so i finally got a home recording set up (after buying a home!) and im running my old pod xt into my interface but the pod is pissing me off. I've always hated the menu system on it and im not sure i want to shell out £350 odd for the new HD one that comes with the software editor which looks a lot easier.
I've seen some great tones coming from the Lepou vsts but being a beginner im not sure how to go about this as im not sure about how to work impulses etc.
can anyone summarize it in language that a child could understand?
The LePou plugins are VSTs that you'll need to download and unzip. Inside the zip files are DLL files, you'll need to move these files to whichever folder your DAW looks in for VSTs.
Once you've done that, you want to apply LePou to a track as an insert (basically an effect on that track that affects everything that goes through it), followed by an cabinet simulation VST (LeCab (also by LePou) is as good as any, and you may as well grab it whilst you're getting the amp VSTs). These cabinet simulation VSTs usually require external impulse files, which you can find all over the net by googling for "guitar cabinet impulse files". Redwirez also offer some cool free ones. If you've got all that sorted you then need to 'monitor' the track so you can hear how it sounds as you play.
For projects using VST amps, I'd suggest making a group track and applying both VSTs to that track, then routing your left and right tracks through that. If you're using Reaper, that's very easy; just make three tracks, drag tracks two and three onto track one and you're done. Now just apply the VSTs to track one and you're set up. It means you've only got one instance of these VSTs running, which keeps CPU usage low if that's a concern (the trade off is you've only got one amp sound on both tracks).
Doing it this way, you'll be recording dry guitar, which will allow you to tweak the sound after the fact. It's a pretty nice feature if you're into tweaking forever. Another way you can do it (and this will help lighten the CPU usage when it comes to mixing, again, if that's a concern) is you can add the VSTs to your input channel so it's being commited to disk with that sound. Obviously you'll need to choose a tone you like first. You can then disable the VSTs once you've finished tracking.