Jump to content

malriley

Members
  • Content Count

    6
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by malriley

  1. It seems to me you can record the guitar input and SP mono mike at the same time, just don't use the aux input, and adjust the microphone(s) gain. From the SP VX user manual: Input Select Switch Move this switch to select Sonic Port VX’s active input: Guitar In Stereo microphones Mono microphone + Guitar In (In your software, mic appears as input 1/L and Guitar appears as input 2/R) NOTE: Connecting a cable to the AUX input deactivates all other input Mic Gain Turn this thumbwheel to adjust the gain of Sonic Port VX’s three microphones
  2. malriley

    Mobile pod guitar tone

    I am trying to use Mobile Pod 2.0 on a iPad with Cubasis 2.0 on the same iPad for recording. I think the presets included don't sound very good, and am starting to think that Mobile Pod is an app you can't take seriously for recording. I just expect better sound from it after using an HD500X into a Fender tube amp. I could run my HD500X into the Sonic Port guitar input, but in order to use Sonic Port, I have to have Mobile Pod running and the guitar going through it to get to Cubasis. I don't believe Sonic Port works without Mobile Pod, but maybe it does and I don't know how to set it to do that. 1. Is anyone satisfied with the guitar modeling of Mobile Pod? Is it just good for practicing and not meant for producing guitar tone that sounds great like an HD500 pod or other pods? 2. Often the interlink between Mobile Pod and Cubasis gets unlinked and I have to restart Mobile Pod and then start Cubasis afterwards to get it going again or just go through the motions of setting the routing for the track I am set to record from Mobile Pod to use Mobile Pod to get it to work again. I think maybe using the "undo" function to undo what I just recorded disconnects the interlink connection. Anyone had this problem? 3. I have two expensive monitors I am trying to use connecting to Sonic Port (not VX) and it does not have monitor outputs like VX does. I have two choices, use the headphone output and split into the two speakers with 1/8" jack 1 into 2 cable adapter (which lacks in volume greatly when using) or run the amp output into a 1/4" jack 1 into 2 splitter (which I have not tried yet since I need the splitter). Is it do-able for me to try to use Sonic Port with monitors or should I just dump the it for the VX model? If anyone has experience with this, please tell me what you have learned. Thank-you.
  3. Contact cleaner is usually not the solution because scratchy pots are caused by the internal contact scraping across the resistor surface not sliding smoothly. Lubrication is what is needed so it slides smoothly. A tiny drop of 3 in 1 oil should do the trick if the sound is actually caused by the potentiometer.
  4. Is there such a baritone acoustic guitar around to compare it to? Maybe that is what an acoustic baritone guitar really sounds like? I would think that deep tones from a regular acoustic guitar would sound that way because of the size of the sound box not being large enough to resonate well. I liked how it sounded.
  5. malriley

    Using Shuriken with HD500?

    I have not used a Shuriken very long, but there are settings just for Variax in the setting menu. It does recognize and treat Shurken like a James Tyler guitar, it just says Variax and the firmware version number on the Variax menu setting. I see the other settings that the JT version has, so the HD500(x) is programmed to have the menus customized for Shuriken as a JTV. You can set it to save the Shuriken model/tuning selections per preset or globally (for ever preset, I guess). You can set it to ignore the Shuriken local settings by the force selection or the to not ignore them by the choosing do not force. I found through testing that each HD preset saves the Shuriken local settings per preset when HD preset was chosen, and recalled when each each HD preset was selected. To test this, I made 4 identical presets with just the same amp in one bank, without effect blocks, with the amps set clean, not overdriven by volume and drive. Then I changed Shuriken local models, like Spank 1, Lester 1, etc. for each preset selected, and then did a save on each preset using a different model. That is when the Shuriken selected model gets saved along with the preset. The model is recalled when the preset is selected. I found that I can still override that preset recalled model with the Shuriken local model/selector settings afterwards, if I want to (unless force in the HD settings was set). One issue is, there does not seem to be any indication on the preset display to remind you which Shuriken model was stored along with the HD amp and effects, so it seems you have to remember what you put in it. Also, if you use a preset that you don't want the Shuriken local model settings stored with, and you make a change to the preset, like turn off an effect block, then press save, the Shuriken preset gets stored, which you don't want to happen. Maybe turning off the Shuriken model selector by pressing on it will keep that from happening, but I have not tested that yet. So you could really confuse yourself if you are not aware of this. I think that if the HD setting is in global the same Shuriken preset is used for every preset. The HD advanced pilot guide is not really very clear and could use more information so we don't have to experiment. It takes much time to figure this out, and I would rather be making music than testing the HD. Please Line 6, make an app note that goes into more detail. It is one thing to design something with various flexibility options, but another to hardly explain how to use them, leaving it up to a musician to figure out. I hope this helps. I came across a HD preset I had stored with 2 amps in parallel and some effects that does not have any output when my Shuriken is only connected with the VDI cable provided, and only will put out sound with the regular guitar cable connected. I don't understand why, and it seems like my other presets work fine with the VDI cable. Makes no sense to me. I even turned off all the effects blocks and only had the amps, and still no sound with just the VDI cable. But worked fine with the phono jack cable.
  6. malriley

    FX100 Direct To Amp

    I thought I would weigh in on this. I have an FX100 and am using it with a couple Behringer Truth powered monitors and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 3 amplifier/2x12 speaker combo. I am playing the music through the FX100 through the main outs to the monitors and the amp out to the guitar amp. I tried using the clean channel with tones at 5 and volume at 5 and used the master volume for output level. I tried this way and also with the amp out going into the effects return that bypassed the preamp and its settings. I was not getting the tone I expected and had got out of the monitors when the amp out not used. The output sounded pretty good through the monitors, but not the same through the amp. I tried putting the amp into the more gain mode (the lead mode) with the amp out going into input 1 of the front end (preamp). I turned up the drive but not so much that it distorted the sound (fuzz). The master volume on this amp does not effect this lead channel so the main volume is set for how loud it is. I found that the sound coming out of the amp was pretty good this way. I figure using the "clean" channel did not drive the power amp section enough for the best tone. I also found that the amp that is used in the preset chosen in the FX100 made a big difference also. I had used some of the presets available for some songs through the FX100 for a Nightranger song, a Boston song, and an Eric Johnson song. The presets were not bad, but not that close to the artist's guitar (like Brad Gillis' sound). They used the Plexi Lead 100, Solo lead 100 head, and Line 6 JTS-45 with different drive and tone settings for each preset I downloaded into the FX100. There was a big difference in each. The Plexi Lead 100 in the the Eric Johnson preset I used did not sound like the Solo 100 head preset which was much stronger with the same drive level. So this is what I think. The clean channel of my amp did not have the drive it needed to get the sound from the amp using the amp out of the FX100. When I used "more drive" setting and turned up the drive, I got good tone coming out, aside from the preset amp settings being what they were to simulate each guitar in the songs I used to get presets for. I tried using the main out into the guitar in on the amp, instead the amp out, and there was a large gain in signal and I had to turn down the amp. So it obviously is much stronger in voltage level than the amp out, too much for running it into the amp through the front end with the extra gain and drive I had set it for. So it seems to me that the FX100 was made for the amp's front end input with the gain you would normally use when you play lead (except not overdriving it to distort because you want the distortion to come from the FX100 preset configuration). I am still experimenting since I have not had the FX100 more than a week. I have used a HD500X into the same amp and was using the unbalanced output(s) to one or two amps (for stereo effect) and running one into the effects return (power amp in) on the Fender and one into the main input on a Marshall Haze amp. This sounded pretty good using some of the presets with the Plexi Lead 100 amp and some other effects. The HD500X does not have a separate outputs for monitors (main outs) like the FX100 since it was made for the guitar only. I can use the aux in to put music through it and hear it coming out of my amp(s). So if anyone has any thoughts on this, feel free to comment. I was able to use the amp out with good sound if my amp was set for the lead channel (what I was playing), and did not sound tinny at all, and able to play songs from my iphone Amplifi app into my monitors. My presets need some adjustment to sound a bit better, but it is preset's amp choices and settings that were the factor and not my Fender amp.
×