Today, I want to take you along on a little experiment I’ve been working on – cloning my pedalboard using the Line 6 HX Stomp XL. This pedalboard has been my go-to setup for ages, delivering those organic and creative tones that are hard to replicate with presets. But now, I’m curious to see if I can recreate the magic using the HX Stomp XL. Let’s dive in and see how it goes!
My original pedalboard is a collection of various effects that I’ve carefully chosen over the years. It includes a reverb, overdrive, compressor, EQ, wah, and a few delays. Each pedal brings something special to my sound, and I’m excited to see if I can achieve the same result digitally.
The first challenge I encounter is the limited number of blocks available on the HX Stomp XL – only seven (not including the amp)! So, I have to strategize and figure out how to fit all the essential effects in this tight space.
I start with the reverb, and after some trial and error, I settle on a 63 spring reverb and tweak the mix until it sounds just right. Next up, the compressor – I opt for the Deluxe Comp and play around with the threshold to get the compression I love.
Now comes the overdrive, and this one takes a bit of experimenting. After trying a few options, I finally find the sweet spot with the Timmy pedal. It gives me that midrange-rich tone I crave.
For a clean boost, I add a Boost pedal, and then it’s time to tackle the delays. I choose a vintage delay and a chorus to add some dimension to the sound.
With the effects in place, I eagerly compare each one to the original pedalboard. It’s almost there, but I can tell some fine-tuning is needed to capture the same organic vibe I love.
As I continue tweaking, I realize that the reverb needs some adjustments – it’s a bit too much for my taste. And that second overdrive – it’s good, but something’s missing. I decide to try the Minotaur (a digital version of the Klon), and instantly, it feels more like home.
While I’m not a hundred percent there yet, the progress I’ve made is promising. I’m excited about the potential of the HX Stomp XL and its ability to replicate the sounds I cherish.
As with any musical journey, there’s always room for improvement and fine-tuning. I plan to keep working on my preset, making it as close to my original pedalboard as possible. Once I’m satisfied, I’ll share it with the Line 6 community and on my social media.
This experience has taught me the value of digital modeling and how it can be a powerful tool for guitarists to find their unique voice. While I’ll always have a soft spot for my traditional pedalboard, the HX Stomp XL has proven to be a versatile and exciting addition to my gear arsenal.
If you’re considering venturing into the world of digital effects, I encourage you to give it a try! Embrace the journey of tone exploration, and who knows, you might stumble upon your signature sound too.
Until next time, keep on rocking and experimenting with your gear! Cheers!