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  1. Wow such a novel idea... :) Now I bet every company is gonna pickup on that one. :lol:
  2. And for the sake of the quality of audio, music and guitar sounds let's hope they learn how to listen so they can know for themselves the difference between good and bad sound - MP3s and three inch speakers should not be the benchmark by which you judge audio.
  3. Not only have zero amount of the ideas posted on Ideascale been used, many of the long reported bugs have not been fixed. So I guess I have answered my own question...waste of time.
  4. This forum is a perfect place to measure failure rate since most people complaining here haven't gotten any good results from tech support so they come here as a last ditch effort to get their problem solved before they give up. The next good place to check is Ebay & Craig's List - there you can see all the Line 6 stuff being sold by unhappy users - and there are thousands of them. The sad thing is Line 6 has a lot of good ideas but they never seem to follow through to make the product complete. Bugs always seem to be left unfixed in lots of cases before they finally stop production and move on to the next idea. The Variax, the HD 500, the Relay wireless all have on going issues that have never been addressed. Tracking glitches, software that doesn't work properly, faulty battery compartment doors, etc., etc. We took our hard earned money and bought this gear and I think Line 6 owes it to us to fix these and other issues (add yours here). For instance I shouldn't have to use duct tape to keep the freakin' batteries from falling out on the floor every time I use the Relay wireless. Line 6 should find a fix and make replacement parts available for a reasonable fee or free. Just because you personally don't have these issues that doesn't make them any less real for us who do.
  5. I've had some nights that the HD 500, Variax & Relay Wireless worked well and just when I started to feel comfortable with it one of them would F!@ up again. One show where I was patched directly into the front of the house the volume just kept dropping until I could not hear what I was playing - I rebooted and it fixed it. I had to get on my hands and knees with the crowd watching reaching to pull out the wall wart and plug it back in (thanks Line 6 for not including an on/off switch). And when you turn it back on it pops through the sound system. I just can't take those computer style digital glitches that happen when you least expect it. My motto has become give a computer the chance and it will F!@ you every time.
  6. Oh great 2 HD 500s screwing up at the same time... :rolleyes: No thanks on that one.
  7. The HD 500 and the Variax are cool ideas that when they work properly they sound pretty good. Problem is they both are buggy and a pro can't trust them in front of 20,000 plus fans night after night and that's why you very rarely see them on stage - never mind the fact that they don't sound as good as the real thing. The Variax since the first models have had Piezo problems that cause weird tracking issues. I also have had the Variax change patches on me during a performance. Going from open G tuning back to standard tuning was not cool and I felt like a lollipop when it happened. Sometimes the Variax just stops working. Unplugging and plugging it back in usually fixes the problem but it resets to a default sound. Same thing with the HD 500 sometimes it just stops working and you have to reboot it. It's computer glitches that a musician doesn't have time to deal with on stage. If a tube goes down on stage it's an easy fix most of the time. To be honest I've played thousands of gigs using tube amps for 40 years and have only had 2 amps go down on me during a show. One was a 60s Fender blackface Showman amp that caught on fire - which looked cool and the crowd got to see it. The other was a 60s Fender Bandmaster that lost a power tube. I just don't have very much confidence in digital gear when it comes to playing live. Same way with a lot of the digital keyboard stuff. I worry nightly that the stuff might screw up on me and ruin the show. True - anything can blow up - but the digital stuff is more likely to let you down. Rebooting 3 or 4 times a night is not cool and not something I'm willing to do.
  8. Dude sorry. I didn't mean it as an insult. Although I've been insulted several times over the past 3 years by a line 6 expert or two because they didn't agree with a few of my complaints so they blew them off as nonsense. Actually I was just asking how someone becomes a Line 6 Expert - what qualifies a person as one. I think that's a fair question since a lot of people come here to ask questions. Sorry and since you took it as an insult I'll remove it.
  9. I know the so called Line 6 experts will trash this but I agree with Scheater5. Hasn't been much action on the Variax forum lately - could very well be that it's becoming another dead in the water product. Chances are the HD 500 is heading there too. By the way how do you become a Line 6 expert.
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  11. 0 views and no replies? Wow yesterday it was listed as hot topic and now no views. Nice way to shut us up... :)
  12. Just wondering has any of the requests/suggestions made up on Ideascale ever been added to any Line 6 product? As far as the HD 500 or Variax goes I haven't seen any so it leads me to wonder if it's worth the trouble posting there or is it just a waste of time. This post isn't to bash Line 6 - I'm just a curious customer.
  13. I don't use the tuner in the Pod - I tried it and it doesn't fine tune enough for me. I still use a strobe tuner - quicker and more accurate.
  14. You are pretty much saying what I said. If the HD 500 or Variax works for someone that's great and by all means use it. I use it on smaller gigs and it works for that. As far as assuming that the goal is to sound exactly like the amp - well that's Line 6s fault. They are the ones that put pictures in their owners manual of the amps they model which leads the consumer to believe that they worked for years to get the model to sound just like the real thing. Model names like Class A 30 with a picture of a Vox ac 30 under the title or Blackface 'Lux with a Fender Deluxe next to it - what else could the consumer possibly think? It's like anything else that uses samples or models - when you first hear it you think wow they really nailed it this time. I'm sure that after Line 6 developed the HD 500 they we're excited and thought the same thing. But after you work with it for a while you start to hear it's weaknesses and that starts to annoy you. I've had that happen to me repeatedly over the past 25 years with keyboards based on sampling. At first I'm blown away but in a while I hear the faults and before too long I'm ready for another keyboard - it's an endless cycle that sucks your wallet dry after a while. The only thing that keeps me using the sampling is that I don't want to carry around an acoustic piano, B3 organ and leslie - my balls can't take it anymore!
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