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#1 garyzz

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:00 AM

I posted here a while back but can't find my original post anywhere to refer to. I bought a used Pod XT Pro in mint condition, works very well. I want to update the firmware because the existing version on my unit is only 1.02 and the latest version is 3.02, I believe.

 

Someone mentioned that I wouldn't be able to update the firmware through USB with an existing firmware version this low and that I had to be connected through MIDI. I'm not sure if this is correct or not. I currently don't have my XT Pro connected by USB or MIDI, just via the two 1/4" line outs. I have the latest version of the Line 6 Monkey on my Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8.

 

I don't want to wreck anything here, sorry for the newbie question. Can I update via USB and if not, if I do have to use MIDI, do I need both MIDI in and MIDI out connected to my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 or can I just use the MIDI out from the XT Pro to the MIDI in of the Focusrite? I've only got one cable as I don't use MIDI very much. This isn't explained in the user's guide.

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

since your pod has v 1.xx installed, a midi to usb is necessary for further updates. get a m-audio midisport uno. others may be used but line6 recommends this specifically. they are about $40 dollars and if you have no other use...paperweight. but ya gotta do what'cha gotta do. then usb to mini usb.  

 

Q: My unit cannot update via USB, and I have Flash Memory 1.0x.  How do I update from Flash Memory 1.0x to a newer version?

A: First verify you have flash memory 1.0x. Please hit the TUNER button and scroll using the SELECT knob to the last page. If you have a version later than 1.0x, you can use your USB connection.

 

In order to update your PodXt from version 1.0x to the latest version, you will need to download Line 6 monkey (as described above) as well as a MIDI to USB interface. We recommend the MIDI SPORT UNO from M-AUDIO.  Install the drivers for your interface, then run LINE 6 MONKEY with your POD XT unit connected to your interface. Click on the CONNECT USING MIDI CABLES button, and make sure that you see the MIDI IN and MIDI OUTS set to your interface. Then go through the FLASH MEMORY installation as described above. After this is done, you will be able to update your PODxt series unit using USB.  See the following link for more information on connecting to your Line 6 unit via Midi:


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:36 AM

Thanks for your reply. So I can't do this through the FireWire interface on my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 even if MIDI in and out are connected to it from the Pod XT Pro?

Seems like a lot of work to go to, I guess this is why the original owner never bothered to update the firmware, he had a FireWire interface too.

I'n wondering what the USB port is for on the back of the Pod XT Pro...
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

I would recommend both cables, because monkey may not detect it with one... but try it, If monkey sees it, it should be fine.

certainly try the USB upgrade first. I think that the USB capability was enabled from the factory on those... it's only the bean shaped ones that have the midi limitation (If i'm correct here)

 

keep in mind if you bought it used and it had any model packs... you will lose those when you reflash.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:38 AM


I'n wondering what the USB port is for on the back of the Pod XT Pro...

 

they always intended it to be USB... it's just possible that the unit was released before the usb capability was fully realized.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:41 AM

I would recommend both cables, because monkey may not detect it with one... but try it, If monkey sees it, it should be fine.
certainly try the USB upgrade first. I think that the USB capability was enabled from the factory on those... it's only the bean shaped ones that have the midi limitation (If i'm correct here)

keep in mind if you bought it used and it had any model packs... you will lose those when you reflash.

OK, I'll try the USB connection from the back of the Pod XT Pro directly into my Mac first and see if that works. Not sure if I have any modeling packs or not, still quite new to this thing although I know my Pod XT 2 'bean' quite well. How do I tell if I have modeling packs?
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:45 AM

you might install line6 monkey and the drivers ahead of time.

http://line6.com/software/

 

both will be required to flash.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

you might install line6 monkey and the drivers ahead of time.
http://line6.com/software/
 
both will be required to flash.


Connected the Pod XT Pro directly to my Mac's USB ports (not through any type of interface). I installed the latest drivers (7.2.8 I think) through Line 6 Monkey. I was able to update the USB firmware to 1.1.4 but the actual Pod XT firmware update to 3.0.2 wouldn't work. Kept giving me a MIDI Device not communicating error. So I guess I have to connect both in and out MIDI cables. Just not sure about having to use a Midisport. If I'm connected through USB and run the MIDI through my Focusrite (Firewire), shouldn't that still work? I don't even have a USB/MIDI interface. Thanks for your help.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

should work with any midi interface... however line6 uses the m-audio UNO internally and test with/recommend it.

I'd get you another cable and try your current interface before spending @40$ on another...

 

Connected the Pod XT Pro directly to my Mac's USB ports (not through any type of interface). I installed the latest drivers (7.2.8 I think) through Line 6 Monkey. I was able to update the USB firmware to 1.1.4 but the actual Pod XT firmware update to 3.0.2 wouldn't work. Kept giving me a MIDI Device not communicating error. So I guess I have to connect both in and out MIDI cables. Just not sure about having to use a Midisport. If I'm connected through USB and run the MIDI through my Focusrite (Firewire), shouldn't that still work? I don't even have a USB/MIDI interface. Thanks for your help.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 02:25 PM

should work with any midi interface... however line6 uses the m-audio UNO internally and test with/recommend it.
I'd get you another cable and try your current interface before spending @40$ on another...


That's what I thought, I prefer FireWire interfaces over USB as do many others due to the latency issues. This should work with my Focusrite so I'll go grab another MIDI cable and give it a try.

Amazing what this rack mount Pod XT can do, so much cleaner and quieter than my XT 'bean' although no match for my Krankenstein 100.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:12 PM

..... How do I tell if I have modeling packs?

When the PODxt is booting up it will momentarily show which Model Packs, if any, are installed


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:25 PM

I (finally) successfully updated my firmware to 3.0.2 - it took some doing and required a MIDI connection and worked via FireWire but it wouldn't save any presets, kept giving me a MIDI communication error so I chose not to save anything and it then did the update without any problems.

Not saving the presets was ok by me because my original goal was to restore the original sounds anyway.

Is there anyone out there with a rack mount Pod Xt Pro who can tell me what the first 64 factory presets should be (1A to 16D)? What the names should be? Seems that my set is different than what I've read.

Perhaps there is a way to restore the unit back to its factory presets but I thought the new firmware update might have added some new presets - a tad bit confused here. I can't seem to find anything that says Treadplate for example.

Thanks for any help. I had no modelling packs by the way. Unit starts up and now says something about 'loading standard sets' which it didn't do before the update from 1.0.2 to 3.0.2.
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