#1
I will probably be getting a Line 6 POD xt Live soon. I've never actually tried one but I should be able to get it REALLY cheap which will compensate for that.
This question is directed mainly at people who have used the POD series but feel free to answer regardless: how do I get the pedal to simulate OD or DS pedals, seeing as the Line 6 site doesn't list them under the effects in the pedal? Do I use the amp modelling instead - eg. Marshall JCMs for heavier stuff like metal etc?
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#2
You can do it either way. There are OD controls for the amp models and there are specific OD/Distortion models. Mix and match as you see fit.
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