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  1. amsdenj

    2.82 Update

    When updating to 2.80, my Variax patch seem corrupt. I had to rebuild the patch. Never had another problem since then.
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    FR: "Global Blocks"

    Another, perhaps more flexible approach would be to allow patches to “link” to other patches and inherit their configuration with the ability to override settings. Any changes to the linked to (or target) patch that are not overridden in the linking (or source) patch could be automatically inherited by all the linking patches. This makes whole patches reusable, not just blocks. And it would be very easy to implement as it is a common software pattern.
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    Natural preset...What goes to xlr out?

    Most, if not all guitar speakers/cabinets are pretty directional, its the nature of a guitar speaker. In Flat/FRFR, the tweeter is on, but its screwed onto the back of the speaker and goes through a hole in the magnet. That adds a little acoustic loading, but is probably very directional too. Listening to a guitar speaker off axis is often a better sound. I use IEMs and couldn't get by without them. If I'm ever in a situation where I can't use them, I use custom ear plugs.
  4. Assuming you are referring to Helix, controllable input impedance is only available on the 1/4" guitar input, it has no effect on VDI input.
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    Line 6 Stomp Footswitch Options

    The expression inputs to HX Stomp can be any combination of two expression or footswitch. So you can have FS 4 and FS 5 if you want. HX Stomp only has 3 snapshots, so if you have FS 4 and FS 5, you can have two footswitches with 3 snapshots at the same time. Each footswitch can control up to 8 things: effect bypass and/or parameter min/max values. Each snapshot can save values for up to 64 parameters. FS mode can be either stomp or snapshot. HX Stomp is an amazing piece of gear. Here's a great video: And another:
  6. amsdenj

    Best single all-purpose amp model?

    Litigator, keep the drive down for a pedal platform. Might need a little mid boost for single coil guitars somewhere in the patch.
  7. amsdenj

    Capture your own IRs? What are you using?

    If you have Logic Pro X, it comes with an Impulse Response Utility that I have used to create my own IRs with very good results.
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    OSX Catalina and HX Stomp

    I've updated, and have no problems. It took a while to examine all the 32 Bit apps I had, and delete them or replace them with 64 Bit alternatives. But once that was done, my whole studio (Logic) can up without a flaw.
  9. amsdenj

    Line 6 Stomp Footswitch Options

    You can get four foot switches, including one under the expression pedal (which can be used for anything). This is more flexible than three snapshots because you can get all possible combinations of those four foot switches, each of which can change up to 8 parameters. You can reduce the number of foot switches by combining things under one switch. For example, switching from a clean tone with a compressor to an overdriven tone that changes the amp drive can be done with one foot switch. You don't need a compressor going into a distorted amp because the clipping amp is already a kind of compressor. You can also save foot switches by leaving effects like delay and reverb on all the time. Its great to have multiple overdrive/distortion/fuzz pedals in you signal chain and control them all individually, stacking them for lots of tone and saturation options. But with HX Stomp, you just don't have the blocks or foot switches to do this. Instead, pick an amp model with lots of gain options, use a foot switch to switch between a couple of drive, high cut, bass, presence, etc. settings and then use your guitar volume to fine tune the saturation level. You can get lots of distortion tones this way with one foot switch, and no extra distortion blocks. I have found the forced simplicity in HX Stomp isn't really that much of an inhibitor to achieving serviceable tone and sometimes simplicity has its own value.
  10. amsdenj

    Powercab 112+ and User IRs > XLR Question

    I don’t use IRs in Powercab, so I haven’t tested this. It was my understanding that in Flat mode, the XLR output was the same as the input. In Speaker model, the XLR output was a mic’d version (probably an IR) of the selected speaker. And in IR mode, the XLR out was the processed IR output, the same thing that goes to the Powercab power amp. That said, I can’t find that stated anywhere in the latest Powercab manual. Frankly, I don’t see a lot of advantage using an IR in Powercab other than 1) you don’t have a Helix or some other device capable of supporting the IRs, 2) you’re trying to save a block - especially with HX Stomp. But using an IR in Powercab isn’t really leveraging Powercab’s big advantage - Speaker Mode. In this mode you get speaker models (which I think are just simple EQ matching), and no microphone - so the sound is more natural, like an amp in the room. Even with HX Stomp, I’d use the Speaker mode in Powercab. I think they sound quite a bit better than a similar IR into Flat/FRFR mode.
  11. amsdenj

    Natural preset...What goes to xlr out?

    We don’t know the exact relationship between the Powercab speaker models and what goes out the XLR outputs. What we do know is that there is a choice of microphone model and position. This suggest that the XLR outputs are using an impulse response to model the chosen speaker in a 1 or 2x12 cabinet. Powercab has all the technology needed to support this, so this is probably a good guess. For the Natural speaker model, we can only guess that Powercab is using an IR created from the actual Eminence speaker in the cabinet. That would not be difficult to do, and would be the simplest, most straight forward design. These are only guesses. In practice, it doesn’t really matter. If you like the Natural model, then use it. But you should always verify that the FOH is also acceptable, regardless of whether it is the same or not. Its probably good practice to rely on your ears, not on any technical architecture details, or how we might think things should work.
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    Can you plug-in headphones into Powercab plus 2x12?

    You can use a headphone amp such as Behringer Powerplay P2 Ultra-Compact Personal In-Ear Monitor Amplifier with Powercab. I use one for my IEMs driven from a pair of outputs from the PA for my own monitor mix. Use an XLR Y cable to adapt the two channels into the input expected by the P2.
  13. amsdenj

    Rotary substitutions

    I've had reasonably good luck with the rotary cab models in Helix. I do run them in parallel with the speaker model/IR, and do carefully blend the two. The rotary models in Helix are generally intended to run in the front of an amp, with a guitar level input. So if you have them after the amp, make sure you're not hitting them too hard (keeping all blocks near unity gain is a good practice) or adjust the headroom parameter. These rotary models also have some speaker simulation EQ applied, so you generally don't want to run them in series with a cab or speaker IR model as that will put speaker into speaker. Run them in parallel instead.
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    2x12 Stereo Powercab

    Well, all those reasonable arguments aside, I did get a Powercab 212 today. I really wanted the stereo, and think the extra weight will be ok.
  15. Lots of players try various techniques to get fatter, warmer sounds out of single coil pickups. Typical Fender guitars with single coil pickups are pretty scooped, as are the Fender amps they are typically plugged into. This makes the guitar sound deep, bright and rich by itself (to sell well), but often doesn't cut through the mix. You need mid frequencies for that. A common, and simple solution to mids with Fender guitars and amps is to use a Tube Screamer in front of the amp with the Drive turned all the way down, Tone in the middle, and Level set for how hard you want to push the amp. Tube Screamers, and overdrive pedals with similar designs provide a mid boost around 800 Hz that fills in that Fender scoop to make the guitar sound fatter and cut through a dense mix better. Try using a pedal to solve your thin tones. That might work on Variax double coil models too.