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Looking for opinions for those using a Guitar POD XT with your Bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by carp3n0ct3m, Nov 23, 2005.


  1. carp3n0ct3m

    carp3n0ct3m

    Aug 4, 2005
    Hi, I was considering buying a guitar POD XT and was looking for the opinions of anyone who has used one with their bass.

    I got my first guitar christmas of last year instead of a bass. I don't know what I was thinking and pretty much immediately after I got the guitar I started regretting it, so I bought a used Washburn XB100 bass and amp with the little bit of money I had left. Although I really love the bass, there are times where I just want to play guitar. I want to get a POD XT but only have money for 1 and since I have both a bass and guitar I want to have the ability to play both(not at the same time) through it and record into my computer. I've heard of people using their guitar POD XT with their bass, and was wondering how good it actually sounds.

    Any opinions on using a guitar POD XT with a bass would be greatly appreciated

    carp3n0ct3m
     
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Going back to the Pod 2.0 days, and I assume much hasn't changed as far as compatibility with the two, but the patches are NOT meant for bass at all and sound rather poopy. However, with some tweaking, you can get some fairly decent sounds out of it.
     
  3. carp3n0ct3m

    carp3n0ct3m

    Aug 4, 2005
    Thanks tplyons, I have another quick question. Do you guys think that the Bass POD XT would work with a guitar? I guess I should have asked that in the first place.
     
  4. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'd be more likely to recommend the regular PODxt with bass than I would the Bass PODxt for guitar.
     
  5. SmittyG

    SmittyG

    Dec 24, 2003
    Texarkana, Texas
    I have an original POD that is my music interface for my computer. When I record guitar, I use its many emulations. It is also cool for sounding like you are playing through a wall of Marshalls at low volumes. For bass and vocals, I just use the Tube Preamp emulation--that's what it is there for. I haven't used the new POD, but I would be shocked if they got rid of that.

    I also had a bass POD at one time. It wasn't near as useful for guitar as the regular POD was for bass. So I stuck with the regular POD. Again, I would expect similar results from the new models.
     
  6. carp3n0ct3m

    carp3n0ct3m

    Aug 4, 2005
    Thanks guys, that's what I was hoping you would say about using the guitar POD with a bass. I think I'm gonna go for it then, can't wait to actually record myself.

    -carp3n0ct3m
     
  7. carp3n0ct3m

    carp3n0ct3m

    Aug 4, 2005
    I was wondering, how does the bass sound through the guitar POD, after it's been tweaked of course? Also, does it sound OK through headphones, I'll probably be using it to play my bass through headphones a lot seeing as I have a cheap 10-15 watt amp and live with my parents?

    Thank you in advance,
    Justin
     
  8. SmittyG

    SmittyG

    Dec 24, 2003
    Texarkana, Texas
    I don't use the amp simulations. I use the Tube Preamp simulation, EQ flat (I do that from the bass), add a little reverb or chorus if I'm feelin' freaky. That's about it. Sounds great to me. You can, of course, use the guitar amp sims with the bass, they don't have the frequency limitations you would find with a real amp. However, you will find the EQ centers to be quite strange for a bass. Play around and have fun; I'm sure you find something to your liking.
     
  9. carp3n0ct3m

    carp3n0ct3m

    Aug 4, 2005
    Thanks tplyons, and thanks SmittyG, you guys have helped me out a lot. I'm gonna go for it, gonna get myself a POD XT. I was afraid that the bass frequency might do something to the POD XT since it was designed for a guitar and am glad to hear that it isn't a problem. I'm going to try and see if there are any patches that people have already come up with for the bass and go from their till I get the hang of tweaking this thing.

    -carp3n0ct3m
     
  10. i record a les paul and an sg thru a bass pod all the time. a lot of the models won't be useful but some of them sound fantastic, like the hiwatt models. i don't think the hiwatt models on the bass pod xt are actually bass amps anyway, i think they are the "townshend/entwistle" era hiwatt amps, which i believe were guitar amps. but i'm not 100% positive about that. the marshall model works fine as well. if all fails you could just use the tube preamp setting with some eq'ing and effects and you can surely get a good sound.

    go to your local guitar center or equivalent and play around with the bass pod using a guitar. because as with everything, YMMV.
     
  11. Saint

    Saint

    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I have the guitar pod 2.0 and have tried using it for bass. As a main direct box for recording bass, I don't like it and you'd be better off spending money on a used tube pre-amp or sans amp bass driver --IMHO. Even the pre-amp in a mackie is better, I think.

    On the other hand, I have used it to good effect with my rickenbacker by running the neck pickup into a mic'd amp and the treble into any number of the guitar amps for distortion.

    Hope that helps.
     
  12. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    I just got a PODxt for guitar and running my basses through it actually sounds pretty good. The factory presets are poopy, but then again, factory presets on any bit of musical gear are usually poopy. Like others have mentioned, for bass I use the tube preamp model and go from there. The amp model-specific EQ's are, of course, based on guitar amps (and so they may or may not be suitable for bass depending on the tone you're after), but there's an additional, separate, 4-band semi-parametric EQ in the unit that really helps to dial in a sound.