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POD HD500 direct live
by lowyaw on 2011-02-05 10:00:42.9200

hey guys

one of those days we all have a gig when there's no "real" amp, and you have to go direct to board.

what's the right way to go direct while playing live?

i have 4 outs on the HD:

two unbalanced, two balanced

do I go unbalanced -> mixing board line in?

or do I go balanced *xlr to jack* cable -> mixing board line in? or should it be xlr to xlr into mic in?

what if the phantom is "on" at the mic in?

do I need a DI box?

what kind of cables do I need?

please educate me, thanks!

Re: POD HD500 direct live
by vcuomo on 2011-02-05 16:08:39.4130

There isn't just "one" way...

For example, I normally use the 2CM through my Mesa Boogie amp, but last Tuesday I went to work with my original band.  For that, I still use the 2CM to the mixing board but changed the system output setting to STUDIO DIRECT, used both (stereo) 1/4" outs, and used the full (instead of just the PRE) versions of the amp sims plus some re-EQing to taste.  But instead of using the 1/4" L outs, I could have used both XLR outputs.  Or just the left (mono) XLR output.  Or just the left (mono) 1/4" output (just like I do with my amp).

See what I mean?  The method you use will depend on the exact equipment you are feeding the HD500 signal(s) into and what it is that you want to accomplish.  And there will most likely be multiple ways to do it.

If phantom power is on, I'm sure that L6 did the right thing design-wise and that pin on the XLR connector is not connected to anything on the HD500 (so it won't matter).

And no, a DI box is not required.

Re: POD HD500 direct live
by lowyaw on 2011-02-05 23:39:08.2710

Thanks. I am planning to use studio / direct, full amp model.

If i am using balanced outs, do I need need XLR to stereo jack cable?

what's the difference between the balanced and unbalanced outs then?

Re: POD HD500 direct live
by tommasi on 2011-02-06 02:32:22.4430

You can use XLR cables if your board has XLR inputs.

A balanced sound provides more shielding from electro-magnetic interference than an unbalanced signal does. For short cable runs you're not likely to hear a difference, but for longer (tens of meters) runs balanced signals are more robust and pick up less noise along the way.

One important consideration though is this: if you're sendong both L and R channels, you're fine. If you're using stereo effects, but sending only a mono signal, whereas plugging a single 1/4" jack into the live outs will give you a mono signal, using just the L or R side of the XLR out will give you the relative half of the signal (L or R).

Since most (smaller) venues are inappropriate for highly separated stereo signals, I find I often use the unbalanced out in order to send a mono signal.

The information above may not be current, and you should direct questions to the current forum or review the manual.