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  1. 14 points
    2.9 Model Updates: -Revv Purple (Ch3) -1x12 Fullerton and Grammatico Cabs -Red Llama Drive -Steve Vai Legendary Drive -Harmonic Antagonizer Fuzz -Rochester Comp (Billy Sheehan Compressor) -Small Stone Phaser -Split Dynamics (Path A/B Routing) Feature Updates: -Output Meters -Gain Reduction Meters -Clip Indicators -IR Attachment by Name -New Switch/Snap/Looper Layout Options -New Model Subcategory Shortcuts -Update from HX Edit -A/B Compare for HX Native Available “soon.”
  2. 7 points
    I can't answer the detailed technical questions but can maybe provide some useful guidelines. Biased hot: Stronger overall output, more lows, not as much clean headroom, more saturation and less cutoff distortion, more even order harmonics, tubes wear out faster. Biased cold: Weaker, thin, harsh output, Lows aren't as strong, more clean headroom overall, more cutoff and less saturation distortion, more odd-order harmonics, and the tubes don't breakup as fast. I don't know what the range of the Bias control is, but I would expect 5 to be where the tubes are normally biassed, 0 is colder, 10 is hotter - but how hot/cold is unknown. The above applies to typical Fender, Vox and Marshall amps where the majority of the distortion is coming from the power tubes, and where negative feedback is lost (because the power tubes are clipping and have no more gain), and therefore damping factor be lower. For modern high gain amps where most to the distortion is coming from the preamp section, power tube bias can have a very different impact. A slightly colder bias might tighten up the amp, and improve the transient response. Hotter bias might result in less controlled tone and too much muddy bass. So biasing hotter for blues in small amps and biasing colder for metal in high-gain amps might be something to try. Bias excursion is caused by distorting power tubes causing increased grid current which charges the coupling capacitor between the phase inverter and power tube, which changes the bias of the power tubes. When the input stops, the coupling capacitor slowly discharges allowing the power tube bias to recover. This could make an amp that is biased hotter, become colder biased as it is pushed further into distortion, changing the color of the distortion. Maybe when the hotter biased power tubes are pushed to the edge of breakup there might be warmer even order harmonics, and better bass. As the tube is pushed harder the bias gets colder, there might be more odd order harmonics for more aggressive sounding distortion, and the bass might be reduced.
  3. 7 points
    SUCCESS!! So I was having the same frustrating SPINNING WHEEL issue while using Logic Pro as many others... but I made one change that seems to have fixed the problem! I just turned off my internet connection (WiFi) then tried opening the plugin in Logic, but this time instead of it causing the constant spinning wheel, it prompted me for my account login info (...because of no internet connection). But this time where I had previously been connecting over my home Wi-Fi... I instead connected to my iPhone via PERSONAL HOTSPOT... typed in my password and it loaded right up! And after that first successful attempt I now seem to be able to use my home Wi-Fi without any issues and everything seems to be working as it should! DANG....FINALLY!!!
  4. 7 points
    Can't say I do. Walking through the south Bronx after dark without an armed escort is a "messy and dangerous experience". Updating firmware, even if it results in a toy that's temporarily unusable, ranks somewhere between "the car I want isn't offered in 'burnt sienna' ", and "I'm sorry, but we're out of the cheesecake".
  5. 6 points
    Dear folks at Line 6, please update the Firehawk FX in 2019! suggestions: - improve switching, it’s lagging quite a bit sometimes... - add new effects and amps like you do with the Helix products; I’d like to see POG and HOG effects and some new boutique pedals and amps - improvements for the looper, increase of recording time would be nice to make it useful and also being able to eliminate a recording without starting playback for 2 seconds, this makes the looper useless in live situation. - overall bug fixes to add more stability to the system. I love this product and I know it can do so much more if Line 6 puts some effort in updates.... not everyone wants to buy a Helix..... i know im not alone here, just hope someone at Line 6 takes proper action! thank you for your time and I’ll be waiting for feedback!
  6. 6 points
  7. 6 points
    A disaster? I think that’s quite a bit hyperbolic... There are some bugs, and 2.82 will be out shortly to clean up some of the remaining things. I mean, personally, I’ve done a bunch of gigs using the 2.80 and 2.8 firmware and really haven’t run into any showstopper bigs. I suppose with a complex system with so many different possible use scenarios, everyone is going to be different.
  8. 6 points
    Okay, cool. I've played as an armchair quarterback too. It's a wonderful thing to do because it makes you feel really proud of yourself and smart, but there's no system of accountability if you're completely full of lollipop so it's a relative safe zone. I did that with my wife's casserole dish the other day. I just forgot not to do it when she's there. I'm hoping the front door is finally unlocked tonight.
  9. 5 points
    It appears that there is an issue with the LA Comp. You likely won’t notice it if you use it before the amp block as it doesn’t do much to the over all volume in that position. However if you put it after the amp block it will affect the volume of the patch and as a result depending on how it’s feeling when you load the preset you may get full volume and you might get less than full volume (as I said it’s random). I started using the compressor at the end of the chain after watching and following along building a patch from a Jason Sadites youtube video. And it 2.71 it worked great. In 2.8 LA comp seems to have an issue loading. If I take it out of the signal path the preset will consistently load at the same volume if I put it back in and keep re-loading the patch after less than 10 re-loads (most often less than 5) the patch will load at a lower or higher volume. I also tested with leaving it in the signal path and just disabling it which has the same effect (as expected). When Line 6 answers my support ticket, I’ll just point them to this thread as I know there are others who have put in a support ticket for this issue.
  10. 5 points
    Here's one back at ya Phil, and Happy Labor Day Ya'll!
  11. 5 points
    I'd like this statement to be required reading for everybody who comes in here whining that Helix (or modeling in general) sucks after playing with it for all of 12 minutes. All in favor?
  12. 5 points
    I'm in the exact same situation... but for me it was an easy decision and solution. As soon as I realized that this was a complete re-write of the CORE I made the conscious decision (right then and there) to be patient and wait until 2.8.1 was released. I do the same thing when my DAW releases a major update. I wait for the dot release while everyone else finds the bugs. I do the same thing when Microsoft does a major update on Windows 10 (every March and November).... I wait until the first round of "fixes" are completed before I do the update. (eg: Windows update 1903 broke a lot of audio systems.... I waiting until the April fix was released before I updated) It's all software... and if I need to rely on it I am not going to be an early adopter of any major release! Coming from an IT background I do have one complaint... an update as major as this one should have been given the 3.0 designation making it obvious that a major change has taken place. Just my perspective :)
  13. 5 points
    You seem like such a reasonable and level headed person. Are you SURE you're on the right forum? ;-)
  14. 5 points
    Great work from line6 here! I like lots of the new features and pedal models. I hope they will implement a db meter for the compressors with the next version. Thank you Line6 for another great update free of charge.
  15. 4 points
    "Undecided" - Ella Fitzgerald First you say you do And then you don't And then you say you will And then you won't You're undecided now So what are you gonna do? Now you want to play And then it's no And when you say you'll stay That's when you go You're undecided now So what are you gonna do? ----------------------------------------------------------- DUDE! Get over yourself! Many thousands of people are happily using Helix Native EVERY DAY with MANY different DAWs. Just because you can't figure out how to use it with YOUR DAW, and haven't got the patience to learn, don't bad mouth the product! I personally use Helix Native with 3 different DAWs - Reaper, Cakewalk and Ableton LIVE. I got no problems like you can't handle. You said we got it working for you, then you got PO'd and QUIT, so I'm not even sure what your problem is! I had never used Snapshots in Native, took me 5 minutes to work out. It works JUST LIKE THE HARDWARE! FWIW - I tried Cubase and thought it was the most un-intuitive, difficult to navigate POS I'd ever had the misfortune of wasting my time on. Did you notice - nobody chimed in with "HI! I use Cubase, here's how you do it!"? Not that Cubase is necessarily the problem, but it sure ISN'T Native! Let's see, what's that leave........? So, kick back, have a beer, smoke a doob, and when you're ready, come on back and we'll fix it for ya!
  16. 4 points
    Wish I could say the same...it updated without issue and functions normally...however, the battery life went from 6 hours+ on a full charge to less than 3 hours now, literally overnight. I'm sure safety improvements make the lawyers happy, but if the price is cutting the device's usefulness in half, I'd rather have taken my chances with an overheating battery...I had no issues with more than a year of almost daily use. Normally I know when to leave well enough alone, but instead I went along with the recommendations instead of my gut. Last time I'll do that. Already opened a ticket...we shall see.
  17. 4 points
    Just want to add... you can leave the LA Studio Comp where it is if you want to tame the peaks, just be sure to set the LA Studio to "Limiter" rather than "Compressor". That "should" tame the peaks, while leaving all the quieter parts (swells, reverbs, etc...) untouched. The LA Studio Comp is an LA2A model.... not a stomp box model. It shines at the end of the chain, but only if you don't try to use it like a guitar compressor.
  18. 4 points
    Nobody has ever brought this subject up before. After this many years, I don't think we should start now.
  19. 4 points
    I wouldn't say I'm being defensive... I don't work fro Line 6. I have nothing to do with the programming side of things. All I'm saying is that some of the ideas being put forth don't really make sense to me because that's not really how the product works. It's very hard to design a system that has some of fail-safe protection at every step along the way simply because people are really good at coming up with unexpected ways to find new problems. My day job is a lighting designer/engineer. The most complex things I do in my normal work are designing lighting control systems. And I'll just say that if you think the Line 6 software isn't user friendly enough, then never try doing anything with a lighting control system. But from the customer side of things, it's just hard to predict what people will do. This isn't meant to blame anyone, but if I have one word of practical advice for people, it would be this. Please don't update Helix during the middle of a thunderstorm... I've been slightly surprised/amused by a few reports from people who lost power when updating their Helix because they were doing during an electrical storm... :-)
  20. 3 points
    If you're never gonna leave the house with it, get a good pair of studio monitors and call it a day. Stereo FX are glorious... you'll thank me later. Size will be dictated by the size of the room and/or the footprint you want. JBL LSR305's or LSR308's are excellent, and not terribly expensive. There are tons of good choices... these just happen to be the ones I have the most experience with.
  21. 3 points
    Oh, I see - even though your Helix can store 1,024 presets (arranged in 8 sets lists of 128 presets in 4 banks of 32) you aren’t happy if you have to switch from your idea of a “mega-rig” to a different preset. It should all be available in one preset? There is a reason they are referred to as “ setlists”. Next song, next preset - seems like a good idea to many users. Your premise of “the flexibility to pretend I have a real board and don’t have to switch into a new preset.” and how you are approaching things rather defeats the object of having a Helix in the first place. Frankly I’m baffled that you think that this is too complicated and want to do everything in one preset. The whole concept of this unit is flexibility. Which is precisely why the people at Line 6 added “snapshots” for the equivalent of a many presets within a single preset and “trails” on delays, reverbs etc, to carry over while changing from one preset to the next. The idea was to reduce the “tap dancing” involved with a huge analogue pedal board. It may be me, but I don’t think that you are using what you have to it’s best advantage. What do you have in those other one thousand and twenty three preset slots? Your concept of not enough DSP being available is purely down to how you have chosen to use it. Sorry, I just don’t comprehend your logic, in fact it is totally illogical. Your mileage, very obviously, does vary.
  22. 3 points
    If I understand, you want to switch between 2 delay settings with one footswitch, correct? If so, in this video Steve Sterlacci shows how to setup one button to swap presets or snapshots using 'Command Center'. You basically have one button on preset A that points to Preset B, and the same button on Preset B points to Preset A. Sorry if this missed the target.
  23. 3 points
    So if I got this right no manual exists for the spider remote app and the instructions for my V20 MKII are only marginal. I'm 72 yrs and I don't have another lifetime to learn all the features and would appreciate a help screen on the web site that is product and app specific. It appears to be a great product, but unless you are a professional or a bloody genius it becomes mind numbing!
  24. 3 points
    Fantastic news! What a great addition to the Helix. This device and the firmware for the entire HX line just keeps getting better!
  25. 3 points
    particularly since the account was just created the day of the post, lol there's literally nothing there except the one post damn privacy idiots. i am going to post pictures of what i eat for lunch, and then complain that people know what i eat for lunch.
  26. 3 points
    Before you and others jump on the op, we were told over and over again, that the new way of coding future Helix updates would really speed up future updates. I don't feel that a polite inquiry after five months (if it's really been that long) is out of line - especially given the announcement from line 6 about faster updates coming our way. Yes I know - we are not entitled to any updates ever again, yada yada yada; and many updates (and the news associated with them) is "Top-Secret" like area-51 stuff, but this discussion and question should not be mocked.
  27. 3 points
    Have you considered the HX Effects?
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    So, then, we're all in agreement. Regardless of motive, the never-ending battle against FIZZ is a GOOD THING!
  30. 3 points
    And when just the wireless part craps out, now the brains of my rig has to get hospitalized along with it till it's fixed? No thanks. Want a wireless? Buy one... having absolutely everything in one self-contained unit is never a good idea.
  31. 3 points
    A notch filter is just a parametric with a tight Q.... the Stomp has the perfect tool for you... a parametric EQ. The parametric EQ has 3 bands (essentially 3 notch filters) plus a high and low roll off. Each band has a specific range of frequencies... but you should be able to find 2 that overlap enough to cover your needs. The Q control is critical... you will want to keep this "tight". The higher the value, the tighter the Q. By default the EQ will load with a fairly wide Q for tone shaping, but for a notch filter I would start around the half way point... then adjust as needed, probably increasing the value even more. I find with Banjo (I dabble with 5 string) I also like to utilize the low cut... and raise that to about 400hz. This stops my banjo from shaking violently as the tech turns up the volume :) YMMV depending on the tone you are after. I don't need rich low end, you might! As for the phase invert.... there isn't a direct switch for it, but when using a parallel path the merge block allows you to flip the "b" polarity.I don't know how the LR Baggs implements it... but if it's just a phase reversal on the output (common) you could try this... In your chain, drop one effect to the B path In the split block, change it from a Y to a Split A/B and route ONLY to the B side In the merge block Set your A level to it's lowest setting possible. this is just a precaution to make sure no signal is bypassing the B path Now you can invert your entire signal by changing the "B Polarity" as required.
  32. 3 points
    What worked for me (only a couple of my Presets seemed to be affected) was to use HX Edit to change to another Snapshot. Click on the error message that resulted (this makes the message disappear) and SAVE the Preset. Do this for each Snapshot in turn. Tedious, but much quicker than recreating the Preset from scratch.
  33. 3 points
    Good news! I tried reinstalling v1.05 and then installing v2.0.0 again and all is well :) So, nothing to see here, move along please.
  34. 3 points
    When is the next update coming? -> What’s taking so long? -> The tentative release date has passed, why are they denying us our update? -> Let everybody be beta testers, just put it out already! -> OMG they released it and it is imperfect! -> When is the next update coming? It’s the Circle of Life!
  35. 3 points
    Don't you mean 'not really what I am waiting for'? Not sure how you can extrapolate to 'most people'. I happen to prefer the Grammatico and am certainly not waiting for another high-gain amp/channel.
  36. 3 points
    Im not looking for any attention but I just wanted share my day.I went out to the music store bougjt a stand for my headrush 112 went to grab lunch checked my phone saw the update was out.I went home updated no problems head rush on stand (which I really recommend its ear level and it sounds alot better)and Im off for another 3 days so happy birthday to me yaaaay,thanks Line 6 what a nice surprise.
  37. 3 points
    The feature I would like to see is «converting» of Amp+Cab/Amp/Preamp blocks I use the Helix with two DT50 but also direct out or with headphones for practice at home at night. I dial my tones mostly connected to the DT50, where I use preamp-blocks. When I'm satisfied with a preset, I make a copy for direct out/headphones. There I have to replace the preamp-block with an Amp or an Amp+Cab block. Switching the block resets all settings to default. That means, I have to manually write down the settings, change block and apply them again. I like so see the possibility to either a) change the block type between Amp/Preamp with all settings kept, or b) copy only the amp-settings and apply them to preamp-block and vice versa
  38. 3 points
    I call BS. Otherwise you would explain why in no less than 6 paragraphs that no one would read. :-)
  39. 3 points
    Oh, I bet they do. With a projected release date of Spring 2027.
  40. 2 points
    Yes, I'm having the exact same problem on a Surface Pro 6, although it worked fine on my Windows 10 desktop tower.
  41. 2 points
    I've just updated my Macbook to Mac OS Catalina and Line 6 Monkey and License Managers aren't working. They need to be updated to 64 bit. ASAP. Does anyone know if Line 6 is working on this?
  42. 2 points
    Glad it worked for ya- Think you could change the "Joke" comment to "solved" in the topic now?
  43. 2 points
    However, what you hear playing the patch with your guitar using your amp or speakers may not be even close to what the patch creator hears using his equipment. That’s one of the main stumbling blocks with Customtone. There’s much more than just the patch involved in the signal that travels from your fingers to your ears.And each component can have a dramatic effect on what you hear. Often when I download and listen to a patch I don’t think it sounds at all like the title or description suggests it should sound like. That doesn’t mean the patch creator did a poor job. More likely it means our external equipment is quite different.
  44. 2 points
    To get back to your original question. There's no particular benefit in connecting to a powered speaker such as the Headrush and then out to the PA, but there are some particular disadvantages. One limitation in particular is that you really can't easily control your volume for your stage monitor separate from your output to the PA. What many of us do is send a 1/4" output at line level to the powered speaker and a XLR output at mic level to the mixing board with the XLR line disengaged from large Helix volume knob. This allows you to use the large Helix volume knob to control the volume of the stage speaker and send a full signal to the board which can be gain staged at the board to the appropriate level separate from whatever you do on stage. When it comes to Powercab versus a full range powered speaker, that's ultimately a matter of personal preference. I can't say I've ever been that interested in a Powercab setup because I started using my Yamaha DXR12 setup long before the Powercab came out. I think the Powercab is a nice option for those people that prefer more of an "amp in the room" kind of sound on stage. But that comes with the trade off of not having an accurate picture of what your sound is out front which is what's important to me personally....especially when I'm dialing in my presets at home. There are a couple of considerations to bear in mind when using a powered speaker however. First, if placed on the floor in a monitor position you can get an effect referred to as "bass coupling" which accentuates low end frequencies. On most higher end speakers you have DSP contouring options on the speaker that allow you to correct for this effect. The Headrush has no such option, so you would need to isolate it from the floor in some way or place it upright on a stand. The other consideration is that powered speakers are specifically designed to work differently from traditional cabinets in the way they project sound in order to have consistent tone across a wide area and to project better across long distances. That being the case they can sound pretty harsh close up, so when dialing in patches at home you need to give them a bit of space. For myself at home I have mine mounted vertically around chest height and I normally listen from about 6 feet away as well as off-axis to get a good feel for what the tone will ultimately be like for the audience. Likewise on stage I have my DXR12 mounted on a half height pole on the backline behind me. That allows the sound to disperse wider across the stage so it's easier for the band to blend with.
  45. 2 points
    The HX Stomp and HX Effects User Manuals were published long after the existing Helix Floor User Manual dating back to Summer 2016 at the time firmware 2.1 was released. Notwithstanding the reduced feature sets of the HX Stomp and HX Effects, compared to the Helix Floor, there are useful bits of information to be found in these more recent User Manuals. As has already been posted, until Helix firmware version 3.0 arrives with a fully updated User Manual, the current task involves a compilation of information from existing product documentation plus the various interim firmware Release Notes along with a variety of informative posts from Line 6 developers. HelixHelp.com is very useful.
  46. 2 points
    I hear ya! BUT...to be fair..... Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away....we plugged the amp into the wall, plugged the guitar into a CryBaby and a TS, popped a cassette into the Teac 4 track and pressed RECORD. It was a simpler time, for sure. These days there's so much tech available, for so little money, and so much to learn, it's hard for a beginner to know where to start. To make it worse, every mfr/vendor makes it sound like it's all plug'n'play. HAH! Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away....
  47. 2 points
    I'm having the same issue getting stuck in preset mode. I'm on 2.82 also. This is a problem when I have to hard boot the Helix mid set. I use my Helix for a LOT of gigs. I need this fixed ASAP. Please!
  48. 2 points
    We all here understand you position regarding the Firehawk vs the Helix boards support and development and we understand that if we would like a better performance board we can always upgrade to Helix and such. Nevertheless you, Line 6, still owe us a RELIABLE equipment which, up to this date, has a lot of reported BUGS. I am not complaining in what is the Firehawk capable to do, because I am satisfied with that, but about the Bluetooth disconnections, the “freeze” boards, the lack of firmware and app updates, the cloud errors, the looper improper performance, etc All of the things mentions before are supposed to be “strong” advantages of the Firehawk against its competitors because, please have in minds, your competitors ARE supporting their new and previous equipments continuously. If you need and example, check the Headrush, Fractal and Boss products. Throw us a bone here! I’ve previously suggested that if the support for the Firehawk is over, let us have an open source code option, there might be capable people interested in developing a PC/Mac based interface or such. Believe me, I like the Firehawk very much and I think I don’t need anything else for my musical needs, but I’m also sure that there’s still many potential that can be brought out of it, allow us to explore it and explode it! Thank you. Noe G.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Hi HO (I love doing that!) Not that it really matters, as these guys must have been working away like maniacs fixing this stuff, so I will forgive them a few typos. Example here: Not Native 2.80 - easy to screw up, but somebody will gripe about it. "STEP 1b—Backing Up Helix Native If you don't currently own Helix Native, skip this step. Open any instance of Helix Native 2.80 (NOT the new Helix Native 1.81) within your DAW and " Anyhow, just done my Helix Floor and Helix Native - no problems, works a treat .
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