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DI/Amp Sim Recommendation?


Hey y'all,

I apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge - digital multi-effects units and modeling are completely foreign to me!

I recently started playing on my church P&W team and we don't use live amps in order to keep the stage volume controllable. The regular guitarist runs his EJ Strat into his Line 6 POD, and direct out to FOH (Lincoln Brewster-style). My pastor has an older Line 6 Pod Live that I've been borrowing. I've been running my normal pedalboard into a basic patch thats composed of a Fender Deluxe Reverb model with a bit of spring reverb, then direct to the FOH from the POD. That's been getting me a sound that I'm really happy with.

Since I suck at working with a multi-effect unit and and, therefore, lack the ability to create a sound I like, I've just been using it as an over-glorified DI box. Now I'm shopping for something simpler. I'm looking for something along the lines of a Tech 21 SansAmp that is a DI box or has an XLR output that also has amp simulation built-in.

I originally thought of getting the Boss '65 Deluxe Reverb and then just running that into a DI. Though I'm not opposed to that, it would be a bit more ideal to have one unit that can do both!

Does anyone have any recommendations or ideas of what would fit the bill? I'd like to keep the price under $200 but if there's something I really like, I'm willing to go higher!



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You can get some usable sounds out of the POD, you just have to spend time with it.



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Platinum Supporting Member
I have a Groove Tubes Brick single-channel tube DI/Pre-amp and a Demeter VTDB-2B Tube Direct Box that I’ve used with a POD. You put the Brick or the VTDB-2B Pre-amp between the POD and the PA console and it will add a tube-like feel and warmth to the POD. You get a nice clear, warm sound that retains all of the natural characteristics of your guitar and the signal to noise ratio is also optimized, which reduces noise to the console when using one of the high gain patches on the POD. You can use a much less expensive DI/Preamp like the Presonus TubePre V2 single-channel Tube Pre-amp/DI Box (about $130) and get similar results.

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