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  1. plarkin

    The future of Helix

    Maybe Line 6 and Apple could get together and produce the Helix Watch :)
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    Which Helix Flavour

    I would agree with the others. Your best bet is to save up for the LT. If you need a backup or alternate rig, the Stomp could be an option. That's my current setup...other than the 6 block limitation, the Stomp can do everything the LT does in terms of amp models, effects, etc. and the presets are interchangeable (again, taking the block limit into account).
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    Preset compatibility among Helix devices

    Fair point. Thanks for that.
  4. I just purchased a Helix LT, and I'm thinking about an HX Stomp as a backup device. Can the two devices share the same presets, or is there some conversion process that would allow presets created on one device to be used on the other?
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    Headrush FRFR-108 or 112 for first FRFR?

    Another option to consider is the Tech 21 Power Engine Deuce Deluxe. It's a little more expensive than the 112, and it's rated at 200 W (not 2000) but it is plenty loud with a lot of bottom end (it's a deep ported closed back cab). It's also, IMHO, the best of both worlds...it's a FRFR powered speaker, but looks and sounds much like a traditional guitar amp. The tweeter can be turned off, which gives you more of the "amp in the room" sound and feel. I've been very happy with it so far. Haven't gigged with it yet, but it cuts through a full band at rehearsals and sounds great. I actually bought two of them so that I can run stereo (or dual mono) if I want.
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    Helix FRFR options

    I've been pretty happy with the Tech 21 Power Engine Deuce Deluxe. Deep ported cab, tons of low end, onboard EQ and switchable tweeter. And the price was right.
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    This is very sage advice. It took me a while and much experimentation before I went completely digital. But if you're going to go that route, it's hard to beat the Helix. Until recently I was using a full floor Helix. In the interest of having a smaller footprint and a simpler setup, I'm now using an HX Stomp (as well as a couple of competitors' modelers). I'll be honest...as I get older, the subtle nuances of audio quality are harder to distinguish (main reason I haven't jumped on the vinyl revival bandwagon). I want something easy to use, easy to transport, that gives consistent results regardless of the venue.
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    Guys who have gone from all tube amp to all digital. Opinions?

    I have a pair of Tech 21 Power Engine Deuce Deluxe FRFR amps. So far I've been very happy with them. Deep ported cabs, tons of low end, and switchable tweeters. And the price is right. Surprised no one's mentioned them (unless I missed it).
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    Helix Incoming; 2.0 or no?

    Agreed. I just updated mine to 2.0, no problems. Follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
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    Helix with an acoustic guitar?

    I just set up my two acoustics last night. The 6-string has a built-in preamp, so I just created a patch that only adds effects (delay & reverb). For my 12-string, which has a passive pickup, I added a compressor and the tube mic preamp model. That seems to work well. No cab sims or IRs and I'm going through the XLR out straight to the P.A. Sounds great.
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    David Gilmour Pink Floyd tones

    That, right there...which is why I don't obsess too much about the amps or effects I use to try and approximate his tone. Mostly just a compressor, OD, uni-vibe, chorus, flanger, delay and/or reverb, depending on the needs of the song. But I don't use the Helix amp models, just running the effects into my Marshall. I know that no matter what I do, I'm only going to get so far trying to sound like Gilmour.
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    Expression 1 Toe switch question.

    I took a different approach to solving this dilemma...I simply use an outboard wah pedal (also my Fulltone Deja Vibe, which I like way more than the built-in vibe effects). That leaves the onboard EXP pedal to be used for volume control and/or adjusting effect parameters. If I need more control, I can add another expression pedal. I like using the volume pedal in the Helix because I can put it anywhere in the chain without having to set up an external volume or expression pedal and/or using one of the loops. Usually I have the volume pedal last in the chain except for the reverb and delay.
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    Upgrade to 1.12 firmware took 3 tries

    Did you upgrade to the latest version of the Line 6 Updater before you attempted the firmware upgrade? That may have something to do with it.
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    Amp Switching on Recent Marshalls

    I suspected as much. Doesn't look too terribly difficult to build, but for now I'll continue to use the footswitch supplied with the amp. Thanks!
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    Amp Switching on Recent Marshalls

    Has anyone successfully set up the amp switch to control channels on a recent Marshall amplifier? Specifically, I'm using a Silver Jubilee reissue but I imagine most of them operate in a similar manner since they all seem to use the same single-button footswitch. I haven't yet tried inserting the plug halfway, nor have I tried a TRS cable (I'm not at my studio right now and can't get to the amp). I did notice that, when using a standard mono cable fully inserted into the jack, the channels did not switch but the channel indicator on the front of the amp dimmed a bit when engaging the amp switch from the Helix. I believe it was on the Ext Amp #1 setting (Amp #2 setting didn't do anything). When I got home last night I searched the forum a bit and found the two pointers mentioned above. Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!