OK, RealZap, that makes sense. Is it possible, just on the amp, to modify and save the volume level of the preset so that its saved volume level is at the MAX level while the channel volume control is at the MAX position? I'm hoping that then when I back off the channel volume, there will be a linear reduction in volume without the spike at the "8" position. The thing that puzzles me is why does this happen at the "8" position to begin with? Why not as soon as you start manipulating the volume knob?
Regarding the issue with not having bi-directional communication between the amp and the computer via the midi ports, do you have any info regarding this? I did not fully explain the situation, so let me try. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to get get both Monkey and Line 6 Edit to work. I kept getting the message about "midi cables not connected, etc, etc", so I assumed there was no connection at all between amp and computer. As a last resort, I decided to try to flash the firmware anyway just to see. Upon doing that with Monkey, I saw that all the LEDs on the top amp panel lit up and Monkey actually showed a progress bar that was updating itself. When that finished, Monkey presented a dialog that said the firmware update was successful and to power down then power up the amp. That surprised me! So if I can trust this, it answers a question regarding the amp and computer actually being connected. It seems that there's a one-way connection and the computer is able to send a MIDI message to the amp and apparently the amp is able to receive the message. However, either the MIDI out port on the amp is malfunctioning or the MIDI in of the computer is malfunctioning (or both of those are malfunctioning)... or the midi cable is defective. I'm using an MIO USB to MIDI cable that's similar to the M-Audio UNO, Initially, I could not find a way to get Win7 to recognize the MIO MIDI output. I found a software MIDI mapper that at least allowed the computer to expose the MIO MIDI out device. At first windows would only expose the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth, but using the mapper software, I could then select the MIO as my MIDI output device. Anyway, the real reasons for wanting access to the amp via computer MIDI interface were (1) use Line 6 Edit to rectify the volume issue and (2) update the amp firmware. I've read somewhere (probably on this forum) the the preferred MIDI interface is the M-Audio UNO. Would using that interface make the whole process work? Is it really as simple as that?