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    Amplifi FX100 for wah and whammy

    Would it do what you want, in terms of providing effects and Wah? Yes. Ant they're based upon older Line 6 technology -- POD XT Live vintage. Apparently you're up on that and find it an acceptable compromise. Whammy, not so much -- at least nothing convincing, IMO. I've used an XT-Live preset that's supposed to simulate a whammy, and was very underwhelmed. Not even sure if the FX100 has such a capability. (Yes, I do own an FX100...) Yes, you can connect it to your iPad via Bluetooth to use the Amplifi Remote App for creating and selecting presets. You can also connect to a PC via USB and use the FX100 as an audio device. But it sounds like you're expecting seamless interoperability with your iPad running iOS amp modelers/sims. I don't think that's a reasonable expectation. Since you mention planning to use it in live setting, let me give you something to think about: The FX100 is about the 'dumbest' pedal board you're likely to encounter. It gives you 4 pushbutton switches, marked A, B, C & D, for selecting a preset, and a two-digit LED display that tells you which of the 25 banks is active. So, if you have several presets that you want to use, you'll have to remember bank numbers and which preset within the bank you need to select. There are no switches for turning on or off any of the effects, so if you need a solo boost, for example, you have to select a preset with a hotter output -- you can't just step on a switch. This is VERY limiting. If you need to switch banks, you have to simultaneously step on TWO of the selector switches to move the bank up, and two OTHER switches to move the bank down. I don't know about you, but I'm not good at this on a dark stage in the middle of a song... Frankly, I'd think that an Amplifi TT with an FBV Shortboard MKII or FBV 3 would be a much better fit, in line with what you're hoping to do. I have an FBV MKII, and it's far more useful with my Amplifi 30 and Amplifi 150 than with the FX100.
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    Relay 10 transmitter issue

    Mine also stays on after unplugging it, requiring that I fiddle with microswitch a bit to turn it off. It doesn't behave exactly like yours, though -- still works and charges properly. This started also within the first year, but I didn't get around to asking for a repair/replacement. Good luck with yours!
  3. Best of luck, psarkassian, and to all of your cohorts at Line 6. Hope you all come away with no damage and injury!
  4. Thanks for weighing in...
  5. I'm pretty ambivalent to many of the suggestions made to this point, but this one really stands out: Keep the rotary model knob and 5-position switch for picking models´╗┐ I have a JTV-59, as well as older Variax 500 and 600 models. The older ones have a 5-way switch, which is very intuitive for selecting models. The JTV-59 seems to be designed to retain a 'Les Paul'-like appearance, so they went with a 3-position switch for this function. This means that the 5 models in a given bank are distributed as 1-3-5 or 2-3-4 to the 3-way switch by activating yet ANOTHER switch. I find this cumbersome, non-intuitive and hard to remember which model is in which position... Making matter worse, the blue illumination on my Model Selector switch is exceptionally difficult to see, even in subdued lighting. The 'white' light on the Alternate Tuning knob is better, but still very weak. IMO, this wasn't very well thought-out in the original design.
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    AMPLIFI volume differences in preset tones

    There isn't really a 'fix', because it's not really a problem. Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast -- the beast being 'modeling'. The goal of modeling is to emulate the product being modeled in every way possible, and that includes gain, signal amplitudes and other parameters. Yes, it does complicate things, because a lot of these things interact with each other and affect the ultimate output to the amplifier. I think a lot of us would like some kind of a mechanism for simple normalizing the outputs of the presets to get around this, but there's not. It requires diving into all the presets you want to use and trying to adjust the levels for some semblance of equality. And that's hard, too, because a there are differences in perceived amplitude that are dependent on the shape of the output waveform. A clean signal with a given P-P amplitude will sound radically different in terms of apparent loudness than a heavily distorted signal with the same level. It's a bear!!!!!
  7. What's old becomes new again. Sort-of... It's been quite a few years since I used Line 6 Edit to create some custom presets for my XT Live and VDI-connected Variax 500. For a long time, I neither played very often, nor had any occasion to connect the two to my computer, meaning that the situation has been static for quite some time. And, of course, in the past couple of years, I've updated most of my computers to newer versions of Windows, ending up with two music-room machines running the latest version of Windows 10. And, for whatever reason, I now find myself revisiting the XT Live, with the intention to make some tweaks and changes to make it more in line with what I'm playing these days. But there are some bumps in the road... First, Line 6 Edit is not only an unsupported orphan, it won't run, even on my one remaining XP machine -- the one on which I last used it all those years ago. In that instance, it's because of the java runtime issue, requiring the older 1.6 version that's no longer loaded on the computer. I've seen some comments here on the forum that hint at some success running the Windows 8 version in Windows 10, but have also seen some indications that it doesn't work on 64-bit Windows 10. So I read some more... I believe I saw a reference to Gearbox being a somewhat acceptable replacement for Line 6 Edit, but that's no longer supported, either! So I'm kinda flailing, here... The big question: Is there anybody out here who is currently a creating or modifying presets for the Pod XT Live and a Variax 500/600 or JTV, using Line 6 Edit, Gearbox, or ????? in Windows 10? I'd appreciate some suggestions, and it is important to be able to select the Variax model in the preset when connected via VDI cable. Is there anything that gives me the functionality that Line 6 Edit provided for the XT Live/Variax combination? Thanks for your consideration...
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    FX100 USB Recording

    Amplifi cannot send a raw, unprocessed guitar signal to your DAW, but you can turn off all the amp, cabinet and effects settings to get a clean signal to record. Once in your DAW, you and use whatever VST effects you have available.
  9. MusicLaw's answer is good and will be applicable in most cases. Some additional information: If the guitar that it's plugged into is a Variax, without taking precaution, you can expect to run down the guitar's battery, regardless of whether the G10 sleeps. My G10 has a 'hair-trigger' microswitch. It takes just the tiniest movement of the plunger to activate it. That's fine for connecting it to an instrument, but I've found that it often stays activated when I've removed it from my instrument, meaning that the LED is still green and it's still communicating with the receiver. I have to lightly tap the plunger to turn it off, and it can sometimes turn back on when I just set it down on the table. I tend to plug it back into the receiver/charger when not actually using it. This is pretty good insurance against unwanted dead-battery surprises.
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    Hard wired connectivity wit iOS

    No, USB connectivity to the Amplifi permits using it as an audio interface, for recording and playback purposes. It does not connect to the Amplifi Remote app, which is used for selecting and modifying presets, amp models & effects. Apples & oranges...
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    Editing Presets

    Yes, this can be done via the amplifi remote app. Have fun and/or good luck!
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    Battery Charging Time

    My JTV-59 is one of the 'older' ones and was little-used for several years. Because of this, my battery isn't what I'd consider an ideal test case, as it doesn't hold its charge for as long as I'd suspect when running on battery power. Bearing that in mind, here's how mine behaves: I agree that the time required to charge is in the 3 - 4 hour range. While charging from a low condition, the LED remains lit. It eventually does begin to blink, and will continue to blink for as long as it's in the charger. (and that could be days or weeks, literally) Measuring the voltage at this point yields approximately 8.4 to 8.5 volts, which will hold for quite a long time -- days, in fact -- as long as it's not put back into the guitar. It does seem to lose energy more quickly in the instrument, even if not played, without a cable being connected to the 1/4" jack, and with the volume turned all the way down. I've begun to use an XPS box to power it for practice nowadays, so I don't have to be concerned about the state of charge in the battery. If I play a couple of songs at an open mic, I'll use the battery with confidence, as long as it's been in the charger for a while prior to going.
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    I expect nothing, so there's seldom disappointment when nothing is offered. However, given that Line 6 apparently went to the trouble of releasing a new firmware version, it would be nice if customers were notified of its availability. Again, thank you for your comment. I wouldn't have been inclined to connect my aging JTV to Monkey to see if updates were available, but will keep this in mind in the future. I don't see any 'deeper notes' on the Downloads page, which is one of the reasons I spoke out. Had there been an adequate description of the new firmware, I'd have remained silent. And appreciative.
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    Thank you. I generally try to learn what a given update is supposed to do before deciding whether it's worth the risk. After a $110 failed Amplifi 150 firmware update, I'm a little gun-shy...
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    Gee, a 'new' JTV firmware update! (released without fanfare -- not even a suppressed fart -- in April of this year) Did I miss a relevant discussion of this on the forum? Nope. Would be nice if there were some type of presence on this forum to announce the availability of new versions. Or maybe send an email -- they're great about sending emails trying to get us to by the newest gewgaw... So I went to the downloads page to check, and learned that the previous version, 2.22, released in 2017 affords us the following spectacular updated experience: Sorry I missed that one! But this new one promises... well, it promises.... EXACTLY NOTHING. Here's a direct quote from the support page: Wow -- be still, my beating heart!!! This is gotta be the GREATEST FIRMWARE UPDATE EVER! After all, it's 456 KB!!!! Just like all the others... Pathetic support, Line 6. You're making it hard to believe in you anymore.
  16. Someone who twice uses a verb -- 'allot' -- in place of a common two-word expression 'a lot', should be careful of criticizing another's improper use of language...
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    Warning about the Amplifi series

    Hope you don't think I'm a wise-guy, but I'm having trouble understanding a couple of things about your post: You say that you removed the SD card containing the firmware, then booted the amp. That seems counter-intuitive to me. Will the amp actually 'boot' with no firmware? 'It hasn't played up since.' Do you mean that it's been 'ok' since you did this -- it hasn't messed up, screwed up, goofed up? 'Played up' is a phrase I'm not familiar with... Thanks.
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    Wireless headphones

    Conventional bluetooth devices are prone to unacceptable latency, as has been mentioned in these posts. But there is a technology that may reduce the delay to virtually unnoticeable level. Look for an aptX low latency bluetooth transmitter for best results. In order for it to work optimally, the receiving end, whether it's a standalone receiver, BT speaker, or a BT headphone or earbud set, must also be aptX-equipped. I've used such a setup on a PC with BT earbuds to watch Netflix movies without lip sync issues that occur with plain-vanilla bluetooth. As you might expect, aptX devices cost more, but they're worth it if it does what you want.
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    Slapcatt

    Is this a followup to a question you asked before? If not, you haven't given enough information about what you're trying to accomplish and what you have tried that doesn't work.
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    Upgrade from X3

    My opinion: I don't see it as being much of an upgrade, unless you're REALLY interested in the remote app & Bluetooth music streaming. I believe the models in the Amplifi FX100 are based on the XT Live and X3 technology, so I wouldn't expect a difference in sound quality. And, I find the FX100 foot switch configuration to be extremely limiting and cumbersome. There are switches that select which of 4 presets - A, B, C & D - within a bank of tones is active, as indicated by an LED that corresponds to the switch. The bank number is shown in a 2-digit 7-segment LED display, so your only visual cue would be to get the bank number from the 7-segment display and look for which LED is lit over one of the 4 switches. Put that together and it might decode as 10C. (bank 10, preset C) Doesn't tell you much about the selected tone, does it? And, you have 25 banks with 4 presets each. How good is your memory? Which tone is 04B? I don't know, either... And, to change banks, you have to simultaneously activate two of the switches to go up, and another two switches to go down. Not the easiest thing to do on a dim stage while you're trying to play guitar. Another serious deficiency is the lack of other switches that would allow you to turn effects, like reverb, stomp or compression, on and off. You want a boost for a solo, you have to have a separate preset with a hotter output -- you can't just step on a stomp or boost switch. I don't know who they designed this thing for. It sounds ok, but it's got some serious usability issues, IMO. In case you're wondering, I have one. It's ok for practicing by myself in the basement. A better solution in the Amplifi series would be one of the amps, combined with an FBV Short Board MKII or an FBV-3. That gives you much more flexibility and control, but adds expense. And the Amplifi amps don't give you a dedicated output to an external amplifier, the one thing the FX100 does have going for it. Sigh....
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    Amplifi 1/2 speed

    The Amplifi series appears to be another in a long line of products introduced, hyped, halfheartedly supported, mostly-neglected and finally abandoned by Line 6 when the next new shiny object comes along. It's not possible to say where that timeline is with Amplifi, but my guess is that it's near the end of the cycle. Line 6 appears to still be selling them, you can get 'em fixed, but releases for long-standing usability issues and feature updates are few and far-between. I'd suggest that you explore other options for playing back your tracks, and guess that you can find one that features far more flexibility in varying the speed, setting loop points, etc. I see that you're using an iPhone, so I can't make any specific suggestions. I use an Amplifi 30 for practice, and often play backing tracks or songs on my PC with Andy Robinson's Transcribe!, a wonderful program that offers many speed and pitch options, including fixed and infinitely-variable playback speeds, along with loop points and other options. There are other free options that would also work for simple speed changes -- Audacity, Videolan (VLC) Media Player, etc. Or you can continue to wait for Line 6 to squash the bug...
  22. Found this interesting and wanted to compliment you for your work, despite having no use for it, myself. (I have a MKII that I use with Amplifi 30 & 150.) I have noted the disappointment that others have expressed in the inability of the FBV3 to display colors. Looks like you've gone the extra mile in coming up with a solution, even if it's beyond the capability of many users and requires extra components. Thanks for your effort!
  23. They're not only playing the watts game, you also need to keep this in mind: A change of 3 dB is accepted as the smallest difference in level that is easily heard by most listeners listening to speech or music. It is a slight increase or decrease in volume. To produce an increase of +3 dB you simply need to double power (watts). --sourced from http://www.jlaudio.com/ So now what would you think about the difference between the Amplifi 75 and the 150? Louder? Yeah. A little bit. Unscientifically, I'd have to think that the 12" speaker in the 150 would move more air than the 8" speaker in the 75. But what do I know - I'm just an aging rock & roll neverwas... (Expecting someone to weigh in with the 'tube watts are much louder than solid state watts' argument any minute...) With regard to the original post: Last year, I twice used my Amplifi 30 at a practice with another guitar, bass, drums, 3 vocals and a keyboard, classic rock tunes scenario. Surprisingly, standing not too far away, I could hear it, but it was turned up all the way, and clean tones absolutely out of the question. Would've been interesting to try a 75. I now have a 150, but have not been able to sit in with the band anymore.
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    Firewire for Pod XT?

    Well... You didn't mention which version of the Pod XT you're referring to, but I'm not aware of any that has firewire connection capability. As the previous post mentions, it does have USB functionality. I believe the old 'Bean' versions of the XT have a cat-5 connector for use with accessory floorboards, but still no firewire, as far as I know.
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