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  2. cruisinon2

    Musings on Helix after 2 years of use (non gigging guitarist)

    An acoustic problem can't be solved with more/different gear if the real issue is a lack of understanding about what's going on. Acoustic physics and the Fletcher-Munson curve don't change based on what kind of rig you have. The room you're standing in doesn't care if you have a Marshall stack or a Helix, and your brain will interpret the relative loudness of different frequency ranges the same way every time, no matter what the source of that sound is. And there's only so many things to adjust. If you're hearing mud, there's too much bass...pull it back. If it's screeching at you like nails on a chalkboard, trim the highs. If it sounds full and balanced by itself but disappears in a mix, your problem is a lack if midrange.
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  4. Fair enough. I was so frustrated by it that I was thinking "will ordering a Power Cab Plus solve my issue, thinking it would be more present and up front and more in your face than the FRFR?" Sounds like it won't, at the end of the day.
  5. rd2rk

    Helix and other equipment

    "Note that it records each channel separately and plugs into your DAW via usb. " I know, I read through the manual looking for some reason not to like it. Couldn't find a one.
  6. Dwf2008

    Helix and other equipment

  7. rd2rk

    Helix and other equipment

    THANKS A LOT! Here I am, trying to help, and what do you do? GIVE ME G.A.S., that's what! I don't NEED that recorder. It doesn't really do anything my current setup doesn't allow me to do. I haven't looked at hardware recorders in years. BUT I WANT IT! It's cute, and portable, and all the controls for everything, tracks, monitor mixes, EVERYTHING, are RIGHT THERE! I HATE YOU! OK, I'm calmer now. Where were we? Oh, yeah - "...how to make the best use of what I have, even if it doesn't satisfy all my wants." As EVERYBODY has so far said, your biggest problem is monitors. The Katana just ain't gonna cut it for that. I get that you don't want to sell it, but you CAN dump the 2i2. That should get you $100. Along with all the other things we don't know about you is where you live. Are you near a large city, or out in the sticks somewhere? Check Craigslist, you may be able to find a deal on a cheap power amp and small unpowered speakers - 8/10 inch - or a decent home stereo amp with largish speakers. Just to get you through till your ship comes in and you can afford proper monitors or modern powered speakers and that cute little recorder......DOH! There I go again. I HATE YOU! But seriously, we can get you up and functioning with what you've got, but you NEED a decent monitoring system. I've got a Sony bookshelf system, 6" speakers with a 10" sub, cost a couple hundred, 700w, sounds decent. Not as good as my studio monitors, but functional. All sorts of similar stuff on Craigslist and ebay.
  8. josejulian

    Helix Bug Reports

    Using HX Stomp, there are black boxes touching some shortcuts. Also when we are selecting category in the effects list, and we touch the fs1 or fs2 sensor, we got a black box on the screen, and covers a part of the display. Also when you enter in the tuner option and you touch fs1 and fs2 sensors, you got a question 'swap fs1 and fs2' and with any option you select, this pop up stay there mixing with the tuner screen 
  9. josejulian

    HX Stomp with black boxes display bug

    Using HX Stomp, there are black boxes touching some shortcuts. Also when we are selecting category in the effects list, and we touch the fs1 or fs2 sensor, we got a black box on the screen, and covers a part of the display. Also when you enter in the tuner option and you touch fs1 and fs2 sensors, you got a question 'swap fs1 and fs2' and with any option you select, this pop up stay there mixing with the tuner screen
  10. ptran43

    Bass - POD HD500X into Fender Rumble 500

    I appreciate you taking the time to discuss my particular situation/amp! So it looks like the best options are: 1) POD without amp/cab sim into Rumble. Then Rumble XLR out to PA. In this case, the output mode would be set to "Combo Front". This would use the Rumble pre and power amps. Any adjustment to volume would affect the PA. 2) POD with amp model PRE and no cab model selected. Then POD XLR out to PA. In this case, the output mode would be set to "Combo Pwr Amp". I could adjust volume without affecting the PA. Since the POD XLR outs are Right and Left (neither are mono), I'd have to pan the mixer to center? Or would I pan all the way to Right (if using the Right output jack)? I think I'm getting closer to understanding this stuff haha.
  11. datacommando

    HX Stomp USB to Mac Audio Output?

    Oops! Sorry about that. Well, that’s something that I was unaware of until you just mentioned it in your last comment. Obviously all those things that I tried to explain came from my using the Helix Floor unit. Still, it all seems very strange to me because in the promo stuff that was posted on here in HX Stomp FAQ by Digital Igloo, he stated: ”It’s also a world-class portable guitar recording interface with digitally-controlled analog impedance circuits, zero-latency monitoring, multichannel re-amping, and headphone amp. (One might suggest it’s the perfect front end for the Helix Native plug-in.) HX Stomp is whatever you want it to be, wherever you want it to be.“ and ”USB—for recording to/jamming along with Macs, PCs, iPads, and iPhones. (iPads and iPhones require the Apple Camera Connection Kit.) HX Stomp can feed both stereo paths into your computer—along with dry versions for reamping—simultaneously“ I have to say that certainly confused me and - it’s not whatever you want it to be, wherever you want it to be!
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  13. rwhitney

    HX Stomp USB to Mac Audio Output?

    So, it turns out it can't be done at this point. The HX Stomp only communicates with itself; you have to use it's analog outputs to monitor. Line 6 Support explained it to me in an email: "We apologize for the confusion on this. When the HX is connected to your Mac it is taking over the sound card like an audio interface. This meaning you will need to have a monitoring source plugged into the HX such as headphones, speakers or an amplifier. Please note all audio will be routed through the Helix such as notifications, YouTube ect. " Sincere thanks for all of your generous attempts to help!
  14. Dwf2008

    Helix and other equipment

    Hey Dragon, you hit the nail on the head. This is the mixer I am currently targeting. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/L12--zoom-livetrak-l-12-12-channel-digital-mixer-recorder but having just bought the helix its going to be a while before I can get it. I am also agonizing over speakers. I checked out all the studio monitors at GC and didn't like any of them. Currently I am thinking I will get larger PA speakers instead. That way I can use them for gigging if the opportunity arises. Perhaps 10 or 12 inch Yamahas. Realistically it will take me a year or more to acquire all that and I am NOT going to sell the existing gear. So in the meantime the question is how to make the best use of what I have, even if it doesn't satisfy all my wants. Thanks for your input.
  15. soundmodeler

    Volume drop connecting Helix to PC Plus via L6 Link

    Thanks PierM
  16. DunedinDragon

    Helix and other equipment

    I think you're letting your gear drive your approach to a problem rather than your problem defining the solution you need. There is no simpler way in the world nowadays to accomplish what you're wanting to do as far as jamming and capturing the jam session with the technology that's available now. But if you try and kludge a bunch of stuff together you'll have a constant battle of getting it to do what you want it to do. The simple approach is get a digital mixer which will have all the capabilities you need to capture the performance in a multitrack session on a simple digital disk drive. Import that into your Cakewalk and mix and polish it to your heart's delight. Run your backing track through the stereo channels of the digital mixer and jam with them, capture the jam session and import it. All you need is a couple of monitors and you're good to go. If you want two guitars going through the Helix, follow the instructions laid out. If you want to add drums, plug them into the mixer. Same with bass, same with keyboard. The session will be captured on the disk drive. It's even possible with some digital mixers to direct the output directly into your Cakewalk. The answer you want isn't in the Helix because that's not what the Helix was designed to do. It's a guitar modeler and processor. It's a good piece of the puzzle, but it's not the whole solution. But the simple solution is out there and it's not complex at all. It's a turnkey system nowadays.
  17. Been sub'd to the channel for a few weeks now and discovered it through YouTube. Cool to come across it on another platform! Great presentation and love the videos, thanks for the insights!
  18. themetallikid

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    Right, I get that there is a learning curve to go from clueless>novice, and novice>experienced and experienced>expert, etc....even with my years of experience growing up with the Boss units and a rack setup, and then the G-System, then the Fractal unit, then back to Boss and ultimately here in the Helix-sphere....there is still a learning curve to learn the hardware, software and output signal options. Some of those subjects and tricks/tips carry over from one unit to the other because the application of techniques and signals is the same regardless of what rig you are using...however, all those have their own curves and some just never take the time to learn that even though you may be doing everything 'right' in the Helix...your external connections will have a huge impact on what your internal settings sound like. I think that is where most people get confused and give up. If there was an internal issue, sound quality wise, the Helix wouldn't have been released....nor raved about, nor compared in blind tests, or used on multiple professional stages (and not so professional stages) with such enjoyment and excitement. I'm far from a tone snob, but do get compliments on my tones live....this are
  19. ricksteruk

    USB IN 1/2 Destination: Lacking AES/EBU option!!

    Yes the routing options REALLY could do with a spruce up! Been waiting nearly 2 years now (since submission of my Ideascale - that even DI himself upvoted!) and we have had many amps added that sound almost exactly the same as the other amps - but not these sort of crucial improvements to usability. My pet peeves 1) we cannot assign Send / Return blocks to USBs, 1/4in, XLR, Digital 2) Path out - I would like a Multi that did XLR and USB/1/2 - not the 1/4in jacks as well, or just XLR and Digital. Or even better a "user multi" where you chose what outputs were included. Surely those are easier to code than an amp model?
  20. michaelk4

    How do you use the remote app for the spider V?

    Well this happens on both my iPhone 8+ & iPad 4. I've tried it with both wifi & 4G & I keep getting the messages. The only way to get rid of them is to delete the Spider Remote app & reinstall. Problem is the patches that were "deleted" return & now there are TWO copies of the patch in "My Tones".
  21. I have the same amp and have it set up the same as you -- except I am running a mono cable from the Helix to the Channel switch on the back of the amp. I don't have any hum or any issues with extra noise. Try ditching the Y cable and use one cable for the channel switch. If you don't have any hum, I would guess that your Y cable method is causing a ground loop issue. FWIW, I use the Helix's Simple EQ block as a boost instead of using the Mesa Solo switch.
  22. BBD_123

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    + 1 Also quite tired of people blaming Helix for their own limitations as users.
  23. pianoguyy

    Bass - POD HD500X into Fender Rumble 500

    Ok. Good. We've had people thinking that it was exactly what I described - an on/off button. Well... yes and no. You should have your tone ready to go, and then the sound guy just amplifies it and adjusts it for the room. But, too many groups have 4 individual tones instead of 1 band tone, and then the sound guy has to adjust everything to be something completely different than what you individually intended. Also, most cabs are going to be mic'd, not XLR'd. That allows for the pa tone to hear what you hear. But the point of it is - when you are designing tones, you at least want to have some semblance of what they are hearing. If your amp/speaker/cab is part of the tone you hear, it needs to be part of the tone sent to the pa. I looked up your amp. There is another option: Create your tones with amp models. Use the Pod's XLR direct to the PA. Use the Pod's 1/4" into your amp's fx loop. This does 2 things 1. it allows you to monitor yourself while being separated from the pa - such as if you needed a little extra volume, you could turn yourself up without messing with the volume of the pa. 2. it bypasses the "tone" section of the amp, allowing you to use it as just a power amp. It won't be a 100% exact clone of what the pa gets but will be much much closer.
  24. rd2rk

    Helix and other equipment

    We still don't know what model of Katana you have, but they're easy to sell. We still don't know what kind of board you have, but you should sell it soon - they're getting harder to unload. We still don't know if your computer is even up to the task. You can get a decent set of monitors for $500. Better/cheaper if you can find a good used pair. As I said, your home stereo is probably better than the Katana for monitoring. Pay for your monitors by selling the Katana and 2i2. The Helix can be used as a basic interface. Run your other analog instruments (guitar?) from the guitar player's pedalboard or DI (or the Katana Line OUT - unless you've got the K50, which has no line out - in which case SELL IT NOW!) to the Helix AUX in, and put that on a separate path from the 1st guitar so you can add amp cab and effects. The AUX in is NOT 1M impedence, which is the reason for something between the guitar and Helix AUX. You could (if the Katana is the 50) also use the Katana's Headphone out. Either use a stereo to mono adapter to the AUX in or use a pair of Helix returns instead of the AUX in. If you must record the whole rest of the band at once, run the mixer out to the Helix AUX in (or returns) on a separate path. If you're using a Drum Machine and synths, you can save analog inputs by using the MIDI drum machine and synths that come bundled with Sonar. Your DAW can only use one ASIO driver at a time. It's either the 2i2 or the Helix. Sell the 2i2. For your purposes it's no better than the Helix (if it's first gen, not as good as the Helix). In any case, you want an interface that can double as a mixer, and that's why I suggested the 18i20. They run around $600 (2nd gen), less if you get a GC discount (15% off = $510 and tax). If you spent $1000 on the 18i20 and monitors and got $400-500 for the Katana, 2i2 and mixer, that would be an investment of $500-600. In the meantime, if you want to use the 2i2, in Sonar, to select a different driver you need to first DESELECT the current driver's inputs and outputs. You can then select the other driver. Other questions? BE SPECIFIC!
  25. silverhead

    Free patches for all amps

    While I am a moderator I think I will leave the decision on where this post belongs to Line 6 because I think it falls in a grey area. The title of this area is Promote Your Patches and that's what I think you're doing. However, I believe this area is intended to be a space where people can promote the patches they are selling rather than offering for free. Since yours are being offered for free there's nothing against you placing this post in the general Helix forum. The other promoters here can't do that under the Terms of Use, which is why this special place was created. Your post might also get more visibility in the general forum because people visiting here expect to be paying. Anyone looking for free stuff may not come here. In in any case your generosity is appreciated.
  26. I have connected Helix with four cable method to Mesa Single v2. Also I have connected 1xTRS+2xmono ( Y-cable) cabels into helix ext amp and Mesa Single Rectifier's rear pannel channel and solo. I can get the switching work but, then, Infernal buzzing and humming starts. I killed the humming with Behringer microhd hd400 but theres comming this electrical buzzing noise from inside the Mesa when swtiching the clean channel's "pushed" switch on!! Is the Helix even compatible with Mesa single rectifier when changing channels (ext amp) or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for advise.
  27. ptran43

    Bass - POD HD500X into Fender Rumble 500

    Sorry I wasn't clear in the original post. I would be creating patches that do not have amp/cab models, and would only use these patches when connected to the Fender Rumble. Wouldn't this be true even if I went straight from bass guitar to the Rumble? At that point, it's up to the sound guy? I'm very new to live sound, so don't have any experience in the area.
  28. cruisinon2

    Musings on Helix after 2 years of use (non gigging guitarist)

    There's only so many ways to keep saying the same thing. The answer is the same as it has been all along....EQ. What sounds magnificent outside of a mix will often sound irretrievably awful (and/or disappear) in a mix. The converse is equally true. But that's got absolutely nothing to do with volume, or Helix... never did, never will. When you have multiple instruments, inevitably there is frequency overlap... they're competing for the same sonic space. It's a delicate balancing act to get it all right. The rig is irrelevant... you'll eventually run into the exact same problem with a different modeler, a 1x12 combo, or a wall of Marshall cabinets.
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