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  1. If you follow the Peizeos leads from the bridge they go to individual connections on the circurt board. You should be able to reverse them very easily for lefty operation.
  2. When you setup in your space are you playing with a full band? A tone that works alone doesn't always work in a band situation. It's hard to tweak any rig while rehearsing I know but about the only way to dial in any rig. A EQ, I recommend the trying studio EQ on the POD, is a outstanding tool for this. Set it up post amp on the POD. Put the frequency gain at the max, then move the which frequency around until you hear the offending tone. Then lower the gain on it to bury it. If you find some frequencies that make the rig sound better you might want to push those up a bit just not all the way. Setting the gain all the way up on the given EQ band is just to a tool to find the frequency. You can also try playing the rig in your practice space against a recording of your band, or just any full track to help get base line in place. If it's too sparkly try turning down the "Presence" on the amp model. Over the L6 link you can do that on the POD or the amp, just have to remember to save it before you change patches. Buzz is hard one and EQ is about the only way I've found to try to eliminate it. Also based on the style of music you mentioned, try more mids in your tone will glide over bass guitars and kicks. The amount you need might sound bad when playing all alone but work well in a full band setting. Also if you not miking the DT25 to your PA you might try that. Those groups played 4x12 and/or full stacks. Getting a big sound out of single 12 on the DT25 might be kind of though. The POD emulations do a pretty good job IMO of getting a somewhat 4x12 sound but that 1x12 is just not going to put out the wall of sound like a 4x12 is. If you have good enough PA mic'ing the DT25 works pretty well since it then puts that same tone over the PA speakers, of course you will need to lower the volume to DT so it doesn't blow out the room. One other. My fav patch for hard rock type of tone. Use the Marshall Plexi amp model, which on the POD really doesn't have much gain to it. Put a overdrive/Dist effect (I like the OD but pick which ever you think works best) before the amp model. Put the OD output to 10 and set it's drive to taste, usually drive will be pretty low same for drive on the amp model as well. Use the T75 4x12 cab, test different mics models. The T75 is brighter and doesn't' break up quite a much as the V30 or 25 models but it sounds bigger to me. On my normal full tube amp I perfer V30s but on the POD/DT I like the T75 better. I know none of this is really exactly what you are looking for but maybe gives you areas to think about.
  3. Would the resistance of the cable itself and the length affect it as well? Each does sound a bit different but to my ears it's not a night and day difference.
  4. Let us know how it is as device? I have DT amp but only using it a smaller shows. I've been slowing moving back to all analog path using Carvin Legacy most of the time now and using a HD500x for effects only. Very interested in if the Helix Effects are really improved enough to replace the role my POD is doing now. Like to keep my DT still around just for smaller venues easy of use so would used the HXFX with it as well.
  5. I'm not familiar with Helix, but pretty sure I can answer this one for ya.The Helix doesn't have a power amp. So it can't power speakers directly. If you come out of headphone jack you would have small headphone amp so it might drive them a bit, I'm sure the load of 2x12 is not going be good for the helix headphone amp, it's designed for headphones. Straight to your mixer should work as you pull up the gain on the mixer and the PA system will have power amps to amplify the signal. Make sure the line that you going into on the mixer is for line level input, not an insert. Helix has XLR out you can run to mixer that would be a lot simpler to use on most mixers. Basic of guitar setup are as follows Gutiar > Effects [stomp boxes etc.] > PreAmp > Effects loop [if amp has one] > Power Amp > Speakers On say a normal combo amp it contains the PreAmp, usually has effects loop you route some stomp boxes though for post PreAmp effects, a power amp and some speakers. All in one box for you. With a modeler like the Helix it contains your effects, PreAmp (the amp model of sorts), effects . It doesn't have speaker or a power amp. It does have headphone amp for personal practices etc... So if you want to run it into a speaker cab, either it needs to be active speaker that has it's own power amp, or you need to have power amp . Since the Helix also does speaker modelling most will want to have fairly flat response speakers like what is used by PA systems. Otherwise the guitar speaker are going to change the tone of the Helix, although it might still be good tone. Of course you could run it into power amp and then into a guitar cab speakers. Or into the "Return" of a combo amp, so you are bypassing the combo amps PreAmp and just using it's power amp and speakers. But you have to have power amp to amplify the signal.
  6. Not quite nil. I use a Variax 89f and am looking at it. I switched back to tube amps since the L6 has moved from actual tube amp options with the Helix (only Midi manual support for DT amps). Sorry but to my ears the Helix still missing something on the tones going straight to a PA, yea it's very good but still just missing something to my ears. My HD500 was as well until I paired it with DT. But I will say I use the 89F on battery anyway so I can be wireless and barely use the digital side of the guitar. Mostly for a quick acoustic tone and Drop D tuning, so I don't care about Variax input.
  7. POD HD does not support IR directly. You will need a Helix to use IR with.
  8. 1. You can set the patches up without the edit program using the screen, although the using the edit program is a lot easier to use to setup. 2. The FX setting on the patch are saved in whatever "on/off" state you save them in. They don't have to be off. For example I almost always use a reverb effect and leave it on all the time and don't even map it to a button. I want it on all the time, every time. 3. The patch returns to whatever state it was when saved. So you push some buttons turn stuff on/off etc... might even spin a knob for more bass etc... When you leave that patch and go to another with whatever settings. When I come back to that patch, it goes back to the state it was when saved, not where it was when changed it. Note, this is when using the device on stage. When using it in PC Edit, it will stay where you last left it as long as you don't close edit and don't shut down the device. You can tell in edit by seeing it in "italic" or * by it that it was changed and not saved yet. The easy way to learn is just setup some basic patches with something like distortion effect on or off so it's obvious and then play with it bit using the Edit software, and using it unhooked from the PC. Also play around with changing to different patch banks etc... and back so you get a feel for what it does in all scenarios, then you find you answer and might be some situations I 'm not aware off that it holds the changes for bit.
  9. If your out of warranty or can't get to authorized tech, log a ticket with Graph tech. I've broke some saddles etc... and called them to get some parts before. They have outstanding support.
  10. The DT adds a real tube section to the HD equation. Does it sound better? IMO yes, but I really like tubes. You say it takes a lot of tweaks to get average result. That has not really been the case for me. I think I get good results without a ton of tweaking. Based on your answer I would say yes it would also be the case for the HD paired with the DT. It just doesn't drastically change the equation.
  11. Here the thing, it's as little or as much tweaking as you want. With the old analog amps and even most SS amps and pedals. They sound like they sound, there isn't much you can tweak, at least not without spending some $$$, so it either works for you or it doesn't. A device like a HD and DT, and/or even add a variax and you now have probably thousands of combinations and parameters you can tweak without investing more $$$. So it's up to you to control yourself or go nuts with it. I when down that rabbit hole when I got my first Pod XT device years back. The good part of tweaking that was I learned a lot about pedals and placement and amps doing that. The bad part was I spent too much time tweaking and not enough improving my playing. Tone is subjective. So I like any other piece of gear try one out and see if out of the box you think it sounds pretty good. If it does then you can likely improve it a bit without a lot of time. If you just can't help yourself tweaking then maybe having all those options is not the best thing for you. Personally I found after gigging my dream rig a bit, I really tended to use one basic setup most of the night. But I've read others that use a setlist in the POD by song. Either method works, just depends on what makes you happy.
  12. I always found that funny, real tube tone. Well why not just get real tubes instead. Why not let the SS stand on it's own tone. Even when using modelers I don't really care what amp they are supposed to sound like. I just use them for the tones I find that I like and can use.
  13. I think the Katana vs the Amplfi would be a better comparison. The DT25 is a tube amp with true selectable parameters such as class etc... that actually change the analog side not modelling. It doesn't have on board effects etc.. but the tone is great. The Katana is pretty cool amp but I don't think it's going to stand up to DT in the pure tone department. Of course asking here we are going to like the DT better.
  14. Not I. I've when to a full tube amp and using my HD500x for effects only. I still have the DT25 around and bring the dream rig for shows with a smaller stage or where need a faster/smaller/lighter setup.
  15. A compressor is going to squash or even out your signal, thus more volume on quieter parts equal more sustain. If turning it off increase volume then you need more make up gain which is likely level on the pedal model. Of course using a comp for lead boost etc... or compressing the day lights out of signal to create pump can be useful effects in the right situation. On a mixing desk compression is either used to even out a performer or instrument. For example I almost always use a slight compression on Kick Drums because they have huge transient but die off quickly, adding some compression makes them sound bigger without getting louder. Or on say a bassist that just doesn't have good dynamic control to make sure he doesn't go crazy and overdrive the input. Also some master compression can glue the individual instruments together a bit by making sure they are around the same overall levels. For that the compressor is used on the overall mix. If turning it off didn't change it but eliminating it did. Then either a couple of things. If you input impedance is set to "Auto" then first pedal or amp in the chain determines the impedance on the pickups. This can have larger effect on your tone than most people realize. Secondly some pedals are just odd, the real ones and modeled ones. The analog chorus in the POD seems to increase level. I don't own a original Boss CE-1 so not sure if it does it. Lastly of course is just something up on the POD software. I know my tones a bit different when plugged into my PC and using edit vs setting them on the screen manually. Not much but just a bit to my ears.
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