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  1. 4 points
    Stunned that this Helix models my Mesa Mark IV perfectly. I've had the Mesa since '92 and assumed I wouldn't have that tone, but just lots of new stuff to play with. I was wrong. The Mesa Mark IV is my tone. I have a Mark V and a Mark 5:25, which are both great, but the Mark IV options across all channels are balanced perfectly for me and I love it and would never have anything else for my main. I got the Helix to get back into using FX but without pedals, for recording, and also just to see if it inspired creativity (which it has). I am dipping my toe in slowly so I don't get overwhelmed but I was so relieved when I stumbled onto this with the 'Cali IV Rhythm 1, 2, & Lead'. The FX they have on the preset need work, or deleted, but the core amp is PERFECT! My Mesa Amps https://imgur.com/a/YdDcOOU And the drum set to the right... https://imgur.com/a/ROGILnN
  2. 3 points
    This reminded me of another story, of a beginner guitarist who didn't have the ability to hear if his gear was clipping or not, and one day tried checking the meters, fixed some errors he had... And it sounded pretty good! ;-P Jokes aside, we all get it: developing ears is a must. But there's no crime on using technology while you are working on it. Being able to see if something is wrong can make a huge difference for many players, resulting in better music, which is good for everyone. Even more: you can improve your listening by realizing, with the meters, that you were making mistakes.
  3. 2 points
    SS power amps like the EHX need the full amp - remember what I said about the interaction between pre and power amp, and how that's lost as soon as you leave the virtual (digital) realm? And with the EHX there'll also be no interaction between the EHX and the speaker. One reason I suggested Quilter is that their circuit attempts to mimic that interaction (depending on the model). Signal flow is simple - 1/4" L/MONO out to EHX. Try the EHX Bright switch in both positions. One of he reasons I didn't like the EHX was that it seemed to add a lot of HISS through the speaker. It was less apparent at higher levels, and your Marshall cab is pretty dark compared to the speaker I was using so, as always, YMMV. Only other tip is to be sure that everything is plugged into the same EMI/RFI filtered surge strip to minimize noise and prevent ground loops. One last thing - just because you're not SUPPOSED to use a cabinet model (or IR for that matter), doesn't mean you CAN'T. IT"S NOT REAL! NO RULES APPLY except - "If it SOUNDS good, it IS good!"
  4. 2 points
    I have gone through my own personal journey of sending the helix out to a cabinet for a bit. I had a powercab and just did not love it. I then picked up a used Mooer Tube Engine, which is a 20Watt tube power amp. I was only looking for something to amplify my helix into a regular guitar cab. I have a few cabs that cover quite a lot of ground and wanted to use those. I tried it with just the preamps, because theoretically I only needed a pre because the Mooer was the power amp, and discovered that the interaction between the pre and power amp modeling in the helix was key to the amp models sounding the way I expected them. There are several of the amp models that rely on Power amp distortion to give the amps true character. The tweeds are a good example of this. When you the tweeds the break up from the preamp only just did not sound right at all. I also found that many of the pres are at different levels of output and it takes feeding them into the modeled power amp to get the levels right. So then I went to trying to run full models into the Mooer and that did not work for me either. The emulated power amp being fed into an external power amp seemed to muddy up the tone and change the character of the amp model in a bad way, to my ears. Again, I am only playing at home, so having gig level volumes were not important to me. At this point, I took a shot on a Mooer Baby Bomb. It is a solid state power amp that adds, to my ears, very little character to what is fed into it...given that you do not crank it up and drive it into breakup. This allowed me to run the full amp model, sans helix cab or ir, into my guitar cabinets. To date this creates my favorite tones I have gotten from my helix providing an amp in the room experience. The one thing I will point out about the Baby Bomb, in case it becomes a consideration for anyone, is that the power supply is not grounded. I got major hum and noise from it because of that. I had on hand a few of those Hum-X adapters on hand and using one of those fixed the problems I had with the baby bomb. There are several other solid state power amps and I am guessing most of them would work just as well, if not better than the Babay Bomb. But in my opinion to get an accurate representation of the amp model with a guitar cab, having the power amp model is key to it sounding like the rel thing. then to amplify it, you need a neutral sounding power amp device that does not color the model taking away from the models intended sound.
  5. 2 points
    As I see it, there's two components to "feel". First is the interaction between the amplifier components - the PRE amp and the POWER amp. Second is the interaction between the power amp and the speaker. In Helix, there's a VIRTUAL PRE amp that interacts VIRTUALLY with a VIRTUAL POWER amp. When you pick a full amp model (not just a PREamp), that interaction is modeled. When you pick a AMP + CAB model, the full chain is modeled (I think). Once you start replacing the Helix AMP + CAB with AMP + IR, you start to lose part of the interaction. Once you leave the VIRTUAL world and start physically amplifying the Helix, there's a different "feel" thing going on. There's no interaction between the physical amp and the Helix. There IS a feel component between the PHYSICAL amp and the PHYSICAL speaker. Tube aficionados will prefer tube amps, and talk about "warmth" and "harmonic content" and "sponginess" and whatnot. SS aficionados will talk about clarity and response. Ten people are about to jump in and nit-pick what I just said, and none of it matters. Get a tube combo and run the Helix with a full amp model (no cab) into the FX Loop Return. Get a SS amp and speaker cab and do the same. If you can get a Powercab112+, try it using the speaker emulations (not IRs). Buy the one you like best. Our opinions are just that. So here's mine: My HR FRFR112 is meh. Usable. I tend to prefer Helix Amp+Cab models to Amp + IR. And I've tried a LOT of IRs. I like the sound/feel of Helix full Amp model (not Amp+Cab, not Preamp only) into the FX Loop Return of my 15 watt 6v6 1-12 open-back tube combo ($350), AT HIGHER VOLUMES. I don't like the sound/feel of my EHX .44 Magnum into a 1-12 closed-back speaker cab (sterile). There are better SS power amps available. Quilter is very popular. I'm currently thrilled to death with everything about my Powercab 112+ ($475 used). YMMV to the max!
  6. 2 points
    Thanks for sharing. Not my style of playing (dent/metalish), but you cover all the bases from clean/light to nasty/heavy. The youtube reviewer did extensive testing on a lot of preset makers and concluded (as I and others on this forum have); your presets are not a rip-off and are, in fact, excellent.
  7. 2 points
    This is just personal preference. Some like the "amp in the room" sound and a PowerCab might be best for this as @rd2rk is outlining. Others may want an FRFR such as the Headrush (or many other options) so they hear their sound similar to the FOH, but still separate so they have better control of what they hear. Then there are users like myself.... give me the FOH and Monitor (fold back) any day, every day. Even when I used to use amps they were kept fairly quiet, were miced up, and fed back to me through my monitor. My preference (#3) does have a caveat attached though. It only works well when the gear meets a certain quality. The FOH and monitors need to meet a standard, and separate monitor mixes are a must. When requirements are not met, I have a Yorkville powered wedge/speaker to get me through those gigs.... in other words, I'm not against sliding back to option #2 when I have to. No right, no wrong... find what works for you and run with it.
  8. 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.
  9. 2 points
    How about that tuner??? ;D
  10. 1 point
    https://line6.com/g10recall/ Please note that even though the link is labeled "recall", the recall only applies to the USB charging cable, which is an accessory that's sold separately from the systems themselves , not the G10 hardware itself. There are firmware update instructions for the transmitter in the link.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks for the replies. I mentioned overheating only because it seemed a potential cause since the problem occurs after a period of use (maybe 2 hours?), and switching it off and letting it 'cool down' (say overnight) seems to work. It's uncovered and sitting on carpet, and it's not been moved/relocated in the last 4 years. Good idea to try one of the Returns - but since the Tuner also stops registering any INPUT when this happens I'm thinking it might be electronics related.... I haven't swapped my Monitors out since they are also playing sound from my PC via a Behringer mixer (which I did also troubleshoot by plugging the Helix 3/4 outs straight into the monitors) I'll raise a ticket but the answer will be to ship it to the service company and pay the money... I just wondered if anyone had had similar issues.... Jim
  12. 1 point
    If you are obsessed with renaming HX Stomp Snapshots so they actually mean something .... or ... you're determined to outwit whoever decided this wasn't important for HX Stomp users, but for Helix Floor users - "yes, we'll let you rename snapshots" ... or .... After a "bit" of trial & error (.hlx file scheme is a bit wonky!), I've deciphered how to do this ... it's easy (ish) To help you out, I've attached an "rtf" format file as an example. To check out the rtf file you'll need a text editor that supports this common format. It's rtf format so I could HIGHLIGHT AND BOLD IN RED where the snapshot names are, along with the preset name that will be displayed in HX Edit on the Stomp. Also attached is the .hlx file with renamed snapshots if you want to import it into HX Edit for reference. You will have to export each preset you want to rename the snapshots for You will have to use a basic text editor to edit each .hlx file There are restrictions on how many characters in a snapshot and preset name, the attached sample file contains the max number of characters that will be displayed in HX Edit or on the Stomp Order of snapshots in the .hlx file DOES NOT match order of snapshots as seen in HX Edit i.e. "Snapshot 2" in HX Edit is not second snapshot you'll come across in the .hlx file How To: Open the .hlx file in your text editor Find/replace the snapshot names and/or the preset name, using the attached files as a guide Save file, keeping .hlx extension Import .hlx file into HX Edit Done! Cheers! Ken 2CH 2Guitars Template.hlx 2CH 2Guitars Template colors.rtf
  13. 1 point
    https://georgedyermusic.com/2016/11/24/how-do-quilter-amps-work/ Should you decide to look into a Quilter, contact Quilter support or go to their forum or FB page and ask about specifics.
  14. 1 point
    There are indeed. Also lots of unhappy bunnies pitch up here complaining that Helix doesn't cut it, perhaps blaming the tools prematurely. My experience has been as yours: the amp modelling is excellent assuming that the patch is optimally set up. A big assume, unfortunately, as there are so many things that can go wrong, not least cab and mic choices. Anyway, very glad you hit the nail on the head first try, and thanks for saying so in public. Makes a refreshing change :-)
  15. 1 point
    I think it’s just terminology. A preset occupies one of the slots (1A through 32D) in HX Edit. I think you are calling this a block, which causes the confusion. The term block is used to refer to one of the components of a preset - an amp, cab, stomp, delay, etc. When you say you drag a block to the desktop people understand that as saying you are dragging only one component of a preset. In fact you are dragging an HX Edit preset slot.
  16. 1 point
    The amp modeling is very accurate, let no one tell you otherwise.
  17. 1 point
    For now, I'm stuck playing through headphones most of the time, sadly. I use an old (but great!) set of Sennheiser HD580 headphones with the Helix, and they work very well together. For the occasions where I decide I'm going to be a bit of a jerk to my neighbors, I just use an old set of Logitech Z-2300 200W full-range speakers+subwoofer which sound surprisingly good from the Helix output. Not gigging with any of it currently. FWIW, I spend a lot of time tweaking patches and building tones with the Helix, and I think the biggest payoffs to be had come from that -- just my opinion. It's tweakable enough that feel, touch response, stereo imaging, frequency response, etc. -- all of those things can be finely-manipulated within the Helix itself. But I also very much understand those who just want to put a couple simple blocks in their patch, plug in to a monitor, and immediately have the sounds of a Marshall full-stack without any extra tweaking.
  18. 1 point
    Haven't tried them, but pretty sure that both Fremen and Glen DeLaune have ambient packs.
  19. 1 point
    There are very few tube power amp only units. They are usually rack mount and heavy. Mesa makes one, or at least used to, that's well thought of. Any tube head with a serial FX Loop will do the job. I chose one with 6v6 tubes because they're very neutral sounding even at high volume - think Fender Deluxe clean. If you need more power from tubes, getting something with WAY more power than you need will give you more clean headroom before the "color" of specific tubes starts to kick in. OTOH, you're using a Marshall 4-12 cab. You must like Marshall sound, so anything with EL34s will get you there. Yep, you're right - what have you accomplished if you're either going to need a heavy rack-mount tube power amp or a regular big heavy guitar amp head? Nothing. BUT, if you insist that only tubes will do, and you NEED a 4-12, there it is.
  20. 1 point
    I'm afraid I've got no experience with any of them -- I use my Helix by itself because I currently live in an apartment :) So hopefully others here can give recommendations!
  21. 1 point
    rd2rk's answer is good and worth the read, but I just wanted to clarify something in case it wasn't already understood: a real amplifier typically consists of a pre-amp (which provides a lot of the tone) and a power-amp, all inside the same amp head. When you use the Helix with a tube power amp, you set up your patches to just use a pre-amp block rather than the amp or amp+cab. They are their own category of effect in the Helix, and each amp modeled in the Helix also has just the pre-amp modeled by itself. Then you run the output of the Helix into your power amp, which completes the "pre-amp + power-amp" of a full amplifier. That said, I think I've read that some people have preferred the results of using a full amp block in Helix this way (without the cab, amp only!), rather than just a pre-amp block. So, it's worth some experimentation.
  22. 1 point
    I am seeing the same thing here. I successfully updated my G10S and G10T firmware, but after the update I find that the battery bar drops very quickly. Today I plugged in on a full charge and played continuously for about 2 hours, and battery charge has dropped from 3 bars to 1 bar even before I reached 2 hours.
  23. 1 point
    Yes, you can defeat the tweeter in the PC112+ either through HX Edit OR on Helix itself. Keep in mind that modelers are a sort of "virtual reality" and that ITRW guitar cabs are a form of coloration added to the signal chain. Once you're no longer using a real guitar cab it becomes simply a matter of adding color to your sound. An IR is a simulation of what a specific cabinet in a specific room with a specific mic sounds like. You can put it anywhere in the signal chain that sounds best to you. It's not real. To clarify, I was talking about the PC112+. The XLR Out takes the Input signal and speaker emulation (pre volume knob), adds a virtual SM57 mic, and sends it out the XLR. Changing the stage level on the PC112+ has no effect on the XLR out. Considering that the physical speaker is out of the loop, it sounds VERY similar through the PA. The FRFR112 just takes whatever signal level is going to the speaker and sends it to FOH at that level. The FOH guy will hate you if you change the level on him! There's two schools of thought on this. One is that "Gear is for the musician, not the audience". If you like the way you sound on stage, you'll play better, and the audience experience will thus be enhanced. Let the FOH guy worry about what it sounds like out front. The other school is that you're a paid performer and it's ALL about the audience. It doesn't really matter if you sound like crap through your stage monitors, as long as the audience gets the intended sound. I think the answer is both. The problem is "dialing in the presets at home". Home is NEVER the same as the venue, and every venue is different. If you're going old school, you're dialing in your amp at the venue, and the FOH guy takes care of the audience. I expect that, even with great modelers, there's always going to be some dialing in at the venue. How practical that is will depend largely on how many and how different the sounds you use are, and how produced your show is. Do you have TIME to dial in the specific sounds for every song? If not, then you need to dial in the sounds at home, at gig levels, through FRFR (PA) speakers, as DD said. One nice thing about having a PC112+ is that I can have a sound I like on stage, and use an FRFR (PA Speaker) with a separate signal path and XLR out direct from the Helix, dialed in to accomodate the audience using a PA speaker. Best of both worlds. This is what I was getting at when I talked about how much air a 1-12 can push. A 50 watt amp through a 4-12 cab is WAY louder sounding than that same amp through a 1-12. A mic'd 1-12 cab can sound great on stage and benefit FOH house sound by not killing the fans at the edge of the stage or forcing on stage volume wars like a 4-12 can, but there's always bleed into the mic from other sounds on stage. A PC112+ is, again, best of both worlds. "The best of times, the worst of times". So much to think about, so many options. So few opportunities to play for a live audience. Death to the evil virus!
  24. 1 point
    The great thing about Helix is that you have many different options. I have 2 HR FRFR112, DT25, and Powercab+ (PC+112) for playing/practicing/experimenting at home. I get great results in pretty much any combination I dream up. I'm blown away by the wet-dry-wet setup using the FRFR112 and Powercab+. Absolutely amazing when doing ambient stuff. But on stage, I have only used in-ears. I just don't feel like lugging around more stuff now. But there are legitimate reasons for wanting a back line or floor monitors etc. For me, the most important reason would be that the guitar interacts with the sound of amplification nearby. , especially a loud tube amp. For some reason, that interaction inspires players beyond just playing their practiced parts. Everyone is different of course. The nice thing about the PC+ is that you can plug into the back and send it directly to FOH. It's nice to be able to put IR's on the PC+ or use the speak emulations directly. It offloads some load from the Helix. You could do the same from the FRFR112 I suppose, but there is no reason to do so because you have both XLR outputs (to go directly to FOH) and 1/4 outputs to go to your FRFR112's. And if you setup your Helix up to have the volume button control only the 1/4 outs (like i do), then you can control the FRFR112 volume from the helix using the master volume and not change the input gain on the FOB board. Enjoy your gear!
  25. 1 point
    The following is entirely IMO. The coaxial speaker in the PC112+ can be used FRFR with IRs like the FRFR112, but the nature of the speaker and guitar style cab makes it sound better than the FRFR112. The speaker emulations do not use the tweeter component of the speaker, which then behaves like a guitar speaker in a guitar cab - because it IS a guitar speaker. The emulations add the "color" of the emulated speakers, and the whole thing sounds like the fabled "AITR". From HX Edit (using L6 Link with a proper AES cable) you can change the speaker being emulated till you find ones you like with your assorted presets, or you can use IRs located in the Helix or, to save DSP, on the PC112+, keeping in mind that using IRs on the PC112+ always places the IR at the end of the signal chain, whereas using IRs on the Helix you can put the IR anywhere in the signal chain. I have an FRFR112 also. It sounds fine. It's basically an Alto TS312 tuned slightly differently for guitar, with no mic preamp. It's not a cheap POS as some would have you believe, and I have not seen ANY complaints about dependability. That said, nobody (that I know of) uses them on world tours. The FRFR112 is 1000w RMS - 650 watts LF/350 watts HF. I don't know how the PC112+ breaks out, all the specs say is 250w RMS. It's plenty loud for a stage monitor, and if you take the XLR out to FOH, that's UNITY, not affected by the stage level, and no mic required. A 50 or even 100 watt tube amp through a 112 is not going to be much louder, because a 112 only pushes so much air. I forget the math, but 650 watts is not actually that much louder than 250 watts, and 350 watts through a 2" tweeter at high spl is not pleasant. In the end, it's horses for courses. If you think you need a 100 watt stack, then neither the PC112+ nor the HR FRFR112 is gonna do it for you. But either one will make a satisfactory amount of noise in a small to medium club setting. What sounds BEST is entirely subjective. Only you can decide. To sum it up, I prefer my PC112+, but wouldn't hesitate to go back to using the FRFR112 if I had to. One last thing - if you get the the FRFR112, get a short (not full size) PA speaker stand so that you can have it at approximately chest level and vertical for best dispersion.
  26. 1 point
    For BEST sound, instead of FRFR112, get Powercab112+, use the speaker emulation (not an IR), and send to FOH from XLR on PC112+. BUT - if you can't afford PC112+, in Global Settings>INS/OUTS set "Volume Knob Controls" to 1/4", send the 1/4" to the FRFR(112) at LINE LEVEL, and send XLR (which will have UNITY GAIN) to FOH. That gives you stage level control from Helix BIG (VOLUME) KNOB and sends a consistent level signal to FOH. Usually set XLR to LINE level for that unless FOH says it's TOO HOT, then set XLR to MIC level.
  27. 1 point
    When you've been around here a while you'll realize that everybody has a feature that they can't understand why it wasn't in the original release, but that lots of other users couldn't care less about. In nature, the process of adding features is called "evolution", and it takes millions of years. The feature you're asking for will be here a lot sooner than that! I don't know if the Headrush has this feature, but I do know that there's so much more that it's missing (IMO) that if I was buying again today it would still be a Helix. YMMV.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Yeah I've specifically named the presets as the type of blocks they are.....MODULATION, REVERB, DELAY, DRIVE, AMP etc. You get Limited on the AMP/CAB side pretty quickly DSP wise...so I try to name them further Clean Amp, Gritty Amp, Metal Amp. The only thing I don't like about this approach is that if I have a good hard rock sound and it includes a pre-EQ, boost pedal in front, and a post EQ after....remembering which block helped build which sound can be tedious without having a custom name attached to it or saved and able to import. That's why I created my Core Tones Presets. I then just copy that whole preset wherever I need it, or if I'm building a Song Specific preset that mixes two sounds, I'll copy/paste blocks as I need them, but those 'rigs' are prebuilt then for me to use elsewhere.
  30. 1 point
    Create a preset specifically for saving "custom" blocks. If you have many, create specific storage presets - "OD', Dist","Reverb" etc. Coming in either 2.9 or 3.0, I forget, "FAVORITES", which will do what you're asking, but for now, above is the best you can do.
  31. 1 point
    Because the guitar input has an Input Impedance setting that's critical for getting the best from certain effects, you're better off running the mic/mixer into the FX return and keeping the guitar in the guitar input. However, if you're using a wireless it probably doesn't matter, as your wireless is 1meg anyhow.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Be careful blow your ears out :) Doesnt boost a usb signal - it boost the loudness of your sound card - never heard of anything boosting a usb signal
  34. 1 point
    Go over to The Gear Page - Digital and Modeling forum. In the big HELIX thread search for METERS. If you're REALLY bored, search for TUNER. For dessert search for Input Impedance. If you read for several hours a day it'll only take a couple of weeks to catch up. I'm exaggerating of course, but not by much.
  35. 1 point
    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.
  36. 1 point
    Would it be possible to browse custom tones by sorting them by tags, like genre or type, without having to search? I feel like having to guess key words really limits the ability to share original patches with the Spider V Community. For instance, I would like to try to find off the wall and weird experimental / ambient like patches. If i type in ambient, only the people who uploaded their contribution using that tag, would i only then get a match. If someone chose the word trippy, and I typed in groovy instead, we don't have a match. I just think the ability to browse the tones vs having to search for them, hoping luck is on your side. Great amp otherwise, my only gripe is the wireless g10 dongle squealing when it gets plugged into any of my active guitars. (I read the active setups trick the dongle into thinking it is charging? Who knows, that is for another thread.) Thanks in advance!!
  37. 1 point
    I'll post this because I hate it when people find solutions but never post what theirs was. I had, as far as i am aware, the exact same problem. What I did was i closed the license manager window and went to the "update line 6 monkey". I logged in and it said it was having trouble connecting to my device. so i used the button on the left side of the menu to connect to my device. It was having troubles finding devices and suggested I unplug and re-plug in the USB for my device (which I did) and tried again. After it detected all my devices, it managed to find the UX2 and i simply "ok'd" the selection. after that i went back to the license manager and it was able to see and authorize my product. I've yet to confirm that everything works, but i did get the authorization to complete after having your issue.
  38. 1 point
    I propose putting the extra revenue into additional developers, extended warranties all around, free Helix backpacks for registered owners, and a renewed commitment to polyphonic processing. Who's with me? :-)
  39. 1 point
    Ok, let me get into the possible legal aspects of one possible method I was suggesting (exporting patches and IRs simultaneously) for one more time. First thing to remember is that you already *can* export IRs from the Helix. And quite obviously, you can as well export patches already. So, given all "raw" technical aspects, nothing new would be introduced. Would a method such as proposed by yours truly make illegal file sharing easier, though? Perhaps, yes. But oh, hold on! For this very illegal file sharing to work, you would have to have the patch/IR in question on your computer already! Boom! Why would anyone with whatever criminal intentions in his mind load the patch into the Helix and re-export it to accomplish his evil plans? I give you that there might be some esoteric scenarios when this would seem halfway plausible, such as carrying your Helix to another location with another HX Edit equipped computer. But then, you could go for your bad moral intentions with the current implementation already. And now, let's take this a step further. With that new proposed IR management, the very first noticeable improvement wouldn't be an easier export of patches and IRs (which, as said several times, is possible already) but it would be an easier import procedure of those in the first place. Even in my comparatively short time with the Helix I have already stumbled across several postings here and there where people were complaining about not getting a certain patch to work - the problem being IRs not assigned properly. As a result, people may think "Uhm, everybody's praising these Fremen patches so much, I don't get it, they sound horrible to my ears" - no wonder, because they have, say, just played through a patch with a thin-ish resonant acoustic IR instead of a thick, juicy cab IR. Due to the convoluted way the Helix treats the relationship between patches and IRs. In the end, professional patch and IR makers may feel less inclined to create patches for the Helix because of that. They would have to carefully explain how to make the IRs coming with the patch work as intended each time (which is getting even more complicated once there's multiple IRs in use for one patch). And Helix newcomers (especially those new to modeling and IRs as well) would possibly still not get it right (as said, I have seen that more than once - I'm sure you folks have as well...). And those that still create patches with IRs included may as well experience less sales because - well - there's reports of patch XYZ not sounding properly. Bottomline: The way I think IR management should work could perhaps even lead to more sales of patches with IRs included as the patch maker wouldn't have to wade through whatever support inquiries anymore (aka "The patch I purchased from you sounds like an icepick in the forehead!") and the folks purchasing patches would have a lovely "just works" experience. Defenitely a win-win situation.
  40. 1 point
    I am not going to continue this discussion with you, @rd2rk. There's nothing worthwile to discuss. I'd rather spend my energy thinking about decent solutions regarding the IR management situation.
  41. 1 point
    See, I have thought about this quite a bit (especially as it has been raised again and again, even just in this rather short thread), I even stepped back (for other reasons as well, but still...) from the idea of perhaps having IRs embedded in a patch file. I think the percentage of illegally shared Helix patches and their required IRs would perhaps raise by 0.0001% or so (ok, it might as well be 0.001%), simply because exporting IRs from the Helix is as easy as it gets already. If one wanted to do something against this, the best way would perhaps be to not allow any IR export from the Helix - and believe it or don't, I'd be perfectly fine with that. All the IRs I need are on my drives already anyway. And I can keep gazillions there and back them up for the rest of my life as well (these things are just too small to worry). Basically, all I want is HX Edit to tell me "You need "GreatIR_01.wav" for this patch to work - can't find it in the internal memory, search drives for it, yes/no?" And in case the internal memory would be full already, I would like it to continue with "Insufficient storage space for "GreatIR_01.wav", want me to look for unused IRs, yes/no?", obviously followed by a dialog allowing me to delete any number of unused IRs. And then, as the final option, in case there's no unused IRs anymore, I'd like HX Edit to show me which IRs are used by which patches, so I could probably find some that I could delete manually.
  42. 1 point
    Absolutely that! I was just using the example of sharing patches as an example as it demonstrates things (or rather their shortcomings) in the most obvious way. But the same things apply when you keep backups and what not strictly for personal purposes. I haven't even thought about any legal aspects because they're irrelevant in this case. If someone wanted to illegally share some IRs from the Helix (not even considering the fact that they're stored on your computer already anyway), as is, it's a one click affair (export function in the IR list). With my proposed improvement, all that would happen is that a patch file would be saved as well (and that clearly isn't relevant as far as legal aspects go - sure, you could share a commercial preset, but let's please not open that can of worms...). Another one click affair, same legal risks as before, no less, no more - and certainly no reason to even discuss this. All I want is to be able to load a patch properly in 10 years from now (maybe on a 3rd Helix hardware revision, whatever) without having to look up whether there might be any informational text files around, telling me which IR I would have to use. Textfiles that I would have to create manually in the first place - which would be the next thing that I just don't want to do and that simply shouldn't be necessary. Also, look at it that way: With my proposed improvement in terms of IR management, it'd be a lot easier to deal with the limited amount of just 128 IRs (I know, for some people it's more than enough, for other's it's not - each to their own, shouldn't be part of this discussion). You could just freely move any number of IRs out of your Helix at any time to "mass-check" a new IR library at once (which works extremely well in case you can place them all straight after each other so you can go through them in pedal edit mode) and easily move the temporarily removed ones back in after that as the patches requiring them would instantly find them, regardless of the slot you load them into. With the proposed functionality of HX Edit telling you which IRs are actually used by whatever patches (or better: which are *not* used), things would get even better because it'd make it absolutely trivial to get rid of "orphaned" IRs. IR housekeeping the easy way. Whatever it might be, as said, pretty much any improvement would be welcomed.
  43. 1 point
    Yes! It WAS the USB cable! I changed it for my printer cable and the updates loaded correctly. However, just in case I installed the firmware in sequential order. I didn't want to take the chance on it corrupting again. After I did that, I had no problems.
  44. 1 point
    Had this same issue for a while, and changing the sample rate on the input didn't help. Found a solution today that I wanted to share. tl;dr: (For Windows 10, can't confirm on other systems) Change the UX2 output device to use 44.1kHz instead of 48kHz or vis-a-versa and see if that fixes your problem. On Windows 10, changing the recording frequency of the input device didn't do anything for me. As odd as it sounds though, changing the output device from 48kHz to 44.1kHz DID fix the problem. Not sure why (driver issue perhaps?), but making that change fixed the issue of my voice being super deep when using the UX2. Confirmed the fix in a voice call with someone where I switched the setting back and forth. Whenever my UX2 output device is set to 48kHz, the input device sounds super deep, but when the UX2 output device is set to 44.1kHz, the input device sounds perfectly fine.
  45. 1 point
    So, is it possible to put 2 independent guitars in one Helix instance and one signal chain (eg no 2 amps). It's too time consuming to adjust effects parameters for 2 chains eg in metal music, where both guitars 90% of the time sound the same.
  46. 1 point
    For years, lots of devices that don't know anything about beat divisions have let you set delay time by tapping, just sets it to the average time between your taps. The MIDI-related beat/tempo stuff is certainly useful, IF you're synched to a DAW or something, but it shouldn't have replaced basic common sense tap-tempo functionality if you're not.
  47. 1 point
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Kalthallen Cabs. http://cabs.kalthallen.de/kalthallen_free.html There are a Ton of them . I also bought some OH's. I've tried them all but in the end I've gone back to the Line 6 cabs in the Helix. Honestly, With a Line 6 Cab and the Parametric EQ you can match any IR you want if you have a good enough ear. For those who don't have the ear for that or maybe you haven't developed that yet you can use the Voxengo Curve EQ http://www.voxengo.c...roduct/curveeq/) to "sample" the sound you want and then use the Parametric EQ in the Helix to Mimic that sound. My Go-To cab in the Helix is the Rhino 4x10. It's very Beefy like a 4x12 cab but it might be a little dark for some so you can use the Low Cut in the Cab settings and also if needed you can throw a Simple EQ right before or after the cab to brighten it up a bit to your taste. Give it a try. It's so so different from Any of the other cabs in the Helix!!
  48. 0 points
    Hi. I download the HELIX NATIVE trial version to evaluate if work or not for me, because I want to buy the HELIX STOMP. I play Guitar and Keys and I need a Guitar FX unit with midi to control from the Kronos Sequencer: to change between the snapshots (SS) and different values in the blocks. So, to try the sound and the functionality I try with HN (Helix Native) and guys........ This is a complete waste of time.!!!!! My DAW is Cubase PRO last version. I create a new PATCH with only 6 blocks., like HN and using only 3 SS. When you change the SS 1 to 2 or 3, the values are the same. Doesn't change!! Sometimes one of the blocks bypass on/off work... but that's it.!! SO.... If the Helix Stomp work with the MIDI and values like the software, I DONT Want it..!!! I make all the combination. Bypass SS, no bypass SS, Automation the SS just the parameter, save a new patch, close and open again... and NOTHING. IS COMPLETY RAMDOM. Any advise..? Im very disappointing with this functionality. Not the sound.!! Thanks.!!!!
  49. 0 points
    Just updated my ipad to ios 13.4 and still nothing... No sound, just a flashing red light for 30 sec from the sonic port...
  50. 0 points
    I'm in the same boat... but with the world coming apart at the seams, and a music gear manufacturer hardly considered an "essential service", my guess is there's a skeleton crew at the L6 mothership, if there's anyone there at all. I'm not expecting an answer anytime soon. Then again, with all the bars, restaurants, and catering joints closed until God knows when, it hardly matters... I have no idea when my next gig will be.
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