enough. what can you expect from a 5 year old chinese kid working 24/7... some simple switching logic applied: reroute each in-out to one end of each switch. reroute each middle pin of the switches to one of the previously parallel, now separated jacks. keep the wires short. shielding is not necessary if in a metal case. the gaps you cut out do not have to be huge. the whole thing took 10 minutes (+some thinking) and can be undone easily (you wont have or want to).. cutting use a carpet knife. be careful with your fingers: cuts and strings dont mix
  13. i like the ms in front of the pod but had been getting frustrated with the noise floor and one annoying frequency around 1khz, when usb powered, even from a usb power only jack and from various pc/laptop usbs. since batteries are no option for me, i was about ready to toss it. even with a noise gate with thresh on >80, l could still hear it in the signal. then i went through my box of old adapters and found a usb phone charger. ms is dead quiet. all noise gates removed from my patches glad i hadnt asked for a global noise gate
  14. you can have 2 independent stereo outs: put the fx loop just in front of the mixer in either path. mute that path`s volume in the mixer. this is 1 stereo channel on the fx loop send. pan the other path to center in the mixer. this is the 2nd stereo out from 1/4, line out and xlr out. fx loop return is not being used, but could be fed anything, like the return from a daw, if using the pod`s spdif dry out
  15. with the exception of the reverbs and pitch/harmony, its not the effects that eat up dsp, but the full amps. with a dual amp and a couple of reverbs youre almost there. so better go for the x. if you ever get a variax (and you never know until you get one) the 500x is not fully suited, better go for the x pro or the 500 dsp hungry effects can always be outsourced to exernal pedals.
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