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  1. I can understand that! Congratulations Well Done and welcome to world of too many amp and effect choices!

    Some of those comparison videos sound close depending what you listen to them on.


    To me it was more apparent Helix had more detail, like more resolution then the HD especially the FX. The routing options; the screen; the scribble strips; parameter assignable switches; snapshots and hands free editing. Pure joy!


    Would love a Helix but I cannot justify the cost. It has been many years since I was a gigging musician.


    Am still learning or discovering new things about the HD even after 3 years! It still satisfies!

  2. When I try an amp I go by what I once read a long while ago about real amp tone controls that without a tone control it is equal to the mid range being on full where the others are crossover like splits off of it.

    For most of the Marshal models;

    I put all amp gain and tone controls at only quarter and crank the mid and Amp volume knob, then raise the presence if needed for rhythm and treble for more a lead tone backing off the presence. This is useful if using the same amp model is used for two guitar tracks. 


    With the HD models I can back the bass right off depending how much DEP resonance I reduce from default 50%


    A bit of hum if I reduce the gain to near off ; clean with little roll off volume on guitar.


    Suprisingly this gives a great tele tone on it's own, even better with a comp.


    Feels like a clean tube amp!

  3. Interesting and probably one of the best explanations of the DEP I've seen.

    Only remark I'd make is that to me the resonance effects the bottom end but that just may

    be my small monitors talking. I certainly wouldnt descibe as a compressor but I get the analogy to me more like a slight sustainer effect which describes a tube amp a bit. Can be squishy or a tight fight. 


    Late last night the problem seem to not exist after I raised the bridge on my Les Paul and removed the fret buzz in few spots. This was it as it correlated to a couple of spots the buzz came thru the headphones and being picked up as this fuzz I heard like a farting speaker overtone.


    Also though, late at night the playing style was more sympathetic but I did try to reproduce the fuzz but it was not there.

  4. I seem to recall a regular here put up a post about in the DEP to lower resonance and roll off the bass. This seems to be the area I am getting a fuzz on my 2204 when trying to clean the amp right up it is still in there. Adding to it may be the fret buzz I just noticed.

    As listening in headphones does give you more especially those reverb tails!

    Will try a few other Marshal models now.

    It just might be an artifact of the modeling of the amp and wont clean up but suprisingly the mic choice does change this the most.


    A few changes in the mix for my tones, seems also my headphones on the left side might be not handling the low level and so too my Edirols.

    No probs with other amps

  5. I do know we got master DEP level, effected by resonance and somewhat by thump.


    Then there is the amp knob volume and then the master out knob.


    Then you have the mixer block volume. That is a lot of places for level in a chain.



    I did notice the tone cleaned up just fine lowering the volume knob to about 75%.

    The mixer block was at zero

    I was able to isolate this as the main source of the fuzzy overtone clipping.


    CORRECTION: It seems it may of only been the 2204 which is what I been using and one other patch Both with their gains way down. 

    On the Soldano clean no probs. 


    Will look more into this.

  6. I think I might have solved this for you by accident.


    My usual home setup is via s/pdif into sound card which in default is equal to the master volume fully up.

    Since my music PC died I have been using my old Korg D3200 while I get a new PC.


    I found tonight most of my patches have a fuzz like you describe and it took a while to work it out.

    I am going out the XLR's into a Mic pre with a pad on and some gain to bring the level below peak and in the

    recorder there is no clip.


    I have had the Amp volume and Master volume on full as earlier in the chain as you do but this is causing a slight distortion overtone like a fuzz even on cleaner amp models or with gain down mainly on bassier strings.


    It has often been remarked about this by others but never an issue on s/pdifs for me. All controls full, no problem.


    What fixed it was to only have the volume and Master out knob at 75% and increase the gain in the recorder. 


    It seems to be the analogue output gain. Makes sense as even any amp will clip when fully open.


    Hope this helps your issue too!


    EDIT: I checked it on the headphones it was there too but with Master knob about 50%. I rolled off the DEP master level and it removed it but what worked best was the Volume knob on the amp controls.

    This is new to me but I have seen it posted from time to time to watch out for internal clipping.


    Conclusion: There is more headroom on the s/pdif outs thru my Motu2408mkIII but the internal HD DAC is easily clipped when going from XLR outs to a mixboard.

  7. I been using this model lately for an all round rock tone. 

    I have tweaked the DEP settings Master full but mainly matching mic with low decay, low resonance etc to make it as dry as possible. and a booster.

    The Amp gain and EQ at only a quarter with the mid up. Gives a realistic ACDC tone even without booster on Les Paul as well as cleans up nicely with single coil strat, moreso with volume rolled off.

    I have a short delay one side of the Amp block to give a room feel and a 63 spring reverb for the spanky stuff.

    It does funk well too and I try out phasers etc in front of it.


    I think I'd pick this amp if it was the only one to choose from.

  8. It is not a life and death issue is it?   If you get the wrong unit it is not like you went under the scapel and it cant be undone;you can resell it and try out different unit. Better yet demo your shortlist for yourself using your own headphones.

    If is more about your purchasing decision then just answer this question.

    What device will give you more cred? 

    Buy that one no matter how much. Just get it.

    Approval from others shows a lack of responsibility and indecision is an insanity.

    The only cure is make a decision, any decision even the wrong one is better then the

    madness you are putting yourself and us thru. LOL 

    It is like trying to help a bum on the street, you might do one or two things to help him out but after a while

    you realize "this guy cant be helped" ? He certainly cant help himself!

    He is likely to be the fellow who blames you for making the decision for him-no responsibility.

    Don't be that bum. LOL

    You decide you are going to make the decision and make your  decision.

  9. Intermingled is an apt term for it and it makes alot to choose from and you need to scroll thru all amps to see the newer ones. It would of been a nice touch to have amps in some categories but I suppose that is more menus.

    Sure glad I don't have a Axe Fx to decide what amp! 250! 

  10. Ahem, could be your guitar is picking up stray ultra high interference.

    When I first got my HD I couldnt stand the noise.

    The HD is basically a computer and my guitars picked up interference from it so

    bad I was about to return it very disappointed compared to my usual Amp sims for recording.


    Having to hold the guitar just right was a nightmare as well as my other PC and an Amp the noise was unbarable.

    I shielded my fav guitar and prob solved. Then shielded all them!


    IT may noy be your issue as I'd call it noise rather then fuzz but even a little gain and it was'nt for me.

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  11. Chill man! If it was the Helix I'd understand; the HD is a no brainer for how little it costs. Versatile, comprehensive & sounds good!


    IT WON"T SOUND LIKE PLAYING INTO A TUBE AMP IN A ROOM unless you are 4CM into one.


    If all you got is some hifi headphones: It will sound like a mic'd amp you are monitoring in the studio.


    If you want the real tube amp sound; buy a real tube amp. You might still be disappointed. Did you get the right one! If you want the real FX sound buy the real FX. It will sound better. 


    Dont expect a real valve sound out of any emulation device.

    If you are loosing sleep over it buy the real thing. From what you have written it is important to you.


    It is a compromise using a modeller. period. But you get about 30 or so amps and cabs and about 100 FX.

    It is virtually like having access to a big music shops amps and pedal cabinet. Yes it will take ages!

    If you cant get a good sound out it buy a trumpet.

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  12. Keyboard amps will work well with the HDs but 15 watts is a practice amp. 

    If the singer is going in on the HD mic input as well you will struggle with volume

    especially if there is a packed audience (bodies are a bit like sand bags; they soak up sound)

    A hundred watt PA is not very loud either but would suit small venues.

    But as you are public transporting it, there are powered speakers you can carry with the rest of your gear on a small trolley. 

    That said, the keyboard amp might be enough if it is stereo 2 x 10''  speakers and 15watts rms each side in a small somewhat empty room; 15 watts peak forget it.


    EDIT: I got curious and looked up your amp. It has 2 channels mixable but not stereo and only an 8" speaker. It is a bedroom practice amp.

  13. Video below shows you how to edit patches easily on the HD itself.  including assigning footswitches.

    All that is missing is Effect or Amp parameter you want to control with controller pedal 1 or 2.

    Navigate curser over FX or Amp you want to control by pedal.

    Double click the "move" button;

    move edit knob 1 to select parameter;  3 selects min and 4 selects max. 2 selects pedal 1 or 2.

    So easy but do save Preset by saving twice, First for preset, 2nd for location.

    In the global settings the default is when you touch the Amp controls the screen shows the amp parameters for a selectable amount of time. This function can be turned off in global menu.

  14. If by comparison to the earlier PODs your unit is a bitter disappointment.

    You have a faulty unit I am sorry to say.

    Despite offers of help so far none have solved it. It is not like your comparing the valve amps cranked in your room to the HD on earpods right! You have read the guide and confirmed the outputs are correct.


    We can all attest the HDs are much better than earlier PODs and you know your stuff so

    I am not going to suggest you set your global EQ flat or if there is some fizz remove it with an EQ.

    But as it is used I would not rule out a faulty unit.


    The HDs have a broader frequency response than a most amps they emulate. As such to reduce the high shelf is not uncommon.

    For fizz zero in with a Para EQ narrow Q turned up to find it and sweep, then attenuate. Might need a little shelf boost or maybe not.


    Some mic models are better then others too and s'times just changing it can make the difference. I find the 57 too shrill most of the time.


    Seriously, get your Sony MDRs out

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  15. Problem with guitar is it is such a broadband instrument thru an amp.


    Your going thru a small PA likely on stands and he is going thru an amp probably on the floor.


    Further you probably share the PA with the Electronic drums and the vocalist. On your own it is fine.

    Put in a decent amp and your swamped. 


    The basement should be packed with bass traps up in the corners if no space. They can be made cheaply and help improve your space acoustically: a must as without treatment everything is bouncing around and nulling and nodes reinforcing.


    If you route the Amp line out, if it has one into the PA so every thing goes thru it, there is a level playing field and may or may not solve it. It may expose the actual cause!


    The main issue is two guitars. Like two fiddles or two basses, they share the same audio spectrum.


    When two instruments of the same timbre play they cancel each other so it is necessary to change the timbre between them by playing in different positions on the neck.


    If you both have distorted guitars it is easier to swamp each others sound and you sound thinner in fact. Both amps should reduce the amount of distortion. One amp cleaner sounding  will cut thru over a distortion. (differing timbres) This can also be aided by EQ. One guitar can have the mids scooped to allow vocals to cut thru the other if lead can go for more of a voice or synth tonality and should roll off the bottom end more then the other.


    Get back to pre production and have a band meeting and do some pre production.

    ie: If you lift an amp off the floor it will loose bottom end or the corollary; amp on the floor will have an exaggerated bottom end.


    Bass on the floor, Rhythm guitar on a crate or pointing up off the floor. Lead guitar on a table. Just this alone will give separation.

    If both playing chords one plays a different voicing. If not EQ, as mentioned.


    Finally, if the the other guy doesn't want to know about it you need communication skills after all a musician is in the communicating business and we have all seen great players or singers who never made it and others not so great who did. 

    The difference is skill in communicating. Can you get an idea across without malice when there are egos to get the better of.? LOL 

    Just like handling a crowd! Diplomacy is part of it. 

    Pre production meeting is a place to sort it out. You set up for sounding your best as a band. Then your rehearsals in the basement will be better if everyone can hear everyone so too for performances.

    Sometimes it is education; showing an article rather then tell how it should be. Many great players need Tech guys as they dont know the engineering end.


    Dont forget to get the bass traps up. maybe as a band effort.


    Good luck

  16. It should work if you keep the Guitar as input 1 and the mic as input 2 adjust the trim knob for level.

    In your DAW it is important that these be separate tracks and pan these two hard left and right as mentioned and when monitoring as well as you could get phasing due to timing differences between the

    Guitar and the Mic round trip into your DAW. 


    The Mic'd signal will be milliseconds behind the HD. It may be necessary to mute the mic'd side while recording.


    You will need to either record in your DAW via the s/pdif output into your interface or use the

    balanced outputs into your interface.


    Also the USB into your DAW should also work and be the easiest. Make sure in your DAW preferences under audio you select POD HD Left for one track and on another track select Right.


    Once recorded you can shift the mic'd Amp track on the time line by matching the wave forms up.

    Then you can mix and pan as desired.

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