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  1. Unfortunately, even if there were the exact tone you're looking for in the custom tone library, the odds of downloading it, and having it be "perfect" for your guitar, amp, and fingers is close to zero. I've downloaded tones claiming to be this guitarist, or that song...only to find it so far off that it would have taken me less time starting from scratch than tweeking what was already there. Dont get me wrong...thrre are plenty of good, usable tones to download...but just because it sounded exactly like "Crazy Train" to the guy who created it, doesn't mean it'll work that way in your hands. You'll learn more by experimenting with the unit than trying to find ready made sounds...tedious, but ultimately its really the only thjng that works, imho.

  2. Well you must have not bought many floor pedals or floor MultiFX because most of them don't have a power switch and it's a smart design for floor pedals not to have a power switch.


    I'm not a fan of Steve Howe but he's a well rounded musician and guitar player, I also I don't use "Goose bumps" as the only yard stick to measure how good the music is. ;)


    Meet the Digitech GNX1...and it's power button. A floor pedal fx unit. Not the only other one I've owned, but the only one I still have with which to provide photo evidence. Certainly not the finest piece of gear ever, but decent for it's price which I doubt was much more than $250 or so a few years ago.


    This thing had a big brother with a few more footswitches...it had a power button too. And these ain't the only ones in the universe. I fail to see anything "not smart" about the design.








  3. That's easy.


    1-It's actually safer for the unit to operate without a power button because when you're not using it, it's unplugged so in case there's a lightning storm you don't have to worry about unplugging it since it's already unplugged, and most surge protectors aren't 100%.


    2-One less additional part that can fail. Power switch is more prone to failure than the current way it works by plugging the adapter. In the current scenario the adapter has most of the risk of failure, and that's easier than having to fix a power switch and also cheaper as you don't have to take your pod to a service center.


    3-Based on 1 and two it seems that a power switch isn't essential; so whenever it's possible to save on cost on non essential parts, the cost savings can mean a more affordable product for the consumer. Using this approach allowed line 6 to provide an all in one solution that's so far unmatched by anything except if you're willing to spend 10 times more. An AXE II with a controller is around 4 thousand dollars! A pod HD500 for a working musician is heaven sent at 300- to 400 hundred dollars used and it actually has very comparable tones to the AXE ii and Kemper. Don't let the cork sniffers tell you any different. POD HD is good enough for Steve Howe from YES to recreate all of his sounds so it really is good enough for anyone else to get their  at a fraction of the cost. Go LINE 6.


    1) Safety? This being the pathetically litigious society that it is, if safety were a concern, nothing would have power buttons. I've purchased half a dozen other units from Line 6 over the years...they all have power buttons. And, I've been walking the earth since before Rush's first album...still waiting for ANYTHING electronic to be destroyed by a lightning induced power surge...or any other power surge for that matter. Do you really run around the house unplugging everything at the first clap of thunder? By the time you're done, it will probably have stopped raining. I just don't see this as having been a big topic of discussion amongst the engineers over at Line 6...and if it was, then they need to switch to decaf. "It can't HAVE a power switch, Bob!!! WHAT ABOUT THE LIGHTNING?!?!?!"


    2) Maybe I'm lazy, but I really don't want to have to reach behind all the gear to pull the plug from the wall when I'm done playing. It's just a pain in the a**. And if we're gonna talk about risk of part failure, if you're pulling the plug from the back of the unit instead of removing the wall wart from the outlet, then I can easily see the solder connections for the jack becoming loose LONG before a simple rocker switch would fail...they design those things to move. And for what it's worth, after 25+ years of buying gear, and countless things needing repair (including one amp head many years ago that actually started to smoke onstage, lol) I still await with bated breath, my first power switch failure.


    3) Cost savings? How much cost savings could they possibly pass on to us from a 1/2 cent piece of Chinese plastic? Are you telling me that you honestly think the Axe II is 4 grand because it has a power button? Or that it would cost you $500 next month if they started cranking them out without one?


    Nor do I listen to the "cork sniffers" (I'm a beer guy)...in fact, I never said I didn't like the 500X. Quite the opposite, I think it's well worth the asking price and produces some amazing tones. I simply found it odd that after buying gear for more than half my life, this unit is the first thing I've ever owned that didn't have a simple way to turn it on and off from either the front or back panel. So in that respect, the 500X is most certainly the odd man out. Is it s deal breaker? No...but if someone had bet me $50 that I couldn't guess what simple feature was missing from this unit before I opened the box, "power switch" would have been the absolute LAST thing that I'd have thought of.


    And this is just me... but nothing about Steve Howe's playing ever gave me goose bumps, but to each his own, ;) .

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    Outstanding is still the question of what output setting to use on the HD.  Studio/Direct works for the send to the mixing console, but probably isn't optimal for the send to the amp.  



    I do it the "wrong" way and leave everything on studio/direct...cab emulations and all, sometimes into the front of a head and cab, sometimes into a separate Carvin tube poweramp and cab. Why? I like the way it sounds, and I find it easier to tweek...and that's really all that matters. I've talked to a few others on here who run similar setups (into cambo amps, etc...but all running studio/direct). All boils down to what you like...I find that using just the preamp out has all the aural appeal of a bandsaw...particularly with high gain patches, but that's just me. Your mileage may vary...but there's no "right" or "wrong". There are other threads around where this is discussed...just not sure which ones, lol.

  5. I best get inventing then ! haha. I'm sure i can work something out between me, my hd pro, matrix power amp and line 6 cab. I may even try just going straight to PA. Can you plug in to the desk or does it need to go through a DI box?

    Might depend on the board, I dunno. We've got a small PA we use just for vox and my singer's acoustic guitar, for the smaller joints. For bigger places with in house PAs, everything is more or less permanently set up already...just throw my cab in front of the mic and let Mr. Soundman do his thing.  I don't usually run the HD direct.  Those guys often get pissy if you ask them to deviate from the usual set-up, lol.

  6. I didn't know whether it was just the cab they had there, it was an unmarked one so i don't even know what brand it was. Had to get my Matrix sent back because I couldn't get the tone loud enough as it was farrrrr too bassy. Just wish there was some way of making the tone sound the same across the board with every live scenario


    Whoever figures that one out will be a millionaire. Hell, if you're using a tube rig, that thing might not sound quite the same from one day to the next...I've had that happen a million times. Same guitar, same amp, same strings, sometimes even the same venue...one day great tone, next day crap. Tone gremlins...

  7. Running my patches through a PC/Mac sounds completely different to when running my Pod, Power Amp and cab at practice. Is this because the patches contain a cab simulator e.g. 4x12 xxl v30? Would it be best to have a set of patches with cab sim for recording etc and a copy of the patches for using live but without cab sims on?


    Everything you run it through will sound different. Combo amps, a stack, headphones, whatever...all will color the sound one way or the other. It's very subjective.  There's really no "right" way to configure everything, and it all boils down to what other gear you're using, and what sounds good to your ears. Personally, I hate the way the preamp only output sounds going through either a head/cab or power-amp/cab set up, so I leave everything on studio/direct and tweek from there. All the models sound overly harsh and chainsaw-ish to me without the cab simulations, even if I'm using an actual cabinet. The manual will tell you this is the "wrong" way to do it...but who cares if it sounds good? Try out various combos until you hit on something you like.

  8. Are we talking "Master" volume control under "Amp Parameters" or "CH Vol"? It is my understanding that Channel volume adjust the output/volume of the the preset but does not affect tone. Master volume in Amp Parameters does affect tone as it is modeled after the master volume control of that particular amp model.




    You got it.

  9.  Early evh, the most difficult tone to chase IMHO.




    No doubt...and it's probably because that Frankenstein gutiar of his had one of the pickups wired out of phase with the other(s) for years, and he didn't realize it...just liked the way it sounded. I remember reading it in an interview in some guitar rag years ago. So if you wanna even get close, you'll have to f*** up one of your axes first...lol.

  10. Sorry to hear that.  Have you tried tweaking the models on Workbench HD and did that help at all?   Or is the lack of sustain intrinsic to the v2 Lester models and can't be tweaked out by adjusting parameters in WB HD?


    I was able to get a slight improvement in sustain by throwing a tube compressor at the front of the signal chain in the 500X...it's not a drastic difference, and certainly not as good as the 1.9 models, but it is a little better. That or it's wishful thinking and I talked myself into it...

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  11. Yep!  It has no bearing on the actual exchange rate!  They can just get away with charging people in the EU way more for the same product!   Mind you - in the USA you have different sales taxes in different states and the sales tax isn't included in the price - is that correct?  So $400 would actually be $400 plus sales tax?       In the EU pretty much everything has VAT added (Value Added tax) which is at 20% in the UK, and retailers advertise their prices including that tax - so £329 is including the VAT.   I bet the US price still comes out cheaper though!    :)


    Sort of...there's sales tax (in most states, but not all) if you're actually walking into a store and buying an item, or having it shipped from a retailer located in your state. However, purchasing online from an out-of-state company incurs no sales tax...but the powers that be are trying to change that of course. Till then...click and buy!


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    I only have about 30 feet of the red cable left and right now can not order it I do have this blue cable on order and is due in on 9/13... So if you Want Red then need to order quick if you want a blue Then I will not be able to ship till after the 13th.



    I'd like to order a 25' cable...color doesn't matter as long as it ain't pink, lol. What would the price be with shipping to NY?

  13. I got the $30 one from musicians friend...it's better than what comes with the guitar (but then again smoke signals or a carrier pigeon would also be an improvement over that one...), but still not great. Not the same feel as a standard 1/4" cable and it gets twisted too easily. I'm thinking a braided cover would be better, and I recall seeing one on the forum somewhere...not sure which thread tho.

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  14. thanks, I plugged the 1/4" cable and now both led are green but workbench hd still show no device connected, and variax button does not lid


    Close Workbench, then try connecting to Line6 Monkey first. If that recognizes the guitar, then reopen Workbench. Failing that, reboot the whole computer and try again. The whole setup gets cranky sometimes and doesn't want to cooperate...I've had to fiddle with it to get it to see the guitar as well. Don't know why it works one day and not others...but most likely it will work eventually if you poke at it long enough.
  15. As is usually the case, right after I post looking for help, whatever was not working starts working.


    I honestly have no idea what I did, but I was playing with knobs, jacking in and out, and then I heard a click and the selectors stopped flashing.  Who knows I may have stumbled on a hidden re-boot firmware sequence....no idea.  I do not plan to re-create what happened, I do not need to know all the details and root cause.  I am happy that it is now working.


    Just flashed 2.0 and workbench HD is talking to my 69.  Whew .... 


    Now it looks like I have to go edit the strat settings....


    Thanks for replying.


    Ghost in the machine...it happens.

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  16. Silly me.....


    last night I thought I would plug by 69 into the laptop and check for updates.... (lately it seems whatever updates  (not just L6, I mean all windows based music software) I apply seem so screw things up...you update one thing and break 2 others....)


    All seemed to go well until I connected the guitar to USB device and tried to connect Workbench HD.  I am not sure what exactly happened, but I know monkey could see the variax USB device, but old work bench 1.75 and new work bench 2.0 could never connect to the guitar.   USB device was lit green in and out.


    Then for some strange reason the model selector knob and alternate tuning knob started flashing red.  Now they are stuck like that.  Every time I plug my 1/4 guitar jack in the 69, both selectors start flashing red.  The only way to play the guitar right now is to take the battery out and use it as straight mag pick up guitar.


    Before you ask...battery is full, 1/4 jack was plugged in, volume knob was up, and as indicated above, I logged into monkey and updated everything first.


    I try holding the model selector know down for 2.5 seconds to cancel the function, but nothing happens.


    Hopefully there is something I can do at home and do not have to ship it back.


    It sounds like you already tried removing the battery and putting it back in, but if not its probably worth a try. Beyond that, I have no idea. Good luck...


    What kind of amp are you using? Anything that can connect with VDI?

  17. Eureka!!!!!


    Ok...so I finally found a way to get a decent acoustic sound, particularly when using really percussive strumming. I started with a stock patch on the 500X. Its in the BASS/ACO/VOC bank : 7B Solo Acoustic 2. The unaltered preset is useless and sounds like someone stepping on a duck, but with enough tweeking I was finally able to get a pretty convincing scooped tone that I can use with a fairly percussive attack. All it really is, is 5 EQ modules strung together, along with a tube compressor and a little reverb, no amp model. Each EQ module is the same (parametric+preamp), but targets a different center frequency. So its a different approach than than the one in the blog which has been discussed above. A bunch of EQs all strung together seems redundant, but it worked for me. With enough twiddling of knobs, I bet some of you guys who've been having trouble will be able to find a usable tone.


    I'd post all the specific settings, but everybody's setup is different, I doubt these will work for everybody anyway...that and I did it all listening through a pair of cheap $40 cans, my good AKGs having gone to that big studio in the sky a couple months back. I encourage anybody who has had issues with this to give it a try...I spent more than an hour making really small changes, and playing the same part repeatedly, so dont get frustrated if it takes a while.

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