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  1. 3 points
    I didn't give a $hit enough to start...;)
  2. 3 points
    What matters is what it sounds like to you. There's no right or wrong. Given your skepticism about opinions you're reading I think the best way for you to decide is to buy the HX Stomp, test things out for yourself, and return it if you don't like it. What you'll get in response here will likely fall into two camps: It's not OK to run through a standard amp (the majority), and it is OK to do so (a minority). From what you've said you're going to disagree with the former and agree with the latter - but you won't have any personal experience to base your decision on. So get your experience.
  3. 2 points
    So, I've just ordered a HX Stomp. I can definitely see why someone might prefer the Effects, but I think the Stomp will be ideal for me. Thanks.
  4. 2 points
    This is a very, very interesting comparison for me. After spending a year with my HX Effects, I'm totally in on the capabilities of the Helix platform. Hey, if the HXFX can breathe new life into my ancient Tech 21 Trademark 60 (TM60), that's a huge win in my book. My TM60 is set clean on channel 1, and my favorite "pedalboard" lately features the Tone Sovereign, and using Snapshots to change Tone Sovereign settings without having to twist any virtual knobs... love it. That said, I've been looking for ways to overcome some of the limitations inherent when using stomps with a clean amp (or an amp's clean channel, as with my TM60). And, after a year with it, I've found I've settled in to using just a few templates overall and, surprisingly, a lot fewer effects than I thought. The "limitations" of the HX Stomp suddenly aren't as, well, limiting. I could definitely see myself moving up from the HXFX to the HX Stomp, with the full amp models with cabinets with mics taking the place of the "pedalboard foundations" I've created for my HXFX. I don't use expression pedals (yet) so that's not a factor, and I don't have other effects pedals to patch in as that was the point of getting the HXFX in the first place. :) I could probably get away with using a 1/4-inch outputs from the HX Stomp into the effects return of the TM60, as the Celestion 70-80 speaker in there is pretty neutral (to my ears, anyway) and it would probably function well enough as a monitor, sort of like Tech 21's Power Engine combos. Additionally, I dabble in playing bass as well, and would play it on anything I choose to record, likely using the Stomp as an interface (just like I used to with my GuitarPort!), so... more points for HX Stomp. Thanks for this informative post. Interesting, indeed.
  5. 2 points
    For me the lesson is not always the obvious. Sometimes you have to set the bigot down in front of "All in the Family" and hope he recognizes how stupid he looks :) What I like about this video and several others that are similar is not "what sounds better than what".... it's the exposure of confirmation bias. NO, I am not looking to ridicule the tube snob for choosing the Helix, or the Squier hater for choosing a Squier CV over a Custom Shop.... it's made ME aware of my own confirmation bias. EG: I never had an open mind toward the stock cabs on the Helix until I became aware of my own bias. NOTE: I'm not saying I like stock cabs because I watched THIS video... I'm saying I opened my mind to the stock cabs after watching videos like this!
  6. 2 points
    If all you're doing is going into the computer and your studio monitors are connected to the Stomp, 6 blocks can get you some nice sounds. If you're going all Pink Floyd ambient craziness, maybe not. If you're using 4cm with an amp and need a second output with an IR to send to FOH, you've already used two blocks before you even start setting up the main sound. If you buy Helix hardware, you get the Native plugin for $99 (vs what, $399?). That means you can record an effected track and a clean track, then add effects or create whole new sounds ITB. Remember, with the hardware you're no longer constrained by latency or samplerate/buffer issues with your old PC, you're just recording. OTOH, a step up to an LT won't be much used (under $1000), and people are getting full on Helix Floor units for <>$1000. Up to 32 blocks, expression/volume pedal.......
  7. 2 points
    Yo have used your free presets on my helix they were awesome and a lot better than the presets that came with it initially.
  8. 2 points
    I do this All. Day. Long. To be fair, my amp, a Fender Hot Rod Deville, is a pretty bland amp on its own, but it has a good amount of clean headroom, so your results will vary most definitely if you are sending the full amp model into, another amp like say, a Marshall. Even on a "clean" setting, Marshalls tend to overdrive easier than other amps, and are so focused on certain frequencies, that they will probably exhibit a ton of coloration. As others said, though, you have literally nothing to lose by trying it. Even using cab models aren't necessarily a no-no, as they can be used as filters to get specific frequency shapes. What amp are you thinking of plugging this into? If you like what you hear, and you have the money, you might even want to try a full Helix. IMO, it goes very far towards completely replacing a pedalboard. The King of Tone model alone feels like it can do the job of a fair number of overdrive/boost/distortion models. And that's just 1 of many pieces of gear this can emulate, chained together.
  9. 2 points
    I didn't catch the contradiction when I first watched the video... that's why I thought I would point it out. Overall that video is great... that's why I watched it a few times. Tim's a great player with an open mind when it comes to gear... it's nice to hear his thoughts on these types of things.
  10. 2 points
    FINALLY! THE MOST IMPORTANT THIS vs THAT VIDEO EVER MADE! Three absolutely, undeniably and indisputably factual and objective takeaways which once and for all put an end to all debate on the subject! FIRST: There IS a tube amp made by Fender called Princeton! There IS a modeling amp made by Line6 called Spider V! There IS a modeler made by Line6 called Helix! There IS a profiler made by Kemper called Kemper Profiler! SECOND: The guys who made this video are TOTALLY CLUELESS! Despite having been presented with objective proof of that, they went on to voice further meaningless opinions, as though anyone should care. THIRD: Someone, somewhere, likes at least ONE of the sounds that each of these devices makes. WOW! EARTHSHAKING! How did guitar players ever survive before YouTube?
  11. 1 point
    Thanks a lot, codamedia. This is perfect - and exactly what I was after. And, as I suspected, it does look like there are some benefits of the HX Effects I hadn't really considered, or fully appreciated. Thanks
  12. 1 point
    Here are a few things to consider.... you'll have to weigh their importance to you :) IN FAVOR OF STOMP If needed... the Stomp has the added benefit of being a computer interface. The HX Effects cannot do that. I know you realize the Stomp has amp modeling... but break that down more... These are the individual block options you really gain over an HX Effects Pre-amp models (these can serve as "amp in the box" effects. This provides a lot of overdrive options that won't be available in the HX Effects) Full amp models (can also be used as "amp in the box" effects... but with power amp stage included) Full amp models w/cabinets w/mics (this is what you automatically think of as amp modeling. The full deal) Cab models w/mic modeling (An alternate option to loading IR's... even without an amp model in play) Smaller footprint if you plan on building it into a pedal board. Although that might be negated if you need to add additional footswitches. IN FAVOR OF HX EFFECTS Although it doesn't have amp models, it still has IR blocks. If you ever NEED to go direct... you can add an IR to the end of your preset. At the very least, it would get you through a gig in a pinch... and if you actually took time to setup presets with an... it can sound very "amp like". EG: An EQ along with a KOT or POT overdrive with a Celestion IR will get you into a Marshall territory very quickly. An EQ along with a Timmy and a BlueBell IR can mimic VOX tones quite nicely. An EQ with light compression, reverb and a Jenson IR can mimic a BF Fender, etc... etc... Nothing is stopping you from adding an "amp in the box pedal" in a loop if you really want an amp in the HX Effects. With 9 blocks, you can afford one for a loop. Individual SEND Jacks... if you want to utilize two separate loops you don't have to use a TRS Splitter Individual EXP Jacks... (subsequently individual amp control jacks). The HX Stomp is cumbersome with just a single TRS for these options... possibly requiring splitters to get what you want Unless fixed in recent updates... the HX Effects has a more robust and fully featured "Command Center". You have already mentioned the number of switches... but it shouldn't be taken lightly. More switches contains the unit as an "all in one"... making setups quicker and less error prone.
  13. 1 point
    Thanks codamedia. That is really helpful. Guess I should watch that video again. Thanks.
  14. 1 point
    Thanks SO much dude! This is absolutely mind-blowing. All the possibilities that just opened up! Take care
  15. 1 point
    Same thing directly on the device: As you can see between the others there is also the OFF option in the CONTROLLER menu. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ All about POD HD500/X help and useful tips
  16. 1 point
    it's not not only isn't it the most fitting, it is way out in left field
  17. 1 point
    No wireless stuff (inluding BT) built into professional gear. <- Full stop.
  18. 1 point
    I must admit... I'm a creature of habit. The amps I go to in the Helix are the ones I've had experience with in the wild... either owned, or used frequently in backline situations. Since the Helix mimics the way the amp worked, I immediately adjust my "go to" settings for those amps and start from there. They are different for every amp. On the rare occasion I stray from what I know, I know Line 6 has done it's homework. Dial up an amp and see what they set for it by default... I know that will be close to a real world usage and just needs to be adjusted for my tastes/guitars. FWIW... I tend to go with thick mids, then adjust my bass and highs to taste... nothing boomy, nothing shrill. If anything, my tones might be considered thicker/darker than most might dial in. EG: On a typical Fender Twin (with a Tele) I would put the mids over half, the highs and lows around 2 - 3, bright switch off. Of course, this varies from guitar to guitar... and even with pickup selections. Thanks to the Helix/Snapshots, that becomes easy :)
  19. 1 point
    I went ahead and set all the DT Topology settings to the best of my ability for the first 13 presets of Helix 2.81. Would anyone be interested in that backup? Can you even use someone else's backup? I was going to try to put it up for free on the Market, but you have to be a vendor. Then, I was going to put it up in CustomTone, but it looks like you have to go patch by patch. That would take an enormous amount of time. Any suggestions? Can I just upload my .hxb here? Here is the spreadsheet I used to create it. The rig: Line 6 Helix Floor 2.81 DT 50 Head 2015 Les Paul Traditional Pro III Marshall 1922 Cab Line6HelixtoDTConnectivity.pdf
  20. 1 point
    Yes you can update directly to v2.81. Please read and carefully follow the update directions. No you do not need to make a backup. I suggest that you select to update the factory presets as part of the update procedure; this will provide you with the v2.81 factory presets, replacing the v2.30 that are currently on your device. You will encounter this option as you follow the update directions.
  21. 1 point
    If you have the Powercab set to Speaker Mode, its XLR out will include the PC speaker model and mic model (on the PC+, you can choose which mic). If you have it set to Flat mode, the XLR out passes the signal it receives from the modeler. If you have it set to IR Mode (PC+ only), the XLR out will include the IR file you selected for the preset.
  22. 1 point
    You can add the Marshall AFD100 to your list also. Can't change between afd/#34 mode of turn on/off FX-loop
  23. 1 point
    In the Helix manual (p38) : "connect ext amp 1/2 only to amplifiers that utilize "short to sleeve" footswitch input ... ( but what is a 'short to sleeve' input ???)
  24. 1 point
    that´ll work for sure...but that´s not why we bought helix, right....?
  25. 1 point
    That's cool, I tried to do a similar thing using Chrome's arc welder, I got the app running on OS X but no Bluetooth support in that framework. As a developer, I'd encourage Line6 to publish the specs for the Bluetooth protocol so anyone could write an editor. As they make no money from their software, more platforms would clearly mean more sales, and a more future proofing for customers.
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