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  1. 2 points
    That's a nice thing for you to say. Thank you :-D :-D I think that's because i have a) very little experience with real (and different) amps - because i had my (preamp+power amp+cab)-combination for 30 years (only changed multi effects from time to time) and b) a lot of experience with not getting things (esp. complex ones) right on the first few tries - because i am 50 years old. ;-) Thank you for sharing that experience (that i lack completely). I've noticed that i have to develop 'an ear for this' first. A lot of these amps and cabs and parameters sound a) either strange ('who would use a sound like THAT? And for what?') b) or very similar (esp. sag/hum/ripple/bias(X)). ... but then i see you guys discussing in elaborate detail the differences between IRs, where i only hear 'more boomy' and 'more harsh' - and know: It's me. ;-) Also as a 'bring your gear and plug it in'-type of guy i had no experience with setting up microphones on amps. The last 8 years i played with a fixed cab sim directly into FOH and my sound guy knew what to do :-D :-D... What really helped me: Someone on this forum explained the difference of 'hearing what the audience hears' (through a mic'ed cab) and 'standing next to my amp' ... highly plausible. I am really excited to learn more about all this and very grateful for all the advice on this forum. Thanks .... now i have to vanish into my basement. ;-) THX Simon P.S.: Yes, i am a fan of structuring texts by lists. ;-)
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    Hey Folks, My first post here. Hopefully you guys can help. About 6 months, I moved from on using a traditional pedalboard to the HXFX. I've been running it 4CM into my amps. So far so good....It's knocked a lot of pedals off of my pedalboard, including an H9 and several delays. But it's not perfect. Dynamically, I've felt like it always had a bit of tone suck - but I lived with it because I don't have the time and patience like I did in my 20s to chase ghosts in my gear. When I first got it, I couldn't help but notice that some of the modulation & ODs sound very flat (except the chorus, which sounds amazing). I also have zero complaints about pitch shifting, delays or reverbs. It should be noted that I run these choruses, pitch shifters, reverbs and delays in the effects loop of my amp and I run other effects like flanger, phaser and ODs out in front of the amp's input. This week, I decided that I couldn't live without a good phase 90 anymore, so I dug into my old pedal bin, pulled out my MXR EVH90 and ran it in one of the HX's loops. Unfortunately, even the EVH90 - which is my favorite phaser - sounded flat, like all of the other phase90 models in the HXFX. However, if I unplugged the HXFX and ran the EVH90 straight into the front of the amp, it sounded great. That's when I started considering the possibility that the HXFX has a tone suck issue - but the fact that the HXFX's effects fed into my amp's loop sounded amazing, was truly baffling. I started running some tests and discovered that in non-4CM straight into the front of the amp the HXFX sounds fine. Same with running the HXFX only in my amps effects loop. I've also toggled the analog vs dsp bypass switch - but I find that there's no appreciable impact with my cables (I'm running extremely short cables for these tests) - so the differences between analog/dsp aren't evident in my testing. However, when I bypass the HXFX's front end effects with either a straight cable or a few analog pedals) - it is very clear that the front end effects in the HXFX are a tad muddy, lower in volume and overall, have a very odd feel.....like the impedance is funky. I've checked the send and return of the loop -- impedance is set for instrument level on both. There's an unavoidable annoyance factor in gear that some of us deal with. You might live with something if you can't put a finger on it it. But once you narrow down the problem and know what the problem is, it becomes an untenable annoyance that you need to destroy before you're happy again. I've reached that point with my FX. Once I realized that the tone suck is coming from the front end portion of my HXFX in the 4CM, it's never going to stop bothering me. So I'm down to 4 basic options: Relegate the HXFX to effects loop duty only and use analog pedals in the front end. Sell the HXFX and get an HX Stomp for effects loop duty only and use analog pedals in the front end. Sell the HXFX and go back to a traditional pedalboard Figure out whether the tone suck issue with front end effects on the HXFX is a levels/settings issue and nail it down. I'm hoping you guys can help me figure out #4. All three of the other options send me down a rabbit hole that is going to cost me money I don't want to spend. Any help appreciated!! Thanks, Frank
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    ... addition: Tried it and succeeded! :-D Bias does the trick. ... and i had a lot of fun playing around with just a few amps and their settings. THANKS A LOT!
  4. 1 point
    At present I monitor through a pair of JBL studio monitors at home and borrow a power amp/go direct in live.
  5. 1 point
    So my approach to getting to grips with my Helix was to stop thinking about presets as individual sounds - instead think of them as a virtual rig and use snapshots to dial the sounds you want out of that rig. Take a preset and configure it with everything you would have in a dream rig if you only had the roadies; pick stuff you're familiar with because you'll be relying on your notion of what sounds right to guide you when setting things up. I've never got on with Boogies and I've never owned a tweed Fender, but I have owned several Marshalls, a Vox AC30 and a blackface Twin so I started off using those. If you route the top path to the bottom you can get two amp/cab combinations into your preset - and if you use IRs instead of cabs will help save resources if you're struggling. Remember if a block is switched off, its does not effect the signal so you can alternate between the two amps really easily. You'll then need to go through each block and assign the parameters you want to tweak to "[snapshots]" so they will be saved per snapshot rather than being constant throughout the whole preset: for stomp pedals you normally switch them either in or out so don't worry about these so much; for your amps you should set drive, EQ, channel volume and master volume. For reverb and delay you'll want to select delay/decay times an mixes. Now having assembled your virtual rig, turn on/tweak the bits you need for your clean sound and save it as a snapshot. Ditto chorus + compressor clean - bring the FX in and out as you need them. Forget you have a helix and pretend you actually have the gear and when you dial in a useful sound, save it. Make 8 configurations that you would realistically use in a live set. And then play it lots, tweaking as you go until you think you're on top of it. I said two amps because I don't know how you could =not= get through any gig's worth of sounds with two different amps on stage with you. Personally I have an AC30 and a JCM800 in my preset. Don't be afraid to go to Ownhammer or RedWire to buy some IRs - I can tell you that Brit 2204 into the RedWire Marshall1960B-T75s with a SM57 Cap Edge Off Axis IR is exactly how a JCM800 should sound on a classic/hard rock record. You can get good sounds out of the cab blocks, but its not anywhere near as easy to do so. Once you're on top of your rig, then copy it somewhere safe and start to change bits. Experiment with the fuzz boxes, the wah pedals, a different amp sim. But get something straightforward that sounds good first - you are now both the guitarist, a guitar tech, a studio engineer and a producer - take a little time to expand into those new roles.
  6. 1 point
    The spec on your adaptor is a good match. It "should" work, but not guaranteed it supplying what the XPS needs. Hopefully you can suss out which component is bad (the power supply or the XPS) and get refunds as applicable.
  7. 1 point
    No, it claims to be an AC/AC adaptor. 9V 2000mA.
  8. 1 point
    Line 6 sez: * Eligible Products must be purchased as new from an authorized Line 6 reseller (an “Authorized Reseller”). * Eligible Products must be owned by the Qualified Purchaser for a period of no less than one hundred eighty (180) days in order to qualify for the Promotional Savings. These terms imply you can sell you LT hardware after your 180 days ownership is over and retain legal ownership of Native. Of course, the new LT buyer won't be eligible for a Native discount.
  9. 1 point
    Kudos to the original poster for being open to a number of possibilities. I haven't listened to the samples provided, but it sounds like codamedia's nailed it. I admit I'm about to go off on a rant here, AND I'm not necessarily saying that this is what is happening in your case, but I have noticed an interesting trend that occurs with new owners of HX gear. It goes something like this: 1. Real amps have a lot of interesting sounds and idiosyncrasies about them - but when a user uses a real amp though there is no worry that it's not going to sound "real" because it clearly IS real so these idiosyncrasies are accepted as just the way it is and they learn how to control them. 2. The Line 6 Helix does a fantastic job of mimicking these idiosyncrasies. They WILL show up in the models depending on settings. 3. From the moment a traditional gear user makes the decision to purchase a Helix they are worried that they'll find out it sounds "fake." 4. When they hear these idiosyncrasies, unlike with real gear where they assume it is just how it's supposed to be, they instead worry they are hearing the tell tale signs of digital modeling, and they begin to doubt their purchase. It's a vicious kind of confirmation bias.
  10. 1 point
    Oh, that's easy: guitar > HXFX Input > Phase > Overdrive > Loop 1 Send to AMP Input > Amp Effect Send to Loop 1 Return > Mod > Pitch > Delay > Reverb > HX FX Output (Main L/R) to amp Loop return
  11. 1 point
    EQ blocks may technically be the better way to go, but I find just using the cuts on the cab blocks to be sufficient. And if you already have a cab setup somewhere (which you presumably do), then you don't need to use another block for a high or low cut.
  12. 1 point
    ahh, much thanks, I couldn't remember if it was here or TGP that I saw something like that. Thank you, I can't view that forum at work, so I'll have to check it out when I get home.
  13. 1 point
    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/helix-high-low-cuts-ir-block-vs-eq-block.1860254/
  14. 1 point
    I believe there's some minimum time period after purchasing the Helix device and HX Native before you can sell it and still retain the Native license. The time period (longer than the typical return/refund period) is in place to discourage those who would purchase the Helix device purely to obtain the discount for HX Native and then immediately return the Helix device for full refund. Here's more info from the Helix Native FAQs: Q: Can I keep Helix Native if I return my product? If you return your eligible products, that will break the Terms and Conditions of your purchase of Helix Native and may be required to pay the difference or may have your Helix Native license revoked. Additional Terms and Conditions apply:
  15. 1 point
    I beieve that “Helices” is technically correct. However, “Double Helix” has a certain ring...
  16. 1 point
    I would like to use a Boss FS6 in front of my vocalist in a momentary mode to turn a delay on. Is this at all possible? It can't seem to switch effects on or off directly and I've tried using Bypass Assign with "learn controller". No success. Any chance we can could expect this in an update if the hardware can do it?
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    Wow...BS overload, I nearly passed out. ;) Descriptions are lovely and all, but beyond providing reading material while I'm sitting on the can, what am I supposed to glean from any of that nonsense? At the end of the day, " resplendent, unearthly ambience" and "majestic splendor" that "obscures the distinction between reality and fantasy" conveys what, exactly? Flowery vocabulary contributes nothing to any genuine understanding of what a given reverb (or anything else, for that matter) will actually sound like, to say nothing of whether or not it will be pleasing to the ear, or useful for one's needs...only LISTENING to it will determine that. Using that many words to say nothing is worthy of a wine enthusiast blog...I can read about the "woody, complex, rounded, and velvety nose" of Chateaux Rain Gutter all day long...but if I want to know what it tastes like, I'll actually have to buy a bottle and take a swig.
  19. 1 point
    Glitz=Big Sky Bloom Ganymede=RV6 Modulated Searchlights=Big Sky Cloud Double Tank=Big Sky Plate Mod Plateaux=Big Sky Shimmer
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