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Harley Hexxe

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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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  Hey Dante,

          I'm glad you figured out a way to make it work, but it still makes me scratch my head wondering why it won't respond to the MXC. After all, it's still just your basic MIDI controller. That's weird.


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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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I don't get it either - at least I knew that the amp was on midi channel 1 with the MXC, that solved half the mystery. No idea why the CC numbers wouldn't jive....it's possible the CC numbers are different for the Switchblade than they are for the Grandmeister series (I was referencing the Grandmeister 36 manual).  :dunno:
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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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From what I can read in the switchblade manual is that it doesn't respond to midi CC only program change??
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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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Ahh, well that explains it  :facepalm: .  Can you have lots of different HK patches with different fx ?  Not as cool but workable...
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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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I found out (while doing research to get this thing to work) that I have the original (old style) Switchblade. They came out with a new circuit later when they added the TSC versions (a Tube Status Checker I think)...it could be that my amp simply doesn't take the CC #s, but subsequent versions do. The amp tech told me that may be an issue - the later ones are more computer than amp (he says).

So, I'm using the MS-3 just like I do with the Peavey except I have 4 amp channels at my disposal (instead of 2) and I'm using the midi cable to switch patches instead of an instrument cable. I can still hit the Manual button to access stombox mode and add a delay or whatever.
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Re: Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 combo
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I have the service manual for these and had a look around, mostly solid state preamp and one ECC83 to "warm up" the sound so no real tube distortion and a full tube power amp. DSP chip for the effects and 3 ATMEGA 8 bit ┬Ácontrollers for all the "computing"
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