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  1. steelstringer

    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.
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    E note causing speaker rattle

    Thank you. I’ll start tightening screws...
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    Helix direct or via Spider valve?

    Deleted. Jws1982 responded to my post, and I thanked him for the info. I just wish that I hadn’t sold my SV...
  5. There are a few single amps in the Helix that can pull off a clean/overdrive situation, and the Cartographer (w/Minotaur od) is my favorite. I tend to use 4 different patches (using snapshots for leads only), but you could absolutely create one patch around this amp. I’ve been pondering whether I want to try this approach, but I’m always afraid that I’ll end up getting confused in a gig situation with so many snapshots. I like this model through a 3 Sigma ir (Marshall 1960 cab), but I’ve also used a stock cab. Have fun!
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    3rd party amp packs

    I have seen a few 3rd party amp packs designed for Helix lately, and I wondered what experience that users here on the forum have had with them. First, my current feeling is that we already have so many amps to build upon that I don’t feel like need to buy more. For example, we don’t have a Marshall Jubilee, but we have several Marshalls that, in conjunction with an overdrive pedal/eq pedal block, should sound pretty close. But I could be wrong here. Maybe some of these packs are amazing, and they generate tones that we currently cannot get from tweaking the current amp models. Any thoughts?
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    3rd party amp packs

    Ouch! I wouldn’t say I have 0 knowledge of the Helix, I was just a bit confused about the marketing/ phrasing of 3rd party amp packs. I have a better understanding of all of it now. Thanks.
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    3rd party amp packs

    Thanks for the replies so far. I guess, when I visited this site, the description made it sound like a Jubilee was modeled https://ml-sound-lab.com/collections/amp-packs/products/mars-silver-helix Just to clarify my original post, I feel like I can dial in about any tone that I need with the current amps (and stock cabs). I just wondered if others had experiences where a boutique amp pack was particularly impressive. But it seems to me that if amp packs are built on amp models already in the Helix, then I’m not interested in purchasing them.
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    3rd party amp packs

    MLSoundLab seems to be advertising on this forum on occasion, and recently he mentioned amp packs, so I wonder if they are made with existing Helix models? Codamedia asked the question that I also want to know: could Helix even import a file with a baked in amp model?
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    Marshall Silver Jubilee

    I would not rule out the Cartographer In this discussion. It’s got some Marshall influences in it for sure, especially with the gain1 knob cranked ( gain 2 around 9 o’clock). It’s my go to Marshall tone in the Helix, and I use it in conjunction with the stock cab 4x12 Greenback 25. Give it a shot.
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    HX Stomp - Lead Boost help

    I like to use a simple eq block right after the cab with a midrange boost. Try it if you have room for another block.
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    Best way to set up stereo?

    One thing that I’m trying to figure out is this: does a wet/dry approach help at all with this issue? If my core tone/path is mono and is right down the middle, then it seems like the stereo effects (on a different path and panned L and R) that I mix a bit lower should still sound good out front. My setup is straight to PA from the Helix with no back line/amps on stage. We also use IEM. I find this discussion really interesting, btw. I appreciate the different approaches and opinions.
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    Best way to set up stereo?

    I’m working on a stereo live patch, and I want to bounce this approach off of the folks who avoid stereo patches in live settings. My current patch has a dry path (amp/cabs/eq) being sent via 1/4 to my mixer (not panned L/R). The second path has the stereo effects and splits at the end. This path is sent via two xlr to the mixer (one panned L/one panned R). So it’s a wet/dry setup. And yes, it requires 3 channels on our mixer ( I run the board, so no angry sound guy; well sometimes I get angry at myself ). As long as I mix the dry amp so it’s louder/more prominent and treat the stereo paths as “icing on the cake,” mixed a bit lower, no essential sounds would get lost if audience members weren’t in a perfect spot. Right? It just sounds so much fuller than my mono patch.
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    HX Stomp - mimiq?

    I’m using the Double Take (stereo) block to fatten up a few presets. Anyone have any advice on placement? My gut says right after the cab, which makes it the first stereo effect, and before any other effects. Thoughts?
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    This YouTube channel is a great place to get awesome Helix tips, including the W/D/W question that you have posted here.
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    Trying to create a tone

    I agree that a second snapshot for your lead tone is the way to go. One easy way to make snapshot 2 your lead tone is to add an eq block after your cab. Then, you can boost your volume and change the dynamics of the tone without having to change your amp settings. That is how my patches are set up, and it works well. I also use a delay to fatten the lead tone (and sometimes the Tubescreamer, as well).
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    Get HX Stomp or keep 1484?

    If I were in your shoes (and I was 2 years ago), I would sell the amp/effects and get the Helix LT. From the sound of your post, you want simplicity- walk into a gig with the fewest amount of cables/components/amps. Plug in. Play. Sound good. The LT is perfect for that. I’ve used tube combos, analog pedal boards, modeling amps, etc, and I’m happier with my LT straight into our PA/mixer than with any other previous setup. Full disclosure- I kept one tube amp and one pedal board. Just in case...
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    EP boost

    Does anyone know what the boost switch does on this effect (kinky boost)? Is it a low boost (like the older version) or a 3 dB boost (like the newer one)? Thanks. I’m hoping that this is my lead boost solution...
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    Helix direct or via Spider valve?

    Thanks for the correction. I had a SpiderValve for a bit, and I always understood that you couldn't just use it as a tube power amp (I remember that being one of the major complaints). I guess I should have played around with the inputs/outputs on the back a bit more...
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    Replacing a JCM800?

    I do use in ears, but I always run two monitors just in case. Both methods work for me. And I am finding that feedback issues tend to be more prevalent with loud stages (loud amps/drummers), so it easier to raise a modeled amp level or vocals without feedback, in my experience. The audience members only hear my modeled sound from the main speakers (again, in my opinion, the less that the stage volume bleeds into the front of house mix, the better). One thing that I have to admit is that I have switched to modeling because I am more focused on the listening experience of the average bar/club/outside party goer. I'm not going to say that a modeled JCM 800 sounds BETTER than a cranked tube amp. But I'm not really terribly focused on the listening pleasure of guitar/tube amp experts because, let's be honest, most people don't know or care what the difference is between a tube amp and a modeler. Professional musicians make up a very small portion of crowds that I play for. So, my opinion on this matter is biased because I have found modeling as a great way to quickly and effectively provide a great guitar sound to people who are mainly wanting to drink and dance (sad but true).
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    Replacing a JCM800?

    Consider this information/perspective: Last night, I set up and ran sound for two bands (one of them was my band) for a large outdoor gig (around 1000) people. My band uses all modeling amps direct to the mixer; I use the Helix, specifically. I was able to set levels quickly, keep the stage volume at a rocking, but not painful volume, and provide a clear, clean listening experience to the crowd. I have received so much positive feedback on this setup in the last 6 months that I wish that we had switched over earlier. As my band wrapped it up, I started getting the second band set up. They used 4 tube amps, each of which had to be mic'd. This was unbelievably time consuming, but I got it done. Then, it was time for a sound check. Surprise! They had an unbelievably loud drummer, so, of course, the guitarists wanted to turn up. Then, of course, the singers couldn't hear themselves. As I brought up the vocals in the stage monitors, feedback became an issue. The stage volume was ridiculously loud, and that sound bleeds into the front of the house mix.The gig went well, and they sounded good (after much tweaking), but I am a believer in the power of the Helix (or modeling in general) for excellent, easy to dial in live tones on guitar and bass. My Helix setup uses the JCM 800 model, and it replaced my Marshall tube amp (DSL 40) that I have used for quite a while. It takes time to get used to the sound of a modeled amp; as these comments suggest, it sounds like a mic'd cab, but I have come to love that particular tone. As long as you have high quality powered monitors onstage, or a nice in ear system, the Helix will sound awesome in the mix onstage. As for front of the house (which is really more important in my eyes), I think my modeled tone sounds better than my mic'd tube amp. Seriously. I have many friends and co-workers who play guitar, and none have said anything but positive things about my guitar tones onstage. Hopefully, this gives you a bit more info as you make your choice.
  22. This is a fun patch. Thanks for your time and effort on the YouTube video. I tweaked the patch a bit to lower the amount of delay so that it is more like a slap back effect. Then, of course, I had to run it through my mixer and main speakers just to see what it sounds like. It's a great tone! I changed the dry amp path output to XLR and kept it dead center on the mixer. Then, I changed the outputs of the wet amps to 1/4 and I ran them to two separate channels on the mixer; I panned one amp hard left, the other hard right. Basically each amp got its own input on the mixer. So, would you guys agree that this would be the best way to use this Wet/Dry/Wet patch through a mixer and two main speakers or is this a flawed approach? Thanks for any feedback.
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    Very good idea, but ....

    Thanks for your response; this is the exact situation that I will probably run into.
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    Very good idea, but ....

    Thanks for your review. I am on the fence right now about buying the Powercab Plus to complement my Helix. Your quote above is the aspect that I am the most confused about. I currently run my Helix XLR out to a mixer, which is connected to 2 powered speakers (Yamaha DXR series). It sounds amazing, but it isn't portable if I want to go jam on a whim. I do use the stock cabs, as well. But, if I understand the point of the Powercab, one could run it in FRFR mode and leave your presets alone (with those cabs on). Now, if you want to use the speaker modeling on the PC, you should probably bypass the cabs on the Helix because you would not want to run stock cab emulations into speaker emulations on the PC. So, your quote above makes it seem like you wanted to run Helix cabs and the speaker emulations simultaneously, which, if I understand the PC, would not sound right. Any further feedback on this topic would be great from PC owners.
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    Amp recommendation

    The Lonestar is a good one to check out for sure. I just had a gig last weekend, and I used the Cartographer model for most tones. It’s very versatile.