I just recorded a little groove on both firmwares.
I played a gig over the weekend and this guy walked up to me saying he had a variax 89 and wanted to know what pedals I was using.
I showed him I simply plug direct into the mixer with some reverb he was like.......WTF??
Then I told him I was still on firmware 1.71 and he urged me to record a little comparison and email it over as he wanted to try to replicate the settings . I emailed him some strumming stuff on both firmware.
Oh also shall I mention that he has a Pod Hd?
I just decided to record and post it here the groove I was jamming on that night. It is very simple groove which I just learned from Kevin Davis Ban Caribe, check them out they got so much soul and sabor!!
Most times I play using the E and A strings one octave down on the acoustic and that's how I was playing that night.
Anyway on this recording I started with firmware 1.71 and I have 5 acoustic sounds. from 00;00 - 01:44
From 01:49 are all my acoustic sounds that I have on HD I've tweaked some sounds on HD so I have 7 banks.
The 12 string guitars have only 6 strings on both firmware.
The HD firmware sometimes makes it uncomfortable to play (for me) ,as I hear and you will hear too this sometimes harsh sound even though I tried to maintain the same way playing through the loop, not plucking too hard.
I really dislike and sometimes wonder how line 6 technicians managed to make the low strings and octave down sound worst on HD. As you can hear they are clearly scooped out, even the highs sounds are rolled off.
Ok The only useable selection to ME on HD is the one on 03:54 .
I love the octave down on firmware 1.71!
I recorded this in real time and tried to keep the same tempo and sometimes shifting/rushing the tempo can be inevitable, sorry .
(This recording is not a demonstration of my playing )
No Eq or amplifier was used , total flat. The recording was done straight into Cubase with a touch of reverb.
Also my new discovery doing this tests was between re-flashing from 1.71 to hd 2.10 I kept playing the guitar thinking of what to record. All of sudden the sound cut off and only the piezos. I repeat only the pure piezo was audible. And I was like Wow..... they sounded different and even more normal sounding, no steroids whatsoever. Of course it lasted for about a minute as the guitar wass updating itself then it cuts off to no sounds.
But this little experience made me wonder , how nice it would be to have access to the pure organic piezo sound with no steroids and then be able work on workbench from there.
here is the recording , and soon I will record something using that awesome piezo sound while is re-flashing.
This guitar as so many simple expandability and profitable possibilities to line 6 that it is ridiculous how limited I find myself with HD. Anyway it is just my opinion, I hope they still have they heart on it though.