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  1. 3 points
    Great, you again. Haven't changed a bit, I see.
  2. 2 points
    Well I'll share my to cents regarding modern sounds: I think the VH brown sound is a good place to start, because it feels awesome to play, is versatile and inspired generations of guitar players (and amp manufacturers!). One way (of many) to get it is using the ANGL Meteor. It is my (wet) dream of a modern marshallesque sound. The Helix pairs it with the 4x12 XXL V30 cabinet which is a great match. The stock setting mic 409Dyn @2.0" is also great. The only thing I change here is lowering the high cut to 6.7kHz. This will make it less open, but also gets rid of nasty harshness. We can increase the amps treble now which gets us a satisfying amout of definition/attack. Starting with this setting for the ANGL Meteor this brings me in the brown sound ball park: Drive 3 Bass 2 Mids 2 Treble 7 Presence 4 Master 4 I always use a reverb to get a room feeling. Without that I tend to always want to tweak the amp. Once familiar with that sound keep the cab and change amp to the Archetype Lead, Solo Crunch, Solo Lead, Placater etc and try to dial them in to get a similar sound. That will give you a feeling for each of those and a tonal starting point in your head/ears. That's at least what I did and got me to really dig the Helix. Then there you can experiment with drives. The Screamer 808 can get you to leads and djenty stuff, the Hedgehog D9 is instant Scorpions sound etc. Much to discover here... Regarding the cab, I sometimes like to use dual cabs and mix in a little of the same cab with a different mic. 121Ribn @6.0" worked fine so far to add a little focus on the mids. If you want to go chugga chugga metal try this: Increase mids in the amp and add a parametric eq after it. Choose MdFreq @ 405Hz, Mid Q @1.4 and cut to taste. This emulates the mid cut section found on a Diezel Herbert. To reduce mud here is on trick that emulates the C45 switch on Friedmans: Tilt EQ block before the amp: Brt50, CenFreq 670Hz, Level +4,5dB.
  3. 2 points
    Well, you could get one of these and build your own reverb!
  4. 2 points
    > Not trying to start trouble... immediately starts trouble.
  5. 1 point
    Ha, ha, ha - you’re a mere child. Get with it youngster. Meanwhile, get a friend with a better computer to do the updates and then do your edits on the hardware. Inconvenient and not very practical.
  6. 1 point
    Thanks for your insight! It forced me to put together my practice rig in my studio setup to actually practice at band volumes and it did make a difference in sorting out how everything is interacting with one another. I bought an LS-2 to put both my helix rig and my pedalboard rig against one another and that should help me fine tune the way I'd like to in order to finally be happy with my presets on helix. Thanks, I went ahead and set up my guitar rigs for comparison, and I think I'm going to maybe take out some sub frequencies and maybe just a little bit of the highs. So far, I think I've resolved my issues with getting the helix to work the way I'd want it. It just took some "re-learning" the effects and realizing that the helix was modeling specific vintage versions of some pedals I have, so it won't be the exact same of settings. Thanks everyone!
  7. 1 point
    This happened because you didn't follow the directions. Uninstall HX Edit. Perform a Factory Reset on your Helix. Install HX Edit v2.92. READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS! The FW update is now done from HX Edit, NOT the updater!. If you didn't back up your presets before you started, they might be gone. Computers 101 - Back up EARLY and OFTEN!
  8. 1 point
    First impression from listening: Bassman normal channel in the room. May be start with Tweed Blues Nrm, roll off some volume and tone on the guitar, Bass @ 4, Low Cut @ 200Hz and go from there. Edit: See my post below for detailed settings.
  9. 1 point
    One more test please.... Start by getting the Helix to "glitch" as you are describing through the interface/computer. Leave everything hooked up and plug in a set of headphones (to the Helix) Is it glitching through the headphones? If the headphones (Helix) are fine but the sound through the computer still glitches.... the problem is at the computer level. It is NOT the firmware on the Helix. If the headphones are glitching as well, then you may need to re-install the firmware again.
  10. 1 point
    Yes, will work. Only downside is the tap button is not blinking and the bypass state is not visible.
  11. 1 point
    Hi - I was offered a really good deal on a two-year-old Helix Floor, but I want to avoid any problems. If the original owner registered it under his account for updates and software, etc., how can I put it in my name/account? I currently have a registered Helix LT. Also, what's the warranty on the Floor? If it's longer than two years, does any of it transfer to me if I buy it? Thanks! Edited to add -- if this has been covered beffore, please share a link to the thread. I tried searching, but the search function isn't great.
  12. 1 point
    Ahhh thanks a lot Great info
  13. 1 point
    IMO.... speaker/cab/mic placement is everything when it comes to solving issues like you describe. It's not the amp models themselves! Do you know what you really like for a cabinet/speaker? If not... have you researched what your favorite players use? Figure that out, then buy a SMALL yet QUALITY IR set for that cab/speaker combo! By zeroing in on one cabinet you eliminate the wasted time/rabbit hole of a never ending search! What you will get is a cabinet with dozens of MIC Choice and Mic positions. Since the cabinet is no longer changing, you will actually learn what those mics and positions do to a tone! Any sound tech/engineer will tell you that is one the best lessons you will ever learn! Just my 2 cents....
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    So how are you connecting it? Are you using the audio out of the synth into the guitar in? Or are you thinking it might connect over USB? - probably not! Use the audio approach - you probably need to set the input level on the stomp to line. Then you go synth to stomp to amp. Should be fine (assuming both devices work and you have a few decent audio cables!!??). Plenty of other people doing it.
  16. 1 point
    Step 1 of troubleshooting anything is to break down the problem into simple, isolated parts. Control one variable at a time. I can't recall anyone reporting something like you describe with their Helix on firmware 2.92, so I'll wager a cup of coffee on it being something else. Unplug the Helix from your interface (and unplug USB if you have that plugged in, too), and plug directly into it via headphones or one of its other outputs to your monitors. If you don't hear the issue anymore, the problem is very unlikely to be the Helix.
  17. 1 point
    Yes. The FX loops of the Helix insert external audio devices (preamp of an amp head, pedals, rack gear etc.) into where ever you want in the signal chain.
  18. 1 point
    Ah yea, I get where you were coming from with that now. Yea, BOSS does that all the time. What they are doing, because they own the product, is taking the formula verbatim and plunking it into their floorboard devices. It's great, and works well. Definitely a simple way to get "my pedal" sound fast if you know the original pedal. Cheers
  19. 1 point
    First, you should download and install POD Go Edit. Hot Check for Updates and install the latest update. After you do that, you should do a factory reset. Hold down footswitches C & D while powering up, and that will reset everything. The factory presets should show up then.
  20. 1 point
    What you see in the image above is my representation of the POD signal routing scheme. As you can see at the beginning of the chain there are 2 inputs (1 & 2), if both are set to the same source (as by default), 2 parallel copies of the same signal go into the first block (effect or amp) that is encountered in the chain, before the split point. To avoid this, you have to set input2 to an unused source (like AUX, MIC, or VARIAX), so that only one signal goes on as normal. This explains the single input approach. full article here: https://allabouthd500x.altervista.org/allabouthd500x/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=17 in the official advanced guide by Line6 is written: Unfortunately, not having a DT amp I don't know which additional implications there may possibly be when the POD is connected by L6 link to that type of amp. Since in such scenario the digital pre-amp + effects are supplied by the POD while the real power amp + speaker are supplied by the DT amp (supposedly on just one of its two channels), perhaps the resulting routing of the whole system is a little different than that of the POD used alone. Which issues are you facing w/ the POD-DT25 setup? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  21. 1 point
    A feature pretty easy to implement that I'd love to see is some way of clearly identifying mono vs. stereo paths or blocks in the signal flow view, for example using a double line for stereo paths, or showing some warning sign when a stereo path is collapsed to mono.
  22. 1 point
    Fwiw, if you use those a lot, it's not making me wonder the Helix cabs sound quite different in comparison, simply because yours contain power amp coloration, which, depending on the kind of poweramp, can be quite a thing. Pretty much the reason all dedicated IR vendors use linear solid state power amps for IR captures. I borrowed myself such a thing as well and the differences were quite noticeable, compared to, say, using a Twin poweramp for capturing (I compared the two versions, the Twin added quite some high mids).
  23. 1 point
    Another hint. If you have the PowerCab sitting flat on the floor, it will sound like crap, especially on carpet. Get it up off the ground or at least tilt it back. When I got mine I was frustrated at how bad it sounded initially until I got it off the floor. Now it sounds great.
  24. 1 point
    Fwiw, after using IRs almost exclusively ever since I bought the Helix, recently I finally started to explore the onboard cabs quite a bit more carefully. Gotta say that they're very good for most things I need - and quite obviously, they're incredibly more flexible. Unfortunately, the EQ on the cab section isn't done too well, so I have to slap an extra EQ block in, but that's true for the IR block as well (just that in that case I can at least pre-EQ my IRs). I wish the IR/cab block had an EQ section similar to that in Atomic products, which is really efficient and flexible, yet easy to handle.
  25. 1 point
    And In particular this video is worth watching, comparing apples to apples (real amp signal vs Helix).
  26. 1 point
    A "real" mic-ed amp, even if it sounds glorious as you sit next to it, does not automatically sound the same once recorded... in fact, it's more or less a guarantee that it will sound nothing like what's hitting your ears directly from the amp itself. So if you're looking to that option as a magic bullet, you're likely to end up just as frustrated as your are now. Also, it's very common that a tone that sounds just perfect in a mix will sound somewhat less than inspirational (if not downright horrible) on its own, and vice versa. Everything in a mix is just one piece of a large and very complicated puzzle. Mic choice and their placement are critical, and getting a good recorded tone is an art all by itself. And whether you're using real or virtual gear, the philosophy and required skill set are the same. A month with Helix, or any other modeler for that matter, is nothing if you're new to the game. If you approach this like a guitar player, you'll fail... you have to think like a recording engineer. And that means developing a thorough understanding not only of EQ, but which kind of mics (and their placement) impart what characteristics to the final recorded sound, and how to use tthose choices to shape the tone you're looking for. And even then, most of the time you're still not done. EQ is your friend... and more often than not that means getting rid of problem frequencies, not automatically boosting those you may perceive to be absent. Otherwise it's very easy to end up with too much of everything, and then you've got a bigger mess than what you started with. It's not something that you'll master inside a month... hell I've been at it for years, and I still learn things anytime I sit in the control room next to somebody who really knows their $hit. Experiment, experiment, experiment... It's the only way.
  27. 1 point
    I think it’s pretty evident that the Helix is not only good, but great for direct recording. It can take a little time to find your sound, especially if you’ve not used modeling a lot in the past. I suggest checking out some of Jason Sadites’ videos. He covers a wide variety of tones and walk thought how to get them: https://www.youtube.com/c/JasonSadites What are you monitoring the Helix with?
  28. 1 point
    They are worth looking at, and some of the Djent style guys on here rate a couple of them as good. For a little more insight as to how the came into being and what they are based on go here and read about them from under the more detail link. https://helixhelp.com/models Hope this helps
  29. 1 point
    Ahh yes Very Good Idea I might check out the Line 6 Originals as well they seem to be very good thanks:)
  30. 1 point
    Don't find myself on Ganymede too often. Beating an old drum here but I still think the HX line could use some updated "Terran" HX versions(including mono) of the more basic reverbs like spring, plate, room, hall, etc.. It's just a product of the music I tend to play but I use the more conventional reverbs more frequently.
  31. 1 point
    This goes to show how subjective tone is... I find the legacy reverbs to be very smooth, maybe a bit too much at the default setting of the high cut (I never tried the Quadraverb, though). Some time ago I compared the legacy reverbs with my TC Hall of Fame in an effects loop. Except for the spring reverb on the HOF, which I do not like at all, I find that the HOF reverbs have very slightly more musical tails than the legacy reverbs, when set to similar level of brightness. However, the difference is very small and as I am going to downsize my pedalboard, the HOF will be the first to go.
  32. 1 point
    Don't forget to play around with the high cut parameter. It actually serves as a tone control, and it allows you to set how bright or dark you want the reverb tails to be.
  33. 1 point
    If there are reverbs added, they won’t be models of existing reverb pedals. It’s not really possible to create a component-level model of a digital reverb the way it is with an analog effect.
  34. 1 point
    Got one yesterday. Two freezes so far. I’m a gigging musician I can’t have that mid set.
  35. 1 point
    Hi WeWereDinosaurs, What a shame! I am sorry you have had trouble. All I can suggest is to try a factory reset by booting the unit while holding down the volume and tone buttons until all the volume lights light up and try again. If that doesn't work, try updating using Line 6 Updater on a PC if you can. Hopefully one of these works. Also, what device are you using with the Bluetooth? If I remember correctly, some devices (especially iPhones and iPads I think) don't work very well with the bluetooth on the Amplifi series amps and end up dropping out a lot when they aren't within a metre or less of each other. I know that my Amplifi 150 was very unreliable with Bluetooth (even with my Samsung devices and when they were in contact with each other) in certain spaces with lots of wireless signals flying around, such as in the Performing Arts Centre, so I had to make sure all my patches were sorted either prior to the audio and light techs booting up their systems, or take the amp away if anything needed changing. I just wish that I could plug in my computer and do any changes on a dedicated Amplifi Edit program, similar to POD HD500x edit and Helix Edit, but Line 6 says they have no plan to release such an app for the Amplifi series. If there are a lot of wireless signals travelling where you're trying to update, you may be getting some interference from one of them causing the connection to drop. Hopefully some of this is helpful! Riley.
  36. 1 point
    File this under: "I should have noticed that..." The biggest problem with the 2.0 models, for me, was the low output of the Spank models. So I tried boosting the pickups in all Spank models to the max 6db. It sounded better, but still not as loud as my American Strat. Then I noticed the "Preset Volume" on the bottom left of the Workbench HD interface. Genius! I raised the preset volume of all Spank models 4db and set the pickup outputs to +4.5 db. Perfect. The "preset volume" resolves the other thing that bothered about the Variax. The volume of the models is designed to match the guitars that Line 6 modeled. So the Lester is naturally loudest. But I want all my models to play with the same output, so switching models in in mid-set (or mid song) doesn't require changing pedal or amp settings. So I went through all the models and matched their volume to the Lester model. Then, I adjusted the height of the actual pickups in the guitar so the their output matched the output of the Lester model. Then, I connected the Variax through Workbench and played each model vs. the Lester model. It takes some time, but I raised each model to match the output of Lester. I did this because the output of Lester is actually really close to my actual Les Paul. Most of the models needed a little extra output. One of the acoustics needed a db reduction, so I typed in -1. I'm sure many veterans of Workbench knew about the Preset Volume. But it sure was a perfect fix for the minor gripes I had with he Variax. I don't usually like to tinker with stuff this much, but it was well worth it! Spank sounds damn good now! Thanks
  37. 1 point
    Excellent work on those YouTube clips mate, we're coming from the same musical influences, I've been chasing tones for Def Leppard, Queensryche, Whitesnake etc so don't know how I missed those clips but will check out the downloads. Have you tried to replicate the guitar tone on the Hysteria album at all? That would be something to nail seeing as it's such a unique sound, as you probably know, they didn't use any actual real amps to record that album
  38. 1 point
    I had this problem in the beginning! I resolve it to disable the power or memory management of the phone or tablet. No disconnection anymore! With new phones you can select witch app to disable the management !
  39. 1 point
    All Variax electrics ship with 10 gauge, D'Addario XL-110 strings.
  40. 1 point
    Yes. But not any help. Jason, Line 6, said there is no Pilot’s guide to the ‘remote app’ as of yet. Then he referred me to the video on YouTube, “Interacting with Spider V | Line 6,” which is more of a amp marketing video. The video is 6:42 min long and the remote amp isn’t discussed until 4:50 min. And ends at 5:12 min. The demo person says, “If you are happy with a sound you can save it.” But he doesn’t show you how to do it. Really? When I bought my first car, computer, wife and English setter I got user manuals. I threw the ones out for my wife and dog as they quickly got outdated.
  41. 1 point
    Logic is logic my friend. You're just wanting to set me up for a game where I post something and no matter how hard I work on it you say, "I hate that." I didn't fall for those games in 3rd grade when a friend of mine preferred Caddyshack to Ghostbusters, and I'm not dumb enough to fall for it now. Find someone else to hurt on the teeter totter.
  42. 1 point
    My dad says my ears are better than everybody's...;)
  43. 1 point
    I'm just going to add this because SNAPSHOTS make sense to me without any non-guitar analogy.. Simply put, no more having to dance on the pedal board to change several parameters or turn effects on and off. Set'm up the way you need'm for each part of your tune or each "sound" you use... then just one button takes you there. 1. Picture your old non-modeling guitar rig. effects, pre-amp, effects in loop, amp... whatever you got. THIS IS A PRESET. 2. Adjust everything to play a song. Maybe distortion on, reverb on, gain channel.. Save this as SNAPSHOT 1 3. Now change all of the adjustments for another song. Maybe distortion OF, reverb off, but delay on, clean channel. Save this as SNAPSHOT 2 You can continue this to create up to 8 snapshots within this one preset. There are some additional features, but that's the meat of it. Those who never used a pedal board probably aren't wrapping their head around them as easily as those who had to learn to dance.
  44. 1 point
    Basically, they let you have one preset that has defferent settings for each block and allow you to change "patches" without any latency. The biggest advantage is no delay when switching sounds. You can create new presets to do the same thing but when you switch presets the helix has to unload everything from memory and reload the new preset which takes time and you will notice the delay. With snapshots you can save different verson of the same preset and recall them instantly. Example: You can create a preset that has multiple amps and multiple FX in it and then each snapshot can have a different state of the blocks or send controller changes. I have one preset now that does everything I need using snapshots. Snapshot 1 is Path A with a clean amp and reverb, Snapshot 2 is Path A with a clean amp drive pedal and reverb, Snapshot 3 is Path B with a Soldano loaded for dirty rhythm, Snapshot 4 is the same as 3 but with a dely added and a boost added for leads. Snapshot 5 is Clean with Chorus and Reverb, Snapshot 6 is Clean with a drive pedal, Tremelo, delay and reveb, Snapshot 7 is the same as Snapshot 3 but with Univibe added, Snapshop 8 Path B with Univibe (both with different intensity settings than on snapshot 7) delay with diffent feedback and mix than on the other snapshots, and another delay block on with dotted 1/8 notes. So with one button click I can now go from a lead tone with tones of FX over to a crunch tone or to a clean tone wth chorus, etc. It is like presets but there is no latency like when using presets. I had presets for each change mentioned above but It was pretty unusable live, at least for me, since the time it took to switch messed with my timing. I have many songs that go from one extreme to the next and I am the only guitarist so if the change isn't instant is sounds like you missed the change. With snapshots I don't have to worry about that now. They really are amazing. I have pretty much ditched all my presets and went down to 2 with Snapshots. The one preset is my core preset that I use with the band and I never leave it but just switch snapshots. The second one is my blues rock preset with fewer snapshots and completely different amp arrangement.
  45. 1 point
    Well I made the first recording and WOW... I'll try to post something later, but if anything the Helix set up as a B15N with a D12 mic at 1" sounds better than an actual B15N with an actual D12 mic at 1`" I can eq the tracks to sound the same. I'll post the results later to soundcloud.
  46. 1 point
    Did you do a factory reset after updating the firmware? Also, after a factory reset forget the connection an re-pair. If you already did this I would open a support ticket.
  47. 1 point
  48. 0 points
    Clipping isn't really associated with DSP usage. If it were possible to overuse DSP it would result in latency not tonal impact because it would still be performing the mathematical transformations required for the model, it would just take longer so that latency would be apparent. That's why it's controlled.
  49. -1 points
    Seriously..I think that as a Helix owner you really 'want' it to be ok...and there is good reason for that. But that said, if you dont here a difference you really should not buy an AXFX 3..just sayin..
  50. -3 points
    You and everyone else that hasn't invested their identity into denying that a product they bought might have any serious downside. Yes, it's pretty common knowledge that the reverbs are less than stellar, Line6 seems to give very little lollipops about it and so a lot of users on this board, hence some of the prissy reactions. The unit is otherwise great and if you can either live with bad reverbs or pair it with a better reverb unit that's sort of your business to figure that out. I have a Fractal Axe FX 3 that I used for everything and the HX stomp that's my compact rehearsal unit, for what I need it to do it does the job but definitely record anything that needs a good quality reverb with the Axe or a plugin.
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