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  1. If I understand correctly, the DSP is more like computer RAM (temporary/active memory), but the firmware is stored in permanent storage memory (like a hard drive), and the amount of DSP available isn't directly related to how large the firmware file can be. So adding more models to be stored in permanent memory is different that being able to use DSP (active memory) more efficiently.
  2. Even if you mostly just need the headphone output, knowing if the noise is present in other outputs will help in troubleshooting the problem.
  3. Do you get the same noise when using the XLR and/or 1/4" outputs?
  4. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I want both guitar packs, but don't have much use for the bass pack.
  5. Yeah, I've been wanting the 5150 for a long time, along with everyone else who I keep see posting about it (it's the model I primarily use on my Peavey Vypyr VIP II amp, and the only amp model that I've been missing since getting the HD500X), so I'll be happy to be able to buy it. I have some interest in the Orange amp, too, although not as much as the 5150.
  6. Another good reason to look forward to spring! So if I understand the above list correctly, the actual firmware for 2.6 will be a normal firmware upgrade that includes a global EQ. There will also be model packs that can be purchased at additional costs (in different combinations of packs). Is that correct? This is the first time since I've owned my HD500X (or any Line 6 gear) that there have been new amp models. The last 2 firmware releases I installed of course didn't have new amp models and were free updates. I guess I didn't realize that there would be a charge for the new amp models. That doesn't bother me, it just isn't what I expected and I want to make sure I understand correctly. Also, if that's the case, does that mean newly shipping HD500X units will have all of that built in for the same price we've already paid, or will this not be included in newly shipped units, meaning new buyers still need to spend an extra $100 to get all of the models in the new packs if they want them?
  7. :lol: That's pretty great. Thanks for sharing.
  8. I have a Charvel/Jackson model 2 that came stock with a J90c, but I replaced it with a Duncan Screamin' Demon about 20 years ago. I still have the J-90c in a drawer somewhere, but the Screamin' Demon has been a good pickup, and sounds good with the HD500X, but it is a little hotter than my other guitar (Ibanez with a Norton and Paf Joe).
  9. Yes, there are many factors that affect how a guitar sounds (type of pickups, height of pickups, type of wood, thickness of wood, type of hardware/bridge, thickness of strings, etc.). Do these same two guitars sound as different from each other when running through an actual amp or any other equipment, or do they sound similar in other cases? If the tele sounds much hotter, it's likely that the pickups on that one are either higher power pickups or they are closer to the strings than they are on the strat. Also, you didn't mention whether each guitar has double coil or single coil pickups (I'm assuming single, but of course there are strats and teles out there with double), but single coil pickups are going to sound much more sensitive and noisy with more gain than double-humbuckers will.
  10. I just ordered some of these today and I'm looking forward to getting them. Should be pretty helpful, but I'm going to have to do a little better job of standardizing which FS I use with which FX to get the best out of them.
  11. After using it everyday for a week now, I'm really liking the Alto very much. It sounds better and better to me each day, and it's definitely helping me get my patches dialed in more accurately at home.
  12. I've had a 500 patch that I imported to a 500X have a similar issue with the volume not working. But after saving it and then powering the unit off and back on, it worked.
  13. I've never used mine so far, but if I do in the future, it would be for miking an acoustic that I use that doesn't have a pickup. Right now I just mic it with a SM57 directly into the board, but I could foresee situations where I'd need to run it into the POD.
  14. So I've spent quite a bit of time deciding which active monitor to buy to use at home for dialing in patches. I've been using an old Crate PA system with a left channel that no longer works. It's a big, heavy, and bulky 3 piece system that stays in my basement, but it worked for the purpose of helping create patches for when I play live. Since all of the rest of my guitar gear is upstairs (2 levels up from the basement), I've been using a decent pair of PC speakers plugged into the headphone jack on my POD. It works for practicing, although the POD clips the speakers on a number of patches, even with the volume fairly low on the speakers. I'd been planning on getting an active monitor and looked at Behringer, Kustom, and a few others. I finally settled on the Alto TS110a and it arrived today. It's bigger than I expected and is currently sitting atop my Peavey Vypyr VIP II amp. I've only had about 15 or 20 minutes to play through the speaker, but I am very happy with what I'm hearing so far. It sounds better than my Crate PA system and speakers, and is much closer to the sound I get when plugged into the deck playing live, and of course it's a huge upgrade over the PC speakers I've been using for practicing. So the big benefits for me are 1) not having to take my guitar and POD to the basement when I want to build a new patch and 2) having my practice time sound much better. The speaker also has 2 separate inputs, each with it's own volume control for mixing, and each input doubles as either XLR or 1/4". The speaker lists for $349, but the street price is $249, and so far I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I'd almost decided to go with a Behringer Eurolive until I stumbled upon an older post somewhere recommending the Alto speakers. After researching, it sounded like what I wanted, and now that I have it, I'm glad it's what I went with. At some point, unless I discover something I don't like (which doesn't seem likely at this point), I'll probably end up buying a second one to run them in stereo. I see lots of posts here and on other forums asking about affordable active monitors, so I thought I'd share. If you're looking for something like this, you might want to check one of these out to see if it's something that would fit your needs.
  15. I think my answer would change depending on when you asked me, but right now it would be the plexi and the soldano.
  16. I'm glad you posted because I'm interested in getting some of these. I haven't had time to look at the site other than view some of the labels, which look great, but I'm planning on taking the time to do so.
  17. Some of the aspects of volume are saved with the patch, so with tones on custom tone, there's no way to get all of them to level out when you import. One that I find varies quite a bit, that also causes a big difference in volume, is centering the mixer. The default has everything panned, but some people like to center both channels in their patches, and this adds quite a bit of volume. If you adjust the volume settings of the amp and any effects in the patch, and adjust the mixer to the way you want it, then save the patch, you won't have to keep messing with the master volume after that initial save.
  18. Very nice tunes, duncann. I can definitely hear both some Vai and some Satriani influence there.
  19. Have you called Line 6 support yet?
  20. Try different USB cables and/or different USB ports. Even if they seem to work normally with other devices, many users have had luck just trying different ports or cables. Also, if you're using a USB hub, connect directly to the computer instead. The PODs often don't do well with hubs.
  21. I remember when Sammy explained this during shows on the 5150 tour. He did it in the Live Without A Net video and ended by yelling, "We've got 12,000 5150's here tonight!"
  22. Thanks. I can't take credit for the arrangement, though. It's basically a cover from an album called Jingle Jam (although I'm guessing that the girl on the original is in her 20's instead of being 10 :)
  23. I don't know of any way that you can take individual patch files and combine them to be imported as a setlist since the setlists are created on the POD itself. I just open HD500X Edit in offline mode and double-click on a blank patch, import, repeat until I'm done. It would be nice to be able to do it in one import, but I've never minded doing them one by one, but then again I don't import that many at once on a regular basis.
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