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    Hello Everyone!

    If you are using a mono chain, no dual amps, no stereo FX then panning makes no difference to tone. If I go direct to the board I simply have everything panned center. Have you considered a couple of other options? Left and/ or right XLRS into two different inputs on the board, similarly left jack (which is summed to mono) and/ or right jack out to the board. Then take a feed from the board back to your monitor? Clearly using two inputs to the board and then panning appropriately gives you the option of stereo - if you think that will work for you live. Or Hows this for an alternate set up? Left Jack (which is summed to mono) to monitor, line out from Monitor (XLR or jack) to the board. Nice and simple and I still retain full control over the montior rather than some one else playing with the aux output on the board back to the monitor.
  2. Yes the JCM 800 have tried so hard to love it but never have. I have guitarist friend who has been gigging with the real thing for years and I am sorry to say the POD does not come close - I gave up in the end. +1 Hurghanico - despite the sales pitch about you can have access to this and that amp - the oft used words 'use your ears' come to mind. For instance I never thought I would like the more vintage sounds from the Park or Plexi but I have found that these have become a main stay - with a tube scream or tube driver thrown in front for good measure. ;)
  3. Sine Chorus defo miss that one. When I first got the HD I was very disappointed with the lack of a Plexi, Line 6 soon put that right though. But lets face it the modelling on the X3 has little comparison to the HD. Many of the modells sounded too fizzy and lacked balls. The interface was a bit clunky particuarly the duel amps. So much easier to do that now even with the DSP limit. It was good at the time but the technology has moved on....
  4. Tech 21 to Mixer I simply run out the Tech 21 direct to the mixer. POD set to Studio direct. This was the set up on Fridays gig in a smallish bar. The POD provides much better control over volume levels. Plus provides a smaller foot print. "I think this is where the POD excels over my tube amp set up given the variance in sounds you have available to you." ....I should have added however there is a compromise with sound which I am prepared to make in the smaller venues.
  5. Feel is a bit subjective however I have used and some times still use FRFR depending on location. To be honest FRFR always feels bit detached and airy in a live situation. Which is why I perfer using the Tech 21 power engine to provide a more amp like feel. Yep you defo feel a difference between the amp models. We have a number of songs where we go directly from a clean to heavy crunch or from clearn to od to heavy crunch. I think this is where the POD excels over my tube amp set up given the variance in sounds you have available to you. One of the hardest things to do with the POD is getting the patches the same volume and cutting through in every venue.
  6. + 1 Innovine I agree its the organic nature of a true valve amplifer that the HD500 cannot emulate. Its the unexpected sweet spot you get when hit the overdrive and all the environmental factors all come into play. It would take a very expensive piece of tech to emulate that. I tend to find that the POD is very predictable in its behavious but that predicatability makes it perfect for smaller gigs where you want control of the volume, where cranking a value amp would simply kill the sound of the band. Last weekends gig was with the POD, this weekends gig will be all analoge.
  7. The posts on here show what a versitile animal the HD is, frankly there is no right or wrong way and clearly pfsmith you are using the POD to its max. For gigging I tend to be minimalistic these days. It goes something like this.. A set list for each type of output and guitar. I just set this at the start of the gig depending on venue and gear. Just like Bushman2 I treat the Pod like a traditional pedal board however I use the same amp on every patch however each patch has the amp gain increased so you have a clean amp on A and a really heavy crunch on D. Each patch has the same selection of typical pedals, Overdrive, Chorus, Reverb, Delay, Wah. Each bank has a seperate amp set up as described however I only use one bank per night. I found that doing this reduced the amount of time you spent levelling - similar amps have similar characteristics no matter what the gain level. The sonic differences are minimised for the auidence making it easyier for them to get used to a single sound - well thats my theory anyway.
  8. Depends what your trying to do if you are using single amps and mono FX then I don't think there's any biggy here to be honest. I used to use Jack Left (summed) to amp (or more precisely monitor) and a single XLR (left) to the mixer. In the case of the XLR as phil_m says you need to play around with panning. In a mono situation I used to simply Pan centre and I noted no difference in sound between the jack out or XLR and to be honest I would expect none. One other thing I noted that panning both channels hard left or hard right (depending on the XLR out in use) would increase the signal level, but unless you have a problem with the gain on the mixer its probably a pointless observation. To be frank I also got hung up on this for a while and then the light went on and I got back to playing music!
  9. Been using the HD and previously X3 live for many a year - mostly direct to the PA but sometimes in combo with a DT and these days Power Engine (DT sale was because of hard times). If I put them in order of sound quality it would be as follows:- DT25 Power Engine Direct Now then I personnally believe that a well dialed in HD500 direct to the PA gives the punters a decent sound. Plus If you ask the average (none muso) punter to identify the difference between a HD500 and a Valve amp in a blind test I bet the HD500 would fair pretty well. BUT..... DT25 sounded by far the best, the valves added something totally organic to the sound taking the HD to another level IMHO. As you can tell I'm a line 6 fan boy but you know there is something special about a decent valve amp cranked with a nice selection of pedals. Plus the HD takes a lot of work to get the patches right, plus I even have to have set list for different guitarts (buckers and single coils) so even more time. Dialing in a decent sound on a valve amp with pedals I can do within 1 hour. So for me I take different rigs to suit the gig but where I need more control over volume and a consistent sound then its the HD500.
  10. I can understand this, to be frank I think that both the Flanger and Chorus FX on the HD500 are lacking to be honest. I own a MXR chorus - which is great - but do I hook it up to the POD? - Well no because when I gig with the POD I want a quick set up and tear down and so work the best I can with the inferior modulation FX available on the POD. I have said this many times but I honestly don't think the punters can tell the difference as long as your sound is close to decent.
  11. All points made above but here is a re-iteration 1. If you want to go direct to the PA then set up your patches using full range monitors. This gives you a reference point. Then you need to stand in front of the PA in a decent size room and tweak until you get to a happy place. Playing direct to the PA may offer the most convience but it is also the most difficult to get right simply because you need to be stood in front of the PA in order to fix your patches Having played direct to the PA for many a year I tend to find you can get close to what you want but never exactly simply because of the difference in accoustics at different venues its much easier to adjust an amp on the fly than it is your patches on the HD. The other thing that I dislike is the disconnect you tend to have in comparison to having a real guitar amp sat behind you. 2. HD500 to DT is the best combination IMHO. You use L6 Link interface to connect which means you get full control over the topology of the amp as you change your patches. 3. HD500 to Tech 21 Power Engine is a cheaper alternative. No comparison to a real tube amp though.
  12. Lack of volume equalisation on patches is one big pain the lollipop to be honest and all multi FX modellers suffer from this. To make things even worse I have found that pickups can exagerate the issue, so much so that I have to have seperate set lists for my Gibsons and Telecasters. But as to your issue yep Tonemans advice is solid as ever. You can also use the mixer block to boost or cut the output without having to change the volume on the amp. However that said I have my clean channel amps set with the volume on max with the higher gain amps pegged backed some what. The volume on the amp model does not make any difference to the overall sound. Actually getting your patches equal is a whole subject in itself. Its not always volume that makes the difference particuarly in a band situation. Note how differently the guitar can cut through simply by adjusting the tone on the guitar. Its the most frunstrating part of using the POD and my only advice is that the more different amp models you use the harder it is to equalise them.
  13. Have you considered panning the mixer block on the HD500 to center on both left and right? I used this config many times over the years but I only ever have a mono signel path anyway. Actually a little more information about your signel path would be useful - for instance are you using duel amps, stereo FX etc....
  14. I currently own a PE and have owned DT25 before I hit hard times and had to sell it. Quite simply the HD500 and DT25 combo blew me away. The PE is not bad but honestly your comparing solid state against a tube driven amp - IMHO there is no comparison. I guess some one might argue that HD500 direct to FRFR is getting close blah blah but nope sorry still don't buy it. On the other hand I have spent a lot of time over the last few years going direct to the PA so clearly even to me not having a real amp and getting a reasonable sound is possible. There was however one thing about the DT25 I did not like - no corner protectors an obvious omission for any gigging amp.
  15. Yep interesting issue and as always Siliverhead gives sound advice... I also own a PE I use it in Studio direct mode which you would think was incorrect given that its a power amp combo. But I have never been able to get it to sound right with power amp mode - it sounds to harsh, so went back to Studio Direct. I think the PE speaker seems to have a much bigger range than a standard guitar amp which is why it can work Ok with studio direct. Don't le me put you off trying combo power amp though I've seen several heated disucssions on other forums about this very issue, but I digress... If I am at a small gig I do use the XLR out from the PE into the PA. I never thought that micing up the PE a good idea since Studio Direct has all the mic reflection etc etc built in. By micing up your adding all that in again. Yep the tweaters in the PA speakers do alter the sound but I compensate on the board - I think it sounds OK if I'm honest not perfect but good enough for the crapy accoutics in the smaller venues. Really I am using the PA in this instance to give me better spread of sound rather than being the main noise provider. One of the big limitations of the HD500 over the 400 and 300 is that it only has one output mode. On the other models you can split the output mode. Hence with the other models you could have power amp combo into the PE and Studio Direct to PA at the same time. OK however if I plug directly into the PA at larger venues I have do have seperate patches which I am afraid to add were developed by standing in front of the PA. Using FRFR monitors at home was only a starting point but as silverhead says you need to adjust for the actual venue. I always think that direct to the board offers by far the most convience but for the maximum amount of work since you really do need the full kit to get the sound right.
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