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can you calibrate an FBV Shortboard mkII without amp ?
by minehead on 2012-09-15 11:05:19.5900

I bought an "FBV Shortboard mkII" used at Gtr Center to use with Guitar Rig but the calibration is off. is it possible to calibrate without an amp ? the docs. I've seen only mention using the CAT-5 and amp...

Line6 should make a simple utility to calibrate this, this is really short sighted when you advertise it as a Universal MIDI controller (unless you need to calibrate it)...typical Line6...

Re: can you calibrate an FBV Shortboard mkII without amp ?
by fflbrgst on 2012-09-18 06:11:47.3390

The only thing to calibrate on the FBV is the Wah/Volume pedal, and I think that you can only enter the calibration function by connecting to an amp.  You could got back to GC and ask to plug into one of their Spider amps so you could do the calibration.

Re: can you calibrate an FBV Shortboard mkII without amp ?
by yetitracks on 2012-09-24 15:07:42.3550

That's not totally true.

The original version of the firmware (v 1.0) you could only calibrate via ethernet, however it's been 'corrected' in later revisions, and you can now calibrate via USB.

Your unit might already have the firmware needed... Unplug the FBV, and hold down the 'D' footswitch while plugging back in. It should come up and say 'Calibrate' on the FBV screen. There's a video from Line 6 on youtube showing the rest. Ignore the fact that he uses ethernet, it will work the same over USB.

If it doesn't say 'calibrate' and instead just shows normal midi information, you must have the old firmware. Install Line 6 Monkey, connect the FBV, and update the firmware to the latest, then try again.

I was pretty upset at first because I couldn't calibrate my newly aquired used unit. But now that it's calibrated (over USB) it's the best thing I've bought since Guitar Rig 5!

If you want some help setting it up for Guitar Rig, hit me up! There's a pretty good video on Youtube for it, but there are a few things that bug me about that guy's setup. His switch lights don't stay lit when the effect is on for instance.

The information above may not be current, and you should direct questions to the current forum or review the manual.