#1
Hi all. I'm looking to upgrade my gear (on a limited budget) due to gigging small pub/clubs soon.

I want to get a Pod XT Live to cover all bases (home recording/home practice with headphones/rehearsing/gigging) but wondered which type of amp is best to use to best suit the pod? Is a valve amp wasted if you're gonna put moddled fx through it? i s a neutral sounding SS better?

Band stuff heavy rock/metal covers but I play a variety at home too.

Any help/suggestions welcome.
#2
There is not a bad amp to use this with, its all in the settings. This is a great item and you can probably get a great price on ebay now since the xt3 came out. I have had my xt live for 4-5 years now and played through a digitech gnx, boss-gt8, vox tone-lab, and the v-amp, this is by far the best to my ears and with the cpu interface it is a lot of fun.. You can just use this for its effects and it can do 11 at one time.. It you have a solid amp you like. I dont use an amp and just go direct with the amp sim and it is killer.. I always get compliments on my tone.. I do use mine for all you have listed too.. Great for recording and practice and live applications!!
#3
you should get a power amp. it basically makes your signal loud enough to be run through a cabinet. if you can spend a lot, you could get a tube power amp add a little warmth, but if not, a crate power block is uber cheap, but its pretty good if you can find one used (its discontinued). along with a cab, this would be a great rig thats very portable. also something you might wanna check out is an amp by atomic. their designed for "giving your effects processor some balls", but their quite expensive
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#4
Thanks for the info guys. One more thing I forgot to ask....I've got active EMGs and through my cheapy Korg AX1000G they seem to lose their liveliness ie: harmonics and squeals seem reduced and synthetic. Is this true of all multi fx units?
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Thanks for the info guys. One more thing I forgot to ask....I've got active EMGs and through my cheapy Korg AX1000G they seem to lose their liveliness ie: harmonics and squeals seem reduced and synthetic. Is this true of all multi fx units?


I notice this a little with my Floor Pod plus, then again I have passive pups.
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#6
I don't care for the POD that much through SS. using my VJ seems to give it alot more life, but I can't really recommend the VJ for gigging and frankly I'm looking for the same thing you are. I just know it's not going to be SS.
I'm considering a Peavey Delta Blues or the atomic. The Peavey has a great tone on it's own I just haven't had the chance to plug a POD into one.
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#9
Have you got one? I can't find one to try anywhere. It's really why i'm leaning towards the peavey. I don't mind buying blind on some things, but a $500 power section isn't one of them.
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VHT Special 6
Phonic 620 Power Pod PA
Wampler Super Plextortion
Line 6 Pod HD
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This is exactly what I was trying to ask. I couldn't see the point in buying a decent valve amp only to bleed over it with digital sound. Surely each would dilute the others sound. The Atomic sounds perfect. Thanks alot for all the replies.