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  1. Mine was doing that and I got a new power supply. Seems to fix it.
  2. Thanks! These instructions did the trick for me! Next time my expression pedal craps out AT a gig I'll know how to fix it right then and there.
  3. I have a 25+ year old Peavey Bandit as well. I was using that on an amp stand as my guitar monitor up until a few months ago when the band purchased the mixer than can handle multiple monitor mixes.
  4. I agree. ANY type of guitar monitoring system should be pointed up to the ears...it only makes sense. Just say NO, Trouser Flappers!
  5. Well dang, some of my best writing was at the end of that original post...and you missed it! :D
  6. Thanks for posting that, it seems to make sense to me to keep things quiet on the stage, but other than a during college I've been at this cover band stuff for only about 5 years.
  7. I think his point was he feels the sound would be better balanced for the audience if there is also sound coming from the stage, not just the mains. I don't agree with that theory. And if he can't hear me it's literally a matter of saying, "Hey Paul, I need more guitar in my monitor" and Paul will change the mix of the bass player's monitor, that shouldn't be an issue. Unless he can't hear the monitor very well because he has his bass amp behind him...turned up...facing the audience...and it drowning out his floor monitor. *shrugs*
  8. Maybe we'll keep that for "Plan C". :)
  9. We often play in smaller bar type venues where we're trying to keep our volume low enough that customer conversations can still happen. We don't need anyone's trousers flapping!
  10. Hi. I'm in a cover band and I'm using the HD500X direct into the mixer for the mains and one of the mixer AUX sends feeds a floor monitor in front of me (my guitar and vocals). Like many of you I'm not using an amp at all. The different AUX sends can be adjusted individually so each band member gets their own monitor mix to their liking. Of course, I have my guitar turned up in my monitor mix compared to the other channels, but still only loud enough for me to hear what's going on. The bass player has been suggesting that I should be using a cab/amp on stage behind me, pointing to the audience rather than relying on the floor monitor to hear my guitar. He further suggested that I shouldn't be using the floor monitor for both vocals AND my guitar. He's been in several bands dating back to the 80s/90s where the guitars would mic their amp at the back of the stage and the monitors were primarily for vocals. His feeling is that the sound guy could get better balance for the audience from that setup and I would also be able to hear myself better since there is an amp pointing at me, as well as the other band mates could hear my guitar better. That's his opinion on how to change the setup so things might work better. Here's my opinion: The less stage noise the better. Since I'm not using a guitar amp at the back of the stage the sound guy has an easier task to balance everything through the main speakers. Regarding monitors, since each monitor channel can be adjusted/mixed individually we should be able to make that work better than having additional amps pushing sound over the entire stage. I've been running sound at church for the last 25 years, so while I'm comfortable behind the board I'm certainly not a sound tech expert. However, I agree with very little of what he's suggesting for changes to the amp/monitor setup. Am I wrong in this? What are your thoughts/experiences with similar scenarios? Thanks. Dean J.
  11. Which is why it's difficult to find a Radio Shack that's still in business...but that's another topic, I suppose. Thanks for the reply!
  12. That's true...IF I can find a Radio Shack that's still in business. :)
  13. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. Not that it changes my non-functioning headphone situation, but I was fortunate enough to pay much less than half of the $100 each time, so that's a plus. I did a quick search on the AKGs you mentioned and found this: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/K240SHpBun/reviews Based on the 1-star review shown on this page I guess Tascam isn't the only headphone maker that has issues with two of the same make and model in a row.
  14. The retail price of these headphones (not what I paid) is upwards of $100 so I would think they'd be something above crappy, and the reviews are very positive. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Tascam/TH-200X-Studio-Headphones.gc While I don't think I'm beating the daylights out of them that seems to be the only other explanation. But I don't take them anywhere, I hang them on my guitar when I'm not using them, and the usual plugging/unplugging from the jack. *shrugs* I didn't think the impedance would be an issue, but I wanted to at least ask.
  15. This may not be the correct forum for this, but I use these headphones with my 500X, so I'll start here. I've purchased TWO (2) pairs of Tascam TH‑200X headphones during the last 18 months and the jack crapped out on BOTH of them. Is there a history of this happening? Is there something with the 500X phones output that could be causing this? I really love the headphones otherwise, but I don't think I can buy another pair of these if it's just going to happen again. If I push the plug in the entire way the sound is distorted and sounds like aliens are talking. The only way to get any intelligible sound is when I plug it in partially, but then I can get either only the LEFT or RIGHT channel of sound, never both, depending how far the jack is inserted into the unit. Also, there is no longer any stereo separation in the speakers, everything sounds mono (same in both ears), even though it's only the left or right channel coming through from the source. I have tried the phones in different sources and same results, so it doesn't seem to be the 500X phones jack. I'm probably going to cut off the old jack and solder a new one and see what happens, can't be much worse than how they're working now. I've sent a message to Tascam about this, so we'll see what they have to say. Thanks for your time.
  16. djspleen

    Tone Test

    Understood Duned, that's a good point. I also did some research about the Low Cut adjustment and determined that changing the low cut a bit can help my guitar sit above the mix better (keeps it from blending into the bass player). I'll give it a try and see how it goes. Thanks!
  17. djspleen

    Tone Test

    Thanks for the replies. I did adjust the Low Cut to about 120...I didn't even know that existed so it's nice to know I'm young enough that I still have some things to learn. :)
  18. djspleen

    Tone Test

    Well this went over better than I anticipated it would. Thanks for the input and replies! This clip was USB direct into the computer from the 500X and a diddy from http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/ I originally downloaded this patch from customtone.com, but I've tweaked it a bit since then. The amp is a Plexi bright, 4x12 Greenback cab model and the 421 mic. There's some chamber reverb, a tube screamer, and a little compression. I'd like if it had more sustain, but that's likely a product, at least to some degree, of the noise gate. And listening to the lead section, it sounds a bit dry in this environment...maybe I could experiment with some delay/reverb during lead sections. Oh...and also getting my bends bent properly...that would be good too.
  19. djspleen

    Tone Test

    Who feels like giving an opinion on a tone? This is my main distortion that I use...it's based on the Plexi. Sometimes I think it sounds fine...other times...I'm not so sure. Let me know what you think. And please don't grade me on my solo execution...I know some of the bends sound like an ill duck. Try to ignore that part. Thanks. https://soundcloud.com/easily-amused-2/tone-test-2016-feb16
  20. Just did the update and was greeted by the following error message when starting the Edit software: --------------------------- POD HD500X Edit --------------------------- There was an error transferring one or more patches. If this error keeps occuring, quit POD HD500X Edit, restart the POD HD500X hardware, then run POD HD500X Edit. (Code 8000000a) Operation timed out. --------------------------- OK --------------------------- So that was pretty cool (not really). I have the bundle saved from a few months ago so I'll start there, but it's kind of a bummer.
  21. This is exactly what I'm looking for to give my leads a bit a of volume boost. I'm definitely going to give this a try.
  22. I use the same Gator bag as mentioned above (http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gator-GK-2110-Keyboard---FX-Multi-Effects-Board-Bag-103364659-i1152124.gc) It is a tight fit but it feels quite secure. It's a nice bag too, durable and nothing chinsy about it (assuming people understand what I mean by "chinsy"). I can also fit my 3-ring binder in the main compartment with the Pod, zip it closed, and then get all of my cables and small gear in the outside pocket.
  23. djspleen

    Hd500x First Gig!

    Yep, I see them in Customtone when I search for 'bignath' so it looks like it worked. And thanks for eMailing them directly. I had to turn the FX Loop off in order to get the one to work fine but they all sounded pretty good. The Triple Drive has some potential for me, I'll mess with that one some. Anyway, thanks again, bignath!
  24. djspleen

    Hd500x First Gig!

    Nick, I guess he's pretty busy with the holidays. :) Sure would make a great New Year's gift though, wouldn't it?
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