So this is what I use in the C3 Hanau Nightshift band: a POD 2.0 plugged straight into the PA, using a 15W Marshall practice amp as a monitor.
At first I had the POD switched to ‘amp’ mode and played through the front of the amp as per normal. I totally hated this sound and put it down to the POD sounding crap. But before writing it off I tried switching it to ‘direct’ mode and plugging it into the ‘CD In’ jack on the amp. This takes out the pre amp and tone stack sections of the amp and sounds more hifi. It sounds a billion times better in this configuration. I don’t even need a guitar amp for this style of setup, I could use a stage monitor or a keyboard amp and still get a good guitar sound on stage.
I plug the POD into a direct box, which goes straight into the mixing desk. On most direct boxes you will find a parallel output which sends the same signal that goes into the desk. In this case I plug it into the CD input jack on the amp and use it like a monitor. This way the amp doesn’t mess up my tone.
Another major reason for using this setup, apart from the fact that I dont have a functional amp right now, is that volume must be kept to a minimum. Our church auditorium carries sound quite well, and isn’t a particularly large venue. So this is a good solution for someone who cant afford an AC15 or the like right away and needs a decent tone before being able to sleep at night and feel at peace with the world. We are however designing a larger auditorium to sit at least 400 people. When we finally build that, the game will change for the better.
Here is a video showing some of the sounds I use, with the POD going direct into my laptop so you can hear what goes into the mixing desk. As explained, the sound coming from the amps is a parallel signal from the DI boxes and you cant hear them on the video, just the POD.