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  1. voxman55

    Wobbly USB

    This. Helix has been out way longer than Helix which came out in 2015. Had Pod Go been out then I'm sure there would be a lot more patches. However, it's not just Custom Tone ... there are several good face book Pod Go groups that have good patches too.
  2. voxman55

    Wobbly USB

    If you think something is loose, and if you bought new, I would advise the store you bought it from & ask them to check it and if it isn't 'right', to change it. The connection should be tight - better to get it sorted now than wait for it to potentially get worse and when sorting it might be more awkward and time-consuming.
  3. As said here, simply raise a Line 6 support ticket and Line 6 will arrange the fix for you which is just the removal of a capacitor. They turned around mine ( uk) in 5 days.
  4. Interestingly there's quite a few Helix owners that have gone to Pod Go because their needs are simpler, they don't need all the extra LT features and they want a smaller, lighter unit. So you probably just need to have a think of your needs. Some potential LT advantages: 1. Dual routing so you can have 2 amps and 2 cabs 2. More processing power for longer effect chains 3. Command centre for greater flexibility to combine snapshots and stompbox modes. 4. All the latest upgrades in full immediately eg v3.5 includes the new cab engine ... we're not yet sure what Pod Go will get and when but hopefully Pod Go will at least be getting a variation of this. 5. All metal construction with a built in mains transformer so it just uses an amp/ kettle lead with no ugly wallwart. The Pod Go PSU is just plain awful and not gig worthy. 6. Greater flexibility with no fixed blocks 7. 8 snapshots per patch 8. Greater connectivity options 9. More rugged, larger expression pedal 10. More footswitches 11. Capacitive touch sensitive foot switches to help you see and set up e.g. next patch without engaging it. Some potential LT disadvantages: 1. More complexity and more things to learn about 2. Bigger, heavier unit 3. An LT is much more expensive. A new LT is over double the price of a Pod Go at getting close to £1,000. Even used LTs are £700 plus. 4. No fixed blocks may be more versatile but it potentially makes patch building more long winded because you are starting with a clean sheet every time, although you can create templates. 5. Personally I much prefer the Pod Go colour screen with its nice solid graphics, and dislike the outline only graphics in LT. A lot of Helix users have commented similarly. 6. All the extra features are great if you are going to use them, otherwise you could be wasting your money. Only you can decide whether you need or would likely use the additional features and increased processing power. You then need to consider whether the extra cost for these extra features represent good value to you. Now, I'm not affiliated with Line 6 in any way. So even if you did need some of the LT extra features, you should also consider other non Line 6 solutions. The Boss GX100 offers a touch screen, more processing power, robust build, and dual routing. Its AIRD approach that combines IRs with amp.models is well regarded tonally. The Headrush MX5 and gig board are also good units. There are always trade offs and pros and cons so you need to do your research, and it depends on your needs and budget. For example the GX100 and MX5 can be found new for half the cost of an LT. But there's also Line 6 Customer support to consider which in my experience is generally much better than most other manufacturer's. Line 6 also provide regular updates whereas many other providers can be a bit sparser here. Gear prices are currently insane, in my view are unsustainable, and I'm not sure this is the best time to buy an LT. Last year I could have picked up a pre-owned LT for £420 when a new LT could be found for £649. Even a used LT will currently be c£700. The world has gone mad! Finally, 2023 NAMM is round the corner next month. I'd be inclined to see what's new first, and if that forces gear prices down to more sensible levels. But if having considered all of this, unless your needs have seriously changed the old adage that comes to mind is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". But being devils advocate, even if you think you don't need more, new features and extra power could open up a new world of tonal and functionality possibilities that once experienced you might wonder how you lived without them. So, it all depends on your needs, budget and perspective ...there's no common right or wrong answer here as it's going to be different for everyone.
  5. There are unofficial 'jailbreak' .pgp variations where the patch script file is altered - these delete certain fixed blocks and add user blocks in their place. Totally safe (these can't harm your Pod Go as it's nothing to do with the firmware so NOT a hack although it's often wrongly referred to as a hack on sites and on youtube). You can find these on youtube links and also on various eg facebook pages. Some might be more stable than others & generally these will be where the amp and cab haven't been removed. Have a look here: Line 6 POD GO - Free Patches Group: If you apply to join just make sure you accept the group rules or you'll be rejected, and once join you'll have access to different versions in the files section. Whilst these block 'exchanges' can add versatility, these don't increase DSP, but provided you make sensible amp & fx choices, these can be very useful. My favourite one is sacrificing the FX loop block (that I don't use) so I have 5 user blocks. Some will also sacrifice the volume pedal and that's easy to 'replace' because you can assign any volume level in an amp or effect to the expression pedal so it acts similarly. If you want to know how much DSP is used by each amp/fx model, see here:
  6. I posted this here & on a few other boards beginning of the year: NEW YEAR TIP: POD GO BACKUPS, SETS for GIGS, FRFR, AMP, HEADPHONE Hi guys & gals, and a very Happy New Year to everyone. Although I’d kind of assumed that this was pretty much common knowledge I’ve since picked up that it’s not, so the following might be useful especially for those who’ve used up all their Pod Go slots, & who need patches to suit different guitars, amps, FRFR, headphones etc and are worried about tweaking/over-riding settings and losing the originals. OK, I think Pod Go users are pretty familiar that when there’s a firmware upgrade (which incidentally you should only ever do through the latest Pod Go Edit) the process creates a back-up for you. You can also create a similar back-up if you go into ‘file’ in Pod Go edit and select ‘create backup’. These backups are a total backup of everything in your Pod Go and are convenient from a ‘safety’ aspect as these will get all your patches and IR’s back into your Pod Go if there was a glitch/failure & you lost everything. But it’s an ‘all or nothing’ backup and you can’t see and access individual.pgp or .wav (IR) files within the back-up file, which is a bit of a nuisance if you mucked up a single patch and wanted it back how it was. Now, I think most folk know you can save an individual .pgp file and export it to share or put on Line 6 Custom Tone etc. But some folk are under the impression that it’s a long and laborious process to save every .pgp and .wav file in their Pod Go – with up to 128 files in User, factory & IR sections that’s 384 files. But it actually only takes a minute to create a full back-up of all your user & factory patches & IRs in their proper .pgp and .wav format. Here’s how – I’ve made this step by step but the whole thing takes less than a minute: 1. On your PC or Mac create 3 folders and name them e.g. ‘My factory’, ‘My user’ and ‘My IRs’ 2. Connect your Pod Go to Pod Go Edit 3. Select ‘user’ patches in Pod Go 4. Click on patch ‘01A’ to highlight the whole entry in grey including the patch number (don’t select just the name where it highlights in blue) 5. Using the scrolling bar on the right of the patch list, not your mouse, scroll down to the last patch (let’s say you have used all 128 slots and its 32D but if you have less just go to the end of your list) and just hover the cursor over the patch name and it will highlight it in grey. 6. Now, hold down ‘shift’ on your keyboard and left click your mouse on the patch – you’ll now see ALL 128 factory patches grey highlighted. Now right mouse click and select ‘export’ or ‘Control+E’. 7. A ‘browse for folder’ dialogue box will appear. Go to the ‘My user’ folder you created in step 1, select it and press ‘OK’. ALL your patches will now load into that folder and they will be in full .PGP format that you can import back to Pod Go as individual files, or as a group set, or the whole list. So if you mucked up say patch 24B all you need do is go to that patch in your backup and drag and drop it back in to the relevant slot in Pod Go Edit. 8. Repeat the same process for your factory and IR patches, and you’re done. What’s great is that you can create groups of custom patches eg gig sets, patches for different guitars, patches for headphones tweaked for FRFR etc. Even if you’ve run out of blank slots, once you’ve backed up your original patches, it doesn’t matter if you copy these over other patches you don’t currently need because you have all of those patches backed up. And there’s no limit to the backups you can create. If you wanted to have 15 gigging patches for your Les Paul and 15 for your Strat and 2 for your acoustic, you can import and export these patch groups easily with no risk of losing anything you have. You can use the import & export set-list option within the Pod Go Edit ‘File’ tab, or just drag & drop these in. You can create umpteen patch groups eg those you’ve tweaked for FRFR or with your amp v those you’ve created for Headphones use. The options are virtually endless. You can even create template patches based on your favourite settings so that you don't have to start from scratch when you are creating a new patch.
  7. Do you possibly have the fx loop switched on but with nothing in it? If it's not that, check your global out settings.
  8. MAIN OUT/RIGHT and/or MAIN OUT/LEFT (LEFT for mono, both LEFT & RIGHT for stereo)
  9. Re 'everyone would like' I suspect you're in the minority & I can't see Line 6 bringing such a feature in - in fact, I'm not aware of any MFX unit anywhere that has such a feature. Many users don't use IR's & those that do will usually have figured out a few favourites that they regularly use and keep at the front of their IR list. That's what I do and anything I'm unlikely to use I'll either delete if I hate it or I'll back up in case I might want to try it later, or I might just keep in the list for tonal comparisons. So although it might be useful for you personally it's probably not something that will attract wider appeal. However, by all means post your suggestion on Ideascale - if sufficient numbers of users vote for it, line 6 might look at it.
  10. Interesting - I've not come across this before with snaphots & I'm curious to see whats happening & if it behaves the same in my Pod Go. Would you be able to post the patch on Custom Tone with a link or send it to me? One other thing...I'd strongly suggest you change the title of your post as it reads that Pod Go physically exploded!
  11. voxman55

    Amp out

    Because Amp out is the same as the 'main out' and includes the cab unless you set this to be tapped off in global settings>ins/outs otherwise you'll still get the cab model & everything after it. Per p7 of the manual: 20. AMP OUT This unbalanced output is meant to send directly to the front of your guitar amp. By default, it reflects the same output as the MAIN outputs (except in mono), but it can be globally switched to be tapped off directly before the Cab/ IR block. This way, you can send a cab-emulated signal to your mixer (or FRFR speaker) while simultaneously sending a non-cab-emulated signal to your guitar amp. P37 of manual: Global Settings > Ins/Outs>P1, knob 3: Amp Out Source Choose “Main Out” if you want the POD Go AMP OUT jack to echo the MAIN OUTS (except in mono); choose “Pre Cab/IR” if you want the AMP OUT jack to be tapped off directly before the Cab/IR block (and therefore, would not include the Cab/IR block or any blocks after it). This way, you can send a cab-emulated signal to your powered speakers (or mixer) while simultaneously sending a non-cab-emulated signal straight into your guitar amp. However, where your patches have FX after the cab if you tap it off directly before the cab/IR, you'll not only lose the cab but also all the FX after it. If you don't want that it's just easier to turn the cab off in a patch. As above, this 'tap off' feature is only really useful where all your patches FX are before the cab/IR and where you are going through a guitar amp AND a powered speaker or mixer. Exceptions might be where you don't want effects in Pod Go going to your amp but where these are already provided by your amp - e.g. reverb. The problem with this type of set up is that what you will hear in front of your amp will be quite different to what you or the audience will hear through a powered speaker or the main PA and you'll have two distinctly different outputs to sound-check & balance.
  12. If by edit area you mean the footswitch assignments in stomp mode, if an effect isn't assigned to a footswitch it won't show in the stomp display. View mode will always show the full effect chain.
  13. I don't think I'm missing any point & I'm honestly struggling to see where you are coming from. 1. Pod Go IS getting regular updates. Every time Helix is upgraded, 'shortly' after (typically c4 mths) so is Pod Go. But no one should ever buy an MFX that out of the box doesn't meet their immediate needs as they'll just be disappointed that the upgrade they want or expect doesn't happen. No company guarantees upgrades or their content. Although Helix was brought out in 2015, it is a very different animal to what it offered when it first came out both from a features and sonic perspective. Pod Go, whilst not a Helix, was designed utilising Helix technology, and it continues to benefit from Helix developments where Pod Go's DSP and memory limitations permit. Yes of course Pod Go is more limited than Helix - no reasonable person could expect the same features and processing power from an MFX that is around a third of the price of Helix Floor and half the price of Helix LT! And its unfair also to point to newer entrants to the market that might have more features and processing power at a not dis-similar price point, because these have typically launched products later that have been developed on the back of the Pod Go that when it was first launched was a market leader at that price point. In fact, quite a few actually look amazingly similar to Pod Go which arguably has become a victim of its own success and has influenced competition. But rest assured both Helix and Pod Go will be around and get upgrade support for a while yet. It takes years & years to fundamentally change design and modelling architecture from the ground up. Most of the new MFX around have been developed from older technology and 'tarted up'. The latest example is the Boss GX100 that is a less powerful version of the Boss GT1000 but with a touch screen to help make up for its truly non user friendly & unintuitive UI (unless you're already very experienced with Boss units). I bought Pod Go for what it did, not what it might do. Thus every upgrade is an extra bonus. But I also took into account Line 6's excellent customer support and it's commitment to provide it's customers with more. No other manufacturer comes close to Line 6 in this regard and customers of other non Line 6 gear would love to get the support and regular upgrades that Line 6 give. Further, whilst no manual is perfect, the Pod Go manual is one of the clearest and easiest to read manuals that i've ever come across, and whilst the Pod Go Edit software could benefit from a few tweaks, overall it is excellent. 2. I'm unclear where you are coming from re customer disregard and lack of communication. With regards to future upgrades understandably these can't be divulged until finalised and launched. There could be bugs that need sorting, decisions re what might or might not fit etc. Where I do have some sympathy though is regarding the Pod Go input impedance debacle that Line 6 has not been drawn in to comment on. There could however well be numerous valid reasons for this that have been discussed verbatum on the internet. However, for anyone that wants their Pod Go modified Line 6 will provide a free 'fix', irrespective of warranty period. Have a look at the knowledge-base section to see the Pod Go upgrades and the communications support ( Look on YouTube for the series of Line 6 Pod Go (own) support tutorial vids and find me one other manufacturer that does anywhere near as much. In addition you have the Line 6 Customer Support on-line facility where a ticket can be logged for support and where they will typically get back to you in 48 hrs. With regards one extra block, I've campaigned for this and although I don't agree with Line 6's rationale, I respect it is standing by its original rationale that it didn't want users disappointed with more grey-outs when selecting FX. It designed Pod Go for a certain type of user that needed a simpler approach with less fx chain requirements. But jailbreak patches now give additional flexibility anyway, so if you want more user blocks these are available. If you joined the Gear Page, various Facebook Pod Go sites (one of which I moderate on and am a group expert) you'll see all this and have access to some good stable 'jailbreak' patches. Because it's unofficial of course Line 6 can't advertise these, but they've actually said how surprised they were that folk hadn't sussed this out sooner! To clarify, these are not a 'hack', are nothing to do with firmware, but are simply a variation of the JSON script file that make up a patch. In addition Digital Igloo (Eric Klein Chief Product Design Architect ) frequents various forums including the Gear Page and contributes and gives advance snippets 're forthcoming firmware upgrades albeit not blatantly. For example on 8 Jan when asked about the next Pod Go upgrade following Helix 3.5 (major cab engine upgrade) he said: No points for guessing, but it's a lot trickier adding [obvious thing I can't technically divulge] to POD Go. It might take a while, but it's still coming. Name me one other manufacturer that shares such snippets! Finally, you have this Line 6 board that Line 6 runs, and the Line 6 Ideascale site gives customers the opportunity for customers to give feedback and request upgrades, which depending on the number of votes, Line 6 considers. And when you register your Pod Go you'll receive regular email comms like the one that just landed in my email today, 'Pod Go helps you do you' part of the POD Go Live Series videos. Want even more customer communication - see here: Keep up to date with Line 6: Sign up for the Line 6 Newsletter: What more are you after? Now, let's clarify a few things. First, I don't work for or have any affiliation with Line 6 - like you, I'm just a customer. And I'm not saying Line 6 products are necessarily the best out there - although they are generally considered to be market leaders in the field of digital modelling, obviously there's growing competition from other manufacturers such as Headrush, Boss, Ampero, Mooer etc. But every product has pros and cons and some of these are utilising technology that is a lot older than you might think but just packaged nicely with some added bells & whistles (I believe Headrush is derived from Eleven Rack). The trick is finding one that meets your needs at your price point. And I don't have rose tinted glasses - I've had some disagreements with Line 6 (eg its stance on not offering 1 or 2 extra user blocks), and so have no particular 'blind' customer loyalty. In fact I actually have more Vox gear than anything else (well, my handle is a bit of a giveaway here lol) - currently my only Line 6 gear is Pod Go and a Relay G10 although I used to have a Flextone II Plus rig. But I consider myself to be a fair and reasonably savvy & informed guy and I give credit where it's due. Line 6's reputation for customer & product support and overall customer service were a huge consideration when I bought Pod Go - and, with the odd exception, I think Line 6 has given a pretty good account of itself to date and from that perspective stands head & shoulders over other manufacturers.
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