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  1. steelstringer

    Use amp or go directly to speakers?

    ??? Helix sounds great through the mixer. My unpleasant tones were occurring when I tried to run directly into a powered speaker via xlr.
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    Use amp or go directly to speakers?

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    Use amp or go directly to speakers?

    When I first connected my Helix directly to a powered speaker via xlr, I was not happy at all. I lost clarity, and the tones were just "ok." So, I brought my mixer that we use for live gigs home, and ran the xlr to a channel on the mixer, connected the same powered speaker to the mixer , and it sounded awesome. I'm not sure why this is the case, but this is what I use for gigs now. We have powered monitors for our stage sound, so I don't have a separate amp of any kind for my guitar on stage. My Marshall and Fender tube amps stay home.
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    Good Classic rock settings

    I like the Park Bright (Brit 75) for classic rock. I start with the LA compressor, and I use an EQ to filter out some lows. I also use the Valve Driver in front of it. It seems more dynamic than the Plexi bright to me. Try it out.
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    Drive > Amp sounds

    This ^^^ Wow. I just tried the plexi bright pre into the AC 15. Very nice light overdrive.
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    Help out the new guy?

    Here's a link to the most recent "freeset Friday "
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    Help out the new guy?

    Search "freeset Friday " on YouTube. It will give you results linked to the official Helix channel. I still learn new things from that guy every week. Great channel...
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    3 amp blend?

    I have really been enjoying the tones that I am getting when blending 2 different amp models together. Is there a way to blend 3, or am I getting too greedy now? What would the routing look like if this is possible? Btw, my setup is using all Helix amp models/effects direct to my mixer. Thanks!
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    3 amp blend?

    I have spent some time lately creating patches with varying amp blends, and the advice on this thread was super helpful. Thanks for the input. The sad reality, however, hit me when I compared these very "busy" presets to some of my older, simplistic ones with one amp and 2 irs. The simpler presets sat better in the mix (live mix, I mean). The amp blends sound awesome, but they're a little cluttered sounding to me. They aren't as crisp and defined as one nicely dialed in amp. Of course, my ears might say otherwise the next time I turn on the Helix (that happens to me frequently).
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    3 amp blend?

    Cool idea. I'll give it a shot later tonight.
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    3 amp blend?

    That makes sense. Thanks.
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    3 amp blend?

    Question: If I use this kind of approach, then I choose a guitar input for both paths 1 and 2. I have read on this board that this often causes an unprocessed , dry guitar signal that negatively affects the tone of the patch. Is this true?
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    3 amp blend?

    Sweet! Thanks.
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    3 amp blend?

    Also, if anyone has a screenshot of a 3 amp blend, I would really appreciate it. I am struggling to create this patch...
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    3 amp blend?

    Thank you for the feedback, Gritch. My goal is to blend two different overdriven amps and one clean/chorus-y amp. Right now, my two favorite patches are a Park/interstate zed blend and a Park/Roland blend, so I am trying to get the best of both worlds. It's pretty awesome that the Helix provides these possibilities.
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    Dual amps- dirty and clean blend

    Has anyone experimented with blending a clean amp (I used the Jazz model w/slight chorus) with a crunch tone (I used the Park bright channel model). I'm going direct to a mixer with powered speakers, btw (no guitar amp). I've been blending similar sounding amps for a while, but this was my first attempt at a clean/dirty mix. I have to say that it sounds surprisingly nice. I'm getting the nice midrange crunch with a shimmering high end. It's really interesting, and more importantly, seems to really cut through a mix. Just wondering if anyone else has tried this or has other amps that mix together nicely.
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    Tube amps Gone?

    Right now, I have 3 tube amps (68 Bassman, Marshall DSL, and a Bugera v22). They currently don't leave the house for gigs since I got the Helix. The ridiculous pedalboard with 20 patch cables also stays parked in the man cave. I'm not going to sell the amps (well, maybe the Bugera), but they are more like decorations or for conversation. The Helix straight to the mixer has been that awesome (so far).
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    Different amp models with same cabinet model live

    This is an issue that I dealt with way back when I had the Spider Valve amp. I was so excited to use a Fender clean and a Marshall crunch, but the sounds were so sonically different that it bothered me in a live situation. It also made volume leveling (already a tedious endeavor) that much harder. So, with the Helix, I use two irs (Ownhammer) pretty consistently with my 4 gigging patches. I still use several different amp models for some nice variety, but I like the consistency of the same ir/cab.
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    1st live show with Helix

    We played an outdoor gig last night, and I used the Helix straight to the mixer (XLR out). It was a marked improvement in tone over any setup that I have used, so I'm pretty excited to start tweaking things today. I used the Mark IV rhythm 1 for a clean and pushed it with the Timmy OD; that tone was very nice. On the not so nice side was the JCM 800 tone. It sounded almost like a fuzz pedal (not crisp/defined). Could that have something to do with the amp master volume setting? Or the channel volume? It seemed like I was overdriving the channel on the mixer (master volume of the amp at 70, channel volume at 90, Helix volume knob at about 10 o'clock). Any thoughts on what could cause that sound? Thank!
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    1st live show with Helix

    Yes. The highs and lows are now tamed a bit, both on the cab and parametric eq. Also, I switched to the Archtype amp, which is a smoother sounding high gain to me than the JCM. But I am learning that you don't need the gain very high on these amp models. I have it on a 4, and it's nicely compressed and crunchy.
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    1st live show with Helix

    Thank you for this info.
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    1st live show with Helix

    So, I just started tweaking the JCM patch and I guess I did have the gain way too high (6) and the master was too low. But it's still not great. Better, but not quite there. I am kind of digging the Archetype lead amp, though. So many possibilities.
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    1st live show with Helix

    I am using Helix cabs. I want to explore/tweak before exploring the IR world.
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    1st live show with Helix

    Thanks for the response. I am actually using two cab sims- the fender 1x12 and the Mesa 4x12 (blending the two by using an a/b split). The tone was nice through a powered speaker when I built the patch (XLR connection), so that is why I was surprised by the fuzz (almost big muff) tone through our PA.
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    Preamp vs amp block

    Preamp ended up sounding better in my situation. The full amp made the overall volume get a bit crazy. That's the fun of amp modeling, I guess.
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