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  1. Hi everyone! 

    So I'm planning to buy a POD GO Wireless, I'm coming from a Firehawk FX. I have a Katana Artist MK2 which I use with pedals and I want to use the special input for multi-effect systems for the POD GO. I was thinking about a A/B foot switch after the POD GO output. 


    I was wondering if I could send a clean guitar signal with amp or cab into the front of the chain with pedals so I can use the wireless system in the POD GO to use it with the pedals and amp too. So either a clean signal trough the POD GO or using the effects loop and placing that as close forward as possible. But my main question is still, will it impact the sound by some processing by the POD GO, EQ or amp setting which is mandatory. I know from the Firehawk I can disable amp and cab so it becomes a clean signal basically. 


    Hope someone can answer my question, cheers! 

  2. Keep in mind that your Vox AC4 is based on the boost channel from a AC30. So whatever you gonna throw at it from the Firehawk is gonna be colored by pre-amp of the AC4. Also make sure you are using a cabinet simulation (should be off when u have no amp model active). Also worth checking your Firehawk level mail volume (red) and the guitar signal (white, press on the big knob on the floorboard). Try to tweak those those two make it behave better with your amp. From what i've heard/tried is that having the guitar input (white) on 3/4 or 3 a clock-ish and then adjust the main volume (red) to manage overall volume. 

  3. 46 minutes ago, hurghanico said:

    Hi there!..


    It happens that when I find something interesting I save it in some form to be able to reuse it quickly if I need it again later.

    Some time ago in a site dedicated to Line6 devices called "" there were several interesting articles, some of which concerned the Variax world.

    I managed to save something of that material in my archive dedicated to modeling stuff, and here follows attached to this post the part that probably talks about the info you are looking for..

    Although the examples therein reported refer to the first generation Variax and the non-HD Workbench, the explained concepts remain the same even for the new generation Variax guitars.


    Here it is: WB Tutorial 6 290107.pdf 1.29 MB · 3 downloads

    that’s looking interesting! Will read it when I have to time xD

  4. 37 minutes ago, cruisinon2 said:


    All of that stuff has little to nothing to do with a guitar's body style... it's about the electronics... how the pickups and volume and tone pots react to each other. You can find online discussions about how various different capacitors and resistors will affect the frequency sweep of tone pots, why 250K pots are typically paired with single coil pickups, and 500K pots with humbuckers, etc etc... but it's geek-level stuff that's lost on most of us (myself included), with the exception of electrical engineers and pickup designers.


    I'm as tone-crazy as the next guy... and I've fiddled with some of those parameters in Workbench on occasion. Honestly, the differences are subtle at best... but as was already mentioned, there are no "right" or "wrong" settings the digital realm. If you like the way it sounds, have at it. Nobody's gonna be able to listen to your sound and say "Why did you select the 0.1 uf capacitor instead of the 0.05?".

    iIf you listen you can most definitely tell the difference and it can be a big influence if you try to get close to a particular sound. The settings also impact the tone/volume behavior on rolling them back too as I understand. 

    My questions was not) does it make an impact and much? But I was wondering if there was a guide that showed what the used pods were on the guitars modelled to get a starting point and build from there. 

  5. I’ve been experimenting with recording trough the USB interface of the Firehawk. I record straight into GarageBand with no EQ settings on. I’ve set recording and playback in macOS to use the Firehawk and listen trough a BD 770 Pro headphones connected the the Firehawk 

    When Iisten while recording it sou rd exactly how I want it. But when u playback the recording it sounds nothing like it. The ‘fatness’ of the tone is gone and so are many details. 

    I’ve tried an open source recording program but the same thing happens. The monitoring sound is good but the playback of the recorded sound is bad. 

    How is it that the Firehawk can send the sound to my Mac, send it back to my Firehawk and trough the headphones and it sounds good but when I record that same signal it lacks so much that’s not the same at all?

  6. Hi,


    Is there any reference guides to what settings to use for each body for the Volume and Tone controls? The settings are all new for me and would like to have a guide of some sort to get started, so I know what resistance I need to pick for each body and build from there. I tried to search the forums but couldn't fine any, sorry if this questions has come up before.  

  7. Hi everyone!

    I just received my Line 6 Variax Standard today and when I was trying it out with the magnetic pickups I heard a resonating/high chime sound, especially when playing the D chord. I've tried to lower the magnetic pickups but it is still there, so it's not string pull I guess. When enabling the modeling the same can be heard but it's much harder to detect but it is still there. Is this normal is the guitar bad, or the setup? 

  8. No, but I run a line out from the headphone jack of the iPad to a different audio system and that separates it from the FHFX connection.

    Thanks for the replay, I might try your method and see how I like that. 

  9. Whenever I connect to my FireHawk FX ony my iPad it send my iPad audio to my FireHawk FX. I want to connect so I can use the app, not as an audio device. I can fix this by setting the sound back to the iPad once it connects. But is there are option to set the FireHawk FX NOT as an audio device device with Bluetooth connection? 


    - JaPPa

  10. Not an issue on mine...


    Helpful comment... can you tell me what version MacBook, MacOS and Workbench HD you are using? Clearly there is something that causes this since you are stating it's sharp as it should be. So let's try to find the issue here and help others who mind have the same problem. 


    My specs are:


    MacBook Pro Retina 15" late 2013 model

    MacOS 10.12

    Workbench HD 2.13

  11. I think the issue is that the speakers in the combo are voiced for the Spider IV. Your 4x12 is not, so it sounds different and in this case lesser for your taste. You may find tweaking all your settings to sounds good on your 4x12 to be your only option. Since speakers do make a big impact on the 'character' of the sound. 

  12. The presets are saved in the amp, not the Shortboard.   Not sure about the '128' - the Spider IV 75 has 16 banks of 4 presets for a total of 64.  I'm guessing that the Shortboard allows you to hit a switch that turns on or off one of the FX so that you have one preset with/one without.

    Switching a effect on or off isn't a preset is it? Here is the URL to the product page where the 128 presets is presented as a feature.  

  13. Hi guys,


    I'm wondering how I can save presets to my shortboard mkii? I'm using it in combination with a Spider IV 75 and do most of my edits in the edit software on my mac. On the product page of the shortboard is says



    When paired with Spider® IV and Spider Valve™ MkII guitar amplifiers, the footswitches can activate many on-board amp effects including Quick Loop, Pitch Glide and Smart Harmony, and provide up to 128 user-created presets.

    but I can't find a way to save any preset the the board. Anyone knows how to do this? Thanks!

  14.  Have you installed the FX Infusion 2.0?

    Yes I have it installed. 



    IMHO the FX100 is better suited for jamming/recording with headphones, monitors, PA’s…

    I personally wouln't view as an upgrade to your Spider.

    But if you can demo it and it sounds good to you, that's all the really matters!!


    Fair point. I'll be using it for headphones too, since its a pain to connect a headphone to the Spider IV 75, so thats upgrade as well from my point of view.

  15. Hi guys,


    I'm wondering if I can use a FX100 with my Spider IV 75. Could I set the amp on a clean channel without effects and use the FX100 as a board and effect controls? Would this be a cool 'modern' upgrade of my Spider IV. I have a Shortboard MKII but the stomp switch died so I'm looking for a new board, but the Shortboard MKII and the FX100 ar both around the 200 euro's. Hope you guys know some more! 



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