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  1. Had to crank CPU higher than normal in ProTools to eliminate "crackling". Disconcerting.
  2. I have my Variax into my Helix Rack and have the HD software up. I am using a plugin for the amp / cab sim. Everytime I move the volume control on my Variax Guitar - it moves the fader on the Logic Pro X track that it is assigned to. I do not want or desire that to happen. Thoughts?
  3. Yes - using the Helix rack as interface for guitars only.
  4. I have my Variax into my Helix Rack and have the HD software up. I am using a plugin for the amp / cab sim. Everytime I move the volume control on my Variax Guitar - it moves the fader on the Logic Pro X track that it is assigned to. I do not want or desire that to happen. Thoughts?
  5. Just spent a good hour doing an A/B test with my monitors in my studio. USA Strat - Lead Pickup Only Went back and forth using JUST the Factory Essex A15 Sim. Both my rack and the plugin had the same articulations dialed in for every variable. No question there is a difference between the two. Obviously an opinion as to "what" sounded different - but there was a definite distinction between the plugin and the Rack. To me, the rack sounded a bit more "rounded" for lack of a better word. Why? Dont know. Not complaining - just an observation. Please chime in as to your tests!! Would really like to hear your thoughts. When I get some time - I will soundcloud them for you.
  6. Haven't been reading the forum in a while as all is well with my Variax guitar and HD software - selfish I know. By "all is well" I mean both the guitar and HD software are working as the should. No complaints really but now that I have been using and recording with both products (Variax and HD) I have lost my initial awe at the strides in technology. Still impressed yes, but naturally I am left wanting more. FOR ME - rarely will I keep a Variax or HD recorded track. I only use them for basic tracking - getting the idea. I still pull out the heavy guns (guitars and amps) for a real take. So my question now is: does anyone have a inside track to whether or not Line 6 is spending development money on improving the current lineups? I am a HUGE proponent of the technology and will support as best I can. Grateful for what has been created thus far - but it just is not quite there yet - for me. Like most that are here, I would love to use one axe for all needs - so cool. Not complaining - just asking.
  7. Seems like lots of you are selling your tube rigs. I'm always looking for older Marshall, HiWatt, Orange, Fenders etc. if you are thinking of unloading give me a shout. As far as the OP - I have not made the move to amp sims or IR's for live - still use my tube rigs. I do however always carry a load box if the engineer wants to use that at the board. Tried my Helix and an FRFR maybe twice for live but came back to tubes. Studio - different story. I always record a tube and the Helix / Kemper or plugin.
  8. Solved: I had to create an aggregate I/O device in my iMac midi-audio setup window. This allows the Helix (usb attached to iMac) and my Apogee Symphony MKII (thunderbolt to iMac) to combine into one I/O. I named it Helix/Symphony. In Logic, I chose Helix/Symphony as my input and the Symphony as the output (my monitors are connected to my Symphony). My problem (as stated above) was that I had my Helix connected to my Symphony via SPDIF. I disconnect that altogether. Helix is connected to iMac USB only. I now create a 3 audio tracks for one guitar. One is input 7 for a dry, one is input 3 for a Wet Helix signal, finally 1 / 2 to track a miced amp / cab. That was the whole point of this exercise. I can then blend the Helix, Miced Cab and the dry track (with a Scuffham, Bias etc. plugin) to taste. In the end, this just might be overkill for an OCDer like me. Too many choices = manic mode.
  9. Just in my DAW - Logic - ProTools. No physical mixer or control surface.
  10. Thank you all. My monitors are coming out of my Apogee Symphony interface so if I setup Helix as my interface in Logic in order to use 7/8 as dry - I have no monitor? Maybe the Helix headphone jack would work while I try this? (Helix connected to iMac via USB) Thoughts?
  11. My setup is Guitar > HelixRack > SPDIF > ApogeeSymphonyInterface > iMac(Logic). I have been unsuccessful trying to record a wet and dry track simultaneously . Tried to create an aggregate device in the iMac to no avail. I am thinking there might be a way to simultaneously record one track with an amp simulation plugin (BIAS etc) and another track with no plugin (dry). Then take the dry track and reamp somehow via Helix? Solution in my last post in thread. Hope it helps someone.
  12. Can i use Snapshots to change guitar models Variax?
  13. I use my Helix exclusively for studio use. I would like to try something when using my Variax to record - Variax forum suggested I check here. Scenario: I am using the Variax Strat (Spank) model on a track while recording using the lead pickup during the song intro. I want to switch to the "trap" position (bridge and middle pickup) during the verse and record /use automation to do that instead of stopping the recording at the end of the intro and changing the HD software to the "trap" position - then punching in that config in the verse. Can the Helix software do that somehow? HD software cannot as far as I can tell. Midi data perhaps? Setup: Variax > Helix Rack > DAW (Logic /ProTools).
  14. Sorry - Should have been more specific. I am going Variax > VDI cable > back of Helix > Out Helix into Apogee Interface > Pro Tools /Logic. Without a Pod or some other interface I suppose it is not doable. Even so, if there is a drop out - would be pointless at any rate. Got to go old school and punch in. Thanks.
  15. I have researched this but cannot find any postings. Scenario: I am using the Strat (Spank) model on a track while recording using the lead pickup during the song intro. I want to switch to the "trap" position (bridge and middle pickup) during the verse and record the automation instead of stopping the recording at the end of the intro and changing the HD software to the "trap" position - then punching in that config in the verse. Can the HD software do that? Midi data perhaps?
  16. As to those who have purchased the Rack or Floor Model and had the same thoughts as I when we heard about Native - namely - why have the hardware when the software does the same thing? For me - it is a CPU issue. I do not use my Rack for live - just recording. Native will suck up CPU power and the hardware will not. Simple as that for me.
  17. A bit frightening to think it was caused by some jostling in the shipping. One would think the problem would be solved by now. Incredible that my issue was so pronounced in my hands and then gone by the time Line 6 recieved it. I too would have to believe a physical issue is at the root as I made no changes to my DAW, software, updates etc while the guitar was out of my hands. I feel for the guys that play them live as it could happen at any minute?
  18. I had solved my plink issue by placing a .52 on my low E String. Worked great but it was uncomfortable for me to play. Finally sent my guitar to Line 6. I spoke to a tech who had my guitar in hand and he could not hear the plink - odd. I told him that it was specific to the Spank and T Model only and that it occurred on higher gain Helix settings only as well. He assured me he could not make it happen in any scenario. Odd but what could I say being that I could not be there in person. Once it was returned - I plugged in and no plink anywhere. All that was done was a setup as far as I know. I am happy it is working as designed but I would really like to know what the issue really was.
  19. Any word yet? Would love to get this up and running ASAP.
  20. Many Thanks, I tried a .52 Ernie Ball Nickel I had in my reserves and PLINK GONE. I had issues only on the Strat and Tele and both are gone. Absolute improvement. Thanks for all efforts -saved me on a purchasing a new / used one and hoping.
  21. PSARKISSIAN is right on. For Helix settings - I have used and like the Fenders - Tweeds and US Deluxes and the Supro. The Jazz Rivet (Roland Jazz Chorus) is cool too. As always, tweek and retweek all settings on the amp and cab - volumes - mic distance is huge for surf tones. For guitars: As stated above - Mosrites and Strats are great. Gretsch 6120's, Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters are killer. Dont forget to try a baritone guitar - awesome for certain applications. I have found the cleaner the better as far as amp tones and dont forget to vary your pickup, tone, and volume controls. Oh yes - danelectros can do it too. So many - so cool.
  22. Thank you, informative and on topic reply which I can use.
  23. Maybe I should sell my '59 'Paul - 56 Tele while I'm at it. Just not sure the 59 sounds "better" than a Norlin LP or my 56 Tele sounds "better" than a 73. Decisions - decisions.
  24. Sorry to upset you. I was merely asking, as my post suggests, whether the higher end guitars equipped with the line 6 technology will sound "better" - brighter, cleaner, more responsive - to the HD hardware. I did not mention their performance playing through and amp using the stock pickups.
  25. I currently own a standard. Other than build quality and playability, do all of the Variax guitars respond exactly the same way sonically with the HD software? Meaning, are the high-end James Tyler's better sounding guitar's using the HD modeling versus the less expensive standards. I would not think so as the gutter the same.
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