Ok, so to try to bring this back a bit....
â€¢ Low Volume Mode On, Amp in Standby = Direct Out signal consists of the â€œFullâ€ (preamp + power amp) Amp Model with no analog amp.
â€¢ Low Volume Mode Off, Amp On (not in Standby) = Direct Out signal consists of the â€œPreampâ€ Amp Model with the analog amp.
â€¢ Low Volume Mode On, Amp On (not in Standby)= Direct Out signal consists of the â€œFullâ€ Amp Model and the analog amp.
This *seems* to indicate that LVM on, STDBY using the XLR out should provide a signal with the effects loop applied to it. According to iknowathingortwo's post above (which mirrors my own experience) the only time the effects loop is included in the XLR out is when the amp is fully on...
Low Volume mode OFF:
Amp On (not in standby): FX Loop heard on direct out
Amp Off (in standby): Nothing
Low Volume Mode ON:
Amp On (not in standby): FX Loop NOT present on direct out
Amp Off (in standby); FX Loop NOT present on direct out
So the only time it works is when the amp is fully on.
So, is this the expected behavior or not? I don't necessarily care how the master volume is wired up as long as it controls the overall volume in an intuitive manner. But the effects loop being bypassed is really bad. Of course the effects loop on a POD is applied before the XLR out and doesn't suffer the same fate as the 1/4" connectors (assuming an L6Link cable is used). Is this just a way to push people towards getting a POD? Honestly I'm starting to think I should sell my DT 25 and go looking for a decent head with nice clean and eye watering distortion channels (oh I would love to get a Nitrox).