FWIW - You CAN revert firmwares!
I just went backward down the numberline...
Now running 1.02 - back to only 3 level choices.
Interestingly - you can keep all your firmware updates in the UTILITY folder - and load any you like.
So - you can still access the more recent formatting tools included in the newer frimwares.
I guess you really can have the best of both worlds!
That's pretty cool. Thanks for looking into that.
The only thing that people should be careful about is using versions 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12, especially using the Erase Format. From the 1.13 release notes:
When using the erase format function, writing speed would slow and and Write Timeout error would occur sometimes. This has been fixed.
I'd say for anyone out there wanting to switch firmware back and forth, that you avoid versions 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12
, as the Erase Format routine in those versions may be suspect. Those same 3 versions also have the updated 4 gain levels, so for people who need the old lower level, you would need to roll back to 1.02 anyway (which doesn't even have Erase Format).
I'm considering adding the following to the FAQ:
Under Current Firmware:
- Firmware versions may be swapped back and forth at will, though 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12 should be avoided due to potential problems with the Erase Format function.
Under Gain Pot Ranges:
5. Users who record loud concerts may consider reverting to firmware v1.02, as later updates have far less adjustment range below 0dB. (See Known Issues below.)
Under Known Issues:
10. The HIGH+ gain range is very noisy through its upper half, and should be avoided for music recording.
11. The LOW gain range from firmware v1.10 on no longer has much adjustment below 0dB. This may be problematic for recording continuously loud sources.
Under Firmware Update Requests:
10. Retain the four gain ranges (LOW, MID, HIGH, HIGH+) but lower their entire ranges by about 10dB. This will make HIGH+ useful once again for quiet music or ambient recording, and LOW more useful for louder sources.
11. As an alternate solution to the above, add an adjustable input pad function.