Perhaps someone can answer this question? I got a buddy who practices and plays smaller gigs with his POD HD. But he records and plays larger (or more important gigs) with his full size pedal board with analog pedals. He pretty much uses the same pedals with both set-ups. For example his analog pedal board has an 808 tube screamer, rat stomp, ect... He says the "real" analog pedals are 5-10% better than the POD HD's copies and when it really matters he goes analog.
I find that punchy, clean preamp tone from the HD500 AC-30 (as long as the treble is backed off) is just amazing! I find my analog pedal board to be muffled, less clear, less sweet tone? Am I missing something? I don't see the pro's using amp modelers? Maybe when u start spending $2000 or $3000 on a tube head you don't need the clean, bright help from the amp modeler??
Guess my question would be....if your stand alone tube amp sound is better with NO help or tweaking from HD500.....what is ur amp and what is your secret??? I have $600-$700 in analog pedals and i never use them anymore because the clean tones just sound better through the POD.
YA, YA, your gonna say "shut up and just play the HD500!!!" Well, i could use my old pedal board and 2 seperate set-ups would be handy. Do i need an eq or preamp pedal on my old analog board to get the sweet clean tone i find with HD500 AC-30 preamp tone??