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  1. The point of the PC for me is a FRFR system for the Helix. Helix has bass amps and such as well. PC does a good job with bass overall, but can't quite do the low end. So a sub would just be an easy way to address that while still using the PC as a mostly FRFR rig.
  2. Yep. The speaker has some lower, but it does potentially start to "fart" when dealing with the really low end stuff at a reasonable band volume. So I would prefer to high pass it at ~70 and then include a sub with a low pass at 70 which can handle that area more effectively.
  3. I own two PC212+ and use a Helix to chain them with L6 Link. When doing so, one PowerCab gets the Left side and one PowerCab gets the Right side of the stereo image. The output block on the Helix has access to control the PowerCab speaker mode, as well as the model selection. This can be set globally, or per patch. You can also control the speaker model on each the left vs the right separately. I'm not sure if you use two cabs whether you can set one cab to flat and one to speaker model. Based on my recollection of the options in the UI, I think the answer is probably no. However, since you can set the settings per patch (and probably even snapshots), you should be able to switch from speaker to FRFR and back as needed.
  4. The PowerCab is intended to take Line Level input from a preamp device such as a Helix. Most tube amps can connect to it via the Effects loop, but would need a load box on the speaker output to avoid blowing the transformer. Interestingly, the Revv D20 looks likes it actually has a built in load box which would allow you to output a Line Level signal without plugging into a speaker. Based on this, you should theoretically be able to connect the two. That's pretty cool. First, push the button on the back to select the "Internal Load", or leave the speaker disconnected (it supposedly automatically loads it if nothing is connected). Then take the Two Notes Balanced Ouptut and connect it to the PowerCab. This output has it's own Power Section and Speaker IR from the amp, so you'd want to set the PowerCab to FRFR to act like a PA speaker, as you would with the Helix if you had cabinet sims enabled in it. Alternatively, you should be able to take the FX Send output instead and run that into the PowerCab line in. This will not have the Power Section or Speaker IR however, so you would then want to choose a speaker model in the PowerCab or run it in pure speaker mode with no tweeter. It may be possible to get the IRs used in the Revv D20 from the company and load those into the PowerCab directly. In which case they'd presumably sound identical with either option. Though the balanced output would be better due to lower noise floor and more output from balanced connections.
  5. If it seems to be tone buzzing, my guess is that you're clipping digitally? It could be clipping internally on the Helix, or into the PowerCab, or even in the PowerCab itself. Put the "cursor" on the output block of the helix and view the new VU meters. See how loud it is and turn down the output as needed. Turn up the PowerCab to compensate if needed. Try a limiter or compressor before the output so you can reduce peaks while still getting more volume. View the ring on the PowerCab while playing. If it's clipping the input it will blink red each time. Again, turn down the Helix, and turn up the powercab to compensate if you havee headroom. If you are using any speaker sims or things in the PowerCab it could be clipping internally there instead. You can edit the settings to turn down the digital volume in the PowerCab until the buzzing goes away.
  6. Is it a physical buzzing, or a tone buzzing? One of my PC212+ will physically buzz if I run a bass guitar through it and turn it up a little. The other does not. Seems like a loose cable or something inside is rattling on the speaker or cabinet.
  7. PC212+ does a decent job on bass as long as you're not doing super low stuff (which I am). Finding a FRFR bass rig to use with my Helix is prohibitively expensive, compared to just adding a sub of some sort for ~$400 or so. Since the PC212+ high pass filter sits at 80Hz, the sub probably doesn't really need much of a flat response since it's only covering ~40-50Hz of the spectrum.
  8. The only programs that will recognize .hlx are Line 6 programs. Just edit the file extension to .json before editing the file. Then rename it back to .hlx when done. If you can use a PC, you can just force it to be opened in a program with right click > open with
  9. Since I have a Helix and two 212PC+, I figured I could probably pare down my equipment overall. The 212PC+ only go down to 70Hz, and one of them starts to rattle a bit if I try my 5-string bass with them at volume. So I was thinking of maybe getting a powered sub. PowerCab has a built in Low Cut option that doesn't apply to the output signals. So I ought to be able to use L6 Link into the PCs and run a line out to a sub, which usually have their own crossover. Any suggestions? Ideally something the same width as the PC212 (~28").
  10. No word from Support on the signal issue. As rd2rk stated, if you're trying to assign an PowerCab preset to a Preset in the Helix, you do it in the Helix patch: Powercab Remote using HELIX via L6 LINK Use the following steps to configure a Line 6 Helix Floor, Rack, or LT device for L6 LINK remote functionality with Powercab Plus. On Helix, from any Output > Multi or Output > Digital block, press PAGE> once. Powercab remote parameters appear. Turn Knob 1 (Powercab Remote) to select: Off - No remote control of Powercab Plus parameters, but audio is still active Per Preset - Powercab Plus parameters are stored and recalled with the Helix preset Global - Powercab Plus parameters are stored and recalled globally Turn Knob 3 (Speaker Select) to select which speaker(s) you’d like to control. If you have a single Powercab 112 Plus, leave this set to “Speaker 1+2."
  11. I own a Mimiq and Helix. The Mimiq is fantastic, but the Double Take in Helix seems to be just about as good in my opinion. Definitely not worth using WITH the Helix rather than Double Take unless you need to free up DSP and still have a block to run the effects loop with. I use the Mimiq with my HD500x though. Both sound phasey in mono simply due to what they do. Both can sound like they "jump around" a little in mono. They both automatically change up the delay time which can shift the comb filtering audibly. I haven't used the Mimiq in a while, but I feel like it was a bit better at detecting transients to switch delay settings with, so it sounds a bit more natural. That said, teh difference is pretty minimal. If you use a stereo mix with in ears/headphones, your going to be very happy with either. I've boxed up the Mimiq and haven't looked back in this case. However, if you use mono monitoring, or have a stereo rig where the speakers are close to each other (effectively making it mono), I think Mimiq probably wins by a hair. If you already own one, cool. Do something fun with it. If not, I wouldn't bother purchasing it honestly.
  12. I own a Helix and 2 PC212+ cabs. Two separate speakers placed in different locations will always have more width. However, I believe the PC212+ can use signal processing to make the cabinet wider sounding that a regular 212. It has a control for Stereo Width that ranges from 0 - 200% (mono to extra wide). It's presumably playing with phasing to get the extra width. The FH1500 probably does the same thing. Thump is a subjective term. In a regular cabinet, that thump comes from a resonant frequency of a closed back cabinet. The small the cabinet, the higher the frequency it would "thump" at theoretically. The PC212+ are obviously larger than the others, and have 2 12's for more low end. I haven't really compared the thump to my 412, but my guess is that it will not have as much simply due to physics. You could possibly bump up 100Hz or so with EQ to try to simulate it though. The PC212+ goes down to 70Hz I believe. The + models give you access to custom IRs for the cabinet (and more models?), but if you're using a Helix you don't necessarily need it. The same IRs can be loaded into the Helix itself. Foot control of the built in models is neat, but I find I don't even use the built in speaker models so far. I did just buy them for their FRFR capabilities personally. The speaker models are fun, but I generally use in-ears anyways so the mic'd models make more sense for my purposes.
  13. FYI support has been notified and they've passed the issue on to QA to test.
  14. Someone above said they have two 112's and have the same issue. So I don't think that's it. Seems more like turning the volume down on the 2nd cab causes the L6 Link to think a second was disconnected maybe. The 212's each switch to mono, so that the dual cab set up is in stereo, but each cab is just one side. I didn't test if it switches the first cab back to stereo if the second cab is lost.
  15. Yes. You need something that can absorb the power of the amp, and has a line level DI output if you wish to not use another speaker cabinet. The Radial Headload for example. They also make the Radial JDX-48 which is meant to go in between an amp and speakers, and just take a tap off the output to use as a DI output. But you still need a speaker cabinet or loadbox to absord the amplifier's output.
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