Does upgrading the software on the PS1 to 2.0 make a difference for us that use the PODxt?
By the way...the setting on PODxt to what you are connected to....and when I choose BOSE PS1, in my opinion and everyone else I asked to listen to the difference has said that selecting "direct" sounds MUCH better.
So I believe that I must be doing something wrong. Maybe with the PS1? Any help would be appreciated.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
RockCCC - My first, very brief experience with my new PodXT Live was very good. It set right up out of the box and sounded great, set to PS1. My PAS got torn down for a gig the next day, and when I set it back up a couple days later to dig into the the pod some more, the XT Live sounded horible - really thin and fizzy. I couldn't believe that it was the same unit that I had heard a couple of days prior.
After a brief moment of disbelief, I regained my senses and remembered to check my gain staging. The channel trim on the PAS had been turned up for the gig I played (where I was not using the pod), so the level out of the pod got turned down to compensate. This is something that I have found with every piece of equipment that I've run through the PAS (as well as most conventional systems) - keep the gain as high as possible early in the signal chain. I turned the channel trim on the PAS down to less than 1/4, and cranked the output level of the Pod over 3/4, set the PAS master and there it was, that nice big full sound again.
It really made a HUGE difference in tone quality to have the output of the pod cranked, and the trim on the PAS turned up only as much as needed to get the volume you want. I recommend that you try that - and maybe you already have. I really haven't had much time to play with the output options on the PodXT Live, but from my quick run through of the available options, I thought that the PS1 setting sounded best by far.
And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
I prefer the direct setting, also. I don't think the changed in preset will matter to your tone unless you are using channel 1 or 2.
I'm actually considering going back to my VETTA and chopping it up like GEEMAN did for the better harmony and other goofy effects that I cannot get out of the PODxt, even with an amp pack.
I think that both modes are pretty darn cool and wish I could make the preset save the mode I want.
The "studio direct" sound add a bit of room ambiance and mic EQ. The PS1 mode sound to me like you're standing right next to the amp (no mic EQ or added room reflections).
I say, go with what sounds best to you.
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