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Headphones Or Live For Patch Creation

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I'm having a heck of a time getting good distortion patches. I use my HD 500 with a JTV59. I get great acoustic sounds and some of the clean sounds are okay. When I play live, I use a Bose L1. The acoustics sound great, the clean electric's are okay, but the distorted electrics just don't sound very good to me. 

I try and dial them in while running through the Bose and it just takes me a long time. 

 

Was curious- When you guys are dialing in your sounds, do you recommend headphones or using whatever live system you use?

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It's best to use your live system when creating tones. Presets will always sound different in headphones vs. PA speakers/amp at gig volumes.

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Yup!

 

It's just like if you mix a song on headphones the balance will be all wrong. Things sound totally different depending on context:

 

- Headphones right by your ears vs. speakers in a room

- Soft vs. loud volumes

- Alone or with other instruments

 

So it's impractical to dial in a tone in any other context than the one where it'll actually be used.

 

I've always had to go through many iterations - adjust best I can at home, tweak at a gig and make a mental note of what needs to change, adjust more at home, later / rinse / repeat.

 

It's just one of the aspects of modeling gear; a regular amp limits you to ONLY hearing it through its normal speaker so the context difference is not as obvious.

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I've the same problem! My crunch and lead tones are horrible when i play live and i connect the pod through a PA.
I usually tweak every tone listening from the headphones but it's wrong because every speaker has it frequency response (and that's make sense). But i play live with every time different speakers so i want a stable method to obtain the same sound i create at home!

Searching on older post i've found this image that shows the general frequency response. I think with a completely transparent ( and for trasparent i mean with flat frequency response) speaker the sound would be the same produced by the headphones.

p.s.: i'm planning to buy a tube amp and use that to create the patch. I would mic it every gig i do and the sound should not change this way!

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I mainly use the Pod HD500 with a DT25 just because of this.

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