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  1. steelstringer

    Different methods to obtain lead tone

    I find that the resonance/depth controls thickens the overall tone, but doesn’t add mud or flub. It’s too bad that only a few of the models have this control. I also used to dial back low frequencies for leads, but then I felt that the tone was too thin. It’s always a balancing act...Good luck with your tone search.
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    Different methods to obtain lead tone

    I’m going to throw in a really simple approach that works well. 1. Find an amp model with a depth/resonance control (archetype clean or lead, badonk, etc). 2. Set your rhythm tone. 3. Using snapshots, set a lead tone that only bumps up the gain, master volume, and depth/resonance. Leave all other eq settings alone. This results in a fat, sustained lead tone, in my experience. It’s very simple, but give it a try.
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    Tap tempo button responds to "touch"

    It becomes problematic to me when I’m reaching across the switch and my forearm touches it. I have my LT on a stand, and I often sit and edit patches that way. I have the “touch” control set to “off” in the global settings, as well, but that switch still responds to touch.
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    Tap tempo button responds to "touch"

    Same issue here - also 2.81
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    High gain lead tones thin and fizzy

    Just a quick tip that works for me. Try an amp model that has a “fat” or “thick” control. Set up a snapshot to turn it on when you want your lead tone. The Placater Dirty and Texas Cali CH 2 are good examples. This approach works well if you are happy with your rhythm tones, but feel like the lead tones are a bit thin. It works nicely in conjunction with a master volume boost.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Is his comment around the 2 min, 8 second mark a hint that the update is already on his Helix. A Beta, I suppose?
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    Does anyone get static in their clean tones?

    I often hear that kind of fuzz/fizz on cleaner tones when I use the bridge pickup, which means, in my case anyway, that it is too hot. I tamed the issue by switching to the middle position (Les Paul style guitar) for clean/edge of breakup tones. That, in combination with low/hi cuts recommended by others on this forum, fixed the issue for me.
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    High gain amps sound like Fuzz

    I tend to lower the gain, bump up the master (around 6-7) and add a Minotaur (gain between 1-2) when I dial in the higher gain amps on the Helix. This approach tightens up the low end, in my experience.
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    Am I the only DT/Helix user checking daily....

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    Not Helix... but still nice to see

    One other benefit that comes to mind is stage volume. It is so much easier to keep volumes at a comfortable level with modeling tech, especially if both guitarists and the bassist are using it. This benefit is even more noticeable to guitarists who sing, since they often get used to singing over loud amplifiers. I wonder if this figured into MK’s decision.
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    Not Helix... but still nice to see

    This is cool, and it got me thinking...why would he go this route? I know why I did it with the Helix — it simplified my set up/tear down. I cannot go back now; I’m converted forever. But a world class musician doesn’t really deal with that issue, I would assume. So, why are some big time artists going this route when they have techs who can and will run complicated analog rigs?
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    My LT first impressions.

    Post an image of your patch. There are folks on this board who can give more advice if they can see your workflow. In my case as a new Helix user, digital fizz always came from clipping somewhere, like hot pickups that cause issues at the beginning of the chain or the output level being too hot and clipping the mixer or recording device.
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    Helix EQ Settings for Guitar to Stand Out

    I used to have up to 3 eq blocks on my patches (two simple, one parametric) that I would automatically tweak in similar ways on most patches. I mostly did this as a response to reading forums and watching YouTube tutorials. Honestly, though, I was overdoing it. In some cases I was sucking all of the life and dynamics out of otherwise awesome tones. Now, I just use one eq as a lead boost (to bump some mids), and that works for me. Sometimes I tweak tones based on what I have read, instead of just using my ears, but I’m trying to change this habit. There is just so much information out there to read!
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    My LT first impressions.

    Do you have access to a powered speaker (frfr) that you can use at the next rehearsal? It’s a difficult scenario when one guitarist is using a traditional cab and the other is using modeling tech through the mixer. The sound dispersion is all over the place. If you are each using one speaker, you might be able to get a better sound as a band or at least get a better feel for your tone. If you do not have access to one frfr, You could also ask the other guitarist to turn down, and then mic his amp. Then, you are both in the mix together. I’m lucky to be in a group where we all use modeling direct to the mixer (even the drummer!), but I remember being the first one to take the digital plunge. It takes time to find your sonic space.
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    Time to take the plunge

    Also check out the Helix Channel (Scott) and Richie Castellano on YouTube. Between these two and Jason Sadites, I have learned so much about building patches.
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    Helix to PA

    Mine is completely flat, which means I tweak on the Helix, not the mixer. This has worked great for me so far, but I’m interested to hear other’s opinions.
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    New Helix LT user: Helix into combo amp questions

    I know it’s counterintuitive, but I prefer the sound of the Helix full amp model and IR into the return of my Marshall tube amp. I’ve tried the preamp/no IR approach, and it always sounds small to me. I use a wet/dry/wet setup, and the Marshall is the dry in the middle. My xlr outputs go to 2 frfr speakers. Pretty big sounds/tones. Good luck on your tone quest.
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    frfr speakers

    In a full band situation, it’s nice to have 1 frfr pointing at you, most likely a wedge on the floor (your tone mixed with the other instruments/vocals ). Then, one on a pole behind you with your tone only. This works for me, but there will be other options that work as well.
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    Is the Helix what I need?

    My story: I got the Helix LT for many of the reasons that you describe (space and back pain). The first few gigs, I used it simply as a replacement for my pedalboard (in conjunction with a Marshall DSL). Then, I went full modeling (no amp, Helix straight to our Mixer/pa). That was about 2 years ago, and I’m still using the LT straight to the mixer as my live rig. It works for me (remember that tone is very subjective). I share this as food for thought- if you get the HX effects only, you are locked into hauling an amp; if you get an LT, you have choices if your circumstances change. I will say that I am very happy with the effects, and they work well in conjunction with a tube amp, but I am grateful that I have the amp modeling. Good luck with your tone journey!
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    Tube preamp pedal + Helix Floor + Powercab 112 advice

    Check out this conversation. Good luck in your tone journey!
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    Most versatile amp, and most versatile cab for cover band?

    The Placater Clean/Dirty setup is perfect for this. The Dirty channel is very flexible. I also like the Texas Cali 2 for cleans/light overdrives with the Placater Dirty. I use a 3 Sigma IR (Marshall 4x12), but the default cab is fine as well. My other choice is the Cartographer; it can do all of the tones...
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    Stacked Amps

    Dang it. Why did I have to read this? My go to presets are fine. But I just casually decided to put a Tweed Blues Brt preamp in front of the clean WhoWatt. Wow. Rabbit hole, here I come.
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    Opinions on speaker situation for Helix LT

    I use a pair of Yamaha DXRs on stands in my basement with my LT. Awesome sound. I switched from an all tube setup, as well.
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    E note causing speaker rattle

    I’m not sure if this is a Helix issue or a Yamaha DXR 12 issue, but I thought I would see what you all think. I noticed a really irritating buzz/rattle/vibration from one of my main speakers last night (yep, only one side). I pinpointed the problem to the E note (open string, full chord, power chord at the 7th fret, power chord at the 12th fret). No other note or chord causes this. I run direct to PA via xlr, and I utilize the high/low cuts that many of you discuss. I tried several other patches, each displayed the vibration in the same way. So, I put a parametric eq in the patch, and found that a big cut at 170 hz (q 4.8) made the vibration stop. That is not the frequency that I expected to cut. The problem, of course, is that now the patch sounds a bit thin to my ears. I wondered if anyone else has encountered similar issues or might have some advice. My gut tells me that something is loose in the speaker since both are not displaying the same behavior. But it’s so specific to that one note/frequency...Thanks!
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    E note causing speaker rattle

    I took off the grille/cover and tightened every screw I could find (there were a bunch). Everything sounds good now. I can play E chords again now (Yay). It’s still interesting to me that I could “fix” the issue with the parametric eq. That’s a powerful tool in the Helix.