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plarkin

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  1. You want a FRFR (full range flat response) amplifier. Something like the L6 Powercab or the Tech 21 Power Engine Deuce Deluxe (which is what I use).
  2. So far, the only pedal I've needed besides my LT is a Rocktron Banshee talk box.
  3. Both at home and at practice, I use a Tech 21 Power Engine Deuce Deluxe Also have a Roland JC-40 I can use.
  4. Personally, I'm looking forward to the two additional blocks. It will make it so much easier to transfer patches back and forth between my Stomp and my LT.
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Digitech-Guitar-Expression-Pedal-DOD-MiniEXP-U/dp/B01MS9OGN9/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=expression+pedal&qid=1581543472&sr=8-9
  6. This one is switchable from TRS-->TS-->RTS, and is also very compact. I've used it with the HX Stomp. https://www.amazon.com/Digitech-Guitar-Expression-Pedal-DOD-MiniEXP-U/dp/B01MS9OGN9/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=expression+pedal&qid=1581543472&sr=8-9
  7. I have a couple of these. Not cheap, but they're rock solid and highly adjustable. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/gibraltar-electronic-drum-mount-station/581377000000000?rNtt=gibraltar stand&index=18
  8. A decent pair of Bluetooth headphones and a wireless transmitter/receiver like this should do the trick: https://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-Simultaneously/dp/B01EHSX28M/ref=sr_1_4?crid=9IPOF4F5CYLD&keywords=bluetooth+audio+transmitter+and+receiver&qid=1576792387&sprefix=bluetooth+audio%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-4
  9. I honestly don't get why people get worked up about this nonsense. Just enjoy what you have and don't worry about if/when new bells & whistles come out. Chances are, most people barely scratch the surface when it comes to what features they actually use anyway. I know I'll never use every single amp model, cab and effect in the Helix...but it is nice to have choices.
  10. As I get older, I tend to care less and less what people think...especially when it comes to things like which gear I use. All I care about is 1) it sounds good, 2) it's easy to use and 3) it won't break my back or my bank account.
  11. Maybe Line 6 and Apple could get together and produce the Helix Watch :)
  12. 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).
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. Agreed. I just updated mine to 2.0, no problems. Follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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!
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