I'm a bit neurotic, so bear with me. I'm also not an expert on the HD500X. I'm new to this awesomely sophisticated and amazingly powerful FX processor. These are just my observations as I try to acquaint myself with the HD and try to work it into my situation. Maybe someone out there will find this helpful - or even better - correct my thinking if I have any of this wrong.
Anyway - here goes:
Situation: I would like to be able to send outputs from the HD to both the mixing console (direct) and to my amp on stage (to control my own stage volume). Without in-ear monitors, I have no way to control my stage volume in the stage monitors - which this is important.
The Issue: There is only one "summed" stereo output off of the HD - the 1/4" Left Mono. All of the other outputs (1/4" R mono and the L and R XLRs) represent only their respective sides of stereo. That said, if I use the 1/4" L Mono out to run direct to the mixing console, a "summed" stereo signal will come out of the Mains and the audience will rejoice! However, I now have only the 1/4" R mono or the L and R XLRs to send to my stage monitor - which means I will only be hearing the L or R side of whatever I am playing. If I switch up these scenario, then the audience will only hear one side of the stereo signal - and cease rejoicing.
Implications: Whenever using stereo FX (e.g. stereo delay, phaser, etc.), someone is only going to hear half of the signal. I imagine this might be problematic when using a stereo phaser set up for L/R - when the signal pans to the unrepresented side of stereo, I imagine that the audience would hear.....nada. Right?
1. Send 1/4" L mono to mixing console and rely on the stage monitors - and risk blasting the vocalists when trying to hear myself over the drummer.
2. Send XLR L mono to the mixing console and deprive the audience of the R side of the stereo signal - and send the 1/4" L mono to my amp.
3. Send both XLRs to the mixing console and take up two channels on the board - and send the 1/4" L mono to my amp.
4. Send the 1/4" L mono to my amp, and mic the amp.
5. Refrain from using stereo FX?
Another interesting issue this presents is - what output setting should you use in the HD Utilities? Studio/Direct makes sense if you are sending directly to the mixing console via XLR or 1/4" L mono - but if you are also sending to your amp...Studio/Direct is not necessarily the best output setting for that component.
I'm thinking Line 6 must have had the following setups in mind:
1. Send both XLRs (or 1/4" L mono) to the mixing console and rely on the monitor mix for stage volume. Having an Aviom unit or similar would make this a perfect set up.
2. Send the 1/4" L mono to the guitar amp, and mic the amp - send that to the mixing console.
So tell me - am I understanding all of this correctly? Someone chime in, because if I have this wrong, I don't want to spread misinformation.