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    Gear: Helix, Yamaha DXR12, Les Paul Standard, American Strat with Lace Sensor pickups, Gretsch Silver Falcon, Epiphone Sheraton II Pro
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  1. DunedinDragon

    Headrush FRFR

    I've never seen anyone using Alto speakers for a live band PA. I see them a lot in Karaoke and DJ applications, but that's the regular Alto and not the FRFR. Personally I'd want something with a bit more contouring ability if I were to use it as a powered PA speaker...at least in order to work appropriately with a sub woofer.
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    Headrush FRFR

    My guess is there are some differences in the DSP tuning, but that's just a guess. The regular Alto speakers are generally marketed toward the DJ crowd, so they may have tamed a bit of the bass on the FRFR....but that's just a guess.
  3. DunedinDragon

    Headrush FRFR

    The preamp applies only to the microphone input that the Alto has that allows it to work with a mic level input. The "flatness" of a speaker has nothing to do with the preamp or even the dual amp design really. That kind of tuning is typically done through DSP processing between the dual amps used for highs and lows. One of the differences that keeps the price lower on the Headrush as well as the Alto is that the DSP doesn't provide much for user contouring to be able to adjust it to different uses such as floor monitor versus pole mounting or speech applications or live music or recorded music as most of the more expensive speakers have. The FRFR112 has a single simple adjustment that allows you to accentuate lows and highs (i.e. suppress mids).
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    Humbuckers and the 'Guitar In Pad'

    Nope...no input pad and impedance set to auto. That's the same for all of my guitars, Les Paul, Tele, Strat, Gretsch hollow body, Gretsch resonator. I just dial in my patch for whatever guitar will be using that patch and never have any problems.
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    Humbuckers and the 'Guitar In Pad'

    I personally switch between my single coil tele and strat and my les paul all the time and never have to do anything special. However, I also have to say that I wouldn't expect a patch built for a Strat to work the same for a Les Paul. And I wouldn't want it to. I doubt it's digital clipping as well. I suspect it's just the natural difference between playing a Les Paul through a patch built for a Strat.
  6. DunedinDragon

    Preset being duplicated

    You didn't say whether you're using HXEdit or the controls on the Helix unit itself. It kind of sounds like the kind of thing that happens when you have a mismatch between the HX Edit program version and the firmware. When you installed the 2.7 firmware did you first download and install the 2.7 version of HXEdit before running the update on the Helix?
  7. DunedinDragon

    Guitar Input vs Effects Return

    I hope you paid next to nothing for a Helix that has a messed up Guitar In jack.
  8. DunedinDragon

    High Pass and Low Pass Filters - Settings

    Go to Customtone and download Jason Sadites presets that match up to his videos. You'll get a complete discussion about the preset settings.
  9. DunedinDragon

    Trying to create a tone

    You need to go watch Jason Sadites YouTube videos and watch his instructional videos on creating patches for the Helix. Everything you need to know is there.
  10. DunedinDragon

    HELIX: Possible to run PC in backline AND FRFR112 in frontline?

    I hate to tell you this, but I tend to agree with your lead guitar player. It sounds to me like you keep attempting to fix a fundamental problem with a series of band-aids rather than address the core problem. I don't think you necessarily have to resort to IEMs to fix the core problem which is having enough manageable stage volume at your command while sending a decent a signal to the mixing board for a good FOH mix. That problem's been solved many times over without all the weird permutations you're considering, but you seem to keep dismissing them because of what your "feel" you need rather than what logically solves the problem. Here's just a few solutions that come to mind used by many people. 1. Use IEM's controlled by the FOH. 2. Use IEM's direct from the Helix for your guitar and send a separate XLR signal to the FOH and get your vocal mix in the monitors and your guitar to the rest of the band's monitors. 3. Trade in your Powercab for a more capable stage speaker and send a separate XLR signal to the FOH. Not a Headrush, but a quality unit with plenty of clean headroom and some viable DSP contouring options. You spent serious money on a premium modeler, but are pinching pennies on the system it uses to produce the sound. That doesn't make sense. The alternatives here are abundant. There are some great premium quality FRFR speakers with clean high powered outputs with plenty of headroom like the QSC K.2 series, or the Yamaha DXR series, or if you insist on having a cabinet there are the Friedman units and many others. Any of these can be used in the backline to give you a more traditional feel on stage and provide a good stage mix for the rest of the band. The fact is, there are TONS of us out here that have found simple, direct solutions to the problem you're citing without jumping through hoops. You're the one placing arbitrary limitations on what you "feel" you need. Just fix the problem directly so you can focus on playing.
  11. DunedinDragon

    Amplifying the Home Studio Helix: Decisions, Decisions . . .

    THIS^^^^^ is really the core question because given your description of how you intend to use the Helix I have to wonder what value the power amps provide in your setup. I think you'll find many if not most of us have a simple direct connection to powered speakers whether they be powered studio monitors or powered stage speakers for live applications. With today's modern flat response speaker designs I'm not sure there's any real discernable value in having an amp in the signal chain. The powered speakers alone provide everything one really needs. Most of this has to do with the advancements in the design of powered speakers over the last 10 to 15 years in providing flat, full range response which is all you really need with a Helix. It's not about the wider frequency response as much as it is the flat frequency response for accurately and honestly reproducing whatever is being played through it. I have two different setups in my house, both of which are pretty common arrangements. I have one Helix floor unit connected direct to my computer via USB and connected direct to two Yamaha HS7 studio monitors. On the input side of the Helix I have my electronic keyboard, my electric guitar, my bass guitar, my acoustic guitar, and my vocal mic all connected to the inputs on the Helix and I simply select the appropriate preset for the instrument I want to play. All MP3's or videos I want to play along with come through the USB connection to the Helix and the computer provides the DAW if I want to record. Separately I have a second Helix unit that I use for live performances. It has a similar USB connection to my laptop but I use a Yamaha DXR12 as my powered speaker connected to that Helix unit, which is the speaker I use on stage when I play live. I use this unit solely for designing and testing my patches and preparing my setups for live performances. Both sets of speakers provide everything I need for the Helix which is a flat, full range powered output. This is made possible by the advancement in the design of powered speakers over the last 10 to 15 years using bi-amp designs and integrated DSP processing rather than simple crossovers for more precision in managing the frequency response profile of the speaker. As I said before, it's not about the frequency range of the guitar, it's about an accurate representation of any and all input sources across the entire frequency range.
  12. DunedinDragon

    Can I use with a tube amp or do I need a FRFR cabinet?

    Unfortunately there's not a lot you can do when it comes to FRFR setups than to just directly try them out and see what best fits you. The range of FRFR setups alone can make that a daunting task, but the one thing I think is important to bear in mind. You just spent a considerable amount of money on a premium modeling unit so it doesn't make sense to try and save money on the audio output system since your ultimate sound will be so dependent upon it. Personally I'm a big advocate of using professional level powered speakers as my output method. By that I mean the same powered speakers used on most club level PA systems such as the Yamaha DXR or DBR series, the QSC K.2 or CP series, or comparable systems by Electrovoice and JBL. Some of that is dictated by my experience working as a sound man in live productions, but some of that is also because it tends to be the most versatile setup for a range of situations. All of these speaker systems have several things in common. They're all bi-amp setups meaning they use two different amps to power the main speaker and the high frequency speaker separately providing a smooth and consistent transition between frequency ranges in a much more effective way than a simple crossover system. More importantly they are equipped with their own DSP processing units that will allow you to contour the speaker response to the manner in which it's being used. A classic example of this is when a speaker is used as a floor monitor it can have the effect of building up bass frequencies as it acoustically interacts with the floor. Therefore all these speakers have a contour setting that will automatically adjust the speaker's response to address that situation and a different contour setting if the speaker is placed on a pole for live sound applications, as well as various other potential application settings. In my case I set up my speaker on a half height pole behind me in a traditional backline setup. Most of the time I use a Yamaha DXR12 speaker for medium to large situations and a QSC CP8 for smaller, more intimate situations. There are several reasons for this. These speakers are engineered in such a way that in a vertical setup they provide a consistent sound across a very wide angle of sound dispersion and a limited vertical angle of dispersion. This ensures that sound energy doesn't get wasted by sending it into the ceiling and floor and therefore has much better projection across long distances. With the way I set mine up in the backline the rest of the band is able to easily hear me and we can all blend better because of the wide dispersion and in the case in which the venue doesn't lend itself to putting the instruments through the PA, I still have the value of getting the same level of projection into the audience as if I were going through the PA. As a side note I also use this same type of setup for the electronic drum kit when we use one for the same reasons. Of course the primary reasoning behind all of this is to allow me to have confidence that the sound I'm hearing on stage is the same sound my audience is hearing through the PA. I recognize it's not going to be a traditional amp cabinet sound but rather a studio quality sound, but that would be the case for the audience no matter what type of stage setup I had once it's been sent through the PA. The powercab is a great design for addressing those that prefer to use a FRFR cabinet style setup and has many more features that some of the other FRFR cabinet style FRFR systems out there. But again, this is a different type of choice than the style of FRFR I use and suits other purposes. The principle advantage to these type of designs is they will give you a more traditional cabinet feel on stage than will the type of setup I use. Ultimately they all end up being the same once they feed through the PA to the audience.
  13. DunedinDragon

    Importing preset problems

    In order to import a preset it has to be downloaded to your PC and if it's a .ZIP file unpacked into a file ending in .HLX.
  14. DunedinDragon

    Blues-Breaker or JHS Morning Glory for Helix

    You do realize, of course, that should they build wireless into the Helix you'll have to buy a whole new unit to get it since you can't download hardware changes, right?
  15. DunedinDragon

    Helix Snapshots Problems

    I'm assuming you haven't read or watched any videos about how to use snapshots? In order to change values on any of the parameters in a block you have to first push in the knob and make the change to the value. That surrounds the value with brackets and allows you to change that value on different snapshots. You might want to take some time and watch Jason Sadites YouTube video on how to work with snapshots as that will likely lead to less confusion.