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  1. To the OP's point of needing videos, the following link is the complete set of Line 6's videos: http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/general-faq/line-6-video-tutorials-complete-list-r202 Have you looked through these? These are also on Line 6's YouTube page. There are also a lot of user created instructional videos on YouTube that you might need to watch. Some of them are helpful, some are just guys noodling with presets and aren't much help, but there are some decent ones out there. I understand your frustration in not getting what you want right away, but the HD500 is a complicated beast. There's a lot of good tones to be had, but it does take work and time to understand it and get the most out of it. Complicated powerful modelers are by their very nature, well... complex! If you've been using different modelers for years, it's a lot easier to understand how they work & how to set them up, but they all have a learning curve that you have to go through - just like learning to play guitar - you have to pay your dues, or you won't be successful! If this is your first modeler, then it's going to take some time to wrap your mind around the layout & controls - it will come with time. Just download some basic tones from Custom tone, or better yet set up a few real basic patches on your own (one amp, one or two effects, dead simple), that you can use to play for the moment, and in your spare time, watch the videos, take a factory or customtone patch that you like & start going through how it is set up - try to analyze what each module does, how the different parameters affect the tone - experiment with settings. As a previous poster said, initially, set up patches to mimic how you would with your physical pedalboard effects and your amp.
  2. Yes, 8 Years is normally way too long for tubes. It really depends on how many hours they have on them and how many times they've been turned on/off. An 8 year old tube with no hours or use may be in perfect condition, but if you're using you're amp a lot, replacing them yearly or less is not uncommon, depends on the hours. If this amp's been getting a lot of use, and the tubes are 8 years old it's amazing they haven't failed before. Your amp would probably sound better with all new tubes (good ones).
  3. Wow! Way over my head as far as cost, but I don't need a battery backup unit. Furman is a good company so I'm sure it's a good unit. I'm looking for something a lot cheaper and simpler for my needs.
  4. That's a nice little guide on EQ from Presonus. Thanks for the link! B) I'll have to admit that I don't know the finer points of proper EQ, and it's one of those things that I think can make or break a good sound. I do see a lot of DH500 patches with numerous EQ block's in them. Sometimes it's apparent why they are there but sometimes I'm not sure. Some of the HD500 EQ blocks don't seem real intuitive to me, but it's probably my lack of experience with them.
  5. That's a good question. I would like to know what if anything people use for power conditioning / protection from spikes. I don't currently use anything except for a generic power strip which does offer some level of overload protection, but it's not anything built for audio or amps. I've seen references to local power supplies that have extraneous noise or are under or over voltage that can lead to poor performance & sound from audio devices, but I don't really know what specific units are good for guitar amps and electronics, or if it is not really necessary. Is anyone out there using something they would recommend?
  6. You may have fried a tube socket. It has happened to me several times with Marshall heads. Take out the tubes (with the amp off & unplugged of course) and check the tube sockets (bases they plug into) for signs of arcing (brown or black burn marks). If one or more tube sockets show signs of arcing, it may mean other problems like a bad transformer or other component. You may just need the sockets replaced. Hopefully, if there are no burn marks on the sockets, a tube may have just failed & you can just replace them. Did you check for a blown fuse? You may need an amp tech to look at it if it's more than a bad tube. I'm not sure how the POD could have caused that but if you had a line level signal plugged into an input that's expecting an instrument level signal, maybe that could do it.
  7. I think I saw someone else post something related to this, and if I remember correctly, he said that he had similar problems if the L series speaker & the DT amp were connected via the L6 link at the same time. In his case, when he disconnected the DT amp, it switched to the correct speaker mode on the L speaker as he had intended for the L speaker. Sounded like he was saying that the DT forced the L speaker to choose the speaker mode for the DT amp and was taking precedence over the L speaker. I don't know if you can disable or over-ride this behavior. I'm sorry, but I can't seem to locate that post right now, or I'd have attached the link. I just got an L2T yesterday (don't have a DT), and I'm not sure exactly how the L6 link and speaker mode selection works with the HD500 yet. It's definitely one of the things I need to understand to get the most out of the L2T. Hope you can find a solution.
  8. Well, if you're using the XLR's and the VDI input, I guess neither of those switches apply. I also use a JTV-59 for my main guitar with a HD500X. If the mixer gives you a little more warmth & the extra gain you need with the B210D's then that's great, just seems surprising that you wouldn't get enough volume. When I use the JTV for acoustic models with patches set up for acoustic, in some cases without an amp model, it can be more difficult to get a higher clean volume level, but not so much with electric sounds using amp models. Thanks for posting your tips & settings. I have a long way to go before I have all this figured out as I am new to this gear. There are so many interactive settings to be considered when trying to fine tune your sound. It really helps that people here like you are willing to share ideas. B)
  9. In HD Edit there IS a global string volume setting. It's not on the graphic interface (on a Mac at least), it's on the "Edit" menu at the top. This is in addition to the "Per Model" string volume.
  10. Are you using the 1/4" outs on the HD500? I'm a little supprised you can't get enough volume without another gain stage between that and the speakers. 200 Watts (per side, right, so 400 total?) is not a lot these days but it should still get you there without being maxxed out. How are the switches on top next to the master volume set? "Guitar In" not set to "pad"? 1/4" Out switch set to "Line" not "Amp" ???
  11. Some people really don't like some of the models in 2.0, especially the strats when compared to 1.9 or other earlier versions. If you are going to use 2.0, you may want to try updating to 2.0 several times in a row. This was stated in a couple of different posts here. It doesn't really make any sense to me, but apparently it's possible to have an update that reports being "successful", but still have some kind of data anomally that causes problems. The solution proposed in one post (which now I can't seem to find) was to update several times successfully in a row. As far as the global string volumes, if you re-flash, they should all start out at zero as far as I've seen. They should only be at other values if you change them. That is strange if you didn't set them. Here are some other 2.0 issue related posts. Make sure you follow the update procedures in the first post exactly. You also should not be plugged into a USB "Hub" port, only into a USB port directly on your computer. You also may want to shutdown / unplug all other connected hardware when you do this. http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/guitars/james-tyler-variax-guitars/variax-reflash-and-software-update-instructions-r103 http://line6.com/support/topic/2866-how-many-persons-rolled-back-to-a-before-hd-version/?hl=%2Bvariax+%2Bfirmware+%2Bupdate&do=findComment&comment=18823 http://line6.com/support/topic/2121-variax-20-spank-bug/page-3?hl=%2Bvariax+%2Bfirmware+%2Bupdate&do=findComment&comment=13889 http://line6.com/support/topic/2190-my-jtv-hd-20-experience-ordeal/?hl=%2Bvariax+%2Bfirmware+%2Bupdate
  12. You could just use a single path patch with a doubling delay (slapback echo). You could also use a dual path patch, and use a short delay on one path, maybe set at a real high effect mix, and pan each path hard right & left.
  13. Thanks for the info. I just ordered an L2T from Sweetwater - not delivered yet. I guess I won't be using my mic cables. Maybe it comes with the cable. Looks like Line 6 sells a 20' for $60. I found a 20' AES/EBU Hosa cable at fullcompass.com for $13.
  14. So I'm not clear on the L2T Cable. Can you use a standard 3 pin microphone XLR cable, or is the L6 link (ABS/EBU ?) different than a standard mic cable?
  15. I believe I saw a similar post from you on this subject. I adjusted my JTV string volumes because I had a particular note on the fretboard that had a resonant peak so it would overpower other notes in a chord (F# note @ 4th fret, 4th string). I haven't looked at or thought about how the string volume settings affect the signal levels on the HD500X i'm using - I will have to experiment a little with that. I have been changing any single path tone I use to have the second input to "AUX" which I'm not using to avoid doubling up the input & possibly clipping somewhere else in the chain. I assume that you need to have both inputs set to the input you're using for dual tone patches. I also did these changes mostly by ear, not knowing of any better way to do them. Setting signal levels is somewhat of a "black art" on this machine. You're right, if it's real bad you might know it right away, but if it's subtle, and mixed in with an intentionally distorted guitar tone, it's not easy to be sure you're not clipping. How can you tell, other that just listening? It would be nice to have some sort of metering at different stages to tell you for sure if you're clipping or not.
  16. I was playing with this last night: In HD Edit, on a blank patch, there should be a dual path shown in the center of the graphic, one line (signal path) on top, and one on the bottom. Just drag the amp with your mouse onto the top line, and it will put 2 amps in, one on each (top & bottom) path. Then just drag modules into each path and place them before or after the amps. That's it basically, but there are a lot of finer points such as which effects are "Mono" blocks, and which are Stereo, and exactly how placement of each module affects your signal path. I am no expert at this point but the above should get you a simple dual path setup. You also don't need to have an amp module in each path, you could have one path with no actual amp module for a more acoustic sound with just a Tube Pre or Vintage Pre or just EQ's and effects.
  17. What EX pedal did you get? I am considering this for an add on at some point. I'm wondering which Ex pedal would be a good one as far as features vs price. It would be great to have a second one - I like to have one dedicated to volume. The built-in pedal is OK but it sure is a bear to switch from a sitting position. Also I'm not sure I like the feel of it - doesn't seem to have enough resistance for me - too easy to go too far too fast. I should probably try to adjust it a little. Maybe I can tighten up the travel and change the sensitivity of the toe switch.
  18. I believe that's the mixer. Sounds like you're doing all of this on the hardware unit, is that right? It is a lot easier to visualize what's going on when using the software editor HD Edit in my opinion. It is a good idea to get familiar with doing it on the unit itself so you can make these changes on the fly at a gig, but for visualizing the routing options, I like using HD Edit. I haven't created many dual path patches, & I don't fully understand the routing options and how to properly do dual path patches. I used to own an X3Live some years ago and doing dual tone patches on that unit was easier from what I remember, but it also had dual processors. There are a couple of post here dealing with dual tone patches & the routing options on the HD500, but I am still trying to wrap my mind around all of that. Here's one post that goes a little in-depth on the routing on the HD500 ---> http://line6.com/support/topic/2033-pod-hd-500-500x-routing-schematics/ Cheers
  19. I agree that re-flashing to a different firmware version would be a good test. It's possible that it may be an artifact of the model(s), or maybe the version of firmware that is loaded got corrupted somehow. If different firmware doesn't change anything, it is possible that it's a bad piezo. There have been a few posts here with users that have run into that. I'm not sure how to test for it. Is your JTV59 still under warranty? You may want to open up a support ticket on this with Line 6 if you don't find an answer soon. They may be able to help determine the cause & fix for it.
  20. I noticed something similar last night as I was tweaking patches in HD edit while connected to the HD500. If I changed patches in HD edit, and then used the footswitches on the HD500 to change patches within that bank, I was getting weird results that did not sound like the changes I had just made in HD edit. If however, I used HD edit to change from patch to patch, it sounded normal. I think the two are not updating or syncing immediately, and you need to use HD edit to do everything until you've written all the patch changes to the hardware. Once you've done that, when you use the HD500 footswitches, it should work as you expect.
  21. Yes, I have noticed this also. I also have a JTV-59, and I have had this happen with some guitar models / HD500X patches. It seems to me that my 59 has a resonant peak at about F# - so if I play a note or chord that uses the 4th string at the 4th fret, that note really overpowers the other notes and verges on feedback. Not the howling "mic in front of PA speaker" feedback, it just resonates that note and it's louder than it should be. It's also resonant at other notes but not as much as that one spot. I don't know if this is an anomaly of the guitar modeling, or if it's just an acoustic resonant frequency of my guitar, or what. I haven't figured out exactly how to deal with this yet. I have tried to turn down the volume of that string in workbench and that helps a little. I was thinking I should use a narrow band EQ module on the HD500, and create a notch filter at this frequency.
  22. Never experienced that problem. I am using an iMac - I just pull the power plug on the HD500X. I don't normally disconnect the USB plug from the POD, unless I'm packing it up to go somewhere else to play. I have though, and on my iMac, it hasn't caused any problems at all. It will if it's a hard drive or something where it's being mounted. If I pull out the USB plug of my external hard drive, the OS will complain that it wasn't shut down properly, but when I plug in the POD through USB, it doesn't appear to be handled like a drive (doesn't actually get "mounted" like a drive volume?). If it is "Mounted" in OSX like a drive, you should see an icon on your desktop as soon as you plug it in. If so, just drag the icon to the trash to dis-mount it. In Windows, there should be an icon on the lower right side of the taskbar for USB devices that are connected - if you hover over it with your mouse, it will say ""Safely remove hardware and eject media". Just click on that icon, and select that USB connection from the list to dis-connect it.
  23. Actually, I just did a listing of "HD500X Compatible" tones on custom tone, and all of the ones I was trying to download had the "L6T" extension. I have downloaded patches with this extension before, and they would not load onto my HD500X directly, or using drag & drop. If I use the filter to restrict customtone to only HD500X compatible tones, why is it even listing these???
  24. Chuskey, Really nice groove & nice acoustic tone! Lovin it! :D I am new to both the JTV-59 & HD500X and am doing some experimenting on how to get a good acoustic tone from the combo. Did I notice you using a JamMan looper in the video? How do you like that looper? I have just started to play with the HD500X looper, and it is really a gas to be able to loop something & play against it. I don't know what the true capabilities of the built-in looper are yet, but definitely ran up against it's recording time limits when playing with it. I may have to get a dedicated looper as some point. Thanks for posting your video! Cheers B)
  25. I know what you mean. I went home to re string my 59 and the length of strings between the ball ends & the bridge saddles is very short, and for the most part, tight up against the curved surface of the bridge, so it seems unlikely that they are producing any significant resonance. Still, the OP says it made a big difference, so there must be some reason it did. I did re string and put a Velcro strip there as described, but I haven't had even a minute yet to test it. Years ago I ran across a posting describing a modification done to a Godin LGX-SA to alleviate issues with the piezos on that guitar, when driving a VG guitar synth. In that case, the poster built a thin stepped strip that fit right behind the piezos in the bridge. His take on the issue with the piezos on the LGX-SA was that the piezo's were being driven too hard due to the geometry of the bridge design, and that changing the angle that the strings contacted the piezo's reduced the pressure on them and prevented or reduced microphonics and extraneous noise. He was not trying to eliminate string resonance, just changing the angle of the strings hitting the piezo elements. He also claimed it made a huge difference on that guitar. Maybe there are other dynamics at play other than string resonance on the JTV wraparound bridge. I installed the Velcro strip on my 59 and I will have to spend a few days to see if it makes any noticeable difference for me. Unfortunately, I’m out of town for a few days, and might not get much time before I leave. If it does work, it's a pretty cheap and easy fix. If not, nothing lost but a few minutes of my time.
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