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Ivan Milenkovic
post Mar 3 2009, 11:18 PM
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Not quite mate and here's why:

The tone you hear depends on various components in the recording chain. Here are your cases:

1. POD through guitar amp: In this case, the sound from POD is coming to amp, and amp is shaping the sound further, and playing it through guitar amp speaker. This kind of a speaker different from regular speakers. It does not have a linear response in the sound range, it has a pronounced mids response. Also, it has more headroom than regular speakers, and can get into certain levels of distortion without any problems - it's physically robust in that sense.

2. POD through headphones: in this case, headphones are playing the sound from the POD. Monitor headphones are designed to give instant reproduction of the source, so as little coloration as possible. But they have a disadvantage of covering the ears. Our outside ear also plays important role in shaping the sounds we hear, so removing it from the chain can limit our abilities to hear every nuance of sound.

3. POD through sound card and onto PC speakers: This is the worst kind of reproduction of the three, and here's why: Signal goes through sound card AD converters, and becomes digital. In this process the sound looses some of it's information, and gets a bit compressed. The more quality converters your sound card have, the better the sound will be. When it comes out of the sound card to speakers, it goes through digital-analog conversion, and it becomes analog signal again, but this time not the same signal as before. There is some loss that cannot be repaired/reverted to previous state. Then it goes to PC speakers/audio monitors, that will try to faithfully reproduce the sound they get, but since the sound is now gone through 2 ADA conversions (one in POD and one in sound card) it became smeared, compressed copy of the analog signal that came originally from your guitar.


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post Mar 3 2009, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for that was really helpful, so what do you think my best option is?


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Ivan Milenkovic
post Mar 4 2009, 01:28 AM
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No prob mate, glad to help you.

It depends what you are doing IMO:

1. If you are just jamming with POD and not recording anything, you can use headphones from POD for slightly better sound.

2. If you are recording, it would be wise perhaps to use your PC speakers for monitoring, so you can hear how it sounds. If you wanna use headphones plug them into the PC speakers phones out of you have one.

Another useful tip - if you are recording something, often when you record it, the sound will be a bit more compressed as oposed to the sound you hear on the speakers. So when recording, it is good to record with a bit less drive than you feel it is needed. You adjust the drive somewhere on the border of barely managing to pull out the tone with your fingers. Then, when you record, the sound will usually be more defined in the overall mix. This is just a generalized suggestion, it's best to check out this in practice, and see how it works with your gear, but try to lower down your drive settings just to make a small comparation. Often it can sound better later in the mix.

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Ivan

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post Mar 5 2009, 09:22 PM
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On the back of the Peavey VK112 I have a bit saying External Speakers, it doesnt say anything about headphones but it has the little icon, so it should be ok to put in that?


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