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  1. Did you make sure in the global settings that the Stomp is set to pass on Midi messages? You have to go to Global Settings > Midi/Tempo > Midi Thru > On, and Global Settings > Midi Tempo > Midi PC Tx > Both. Keep in mind the HX Stomp is not a midi controller. It can only pass on either its own program changes (so if you are changing from program 20 to program 21, it's going to pass on to your Multiwave Distortion pedal "PC 21," and there's no changing that) or program changes it receives from an external midi controller. You can't tell it to pass on to a second device "PC 2" unless you are selecting "PC 2" on the Stomp or you have a Midi controller sending to the Stomp "PC 2" which it then will also pass on to your Multiwave Distortion pedal.
  2. Kind of. I have the Firehawk 1500 and I love it. The processor for the Firehawk modelling in the 1500 is actually slightly more powerful and a little faster than the original Firehawk. There are some key differences though. In some ways the 1500 is closer in comparison to the Powercab 212 with its stereo separation capabilities. The neat thing about the 1500 is it's been designed to provide a pretty amazing amount of stereo separation between all of its various speakers. The Firehawk also has bluetooth connection ability which is pretty cool, and an awesome rig for practicing along to backing tracks. Those are pluses for the Firehawk when comparing it to the standard Powercab 112. However, there are some strengths that the Powercabs have that the Firehawk does not. The biggest and most obvious is weight. The 1500 comes in at a massive 63 pounds. Really, to gig with the thing you need to buy the carrying case which is another $200. Next, the Firehawk is a solid flat response speaker, but it does not have the cab modelling abilities that the Powercab has. The Powercab was designed to mimic the "amp in a room" feel that a lot of traditional people miss, and so it does that where the 1500 does not. Finally, the Powercab 212 offers a lot of the stereo strengths that the 1500 offers, but weighs A LOT less. I love my Firehawk, and use it for a ridiculous number of things (guitar amplification, stereo speaker system, attaching it to PS4 or other movie player, blasting music from a parade float, etc.). It's incredibly versatile and powerful. However, I bought it BEFORE any of the Powercabs ever existed. I later bought an HX Stomp to supplement (and by supplement I mean largely take over with the 1500 stepping in when I need more DSP) the 1500. If I could snap my fingers and do it all over again, my dream rig would be a Helix LT + a Powercab 212. I just think that the speaker modelling, IR loader abilities, significantly lighter weight, and the simulation of the "amp in a room" feeling push the Powercabs ahead of the 1500. Still happy with the 1500 though. I'm keeping it for a few years yet . . . maybe I'll jump on the bandwagon of the NEXT big multi effects unit and FRFR speaker system.
  3. Ummm, no. Yes you can do that, but it doesn't compare at all to a solid acoustic amp.
  4. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp

    Ummm I'm confused. In snapshot mode the switches are never another color besides white. That's how it's always been.
  5. Interesting . . . well . . . I always liked the sound of it. lol It does have an acoustic setting though as one of the defaults. How can they pull that off without a tweeter?
  6. Maybe . . . I have the 20 though. Got it for my son, and to me, it's perfect. I keep hoping they give it the new update eventually. It's honestly not necessary, but more features is always cool.
  7. In my opinion, XLR all the way. Nice and clear exactly as the amp has it. About a hundred times easier too.
  8. I don't see how that could possibly be true. A acoustic cab is just a fuller range cab with a bunch of EQ. That's it, and like you said, you even have the option of IRs, so I don't see what we'd be gaining with the model of an acoustic amp.
  9. In my opinion, the Firehawk FX is more useful than any current modelling amp out there ('cept maybe the Firehawk 1500 for obvious reasons). My advice would be to keep the Firehawk and get a flat response speaker.
  10. Yeah it's possible. I don't think it's the best option though. I think it's better to do a combination of a path A and Path B.
  11. That's a tough question to answer. I'm a big FRFR believer. Big time. Some people though need that old limited range amp. Assuming you can be like that, my biggest rec for the Firehawk is a power cab. Then if you ever decide to get a Helix you're future proofed. Powercab lets you use IRs or its own high quality cab sounds, which just amplifies your Firehawk's tone even more, or you can just set it to flat mode and use the Firehawk exclusively. Win though in my book.
  12. Then I definitely think looking at the type of FX block put in the chain would be a good first step. I've made the mistake before of using a left only or right only send/return block when I need a stereo one, etc.
  13. But if you put it in the left output does the amplifier play as you would expect it to?
  14. I . . . what?! I have the Firehawk, but it doesn't sound better. It's simpler, and it sounds good, no doubt about that, but . . . And what is there to hate about free stuff in 2.8?!
  15. This one is small and dinky which I really like. Because of it's small size, it really only works well if you are attaching it to a board (or you're going to have it tip over on its own. If you need it to be on its own I'd try something bigger (see the second link for an option there). A lot of users complained that the FS4 and FS5 were reversed which they didn't like, but if you go into the Stomp's global settings and invert the polarity it will fix that.
  16. When I updated to 2.8 it my Stomp's global settings for the FX send/returns were changed (or I was a moron and forgot I changed it) from "return" to "auxiliary." The result was a crackling sound, or no sound at all. Can you verify that it's set for "return?" Then you might want to verify if it's set to the appropriate setting from there (line vs. instrument).
  17. Are you able to share the preset? Looking at the cable routing above, you seem to be doing it correct, so my next thought would be to look at the internal signal chain. Are you suing a stereo FX send/return block for FX Loop 1? Mistakes I've sometimes made there are a send or a return block when I need a send/return block, and sometimes I've used a mono block when I need a stereo. There's other possibilities too, but seeing your signal chain might be the next best step.
  18. You don't need to use the Mission Engineering one. In fact, that would not be my first choice as it's rather pricey. A standard dual TRS footswitch works fine.
  19. I have to say, personally I was VERY impressed with the HX Stomp factory acoustic presets. I didn't ever use them EXACTLY as they came, but with some tweaking I really liked them. Below are some other experts besides Jason (who is also great) that you might want to check out. The first one was for making a Line 6 Variax sound better, but I thought the tips worked great for pretty much any plugged in acoustic. The other one is Peter Hamm, and I actually bought some of his presets and was very glad I did. They became the building blocks for more things in the future and now I feel confidant doing it on my own.
  20. The whole point of a good acoustic guitar amp is to amplify the acoustic guitar as realistically and cleanly true to form as possible, and allow you to EQ as needed. The Stomp already does every single one of those things.
  21. It sounds like the amp isn't reading that the speaker plug has been pulled out. If you can't immediately see a problem by gently plugging and then unplugging your headphone jack (and trying to clean the contacts isn't helping either) then I'd open a support ticket.
  22. Okay, cool. I've played as an armchair quarterback too. It's a wonderful thing to do because it makes you feel really proud of yourself and smart, but there's no system of accountability if you're completely full of lollipop so it's a relative safe zone. I did that with my wife's casserole dish the other day. I just forgot not to do it when she's there. I'm hoping the front door is finally unlocked tonight.
  23. It's honestly hard to diagnose that stuff from far away. Do you have all of your line out vs. instrument out set correctly? Did you change anything BEFORE the sound started. Was it really just after the update? Because if global settings reset after 2.8 that might have changed what you originally set it to.
  24. I was going to reply and say that this is a very stupid unimportant thing to be worried about. Instead I just voted it up on ideascale. I figured, what the hell. There's not enough continuity on this planet.
  25. Some of this was written as if the smaller 20 watt versions would be able to update too, but it looks like in actuality it's just their larger brothers. Do you guys think eventually they'll roll out this update to the smaller Spiders?
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