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james on bass said:
What do you think of my guitarist using this pedalboard as his whole rig? No amp, just amp/cab modelers and added built-in stomp effects from the Line6 unit.
As long as it suits his needs, that's all that matters. And the band's needs too of course. If you don't like it for some reason (or the rest of the band doesn't), let him know. And don't just say something like "Dude, it sucks", explain why it doesn't work for the band. There might be a solution he can come to without having to compromise his setup. For instance if you don't like having to use a PA when you jam, maybe he can get a keyboard amp for personal amplification purposes at jams. Or if you're worried about the unit failing, he can buy a Sansamp or something as a backup for cheap.
 

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I'm using a POD Pro XT for tracking with my band right now. We are also taking a dry signal down that we'll re-amp later through our live tube amps. The POD tones work great for recording, live I'm not fully convinced yet. They are great tools nonetheless and many people are using them for all kinds of purposes. As long as they are useful to someone they'll be around.

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ENDITOL said:
I'm using a POD Pro XT for tracking with my band right now. We are also taking a dry signal down that we'll re-amp later through our live tube amps. The POD tones work great for recording, live I'm not fully convinced yet. They are great tools nonetheless and many people are using them for all kinds of purposes. As long as they are useful to someone they'll be around.

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so far, for rehearsal, his XT Live sounds really good. His amp was an older MArshal Mosfet? It always sounded like razor-blades, even with tonnes of effects piled on. Now, it his Strat through the XT into his 2 Marshall cabs. Lots of great sounds. He just needs to fine-tune everything before he uses it live.
 

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so far, for rehearsal, his XT Live sounds really good. His amp was an older MArshal Mosfet? It always sounded like razor-blades, even with tonnes of effects piled on. Now, it his Strat through the XT into his 2 Marshall cabs. Lots of great sounds. He just needs to fine-tune everything before he uses it live.

I know a few guys using the XT Live for gigs (no amp) and they're seeing the same results I am. The XT Live, Digitech GNX3000 and Vox Tonelab SE are all fantastic both for live use and for recording.

The first time I tried an XT Live I tried it with a Marshall JCM 900, both in the input and in the effects return. It sounded like unadulterated crap. Then I tried it through the bands monitor system and voila, beautiful sound.


As for not wanting to use a PA when you rehearse, I don't really see how this is possible, unless you're an instrumental group. You have to use SOMETHING to hear vocals.
 

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The first time I tried an XT Live I tried it with a Marshall JCM 900, both in the input and in the effects return. It sounded like unadulterated crap.
I'm guessing you didn't defeat the cab sims on the unit. That's key to getting a better sound when playing it through a guitar amp in any way at all.
 

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I'm guessing you didn't defeat the cab sims on the unit. That's key to getting a better sound when playing it through a guitar amp in any way at all.

Yes, actually we tried both leaving the cab sims active and defeating them.


The issue in my opinion was not the cab sims. It was the power amp sims. I suspect these could be defeated as well but I didn't have time to dig that deeply. I did try my Tonelab through an amp with the "amp" setting selected as opposed to the "line" setting.

Remember, these things model the entire amp, not just the preamp and speakers. As most tube amp lovers will attest, the power stage has a very significant impact on the sound, in fact it's the power stage being pushed that results in the tone that many tube amp lovers swear by.


If you want a multi effects unit, there are many excellent units available. I just don't think the modelers are the best choice to use with a conventional amp.

Again, just my opinion.

It still really didn't sound anywhere as good as going direct.
 

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I know a few guys using the XT Live for gigs (no amp) and they're seeing the same results I am. The XT Live, Digitech GNX3000 and Vox Tonelab SE are all fantastic both for live use and for recording.

The first time I tried an XT Live I tried it with a Marshall JCM 900, both in the input and in the effects return. It sounded like unadulterated crap. Then I tried it through the bands monitor system and voila, beautiful sound.


As for not wanting to use a PA when you rehearse, I don't really see how this is possible, unless you're an instrumental group. You have to use SOMETHING to hear vocals.
If you're willing to share patches for your Tonelab, I'd like to check them out. I'm interested hearing what is working well for you out front.
 

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If you're willing to share patches for your Tonelab, I'd like to check them out. I'm interested hearing what is working well for you out front.

I'd be happy to, but I'm not the most skilled individual when it comes to internet stuff. Also, obviously my patches are tweaked to suit my EMG equipped guitars so the patches won't sound the same with passives.


Tell me how to do it and I'll try.


Really I don't use a huge amount of patches. I set up a couple of banks with a clean patch and gradually more distorted patches.


I also have patches including song specific effects like ping pong delays and tremelo and a couple for the lap steel.
 

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Yes, actually we tried both leaving the cab sims active and defeating them.
Pardon my presumptuousness. :) Every time someone has complained about how such a device sounds through a guitar poweramp (that I've seen on HC, the Gear Page, etc.), he has not shut off the cab sim.

I've had quite good luck running an original POD, POD2, and J-Station through a good tube guitar poweramp and guitar speaker cab. Most who heard these setups considered them superior to the devices themselves direct into a mixer, although still short of "the real thing".

You can't defeat the "poweramp sims" because there really aren't any. They try to simulate "the entire amp" with each "amp model".
 

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Pardon my presumptuousness. :) Every time someone has complained about how such a device sounds through a guitar poweramp (that I've seen on HC, the Gear Page, etc.), he has not shut off the cab sim.

I've had quite good luck running an original POD, POD2, and J-Station through a good tube guitar poweramp and guitar speaker cab. Most who heard these setups considered them superior to the devices themselves direct into a mixer, although still short of "the real thing".

You can't defeat the "poweramp sims" because there really aren't any. They try to simulate "the entire amp" with each "amp model".

Well, just before I mothballed my rack amp I tried the Tonelab through the power amp (Peavey Classic 60/60) and a 4 X 12 Celestion. It sounded not bad, but again it was like night and day compared to direct to console. With the direct approach I barely had to touch the strips on the board to get a good sound. It's almost flat. I just set the input gain on the two channels and bam!
 

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Well, just before I mothballed my rack amp I tried the Tonelab through the power amp (Peavey Classic 60/60) and a 4 X 12 Celestion. It sounded not bad, but again it was like night and day compared to direct to console. With the direct approach I barely had to touch the strips on the board to get a good sound. It's almost flat. I just set the input gain on the two channels and bam!
That's one device I haven't tried through a guitar poweramp and cab. It makes sense that it should sound better direct, and that's part of what bothered me about the POD, J-Station and so forth. (Although I do think the PODxt is fine sounding direct too.)

Anyway the Peavey Classic 60/60 is a guitar poweramp I'm not very fond of. It's fairly bland sounding no matter what tubes are in it. They come up used for cheap quite often so people snap them up, and then they post on the boards about how their Mesa Quad, Marshall JMP-1 etc. preamps don't sound as good as they expect. :) No one thinks to blame the poweramp.

Also, depending on what Celestion speakers you have, and what cab that really was (cabs are important too), maybe you didn't get as good a sound as you could've because of that too.
 

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That's one device I haven't tried through a guitar poweramp and cab. It makes sense that it should sound better direct, and that's part of what bothered me about the POD, J-Station and so forth. (Although I do think the PODxt is fine sounding direct too.)

Anyway the Peavey Classic 60/60 is a guitar poweramp I'm not very fond of. It's fairly bland sounding no matter what tubes are in it. They come up used for cheap quite often so people snap them up, and then they post on the boards about how their Mesa Quad, Marshall JMP-1 etc. preamps don't sound as good as they expect. :) No one thinks to blame the poweramp.

Also, depending on what Celestion speakers you have, and what cab that really was (cabs are important too), maybe you didn't get as good a sound as you could've because of that too.

Well the ADA MP1 preamp I WAS using with the Peavey 60/60 and the same cab, sounded very nice. The cab was a Marshall 1960A wired in stereo. I still have two of the speakers and I honestly don't recall the model but they were celestions for sure.

Really my opinion was and still is, that all things being equal the Tonelab likes going direct much better than the comprimised method of bypassing the cab models and if possible the power amp models.


To me, this is much like the supposed "paperless" office where everyone prints hard copies anyway.


These things are designed to replace amps, nit work as a glorified effects processor.
 

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If that was a stock 1960A, it's a bit fizzly sounding partially because it's a slant (brighter sounding from that alone) and it has G12T-75 speakers (which can sound nice, but typically sound a bit sizzly because they seem to require very loud volumes to start sounding rounder). The ADA worked better with it because it's quite midrange-heavy and it filled up a lot of the space in the mids that the G12T-75s miss at lower to medium volumes. (I wouldn't use that ADA with Vintage 30s, personally, because the mids would stack up and be too much for me.)

I agree that running the modeller direct makes the most sense and it's what I'd ultimately prefer to do. Anyway, the point I was making was about avoiding making widesweeping generalizations. Unless you've tried a device with lots of "peripheral pieces of gear", it's hard to make an appropriate judgement of it.
 

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If that was a stock 1960A, it's a bit fizzly sounding partially because it's a slant (brighter sounding from that alone) and it has G12T-75 speakers (which can sound nice, but typically sound a bit sizzly because they seem to require very loud volumes to start sounding rounder). The ADA worked better with it because it's quite midrange-heavy and it filled up a lot of the space in the mids that the G12T-75s miss at lower to medium volumes. (I wouldn't use that ADA with Vintage 30s, personally, because the mids would stack up and be too much for me.)

I agree that running the modeller direct makes the most sense and it's what I'd ultimately prefer to do. Anyway, the point I was making was about avoiding making widesweeping generalizations. Unless you've tried a device with lots of "peripheral pieces of gear", it's hard to make an appropriate judgement of it.

Widesweeping generalizations?


I can only comment on my experiences and results. Any comments I make are my opinions only and I don't mean to sound like I'm stating facts.

I have used many amps, some tube (including high end boutique stuff), some SS and some hybrid. I've used rack based amps and modelers. For the time being I'm content with the Tonelab SE going direct, but my results are so good that I'm willing to try others direct as well.


I'm intrigued by the Digitech GNX3000. In spite of poor results I've had with other Digitech units and their "cheap" construction, a lot of guys who like modelers REALY like the GNX3000.


It's worth trying.
 

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Sorry, I'm being a bit cranky today I guess. Maybe it's from posting on HC or maybe it's the lack of coffee, or both...

The GNX is a good enough sounding device. I found some sounds which were nice. It's in the realm of the J-Station to my ears, which is fine.
 

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I used to run a VG-88 into a Mackie full range powered monitor live - the sound and volume were pretty good but it never quite 'felt' right, as far as the interaction especially with hi-gain tones. Very powerful and versatile rig in a compact package, but I am using a tube amp live now with no regrets. I'd give modellers another chance (with tubes involved somewhere in the signal path) someday. :cool:

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Sorry, I'm being a bit cranky today I guess. Maybe it's from posting on HC or maybe it's the lack of coffee, or both...

The GNX is a good enough sounding device. I found some sounds which were nice. It's in the realm of the J-Station to my ears, which is fine.

No need to apologize. I get a bit high handed periodically and need to be kept in check.

Have you tried the latest GNX3000? I tried earlier versions and wasn't blown away, but guys like Craig Anderton are raving about the latest one.

Not sure why I want to try it. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind.

Having said that I tend to follow the "Kaisen" philosophy of continuous improvement so I'm curious.
 

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I'd be happy to, but I'm not the most skilled individual when it comes to internet stuff. Also, obviously my patches are tweaked to suit my EMG equipped guitars so the patches won't sound the same with passives.


Tell me how to do it and I'll try.


Really I don't use a huge amount of patches. I set up a couple of banks with a clean patch and gradually more distorted patches.


I also have patches including song specific effects like ping pong delays and tremelo and a couple for the lap steel.
You can export your patch library if you're doing your tweaking using the PC software with the Tonelab. If you're not using that already, you should look into it. You can edit real time on the PC, hearing the results of your tweaking. I'm in the middle of a move so I can't look at it now and give any specific instruction.

Mostly though, I'm just interested in the amp/cab models your using, gain levels and EQ. Preferably for a lead patch. Right now I'm really liking the JCM 800 model with the boost in front.
 

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Tone Lab, Pod ...

I also run directly through the P.A., but I use a Pod XT (the table top version). In general, I'm quite pleased with the results, but would eventually like to get the Pod XT Live or try something like your Vox Tone Lab.

There are situations where there's not enough PA for me to run direct. For those gigs, I rent a Fender Twin or similar. I agree that the POD (and I would guess, most of these modellers) don't work well as the front end to a typical guitar amp. So, I've been toying with the idea of buying a high powered solid state power amp (probably a used PA amp) and a speaker cabinet. I would use my Pod as the front end.

Can this sort of rig replace tubes? Well, I don't know. I think beauty is in the eye or ear of the beholder, but frankly I don't think audiences can hear or feel the difference, except in applications that depend heavily on the character of tube amps (traditional blues, country, etc). Even then, I've been told that the sound I get through my Strat, Pod XT and whatever PA or solid state amp happens to be lying around, is pretty darn good.

Of course, the purists will disagree.

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It's not about being a "purist" or not for most people, actually. It's about what they feel comfortable with. There are some "purists" or "tube snobs", but most people I've met tend to just know what sounds good to them. A lot of times they don't even know why, and because of that they'll latch onto hype and misinformation which leads them down the wrong path with their gear (despite the fact it's still good, they could be using things better suited to their needs but they won't even consider it).

Anyway you might be surprised to find out that a fair portion of the audience can hear the difference. However it's more about the entire experience for them, and whether they can compare it to anything "better".

A great example of this is when I was in Winnipeg years ago and some band played with some older Marshall amps at The Albert--their sound was great and the crowd loved it. A band playing fairly similar material had been on just before and used amps which were "less than perfect" but still good. The mix wasn't the same and the crowd didn't react as well. I actually preferred their material, but I had to admit their sound was not making me as excited as the band that would follow.

In any case it's not so much about what's exactly what's being used as it is how well it actually works for the situation. If it sounds great to you in a jam, it will probably work very well at gigs. These direct devices/modellers have their strengths as well as their weaknesses. When guitarists use them for their strengths, that's when people stop noticing the difference. However if you feel you're compromising and you can hear it when you jam, that will probably show at gigs too; you won't be the only one who notices.
 
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