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    POD HD 500X Live Setup Tips?

    I've used my POD for both home recording and for playing live, and there were definitely hurdles to get over with the live sound. My problem was getting my chosen tone to mix well with the rest of the band, because I liked my tone by itself but it disappeared in the mix. I realize you're not having the same problem I had, so I'll just give you some things that I tweaked in order to get a sound that I liked. The most important thing was the microphone choice. I liked the SM57 when I was recording, but with the band that just didn't have enough body, so I tried every different microphone until I found one that carried better. In fact, the mic that I decided on gave my tone a lot of body. I don't love that tone by itself, but with the band it sounds great. (I'd tell you which mic model I use, but I forget, lol). I also went direct into our PA, and I liked that a lot. My goal with using the POD was to not have an amp to lug around, so I just plugged into the mixer and sent it to the mains and the monitors. That's important because the speakers in the mains added some low end for me. Cabinet settings were something that I also tweaked a lot, and I sometimes used dual amps/cabs to give me some more body to the tone. Those are things you can try, but for me the magic really came when I found a mic that sat better in our mix. The last piece of advice I have is, be patient, and tweak as much as you can while you have your live setup there. I did a lot of tweaking at home, then going to practice to see how it sounded, and that's a real pain. Listening on whatever you'll use live is the only way to hear how it will sound, because even FRFR speakers will all sound a little different. I hope this helps. Stay positive. You can definitely use the POD live, it's just a different animal than an amp but to me it's worth the extra effort.
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    Help! I can't figure out my Relay G10

    It doesn't look like it's plugged in all the way. You need to plug the transmitter in all the way to get it to charge, then you can try to update firmware. It will light up when it is in all the way.
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    Help! I can't figure out my Relay G10

    You are very welcome. I'm glad it worked for you!
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    Help! I can't figure out my Relay G10

    Does your transmitter ever light up when you put it in the base?
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    Help! I can't figure out my Relay G10

    When I first tried to upgrade, I thought it said the same thing. But it was actually telling me the base had no updates available. I had to select the transmitter and then it let me upgrade. So double check that you're looking at the transmitter upgrades and not just the receiver.
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    Help! I can't figure out my Relay G10

    I think you fixed it! The only guitar I've been using it in is an Ibanez with a recessed input jack. The G10 doesn't reach far enough when the stock guitar, so I took out the input and put some rubber spacers in there to push the jack out about a half inch. The G10 works, but I think sometimes it wasn't pushing the button quite enough or something. Last night the G10 wouldn't connect, so I pushed the button myself, and it synced up right away. I put it in the guitar and it worked all night. The piece of the puzzle I was missing was the location of the button. Now that I know what to try when it doesn't work, I think I'll be fine. I also have an extension cable I can use in a pinch if it gives me problems at a show. Thanks so much for the info!!
  7. I asked some of this in another thread, but rather than continue to hijack that thread I decided to start my own. The story: I have a Relay G10 that worked like a charm when I first got it. The first week it was flawless, then in the second week I was at practice and the battery ran out. I used a cord for the rest of practice, went home and charged the Relay for a little bit (not a full charge), and it still wouldn't work. When I pulled it out of the base and plugged it into the guitar, the lights on the transmitter and the base would blink like it wasn't syncing. I left it in the charger and went to bed, the next morning it still didn't sync up. But the green light was on the transmitter all night, so I'm wondering if the transmitter charged, stopped charging, then stayed on and the battery drained? When this happened, I charged it again, then took it out when it was done and it worked. I used it for a few days and it was fine, then I left it in the base again before a practice, and when I showed up at practice it once again wouldn't sync. Am I draining the battery by leaving it in the base all the time? What should I do with the transmitter once it is charged? This thing was so easy to use right out of the box that I took it for granted! Now that it's not working, I'm lost. What procedure should I use for charging, syncing, and storing my Relay?
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    G10 problem

    This is an old thread, but it looks like it is still in use so I'm going to post my question here. Hopefully someone can help me, and if this is the wrong place let me know. I got a G10 a couple weeks ago and I love it. On the same day, my bass player got one and brought it to practice, and my battery died in the middle of practice. At the beginning of practice the G10 was fine, but once the battery died I tried to charge it a little and use it again, but it wouldn't connect. I took it home and charged it, and it worked fine. Took it to a gig, plugged it in, and it would not find a channel. The halo on the base just kept pulsing white. I used a cord at the gig (which was torture after using the G10!), then brought everything home and hooked it up in my house. I still get the same thing, the transmitter charges in the base, but when I take it out, it never syncs up with the base at all. I'm not sure what to do! Can anybody help?
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    Choir Oooo's and Ahhh's FX?

    @ Pianoguyy, Yeah, I realize the POD won't sound as good as a keyboard, I'm just hoping to get close. We don't have the option of adding a keyboard because we don't have enough people in the band, so I'm hoping I can do something to give the illusion of a keyboard for a small part in a song. @ Nico, I tried your effect last night and it worked pretty well. I'm going to try the vocoder tonight and see how it does. The Voice Box wasn't bad, I guess I was just hoping it would be more dramatic of an effect. I was playing at very low volume, though, so tonight when I practice with the band I'll try it through the PA and see how it sounds. It might come down to which sounds better with the least amount of DSP. This patch is pretty full; I'm trying to use the Ahh's, the octoverb for some strings type of a sound, and a synth all at different places of the song and within the same patch. Add to that the amp, delays and a mid-focus EQ for my lead tone and I'm pretty packed. I'll keep you guys updated, and if I ever manage to pull this off I'll try to upload a recording.
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    Choir Oooo's and Ahhh's FX?

    Thanks Duncann! I'll try that as soon as I get home tonight.
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    Choir Oooo's and Ahhh's FX?

    Thanks for the reply, Nico. Would the vocoder allow me to do what I'm thinking? I suppose I should play around with it myself to figure that out. Can you think of any other ways to produce the sound I'm looking for?
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    Choir Oooo's and Ahhh's FX?

    Has anybody ever tried to set up an "Ooo" or "Ahh" type of effect on the pod? Something that would sound even a little bit like voices? I've been through a lot of the synths and sometimes I can convince myself that some of them are close. It got me to thinking that maybe a combination of things could make an effect sound like voices. Has anybody tried this? Is it a dumb question? I thought about maybe using the vocoder to see if I could get that to sound right, but I don't ever want to have a microphone in front of me at a gig. They terrify me, lol.
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    What is your Pod preset philosophy?

    I've had my POD for a year now, and at first I felt overwhelmed by the massive amount of options. So I went with what you described... one preset that worked for me. I used it for recording and jamming with friends, and I always felt exactly like you said, that I was selling myself short by using such a simple setup. Then I started using it to play with my band instead of my Marshall amp. That took a lot of tweaking to get it to play well with the rest of the band, but once I got it there it sounded amazing. Still just one preset, though. BUT, after using it with the band for a few months, I started experimenting. Mostly I would take one song out of our set and do some different amp or effect. I seemed to add one song at a time with a new, fun preset, and now I have maybe five or six that I use during our show. I still have my basic, "My Tone" kind of sound, but then I do some other stuff every once in a while just to experiment. I have no intention of getting to where I have a new preset for every song. That would be too much work trying to keep the volumes balanced and stuff. But I like having my basic tone and still giving myself a chance to see what the POD can do. And you can do that in very small increments. A song here and there just to make it interesting for you. Hopefully that helps!
  14. If you are going into the front of a Vypyr, then you are using the amp modeling on the Vypyr as well as the POD. That could be causing problems, since you now have the Vypyr's gain to deal with as well. If I'm not mistaken, the Vypyr VIP has an aux input, for playing mp3's and stuff, right? If so, try plugging the POD into that and using only the main volume on the Vypyr.
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    Looking to get rid of my model packs

    I'll take the HD500x pack for sure.
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