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raphael_gannaban
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Hey guys,

So I am recently looking for a pedal here in New Zealand and currently I am debating whether to get either the Line 6 Pod 500x or Line 6 Firehawk FX Guitar Floor Pedal. I play at our church and I decided to upgrade from my DigiTech RP50 Modelling Processor into a Multi Effect Pedal (preferably Line 6). So I was thinking on getting your opinions on both pedals, the way they sound and it's control (whether through phone or their knobs itself). I rock a Squire by Fender Telecaster Affinity running to a DI Box of Behringer. 

Thanks, Your help will be appreciated

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I like the Firehawk, I got mine a good price.  The sound is great, and comparable/on par with the HD500X.  The only thing is, even with the newest firmware, there is a slight gap in sound output when changing patches.  I use mine in church as well, and carefully timed switching is a must.  I usually just use the stomp feature to change tones instead of changing entire patches.  

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Changing it's presets- what is the outcome like of the sound? Because right now I gave up on building my own pedalboard.  I play with a Crazy Cacti Overdrive Pedal by Caline which I don't like because of it's outcome as it's pre simple and the sound is cheap and Boss RV5 Digital Reverb which is pretty nice but having the Crazy Cacti Overdrive just sounds absolute trash. The overdrive gives in a cheap sound especially on my tele, I'm like looking for a more distorted but kinda high gain and crunched sound during Praise songs.

Thanks :) 

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The outcome of sound?  I'm assuming you mean what exactly is the patch switch latency sound like?  The volume drops/cuts out for about .1-.2 seconds, so it's noticeable.  I also play a Tele, and you can get some decent higher gain sounds from it, it depends on the amp and the overdrive/distortion/boost pedals you put in front of it.   When I say amp, I mean amp model, and when I say pedals, I mean virtual pedals.  I use my FirehawkFX straight to the soundboard/mixer with XLR out.  No real amp unless I need one, like if the main sound system is down, like last week.  Then I use a nice 30W tube amp in 4CM (4 Cable Method) with no amp sim.  

 

There's lots of demo videos on YouTube with the FirehawkFX and the types of sounds you can get.  This is probably the best video out there for it:  

 

 

Happy shopping!  

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I've owned both units , and I would advise that you read up on both units as much as possible because although you can get very similar/identical sounds out of both, they are very different. 

Personally I find the firehawk a joy to work with (I'm really into using my phone to edit)  whereas I found the hd500 felt like a lot of work to get good tones, the firehawk is much easier to use but less capable, the firehawk can't do dual paths or 2 amps at once for example, I don't need those so the firehawk wins for me 

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Since I am running it through a DI Box whereas we don't use amplifiers, how would set that "amp" thing as to what he has demonstrated into the video? Also with the cables,how do you connect the  Firehawk into a DI Box (Behringer)?  Would you put it through "FX Send", "FX Return", "Main Out", or "1/4 out" since some has different sizes to as the inputs for the DI Box. Thanks

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I'm assuming you are running a DI box to convert from a 1/4" (6.35mm) cable to XLR (balanced cable, 3 pin) to run to the soundboard.  The Firehawk has these outputs, which you can use, make sure the Line/Amp switch is set to Line.  Or you can use the 1/4" out to the DI box, but that's an unnecessary step.  The Di box has an XLR going to it, just unplug it and run it to the Firehawk, unless the cable isn't long enough.  At my church, I had a pretty cool sound person who would let me do that kind of stuff. 

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