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    HD500X has a lot of noise when powered on

    Disconnect the HD500X from power and obtain a new supply. You can check the old supply with a voltmeter, but you should never feel electrical shocks, since a good power supply completely isolates the HD500X from mains power, and the voltage from a good HD5000X power supply is too low to provide sensible shocks except in some pathological case, such as connecting yourself across the supply with salt water (e.g. perspiration) to reduce resistance. Continuing to use the current power supply without independently verifying that it is not defective is liable to damage the HD500X.
  2. Given that I still have the original bridge, swapping saddles and piezos will take less than 10 minutes. I'd rather have the bridge plate anchored by 5 screws than 4 in a softwood body.
  3. Fair enough; the bridge cavity on my Variax 300 is only barely larger than the smaller of above circuit boards. The lower middle screw hole in bridge plate used for attaching rev B circuit card is for rev D card a 5th screw anchoring plate to body.
  4. Any idea how many incompatible Variax 300 bridge versions exist? I bought a used replacement from eBay, which turns out to be rev B 11-18-04, that is physically incompatible with rev D 01-25-06 from my Variax. Based on letters B and D, there may be at least 4 versions; whether or to what extent A and C are physically [in]compatible with A or D is the question...
  5. For bandwidth, they do not. Wi-Fi is already bidirectional; 2 multiplexed channels one way with one channel the other is trivial. In fact, grab almost any pair of relatively recent Android phones with the right app and you can stream video from one camera to display on the other, involving well over 96kbps. One problem, with stock network and Wi-Fi software "stacks" is latency, as anyone who has used e.g. Apple's Airport Express for piping music could have experienced. Another problem is maintaining adequate wireless bandwidth in the presence of competing 802.11a/c radios. Reimplementing this might run into bandwidth/channel allocation "opportunities" for relatively recently relocated digital microphone channels in the 2.4GHz band, with which Line 6 is already familiar, given their XD-V55HS and XD-V75HS.
  6. blekenbleu

    connecting POD HD500x to Mac

    My Mac was running Sierra before getting Line 6 stuff; I doubt Sierra helps Line 6 software and first would try installing JDK 1.6 on your current setup. For one thing, that might help others if it proves to be a quick fix..
  7. Despite being no longer supported, Workbench for Variax 300-700 version 1.75 can be installed and will run on macOS Sierra. First, ensure that Java 6 runtime has been downloaded and installed e.g. from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 Then, mundofer write about using Pacifier to override the Workbench installer version check http://line6.com/support/topic/6775-workbench-version-for-mavericks/?p=78824 - Download and install Pacifist: https://www.charlessoft.com Right-click and Eject "Pacifist" from Desktop - Download Variax Workbench 1.75. https://line6.com/software/readeula.html?rid=5161 - Mount the Variax Workbench 1.75.dmg disk image by double clicking on it. - Drag Variax Workbench.pkg icon to drop on Pacifist icon click [ Don't Check ] (if shown) (no need to register, just wait the 21 seconds), press [ Not Yet ] click [ OK ] in Quick Start / Welcome window click [ Don't Install ] QuickLook - In Variax Workbench.pkg window, open "Contents of Variax_Workbench.pkg" - Drag VariaxWorkbench.app icon to Applications > Line6 click [ Extract ], enter password in 2 windows - Close Pacifist and eject "Variax Workbench" from Desktop. - Double click on VariaxWorkbench icon; if Line 6 Monkey has configured your VDI access device, Workbench should open and work. If Jave 6 runtime is not found, click [ More Info.. ] in pop-up to download.
  8. blekenbleu

    How To Remove Hum From Hd500

    Plugging an old Madeira EG-51 into an HD500 bought used yielded symptoms similar to those originally described and were mostly resolved by cleaning phone plug/jack connections. I bought DeoxIT D100L for that purpose. The next improvement was eliminating hum when hands approached plastic bodies of connectors molded to guitar cable by lopping those off and soldering metal bodied plugs. The next improvement was swapping a made-in Korea Hamer Hammer Series for the Madiera. In addition to better tone, the Hamer exhibits nearly no electrostatic hum and only modest magnetic hum. Magnetic hum changes when the guitar is moved, and there is usually an orientation that nearly eliminates it. Electrostatic hum changes when you touch or come close to unshielded or poorly shielded signal conductors. Nearly all electrostatic hum was eliminated from the Madeira by disassembling, replacing aluminum foil on the pick guard with copper, painting cavities with HSF54 conductive acrylic paint, then applying copper foil to cavity surfaces so that, except for pickup openings in pick guard, cavities are completely surrounded by copper foil. Magnetic hum was reduced by replacing bridge and neck pickups with rail humbuckers. Unfortunately, those cheap pickups lack means for grounding those pickup rails, making them vulnerable to electrostatic hum when touched. Other than that, the Madeira is now as quiet as the Hamer (but not as quiet as my Variac 300).
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    connecting POD HD500x to Mac

    I can run Line 6 Monkey 1.74 on Sierra 10.12.3 even when POD HD is not attached; when none is auto-detected, Monkey then asks to select the Line 6 device. That symptom: "running 10.10 and it indicated (oddly) that I needed 10,5 and above" sounds suspiciously similar to one of the problems when trying to run older Variax Workbench 1.75, for which part of the solution is installing Java 6 runtime that is available from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 I installed JDK 1.6 before installing any Line 6 software, which may be why I encountered no issues..
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    Mac OS Sierra Compatibility?

    Having acquired an HD500 after updating to Sierra 10.12.3 (so installing all most recent Line 6 software versions) and installing JDK 1.6.0 for older Variax support from: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 ... POD HD500 Edit "just works". When opening a Terminal window and typing: $ java -version java version "1.8.0_73" Java SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_73-b02) Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.73-b02, mixed mode)
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    Usb Port On Pedal (pod Hd 500) Now Broken

    The HD500 USB connector seems not much more fragile than most but was intended for recessed mounting, as on this Epson scanner: Flush-mounting on a foot switch box begs for trouble, IMO, particularly when semi-permanently USB-connected to an iMac. Adding a block to virtually recess connectors provides roughly 1 oz prevention by first tracing left-most 7 connectors on paper: then drilling a block of 5/4 inch wood to match and duct-tapng it to the HD500 bottom: This block helps make power connection by feel:
  12. My used HD500 (not X) should arrive tomorrow... I read that these 2 have very similar hardware, but HD500 supports programming either an earlier Variax (using Workbench) or Variax HD (by Workbench HD) while HD500X supports only WorkBench HD. Does HD500 continue supporting non-HD Workbench if v2.62 update was applied?