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  1. I also have never experienced any latency problems using the Helix as the audio interface, and I use a pretty wide range of VST plugins like True Piano, some various session drum kits, and whole range of EQ and vocal stuff. But again I'm dealing with a pretty powerful setup on my desktop PC.
  2. I sold my old audio interface and just use the Helix directly connected to the DAW with the studio monitors attached to it. It actually greatly simplified my workflow when recording.
  3. I use a Beat Buddy now in every performance each week along with my Helix. The difference is I use the Helix to control the Beat Buddy and send the Beat Buddy signal direct to the mixing board on it's own separate line using the L/Mono 1/4" out. In your case, if you're wanting the Beat Buddy to go through the Helix to the PowerCab all you would need to do is have a MIDI cable from the Helix going from MIDI Out to the MIDI in on the Beat Buddy (if you want tight integration with the Helix), and one return block for the 1/4" L/Mono out (or use both outs to a dual stereo return) from the Beat Buddy probably located at the very end of the signal chain so it comes in after all the amp and effects blocks and is just mixed with the finished guitar signal. For tight MIDI integration between the two you'll need to order the special MIDI cable for the Beat Buddy input which converts a traditional MDI to a PS1 style MIDI which can be purchased from Singular Sound. So you'll need a one traditional MIDI cable (MIDI out from the Helix) and one special MIDI converter cable for the Beat Buddy. You can easily program the Helix to control pretty much all aspect of the Beat Buddy and the MIDI cvommsnfd are documented at the following link: https://singularsound.com/downloadable/BeatBuddy-MIDISettings-Firmware-v1.77.pdf My process is relatively simple. I have a separate Beat Buddy project specific to each preset and I use the Beat Buddy Manager to create the beats for each preset and save that project to the SD card I plug into the Beat Buddy. In the Helix Command Center I create an instantaneous command which sends the Program Change to the Beat Buddy to select the specific drum song that matches the preset when I move to that preset. From there it's simply a matter of using the command center to define and assign the CC commands on the Helix for starting, ending, playing fills, etc. on the Beat Buddy. That's a very tight integration between the Beat Buddy and the Helix for live performances. You can, of course, do it all manually on the Beat Buddy if you prefer to avoid the MIDI stuff.
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    The first thing that pops into my head is are your kids ready for this? We see a ton of people that come in here that have a hard time adapting and understanding the technical nature of what a modeler does and how you use one. With only 2 years of experience yourself, I wonder how much guidance you'll be able to give them in how to effectively use the modeling environment which can sometimes be daunting for many people that have been playing for years. Quite frankly I'd suggest you dive into it yourself and get plenty of experience and then see if they truly are interested in learning what can be a pretty daunting technical environment. It takes some patience to get comfortable with everything, and kids aren't often very patient animals. The mostly want it NOW!!!
  5. Basically the signal meter is only telling me if I'm in the same ballpark with different presets. My ears still need to make the final decision by comparing the them.
  6. This is one of the key reasons I use both my ears and a signal meter to make sure I don't fool myself. It's very easy to do if you're level setting by ear only.
  7. Did you download and then Run the HX Edit from Line 6? Downloading alone doesn't actually install it.
  8. There's no doubt you'd be way better off with the LT rather than a combo of Stomp and FX. Especially if you're hoping to use presets from Customtone. It's not simply a matter of recreating a Customtone patch with a piece of software since getting them to work together consistently across two units would require setting up loops between the two and synchronizing the patches on both units. This can be problematic since you can have different effects in different parts of a signal chain on an LT. Not to mention the difference in stomp or snapshot assignments.
  9. I'd suggest you stop doing this before your mommy and daddy take away your internet access....
  10. Here's what I'd do. Go into global ins/outs and set XLR level to Line level, and set Master Volume Knob to 1/4" only. That sets the XLR outs to full volume as if the master volume knob is turned all the way up. If that configuration is low level then you likely have a problem with your XLR outs.
  11. I agree with RD2K that your clip doesn't sound awful at all...just way over modulated which makes it sound harsh. Especially in comparison to the video you posted where the output appears to be much more controlled and managed. I'm listening to it on my studio monitors which are Yamaha HS7's. Of course the main difference once I turn your clip down to a comparative level with the video, is the brightness of your guitar compared to his. I don't know how your guitar and pickups compare to what he's using, but there's clearly some difference there. That, of course can be remedied by either EQ or possibly just a different setup on the cabinet/mic/mic placement used in the amp model.
  12. Well you're going to be waiting a very long time if you want to get specs on the next firmware release. That just doesn't happen in today's marketplace whether it's Line 6 or anyone else. So you'll just have to make your buying decisions on your own instincts and due diligence like the rest of us. It either fits your needs or it doesn't...no one here wants to "force" you to do anything. We're musicians, not used car salesmen.
  13. Well that's a pretty thorough explanation of the problem...other than the fact you haven't said a single word about what your output device is and how you have it set up. If the Helix is showing green, the Helix probably isn't clipping or distorting the signal because the signal is within the tolerances of the system, so it's likely happening at your output device.
  14. Or...there's always this little option... http://rollingbender.com/admin/
  15. First, I don't think focusing on the cables as the culprit in these situations resolves anything. I have never had any problems with the USB connection on either of the Helix Floor units and I've never paid one moment of attention to what kind of cable I used. In the case of my studio PC connected to my Helix I use a 15 foot USB cable that I dug out of my cable drawer and which has probably been in there 10 years. What I have paid attention to is to make sure the USB port I'm using is connected to the motherboard and not to any form of internal hub circuit. I've always used a traditional port and not a high speed port. The mere fact that something works, or doesn't work, or intermittently works tells you nothing unless it's backed up by some form of event in the event log. Everything else is just a guess. I'd research this topic if I ever had a failure of my USB connection, but I never have, so I wouldn't have an error or warning log entry. If you have the desire to track something like this down I'd suggest hooking up a cable that fails intermittently, and when it does, take note of the system time, then open the event log and look for suspicious entries in the system log around that time. Maybe then we might discover something useful.
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