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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
    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!
  4. 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.......
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 1 point
    Hi All My expression pedal has stopped working for me, any ideas on how to trouble shoot this. Is this hardware? I have been trying to use this pedal and it no longer has any effect on my patches. Have been able to switch controller to variax volume or tone control and those work fine but expression pedal (exp1 or exp 2) seems to be dead. Try to reinstall flash memory but this had no effect. Any ideas? Thanks Found this and it solved my problem. f the Onboard expression pedal of the POD HD500 does not sweep through parameter values as it normally would, you may need to perform a pedal calibration to reset the functionality of the expression pedal: Hold the down the RIGHT ARROW button on the 4 Way Nav Pad while powering the unit on, until you see the “Test Mode†screen (Pedal Cal, etc.), and then proceed with the steps below: If not already selected, use on the 4 Way Nav Pad to select “Pedal Cal,†as shown above. Press the VIEW button. Set the pedal to the minimum “heel†position, then press the A footswitch to set a value for the Duty Cycle. You’ll see the value set to “100.†Set the pedal to the maximum “toe†position, then press the B footswitch to set a value for the Duty Cycle. Again, you’ll see the value set to “100,†as in step 3. Press the C footswitch to prepare for automatic selection of the Scaled Pedal Value and move the pedal from min. to max. You should see the Scaled Pedal Values read “0†at the heel position and “255†and the toe position. If you get values other than 0 and 255, power off and repeat these steps, starting at step 1. Press the D footswitch to save the settings. You’ll be returned to the Test Mode screen and the Pedal Cal item will show a “P†to indicated that the pedal calibration is complete! Power your device off and back on again to start using it. ***Please Note: Re-calibration of the POD HD500's expression pedal is necessary after performing a Global Settings reset. Instructions for how to perform a Global Settings reset is available here.
  10. 1 point
    Hi. I am thinking of buying a HX Stomp. I understand that it includes amp models, and therefore should be plugged into a PA and NOT a guitar amp (unless using the effects pedals only). However, until I hear it, and hear it sound bad, I am not convinced by this. First, in this video, Tim Pierce plays his Stomp (with amp models) into his amp. (see 1 minute in - Second, many pedal makers create "amps in a box" type pedals, to try to sound like a Plexi (or whatever). And these are all played into standard guitar amps. Of course, the amp you play it into will colour the tone somewhat, and the pedal will sound a bit different with different amps. Nevertheless, if you play a plexi-style pedal into a clean (and relatively neutral sounding amp) you would expect to get a plexi sound (more or less). So, among other things, I like the idea of using the HX stomp into an amp, and using the amp models to get a kind of "amp in a pedal" kind of effect. Has anyone tried this? Am I missing anything? (Background: yes, I am aware of the HX effects, and aware that most people would say that, if you want to play into an amp you want the HX effects, not the HX stomp. However, I am leaning towards the HX stomp for a couple of reasons: 1) I think I would plug directly into a PA occasionally, so would like that option. 2) As noted above, I like the idea of trying the amp models even if playing into an amp. 3) I like the smaller size.)
  11. 1 point
    Pointing to the manual (albeit French... which works for you ) is not a bad suggestion, but was the downvote of the OP really necessary? The OP knows the options, just wanted advice on which one to choose. This forum is all about advice and helping out :)
  12. 1 point
    Thanks codamedia. That is really helpful. Guess I should watch that video again. Thanks.
  13. 1 point
    Had to look that one up :) Neat old toy! I get something close to that "wow wow" with the Tron Up effect. These are my initial settings.... adjust as needed to your taste. Filter > Legacy > Tron UP Freq - 50 Q - 50 Range - Low Type - Bandpass Mix - 25% (IMO... keeping this lower like this is very important for a smoother sound) Level - 0
  14. 1 point
    For the most part this is a great "rule of thumb"... but there are amps in which the power amp is a big part of the tone. One example here would be an AC30.... getting that power amp ticking without any negative feedback is a magical part of the sound. In that instance... you "might be" better off using the full amp model (without cabinet) as the "amp in a box". My point here is... there are no rules, just starting points. You would have to try the combinations yourself to really know what works "for you" or not. This is an important "general rule".... it ties in with the quotes from the OP below, and what is really happening in that video. Go listen to the dialog between 1:00 and 1:40 again.... Tim first says "the sounds that are suppose to go direct sound great through my Park amp... breaking the rules"... But that is followed up by his assistant telling him it is just a "pre-amp model".... Read that a few times and go listen to it a few times... it's a contradiction! Exactly! Tim is NOT using a preset that was "meant to go direct"... his assistant confirms it is actually setup as an "amp in the box". Therefore... Tim is not really "breaking any rules" as he suggests
  15. 1 point
    What silverhead said. I mostly use 4cm to switch between my tube amp's preamp and either a Helix full amp or a Helix preamp, depending on what sound I'm after. Sometimes I'll use a Helix preamp into my tube amp's preamp like an AIAB pedal. I have a whole set of Helix to FRFR presets that use the full Helix signal chain for when I can't use my tube amp. IOW - when it comes to what sounds good with Helix, don't believe everything you read!
  16. 1 point
    Thanks SO much dude! This is absolutely mind-blowing. All the possibilities that just opened up! Take care
  17. 1 point
    I've had reasonably good luck with the rotary cab models in Helix. I do run them in parallel with the speaker model/IR, and do carefully blend the two. The rotary models in Helix are generally intended to run in the front of an amp, with a guitar level input. So if you have them after the amp, make sure you're not hitting them too hard (keeping all blocks near unity gain is a good practice) or adjust the headroom parameter. These rotary models also have some speaker simulation EQ applied, so you generally don't want to run them in series with a cab or speaker IR model as that will put speaker into speaker. Run them in parallel instead.
  18. 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
  19. 1 point
    I understand the design motivation for limiting HX Stomp to 6 blocks: Keeping the UI elegant, simple and easy to use Focus on adding a stomp box in an existing pedalboard to compliment an existing setup with HX capabilities Consistency between the number of blocks and DSP capacity Anticipating future blocks that may utilize significantly more DSP resources Limited number of foot switches to control blocks Essentially this means HX Stomp is intended to provide Helix capabilities, with minimum footprint, to existing pedalboard and amp setups, not to be all things Helix in a tiny box. I get that, and these are all good design decisions, although these design decisions also sound appropriate for HX Effects. But let's look at how HX Stomp might be used in a gigging situation by itself to see if 6 blocks is enough. This might be for rehearsal, as a backup to Helix, as a convenient fly rig, or just because something so small is so useful. Consider a typical guitar signal chain that uses front and back of the amp effects (| means or): Input > Wah > Compressor > Drive > Overdrive > UniVibe | Phasor | Flanger | etc. > Amp > Cab | IR > Chorus > Delay > Reverb > Output This it my typical gigging Helix patch. I use 10 Stomp mode and pretty much stick with the same patch all night, using snapshots for open tunings, acoustic, and Leslie. This is 10 blocks, and clearly requires more foot switches than HX Stomp can provide. If you need patches like this or more complicated, you need Helix or Helix LT. Trimming this down to 8 blocks, we get something like: Input > Wah > Compressor > Overdrive > UniVibe | Phasor | Flanger | etc. > Amp+Cab > Chorus > Delay > Reverb > Output If you leave the Drive, Amp+Cab, Delay and Reverb on all the time, and you have a Line6 Mission pedal (if you don't, get one, it makes HX Stomp is a lot more useful), then you need foot switches to control Wah, Overdrive, UniVib, and Chorus. If you configure FS3 in global settings for Stomp, then you have the four foot switches you need. This seems like an ideal setup for HX Stomp by itself and is something I would be happy to gig with. To trim this down to 6 blocks, we get something like: Input > Wah > Drive > Amp+Cab > Chorus > Delay > Reverb > Output This is still pretty good, but looses the front of the amp modulation effect, something I use quite a bit. The work around is to create a patch template that covers the common blocks, then create a different preset for each front of the amp effect you need. That can work since you generally only need one of these at a time. But it means creating and maintaining a lot of patches that differ in only one block, and the potential need to change presets in the middle of a song to get different front of the amp effects. This is probably not practical. So I vote for 8 blocks, full Helix Path 1 capability, and let us users deal with balancing blocks and DSP capacity, just like we do with Helix. Two more blocks is actually a lot of additional flexibility without much additional complexity. This said, I'm pretty happy with HX Stomp just as it is and would highly recommend one as an entry point into the Helix ecosystem, as a Helix backup, or as a stomp box to add Helix blocks to an existing rig.
  20. 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
  21. 1 point
    Absolutely nothing wrong with doing it that way. If you want to go slightly further than the recommended number of receivers in the daisy chain, it's better to wire them this way.
  22. 1 point
    Same with the newer Note 8 phone. Good to know! Thanks
  23. 1 point
    I've been able to use the cc#s with a rocktron midi mate I didn't even know this was a problem
  24. 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
  25. 1 point
    that´ll work for sure...but that´s not why we bought helix, right....?
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