i posted this on ss.org, thought you guys might want to try this as well!
okay, so you guys know that all pod X3/X3L users get the pod farm plug-in for free, to use in your DAW?
i found out an awesome way of making your tone miles more awesome using it!
you will be using your actual pod to make the basic tone, with the amp modelling etc. you can do the cab modelling and effects in pod farm if you like, but itīs not required.
first off, make sure you have a good patch on your pod. donīt use any EQ or compression after the amp though.
edit: i originally wrote that you should have the signal as loud as possible without clipping, but this is apparently not such a good idea! you should have a good amount of headroom to your signal. donīt keep it "right below the roof"!
insert the pod farm plug-in into the track youīre recording with. if you want to improve the gating, insert a gate in the signal chain. this is really awesome, as it helps the pre-distortion gate with cutting unwanted tails. adjust settings as you want.
now, here comes the awesomeness: go to "guitar amps" and find the "power amp" unit. you might be a bit confused now, as this is not available on the actual pod or in gearbox. awesome, huh?
the higher you turn the knob, the more tube-like your sound will be, but youīll sacrifice a teeny bit of tightness. find your ideal middle ground.
i almost pissed my pants when i discovered this! i set it to full blast, adjusted the output setting in pod farm so that it wasnīt clipping anywhere (same output volume as the input volume), and just descended into chugga-chugga heaven!
seriously, this should really be a unit on the pod! itīs a really good fix for everything that is wrong with the pod sound! itīs not perfect as far as accuracy goes, but it fixes the whole feel of the pod!
so try it ASAP and tell me what you all think!
I'll have to give this a try.