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2x12 and 4x12 are not showing up on PODxt series Q: My manual refers to output modes "4x12" and "2x12", or "VIBE", but I can't find them on my POD XT Live A: We decided to use more intuitive, user-friendly terms on the POD XT Live, but unfortunately the manual was not updated. Where the manual mentions "4x12" and "2x12", it is referring to "Stack mode" and "Combo mode", respectively, in the Pod XT's "What am I connected to?" mode. Each of these modes offer the option of connecting through the "Front" of the amp or the "Pwramp" (back) section of the amp. When using the "Front" option, tone correction options are made available to shape the overall PODxt output to sound good in front of a combo amp. The "What are you connecting to" page previously offered an option for "Live: Front of 2x12 Combo", which was basically a "2x12 power amp with speakers" setting with some additional filtering to compensate for the sound of your combo amp's preamp section. This setting was replaced by the VIBE setting, which split out the speaker configuration and the combo preamp compensation into two different adjustable parameters. Incidentally, the VIBE setting that mapped to the old "combo mode" setting is "MIDHVY - 480Hz" when used along with the "Live: 2x12" DEST setting. PODxt set to MONO Q: How can I set the Podxt to mono if I'm connecting the Podxt to a mono amp? A: You will have to set the Podxt to "Live" mode. To do this, select the tuner button, turn the select knob until you see "What are you connected to" page. Turn the "Effect Tweak" knob to "Live 4X12 or 2X12" or "Stack" or "Combo". This will alow the Podxt outputs to be mono. EX-1 control parameters on Podxt Q: I am having a problem getting my PODxt to allow me to control the effect parameters via the expression pedal on the FBV Shortboard. A: The EX-1 expression pedal will control some functions and this is how you get them to work. Press the "Edit" button then turn the "select" knob until you see the "wah | volume" page. On the volume side, select or highlight "Assign" with the third soft button located under the main display. Turn the "Effect Tweak" knob to change from volume to Tweak. In the updated PODxt, these parameters are changed on the page after the "wah/volume" page. By changing from volume to tweak you have engaged to EX-1 to control any function that comes under "tweak". To find out what's under the tweak selection, turn the "Select" knob to the next page where you will see "FX Tweak | tempo". on the FX tweak side you may scroll through the stomp tweaks, delay tweaks, mod tweaks etc. Make sure if you select say the delay time, the delay button light must be on and so with the other effects. PODxt three stomp with FBV Q: Can the PODxt actually play three stomp box sounds when conected to a FBV? Section 9-7 of the pilots handbook seems to indicate that. A: These buttons are for the Vetta series of amps. With the PodXt, the Stomp2 button controls Compression on/off and Stomp3 controls Gate On/Off. This is explained in the documentation that ships with the FBV. Connecting any POD unit to an amplifier POD Connections, Routing and the 4 Cable Method Amp bypassed on PODxt Q: How do I bypass the Amp Models? A: In preset mode turn the amp model knob counter clock wise to Bypass with all the effects buttons off, this will put the Podxt/Bass PODxt in bypass, then "save". You are really making a bypass channel or bypass preset. Q: If I set the PODxt to bypass the amp sounds, is the preamp of the PODxt bypassd, will I get the pure tone of my amp? A:Yes, you can also save your setup as a preset (no amp model, just effects). Can you adjust the S/PDIF or AES/EBU output volume level? Press the I/O & Dig Select button on the right hand side of the POD / Bass PODxt Pro. Then press the Soft Button below GAIN and spin the EFFECT TWEAK knob to add up to 12 db of gain on the digital outs. This is useful to help cut down on excessive use of normalization after recording in the digital domain. Pod XT Input specs: Q: What is A.I.R. II? A: A.I.R. II is Line 6's second generation Acoustically Integrated Recording technology. It expands your sonic choices and creative options by allowing you to choose a variety of microphone models and adjust their placement in front of the cabinet. Microphone choices and placement options include models based on Shure SM-57, Sennheiser MD-421 and a Neumann U-67 - on- and off-axis. Line 6, GuitarPort, POD and Vetta are trademarks of Line 6, Inc. All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development.
Q: How do I perform a factory reset on my Bass PODxt? A: The factory reset procedure for a Bass PODxt is: press SAVE once, use the select key to scroll clockwise to â€œfactory recallâ€ page, then press SAVE twice. Q: How can I get a carrying case for the Bass PODxt or Bass PODxtLive? A: The Bass PODxt and Bass PODxt Live have the same dimensions as the PODxt and PODx tLive, and can be purchased at the Line 6 Store. Q: What is the warranty on the Bass PODxt or Bass PODxtLive? A: The warranty on the Bass PODxt or Bass PODxtLive is twelve months from the date of purchase. Q: Where can I download a Bass PODxt or Bass PODxt Live manual? A: Line 6 Manuals Q: The tuner does not pick up the low B string on my bass when I am tuning? A: Some bass guitar pickups may not accurately replicate the extremely low frequencies produced by the low B string to accurately tune the instrument. Be sure to disable any effect pedals in the chain prior to the POD, and use only the bridge pickup when tuning. If these methods do not work, use the 12th fret harmonic to produce a tone that the POD tuner can recognize. Q: When I plug in the headphones, the "DI-out" changes from clean, to amp and effect sounds. I end up recording two identical modeled tracks rather than one clean and one modeled. Why would A.I.R ever affect D.I-out? D.I. means "direct" right? A: When headphones are plugged in to Bass PODxt and Bass PODxt Pro, the Modeled signal appears at both the left and right outputs. The implications of this are that you cannot record a dry signal using the "D.I." output while headphones are plugged in. We understand that this can be an inconvenience in some situations. We are sorry if our documentation did not reflect this condition and will update this in the next manual revision. Here are the reasons we chose to design the unit this way: - When monitoring the Bass PODxt with headphones, we believe most users expect to hear the modeled sound in both ears. This is what you would expect when programming sounds with headphones, using the Bass PODxt as a "practice amp," or demoing the unit. It would be unacceptable to have the only option for headphone monitoring be "Modeled sound in one ear and D.I. in the other." - Because the Headphones and discrete Model/D.I. balanced outputs carry the same electrical signal, it is not possible to have the expected headphone experience if the signals at the outputs were kept discrete. - When recording the Bass PODxt using headphones, it is more common to connect the headphones to your soundcard or mixing board (as opposed to the headphone jack on the unit) so that you can hear the track you are playing with. For this reason, most users are not likely to be exposed to this behavior when recording. -If you are using Bass PODxt as your soundcard using the USB connection, you would expect to be able to record both output signals, yet monitor only the modeled sound on both sides of the stereo. You are able to do this because the USB digital record sends are not subject to the same limitations as the hardware outputs and can remain discreet while monitoring with headphones. When using the unit this way (to monitor the whole mix) the hardware outputs are not useful for recording bass anyway. -For Bass PODxt Pro users, you can use the balanced "Unprocessed Bass Output" instead of the "D.I." output, which will not change when headphones are inserted. Q: My unit cannot update via USB, and I have Flash Memory 1.01. How do I update from Flash Memory 1.01 to a newer version? A: First, verify if you have 1.01. Please hit the TUNER button and scroll using the SELECT knob to the last page. If you have a version later than 1.01, you can use your USB connection. In order to update your Bass Podxt from version 1.01 to the latest version, you will need to download Line 6 monkey (as described above) as well as a MIDI to USB interface. We recommend the MIDI SPORT UNO from M-AUDIO. Install the drivers for your interface, then run LINE 6 MONKEY with your Bass Podxt unit connected to your interface. Click on the CONNECT USING MIDI CABLES button, and make sure that you see the MIDI IN and MIDI OUTS set to your interface. Then go through the FLASH MEMORY installation as described above. After this is done, you will be able to update your PODxt series unit using USB. Q: How does the EQ work on the Bass PODxt? A: Each amp model contains 4 bands of EQ that are modeled after the tonestack of the original amp. The specifics of how the 4 knobs (BASS, LO MID, HI MID, TREBLE) mapo the original amps is detailed in the manual. In addition, the Bass PODxt has a 6 band EQ available per-patch that is adjusted by the soft buttons and turning the "Effect Tweak" knob. The top and bottom bands of this EQ are shelving and the middle 4 bands are semi-parametric. This means that you can adjust the frequency and gain per-band, but you do not have control over the Q. The Q becomes more narrow as the gain moves further away from "FLAT." To reset the EQ, press both "band select" buttons and it will reset all bands to their default frequency and set the gain for all bands to FLAT. Q: How should I connect my Bass PODxt to my amplifier? A: When you're playing Bass PODxt into the front of a combo amplifier, it's a good idea to start off with your combo amp in neutral. What is "neutral," you ask? Well, if you only have one volume control on your amp, set it low enough to get a "clean" tone; that ensures Bass PODxt's sounds come through as purely as possible. If you have a master volume in addition to a volume control on the input, set them both so that the first volume doesn't overdrive the master volume (so you're getting a clean tone). This will vary from amp to amp, but usually the input volume is going to be less than the master volume to get a clean, non-distorted sound. If you have passive tone controls, try setting your mid control at max, and your treble and bass controls at zero (this is actually "flat" equalization-wise on most amps). Active tone controls may vary, but just be sure you're not overdriving the amp so the Bass PODxt tone comes through without extra coloration. Once you get going, you can tweak the amplifier settings to suit your tastes. Try to set the Bass PODxt's OUTPUT so you're not overdriving the input of the amp. If you have a bass amp with an effect return or a jack that lets you connect directly to the input to the power amp, you can plug Bass PODxt's output right into that connection and that will generally bypass the tone controls of the amp and avoid their coloring of Bass PODxt's tones. When plugging into the effect return or amp directly this way, you want to choose LIVE NO HORN or LIVE W HORN on the "What Are You Connecting To?" page. Q: How to I get rid of distortion or clipping on the instrument input on my amp? A: Because the output level of basses vary greatly from instrument to instrument, you may have to make some adjustments to ensure that you're getting the best performance out of your Bass PODxt / Bass PODxt Pro. If you're hearing distortion, it could either be clipping in the unit or it could simply be too much drive in the amp. First, make sure that you are not clipping either the input to the Bass PODxt / Bass PODxt Pro or the output converters in the Bass PODxt / Bass PODxt Pro. Then, try adjusting the gain on the amp model. Here are instructions for both units: BASS PODxt: - Do you see the "Clip" indication in the unit's LCD? If so, it means that you are clipping either the input or output of the unit. Try turning down the Channel Volume of the amp model and/or the output level of your bass until you no longer see the CLIP indication when you play. - If you're still hearing unwanted distortion, try backing off the DRIVE on the amp model and/or rolling back the output volume on your bass. BASS PODxt Pro: - Is the red CLIP LED clipping? If so, switch the PAD switch to "PAD." If the red CLIP LED is still lighting, try rolling off some volume on your bass - If the red light is not clipping, but you're still seeing a "CLIP" indication in the display, try turning down the Channel volume. - If you're not seeing either clip indication, then try adjusting the DRIVE on the amp model and/or rolling back the output volume on your bass. Q: How to activate Biamp mode on the Bass PODxt? A: To enter Bi-amp mode, and adjust its options, press the TUNE/SYSTEM button and then turn the SELECT knob until you see the page with the heading "Bi-Amp Setup." Press the far-left Soft Button below SLOPE and select from the options: OFF-Bi-amp Mode is off, and Bass PODxt functions normally, sending the Model signal out its Model output, and D.I. signal out the D.I. output. 6dB, 12dB, 18dB or 24dB-Bi-Amp Mode is on. Text appears on the right side of the screen to tell you that Lows are being sent to the D.I. output, and Highs are being sent to the Model output. Each of the available slopes has different characteristics: 6dB This is a single pole crossover, a gentle slope that is phase and amplitude coherent. The gentleness of the slope means that a fair amount of low frequency content is left in the highs, and a fair amount of high frequency content is left in the lows. 12dB: This is a 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley crossover, making a stronger separation of the lows from the highs than the 6dB setting. The high frequency path is out of phase. 18dB This is a 3rd order Butterworth crossover, making a still stronger separation of the lows from the highs, while also retaining coherent phase and amplitude. 24dB This is a 4th order Linkwitz-Riley crossover, making the strongest separation of the lows from the highs (flat phase and amplitude). This strong slope removes almost all high frequency content from the lows, and almost all low frequency content from the highs. Press the second Soft Button from the left, below FREQ, to select the frequency of the Bi-Amp crossover, with a range from 48Hz to 1440Hz. Q: How do I change CAB/MIC models on the Bass PODXt? A: Press the CAB/A.I.R. button once to pick a Cab Model to pair with your amplifier, select the microphone used on the cabinet and even set the amount of "room" that the mic captures. Unlike the EFFECT ON/OFF buttons, this button is not an on/off type control. A single press of this button simply lets you change cabs and mics quickly. When the Cabinets are off, this button's light will be off as well.
Q: Can I reset the PODxt series units directly from the unit? A: No, you must re-install the flash memory on the PODxt device to reset the unit back to factory settings. Q: How do I reflash my PODxt unit? 1. Download and install the latest version of Line 6 Monkey from the following link: www.line6.com/software 2. Run the Line 6 Monkey program and log into Line 6 Monkey using your Line 6 user name and password. If this is the first time you have run Line 6 Monkey, you will not have driver software installed. Highlight the "Driver" item in the Updates window, and click the Update button on the right. Monkey will lead you through the installation process, which requires you to quit Monkey and possibly restart your machine. See the following link for more information on driver installation. 3: Make sure your PODxt unit is powered on and connected to your computer via a USB 2.0 connection. Monkey should automatically recognize your PODxt and complete the startup sequence. See the following link for USB troubleshooting tips if Line 6 Monkey does not recognize your PODxt unit. 4. On the Updates tab, look to see if your Flash Memory is up to date. If it is out of date, you will see a yellow "yield" sign next to flash memory. If you need to update (or just want to reset the unit back to factory state for troubleshooting) select "Flash Memory" (it will highlight in blue) and click the "Update Selection/Reinstall Latest" button to the right. Monkey will lead you through the process. Monkey will give you an option to continue: Monkey will then ask if you want to keep your presets. If you do not want to keep the presets (or have already backed up your presets), select "no". Monkey will now update your unit after you select "yes". Be sure to close all other applications and heed the warnings. You will see the progress bar writing the flash to your unit Restart your POD XT unit by powering the unit off, then back on. When the update is complete you will receive a message stating it installed sucessfully. Check out our Walkthrough Video: ***NOTE: If a Variax guitar is connected to the PODxt via VDI connection during the flash memory update for the POD, DO NOT DISCONNECT the Variax guitar from the POD until the update process is completed: Q: How do I reflash in "safe mode"? A: Safe mode can be used when a unit cannot be reflashed using the normal reflash procedure. Hold the first of the four black soft buttons under the main LCD screen as you power on the PODxt. Then, follow the instructions above on how to re-install the flash memory.