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xx Using a PodXT w/o amp models
« Thread started on: Nov 23rd, 2004, 08:45am »

I've tried numerous approaches to adding effects to my Decatone rig and as it turns out my best bet was with some gear I already had. For practice at home and band rehearsal I was using my Line 6 PodXTpro rack unit. For live gigs I used my Decatone along with some stomps and a MIDI switcher. I also used a Boss GT-6 and prior to that a GT-5. The GT-6 was configured in the four-cable method that essentially puts the time domain effects in the effects loop and overides the GT-6 overdrives/distortions with the deca's preamps.

I used the PodXTpro with it's modeling for rehearsing while connected to my computer, jamming along with MP3's and deep editing the presets. Just for the heck of it I decided to set up one bank with the amp models turned OFF. Then i just ran the PodXTpro into the Deca's input. Sounded pretty good! Since I was used to running it essentially into a power amp or DI before, I rechecked the settings. Oh Yeah - there's the "destination" setting. For my other uses for this it was best set to "studio". As recommended for live playing into an amp I changed it to "amp 2X12". WHAM ! Even better. Sounds very good! As good as the GT-6 four-cable method and even easier to set up.
So now my PodXTpro has four usage scenarios.

* computer connected to practice/edit
* rehearsal into a power amp (Tech 21 Power Engine)
* backup for gigs in case of amp failure (unlikely but not impossible)
* as a effects front-end for the Deca.

FWIW - I use an Axess Electronics CFX-4 to switch the Deca's channels via MIDI. I use the Line 6 FBV shortboard to control the whole rig.
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xx Re: Using a PodXT w/o amp models
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23rd, 2004, 7:02pm »

I'm assuming you are able to edit the effect levels in the POD to account for the variation you get between channels on your Decatone? Whenever I've tried to run effects on the front end of my Deca (especially time based), the effect level varies too much between channels. Post some clips if you can.
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 12:59pm »

funny just the other night I ran my PODxt in the effects loop of my SLO with all amp, cab, and mic sims turned off. Just to use the effects. Didn't try in front of the amp yet. It was cool though.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 26th, 2005, 3:41pm »

FWIW -

A new TC Electronic G-System replaced the Line 6 POD XT Pro about two months ago.

- nothing against the POD XT Pro, it does it's thing very well. It wasnt' designed to work with an amp, it was designed to emulate it and replace it. The FBV Shortboard footcontroller was really nice. I did like using it the most with a computer or practicing with headphones.
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