Hey live POD users-How are you connecting to the PA?

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  1. Tbone135

    Tbone135 Member

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    I may end up using my XT for at least some stuff pretty soon again and I'm trying to maximize my potential here. Are you using a DI or 1/4 to XLR cable to the input? If you are using a DI, what brand and is it active or passive?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wildwind

    Wildwind Silver Supporting Member

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    Long-time direct POD user (currently running X3).

    My findings - avoid active DIs. Even the expensive ones. They add something to the tone that is really nasty. A pro recommended a cheap passive DI - I bought a ProCo and life it good. I tried five or six actives, ranging from the Behringer to the BSS Audios we use - the cheap ProCo was by far the best tonally - and quieter.

    Now I also run a Harmonic Converger with great results, but I won't say it's a must-have. The designer is a friend of mine (though he charged me full price, which I was glad to pay). I find it adds a nice tubular character and clears up some higher-end junk. But they ain't cheap...

    HC runs between the DI and POD. I run one at home and record with it as well.

    Some POD users don't even bother with a DI. The POD signal can go direct. The DI just lets you do it with XLR cables instead of 1/4".

    Greg
     
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    Thanks for the info. You still get plenty of output with that passive DI? I bought a Behringer active box a few years ago because our soundguys said that otherwise there wasn't enough signal.
     
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    I use a XT Pro - XLR out right to the board.
     
  5. JSeth

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    I tried my POD ( one of the first) through my PA, just 1/4" cords - and I was surprised that it didn't sound good at all - wasn't trying to anything fancy, just get a decent jazz tone for my ES-175 through a Mackie board; I could not get any decent tone from it. How do you set up the tone characteristics differently from 'phones' sound?
    I really like the idea of the POD, but...
    John Seth Sherman
     
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    I use a Radial Engineering passive DI. I would not recommend using a 1/4" to XLR adapter. The output is unbalanced, so you would have potential for extra EMI.

    JSeth--set up the patch exactly how they say to. Turn up the channel volume until it clips, then back off a little. I also turn up the output level to about 98%.
     
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    I've found that I get less fizz when running the output 40-50% and adjusting the gain at the board to compensate.
     

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