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Everything posted by amsdenj

  1. The knobs on the HX Stomp can get stepped on and slightly bent. That can cause them to bind and turn hard. See if that's the case. I had to bend one back once. Fixed the problem and didn't seem to have any remaining issues. But use Line6 support if you have any doubts.
  2. Note that collapsing a stereo effect to mono may not be the same as using a mono version of the same effect. Check to be sure the result of collapsing stereo to mono sounds OK to you. If not, try using a mono signal chain in Helix.
  3. Note that with modelers now supporting IRs, and a good selection of acoustic body IRs available from various vendors, it's possible to get pretty good acoustic tones from piezo pickups without having to use a Variax.
  4. I'm speculating but: The capture process for modeling an amp is simpler than that for modeling a guitar. For an amp, you can put an input into the amp, stick a mic in front of the cabinet, and measure the output. Then you can use algorithms (Helix), profiles of fixed amp parameters (Kemper), or machine learning (Quad Cortex) to create the transfer function that converts the input to the output. For guitar modeling, you have to find a way to input something into a guitar pickup that is similar to a vibrating string. That can involve some sort of inductor that sits above the pickup that is driven by an audio pattern that is induced into the magnetic coils of the pickup, depending on its position and the body its mounted in. That's a pretty complex process. I think Variax as done an incredible job producing realistic, usable guitar models. They aren't perfect, but they're often good enough for a live gig. Markets and technologies often move on. I really hope Line 6 or Yamaha have some future investment in Variax as I think its incredible what has already been accomplished and would love to see it move to the next level.
  5. The issue may be that Line6 ran up against limitations in the technology used to capture and model the guitars. Some for example liked the old 1.9 models better. The other problem may be that they lost the developers who built the product. I have stopped gigging with my JTV-69S, preferring to use my Strat, Tele and Les Paul. Mostly this is because of some sustain issues in my variax, and those three guitars should be played. I do miss the quick open tunings, acoustic models, 12-string, and its my lightest electric. I put a lot of money into that JTV-69S (new neck and pickups) so it's not going anywhere and could appear back in the rotation some day. I do still use it for practice and rehearsals.
  6. I have a JTV69S that I used for gigging for the last 4 years. I invested in a nice new neck and SVL Daytona pickups, adding about $1200 to a guitar I bought used on eBay. Now its a wonderful guitar, fantastic neck, great pickups, light, stays in tune, tremolo works great, real easy/fast to change strings, looks great, etc. But sadly it has fallen out of my gig rotation in favor of a Strat and Tele that are just wonderful to play. I like the way the different guitars feel and how they change how I play. I still use it for rehearsals and as my practice guitar. And it might re-appear in the rotation sometime, you never know. If found the models fine for occasional double coil sound, acoustic, and quick open tunings in live gigs. But I would likely never use the models for recording except for some of the odd models of instruments I don't otherwise have. In my case, I've tried to focus on what's needed for the songs in the context of our band. And in that case, I don't really ever need a double coil guitar because our other guitarist plays a Les Paul or SG most of the time. I need to use the single coils so we don't collide in chaotic muddy midrange. So I no longer really needed the models. We've adjusted the set list so the open tunings I need are all in one place. And I use IRs to get a pretty good acoustic sound out of the single coil picks. It's not as good as Variax acoustic, but close enough for club gigs.
  7. If you need lighter strings (I've had to do it to address elbow problems), try 9.5. Might be a good compromise. I'm using them now and they seem to work well.
  8. Make sure your audio interface is properly grounded, and you are using a high-Z input for your guitar. Also check the outputs of your computer and speakers. Noise could be created there if there's improper grounding or poor gain staging. The noise could be created in your interface's converters and preamps. I have no problems with Helix Native and noise, so I don't think there's an issue in the plugin.
  9. Make sure nothing's clipping from the last block in you Helix signal chain (i.e., the Helix output) through the power amp input. There's likely no good clipping in that part of the signal path.
  10. Sure, send some links! And welcome back go gigging!
  11. I think Helix powers on in the preset that it was in then it was powered off. And I think Helix loads presets in the mode they were in when they were saved. But you'd have to check if this does what you want.
  12. Whether you need to get the Powercab off the floor or not depends on your desired tones. What happens is a cabinet on the floor will get bass coupling between the speaker cabinet and the floor giving a possibly unnatural bass boost. But that could be good or bad depending on what you want and how your Helix patches are setup. I have found the 112+ has less bass coupling than 212. That's probably because of 1 speaker vs 2 (bass coupling is impacted by speaker surface area) and that the 112+ has a light back angle on the front of the cabinet while 212 is flat. By the way, I love my Powercab 112+ and use it on every gig, with Helix or with Quad Cortex. I use FRFR and IRs or cabinet models Helix/Quad Cortex for the simplicity and flexibility. But I have used the speaker models. If you find something you like, use it. If it sounds good it is good. I wouldn't worry too much about whether they sound like the original or not. The sound will be very different depending on number of speakers and open or closed back. Just go by what sounds good.
  13. I wouldn't leave something on indefinitely unless it had an auto sleep mode simply because I wouldn't want to waste the power.
  14. Try this: Download and install Line 6 Updater if you have already Also download the Helix Flash Memory for 3.15 Hold switches 6 & 12 when powering up Helix to get into safe boot mode Run Line 6 Updater, if it connects to your Helix, used Offline Model and install the Flash Memory file you downloaded in step 2. If Line 6 Updater doesn't see your Helix, or the update fails, you probably need Line 6 service.
  15. I am very happy with Powercab 112+. i us it with Helix, HX Stomp and Quad Cortex. It's flexible and sounds great. I have some patches that use acoustic tones with a Variax and it does those great too. What works for you will depend on your needs. I also have a Powercab 212 that I'm less happy with. It doesn't sound as good as the 112+ to me and is a bit bigger than I need for most gigs. I use to use the speaker models, but haven't in a long time. FRFR is just simple and effective.
  16. The chorus may be putting the two amps out of phase.
  17. amsdenj

    best I.R'S

    Did you do the captures with open or closed back?
  18. The Powercab manual doesn't say what the input impedance is, but input 1 and 2 both have the ability to set the input level to line or instrument. Instrument settings are generally high impedance.
  19. Powercab 122+ and 212 both have two inputs. So you could run a small mixer or acoustic guitar pedal into input 2 and your HX Stomp into input 1 and it would work fine with either Powercab as long as you ran FRFR mode.
  20. In the home or living room I would use a good stereo system or studio monitors.
  21. My experience with PC212 and PC112+ is perhaps a little different. I had both for a couple of year now, and use one or the other depending on venue size and stage footprint restrictions. I have found PC212 to have excess low end when set on the floor compared to the PC112+, that's likely because there's must more bass coupling with the floor with 2x12 than 1x12. I've also struggled with stage volume with the PC212. It seem harder to find the sweet spot, its either missing in the mix or way too loud. I don't seem to have that issue with PC112+, probably because the PC212 might just be too big compared to the rest of the band. I use FRFR mode only, and use IRs in Helix or cab models in Quad Cortex. I found that comparing the PC112+ and PC212 with a real amp, with an IR in Quad Cortex that matches the G12-65s in the amp, the PC112+ sounded closer to the real thing than the PC212. The PC212 had a different midrange color that didn't match up as well to me. The PC112+ and PC212 do use different Eminence speakers, so that could account for the difference. Overall I think I prefer the PC112+: it's smaller, lighter, likely fits with the rest of the band better, doesn't over-extend the bass as much, and seems to have a slightly more pleasant overall tone to me. I do like the PC212 stereo, but as a practical matter, its lost in the mix. And I use IEMs anyway so I get the stereo in my ears anyway.
  22. I would recommend leaving it in the package at room temperature so that it warms up slowly. But out of the package is probably fine too.
  23. I have a Powercab 112+ and a 212. I use one or the other on every gig, whether I'm using Helix and/or Quad Cortex. I love the footprint, flexibility, ease of use, and broad capabilities as a FRFR or powered guitar cabinet. It's still a perfect solution for my needs. Catalyst seems like a reasonable HX update to the Spider line. That's fine and probably a good solution for a lot of people. Helix + Powercab is a much more capable solution, but it costs more too. It's nice to have options.
  24. When Helix controls Variax models, tone, volume, string volume, tunings, etc, it is making changes in the Variax itself, not in Helix. Helix is just storing the commands to send to Variax when the patch is selected. So if you had two inputs on two different paths that both use Variax, each of them will be sending commands to the same guitar, so the last one sent would win.
  25. One issue with modelers is how we learn to use them. It's often at low volumes with headphones or studio speakers, playing by ourselves. That has a tendency to encourage us to use too much gain/distortion, too many effects all run too wet - because it sounds so good and so controllable by itself. And we can do it while the kids are asleep. However, when we get into a mix or live setup, all that distortion and wet effects turns into mush that nobody can hear against a real amp, bass and drums. I think we'll have better luck experimenting with modelers in the context of songs and rehearsal performances where we play in the context of the song, in a mix with others at gig volume. Modelers can do that, but usually don't if you set them up in your living room by yourself. Regarding playing over gear, I think whatever floats you boat is fine and there's no need to put any value judgment on one over the other.
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