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Integrating a Logidy EPSi with POD HD; looking for advice on setup and output mode selection

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Hey Line 6 community,

    I'm looking to get more miles out of my POD HD 500 for the years to come, and I've wanted to add an EPSi into my signal chain for quite some time now. Well the time has finally come and I wanted some suggestions or advice. The obvious reason for this stompbox is for custom Impulse Responses for cabinet and Mic replacement, so I just want to make sure I'm going about the setup and signal chain right.

    I use studio/direct output mode currently (before the EPSi), and I record via the S/pdif out of the POD HD into my Mbox interface and then to Pro Tools. I've read other forums on here with users who have used the EPSi and they chose to use "Stack front" and the other user suggested "AMP" output mode and said it's the 'better suited output mode for the EPSi'... I just want to verify if this is true or if it's personal preference? My goal is to make my setup the same for Studio and Live use... so I'd like to stick with one mode and wonder which one will be best?... I NEVER intend to connect this setup to a real guitar cab.. ONLY FRFR monitors or direct FOH if used in a live situation.
     Secondly I'm assuming the best bet is to put this in the FX loop of the HD 500 as suggested by others... I feel like a noob asking, but what is the best way to connect it with the fx loop? The Logidy Epsi has a L/R IN and a L/R out. So would my chain be like: POD HD> EPSi's output Left> into the POD'S FX LOOP> and then just my guitar connect thru the Guitar IN of the POD HD? or is that wrong?
     Also, when I add the FX loop BLOCK in the signal chain, I should place it right after the AMP, right?... I know never before the amp of course; but it should go right after not all the way at the end of the signal chain, correct? Some people have said this EPSi can clip or be pretty hot and has no clip indicator, but some have suggested turning the Loop Send down -10db and boosting the Return +10db. This reason is why I'm concerned about the OUTPUT mode.

Other great random suggestions from users is using the Pre-Amp models over the Full models. Another user suggested turning down the D.E.P to get more control over the actual amp parameters.I read of other's in the past of having good and bad experiences with this stompbox, but ultimately, it's because everyone has different gear and different expectations and I know what to expect with IRs... I just want to make sure I'm accommodating the Logidy EPSi  with my setup correctly so I don't have a bad experience with it like some Line 6 users have with their POD HD'S.

Thanks for your time in advance...


P.S. Anyone using IR's with their POD'S presently, feel free to share which ones have helped augment and improve your POD HD tonally. Once I get the EPSi in the mail and set it up correctly, I plan to load it with my favorite Redwirez IR'S from the Big Box series...

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Make sure you turn off all cab and mic modeling in the PODHD.  Use Studio/Direct output.  Watch your output volume from the PODHD to the EPSI, it can be easily overdriven.

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Thanks for the advice. I managed to get everything set up right... Studio/direct does seem to be the best choice... Although even when you select no cab the HD series mic selected still color the tone but not it a terrible or very bad way.... I just got the EPSi this morning and I LOVE IT! It really does breath life into the thing and my clean patches and distorted patches actually sound much better and realistic... PLUS THE SUSTAIN.. Wow... i only loaded just a couple redwirez cabs in an Orange PPC 4X12 with royer on cap and I tried a Marshall 1960 B with a shure sm57 and this is my favorite so far..

Anyone interested or want to know more just ask..

btw should i have the switch selector for input set to 1/4' or amp?

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Hi. Did you use mono or stereo IRs?

Thanks for the advice. I managed to get everything set up right... Studio/direct does seem to be the best choice... Although even when you select no cab the HD series mic selected still color the tone but not it a terrible or very bad way.... I just got the EPSi this morning and I LOVE IT! It really does breath life into the thing and my clean patches and distorted patches actually sound much better and realistic... PLUS THE SUSTAIN.. Wow... i only loaded just a couple redwirez cabs in an Orange PPC 4X12 with royer on cap and I tried a Marshall 1960 B with a shure sm57 and this is my favorite so far..

 

Anyone interested or want to know more just ask..

 

btw should i have the switch selector for input set to 1/4' or amp?

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