So, I purchased a Firehawk FX a couple months ago with the plan to replace my aging POD X3 bean. Initially I was quite happy, as I didn't leverage many features of the POD - I essentially used only FX, and for Mic in/out. My plan was to do the same with the Firehawk (without the Mic).
Unfortunately, I'm not sure I'm using this quite right. With my POD, I would use FX and just never configured an Amp block - easy! However, the Firehawk doesn't seem to work/sound quite right without an Amp block.
My thinking is I have two challenges:
Sending signal direct into a small tube amp without an effects loops (was previously more than usable with the POD)
Incorrect volume settings on the Firehawk
The amp models aren't something I *need*, but if I get a pleasant sound I'll use them. Presently using the Firehawk at about 75% master volume, so that I don't clip before I want to.