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Pod XT with a tube preamp, good idea?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by Semt-X, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. Semt-X

    Semt-X Guest

    I wanna give my guitarsound a bit of a tube sound. But i dont have the money to get myself a good tubeamp. I own a Pod XT, which i think it sounds good, not perfect but good. Is it a good idea to setup a tubepreamp like a mic. preamp or a tube compressor behind the XT? Ive saw some a Focusrite which looks very nice.
  2. kevinwhitect

    kevinwhitect Active Member

    Apr 15, 2003
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    Sure, why not? You will get a different sound w/ the setup. Everything is a possibility.

    Might I suggest you give trial run(s) first before you commit to purchasing any setup?

    If you are searching for a particular sound, then just keep experimenting until you find what you are looking for.

    I've got the XT also (it's what Jeff Beck says he uses for his recording rig, so it must be okay), I do warm it up w/ some plug ins (PSP comes to mind). Seems to work pretty well. I also occasionally take the original sound and twist it beyond all recognition with other effects too. It depends on what works for a particular piece.

    I wouldn't fret too much about the gear you use to make a sound. Concentrate more on working the sound itself. Different gear just makes different sounds.

  3. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    pod xt

    I agree. However I tried the same EXACT thing as you. A Pod and a single space Mindprint that uses 1, 12AX7. It sounds different than without it, but I must say...I didnt like the sound I got. :x I'm too poor for a nice tube amp at the moment also
  4. I remember reading something around a while ago about a guy who never liked his POD until he ran it through a Sebatron valve pre..
    I decent valve pre will take some of the digital edge off an amp sim and make it sound a bit more organic and real
  5. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    yea my amp simulators sound much better if i run thru the sebatron first.If you could afford it the new THORAX unit he has must be killer has a aggresive compressor so he says .
  6. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    I assume you have an amp of some sort. Try running the Pod through a cheap combo amp or some speaker cab and miking it and then go into the tube pre and into your recording rig. I'm willing to bit you will get a much better sound than just going straight in. Experiment. Some of the biggest guitar sounds I have ever got are from a cheapy 1x15 practice amp and a boss gt-6 (similar to pod). I have 4x12's but often the 1x15 gives you an easier time with mic setup than a 4x12.
  7. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    yea good idea Rain--I'd like to start doing that and mix them together--i bet that sounds great

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