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patdixon last won the day on May 28 2018

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  1. patdixon

    Live performers! What’s in your bag?

    Helix bag? Helix / power cord, 4cm snake, iem xmtr / receiver / set lists etc Gig bag (Makita tool bag - strong) xlr / 1/4" cables, talkbox & tube, cabgrabber / mics, ext cords, etc Stays in car for backup? second amp / old X3L / bag with extra cords, first aid kit, frozen water bottle for on the way home, extra shirt
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    Dialing in tones at home vs. live

    An update: Using tips above I set my presets to sound decent with phones, rocket 5s & my stage amp. I think I'm good for now. It's hard to use the virtual db meter that comes with Reaper so I just used my ears. One thing that still eludes me is the various stomp levels. The default level settings on say, the tube driver are at 6.5 which I guess is just an arbitrary number, not like a db value. Since I've heard here & at other places that 3db increase is a good place for leads I set it where it sounds right while playing along with a track. The other guitar player (band leader) is always b****ing at me to turn my leads up so I have to crank it but feel more comfortable at a lower level. Really, going foh now it's the sound guys problem but I'd rather have it set correctly so he/she doesn't have to do much as codamedia said above. Thanks again for all the help.
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    Four cable method cable length

    I have a 25ft (5) cable snake that my wife made- works great. If there's any loss I'm not aware of it.
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    Volume pedal setting tips pls.

    Mine's set to Log.
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    Dialing in tones at home vs. live

    Exactly. And it's not limited to Helix or FOH systems. So many variables complicate this situation- Guitar / preamp / amp volume, stomp settings, EQ, FOH & other player's ability to listen and adjust on the fly. I appreciate every one of these responses, great info here!
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    Dialing in tones at home vs. live

    Thank you everyone, great comments! It's comforting to know that it's not just me being stupid. I'll try some of these ideas and hopefully report back with an idea or two of my own.
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    Dialing in tones at home vs. live

    Last weekend I did my first full blown Helix into FOH gig, worked okay - the sound guy said I had great tone. My problem is the level, mostly the OD/Dist were all over the place so I was doing a lot of dancing around between presets. I also tried an FRFR speaker at a friend's house & it was distorted. My most common amp model is a Marshall Plexi Jump / 4x12 greenback cab /57 with the gain below the factory setting. All I have at home for FRFR is a pair of Rockit 5s & of course some headphones but I understand Fletcher Munson & the danger of setting sound that way. Any ideas for balancing the low level / high gain sound at home vs. the high headroom clean sound live? It's almost like you have to fake out the system at home but it's not the same. Any tips/help very much appreciated. Since we use Iem's it seems that headphones would be the same but again, way different.
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    Broken LT Expression Pedal

    I must be the only one- bought an LT a year ago & average two gigs a month plus rehearsals - no issue at all with the pedal. The only thing I possibly do differently than some is I use auto-wah assign on all of the presets that need a wah. I seriously doubt that has anything to do with it (I ride the vol pedal constantly). Of course I'm knocking on wood since I said that :o)
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    Helix LT and Fender Hot Rod Deville

    This dude's 4cm explanation is very good IMO. I use an LT with a (higher gain than Fender) Blackstar combo amp but the idea is the same. I have some presets that use Helix amps and some that don't. You just have to get your hands dirty. Do it wrong a few times, then learn from your mistakes. There are no shortcuts.
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    Automatic wah on/of when pedal is moving

    Maybe I misunderstood the OP's comment- I have it setup to auto engage @ 5% pedal travel (assignable to any point you wish). It does stay in wah mode until you go back to whatever that point is, so if the kemper reverts to vol/exp at idle regardless of position then no, I stand corrected. Not sure why you'd want that; there are tones you get by cocking the wah at a cerain point.
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    Automatic wah on/of when pedal is moving

    ...so does the Helix. I have two presets on my LT that engage the wah automatically. Don't know if the kemper comes with a manual, but the Helix does.
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    Helix ext amp control

    Yes there is and no (at least in my case) it won't.
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    Helix ext amp control

    BTW, Richie Castellano does a great vid where he shows how to overcome the LED switching reversed if that happens to you. I've got a link to it in one of my earlier posts.
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    Helix ext amp control

    I posted this same question when I first started, both here & on the Blackstar forum. It didn't hurt my LT at all & works very well. Got some noise but fixed that with a hum eliminator. Hope it works as well for you.
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    Time to take the plunge

    Update and PSA- I've been watching the vids & still plan to use more amp models; as one poster said I'm only using 10% of what the Helix is capable of. However, the noise @ idle issue mentioned above has been completely fixed! I had put a noise gate after the drive blocks but before the amp send/return fx loop. Putting it after the fx loop totally made it dead silent! Anyone who is using 4cm with a high gain amp should do this, in addition to the hum eliminator mentioned in Ronald Kasper's YT vid.