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  2. Dave23

    HX Stomp as audio interface- setting?

    Thanks very much for the replies. I downloaded and installed the line6 driver for mac and everything is working perfectly.
  3. amsdenj

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    Any DAW plugin or Helix block has a sweet spot for its input. If you drive the block outside this sweet spot, it might function fine, but its effects might not be optimal for typical settings. If you drive the block too hard, it might introduce unintended distortion. This is particularly true of many Helix effect blocks like the Leslie blocks, that were designed for front of the amp use with guitar input levels, but are often used after the amp in Helix signal chains. We don’t know the input levels the blocks were designed for, so finding the sweet spot would take some experimenting. And of course under or over driving the block could produce exactly the sound you’re looking for, optimized or not. But I find keeping each block close to unity gain is a good safe starting point, and provides a simple way of normalizing patch volumes. It also provides more predictable results if you copy a block to other presets to reuse its settings - the expected input and output levels will be consistent. If you keep all blocks unity gain, and send the full XLR output to FOH, you’ll be sending a typical signal level that won’t result in any surprises at the mixing board. I use a DAW to set the block to unity gain by adjusting so the level is close to the same when the block is on or bypassed. But you can do this close enough by just listening. A fe dB isn’t going to make much difference. This will result in a pretty low level output from Helix. I keep my Powercab+ volume maxed out, and run Helix master (digital) output around 1-3 o-clock. This gives all the stage volume I need. I like the low output from Helix because this helps make sure there’s no potential for digital clipping at the A2D or D2A converters.
  4. zooey

    HIRB, a Helix IR Browser

    HIRB is now up on GitHub. Not a huge revelation, since it's just the HTML, JS, CSS, and img files you get when you browse to it, but at least it's there, and open for pull requests, issues, etc.. I don't promise to jump right on whatever you folks come up with, but still. Hope it's still useful too :)
  5. silverhead

    POD HD Desktop VS POD XT+add-on packs

    You speak of comparing the XT, X3 and HD only in terms of the number and type of FX. You may also want to consider the quality of the modeling and resulting sounds. The POD HD series is clearly better in that regard than the XT and X3 which are both based on older modeling technology. I would choose the POD HD with fewer but better quality amps and FX over the XT/X3 with more but inferior models.
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  7. codamedia

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    This is a great thread... thanks @DunedinDragon for your tests and insight into this.
  8. BillDutton

    HX Stomp...Why Does it Shut Off Randomly?

    Thanks for the follow up - looks like I'll be contacting Sweetwater and using their top shelf customer service.
  9. codamedia

    HELIX STOMP CONNECTION ISSUE (lack of digital I/O)

    Why won't it? Plug the 1/4" outputs to the inputs on the back of the Apollo.... if it clips, turn down the output of the stomp, or turn down the input on the Apollo until the clipping stops. There is no reason it won't sound great! If you are going to the computer with the Apollo... it IS the digital conversion. IMO: Don't complicate matters with a pointless digital device in the chain... just hook it up as I suggest above and let the Apollo do the conversion. You bought a device without a SPDIF out... that means you have to use the 1/4" outs. It's not a big deal, and it will sound just as good one you get the input levels set. The only real difference is that you can't take advantage of the SPDIF input on your Apollo. Keep in mind the STOMP is also an audio interface of it's own. If you want to record the guitar completely in the digital realm the only way is to go direct from the stomp to the computer via USB.
  10. joel_brown

    POD HD Desktop VS POD XT+add-on packs

    I have the PODHD Desktop. They're harder to find since they don't make them anymore. But if you do find one they're less expensive. The only feature the PODHD Desktop doesn't have is the ability to have FX sends and returns in it's chain. I've never needed it because it does everything I need with it's own effects.
  11. schuha_at

    Helix Native Problem

    With Helix Native, which worked for 2 weeks on my home desktop, I suddenly had an error message: Failed to connect to DSP engine. Device has not been initialized propely. (see below) So far from support I received 3 times the suggestion to uninstall and reinstall Helix native. I have already done this 5 times and get the same message again and again. This time I received the following 4th answer: "Hi. I assume your network card is not disabled? " with the following link This, by the way, obviously suggests the opposite, isn't it.?? Furthermore, I am able to confirm the additional question that it works on another computer. Is there anyone here who know about this error code and know what to do? So far the support could not contribute to the solution of the problem at the moment.
  12. joel_brown

    POD HD 500X blue screen of death issue!

    And it only took and year and a half from the last post to fix it.
  13. phil_m

    HX Stomp...Why Does it Shut Off Randomly?

    It shouldn’t be shutting off on its own... I’d see about exchanging it for a new one of i were you.
  14. pianoguyy

    POD HD Desktop VS POD XT+add-on packs

    Because of computer connectivity, you don't need to limit yourself to a tabletop device. You could just as easily buy, as example, an HD500 stick it on the floor and run a USB cable across the room. You'd then use the computer software to "control" the device.
  15. codamedia

    How do I move footswitches in "Edit" software--e.g. FS1 to FS3

    On the unit itself... Select the effect you want to assign from the signal flow view Then Press and hold the ENTER button to display the Footswitch Assign screen Use Multi-function Knob 1 to select the footswitch you want assigned to this effect If there is already an effect assigned to that footswitch... it will combine them so you need to identify what you want before you begin to make sure you don't end up with any surprises. In HD500 Edit Go to the Controller page Do your work in the "controller section" of the "controller page"....The "footswitch section" only SHOWS you what is assigned to what, you do not change it there but it is a great instant visual Under Model... choose the EFFECT you want to assign a controller to Under FS Assign.... choose the footswitch you want to assign it to NOTE: If you assign more than one effect to the same footswitch... it will display as "Multi" in the Footswitch section.
  16. Love sound of Helix Stomp but a without dedicated digital out it doesn't play so far well with other sound cards like UAD APOLLO TWIN. Does anyone know of a low costs solution (that works) to covert Helix L/R out to a digital spdif or adat. It needs to be something that will produce its own clock (from my experience). I tried a little $50 converter from Amazon but it will not produce its own clock so the input sound of Heliz has artifacts that make it sound brittle and with pops. My HD500 had its own digital out so I would use the POD clock and everything was CLEAN with my UAD Apollo. Any ideas? APOLLO TWIN HELIX STOMP MBP 2018 - Loaded
  17. talkbox1964

    tube amp guy buys STOMP has no idea what modeling is. HELP!

    Thank you to all! Appreciate it very much.
  18. datacommando

    HX Stomp...Why Does it Shut Off Randomly?

    Hi Bill, I noticed this is the second post that you have made regarding the issue. As you said this is a brand new unit, I think your first recourse should be to contact the vendor “Sweetwater” and discuss the situation with them. You may be able to get the “faulty” unit replaced immediately. Failing that, you should raise a ticket with Line 6 support. Try Sweetwater first and see how it goes with them, although a “random shutdown” is going to be difficult to replicate, you should get a new unit - fit for purpose, etc. Hope this helps. Good luck.
  19. richcr4

    Spider V60 tuner

    Hi, new poster here. I just broke a string during tuning and its because of the amp's in built tuner. I wasn't paying much attention but tuned up each string and then realised a few strings were a semitone out. And in matching them all up the high E broke because I may have been a semitone too sharp. Thing is, the tuner wasn't showing me that. It seems that as long as I'm playing on the E string (for example) it's happy to show it as being in tune as long as I'm tuned to an Eb, E or E#. I was using the footpedal's screen but I wasn't seeing any indicator of what the pitch was beyond it being some sort of E. Am I missing something here?
  20. worshipHimalways

    How do I move footswitches in "Edit" software--e.g. FS1 to FS3

    Silver, Thanks for your response ("you got the silver" by Keith Richards----is that where you got that :)) I have the POD HD 500x, and the program is "POD HD 500x edit". I use the software quite often and have great sounds, but want to 'order' my pedals. THanks for any help Steve
  21. Biggest issue now is that when i plug in the FBV, i have no sound at all (as the volume value is 0) As from what I read, it could be the photo-electric sensor being broken. As I have no intention to have it repaired. Is there a workaround? I would like to just leave out the pedal. (so no wah/volume control) Been trying to do this with FBV control, but it's not working. In USB mode i can 'unassign' the pedals and toe switch, but when I unplug usb, the setting is lost. Recalebrating doesn't help, as the cell isn't working. (When I shine in the hole with a flashlight, it 'sees' 127, but that's just indicating that it's not working as it should right?) Thanks, Peter
  22. mortalsphere

    Ear Pain after switching to Digital

    Some things that I'm surprised no one's really about talked are: 1. moving air and cabinet/speaker resonance. We guitar players, especially those who are used to playing real amps and cabs (both above and at bedroom volume) are used to hearing the speaker and cab vibrate and move, which is part of the sound. While Helix is supposed to emulate some of this, it's not the same. Even an FRFR will move air and vibrate, and its cabinet will affect the tone. Maybe part of the reason you're wanting to turn up (aside from the really good points about low pass filters) is that you don't hear or feel that speaker/cab relationship and movement going on. I would suggest you reconsider using something like a small guitar cab or monitors. Once you figure out their frequency response, they might actually sound better than really big, powerful, L3Ms. You can make them move and resonate much easier at sensible volumes. Love the colors of your studio, but just looking at those L3Ms angled in towards your ears made my ears hurt through my laptop screen! It's just overkill... It's like trying to use a 100w, 4x12 Engl or something - 6ft away and angled at your ears - and then saying you can't make it sound good unless you turn it up too much. That's what it's designed for... You aren't using it for its designed purpose. That's why "lunchbox" amps and small cabs are so popular. They get "that sound" before ear-bleeding SPL. Those L3Ms would be great for live use, but studio, home, and live use are all different. There's a reason tracking rooms are big and separated from recording rooms in good studios. Can't normally get great sounds with really quiet amps... So to protect everyone and really hear what's going on in the mix, you turn it up then move out of the room when tracking. So I'd say to go try studio monitors again. Go try them out at a good pro audio store before you buy. Look at the manufacturers' frequency charts and compare them to the L3Ms. Do you really want FRFR, or do you want the sound of an amp coming through a cab? You could also consider getting a (small) guitar cab and taking the cab emulation out of your presets. You might find that tickles your pickle more easily. More importantly, what is it you like and don't like about the sound from the L3Ms? What does "full bodied" mean to you? That's the real question to answer. Might be this next point... 2. It always sounds better when it's louder. You can google this (try the "equal loudness" measurements first), but the psychoacoustic properties of our brains, ears, and heads perceive louder sounds to be more pleasing or "better". This is often due to a perceived lack of bass and treble in quieter sounds. But this doesn't mean the sound is any different than at lower volumes, it is just heard differently. Keep that in mind... I've been around a lot of gunfire and explosions, and I was the only one who wore custom-fit hearing protection. Although I have some ringing, I kept my hearing. Don't f**k with your hearing. The point is to enjoy music for your whole life, not just part of it and sit in silence when you're old. I'd rather have my eyes plucked out by pigmy zombies than lose my hearing. Experiencing music is more important than the best tone at home, I don't care what anyone says (and I produce my own music and have played guitar for almost 20 years). Turning it up would not have been my first thought if it didn't sound good. Nor would buying a PC+... Delving into the Helix settings would be the first answer, I think, and really figuring out what I am not hearing that I want to hear. Remember... It always sounds better when it's louder. Catch 22. Sorry for the monologue. :D
  23. somebodyelse

    Volume drop connecting Helix to PC Plus via L6 Link

    No, it's not an anomaly. The difference between a digital signal and an analogue signal is like the difference between sending an email and making a phone call.
  24. DunedinDragon

    frfr speakers

    I always place mine in more of a traditional backline arrangement on a half-height pole behind me (roughly chest high) and a bit to my right or left and pointed in such a way as to get good coverage across the stage for the other members of the band. This is the same whether the instruments go through the PA or not. The only thing that changes if the instruments aren't going through the PA is my Helix volume gets turned up a bit to get the sound out into the audience.
  25. DunedinDragon

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    It depends on the amp model as they're all different. For some like the Fender Twin model they channel volume was up around 9 or even 9.3 and went down to around 5.5 or 6. For the Placater it went down from around 7 to 7.5 to between 4 or 5. All of them seemed to respond in a more linear fashion relative to the increase in the Helix volume.
  26. DunedinDragon

    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    There's really no need to do that. By turning up the Helix volume and lowering the amp model channel volume I end up at the same output signal level as I had before, so there's no change necessary on the speaker volume.
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