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  1. I currently have the FX-100 - but the amp out is broken... it's under warranty and I'm having trouble deciding if I want to get a new FX-100 or switch to the TT-100.  I have an FBV MKII shortboard - if I hook it up to the TT, I can switch between the 4 presets within a bank and use the pedal for volume or wah, but I'll give up the bank foot switching, tone and volume knobs.  I normally don't use the wah or footswitch - so I don't think I'll miss it. 


    I use the FX-100 to kick on the couch, ipad control is where its at for me - and I have the FBV if ever needed.  I like the additional outs and form factor of the TT.  Until the recent update that enabled USB across all Amplifi devices, the TT's enabled USB port was a big plus over the FX.  Funny how the TT releases just as the update that enables USB comes out?  Thanks Line6! - nice Xmas present for those of us who already have a 75, 100, or 150. 


    On that note... with a program like MAX, you should now be able to use the FX-100 as an awesome foot controller for Ableton.  And on that note... Line6, can you please make something like 'Line6 FBV Control' for the FX-100?  This would seal the deal in favor of the FX-100 for me!  As it sits, I think I'm gonna move over to the TT-100.  I love the form factor. 


    Does the recent enabling of USB throughout the Amplifi line allow the use of any existing Line6 software?



  2. What is the best way to connect the FX 100 to the Line 6 AX2?  It has an Aux Input and a Guitar Input.

    I don't have an AX2.  Not sure what sounds best or how the AUX input is setup on the AX2.  I am guessing the AUX input bypasses the preamp and uses just the power amp - so this may be the best way to get a nice flat signal using just the power amp section of the AX2.  If the AX2 is stereo (I think it may be?), then a TRS cable would allow you to run the FX-100 in stereo going into the AUX IN (using L and R MAIN OUT).  You can just go mono this route with a standard cable.  If you want to use the AX2 preamp (EQ, etc) then the guitar in would be the way to go.  In that case set the tone controls to flat with a clean, dry (no reverb) amp setting.  Try em both... I've found that certain amp models and effects sound better direct while others seem to benefit from going in the front.

  3. Good info...thanks.  Curious why it would color the sound more than an M5/9/13?

    I have a pretty descerning ear - so I may be getting overly critical here!  To clarify, I am referring to the main out mono.  I don't have an M series pedal to actually compare - so it may not color the sound any more than they do.  But, I would guess the M series is intended to be more pedal like - so while it may not have true bypass - there is no DSP running when you switch it off.  With the FX-100 - turning off the amp and cab model does not 'bypass' the device - you still have the master and guitar volume in action... I have found adjusting these two volumes has a HUGE affect on tone - just like a volume and master volume switch allows you to overdrive or clean up your signal.  So even when running no effects, pedals, amp or cab - you are still going through a boost or cut circuit depending upon how you have these two volumes set in relation to your amp volume, and each other.  I don't believe the M5 has any affect on your signal when disengaged?

  4. Hope this isn't too presumptuous but I think what a lotta folks are trying to determine is just how effective the Amplifi FX100 is as a "pedalboard" in front of their existing guitar amp.  Seems like this would be a simple proposition, assuming the FX100's amp & cab modeling can be disabled (which I believe can be done in the clean setting of the amp modeling section??).  If I could an FX100 in front of my tube amp instead of my M5, I'd be all over it.  If for no other reason, I'd rather adjust effect settings on my iPad than the minuscule display on the M5.


    And not to completely muddy the water but I currently have the M5 in my effects chain along with some analog OD & Fuzz pedals.  Since I primarily use the M5 for reverb and time based effects, could I do the same with same with the FX100 and use it with my existing OD's & Fuzz's? 

    It still colors your sound quite a bit with amp and cab modeling off, but yes, you can do it - and it works pretty well.  Doesn't the M5 allow you to turn individual effects on and off much like real individual pedals?  Currently, the FX-100 does not allow you to do this; you can only save your entire amp, cab and effects chain as a preset - and then recall that preset from one of the 4 buttons.  This may be just what you want - or not.  You could use your pedals with the FX-100, but they may not perform as expected running either before or after all that DSP!  I had mixed results playing around with a red witch famulus, metal zone, ts-909, and a seymore duncan drive pedal...  these pedals seemed to emphasize the 'digital' nature of the FX-100; kind of tinny and compressed sounding - and noisy, though the noise gate works pretty well... your mileage will certainly vary!

  5. Hi guys,


    I see that FX100 doesn't have FX loop outputs. I would like to have the possibility of not use any effect from FX100 and just use my Amp sound.


    Can I use the AMP OUT from FX100 direct on the guitar in from my amp, with NO effects on the bank for a 100% amp sound. Using a ABY pedal send the AMP OUT to the Return FX loop to bypass my amp preamp, using a guitar effect from FX100.


    Is there other way of doing this?




    Tales Ribeiro

    Your guitar input on the amp would also get affected by FX-100 - unless your amp has some sort of effects send you could turn off on that guitar input?  If you have two inputs on your amp you could use your AB switch into each input, putting the FX-100 in line on one side.

  6. I hope someone can help me out here.  I have a Blackstar HT Club 40 tube amp (which I love).  I connected the FX100's Main Out (mono side) to the front input of the amp, and I sounds pretty good.  However when I connect the same output of the FX100 to the Return jack of the effects loop on the amp, I get no sound at all.  I was hoping to use this connection to bypass the preamp portion of my Blackstar to get the purest signal, but I get nothing.  Any ideas?

    Hmmm... of course you have the volume up on the FX-100... any chance that return is stereo?  If so you need a TRS cable...  that's a 'y' cable with a male-stereo 1/4" going to two (left and right) male-mono 1/4" ends.  So... plug in the two mono ends to the left and right main out, and the single stereo 1/4" into your stereo return - that is if it is stereo.  But that woud explain why it doesn't work... If you were to pull the cable out a bit - to the next indent without pulling it out all the way - it will work in mono.  That might be a good test to perform first.  Be sure to turn reverb and presence knobs down too - as those are sometimes post preamp - so they would color the FX-100 tone - which may be a good thing - but be aware of it.  I usually just turn all my knobs down when running direct.  If that return isn't stereo - then I have no idea why you are not getting sound.

  7. Yeah - this should be fixed - pretty major in a live situation - when looking for visual confirmation of the patch your on - currently, you really gotta trust that patch 3A displayed on the floorboard is actually playing 5D, for example.  I got mine yesterday - and played with it alot.  I tripped out on this for a minute, thinking my device was broken, but realized it's just another area where the product still needs some work.  I bet the next version of this device will be better, as I found lots of 'unfinished' stuff in both hardaware and software.

  8. I was bummed the FX100 doesn't even mention the amp models in the manual... and then I realized that I'd seen all these amp models before.  So - grab the POD X3 manual for a nice translation of all the amp models, cabs, and effects used in the FX100 (there are some slight differences but not many!).  This is helpful for amp models like "Criminal".  I never heard of a Criminal amp - but 5150 is a household name.  It would have been cool if Line6 had, at least, taken that manual and rehashed the amp models for us... Or better yet - as the FX100 is so web oriented, why not make a bithchin' web page with pictures of all the amps and descriptions of what each model is based on.  This would attract new buyers too.  Seems too frickin easy (I wonder if there are copyright issues going on with this type of stuff which prevents L6 from delivering). The original POD 2.0 manual was the best with a little history about each amp - where they actually described how all the knobs worked and how each was used in terms of a given amp model (i.e.  the real amp had no middle so we made it into an EQ, to get the original tone, leave the middle at 12)  Those little notes were so helpful when dialing in tones - and they really got you excited about using the models; they just seem more authentic when you have a better understanding of what each knob is really doing.


    So now, this brings up my real question:  Is the FX100 anything more than a POD X3 with bluetooth and IOS integration?  Have there been any improvements to the overall sound quality of the amp models, effects, and cabs?  Are there any hardware improvements in the FX100 that offer better sound over a POD X3?  What do these exact same amp models sound like side by side on the FX100 vs the POD X3?  Does the FX100 sound as good (or bad if that is your opinion) as the X3?  I really don't want to hear that tone has suffered in any way with the FX100, but that could very well be the case?  Anybody out there have an FX100 and a POD X3?


    Any insight is appreciated!  Thanks!

  9. Thanks, Colonel!  Great info.  I had a DT25 combo - but recently traded it towards a guitar.  I'm looking for a used head version of the DT25 now (let me know anybody out there if you are offing one)  I never tried the HD500 with the DT25 - isn't that setup referred to as the Dream Rig?  It sounds pretty sweet.  I already ordered the FX100 (as I saw a used one pop up on GC for $200) but it may have been a hasty decision!  Doh!  It seems the FX100 is little more than a POD3 with bluetooth and ios integration - which is actually a neat accomplishment, but....


    I think I'm following what you are saying... If you have an amp that can integrate with the HD500, then that is really what you want.  If not, then you are best off sending something like the FX100 out an amp return, powered speaker, or PA that produces FRFR.


    It would have been choice if they gave the FX100 4 outs that you could route any way you want via software - allowing you to do a wet dry setup with two stereo pairs out to two amps... or send the music out one stereo pair and your processed guitar signal out the other... or music out both stero pairs... Do you think that any type of routing could be done with the existing outs via a firmware update?  I'm dreaming!

  10. Yeah - there are lots of options bra!  Do you have a good set of 2.1 computer speakers - two speakers with a single sub woofer?  Try your pod out of those... Get yourself a nice TRS cable that has two 1/4" mono jacks going to 3.5mm stereo.  Be sure to set the pod up to optimize this type of direct output.  This gives you as much stereo separation as you care to place your speakers and offers really great practice level tone - and many people have these speakers lying around.  You can use this same cable to jump in to an AUX in on any stereo device or amp with these common inputs.  These AUX inputs normally bypass the preamp of a given device - so your POD will just be utilizing the power section and speakers - leaving all the control at the pod - perfect.  Ever try jamming in your car?  If you have a nice car stereo with an input for your ipod or other 3.5mm device - try plugging you pod into that.  Keep the volume down do avoid blowing your car speakers!  But at comfortable levels the stereo reprodcution with a cars typical 8 speaker setup is cool as hell!  VW even made a car with a preamp in this 3.5mm device to literally acoomodate a guitar directly!


    For jamming live you can simply run the left to your traynor and the right to your peavey and adjust as necessary... if either of these amps have an effects loop - you could try jumping into the returns... but you would have no way to independently adjust the volume of the two amps so one may be louder than the other.  Going through the front would give you a way to balance the two.  A matching set of amps is therefore the best approach when going stereo.


    I have run my pod through many stereo amp returns and it always sounds kind of thin...  but theoretically this should work well - though real amps always provide color with their cabinet and speaker voice - with intention to do so.  Modeling products like the pod always work best with flat response - which is why kick lollipop PA's work so well.

  11. I've had my POD 2.0 for 12 - 15 years - and it still works perfectly.  I assume you did the factory reset upon receiving your pod?  If not, do so!


    If you have the POD AIR mode set to amp - you will hear no change going through cab models, as the cabinet models are disabled in this mode.  Set your gain and output to about 10 o clock, channel vol to max.  Set to direct to activate cab modeling - and now try turning the effects knob while holding the tap button.


    Holding the tap button while turning the amp models dial should produce a quite noticeable sound change either way you have AIR mode set.


    Your POD may be broken if still does not work after following the above.  As another reader commented, you may be able to still manually edit your pod.  The original presets include at least one version of all 32 amp models.  So you can still consult the manual to see which preset uses the amp model you desire from 17-32, and then save that amp to one of the 1-16 models you do have access too.


    I am guessing you picked your POD up on the cheap.  They are still a fantastic practice tool - and have modeled tones that are still better than many offer today.  I often use mine (though I just ordred an FX100 to replace it) to kick back and jam to commercials and background music.  I run it into the return on a hot rod deluxe, and have all the controls, including amp volume, at my fingertips...  The pod is on a stand at the end of the couch - right at arm level - to maintain my couch potato status.

  12. Think of the main outs as the "studio direct" setting from other POD's which is meant for a FRFR.


    The amp out is EQ'ed more like the "combo" setting of other POD's.

    Thanks for that insight... but I'm still confused.  What is the best way to hook the FX100?  I'm an idiot - what does FRFR mean?


    I have a nice stereo PA.  I have all sorts of amps - tube, solid state and combinations thereof...  If you could pick any equipment to run the FX100, what is the ideal setup for kick lollipop guitar and music tone toghether.  After reading this thread, it seems the Main Outs are the way to go live - or any time you just need great guitar tone without music.  That makes sense - you'd get a choice stereo mix into any house sound system... but what if you want to use this thing to jam along to music?  Is there no way to have the same great tone as the main outs, without putting my guitar and audio signal through the same output? 


    Is it possible that a firmware update could EQ the Amp Out and the Main Out Mono to be the same?  Or - make it a setting we can change as desired.  Even the first pod had 4 choices for going either direct, or in front of a closed 4 x12 or open 1 x 12 cab.  It seems a similar EQ trick could be incorporated into the FX100 to accomodate more hook up options while retaining the great tone.

  13. I just ordered an FX100... I hope I made the right decision.  The comments on this thread have me concerned.


    Why is the Amp Out thinner sounding than the Mono Main Out?  According to the manual, if you hook up just the Main Out - you will get a mix of processed guitar and streaming audio.  Plugging in the Amp Out and the Main Out simultaneously, will deliver streaming audio on the Mains, and processed guitar to the Amp Out.  The concept seems sound.  Traditional guitar amps never sound good streaming audio, and running audio through the front of most guitar amps will noticeably distort a music stream to some degree.  So for good sound, you really need to have this music stream going out the stereo mains alone and into something that has its own volume, and the Amp Out into a return or standard input on your guitar amp. 


    So why is the Amp Out thinner sounding than the Main Out?  Do you guys have the guitar volume (Amp Out) set to the same level as the Main Out? (you press the Volume knob to access guitar volume - outter ring led's turn white).


    I dreamed of hooking the Main Outs to a stereo PA, and running the Amp Out to the front of a Fender Twin, or the return of a Hot Rod Deluxe - and jamming loud saturated in great stereo music with real tube amp muscle and punch - controlling all from my ipad.  Am I dreaming an unrealistic dream?

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