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  • On the intersection of Rocksmith, Variax, and POD HD: I have made basic presets for all of the tracks, mostly I am just forcing the tunings at this point. I want to use the correct guitars and build the right effects chains in the HD-500 as well, so any help filling the ?s in this table out would be appreciated.



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    • Craig, in the signal chain, dosen't the delay, reverb and eq pull the signal back down to mono? On the other hand, if the path had gone stereo at the chorus, is their one branch that goes between the stereo effect and remains uneffected until the out?
      Carvin DC400; Fender Cyber-Twin head, Carvin 2x12, JTV69, DT25, Epiphone Nite Hawk, Tele squire, Wechter acoustic, Carvin AG 1000, Gretch 5120

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      • Quote Originally Posted by James Clausen
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        Craig, in the signal chain, dosen't the delay, reverb and eq pull the signal back down to mono?




        They are stereo in, stereo out effects so the signal stays in glorious stereo








        On the other hand, if the path had gone stereo at the chorus, is there one branch that goes between the stereo effect and remains uneffected until the out?



        I'm not quite sure I understand the question...but if you're referring to using two amp blocks and what happens under those circumstances, we'll get into that shortly.
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        • And now, another patch for those who have been following this thread. I thought it might be fun to go 180 degrees in the opposite direction of the last template patch, and try for something surrealistic instead of realistic.



          The attached POD HD500 “template patch” is called “Garden ofAmbience” and frankly, the sounds it makes can be just plain gorgeous. What's more, you can pretty much enable or disable anything, and it still sounds good (just different) as long as you leave the Particle Verb patched in.







          The patch uses no amps, but splits the signal into two paths, with each going through a Synth String module (part of the Filter roster). By themselves, these can sound kind of gnarly, but the Particle Verb smooths out the rough edges, while the two delays and chorus add width and ambience.



          I think this patch might qualify as some form of therapy; listen to the audio examples, and you'll hear what I mean. The first one has all modules enabled, the second one disables the String Synth and Distortion modules, and I'm playing only single notes in the second half.



          For the patch itself, download and unzip it. Have fun!
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          • I really got into that ambience patch...it's amazing that the HD500 can get such keyboard-like sounds. So, I did a music video based on it for my YouTube channel (which now has seven music videos - subscribe!).



            The music was all done live, in one take, using the Variax and POD HD500. The track was then copied a few times for mixing, so each one could have a different effect added as needed (e.g., flanging in some parts). The only addition was a metallic cymbal sound to cover up the transition in one place where I disabled some effects from the HD500 patch.






            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2vWcm1BGBU





            The video was created in Sony Vegas Pro; all the visual effects are part of the Vegas software package.



            This is completely different from any of the other music I've done on my channel - it's an ambient, atmospheric instrumental I wrote for my daughter when was having trouble sleeping. However, I must admit I sometimes load it into my smartphone and use it as background for drifting off to sleep...I seldom make it to the end But if nothing else, it shows just how versatile the HD500 can be.
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            • The Ambient Rose patch is a lot of fun. My DT25 is in the hands of UPS and I am looking forward to adding the analog component of this amazing system.
              Carvin DC400; Fender Cyber-Twin head, Carvin 2x12, JTV69, DT25, Epiphone Nite Hawk, Tele squire, Wechter acoustic, Carvin AG 1000, Gretch 5120

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              • I am really enjoying this thread: seeing what you are doing with your POD HDs is very inspiring.



                I thought I would try using the POD HD to process my JTV-69 and my bass simultaneously. I connect my JTV-69 with a digital cable, the bass with an analog cable, set input 1 to "Variax", input 2 to "Guitar" and away we go.



                With no effects, the guitar is the left channel and the bass is the right channel.



                If you want to manipulate the guitar and not the bass you put all the effect blocks into the A path; if you want to manipulate the bass and not the guitar you put all the blocks into the B path. You can use both paths at the same time to manipulate both entirely separately.



                If you put a mono-in or mono-out effect (or any amp block) into the common chain before the A/B path split the two signals are combined so you can no longer process guitar and bass separately. You probably want to avoid doing this: unfortunately I can't find a table listing which effects are mono and which are stereo.



                The same combining happens if you put a mono-in or mono-out effect (or any amp block) into the common chain after the A/B paths come back together. This is much less annoying because your separate processing was already completed: in fact, adding a mono (or post-mono) reverb or delay might help keep your guitar and bass sounding like they were played in the same place at the same time.



                The FX Loop is stereo-in stereo-out but is not without its problems in this setup. If you only want to use it to process one instrument you can position it in the appropriate A/B path. If you want to process both instruments through the same mono- or stereo-effect you can put it in the common path.



                Processing the guitar with one external effect and the bass with another is more difficult: I do not have it working satisfactorily yet. You need to put the FX Loop block in the common path before the A/B split. The guitar will be the left channel and the bass will be the right. The FX return is separate sockets so it's simply a matter of connecting the output of your guitar-effects to the left-return and your bass effects to the right-return. Unfortunately the FX send is a single TRS socket and a simple passive splitter to convert it to a left/right pair of TS sockets doesn't work well, at least for me. If I use the splitter to connect only guitar effects to the left channel (or only bass effects to the right channel) that sounds fine, but connecting both at the same time results in high-frequency noise on both channels. I think this is because these are unbalanced connections with a common ground: and as either channel's effect measures the level relative to ground it perturbs the level of the ground as perceived by the other channel. I need to build some kind of isolating circuit to sort this out, and any links explaining how to do that would be greatly appreciated.



                In Summary:

                Easy to set up

                No table of which effects are mono and which are stereo, and you really need to know

                Using Bass and Guitar effects in the FX loop is tricky, but I may be the only person who cares.

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                • Line 6 needs to do some video’s on how to build good tones using the dream rig. I finally got my DT25, plugged my guitar in and the amp sounded great. Plugged my HD500 in and could not get decent tones. I went back and made sure that all of my models had been switched to pre amps, I tweaked settings, I worked at gain staging in different ways and after spending most of a day working with it was ready to send the amp back. I had Marshal patches set with the gain on 90%, the volume on 50% and was only getting a mild overdriven tone!

                  At this point I started analyzing the signal path, eliminating effects and lo and behold realized that I had not eliminated the cabinet models in my patches. Big change and there were my tones.

                  The point is that I cannot help but wonder what else I am missing in setting up this gear system. I can get most of what I want, but still can’t get a realistic Tele/deluxe tone. The problem is not with the system, but with my knowledge in how to manipulate it. I have been following a video series on mixing tips and have realized that a small adjustment in level or placement of an effect/instrument can have a huge result. I suspect the same is so for set up of the Dream rig.
                  Carvin DC400; Fender Cyber-Twin head, Carvin 2x12, JTV69, DT25, Epiphone Nite Hawk, Tele squire, Wechter acoustic, Carvin AG 1000, Gretch 5120

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                  • I would like to know how other players organize their pre-sets for gigging. I use a wide variety when recording but find that I usually utilize several amp pre-sets and change guitar model selections manually when playing live.

                    Carvin DC400; Fender Cyber-Twin head, Carvin 2x12, JTV69, DT25, Epiphone Nite Hawk, Tele squire, Wechter acoustic, Carvin AG 1000, Gretch 5120

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                    • First, I know this thread was started about 5 years ago, but still that withstanding, I also know that folks have posted more recently than that.  I went through all 22 pages of this thread and loved it.  However; it did not address an issue I have.  I'm a 50 year old man who is trying to learn guitar and I'm open to all the new tech, no predjudaces at all about gear, no snob zone, period.  My problem is this, I'm struggling to play and I'm just using an Epi LPJ with a DigiTech RP90 with a DigiTech DG15.  I've made some mods to the guitar, removing the 400T pickup with an P90 and now it sounds worth a damn.  I'm absolutely facsinated with this system, but is there any way I can experience this without going broke?  I'm semi-retired (due to some major health issues) so my income is VERY limited and I can't possibly know if I'm gonna be great or if my guitar might end up on the wall looking great (I'm trying REALLY HARD to become better, so my statement was more of a "what if").  I just want to know if there's a way to experience this for a while to see if I should invest a few grand or it's a "give it a shot and screw you if you don't like it" affair as it would take me a very long time to find out if I can take advantage of all this great tech.  Let me be perfectly clear, I think this is a fantastic system, much better than the new Gibson system which appears to be a more physical approach to tuning and probably more likey to kill strings faster.  I've meant nothing rude or offensive in my statements, I know how protective folks can be over the things they care about.  It really seems like a great system, but I need to know before I make a decision that can affect my future earnings.  Thank you all for your time.  Maybe the company can sponsor me as an act of charity???  You know, to promote themselfs as I may become great and it would look great for them because they helped me get there?!  In all seriousness, though, is there a true entry level I haven't been able to find yet?  Or is the Korean $1,500 version, with a $1,050 scratch and dent my only options?  In any event, this thread, just like a previous post mentioned, is the reason I found Harmony Central, so thank you for that as well.

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