05-12-2011 04:02 PM
05-13-2011 06:30 AM
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05-13-2011 11:31 AM
Yep, they beat their deadline. I had doubts they would meet their deadline which I publicly aired, gotta eat those words now!
I didn't test it, but the release notes state that the effects loop was fixed from summed mono to true stereo.
05-13-2011 01:47 PM
I think it is now officially worth what I paid for it, especially with a proper tube preamp front end, maybe someday I can use it with humbuckers!
05-13-2011 05:47 PM
What is the "workaround" to the "humbucker issue"?
Huh, do you actually have one? If you simply don't like it, that's a separate issue. But given you understand the input summing quirk (and workaround) and now the ability to fine tune the gain staging (pre vs power amp) of an amp model I can't see how anyone would still complain about any unwanted clipping. Go check out Jim Soloway's humbucker guitar clips with the HD500 for reference of 100% pure clean tones. If you've been so unhappy with it, why have you kept it? :confused:
05-13-2011 06:20 PM
05-15-2011 02:46 AM
05-16-2011 08:38 AM
...but YES my humbuckers still overdrive the input of the bloody unit, and they aren't even that HOT- I'm not the only one that experiences this as others have brought it up at the LINE 6 forums- so it isn't just me...
05-16-2011 11:09 AM
Yep, but all that was previous to the 1.22(?) firmware. I can't speak for everyone but over at the L6 forum in every case no one clipped when no amp model was selected and one very prominent voice in that discussion who posted clips on the Line 6 forum re-flashed their unit and their issue went away and another had a defective unit.
The POD is always stereo by default. When you dial up an empty patch, 2 inputs are active the guitar input and a mirror of the guitar input. If you use any mono effect previous to the parallel split (including any amp) your duplicate stereo signals are summed to mono creating a very hot signal which when coupled with even moderate pickups will result in a signal which clips even with the gain at the lowest settings. By switching input 2 to any of the Variax settings (assuming your not using a Variax) you get a correct level signal with the stereo input is summed (the actual guitar input summed with the silent Variax input). This is stored at a preset level allowing one to double the input if desired to drive the amp models harder. I've got several guitars with humbuckers in the 9K to 10K range and none create any unwanted clipping when I adjust the input accordingly for a mono signal chain.
05-16-2011 11:32 AM
Thanks for the tip on the inputs - I didn't know that.
05-16-2011 12:59 PM
NP. The stereo routing "feature" is detailed in the Advanced Guide, but it took some trial and error to really understand what was going on. I think when you get around to muting input 2 (ie set to Variax, not XLR or aux which can both result in a higher noise floor) you'll be pleasantly surprised. Relative gain will be lower, but you'll pickup a fair amount of clean headroom and a reduction in noise. I think this was behind much of the humbucker distorted input issue. IMHO, Line 6 should mute the second input by default...
06-11-2011 09:25 PM
06-13-2011 10:13 AM
Hey no problem man. L6 built a pretty solid product but there are definitely some quirks about it which are confusing and annoying. The stereo vs mono summing is a big annoyance to me. I wish there was simply a switch to change the mode of operation like the GT-10 rather than the weird auto switching based on effects placement and outputs used the HD500 currently has.
Oh, and Will - that input thing you told me about fixed the fact that the humbuckers overdrive the input of the POD. That proves to me two things: (well, maybe three) ONE - you are a cool dude that understands how to be objective about gear. TWO - all the people that said the "overdriving" thing didn't exist are either better informed about how to set up a POD product or are full of shit because it IS real, and switching to VARIAX fixes it. THREE - Line 6 really needs to include a manual or post a fix for this FAQ- while they continue to impress me in some ways, they are still bassackwards in others. Thanks for the tip, it really is appreciated and it was the key to solving that issue. -B
06-23-2011 08:05 PM
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