Oct 29, 2012
Welcome back! So last week, we did a blind A/B comparison between the new Line 6 POD HD500 model based on the Soldano SLO100’s Overdrive channel, and an ACTUAL Soldano SLO100. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here.
We did 4 clips in total, with the Line 6 gear panned to one side, and the SLO100 panned to the other, and asked you to guess which was which, for the “grand prize” of some brand new Six-String Samurai custom picks.
First of all, thank you all for having a guess, I was super stoked to see the insane participation on that one, and hopefully you guys will keep it up. And secondly, a HUGE thanks to Line 6 who shared the article through their social media channels, which allowed a whole heap of people to see it!!
Was I right?!?! Hurry up!
What did you guess?
I’ve been saying for awhile now that it’s become very difficult to tell the difference between modelled and tube sounds, on a recording at any rate – and this A/B test has definitely helped strengthen that opinion!
Here’s the big secret:
For the first three tracks (Hot for Teacher, Still Got the Blues, and Bark at the Moon), the real SLO100 was panned to the right.
On the last track, Outshined, both signals are the real SLO100, but one is EQ’d a little brighter. Sneaky bastard!
We have a winner(s)!
Who guessed the best of the rest??
By my count (and feel free to tell me I got it wrong… it’s early in the morning!) these two chaps both got 3 guesses right as to which channel the real SLO100 was:
- Michel Sancovich
If you guys can email me your details, I’ll send out some Samurai picks to you as soon as possible!
Since last week I concentrated on doing A/B clips for the Overdrive channel, this time I thought I’d finish the set with some focus on the Crunch channel!! I’ve been trying to write some new tunes for one of my bands, Scatterhawk, and did a first draft arrangement of the song I was working on last night, check it out here:
I won’t make you guess this time… Soldano is panned LEFT, and the HD/DT is panned RIGHT.
Since I was trying to get a feel for how the song would sound, I left both tracks on the whole time, so from that video it might be a little difficult to really hear how either one sounds. However, with that in mind, here are the isolated tracks!
The solo is me on the HD500, and I figured you can hear that loud and clear anyway, but if anyone’s interested in an isolated version of that I’m happy to upload it too!
So what did you think? Did you guess right for last week’s A/B?
I think this comparison really kind of puts it into perspective for me. The modelling world is getting scarily close to getting it 100% right, BUT in my mind there’s always going to be the need for amazing amps like the SLO100 to be designed FIRST before they can be modelled. And someone somewhere is always going to want that original SLO100 sound – especially since there is a wealth of mods that you can do to personalize the SLO to your taste, which aren’t currently available for the POD.
Would I still own a Soldano SLO100 if I could afford it? Hell yes!
But I’m quite happy with my HD500 for now \m/
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