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This is a discontinued product for the work station. Digitech does have a firmware update on their website. Have you tried that? Other then that, usually a bad guitar cord, dirty input jack or faulty input jack caused the cracking sound. These units sit on the floor where dirt and dust collect. Try spraying the input jack with a good quality conduct cleaner. (Radio Shack?) Make sure your guitar jack is also clean and then "exercise" the input by plugging the cord in and out several times. I am assuming this may help since it is the most simple approach. Otherwise, it may be a component issue and that cannot be addressed via email.
This is almost always due to the guitar signal not getting to the TRIO guitar input. The fast blinking LED should go solid red on the first strum. Make sure your guitar volume is turned up and that if you have a volume pedal or tuner or any other effect between the TRIO and the guitar, that it is passing the signal.
The amp or pre-amp for the vocals built into the unit is failing when it gets warm. This is a common problem with electronics, that when it cools down cures itself until it warms up again a few seconds later.
The units need repair or replacement.
Read your manuals for both pieces of gear carefully first. You only have one amp so you won't be able to take advantage of all the FX on the Digitech as a lot of them are designed for stereo. The Digitech manual shows guitar into the Digitech and output from the Digitech into input of any guitar amp. Since you have a Marshall and can already get some great sounds by running your guitar straight into the Marshalls input, you would probably be better off using your Digitech in the FX loop. Run a guitar cord out of the send on the loop into the input of the Digitech and a guitar cord out of the left / mono output jack on the Digitech into the effects return jack on the Marshall. Start out with the effects level on the Marshall all the way down. Do the same with the Digitech with both the input and output levels. (Read the manual carefully) I think the choice of the Digitech isn't that great because it is already trying to reproduce a lot of what you can already get with just your Marshall but with a little experimentation and some careful adjustments you should be able to add to the sound of the Marshall. Hope this helps.
I know you hate this answer, but it needs to be repaired. It has a circuit board inside, and there's really not a work-around. But it is broken. I totally understand about not wanting to send your gear out, especially if it's a pedal board you have set just right, and are completely usweed to using. You'll be a lot happier with it if you get it fixed though. Or find another one on eBay. I sold all me Digitech pedals when I got my Pod - but that's just me, I use a lot of distortions and it fit the bill better for me. I used Digitech pedals for about 20 years and thought I would hate anything else.
Personally, I like to have all "tone effects", such as wahs, distortions and equalizers in front of "time effects" such as phasers, chorus, flangers and delays. See my set up in the photo. Guitar input is from right to left, starting with the wah pedal.
Tom, 30yr player
I wish I had more info: Now if you turn off the unit for a while and then turn it back on lets say a few hours and it works good for a while like an hour or so. If this is the prognosis thus far I would say it has a over heating problem. Place the unit on something that will rase it up so air can flow all around it. Try a small fan blowing on the unit this will keep it cooler. If this is the case you don't want to over heat it many times ,if you get my meaning. There all so may be a reason internally that would cause the unit to over heat , if this is really whats going on . It wont cost you anything to give this a shot.I hope it works. Good luck DFD please rate me TK U