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  1. The beauty of Full Range Flat Response (FRFR) is that what you hear in your powered monitor is very similar to what the audience will hear through the mains. I use a JBL EON 612 for my monitor, mainly because the band uses JBL speakers for the mains. I found that JBL's are very bright, so I reworked my patches to have a high cut filter at 8 kHz. Now when I walk out front during a sound check, my tone changes very little from what I hear on stage. Most people in your audience will be non-musicians, so if you can dial your tones in to where they sound good to you full range, it almost guarantees they will sound good to the audience out front. And setup is so easy... 1/4" (mono) or XLR to your monitor and feed-through XLR to the mixing console, as if it was a mic signal. Or, if your monitor doesn't have a feed-through connection, 1/4" to the monitor and XLR from the Firehawk to the mixing console. This setup also allows you to keep stage volume under control, which sound men and other band members love!
  2. My new EON powered monitor will accept either an XLR or a 1/4" signal. I set it up with both types of cable, each going from Firehawk's FR outputs into one of the EON's two inputs. I then toggled back and forth by turning the gain up on just one at a time so I could audition them both. The XLR, being balanced, cut out most of the hum on high gain patches but it required more gain on the monitor to achieve the same loudness. It also seemed just a bit thinner or maybe cleaner, like some of the harmonics or saturation were missing. I did some research online and read that balanced output stages cancel out the even order harmonics in a signal. Is there anything to this? The Firehawk's DSP works so hard to create that tubelike tone, which I presume includes the sweetness of even order harmonics. If I run XLR am I undoing the effect?
  3. The nEw JBL EON 612 worked really well over the weekend. It was a strange setup for the band, holiday party in a residential garage with a tent pulled up to the open door. We didn't send anything but vocals through the mains and kept the overall mix pretty quiet. I had the 612 on a stand about four feet up and off to the side almost like a side-fill monitor. I played around with the angle and volume so the bass player and drummer could hear it and it also projected out to the audience. Very impressed with the versatility and the ability to get convincing cranked up tube amp tones at low volume. Most of the material we played called for moderate gain, Plexi and JCM-800 style amp models. Didn't even come close to using the full power of this speaker. Firehawk and this EON 612 make a great live combo!
  4. These things will break! I dropped one before a gig from about three feet onto a concrete driveway and it is toast. Luckily I had another one from my Amplifi with me as a spare. Highly recommend having two if you are gigging.
  5. Just bought a JBL EON 612. I wanted to monitor through something close to the 515XT mains that my band is using. The 612 is very crisp, which sounded great on my existing clean patches. However, it was a bit too fizzy on the medium to high gain patches I had dialed in on a Yorkville 12" monitor. I think the 612 has way more range and a flatter response, particularly in the mids and highs. Since Firehawk doesn't have a global EQ, I conjured up a 4-band parametric EQ to add to all my patches. Dialed it in on the JCM-800 and it sounds great on all the others. It's basically a 5 dB high cut at 8Khz, which got rid of all the fizziness. When I added it to my Twin Reverb sim, it didn't change the tone at all, which tells me there is not much content above 8Khz in that model to begin with. It still sounded as crisp as it did without the EQ. Very pleased with the sound I'm getting out of the 612 on a stand about three feet up. Playing my JCM-800 patch is just like listening to the guitar parts from '80s records without the rest of the band. Amazing fidelity! If I can get this quality of sound out front, I expect to get a lot of compliments on the tone. First gig with it will be this coming weekend.
  6. The "no amp" selection can be found in the "clean" amp types. It defaults to "no cab" and has a volume setting for leveling with your other patches. Depending on your goal, you may also want to try the tube pre-amp in lieu of no amp, which also uses no cab modeI. I would only suggest that if you are going into a solid state amp with guitar speakers for monitoring.
  7. Set up a patch with all blocks turned off and no amp? You could name it "Nemo."
  8. BTW, Nick Bell's workaround for not having any patches show up in MyTones always works for me. Both the Amplifi and Firehawk apps seem to time out if you are logged in for a while without active use.
  9. If you own both an Amplifi and a Firehawk, and you have previously saved patches to MyTones using the Amplifi app, these will show up in your list of available patches to load within the Firehawk app. Patches that rely on Firehawk's HD engine will have the letters "FH" in front of their names. Those can't be loaded into Amplifi, only Firehawk. So, all your patches in MyTones can be loaded into Firehawk using its app, but only those without the FH prefix in their names can be loaded in Amplifi. In fact, they won't even show up in the list from within the Amplifi app. In other words, Firehawk is backwards compatible with Amplifi.
  10. Played a gig last night and it performed flawlessly! Lots of compliments on the sound out front. I ran mono 1/4" out to a 12" full range monitor and the mono XLR out to the main board. I've had mine since June and it has supported countless rehearsals and a handful of gigs with no reliability issues. Can't speak to the HD500X.
  11. Mine has been fairly reliable, but I never use Bluetooth connectivity at a gig. Once my patches are set up ahead of time in the unit, it's very similar to performing with an HD500 or RP-1000. Changes can still be made on the unit itself if you really need to, but I usually don't tweak anything but the overall output volume.
  12. Why not just tune your sixth string down the traditional way? I play almost exclusively in drop D since first trying it eight years ago. Now I go out of my way to rephrase chords and scales so I don't have to play in standard. Not many songs are harder to play, most are easier...
  13. Found a workaround for saving patches to Firehawk that seems reliable: 1) using the Firehawk Remote app, load a patch from MyTones by placing the cursor (blue row highlight) over patch and editing (i.e. Click the > on the right) 2) edit as you wish and "save to My Tones" from the file management icon in the upper right of the app's edit pane 3) go back to MyTones and move move cursor to any patch other than the one you just saved, don't click the > to edit it 4) move cursor in MyTones back over the patch you just edited, don't click the > icon to edit 5) using the file management icon just to the left of the >, select "store on Firehawk" 6) select a location on Firehawk and click done in the upper right I loaded five banks (20 patches) using this method last night and never got a single load error -21! Day before I could only load one or two patches before it crapped out on me. I'm using firmware 1.20 and have done a factory reset. Whenever I try to store on Firehawk from within the editor, it gives the error. It's apparently something in the app's code that makes a difference which menu you save from. Needs to be fixed in the next app update (overdue). Are you listening Line 6?
  14. +1, McB - whenever I listen to old demos, I actually get a good chuckle at the tones I thought were good at the time. By comparison, the tones I can achieve now on Firehawk after some tweaking are far superior. I jammed with some musicians from my "storied past" over the weekend and they were hearing Firehawk for the first time. I got several compliments on tone from both the musicians and spectators that were there in the garage listening! They were particularly impressed with a slightly modified version of the factory Jailbreak patch, based on the Plexi Lead 100 Bright into four V30s. My custom 80's patch based on the Brit J-800 also worked very well on some vintage Def Leppard. Lovin' this thing!
  15. I have an RP500 that I used with a Mesa 50/50 tube power amp and two Mesa 1x12 Thiele cabs. Ran in stereo, mini-stack. It sounded great with high gain at high volumes or clean at any volume. I also tried the RP500 in an FRFR setup and it sucked. Firehawk into a powered monitor is worlds beyond either setup, and I was a diehard tube fanatic for years. Sounds like you have the equipment to run either way if you get the Firehawk. Interested to hear how it goes!
  16. No experience with these either. However, after reading the info available on websites, I think this would be tricky with Firehawk. The Rocktron has circuitry intended to emulate the power stage of a tube amp. Amp models in Firehawk do that as well, probably using a different processing technique. You would likely get an unnatural effect and that may or may not sound good to you. You could try selecting one of the preamp-only amp models in Firehawk, which makes more sense technically. That would be extremely limiting as far as amp modeling choices. The cab you mentioned is a guitar cab, so you would need to bypass the cab models in Firehawk or you would be doubling up on processing there as well. If you really want to jump into a Firehawk, your best bet would be to get a Full Range Flat Response (FRFR) cabinet and the cleanest PA power amp you can afford. Or get a powered monitor. I have a relatively inexpensive Behringer powered monitor I use for rehearsal and it sounds amazingly good with Firehawk. The beauty of Line6's digital modeling tech is its versatility, but you can only unlock that if you have the most transparent amplification gear downstream.
  17. Anyone know the difference between the '63 Spring and Spring models? They have the same tweak parameters...
  18. Try this patch I created. Use with 4x12 green 20's cab, 33% early reflections, mic 57S and a touch of '63 spring reverb. The key to this pure 80's glam rock tone is the cranked up power stage effect you can create with the deep editing parameters. My band loves it, because I don't have to actually crank up to get that sound! I go FRFR straight into a Behringer monitor wedge.
  19. I've not experienced an issue with overall volume, but yesterday I was chasing a seemingly random reduction in gain. I did use the tuner, so maybe that triggered it. I do recall it happening on my JCM-800 lead patch once and when troubleshooting I switched to my JCM-800 rhythm patch and the expected gain came back. I was puzzled when returning to the lead patch and it had full gain again... I thought it was an intermittent short in my guitar's jack or the patch cord I was using. I'll do some experimenting tonight.
  20. Me too. I have never missed the capability to have two reverb blocks in sequence. I just make a rhythm patch with a moderate amount of reverb and then create a lead patch with a higher reverb mix level, choose a larger reverb type, or bump some other reverb parameters to make the effect more prominent.
  21. Just upgraded about a month ago. Yes, it is a noticeable difference in tone quality with the HD models. Well worth the money just for that, but also more rugged, better switch layout for live performance and better connections. Had Firehawk at rehearsal last night for the first time and the rest of the band made lots of comments about how much more realistic the tone was, as compared to my Amplifi. I ran mostly low to moderate gain HD tube amp models and they couldn't believe the authentic "cranked up" tube sound I was getting out of solid state at low volume. All I had with me was Firehawk into a Behringer 12" powered monitor...
  22. Unless you specifically downloaded it from the Line6 website, I doubt it is installed on your machine. Go to Line6/Support/Downloads and select Firehawk FX under the pull down menu for product, select drivers under the software pull down and pick the right OS for your PC. Download the file and install it. After doing this and connecting via USB cable, your Firehawk should appear in the list under devices in the Line6 Updater app.
  23. Have you downloaded and installed the USB driver file? It must be present in your operating system for the PC to find the Firehawk as a device.
  24. ric1966

    Saving Tones

    JamieCrain's answer is verified! The saving behavior keys on whether the edited tone was loaded into the app by syncing with Firehawk or loaded directly from the cloud (My Tones).
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