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I often use a different patch for each song.  My HD500x is set up in the mode where all 8 footswitches can be controlling an effect so to switch patches I click the "bank up" switch, then one of FS 5-8 to select the patch.   I found that adjusting the display to show   1A    1B   etc is actually readable while standing.

 

Now if I name the patch    "1A_song name"    "1B 2nd song name"  etc and save the setlist, theoretically I could use a text editor like Notepad+ to extract just those portions from the setlist file and print.

 

So the extracted document would look like

1A Crossroads

!B  Call me the Breeze

 

etc

 

Or I could just do a screen shot of the HD edit screen and print.   Or just write it down  :-(

 

Unfortunately with stage lighting and my eyeglasses, this is going the only way I can switch patches while standing.

 

 

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Contrast on the unit is adjustable but there isn't a lot otherwise you can do. Personally it's bright enough for most stages I've been on. In the day time outside getting glare across the screen was more  of a problem but I don't play out side shows much.

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I also can not read the HD500X LCD on a brightly lit stage 

 

here is one solution - connect HD500X MIDI Out to MIDI in on this 

http://www.moltenvoltage.com/products/SIMI_Modular_MIDI_Display_Module_by_Molten_Voltage.html

 

SIMIâ„¢ ("See Me") is a simple-to-use Modular MIDI PedalBoard Display that features 16 Large Bright Red Alphanumeric LEDs.

 

SIMI_Main_Pic.jpg

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That's cool.  I think the big user view is going to work for me.  In my case it isn't that the stage lights are so bright, its just the small font in normal view.

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I too use a different patch for each song and then arrange them in order so I can just step through my setlists.

I can't read the patch names without bending over a little to read them. Wish they had made a big patch name mode instead of the 1A 1B configuration.

Oh well, I guess that's one more reason to consider the Helix upgrade.....the display is supposed to be easier to read. I just hope it a has jumbo patch name display mode.

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Yeah, it can be really difficult to read patch names and even LED status on a FBV during daytime outdoor summer gigs. The chrome buttons make it even harder! I read that the Helix was tested outdoors, so I hope that issue is resolved!

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I am also half blind... :(

 

I bought one of these and velcro it to my HD500.

http://www.amazon.com/Ivation-Lighted-Magnifier-Flexible-Helping/dp/B00NUDRI68/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442727427&sr=8-2&keywords=clamp+on+magnifying+glass+with+lights

I didn't get a great picture, but it gives you an idea...display is MUCH easier to read now.post-537810-0-58627000-1442728110_thumb.jpeg ...and the pic is upside down...sigh...lol

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This is why I am constantly using EDIT to install patches. 

Song one is 1a. Song two is 1b. Song 3 is 1c, and so on. 

Sure, I sometimes have the same patch in there multiple times, but it makes more sense for a guy like me that does the things I do. 

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Yes I use HDedit almost exclusively.  It is a little fussy about clicking/select a patch to edit.  More than once I've found I adjusted the delay setting only to find the current patch was highlighted, but not really the one selected.

 

I think the 1A, 1B view setting is going to work for me.  But with a set typically being five or six songs, with the board in the mode where all 8 footswitches can be assigned to effects, it takes a "bank up" click to get the next four available.  I don't really use more than 2 or 3 footswitches for effects, but can't recall at the moment why I chose the current patch selection mode.

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