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  1. 10 points
    Hi, I recently bought patches from three of the established vendors in this field: 1. Fremen - Starter Pack and free Marshal amp pack 2. MBritt - Patches 1 (32 patches, only current offering for Helix) 3. Glenn Delaune - Boutique amps volumes 1 and 2 Figured it might be useful to share a few observations. Couple of caveats: 1. I know a few people are skeptical about the value or even wisdom of paying someone else to write your presets/patches but, for me, it makes sense. I'd had the Helix for a few weeks and was struggling to get really good tones out of it. The factory presets were (to my mind) terrible. The Fender twin one is okay but most drive sounds were 'distant', mushy or washed out. I realise the Helix is not meant to create the sound of a well mic'd amp rather than an 'amp in the room' tone but even with this, I was disappointed. I was certainly spending a lot more time tweaking tones than actually playing guitar. I only have a small amount of time to play each day so, as a result, the Helix was not being used. I'd even started to look at a used Kemper to replace it! Sad times :( 2. In my previous efforts, I'd downloaded an ownhammer IR pack and found this improved things a bit but I still wasn't happy. I'd also watched and followed a lot of online tutorials about creating patches and, while I'd enjoyed tweaking, I still wasn't playing. 3. Gear. I should add that I usually use the pedal with headphones. I use either Beyerdynamic DT770s or Superlux 681s. Both are, to my mind, very good sounding cans. I've also used the 'full range' input on my Vox adio amp. It yielded very similar results to the headphones tone wise. For guitar's, I've tried instruments with humbuckers, single coils and P90s. 4. I was impressed by patches from all three vendors, what follows are just a few observations of my own, many of which will be based around personal preference. In isolation, each patches pack had some standout strengths. Glenn, Michael and Fremen clearly know what they are doing. Anyway, on to the actual review: Fremen Starter Pack and freebie Marshal amp pack: These were the first packs I tried (based on other positive reviews). I was immediately impressed with the drive tones and surprised to find the acoustic simulator in there too. Fremen's use of Snapshots is also very thorough so you get immediately useable presets (plus a nice example on how they can/should be used generally). Amp tones are based mainly around the amp models you might expect (fender for fender, marshal for marshal etc) along with careful use of drive pedals and carefully matched IRs to finish the tone off. Appropriate effects are also included and some interesting signal path routing is used too (opened my eyes as to what is possible). Blanket statement is that the tones are far more up front than the factory presets but still tend towards really well ic'd amp than 'amp in the room'. The drive tones are quite bright (strong mid/high focus) but not harsh and the higher the drive, generally the better the tone he has achieved. For me, the 'crunch' tones have a little less impact though and the clean tones are 'too clean'. Fremen's own comment is that he likes his cleans 'super clean' and he uses a few tricks to achieve this (careful use of compressors). In the starter pack at least this meant there were great drive tones and really clean cleans but a bit of a gap in between. I also found the clean tones to be a bit 'mid heavy' without any of the shine and shimmer that you get from a nice fender clean tone for example. This is personal preference thought, other people might really like this type of sound. Perhaps there are better cleans and bluesy tones in the 'big pack' but I decided to try other vendors first. Michael Britt, Helix preset pack 1: King of the Kemper, Michael Britt. Again, initial impression of these patches was really good. Similar to Fremen, the patches are based around candidate amp models with driver pedals and carefully chosen/custom(?) IRs used to get you MBritt's signature 'amp in the room' tone. Indeed, of the three sets of patches I tried, MBritts's are definitely the most 'present' and immediate which translates (especially with headphones) into a more realistic 'amp in the room' feel. In terms of organisation, the pack makes less use of snapshots and each preset seems to have a slightly different structure. This is fine, but perhaps less intuitive than Fremen's approach. A neat trick he uses on his clean tones is to use combinations of amps. For example his Fender tones use an obvious candidate Fender amp model for 'glassy tone' but then a less obvious clean amp is added in parallel to give a bit more body and focus. His ability to choose candidates for these combo presets is a big part of the value for me. All told, a really nice collection of presets. Cleans are more to my taste than Fremen's and I learned a lot from seeing how he sets up his signal paths. If you have the Fremen patches and are happy with his cleans though, maybe you could pass on this set. Glenn Delaune Boutique amps: I'll be up front, on balance these are possibly my favourite. Nice use of snapshots and well organised. Good selection of drive tones and the Volume 2 'clean pack' is just incredible for bluesy, low drive tones. Overall, a really nicely balanced tone (not too bright) and probably somewhere between MBritt and Fremen for 'room presence'. The way he constructs his patches is also quite different to t the other guys. Glenn generally uses the Amp and Cab models from the Helix (the other guys do not use the Helix cabs) and then adds an IR after that to 'tone match' to the amp he is attempting to match. He has loads of youtube videos showing the success of this approach. To my ears, it works really well. The 'feel' and response to pick attack also seems to be particularly realistic. The only downside is that the IRs are very specific to the patch and probably don't work too well elsewhere. And, aside from adjusting the amp settings (tone, gain etc) the patches are probably less use for tweaking. That said, I'm very happy with this approach. I get a well set up tone which I can play with within the limitations of a normal amp. That works for me as it gets me actually playing guitar quicker. An interesting side effect (I guess) of his approach is that he ends up using amp models that you might not expect. For example IIRC he uses the Roland Jazz model (super clean) and a drive pedal to create the Blackface amp. Disable the IR and it sounds pretty poor. With IR, fantastic. Forgive me if I have miss-remembered the specific preset here. So, all told, any of these packs would probably be helpful if you want realistic tones in a hurry. The first two might be best as 'tutorials' and MBritt really brings the amp into the room. Fremen's cleans are super clean and his higher drive tones are great fun. As I've said though, I really like Glenn's preset packs. For whatever reason, they just seem to grab me and keep me playing and his selection of clean/light drive tones are just epic. Having said that, there are presets from all packs that have made it into my 'shortlist' preset list and I'll probably get good use from all three vendors. If I had just one set, it'd be the clean pack (volume 2) from Glenn. After that, I reckon I'd be perfectly happy with any of the other packs to provide higher drive tones. So, no definitive 'best vendor' but hopefully I've highlighted a few characteristics that might help people decide if they are looking at buying. Cheers, ip
  2. 5 points
    Apologies for the click bait title, I promise you that this is not click bait. Let me in good faith say up front that it is incredibly good, and therefore nobody ever needs to click the video. If you’re still here.... I have owned my Deluxe memory man since 2004, and I know it very well. I haven’t seen a comparison anywhere before so I decided to do one myself. If you want to hear just how accurate the model is to the real deal have a listen. I think anyone would be impressed. https://youtu.be/_ZLPTCT8zDs
  3. 5 points
    Sir I’d be happy to help. Send me a note describing the situation and I am sure we can figure something out. all the best Frank Frank Ritchotte Senior Director of Operations Line 6 Inc www.line6.com O 818 575-3955 C 818 585-9767 fritchotte@line6.com
  4. 4 points
    Thank you for the review and I'm so honored to be included. I enjoyed reading that and Yes Freman and Mbritt patches are Fantastic. Thank you so much for your support Sir. Glenn DeLaune Website | Youtube Channel | Facebook | Line 6 Marketplace
  5. 4 points
    I sold my Helix and my wife's car and bought the 194 real stomp boxes. Now I can't afford to buy the 74 amps. I think I may have made a mistake.
  6. 3 points
    Hey Guys, Today I have a playthrough of my newest instrumental track, Beautiful Burden. This song was recorded using my Solar Guitars A 1.6 Artist LTD. All guitar and bass were tracked with the Line 6 Helix Rack using Ownhammer Impulses I’m really proud of how this track turned out. The gutters cut through and sound aggressive and heavy. That bass is low and gnarly and the overall mix may be one of my best. I'm thinking about releasing this as a single on all digital platforms. Let me know what you guys think and again, thanks so much for all the love and support. nickhillmakesmusic@gmail.com
  7. 3 points
    Snapshots were a game changer for me as far as using the Helix and HX Effects live... I think they’re the most powerful feature on the Helix.
  8. 3 points
    I think it really comes down the repeating theme in this thread (and others). This is musical equipment, its like paint brushes or paint to a visual artist. Everyone has preferences, and reasons for their preference, and if they're getting what they want out of the gear, excellet, if not, buy something else. I've not come across a modeler since probably the POD XT that I can't something out of that I like the sound. These are incredibly flexible devices, and it really comes down to player preference. I think AFX II/III modeling sounds a tiny bit better out of the box than Helix, but comparable IRs nearly level the field (for me), and the difference in cost is exponentially greater than the difference in tone. The layout and UI of the Helix just "clicks" for me (I don't think I've looked at a manual in the entire time I've owned it, and I pre-ordered), so I can do everything I want to do very quickly. TL;DR: Music equipment isn't a universally "good or bad" situation. Use the gear that works best for you, and don't tell people that something they like is inferior because it didn't work FOR YOU.
  9. 3 points
    I think he's referring to the fact that as long as the Pitch Wham is not bypassed, even if the settings would seem to indicate it shouldn't impact the tone (because the pedal is completely floored and the pitch setting at floored = 0) it still impacts the tone. He is correct that that's how it works. I've never owned the older Digitech Whammy that it's based on, so I can't speak to whether this is how the original works (though I assume it is). However, you're correct that if the pedal is activated in the Helix, even if the alleged amount of pitch bend is 0, it still colors the tone. The solution to that is to bypass it when you aren't using it. If you would rather not use up one of your stomp boxes to do that, then I would assign the footswitch to activate the pedal once it moves past a small position (like 5%) and see if that works for you. In the mean time you can pray to the Helix Gods, as I do every day, that someday Line 6 releases a model of the newer polyphonic model (though it may still have this behavior - I want it because it tracks better).
  10. 3 points
    And here's the thing. I agree with you on everything you're describing here. When it comes to figuring out how to sound like you want to sound on a new unit ABSOLUTELY. Especially with Helix, I think it has a very high learning curve. If someone comes on here and says, "Just bought Helix . . .LOVE the possibilities but feel completely lost as to how to get there . . ." That I can understand, and that can be handled. However, when someone goes, "Helix sounds like fake music and my modeler doesn't." That doesn't sound like a reasonable position to address. I don't think that position has been viable for a long time now. Helix, Fractal, Kemper, Headrush, Boss . . . they all produce solid units that don't sound like fake digital recreations at this point. So when I hear that position stated it always feels like there's an underlying human prejudice that I'm not going to be able to address.
  11. 3 points
    At least it would be a welcome change from the never-ending "Helix sucks because I don't know how to use it" threads....
  12. 3 points
    Most of you are familiar with Helix snapshot and stomp modes. Snapshots can store up to 64 parameters and block bypass states, and a patch can have up to 8 snapshots. This is a great way to make big patch configuration changes in the middle of a song. I use snapshots for Variax open tunings, quick acoustic guitar configuration in an otherwise electric patch, switching in a post amp Leslie, changing a patch for a different guitar, etc. Stomp switches can control up to 8 things, block states, or parameter min/max values. You can configure Helix to support 10 stomp foot switches. So why would you use stomp vs snapshots since there's some overlap in their capabilities? Snapshots' big advantage is the number of parameters they can control, and that they can set the specific values of those parameters. However stomp switches have a couple of big advantages over snapshots you might want to consider when configuring your patches. First there can be 10 stomp foot switches, but only 8 snapshot foot switches. That might not seem like much, but my patches use all 10 of those foot switches all the time. The biggest advantage of stomp foot switches though is that they can be combined. Any of the 10 foot switches can be on or off allowing you to layer sounds on top of sounds. You could for example turn on a distortion block at the start of a solo, add another distortion block or boost party way through the solo, add an octavia, and/or Uni-Vibe, all by just turning foot switches on and off. But you can do more than that. A foot switch could be used to "channel switch" and amp by changing the min to max drive, turning down the bass and presence, lowering the high-cut on the cab or IR block, etc. Then you can turn on a distortion block with the the channel switch on or off to get different distortion levels and voicings, all while having all your other effects directly available on other foot switches. You can also combine these two approaches. Switch to snapshot mode to select the desired snapshot, then switch back to stomp mode to use foot switches to control things within the snapshot. That takes some tap dancing on the Mode switch, but its something that with a little practice and good shoes isn't too difficult. Ultimately Helix provides three levels of tone configuration: patches, snapshots within a patch, and foot switches to control thing within a snapshot. You can think about this in terms of patches for songs, snapshots for sections of songs, and foot switches for changing things within the section. This highlights the simplicity and flexibility of Helix for live performance.
  13. 3 points
    I hate all of you. You all suck. Badly.
  14. 3 points
    Geez, do I have to do everything around here?
  15. 3 points
    For those of you playing at home, we have now completed Phases 1 and 2... Phase 1: Good faith efforts to respond to the initial volley of fire-breathing complaints are dismissed outright, mostly by questioning the brains/ears/ abilities of those who responded. Predictably, (and of course by design) this eventually grinds on the last nerve of everyone who bothered to try and help. Phase 2: The instigator responds to the inevitable pushback to Phase 1 charade by attempting to cast himself as the victim....oddly through name calling, lol. This is a peculiar tactic, as it is rather difficult to drum up sympathy for your plight from the same audience whom you've just labeled "retards". Nonetheless, this exceedingly strange behavior has been reported in 100% of wild troll encounters. (Trolls born in captivity tend to be non-verbal. They just grunt a lot, usually with one finger lodged in a nostril... it's pitiful. Please spay and neuter domesticated trolls, folks ;) ). But I digress...desperation truly is a stinky cologne. Stay tuned for Phase 3: Digital storm-off, usually accompanied by parting insults, peppered with the occasional expletive. ETA, 1-3 business days. Same script every time folks...
  16. 3 points
    I said in a previous post that I would put up a pic of my JTV-59 that I got recently. It has Seymour Duncan Slash pickup set in it, and sounds phenomenal. I love how good the modeling sounds, and the awesome options in alternate tunings. My Fender/Roland VG Strat cannot do half of what this can, nor near as good. Pic is not that good due to all the reflections it picked up in the finish. I'll take some more down the road if anyone is interested. I tried to upload the photo directly to the post, but it failed every time (wondering if it's due to my newbness on the forums). Sorry for the free Photobucket watermark, but if you click it, you should go to the real pic in Photobucket. Thanks for lookin', Todd
  17. 3 points
    Screenshot + patch or GTFO. For everyone else, why do you still bother?
  18. 3 points
    Your last post in that deleted thread was "SMH this community is the worst ". And yet, you're still here! Look, this whole exercise is pointless. You've done the best you could to describe your problem. You've received the best advice possible from the most helpful members of this community. The hostility/frustration level (and I include myself here) is rising, is totally unnecessary and not at all constructive. At this point, it's really simple - and I've said it before - Time to return the Helix and get what you wanted in the first place - an AXE! Don't blame the Helix. Don't blame the community. Say "THANK YOU" to those who've tried to help, and LET IT GO!
  19. 3 points
    Nah, now he's over on TGP not letting anyone actually help him, too.
  20. 3 points
    Rumor has it that the 2.8 firmware update will finally include a retractable awning.... ;)
  21. 3 points
    You can't talk yourself into liking stuff, don't care what it is....light beer, cinnamon flavored dental floss, Canada ;)...you either like it, or you don't. And when you start with the preconceived notion that the product in question is inferior to one or more of its competitors, the battle is over before it starts. I don't like Les Pauls. Don't like the scale length, and the body's ergonomics just don't work for me. So I stopped trying. It's a shame, because it's a great sound.... but I made my peace with it years ago.
  22. 3 points
    You're welcome to put the "Helix Twilight Zone" theme together using the "Strange Noise" clip a sample for the backing track. - go for it! Hi arislaf, I didn't know about the ripple effect in the US Small Tweed or that it was an issue - I just loaded it up and you are correct. When it's turned up it goes crazy, although it is actually mentioned in the Helix Owner's Manual. On page 27, under the section named "Common Amp Settings" it states for Hum and Ripple - "Controls how much heater hum and AC ripple interacts with your tone. At higher settings, things get freaky." Damn right they do. These effects of ripple and hum are also noted on the helixhelp website where there is a link to an article about "The Strange Effects of AC Ripple on a Class AB Power Amp". One for the mad scientists to read I think. https://helixhelp.com/models/amps/ It appears that a lot of this stuff is already known by Line 6, I mean they even have all those extra knobs for some amps – "If an amp has a small number of knobs, then we will invent the knobs in a way that makes the most sense to us." Seems reasonable - although sometime I forget! Also, must say thanks to Jason Shimkoski who put together the helixhelp.com site - an amazing resource - sometime I forget that it's there!
  23. 3 points
    Even if you find something with tolerable latency, you couldn't pay me to rely on BT connections for live performance...way too prone to drop outs. Half the time my damn phone can't stay connected for passive music listening in the car. There are already a thousand ways to have "Spinal Tap" moments on stage without bringing it on yourself.
  24. 3 points
    Your Autumn should be the same day as our spring, it's when the sun is in line with the equator. Or more precisely put, when 2.8 starts to come into view. Science just isn't able to predict yet when it will be fully visible.
  25. 2 points
    Excellent points. I drank up a ton of his vids when I first bought the HX Stomp, and loved his interview on the day of the Stomp's debut. Very helpful stuff. Still catch it pretty regularly.
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