Pod XT through a Boss BR532?

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Member Since: Dec 22, 2004

Hey all,

I would like to get into doing some amateur guitar recording. I have:

* A Pod XT
* A Boss BR532 (digital 4-track)
* CoolEdit PC recording software

At the moment I am playing into the Boss, and then hooking the Boss up to my PC sound cards line-in to transfer the recording into CoolEdit and save as mp3.

This works fine and the quality sounds great...but I really want to be able to play through my Pod XT into the Boss.

My problem is that I can't see how to connect the Pod XT to the Boss BR532 4-track [Frown] I am not sure what cable I would need or what the correct way of doing it is to get the best quality and make sure the Pod XT output sounds clear into the Boss. I have tried looking on the net for information on how to connect the two...but found nothing [Frown]

Can anyone help?


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Since: Jan 18, 2003

Dec 22, 2004 03:34 pm

your only choice is 1/4 inch regular guitar cable.

i think.

the boss br-532 is the small one, right? smaller than the br-8? if so, my friend had it. i have a br-8 which i no longer use.

just use a guitar patch cord to connect the pod's left output to one of the 532's inputs.

Since: Nov 02, 2004

Dec 22, 2004 03:41 pm

Simplest method would be to take the pod's 1/4" output and go into your 532 gtr input. AR

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Since: Jun 24, 2004

Dec 22, 2004 03:57 pm

They're right, DaveUK. I have a BR532 too (now being retired). Take a 1/4" into the guitar input. Here's a tip, find one of the COSM patches that's relatively clean (like the JC120 patch, or the tweed clean patch), and edit the parameters to give you a relatively natural sounding clean amp setting (take the gain down a bit, remove unnatural sounding modulation effects, tweak the eq a bit), then add your POD sound over the top of that. It gives a much fuller sound (careful on the input level, you really DON'T want your signal too hot). I've used my DigiTech RP-80A, with a Tech-21 Tri-AC, and a tube pre ahead of the BR532, and it sounds a bit lifeless without tweaking the clean COSM effect on the BR532's input. Night and day, really.

I'm assuming you're transferring your tracks via the smart media card and dumping them into CoolEdit to manipulate them (if your budget allows, a good soundcard will do wonders for you). Also, record the tracks in stereo pairs where possible, and play with the pan feature to get the right balance. It really does make a huge difference.

Since: Dec 22, 2004

Dec 22, 2004 05:39 pm

Hey thanks all :)

I have a bit of conflicting info though - I have also been told that connecting the 1/4" from the Pod XT to the 1/4" guitar input on the boss will not be a clean approach. Someone said that the correct way would be to get a 1/4" -> RCA cable...and then connect the Pod XT's left 1/4" into the boss br532's RCA line-in. Does this sound right?

I know this is a bit of an overkill, but would something like this do it: www.stagebeat.co.uk/product.php?product_id=2373


Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 22, 2004 05:44 pm

interesting, but, like the old saying goes, opinions are like a-holes, everybody's got one...

That said, it's not often anyone ever recommends going to an RCA jack if another option is available...yikes...

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 27, 2004 03:02 pm

If that is your only choice for line in then yes the RCA inputs are the ones to use. The guitaer input is for taking a signal direct from the guitar, which means it is boosting it as the POD allready does. So you dont want to use that input.

I cant believe the BR532 does not use 1/4" inputs and outputs.


Dec 27, 2004 08:26 pm

heck i couldnt believe my delta 1010lt had all rca inputs other than the 2 xlrs , i guess i didnt read the product details before buying it or got confused with another delta card but i thought for sure those other 8 inputs were 1/4", . wup with that?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 27, 2004 09:08 pm

Yup, the lt is 7 channels of RCA i/o and 2 channels of XLR i/o. with 2 channels of s/pdif and 2 channels of midi i/o as well as the BNC connector for word clock.

My suggestion is cable it to a patche bay and you will have all 1/4 for those RCA connector's.

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