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  1. The unstable/slow bluetooth connection, the squeaking built-in pedal and the notorious A&D light of death... I can list a few problems which bother me, but I have to say that I do love my Firehawk FX.
    The old Boss analogue pedals, DigiTech multi FX, and Line 6 M13, which I used to own, had its own pros and cons. I think that no device is perfect, and somehow we have to accept it as it is and try to get the best out of it. If you get to the point when you cannot stand it anymore, just divorce from it and move on.

    Until then, in spite of all the issues that I listed above, my tone got better and I am happy with it.

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  2. My solution is rather simple, without adding anything on top of the existing back row buttons. I attached two metal U-channels underneath between Firehawk FX and the case, using two screw holes already drilled for the rubber foot of Firehawk.


    It increases the slope angle and raised the backside about an inch. It is now much easier for me to access back row buttons without hitting the front ones.






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  3. I am reporting you guys one fix/change that I have noticed since updating the firmware from 1.2 to 1.3.

    I used to suffer from a slight volume drop after engaging the tuner using bluetooth app and disengaging it by pressing the same preset switch. For this reason, I always pressed other preset switch after tuning and back to the original one.


    After updating to 1.3, the volume drop appears to be gone. However, I hear the same note for 0.5 second that I played during tuning after disengaging the tuner, even after muting the string or volume knob/pedal, especially with any stomp effect.


    Test for yourself: play a note for tuning - mute the string with your palm - wait for one second to be dead-silent - disengage the tuner - hear back the note that I played for tuning!!!


    OMG! It means that I shall be very careful not to create a noise to audience whenever tuning between songs.

  4. http://line6.com/support/topic/21885-expression-pedal-squeak/


    You are not alone. I have found that the noise can be eliminated with +-zero pressure (just barely move from heel to toe without pressing).

    I am also using two Ernie Ball Jr. as a 2nd expression pedal for FH and M13 respectively, consisting of a simple string mechanism, and they have  not made any noise for the past couple of years. I guess it is how it is designed.

  5. Am I the only person who has been experiencing a hugh-volume drop after tuning? I had a band ensemble yesterday, and it happened again and again between songs after tuning. I had to select another patch and come back, but you will loose any tweak you made during previous song and no time to do again before starting intros.


    I generally love Firehawk FX, but I have to say that it is very tricky to use for gigs.

  6. My Firehawk is the 2nd unit (replacement) whose expression pedal makes the same squeak as the first one did. Because I used the first one less than two months, the noise does not appear to be caused by heavy use of the pedal but by how it is made.


    It is not a big deal when the full band comes in, but it is a problem when you do a quiet intro/solo with your pedal. I had previously given a suspicious look at the pianist whose sustain pedal squeaked, but he now looks at me in the same way!

  7. If I may express my opinion:


    I am very happy with the quality of FX's tones. I am not so happy with bluetooth connectivity. I am unhappy with the lock-ups, a lag and artifacts when switching patches.


    Aa an enthusiastic user of M13 for the past couple of years, I would be happier if FX had M13's 'easy to use' during gig and without problems listed above. I guess Helix is going to be such a multi-effect unit.

  8. Tony's 'recovery from A & D lights lock-up' explains the symptom that I have experienced. It is indeed related to a specific amp/fx combo made using original firmware. Because we cannot tell what tones have been corrupted until A & D lights death happens, it looks like we have to remake all tones from scratch using firmware 1.10. I am concerned if it means that we should do the same thing after future firmware updates.


    Line 6's locking-up recovery:


    We've found that tones created while using the original 1.01 firmware can sometimes be corrupted, regardless if they are new or downloaded tones. This results in the device locking up, with a factory reset being needed for recovery (press and hold the Master Volume knob and the TAP button as you power up the unit).

    Firmware 1.10 resolves this issue. Tones created in version 1.10 can no longer be corrupted like they would have under version 1.01. However, corrupted tones created in version 1.01 are still problematic when used in Firehawks updated to later firmware versions. 

    We encourage those encountering this issue to update to the latest firmware via the Line 6 Updater software, then perform a factory reset. Please note that any tones not backed up to My Tones prior to a reset will be lost (corrupted tones cannot be uploaded because they crash the unit and thus can't be selected for uploading).

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  9. The 'possible' cause of death listed above could be just for me. However, I have listed the presets which caused the death multiple times. For instance, I had set up a nice preset with an activated wah (without using your toe) and I had no sound when I came back to it from other presets. Then the death happened when I switched to other presets. Regarding a preset with tremolo, it usually happens when changing TO the preset with a tremolo itself, not the other way around.


    When it happened, I deleted the preset and made one from scratch with either AC30, tremolo, or wah, and it happened again. The scariest thing is, you can not revive FH by turning it off/on, but only after a factory-reset.


    It would be a great experimentation for users who has not experienced at all so far, such as stevekc, to try that out. Let's say, make three presets - one with AC30 HD, the other with a tremolo, and the third with wah on, and change presets among them a few times by pressing foot switches. If it doesn't occur, I would believe mine is a lemon. If it occurs, it could be a holistic firmware/application/hardware issue.

  10. After experiencing tens of A&D deaths, here is what I found looks suspicious:


    1. Any preset with vox AC30 HD amp

    2. Any preset with a tremolo

    3. Any preset saved with wah 'on'


    Then the A&D patch lights of death happens when I try to change the preset or bank using foot switches.

    To avoid the death, I am currently using the FH remote app to change the presets back and forth (from 'My Tones'), not using any foot switches. In this way, the lag time gets more unbearable, but A&D death occurs less or not.


    I am really trying hard not to die during gigs.

  11. Dear bond19:

    Yes you are right. I had my Firewhawk FX with no bluetooth device connected, and another A/D death happened to me:



    My preset 01A was all made of FH tones, not from the Cloud. I was able to turn on/off each foot switch, but it emitted a crazy noise (I had to take off my headphone) and got stoned when I tried to move to other presets. The only way to get out of this is a factory reset. Powering on/offs does not work.

  12. I got another "A & D" patch lights of death during a gig last Friday again. Before the gig, I had followed the Line 6's Firehawk Troubleshooting (hardware reset, reinstalling firmware and application, and re-save each preset one by one, without downloading anything from the Cloud). While I was using a Wah (volume pedal), it got stoned and I couldn't change to any other preset even after multiple power-offs and power-ons. The only way to get out of the stoned Firehawk FX was a HARDWARE reset during the gig. I managed to finish the gig using the presets on the cloud.


    On Sunday, I replaced my second expression pedal, VP Jr, with Line 6 EX, but got the same symptoms during rehearsals.


    Now I am trying not to use any bluetooth connection, basically only Firehawk without iPad or iPhone. I have not had the issue so far since last Sunday. If it turns out to be a bluetooth issue, it will be very frustrating. Because Firehawk FX is all about controlling the pedal board using your bluetooth device.

  13. I do not have any tones from the cloud on my FH. I am losing my patience and feel insecurity after experiencing 'A&D' death during a live performance.


    I am on the latest firmware, application, and just custom tones consisting of FH's amps and effects. Is it too much for users to expect no sudden death while gig and practice? I did not have such an experience while I used M13 for past couple of years.


    I can live with the lag for now, but cannot live with the sudden death. I had to factory-reset while gig.

    It is too unstable. Period.

  14. In M13, you can change more than one parameters simultaneously using an expression pedal. For instance, you can increase the 'drive' while decreasing 'gain' or 'volume' of the classic distortion, so as to keep the same output but to change the overdrive parameter. It is extremely useful during a solo such as last few measures of the 'Panama' by Van Halen. I have found that you can change only one parameter in the Firehawk even using an external expression pedal, so you cannot do what you could do in M13.


    Any ideas?

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