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  1. wrong forum, try here! https://line6.com/support/forum/20-pod-20-pod-xt-pocket-pod-floorpods/
  2. Just to conclude! If you're starting out with IRs, thanks again @voxman55 and @olerabbit grab these: 1) ML Sould Lab best IR, It's just one IR, but it's pretty good, very balanced! Just sounds 'right'. https://www.dropbox.com/s/m4fwk8jx6m08hse/ML Sound Lab's BEST IR IN THE WORLD.zip?dl=0 2) L6 Allure pack, 6 IRs, but they're pretty good. https://de.line6.com/allure/ 3) Seacow's Christmas pack. It contains a 45 IRs, they're pretty good sounding all quite varied. https://seacowcabs.wordpress.com/2019/12/24/seacow-cabs-christmas-ir-pack/ Just with these 3 downloads, you'll end up with around 50 IRs, and while it takes some time to import them all, once you have them it's much easier to jump from on IR to the other, and it's much simpler/faster than going through the L6 PGO cab/mic/distance thing. I mean, when you click on a Mesa Boogie cab, you'll instantly get the Mesa sound, same for Marshall, and for some reason seem to make the sound 'pop' a little more than the default cabs seem to do... They just instantly give you "the sound". But still they don't sound drastically different to the L6 cabs, comparing a Fender one with the same mic they sounded basically identical, but, just being able to click on an IR is much better than having to select the cab, then change the mic, and then change the distance. Plus not having to remember exactly what every cab/mic/distance setting sounds like and having to endlessly experiment with settings... A much easier/faster process, and absolutely ZERO messing around with mics/distance, priceless! Just having these 50 cab options would take you weeks of trial/error configuring the default cabs, and most likely you'd just never get to experience these sounds... Surprisingly, I was expecting the Tone Junky IRs to sound great, but I found the sound from their free pack to be quite bland and disappointing... Even if some said TJ's IRs were fantastic, I couldn't hear it... Might be amp matching... So far I just mainly used the Dirty Placater Amp with heavy riffs; haven't gotten around to clean and lead. So maybe they'll do better there... But yeah to me the above 3 IR packs all sounded quite a bit better. Also Seacow has a lot of cabs and IRs... But my issue is that in packs, when you're getting 500 IRs at once, when you get 50 IRs for 1 cab; 10 different mics & 4 different placements for each, that's just too many, and kinda pointless unless you're so picky about your IRs and you're really anal about your mic & placement and want that exact sound...! It becomes obfuscation through quantity... For me, too many options, scrolling, and 50 IRs for 1 cab is just too much; much prefer the above packs simplicity! :D Oh, and btw, you can import multiple IRs at once... Don't do like me and import them 1 by 1... lol
  3. grdGo33

    FX Loop tonesuck

    Why would setting it last be any worse than setting in first? If the out/in have noise or quality issues, the noise will be the same if it's first or if it's last. Even logically, well depending on whether your block chain ends up increasing or decreasing the overall signal, putting it last might have less noise. Since if your noisy signal is put at the start of your chain and your chain increases the overall volume, the noise will equally be increased, whereas if it was last, in the contrary the noise/distortion from the FX loop would be lower relative to the overall loud sound.
  4. Bit too late for that! :) (L6 cab ranting spoilered) But anyway, IR largely solves the cab issue for me. Now it's much more easier to just go from one IR to the next, without having to tweak mic & distance every single time! So far I'm really liking the ML Sound Lab's BEST IR IN THE WORLD, not sure what it is exactly though, Boogie maybe? "ML mix IR", maybe mix of IRs/cabs/mics also... But I guess that's the beauty of it, it's one click away instead instead of a huge headache away! :D Kalthallen also seem to sound pretty good, but haven't tested them all. But yeah, so far, I'm really happy with the IRs I've tried so far! :D Oh, and trying to find out what the ML best IR is, saw this below, so while I don't doubt the L6 cabs can all be made to sound phenomenal with time & dedication, very likely that there's many IR that can be achieved IRL which are just not possible with the L6 cab parameters. From dual cabs, multiple mics, angling the mics, positioning them differently vs driver, etc., The more I think about it, the more using IR make sense as the better solution!
  5. @voxman55 Thx for the ML Soundlap 'best' IR I'll try it out a bit later! I didn't dl so far the packs; some ask for payment even if it's for 0$, etc, but this one seems to have quite a few which can be downloaded without hassle! https://www.soundwoofer.se/blog/about/top-20-list/. Tone junkies also looks good, and the later links also contain non-hassle downloads, Seacow, KalthallenCabsIR, etc, big thanks! :D Except I wouldn't be buying a car, I would be downloading free cars! So you could tell me; well here's a Ferrari SF90, here's a McLaren 720s, Porsches GT3RS, here's an F1, here's a Tesla, Ford truck, a jeep, a RollsRoyce, BMW Sedan, Mercedes SUV, etc.! And I could drive around with all of them ;) But yeah I understand the basics of cabs, mics & distance. I'm not just super interested in getting a PHD in Pod Go Cabs science at the moment... Just wanna play music! And the way the L6 PGO works, I find that it's more of a deterrent to me; I'm wasting more time on this cab/mic/distance sh!t than just enjoying playing guitar! If IRs can simplify my life and give me just a dozen awesome cab tones (that people have spent years learning and developing) without requiring me to mess with L6 cab-sh!t for days/weeks/months, huge win for IRs for now! :D ranting So yeah sure I can get decent usable tones, it's just never as I exactly want it, but you could argue that I'm being too picky... @olerabbit thx for the Allure pack I tried it a bit earlier and they really sound great! :\ Hmmm... Lost me on harmonizing! ;) But yeah I see them more as templates for the moment; instead of having to mess with the L6 cab/mic/dist, you just pick an IR based on a cab, don't worry about the details and use that. And if say I know that 3 IRs are based on the same cab and are good representatives of the tone of the cabs, already that's a huge improvement vs the L6 too confusing because of too many variables configure your own recording studio setup... I'm sure you can get great results with the L6 stock cabs, it's likely just more hassle than IRs, and if I can just load a few IRs and be satisfied, I'll be happy & content! But yeah to me the Allure pack IRs sounded great, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'll definitely also try Vox's best ML and https://www.soundwoofer.se/blog/about/top-20-list/ Thanks! :D
  6. Any improvement/news/update after speaking to L6 or trying different stuff?
  7. Jesus... 1st link... " 700+ Mesa OS IRs (.wav)"! o.0 Yeah the main issue for me is always being overwhelmed with options. In PGO: There's 16 mics. There's 30 cabs. There's at least 10 mic usable positions. (typical mic placement is 1 to 5 inch?). So that's what, like 5000 possibilities? Sure, not all are useful, but I'm having great trouble wrapping my head around the sound of the cab, the sound of the mics and the exact effect of the combinations of those vs distance. 700+ Mesa OS IRs is a bit similar, I can't see myself scrolling through 700+ IRs, that would take me years! lol Hence, if there's already 'renown' classic great sounding IRs, well, since you're not dealing with cabs/mic/distance, and are just getting IR sound, that's way simpler. Maybe at least use them as reference... Ex: If I were trying to make Bourbon, and I have a bunch of ingredients; I'd be asking, what are the best Bourbons I should taste to know what great Bourbon is supposed to taste like? Having then a crate with 700+ different bourbon bottles would just get me drunk lol For the L6 cabs, yeah, read a bit on mics and cabs and and setup some patches, but not sure how much better/worse good IRs would sound in comparison. Too many options I didn't try, if just plugging an IR would give me better sound with less hassle...! And for using the L6 cabs, it's super annoying that the mic is stuck with the cab. If I could set the mic & distance and just switch cab that would be one thing, but having to reconfigure the mic & distance each time you switch cab is super annoying... (don't think you can...) Also, as per the above, never know if you're missing out on a great cab/mic/distance combination, but often it seems it ends up with "well I guess it sounds ok now, but if only it could be a little bit more like this and a bit less like that", and given just the cab/mic/distance combination possibilities, it's like rocket science, would probably take dozens of scientific papers to be able to explain the relation between them all and what combinations results in the 'best' combinations for different purposes...
  8. Thanks!!! :D Have you made some more? I'm also trying to find some good IRs, having dual cabs ones would be great since I also heard good things about them. I'm entirely new to IRs so really am in the learning phase. One thing, I think setting up the high and low cut in the IR isn't a good idea, since you can just set them in the IR settings, but if they're cut off from the IR itself, then it's gone forever and you cannot get those frequencies back... I think some of the IRs are more suited for some amps/styles, so if not used 'correctly', it might not sound good/great even if it is in fact a fantastic IR? For this one, I just quickly tested with a Placater dirty (default settings), and maybe because I'm more accustomed to Ribbon mics so far, so it seemed to sound fairly balanced but seemed to somehow have a smoothing effect to the amp's distortion? So yeah I guess for finding an IR, what you're trying to achieve (style of music, amp, etc.) might be more critical than the IR 'quality' itself? I'd guess this particular IR would be better suited for a classic rock / marshall sound rather than a more modern/heavier/aggressive/saturated type of sound? Or are IRs generally supposed to be great at everything or are they more generally targeted to a particular style?
  9. Just curious if someone found some good free impulse responses? Not that I'd be absolutely opposed to paying for some, but I'd rather start to get familiar with them and what they bring to the table, instead of just spending money where I'm not sure it'll be so fruitful. Thanks!
  10. I tried on mine and I do also get some high end reduction it seems like. Not drastic, but noticeable. Still, could be placebo, but I'm fairly confident I could differentiate it in a DBT... One thing though is that it could be a volume level, are the guitar & Go using the same volume? If not, if your guitar is louder than the go maybe you're getting more tube saturation/distortion and that's what you interpret as sparkle... Other than that, my theories would be: 1) Going through the Go is bound to affect the signal in some way. Some pedals have "true bypass", but in case of Go, being digital, even when you're turning everything off in software, you're still going through the analog and digital conversion, and all of the circuits of the Go. If the Go was perfect, you couldn't hear any of it, but it appears that it isn't optimal and it does, as you describe, suck the tone... :\ 2) Could be impedance related; when the guitar is connected directly to the amp, it creates a circuit; and in simple terms, the guitar affects the amp and the amp affects the guitar. (all offer different resistances and work 'as a whole'). When you're plugging in the Go, well now you've completely change the circuit; Guitar -> Go -> amp -> Go -> Guitar, so now everything has changed... Maybe that also has an effect on your tone... (theory on my part, I know impedance affects electronics, but not quite certain about PUs & amps. Maybe no effect, maybe someone knows lol) 3) You're also using an extra cable which will also have an effect, the longer cable the more effect... So in the end, I'm guessing it's the sum of all of the above. But I'm surprised that other devices like HD500 & others wouldn't have such impact... Is the Go really worse than others? I'd be curious now to know if the other Helix products would have the same 'tone sucking quality' that the Go seems to have...
  11. Exactly, but that's what not it does! It's connected to 1) Main out left/Mono to guitar amp and 2) headphone out to stereo amp speakers. But when the FX Loop is on, it gives me absolutely no processed signal, like the FX return goes straight to the PGO out... Exactly like this: And yeah my Looper (in) is connected to Pod Go FX send, and my looper (out) is connecter to the Go's FX return, so I expected it to go through all the chain like you said, but it's really not what it does... Ok I just figured it out...! Global settings, in/out That was why as I said in this and the other thread I linked earlier, that the looper kept playing even if the block was off... So it's actually an interesting option if you have a mono looper and are outputting sound from Go to Monitors/PA/whatever! But yeah not sure why that option was set the way it was... When I changed the option, the Go started behaving as you would expect... The more you know LOL (optimally, there could have been some indicator that the option is on/off, since it really screws up the FX loop behavior, but I guess that when you know the option exist...) Thanks!
  12. Using my mad Photoshopping skillz, this is how the FX loop appears to be working in actuality when it is turned on in the 3rd effects block location:
  13. Yeah I understand how my looper pedal works, you don't have to try to explain it to me! lol I used the looper just as an example. My question has nothing to do with the looper pedal itself. It could be a distortion pedal, chorus, compressor, phaser, EQ, reverb, etc., I'm trying to figure out why the Pod Go FX Loop block doesn't seem to work as you would normally assume it to! Please reread or read the original post, even just the 1st TLDR line of the message for what I'm asking! Thanks! :p Visually:
  14. Thanks yeah I understand how the looper works, I'm trying to figure out how the Pod Go's FX loop works!
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