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post May 26 2011, 03:01 PM
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Hello

I figure i have to connect my Pod X3 to my computer to get nice sound. Ive plugged it in before and installed drivers and some line 6 monkey thing. However, which program am I supposed to use with the pod to get sounds, custom tones etc?

Will the sound be good if i connect it through the computer, and play the sound trough my monitors?
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post May 26 2011, 03:58 PM
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You can use Gearbox software to edit tones.
I think the sound for listening is better from headphones


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post May 26 2011, 04:10 PM
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You can use Gearbox or PodFarm to tweak the tones.

I use the POD both through headphones and 2.1 desktop speakers, and both sound good to me, though you will have to tweak the sounds a bit depending on the output, as all speakers are different.


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post May 26 2011, 09:02 PM
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Computer crashed again (brand new one). I am going to listen through the computer/monitors. I connected the POD to the computer, downloaded Gearbox. There was no sound though. So when i disconnected the POD the sound reappeared in my headphones connected to my computer. Then i connected the POD in USB again, and the computer chrased. What is wrong here?
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post May 26 2011, 09:07 PM
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Well, they say to safely disconnect USB to avoid a crash - you know, don't pull the plug unless you disconnected the port first.

Besides that, and I don't recall how by heart, you get ASIO drivers. That's a sound driver with very little latency (delay) so that you hear the sound immediately as it's played. Maybe that's the reason why you don't get a sound what so ever?


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post May 26 2011, 09:14 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ May 26 2011, 08:07 PM) *
Well, they say to safely disconnect USB to avoid a crash - you know, don't pull the plug unless you disconnected the port first.

Besides that, and I don't recall how by heart, you get ASIO drivers. That's a sound driver with very little latency (delay) so that you hear the sound immediately as it's played. Maybe that's the reason why you don't get a sound what so ever?


Turn off POD before disconnecting? btw it was when i connected it it crashed as it installed USB drivers
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post May 26 2011, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (daman23 @ May 26 2011, 10:02 PM) *
Computer crashed again (brand new one). I am going to listen through the computer/monitors. I connected the POD to the computer, downloaded Gearbox. There was no sound though. So when i disconnected the POD the sound reappeared in my headphones connected to my computer. Then i connected the POD in USB again, and the computer chrased. What is wrong here?


I think you have to connect headphones to the POD to hear sound.
POD acts as external sound card on your PC and you can't use your regular sound card for monitoring purposes.
I think that may be the issue here.


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post May 26 2011, 09:31 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ May 26 2011, 08:16 PM) *
I think you have to connect headphones to the POD to hear sound.
POD acts as external sound card on your PC and you can't use your regular sound card for monitoring purposes.
I think that may be the issue here.


Yes it is. Just hope the computer wont crash again.

So i have headphones to the POD then? Then its no difference having it plugged to computer?
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post May 26 2011, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE (daman23 @ May 26 2011, 10:31 PM) *
So i have headphones to the POD then? Then its no difference having it plugged to computer?

I think it is. Using the POD and the internal sound card at the same time could probably cause conflict... or at least make use more difficult. Think of the POD as the main sound interface.
It could of course be used as a unit that you keep off your computers USB port and connect to the internal soundcard. But as soon as you plug the POD into the computer it'll work as a sound interface/sound card.


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post May 26 2011, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ May 26 2011, 08:38 PM) *
I think it is. Using the POD and the internal sound card at the same time could probably cause conflict... or at least make use more difficult. Think of the POD as the main sound interface.
It could of course be used as a unit that you keep off your computers USB port and connect to the internal soundcard. But as soon as you plug the POD into the computer it'll work as a sound interface/sound card.


But whats the point of connecting it to the computer?
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QUOTE (daman23 @ May 26 2011, 11:33 PM) *
But whats the point of connecting it to the computer?


Only point is to enable you to record your guitar playing - which is a very useful feature. It shouldn't sound better/different then how it sounds when you're playing through it.
Also (I'm not sure about this as I don't have the unit) - it allows you to edit patches/tones via your computer.


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First, what computer do you have, and what sound card?


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post May 27 2011, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE (daman23 @ May 26 2011, 11:33 PM) *
But whats the point of connecting it to the computer?

One point, like Bogdan mentioned. For recording and practicing purposes. Play along to songs.

Another point is that with Gearbox you can much more easily edit sounds.


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post May 27 2011, 09:51 AM
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When using the pod with a computer, either with gearbox or podfarm, you can hear the sound through your headphones, or monitors, or 2.1 desktop speakers, it doesn't matter.


In day time I plug my 2.1 desktop speakers. In night time, I plug the headphones. And I always control it through Gearbox, as it's much easier than tweaking the pod's knobs.

On top of that, having the POD connected to the computer also allows you to record its signal, which is the main reason to get a POD in the first place.

One last thing, as others mentioned, is that when you are using the POD with nthe computer it overtakes the sound card of your system, meaning that the Pod IS the soundcard. Even for sounds that don't come from it, it is processing all the sound.

Check it on the control panel, you should see the POD is teh soundcard when it's turned on, and when you turn it off your usual soundcard will replece it, as usual.


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post May 27 2011, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ May 27 2011, 08:51 AM) *
When using the pod with a computer, either with gearbox or podfarm, you can hear the sound through your headphones, or monitors, or 2.1 desktop speakers, it doesn't matter.


In day time I plug my 2.1 desktop speakers. In night time, I plug the headphones. And I always control it through Gearbox, as it's much easier than tweaking the pod's knobs.

On top of that, having the POD connected to the computer also allows you to record its signal, which is the main reason to get a POD in the first place.

One last thing, as others mentioned, is that when you are using the POD with nthe computer it overtakes the sound card of your system, meaning that the Pod IS the soundcard. Even for sounds that don't come from it, it is processing all the sound.

Check it on the control panel, you should see the POD is teh soundcard when it's turned on, and when you turn it off your usual soundcard will replece it, as usual.


Ok but how do I avoid chrases? plug POD in first and then start it?
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post May 27 2011, 07:31 PM
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Crashes can mean a lot of things mate. Now, as others have said, if you plug POD X3 via USB to your computer, POD will became your sound card. This means that you now need to plug your headphones/speakers into POD, and enable POD as a default sound card for your system. Please check if you did this as well before attempting anything else.

1. It could be that your sound card conflicts in some way with the POD. In order to check this option, you better disable your sound card in hardware manager, and uninstall all the drivers

2. It could be that the drivers for POD that you installed are not suitable for you system. Not sure about this cause I'm not sure what type of OS and what PC you have, but you should check this on the web.

3. It could be that the buffer size is causing problems. In your driver settings, or POD service application, you need to try to increase your buffer size.

4. It could be that you are using the POD on some conflicting USB port, try using it on some other port, and try unpluggin other USB hardware that you have to see if this is the problem.


Let us know for some details after you try these options, and we will try to solve this one.


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post May 28 2011, 03:41 AM
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Did your POD come with a copy of POD FARM? If so, you can download a copy of REAPER and use POD FARM as a plugin. This would still mean using the pod as a "Audio Interface".

I hate to be the one to ask, but did you read the manual and the "getting started guide" that came with the POD?


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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 28 2011, 04:41 AM) *
I hate to be the one to ask, but did you read the manual and the "getting started guide" that came with the POD?


That's a good question. Something I skipped to do couple of times, and in the same time the biggest reason why I couldn't handle that gear! smile.gif

Some people don't prefer manuals, but they are great for me. I like when I get new piece of gear, make coffee, and just sit down and read the manual slowly biggrin.gif


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