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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.
  16. I would depend a lot on what the threshold, attack, ratio etc... setting on the board compressor is actually at. If you compressed already, the board might not do anything as your sound would never rise above it's threshold anyway. If not you would get compressed again. Generally I don't stack compressors on channel anyway. But on my LR out of FOH mixer there is almost always some minor compression. Overall I unless they really crank the channel compression I don't think you notice too much of a difference.
  17. I suspect it would but this head doesn't have a master volume. I got a Rivera Rockcrusher attenuator for it so that I can turn it up bit and have some master volume like control. Carvin added a master volume on the Legacy 3 amps, but the original version 1 didn't include it.
  18. Thanks for confirming. I wanted to make sure my thinking was right. Setting to "Amp" did oddly act as an attenuation/volume reduction. I had the volume on the head set to about 7 which should have blown the room out but didn't. Seemed like the wrong setting to me but got though the show without switching out to a backup amp.
  19. I'm in the process of setting up a new rig for stage. I've picked up a Carvin Legacy I head that I really like and plan on using my HD500 to provide the effects. I've been long time Dream rig user and so the first time I've used the 4 cable method, using the HD500 for just effects. I'm pretty sure since the output is going back to the effects return I should be setting it for "Line" but double checking. Friday night I used the setup a show and ended up going using it set to "Amp" to control a bit for noise on the lead channel. Although the Carvin itself needs to be re-tubed so that might be why it was bit noisy.
  20. I can agree with you on the modeling. My 89f is outstanding guitar that plays and sounds great using the analog side. The modelling, ehhh not so much although it ain't terrible. Personally I keep it because it's great playing and sounding analog guitar. And I use the Variax side for the Drop D quite a bit. It's really nice to get that and still have a Floyd. Still carry other guitars around, including an acoustic, for couple of alternate tuning songs. It's not output strength of the models that is off. My other analog guitars are not high output versions and they sound fine. For me, I don't care if they come out with anything new in the software. I won't be moving forward with it. If the variax side on the guitar dies, then I'll just gut it and wire it up all analog. The "HD" workbench to me sounded worse the original. While they had some really nice options, it took way to much to fix volume balance levels between strings and some models just sounded awful, IMO. Might be accurate to the originals for all I know but they sounded terrible and accented the natural "Quack" out of the peizos. My concept was like yours to have single guitar that could accurately mimic many different guitars and have alternate tuning a flick of a switch. I could probably do that if I stayed on the Variax side all the time. But once you can A/B the analog and digital. The digital is just lacking, it's not horrible in most cases but just lacking. I don't regret getting the guitar, it taught me a lot about my playing and what I really need in the end. It taught me not to overly focus on if it's Humbucker or a Single coil, which it does sound different, frankly it really don't matter THAT much. And the taught me a good bit about alternate turnings. I still use the alternate tuning options for exploring something different when I practice although I don't use the variax alternate tunings on stage
  21. +1. Having an backline amp on stage with you adds a vibe and yes you can generally hear yourself a bit better. However; the draw back is the flood of bleeds on mics and overall higher stage volume. I play in a my group and run sound for it an have for others on occasion, not Pro level stuff though. As guitarist I really like have amp behind me but playing the role of sound guy, I'm always requesting guys to turn down the amps. It's much much easier to give them a bit in their monitor to make up for it. The lower the stage volume the easier it is to mix a good sounding FOH sound. Even though monitors are pointed at the musicians they still can be heard somewhat in the FOH and mix a bit with the FOH sound. So lower stage levels means less in the monitors are required. This is one reasons in-ears are great. You get the mix the musicians wants and then it doesn't affect your FOH at all. See all the amps in pro concerts behind the band, most of those are either dummy boxes or spares that are just part of the stage props. Some times all of them are and the real amp is in isolation box somewhere back stage. When you listen to pro concert that big guitar sound is coming out of the FOH mains mostly, that's part of the reason it's so big sounding. You also mentioned Church briefly. In a Worship setting often the congregation doesn't want to listen to Rock concert levels, partially if it's a more traditional worship setting. So in that case low, stage volumes are almost a must. That's why you see lost of drummers behind those glass walls in those settings. Personally I've did Praise and Worship music before and hate those things because I like to feel a Kick drum hit hard. But the style and setting just doesn't allow for it. I'm willing to bet the Bassist just likes the vibe of real amps on stage. I can sympathize with him as I do too, but you have to do what is best for the audience given your situation. A modern PA can handle the mix easily and I can pretty much guarantee your sound-man would prefer the lowest stage volumes that can be achieved.
  22. Good point I use a Mic cable, not sure the resistance right off the bat.
  23. Had this happen with different knobs from time to time. Last time it was the Mid knob. Yea I usually take it back and forth all the way a couple of times quickly and then switch patches on the HD500x to reset the setting back to the patch. Doesn't happen for me often.
  24. Just looking to see if anyone attempted to set something up close to this. I used the Uber and found something that sound pretty close for the dirty channel, at least something I like. I need to setup a clean channel for it/ Maybe the Bassman model to start with? Just looking for thought if anyone attempted something like it before on what they found to get started.
  25. opps missed answering that. It's a GraphTech Floyd Rose. The bar I mentioned in the above post, I have installed on mine. Yes the coupler can be replaced. If you wish to stay original, contact GraphTech, great group I'm sure they can get you another coupler.
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