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  1. 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.
  2. 6 points
    Yes... and don't leave them empty, otherwise the electricity leaks out.
  3. 5 points
    1: NO 2: NO Why can't some people accept that there are many of us that found our way past amps and actually prefer it? IMO... It doesn't matter how good I make it sound "for me".... I have to rely on a microphone, placement and a sound tech with skills to make it sound even close to that out front where it really matters. I prefer to put my time and effort into what the people hear, not what I plan to enjoy by myself. Not to mention, the moment I'm on a tour requiring IEM's.... there is zero benefit (for me) to have an "amp in the room". Don't get me wrong... I love amps and own several. It's just not my preferred method. I'm also not telling anyone else they should ditch their amps if that's what they prefer. I can't speak for others... but I have no problems with dynamics, tone or feel and my ears are just fine! Actually... it's knowing what great amps sound like (through experience) that has helped me achieve that at the FOH with modelers.
  4. 4 points
    Nothing is stopping you from adding the extras for your own pleasure... but everything else you add will be moving further away from what Neil would do. IMO.... Studio Compression is definitely added to Neils guitar on the recordings.... you may want to insert the "LA Studio Comp" after the after for that feel/tone. It will be subtle, but does make a difference. A touch of verb doesn't hurt, but keep it light. Both the verb and compression would be "studio additions", not part of his core tone!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 4 points
    I recently started using the Sennheiser wireless headphones. I use the Helix as a playback device for my laptop PC via USB so I can also hear and play along with any click, loop, or demo tracks for the songs in our set list for a respective event. Since I also run my guitars into the Helix via a Relay 50 wireless, I'm completely untethered, enabling me to stand and practice while the Helix and related expression pedals are is on the floor so I can also rehearse any foot control work for a respective song. The USB connection also enables me to be connected to the Helix editor to make changes to the preset for a particular song (e.g., snapshots, controller assignments, parameter tweaks, etc.). The best part is being able to play without disturbing my family. The worst part is being so engrossed in playing that your first indication that someone wants to ask you a question is when your feel an unexpected tap on your shoulder and jump 10' into the air in initial response.
  8. 3 points
    No latency that I can tell Tuning is amazing but not entirely free of artifacts depending on what you're doing Modelled guitars are good as substitues but require 'tuning' to fit your need and theres lots of 'model packs' about put together by some very knowledgeable people https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=138.0 My use case is largely live - Standard >> Helix >> PC+ or DT25 I chage tuning and guitar models between and within songs using snapshopts For live my rig went from 3-5 guitars, 2 x heads, 2+ x cabs, pedal board, DIs for accoustic to 2 x variax standards (one spare), Helix and 2 x PC+ or DT 25 Both standards have been plecked, bone buts put on, and locking trimmng tuners put on - very happy with the feel as a lng term fender player - had a couple of JTV 59s I couldn't love due to feel not working for me Have also used for recording projects and not told people what the guitar used is and never had tone or tuning questioned - including dobro and accoustic models in open tunings and slide Yes - I'm a fan.
  9. 3 points
    If you haven't already seen it, Jason Sadites has a great video on this general topic of 'none of us having ever actually heard what our presets really sound like' It's well worth the 30min watch.
  10. 3 points
    Mine uses punch cards and it works just fine.
  11. 3 points
    But what if it's a joystick? ;)
  12. 3 points
    I must say that the Helix Floor that i bought when it came out years ago is the best investment in music gear i have ever done. The way you keep updating and improving this thing is unprecedented. So thank you very very much for the helix Line 6. When and if Helix 2 comes out i'm first in line.
  13. 3 points
    I don't see a problem with the way it works now. HX Edit stays at version 3.0, so if you choose to download only the software called hx edit, it'll only show you 3.0. There is no 3.01.0 HX Edit. If you choose All software, you get everything including firmware. Firmware is not HX Edit. HX Edit is just one (of two) ways to update the helix hardware series with new firmware releases, whether you download them yourself from that website or use HX Edit to download the fw update for you. I see nothing to fix or change on the website based on what you described.
  14. 3 points
    Not that it can't bear some improvement but I have to say I can't see what I hear on @SaschFranck's recording being a huge problem in a live setting. Heck, at least in the clubs, given the sounds of conversation, glasses clinking, chairs moving, servers taking orders, etc.. I don't even see it being much of a problem in a solo setting unless you guys are getting much more polite crowds than I have experienced or are playing in an auditorium you can hear a pin drop in with a rapt audience. Even then I think it could be passable depending on what is being played. Btw, with the exception of a few socially distanced porch jams all my gigs post-COVID have been "solo", as in, just me :-) This is the first iteration of poly in the HX line and it took a while to get here so although everyone hoped it would be perfect out of the gate I think it is only reasonable to give Line6 a little time to refine it. It is pretty decent right now and a paradigm shift for HX with some serious potential. Code optimization is actually at the absolute top of my list for poly enhancements so that it chews up less DSP and allows more of the blocks I use in my signal path to remain. Yet another reason I would love to see a modular approach to modelers where I could just throw some more/faster DSP at this. Glad to see people make specific suggestions on where it can be improved though especially when accompanied by audio that demonstrates areas of concern. Those observations are what will hopefully help drive its future development. It is probably an overstatement to call it unusable(not implying you were saying that) but standards differ between players. Perhaps some will have to wait(could be a long time) to use it live until it hits their threshold for performance use. For me I think I could find places to use it now, as it is.
  15. 3 points
    Nobody's are... and yes, I've purchased a bunch (mostly out of curiosity) from various sources, including some of the more highly touted ones often mentioned around here... and I don't use a single one of them. That being said, Jason Sadites' youtube channel has some excellent Helix tutorials for getting acquainted with the process of creating your own tones... just don't confuse process with product. Trying to reproduce tonal continuity using a carbon copy of settings that work for someone else, with their rig, guitars, listening environment, playing technique, etc etc, is mostly a pipe dream. The variables are numerous and significant... and this will be true no matter who's you purchase, or how awesome they sounded in the demo. If you're expecting to buy them and instantly have the exact same tone you've heard in videos that feature those very same patches, the odds are that you will come away confused and disappointed. Watch some of his videos to see how and why he does certain things... but don't fixate on duplicating every last parameter, because it'll never sound exactly the same on your end... it's the methodology that matters, not individual numbers. Once you understand what various parameters do, then finding the sound you want becomes much less daunting. But ultimately there are no shortcuts.
  16. 3 points
    Not at all I think. In my experience Line 6 wants beta testers who want to seek out problems and make sound recommendations for improvement. Fan boys are not good beta testers if all they want to do is extol the virtues of a product. A healthy disrespect is very useful. The desired attitude is "I want to bring this thing to its knees and make it crash spectacularly!" Edit: added the word ‘not’ which was originally omitted.... Fan boys are not good beta testers.....
  17. 3 points
    I'm 100% on board for more synth stuff. We have enough amps and effects unless they wanna throw us some more ambient/experimental type effects like glitching and stuff! To be honest I'm quite a bit let down about it not having more synth stuff considering how guitar synth stuff has exploded lately. I have a boss sy-1000 and gk pickups and can use external synths like my hydrasynth and wavestate etc... with it but it would be nice if helix got in the synth game. If helix could do great synths it would be powerful with that and variax. It would be a boss sy-1000 on steroids where you could conjure up awesome synth tones, acoustic guitar stuff, alt tunings, different modelled electrics and bass etc... I can do all that with sy-1000 but I'd love to be able to do it all in helix instead and be more powerful with 4 signal paths (instead of 3 in sy-1000) and more fx blocks in helix 32 (instead of like 15 in sy-1000) and helix routing and fx loops and stuff would just make it a killer over sy-1000. If helix got to the point of having strong polyphonic synth options that are great I would drop my gk pickups and sy-1000 and get my a variax but it would have to be much better than sy-1000 before changing. Able to sound good, split strings, great alt-tunings, good filters etc..
  18. 3 points
    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.
  19. 3 points
    A Klon is to a reverb as an amoeba is to a sperm whale. Where can I get this on a T-shirt in a men's medium?
  20. 3 points
    Respectfully I think there may be considerable interest in better synth options. Hard to tell without a poll. I cast my vote "Yes please".
  21. 3 points
    I recreated the Freqout good enough to get me through a couple songs I needed that edge/into feedback kind of sound without having to bring it to a gig. Its on CustomTone. https://line6.com/customtone/tone/4237762/ . Operates a little bit differently by using the expression pedal but the instructions are in the patch notes and is the "Natural High" setting on the FreqOut. You may have to change outputs. Its set up as a gig patch using Input 2 for a bass path irrelevant to the Guitar Patch on input 1 so ignore that. I tried to use Autoswell on a momentary to bring in the path but that effect is overall frustrating and was better on the Exp pedal. Even with the FreqOut, I like the Exp pedal over a momentary anyway. If there was available LFO assignments like on the Digitech GNX ( maybe even RP) stuff, the path could be automated for a momentary better.
  22. 3 points
    This is something I never thought I would do, mostly because of the hype around the Klon over the TubeScreamer. But what works in some situations doesn't work as well in others, and you have to judge tone with your ears, not your eyes. I mostly play single-coil pickups - Strat Deluxe, Tele, and Variax JTV-69S. I just like the character and brightness of these pickups. I also have a '67 Les Paul with Tom Holmes pickups and a very nice black Epiphone Sheraton Pro II. What I found is that its important to match the distortion blocks with the guitar and amp. A typical single coil pickup is going to be a bit scooped in the mids, giving it that bright and deep tone that sounds so good by itself. If you pair single coil pickups with a Fender style amp, it's even more scooped. I typically use Derailed Ingrid or Litigator both of which are Fender style amps. I think Fender might have done this because it made the guitar and amp sound really good by itself in the showroom, helping sales. But in a mix, all that scooping can make the guitar get a little lost. The Klon is high headroom, low gain, hard clipper with some mid boost at 1kHz, but not a lot. Contrast with the TubeScreamer which is lower headroom, higher gain, soft clipper with a lot of mid boost at around 720Hz. When I compared them using the JTV-69s into Derailed Ingrid, I found the Scream808 just sounded better. I think it's because that guitar and amp needs that slightly lower frequency, slightly higher mid boost, higher gain and since the pickups are already pretty bright, the soft clipper's more even order harmonics seemed to fit better with the guitar. So maybe the magic with the Klon/Minotaur happens with double coil humbucker pickups into Marshall style amps. This combination is already pretty dark with a fair amount of mid focus and high output. So the Klon's lower gain, slightly higher frequency mid boost, slightly lower mid hump and hard clipper producing more odd order harmonics works better to brighten things up a little. I also swapped out the Compulsive Drive (OCD) with the Dhyana Drive (Zendrive) for higher gain sounds. I felt like this was a better fit with my guitar and amp choices, and was a bit more controllable. I'm pretty happy with the result. It seemed to enforce the fact that different distortion pedals work better with different guitar and amp combinations. So don't pick the "best" distortion block, pick the one that works best with your guitar, amp and musical style.
  23. 3 points
    Although there are some things I would have preferred be done with different hardware such as the joystick, in toto(not the dog) I cannot believe what a well built piece of equipment the Helix is. It is absolutely awe-inspiring from the quality of the case to the screen and scribble strips, even the rough pebble coating on the incredibly solid expression pedal. Almost everything about it feels robust and fantastic. What a remarkable piece of kit. It is a beast! As I posted before I only wish I could upgrade the components when the time comes because it is one truly impressive piece of gear that I would prefer never become obsolete. For anyone waiting I would say get off the fence and just get one!! I'm sure the "Double Helix", whenever it comes, and it could be years, will have more capability but with the build and quality of the Helix as it exists already the new Double Helix will be hard-pressed to deliver at the current price point as materials and manufacturing continue to get more expensive. This device has captured my intense interest, served me flawlessly for years of gigging, and cured my lifelong G.A.S.. I have said this before but I truly believe it has saved me bundles of cash over the years. My constant purchase and search for other equipment decreased dramatically after getting the Helix. In the long run it has saved me thousands, so if you are just looking at the economics of it you may be surprised at how your lowered net expenditures on other gear may end up more than justifying the purchase. Even if you decide to sell your LT for less than the purchase price when a new device comes out to displace it, you may well find that you have saved a lot of money on other gear you would have bought otherwise. In the interim you will definitely have missed out on just how much fun and creativity this device delivers, especially when integrated with a Variax and/or PowerCab, delivered with an intuitive interface that makes using it a pleasure. With a major firmware upgrade coming(3.0) it will soon have even more toys and functionality under the hood. I am not shy about critiquing things I think could be done better on the Helix but overall the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
  24. 3 points
    Mine works fine, but I'm pi$$ed anyway!!!!!! ;)
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 3 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!!!
  29. 2 points
    The press and turn the knob thing has been part of snapshots pretty much since they first appeared. Definitely a great method if you are working directly on your device. Discovered this one too for HX Edit. Shortcut: In HX Edit, highlight any parameter by clicking on its value or title and hit the letter "S" once and it will be assigned to snapshots. Hit "S" a second time and it will unassign that parameter from snapshots. Handy shortcut and I find it faster than right-clicking the parameter and selecting 'Snapshot' from the bottom of the pulldown(should be at the first or second position in the pulldown IMHO). Occurs to me that if they added a Shift-Select and Ctrl-Select ability to HX Edit such that you could select multiple parameters on a block at one time, assigning them to snapshots could be done in a single keystroke.
  30. 2 points
    As the comment above, from “DunedinDragon”, the EQ block would be more functional after the amp/cab block. Easy to fix.
  31. 2 points
    If anyone in here is interested - Helix Native 3.01 is available to Download. 12/8/20 “The Helix 3.01 update addresses potential severely corrupted audio output. Due to this, we recommend updating your Helix family device as soon as possible. This issue may also be experienced on Helix Native, an update for Native will be available in the very near future.” I know Helix Native has it’s own forum, but not that many people actually visit or post in there. Last time that Digital_Igloo posted about an update was for 1.50 in January 2018 IIRC, some were asking in this forum. Hope this helps.
  32. 2 points
    How much more would you be willing to pay for that? Double the price?
  33. 2 points
    Hi Have made a new version of my cheat sheet, Line6 Helix Model Summary v3.00, for the ones who still like it on a printed sheet or as a file on your PC/MAC. All models up to firmware 3.00 are in there and as usual they are in the order of appearance on the unite. Have also corrected some errors and mistyping. There is a few parameters I do not yet have the info on and they are marked TBD (eg impedance of the Horizon Drive) and will be updated when I find the info. Else, same format as before. Download it from my Dropbox here - https://www.dropbox.com/s/v9jzvcxuym3p0p4/Line6 Helix-Model Summary%2C P3%2C00-02.pdf?dl=0 Take care and have fun... (sounded a bit like a contradiction :-) //Per
  34. 2 points
    Then something is amiss, sir. It doesn't work like that for other people, and it went through beta testing and QA without those issues. I wouldn't know how to start solving your problem other than something in your helix general settings of some kind that is mixing dry signal into your output path. Makes me wonder if it always was mixing dry signal into your output path but you couldn't tell because without pitch changing effects it's much less obvious?
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    If my options are being labeled arrogant, or plowing through life paying no attention to anything, causing problems that otherwise wouldn't exist, I'll take the arrogant label...
  37. 2 points
    I’m not sure what you mean by “break away”, but as of the 2.80 update, you can turn hardware compatibility mode off in Native and ignore any DSP limitations associated with the hardware in a preset.
  38. 2 points
    https://line6.com/support/page/kb/effects-controllers/helix/helix-tutorials-by-jason-sadites-r891/
  39. 2 points
    The reason there are 12 bazillion IRs on the market is that one man's "mud" is another man's "chunk". And since those terms are entirely subjective, each company has it's own way of identifying which of it's IRs sound like whatever they call it. Ownhammer has at least two ways of doing it. From the manual for the bundle that I have: “BOLD” is a mix that has a forward midrange with a slightly relaxed top and bottom end. “BROWN” is a more pleasing derivative of the “brown sound”, using a similar hardware configuration. “CL1” is a page from classic rock, using only condensers and ribbons which are pulled back a little from the cab. “CL2” is a thicker and slightly darker version of CL1. “CUT” is comprised of an on-axis 57 and off-axis 57 mic combination. “CUT+121” adds a 121 mic to the Quick-Start CUT mix recipe. “CHUNK” is a more “fat” sounding version of the BOLD mix. “JPS” is a ‘Studio’ voiced mix using hardware utilized by a legendary Long Island prog rock/metal guitar icon. “JPL” is the darker ‘Live Sound’ counterpart based on documented placements used for this artist’s touring rig. “JS” is a multi-mic configuration created by Jon Symons. “MDRN” is comprised of a 57 + 421 mic combination. “OH1” is comprised of a 57 + 121 mic combination. “OH1F” is comprised of a more “fat” sounding 57 + 121 mic combination. “OH2” is comprised of a 421 + 121 mic combination. “OH2F” is comprised of a more “fat” sounding 421 + 121 mic combination. “OH3” is a darker mix originally intended for live sound, but also excels with brighter pickups/guitars for studio. “OH3F” is comprised of a more “fat” sounding version of the OH3 mix. “RIP” is comprised of a 57 + 160 mic combination. “SP2” is a multi-mic configuration created by Scott Peterson. Their newest (r)Evolution series uses a totally different code. Your only hope is to read the manual that comes with your bundle and try a few different IRs from different categories. While you're exploring this rabbit hole, don't forget to play your guitar!
  40. 2 points
    As Robbie said, Helix factory presets are....well, like any unit's factory presets, more geared towards a bland showcase of the models. I have not actually used a GT-100, but I took a peek at the manual and the specs out of curiosity. Obviously, first thing to do is upgrade the firmware, so you get the full range of models; the original Helix firmware is almost laughable compared to Helix 2.92. In comparison, the number of amp, distortion and effects models the Helix currently has crushes the GT-100. Just as important is the increased flexibility of routing compared to the GT-100. You can route effects, amps and cab sims in most any order you want, as long as you don't run out of DSP. In terms of DSP, you can actually space things out between 2 separate DSP paths that can be routed in serial so you can avoid running out of DSP. I use this for when I want to combine a preamp and full amp model to create a jury-rigged "unique" model (e.g. in my case, I've created my attempt at a Dumble SSS, as well as a Frankensteined Soldano/Friedman hybrid), and then have another full amp on the 2nd DSP path as a second channel. There are just a ton of options available. In addition, the amplifier models have controls for things like power tube sag, tube bias, and bias "excursion", which essentially means that each amp model can be modded "internally" in ways that most of us unskilled plebes could never do ourselves with the real thing. Finally, you can stack more than 1 effect of the same general type; if you want, you can send a Fuzzface into a tubescreamer, or layer a Dimension chorus on top of a CE-1 chorus effect....or both if you want. The tricky part is that it's almost as easy to make a crappy sound with all these parameters available as it is to make an awesome one. In other words, there is a definite learning curve, and you need patience and a willingness to research how the real life models work. For example, your first impulse for the Mark IV model might be to crank the bass control if you want that sweet Metallica sound.......but dig into the specs a bit, and you'll find that the bass control should be set low, as it pumps a lot bass into the input stage ahead of tubes, causing massive flabby mud....instead, you should crank the bass on the graphic EQ settings on the last page of the amplifier's settings. Speaking of EQ, always be ready to use at least 1 separate EQ block. Finally, keep in mind your method of output makes a HUGE difference. I prefer to plug it into a clean tube amp. Others prefer a digital audio workstation (which I feel sounds a little too tame and processed for my tastes), or a flat response full range studio speaker. For those options, you may need to check out impulse responses to make things sound a little more like "the real thing", or spend some significant time trying out the built-in cabinet modelling options. For the in-house cabinet modeling, I highly suggest using the dual cabs option to give the sound more depth and variety; even though I use a real amp and its speakers for output, I actually still use the cab modeling to add an extra layer of filtering and depth. Don't expect to immediately plug and play; you will just get frustrated if that's what you think you can do right away. If you spend the time needed, however, the results are worth it.
  41. 2 points
    I found the article which I mentioned in my earlier post regarding compressors (and it was from HonestOpinion).
  42. 2 points
    I don't understand the post about PC+s not cutting it live - Ive done gigs with one or 2 in stereo and have never run them over half - and the tones are great direct from helix with stock cabs and FRFR mode. Horses for courses I suspect.
  43. 2 points
    It's a coax speaker (full range).... When using the power cab in FRFR (full range) mode, full range is used When loading IR's in a PowerCab Plus, full range is used When using speaker simulation in the PowerCab or PowerCab Plus... the high frequency driver is disengaged and it's more like a normal guitar speaker.... at least that is my understanding (I don't own one) It's all about choice and versatility. Just like the Helix itself, multiple options are provided to accommodate a larger market, not necessarily for a single user to use everything included.
  44. 2 points
    Gents, I had the exact same problem and saw your post yesterday. While waiting for someone to reply, I ended up resolving it myself. I can't say this is the ONLY solution, but I was able to connect my Helix and eventually get past with the update mode through Line 6 Updater. Unlike doing it through HX Edit, Line 6 Updater recognized my Helix without any "connection interrupted" messages, and I let it run through the update successfully. I think it's a bit silly that Line6 website makes a big deal out of people needing to follow the instructions carefully - yet I haven't seen any official post on this simple troubleshooting to save people's time and frustration. I hope this works for you, too.
  45. 2 points
    Ideally, you choose one device for I/O. I know Apple lets you aggregate audio hardware, but if you want to maintain as much consistency as possible, you should have all your I/O on one piece of hardware.
  46. 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.
  47. 2 points
    Yeah, I’ve had mine a year or two longer. It’s still so satisfying and amazing.
  48. 2 points
    i have the exact same problem in 2020 - anybody got a solution ?
  49. 2 points
    Thank you Silverhead, your comments always make my mood go up.
  50. 2 points
    The ones you create for yourself...
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