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  1. Long time Line 6 user, have been using my HD500X both at home thru a mixer/monitors and in live situations thru the house. Just brought my setup into a local store to A/B compare my guitar with a PRS I was thinking about buying. Anyways, the guy had me plug into a Friedman Smallbox w/4x12 cab. Gain cranked on the second channel and the response from the guitar volume knob was amazing! Near 3 on the guitar volume and it was clean! 10....was very dirty and bitchin. I don't get that with the HD500X. I mean it gets lower in volume and it cleans up some, but the responsiveness and dynamics aren't anything close to what I was getting from the Friedman. How will the DT25 compare? Being that the DT is taking over amp modeling....does this mean I'm going to get back some of the responsiveness and dynamics that I should be getting with my volume knob?
  2. lilguitar

    HD500X - No new features...no updates?!

    Appreciate the response and looking forward to the releases.
  3. lilguitar

    HD500X - No new features...no updates?!

    Line 6 formed my expectations from past product support. I'm calling attention to the fact that Line 6 was putting out new features/models on a schedule of every 6 months and it's now been over two years and not a peep. I agree, some people are asking for the silliest stuff on ideascale, but seriously...they've collected over 1400 suggestions, 25,000 votes and not so much as one new amp model added in two years, when previously they were adding new features every 6 months? New hardware requests...got it, those will have to wait until the next hardware revision, I don't think anyone will argue there and I honestly don't think we're in need of a hardware refresh. But come on...no new amp models in two years? If that's the new precedent, so be it, but don't mistake that that will influence disenfranchised long time Line 6 customers.
  4. lilguitar

    HD500X - No new features...no updates?!

    This whole iOS/Windows arguement is Apples and Oranges (no pun intended) compared to what we are talking about. When updates are made to iOS and Windows, we're talking Gigabytes of changes to the operating system...bloating of the operating system that eventually cripples it or renders it useless without out hardware changes like faster processors, etc to drive it. We're not talking about adding a new sound engine or changing the current algorithms from HD to 3D per se. That just took place when they switched from XT/X3 to the HD. We're simply talking about adding new models that the same processor can crunch in the same manner as the original ones. So it shouldn't be an issue of the installed Operating System not being able to keep up. So long as there is some space to hold newer amp models...I really don't think we've hit that ceiling yet with respect to space.
  5. lilguitar

    HD500X - No new features...no updates?!

    Not just a lame answer....but a BS answer! Line 6 has set a strong precedent in the past by continuing to add value to their hardware with firmware updates with new models, effects, features etc...not simply bug fixes. Future support of a product is absolutely essential in the decision making process for buyers...dismissing that is ignorant. I love Line 6 products and I certainly havent written them off yet. I have a hard time believing that a company that has provided such value and support to their hardware in the past, while all its competition is doing the same (adding features with firmware updates) has changed philosophies to 'we got your money sucker...don't expect lollipop out of us anymore after you open the box'. The HD stuff is not legacy junk, it certainly doesnt need a hardware refresh...it's built like a tank! It makes good sense to continue to drive sales of the hardware by adding new features internally. Perhaps the acquisition did slow things down, but it hasn't seemed to affect Amplifi and Sonic Port VX, plenty of love there. Still getting bombarded with Relay and Stage Source marketing emails too.
  6. Since Line 6 implemented the idea site to collect feedback from users on what features they wanted to see added....not one update or feature has been added to the HD series. Was this a ploy to placate users and give them a false sense that 'new' features were on the way or are we going to see some new HD models soon? Meanwhile, Fractal looks like they are launching an all in one board with continued updates and additions. Anybody still working in the HD department? It's been awfully silent.
  7. lilguitar

    Hd500/500x - Day Light Outdoors Review

    I usually play indoors. The HD500X indoors is reasonably lit...especially with the newly designed led rings around the switches. However, I just played a gig outside in the daylight and it was not good! This is probably typical of digital displays outdoors and I'm sure it's been said before...my bandmate thought his old digitech board was toast...turned out he just couldn't see his display. I could at least see my HD was on if I got about 2-3 feet from it vertically (bending over at the waist). Quickly changed to the big display format (ie 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D) to make it easier for me...but more so was lucky that all the patches I needed were in one bank...I could've been in real trouble. Worse...the ring LEDs were completely washed out. This was a big surprise to me...I would've thought I'd at least see something. It was a very bright day, and attempting to move into the shadow of a nearby monitor proved worse...the digital display was completely washed out at that point. I almost never play outdoors so this isn't a huge concern for me at all, but iit does pose big challenges. Was also using my Variax 89F...completely blind as to whether the Variax was engaged or not due to it being washed out. Luckily there were only 2-3 songs that I was using the Variax models, the rest of the time it was the mag pickups...what a headache...required me to strum the guitar a few times to ensure the setting was engaged before starting the song.
  8. All I know is that the 12-string sounds a hellava lot better than the last time I played it.
  9. lilguitar

    Hd500 For Worship

    I did the same as above...Hillsong and LB patches...tweaked to my liking and go direct to PA. The fact that it only has an amp pre doesn't matter...what you hear is what you get minus any coloring that the PA or amp may add. You'll likely have to tweak again to make final adjustments at the PA, but should be workable.
  10. I will say that I have had this same problem over the past few days with my JTV89F...both lights are green, but giving me the same MIDI message. I did get Workbench to come up once (can't remember how), but the error message screen was still there (I just drug it out of the way). Workaround more than a fix and still don't understand why??
  11. lilguitar

    Amp Wish List For The Next Update (whenever That Is)

    +1 on all of the above. Add in the JCM2000 (ie Brit 2000 #2 from the XTL/X3)
  12. Along the same lines...I'm using my POD HD500 and JTV-89F. I've noticed that the Variax has less top end/more bass overrall thruought all my patches when compared to my other guitars of the same models...Fender Strat and Les Paul. This isn't just a subtle difference either. I've had to create an entire second playlist, just for the Variax and it's not just as easy as rolling off the Bass or bumping up the Treble as that sometimes adds unwanted characteristics to the tone. Additional tone loss with the volume rolled down compound/pronounces the issue. Suggestions?
  13. lilguitar

    I'm Not Sure If The Pod Hd Is Right For Me

    Appreciate the offer...problem is that I'm trying to match a tone that I already have in XTL, not start over and tweak someone else’s to be content with. I'm as close as I'll ever be right now and it is useable, but the timber/tone isn't exact...sounds a tad harsh and lacking sustain and warmth. It doesn't help that my XTL patch uses just about everything that was left out of the HD...Brit 2000 #2 amp, Greenback 20's cab, 4-band semi-parametric EQ, Sine Chorus and Slap Plate Reverb. Even the FX that did transfer to the HD have changed enough that it could be affecting the sound. For instance, the HD Tube Screamer now has bass/tone/treble vs just tone...do I set the Bass/Treble to 50% or 100% to mirror the old Tube Screamer? Also the closest HD Chorus I found is the Analog Chorus that has just tone vs individual bass/treble parameters from the XTL. It all adds up collectively, however I believe the missing amp, cab and EQ have much more to do with obtaining the sound than do these parameters. It surely doesn't help parameter labels are mis-matched (like Pre-delay for the Reverb was in % for XTL...now in MS which makes more sense, but what does 100% Pre-delay equate to in the HD...200ms? Where's the translator guide for previous users? The XTL compressor came in sequence after the amp and was supposedly modeled after a tube compressor which is included in the HD, but it doesn't appear to have the same characteristics. Here again, the.XTL compressor was in dB which makes sense...but now it's in percent (a step backwards). -4dB Threshold and +10dB Gain is what I had in XTL. What is that now in % for the HD...4% Threshold and 10% Level ? I really don't think so. Doesn't sound close any way I tweak these parameters anyway, so it doesn't matter much either way...but as you can see there are far too many things that are missing or doesn't line up correctly for me to have a legit shot at fine tuning...the lack of the amp, cab and parametric EQ are again the biggest things keeping me from obtaining the tone.
  14. lilguitar

    Difference Between Hd500 And Hd500x

    Funny, I was on another thread not two weeks ago and folks couldn't understand why backwards compatibility was such a big deal...well here we are...again. Sounds like there is some hope, albeit it a bit tedious importing every single patch and resaving...I'll still take that any day over having to rebuild each one from scratch! Will still have to verify that no erronous data is missing from each patch...unless someone from Line 6 can verify that the HD500 patches will in fact carry over all previous settings/parameters just by simply renaming the file. Fingers crossed. continue the updates on this please.
  15. lilguitar

    Hd500x?

    I've been beating this drum for a while now on backwards compatibility...utterly disappointing considering the minor upgrade to the X. This is exactly the amateur Mickey Mouse BS that will keep users from upgrading...the fix is so simple! The common theme that resonates with what the user community wants is "ease of use". Give me Global EQ, so I don't have to EQ every patch when the room I'm in is too bassy/trebly...give me EQ in HZ to make it easier for me to understand what I'm tweaking...give me a power switch, so I can leave my POD plugged in...make the edit screen easier to navigate, make the screen bigger so its easier for me to see on stage. The biggest one of all...don't make me start over building all my patches again!! Is anyone at Line 6 listening? Please report back if you found some inconsistencies in your patch transfer...and good luck!
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