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  1. I got it for the versatility. In my band I wanted to access different sounds easily. I already had the hd500 and the DT25, and this completed a great live rig. I love being able to go from one completely different setup to another with one patch change. At first I thought I'd mainly use LP and Strat sounds but I love getting different textures from models I would have never actually played like a Gretach or Rikenbaker or a coral sitar. Although my go to guitar at home or for recording is my PRS, my JTV59 is a fun guitar to play in its own right. In my live setup I found the acoustics most disappointing. I send the acoustic signal into a pa speaker, but despite various EQ experiments I still find the acoustic models don't cut through well and tend to sound brittle. They are the least likely sounds to pass off as the original.
  2. I thought I would revive this thread with some good news and bad news. The good news is using the DT25 as a power amp for the Axe Fx can send really good. There is a thread on the Fractal forum where somebody describes how to setup the hd500 as a midi controller for the Axe allowing you to navigate some scenes and use the expression pedal and looper: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/pod-hd500-control-presets-scenes-and-looper.80425/ Basically it boils down to a patch he created for the pod to send midi messages to the Axe. Very helpful! So I tried the next step. I disabled the cab block on the Axe, send the out from that into the power amp in on the DT and use the DT topologies. I can save a topology setting to my pod patch as well as class a vs a/b or triode/pentode. Again, very nice. Then I hit an old limitation. I use a jtv59 in a live setting and connect it with the vdi cable. To get to the Axe I wanted to use the s/pdif out from the pod. Of course, I cannot send the dry s/pdif signal to the Axe and use the L6 link from the pod to the DT at the same time. The workarounds would be: use a 1/4 cable from the Variax into the Axe instead of vdi, use the 1/4 and the vdi (with vdi just acting as a power cable to the pod), use a cable from the fx send of the pod to go to the axe. None of these are what I want. I don't like having two cables coming out of the jtv. I don't like relying on the jtv battery, just a psychological thing. The fx send I swear sucked the life out of the tone, although it was late at night and I should go back fresh to compare. The other alternative is to not use the jtv, as this setup sounded great with my PRS, but I need the versatility of the jtv live. I am wondering if there is a way I can have the midi out from the axe go into the DT as a way to send topology changes. I actually don't have another midi cable to try this out at the moment. I also wonder if this will cause some annoying delay as when I select a program on the pod it would then send the PC to the axe which then sends the topology change to the DT. In the end, as radats said on another thread, I'm trying to get the most of out equipment I already have. It would be great if I could afford an atomic clr for my axe, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
  3. Great sound! I have never been able to get a tone that big out of the Plexi model, so I use the P75. Is the overdrive pedal the key there? The DT25 is such a great sounding amp.
  4. Interesting! I love hearing how people approach this equipment in different ways. I'll play around with it. The biggest hurdle for me would be for that particular song is that I am switching from a patch that is mag humbucker and P75 amp to a Strat model in neck position with a Deluxe amp. I can't make all those changes with the pedal. I could definitely try it on some other songs, though -- thanks!
  5. Greetings! Last Saturday my band played a short set at a benefit show. This marked the debut of my dream rig (HD500, DT25, JTV-59) in a public setting. I am happy to report it held up very well. On that afternoon, my HD500 started doing some strange things, but silverhead chimed in and I was able to mend that. I originally wanted to use the cab out from the DT25, but the sound man refused, and I yielded. He ended up doing a great job in miking the amp. As I have worked with this rig, I have settled in on the tones I want. I still love that I have all these amps and guitars as my disposal, but I have hit upon a few combinations that fit with the music. I have also benefited from the advice from these forums, In particular, on all my tones I have cut down on the Bass in the amps, brought down the Resonance and Thump to zero. These changes have allowed my guitar to sit in the mix well. Here's a clip with most of one of our original songs. It's from a camera phone, but sounds pretty good with decent speakers. I am using the Variax Mags bridge pickup, and the amp is a P75 Bright Pre, Top II, Pentode, greenback cab, and a tube drive in front. The lead tone is the same with more gain and output on the tube drive and some delay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF_1d0bJSfA
  6. Thanks so much silverhead! That did the trick. My dream rig of DT25, JTV-59, and HD500 totally rocked last night!. The soundman wouldn't use the cab out from the DT25, and I was skeptical about miking it, but the result was great. I might have some pictures and video later.
  7. Greetings! I have a gig tonight and my HD500 has just started a strange behavior. The display every few seconds switches to the "momentary" screen, the screen that gets shown if I were to adjust an amp parameter like bass, mid etc. There has been no effect on the tone, but it is quite annoying looking down and not seeing the usual display (I keep on on the setting where it shows the status of the four footswitches and lists the patches on the current bank) It is also showing patches as having been edited after it returns from the momentary screen. There has also been a few times where it gets stuck on the current patch when I try to switch. I have rebooted the pod and nothing changed. In 4 years there has never ever happened. Any ideas before I hit the stage?
  8. I'm intrigued by this idea! I am saving up for an Axe-Fx to use for recording. My live setup is the classic Dream Rig of DT25, HD500, and JTV-59. I hadn't really thought about using an Axe-Fx live because I wasn't going to buy a power amp, speaker, and foot controller (Axe is pricey enough on its own). But if it could work well with the DT, that could open up another world. Keep us filled in!
  9. I've been experimenting with recording with my DT25/HD500/JTV rig, and I've found success for tones I'm looking for. Here's my setup: Pod and DT connected via L6 link. XLR cable from the Cab Out on the DT25 into soundcard. At first, I thought this setup would sound pretty much like a Pod direct. I had read some things over the years here on the forums that led me to believe that if you use the Cab out on the DT25, that would be adding the same sort of simulation with going direct from the Pod itself. The key for me is the DT setttings that allow me to customize the tone more. In particular, playing around with topologies has proved interesting, as well as trying out Class A and Class AB. I've attached a shortHD500 and DT25 Cab Out.wav clip. The Patch is just the 75 amp with a Blackbird cab and a tube drive pedal. The guitar is JTV model Lester 1.
  10. Well done! Your tones are right up there with the Helix videos. I don't have the $ for Helix anyway but I have been thinking a lot this summer about my hd500/DT25 tones and they are right where I want them.
  11. I don't think that will work. I used a dedicated midi interface, the Uno, to update my DT25
  12. I live my 59. I grew up playing Gibson style guitars so it feels great to me. I haven't had any issues with tunings, weird overtones, knobs or the pickup switch. My bandmate who is quite particular about guitars, played it and said I should get rid of all my other guitars. I won't be ditching my PRS anytime soon, but I have done some rehearsals with just the 59 and it worked great.
  13. I may have added to the confusion. I was using topology and voicing interchangably.. My bad....
  14. In LVM, the power amp section is modeled as well. So maybe that his what you are hearing. You could try doing the full Treadplate model rather than the pre, as that has the power amp modeling. I am not a big fan of full models on the DT25 -- they have a muddiness to them to my ears-- but it's all a matter of individual taste.
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