Line 6 PODHD Screamer overdrive is really really good

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  1. GazzaBloom

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    With all the debate on modelling accuracy, IRs, POD vs Kemper vs Eleven Rack vs Axe FX, I think the wonderful job Line 6 did with modelling the Tubescreamer with their Screamer model is overlooked.

    I love this modelled pedal in my PODHD500X, it's really really good. I wish the other drives and distortions were better but the Screamer is bang on the money for me.
     
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    It's really really good. You can dial in any classic TS sound with ease.
     
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    i use HD500 screamer model as a boost in front of the amp and it does sound really good. No overcomression artifacts, no excessive mud, fat, liquid sustain.
     
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    The tube driver is my favorite m series drive in front of a clean ish physical amp so far. It's modeled on the Butler tube driver I think. Never owned a real one to compare, but I've considered picking one up based on that model.
     
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    and btw, fuzzes also sound pretty cool in front of the amp. big muff, octave fuzz - quite authentic.
     
  6. Gasp100

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    I'm demoing the HD500 for the first time in quite a bit and I'm actually digging the Line 6 drive in front of the Deluxe amp quite a bit.
     
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    I've said this several times before, and I'm sure some of you are sick of me saying this, but...

    Back then I paid a whole lot of money for an Analogman True Vintage Mod TS-808. I was sold on the NOS "mojo" parts and marketing. At that time, I already had an m13, and when I brought the two to a gig, I put the m13 screamer and 808 to the test.

    The m13 was every bit as good as the 808. No, it was better, because it had a bass control. At that time I was shocked, because I was of the "analog is the best. best, best, best" camp, but the shock quickly turned to relief, because I knew I could get $200+ back by flipping 808 back on TGP.

    I will say that I love the m13 fuzzes, especially how they will not change from differing weather conditions. I will also say that the Rat model is very, very good and comparable to the freakshow rabbit I have. My favorite of all is the boost comp. Really brings out the character of an amp, but introduces some compression/limiting for some sweet tone.
     
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    Many of the drive models are excellent. The RAT, Tube Driver, Fuzz Face and Muff are all solid.

    You'll never convince someone who dropped $250 for one overdrive pedal that a $500 digital device gives his flavor-of-the-moment boutique pedal a run for it's money, but that doesn't really concern me.

    I had a good selection of those very pedals before I acquired the HD500. Most of them turned out to be redundant, and in many cases, the HD500 sounded better and was more flexible.
     
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    I've gotten good mileage from all of these models, and agree completely.

    To the best of my (limited) knowledge, Line 6 is the only modeling company that does a good Rat model.
     
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    i love comp in fx100 but curious which one same model with pod hd.
    any one know?
     
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    The RAT and Screamer are great stacked...Screamer into the RAT. The RAT is actually quite transparent and works well as a medium-gain drive. The Screamer in front adds some mid focus and compression, as well as gain.

    Great combo.
     
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    I've also had sensational results stacking the Tube Drive, Tube Comp, and Boost Comp. Really excellent going into the Fender Deluxe model (whatever it is called).
     
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    I've A/B'ed a number of the Line 6 effects effects (drives, delays and modulation) against their real world counterparts and could not hear a difference. In particular, 've never understood the complaints about their dirt sims, since those are, for the most parts, relatively simple devices to model and should be the most accurate.
     
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    I'm sure it depends on how you're using it, but I really like the sound of Zoom's RAT with the drive very low into their JCM800 with the drive very low as well. All of the Zoom stuff has a lot of gain, so "very low" is likely medium on the real world equivalent. I can stack those two and still get a sound that will clean up with the volume knob, but have a good bit of bite and sustain wide open with my tele. Into other sims on the Zoom, I don't like the RAT nearly as much, but that combo is nice.
     
  15. Pietro

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    I like the Tube Drive in the Line 6 stuff better than any drive pedal I've ever used.

    The Screamer is very good, too, though.
     
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    I have an HD500 and have tried a number of Rat clones and models over the years. My favorite is the Digitech iStomp Rodent model. I definitely prefer that over the line6. I had a RP500 but never had the chance to A/B with the iStomp. Drives are also amp dependent and I find my ears definitely prefer a Rat into a Marshall type amp and a Tubescreamer into a Fender, in general. Of course, guitar, pickups...all add there nuances, but for me the basic combos (Rat/ Marshall), ( Tubescreamer/Fender) are great places to start, either tube or modeled.
     
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    I think the bigger secret may be that a TS style pedal is actually a very simple thing to model as IMHO every modeler I've ever tried does a very good job at it...
     
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    L6 always had a great TS. That's why it's ok for them to bring those old models out with new hardware.

    BTW, the Zoom TS that you buy for the MS-100BT is also great. So is there version of the OCD, Sweet Honey, and Mesa Boogie pedals.

    The iStomp TS is very good too.
     
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    That was the best drive in the box when i had my hd500.

    turn the mid control ccw for fuzz with big bass and cw for ds-1. somewhere in the middle is where it sounds best
     
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    Line 6 did quite a great job with fx that were labelled as L6 originals - it seems like they tried to improve on common classic designs, stuff like L6 Drive, Vetta comp, Vetta wah.
     

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