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About cjb2002

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  1. It would be a good opportunity to do so. But I believe there is a limitation in the model they use to simulate the amp, which 'struggles' when transitioning from low distorted sound to almost undistorted. This is my impression from paying attention to letting a chord decay in intensity after plucked. Maybe this was improved in the Helix. I hope, since for that price it should work very well. On the other hand, if you haven't yet, give Positive Grid Bias a try. I am still very impressed, I even bought it (the desktop version). I haven't tried the iPad one, not sure if it is as good.
  2. I think people typically talk of two or more types of fizz. That one that is kind of natural to the amp, and the one that sounds as an artificial residue of digital modelling. The issue is that both seem to be very subjective. Personally, what bothers me the most is the 'attitude' of the fizz. From the audio examples I posted above, you can hear that the decay sounds 'disturbing' (ok, at least to me). Even though some would question the amp model quality of other units, such as my old RP2000 or the GP-10, the behavior of the fizz is closer to what I expect in the latter. This is why I switched.
  3. Hi all again, a year after :) I finally got annoyed enough with the fizz and weirdness of the amp modelling in the HD500X. Even after the firmware update to 2.6. So I got a Boss GP-10 and I'm super happy about it: it sounds very good, it is small, I can bring it anywhere, it doesn't have that fizzy sound. (plus it has a synthesizer if needed). I suppose the GT-100 would be a better option for effects and amp modelling-only, and more footswitches. Anyway, I don't want to start another war here about Line6 vs Boss vs Whatever, but just share my experience for those who feel the same way. I hope the fizz issues have been solved in the Helix, though I am far from trying it, particularly for the price. Thanks again for everyone in the forum, it has been very helpful.
  4. That is very interesting, amsdenj. Thanks for your input. I never tried the vintage pre-amp before the amp, I will give it a try. Do you also have some example patches we could try out that follow this philosophy?
  5. For me it's been more than 6 months, and not ok at all :S Each time I get back to the POD sound I miss the control, sound and dynamics I get with TH2. I think for heavy metal or rock rhythm parts the POD does actually amazingly well though. Maybe it's just personal preference, but I wish I had an Axe FX II to be able to compare both on all these aspects.
  6. It is an interesting idea indeed. I also tried other amp modellers such as Overloud TH2 and I believe they sound much better than the HD500X models (for a detailed explanation, see here http://line6.com/support/topic/8576-is-my-hd500x-broken-low-volume-distortion-fizz/?p=82665 ) I think it should work out, and you should be able to change presets through the midi CC commands sent by the POD through its MIDI out. About using a laptop live, maybe there is a software to re-initialize the sound card if it stops working properly? I know low-latency modes can be tricky.
  7. I agree that fizzness is necessary. My point, as shown in the attached sound files in the first two posts, is that the fizz dynamics do not sound like anything I've been using so far. Not the fizz itself, but how it comes in and fades away with intensity, as I am playing. I think the best way to try this out is to do it yourself. For example, you can download the TH2 demo from Overloud's webpage and give it a try. This subtlety might be the difference between the HD500X and more expensive units, though I am not sure, I don't have anything like an Axe Fx or Eleven Rack.
  8. Hi all again, after a few months of trying things out, I thought it would be worth sharing my 'findings'. With respect to the HD500X itself: --- Studio/Direct mode: I found out that I cannot stand the 'fizz' of the pod when in Studio/Direct output, no matter what cab I choose, when I try to get slightly saturated sounds. This may be due to the way that Line6 simulates tubes and other non-linear components in software. Cliff, from Fractal Audio, has some thoughts about that too here , when he talks about Triode Modelling. --- 'Amp' mode: Favorably, things change slightly if I disable Studio/Direct output and pass the POD output through an active circuit I made a while ago, that basically is a particular lowpass, and then feed it to a Roland Cube40 in the clean channel. After some EQing from the POD side, I get some very nice tones. The fizz is still there, but somehow hidden because of the EQing and the angle at which I listen to the Cube40 (~45d degrees). To be clear, again, this is not optimal, the fizz is still there, but when playing with a band it is not noticeable (probably in a mix it wouldn't either). Other modellers: --- POD Farm: POD Farm seems to have the same issues, which suggests that there is an issue with the core modelling part in both products, not just the HD500X. --- Overloud TH2: I also gave TH2 a try, running its standalone version. Guitar directly into a soundcard, and then the output directly to speaker monitors. The difference in quality is enormous!! I was impressed, particularly about how the distortion cleans up and it gets smoother for amps such as Soldano. Another thing in terms of dynamics is how TH2 reacts with pick attack, which helps give a lot of 'personality' to the sound if used adequately. My verdict so far: I like the HD500X and some of the sounds I get, but not for direct recording. I think the issue is in the amp stage. For live settings, through an amp such as the Cube40, it produces some very nice rich sounds. I guess that the situation is different for high-gain Djent/Metal sounds, because the dynamics I am looking for are typically not as important.
  9. I think the problem is actually in the amp modelling stage. I tried recabinet, and it seems to reduce slightly the fizz decay sound with some cabinets, but I am not an expert with recabinet. Still, you can hear the weird decay without the cabinet. Maybe someone can recommend me a patch to try out, to achieve some smooth distortion without the fizz? so far I am clueless and it seems like it is not possible to get rid of this. Thanks.
  10. Hi, thanks for the suggestions again. I tried them and they help reduce fizz, but the dynamics of how it decays remain almost the same. I am attaching two examples with soldano crunch and treadplate at low gain, doing some simple chords with the bridge pickup. This is with resonance set to zero and also adjusting the bias and bias X parameter. Another thing I noticed is that increasing the bias parameter reduces fizz at lower gains, but it seems to make it clean up harsher, I don't know how to explain it. I think this discussion is similar to the one started by Bluebrain here http://line6.com/support/topic/3508-apparently-this-is-how-its-supposed-to-sound-i-think-its-unusable-id-appreciate-second-opinions/ . My conclusion is similar to his: you can get used to the fizz dynamics, and maybe you like it, but since you can't get rid of it, it can be very limiting in terms of tone possibilities. I made some sounds for clean (fender twin) and heavy (petrucci/vai-like) rythm/solos, and I like them. The fizz is there for the latter, which is normal for that style. The problem for me is finding something in between. I am then considering other alternatives like Boss and Digitech. I would appreciate if anyone has opinions on those as well. EDIT: forgot to attach the files, now fixed Thanks once again, I very well appreciate all your suggestions, Carlos hd500x-soldano-crunch.mp3 hd500x-treadplate.mp3
  11. Hi all, thanks for your answers and suggestions. I tried the soldano models and the fizz is still very annoying, even with low gain. I adjusted the bias and bias X parameters, which alleviate it, though it is still there. Now I tried some simple things as in the recording I posted above, again with the HD500X (treadplate/soldano), Digitech RP2000 and finally TH2 (vst plugin). Both TH2 and RP2000 sound very good (particularly TH2), especially when the distortion cleans up, very smoothly. On the other hand, everytime I hear what the POD does, I cannot believe how come there isn't an easy solution for that. I am 90% convinced about returning the HD500X to replace it for the (half priced) RP1000 or something else. I love the effects, looper and flexibility, but the amp/cabinet simulation was one of the main motivations for getting it. I know many will say this is a question of taste, but if you want to try it out, just download the TH2 demo from Overloud and give it a chance, you will probably feel the difference (make sure you put your POD in bypass mode before). You can use the POD ASIO drivers so you don't even need an extra soundcard. Thanks again, Carlos
  12. yes, unfortunately it seems to be very difficult to remove it :( I am already using the padded input, with half my guitar's volume, plus playing softly. I will try using 'same' as input 2, but my guess is that it won't change much the fizz. My main concern is that it is then difficult to create smooth sounding low-gain tones, because that annoying fizz breaks the atmosphere I am trying to create. I also own an RP2000 (digitech, 15-year old unit) which doesn't do it at all, even with a high gain amp), so it is particularly noticeable to me. My intuition is that the fizz comes from the way Line6 models the amplifiers, as there seems to be a harsh boundary between fizz and no-fizz sounds, rather than a smooth one (if fizz was to be there).
  13. Hi, this is a new thread based on a post on another thread, because I think that the explanation could be that my POD is not working properly, rather than 'normal fizz'. Hear the attached MP3. This is with this patch http://line6.com/customtone/tone/478652/ and with the guitar volume knob at half, while playing softly. The way that the fizz goes away as the distortion cleans up is not pleasing for the ears (at least mine). I am wondering whether other people have similar issues or if my unit is somewhat defective (that I got 1 week ago, new). Thanks. testhd500xfizz.mp3
  14. I managed to record an example of what I was describing in the previous post. I am attaching it. The patch for the HD500X can be found here http://line6.com/customtone/tone/478652/ testhd500xfizz.mp3
  15. Hello all, I am glad to find someone with the same issues as I do. Before starting, I tried both headphones and monitors (HS80M) with direct output. I got the HD500X a week ago, and I've been trying to find a good distorted sounds since then. I managed for high gain + medium-soft playing (DT-like), even though the fizz is still there. However, the distortion decay fizz is _really_ annoying and unnatural. I have a digitech RP2000 (yes, pretty old stuff, 15 years old), and it doesn't do it at all. With the RP2000 I get a smooth and warm decay, even with its not-so-good cab simulation. On the other hand, the HD500X drives me crazy in this sense. I like the unit and the effects, and even some of the amp models, but the fizz decays in a very 'disturbing' way when playing low. I will try to record an example tonight, but you can try this by taking an empty patch and adding a Treadplate amp, 60% gain. Set your guitar volume knob to half, then play something soft. Wait until the distortion decays.... disaster! I tried DEP parameters, which somehow alleviate it, but I cannot make it go away. I am even considering replacing it for digitech's new line, as long as that fizz is gone. Any help is very well appreciated ;) Thanks!
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