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  1. ColonelForbin

    Variax Standard Charger LED Decoder

    Yeah; I just bought one of those too. I am intending to use Variax standard with "regular" pedals and tube amps; but needed some way to split the acoustic stuff out to direct, and to power the guitar sans batteries.. Got a demo model from SW; saved me ten bucks :)
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    Varian into real amp & acoustic setup

    Happy 2019 ya'all! Revisiting the idea; bumping this old thread rather than make a new one I recently picked up a variax standard and snagged that powered cable kit DI box thing also; with the intent to integrate Variax into various existing pedalboard rigs with a few tube amps. (Peavey Delta blues; Marshall Origin 50, PRS Sonzera 50, Mesa Express 50:5+ and Friedman Runt50 combo) Also have the M20d mixer with L3 mains and L2 monitors set up at our jam spot; so am fairly well set up to to route the XLR of the direct Variax stuff to the PA. Anyway; curious to hear from folks using Variax in front of pedals and tube amps rigs; but also finding a way to A/B the direct Variax stuff to a powered speaker or direct to PA/mixer. Cheers!
  3. ColonelForbin

    2.60 how's it going??

    I am going to update today!
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    FYI this seller is actually Sweetwater; stuff they can't sell as SW officially. I snagged a really nice Bogner 412st from here recently for less than $600.. Anyway; this Shuriken just popped up in my emails; figured someone might be able to score a good deal. Cheers! https://m.ebay.com/itm/Line-6-Shuriken-Variax-SR270-Solidbody-Electric-Baritone-Matte-Satin-Black-Bag/132671550976 Curious to see what this goes for! $507.76 9 bids | Ends in 1d 10h
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    Probably try putting an ISO between Helix and amp. Like, an Ebtech or similar. You could use an AB/Y and use the isolated B output too. Or something like the Empress stereo buffer thing. Cheapest option; get the Behringer or similar knock off of the Ebtech. Run Helix to Ebtech; Ebtech to amp. Cheap: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HD400--behringer-microhd-hd400-2-channel-hum-destroyer Ebtech: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Hum--ebtech-he-2-2-channel-stereo-hum-eliminator Spendy: https://empresseffects.com/products/buffer-stereo https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LittleDual--lehle-little-dual-amp-switcher https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TruePathABYWh--fulltone-custom-shop-true-path-aby-st-white
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    Guitar to Amp to Load Box to Helix?

    This is a cool idea.. I have messed with Helix and 4CM but had ground loop issues. Have not tried attenuator with a load box back to Helix! Gotta try that..
  7. This is for the folks (like me!) using Helix with tube amps. Hey ya’all! Wasssup. I spent my weekend messing with four tube amps –all at once – made possible using a Radial Shotgun to send the signals, and it was glorious! I got my two amps back at the home studio for now, and my buddy had left his two amps at my place – and I had the house to myself for the whole weekend and was off work Monday so.. yeah; you get the idea. The Radial thing is key; it can take one signal and send it to four amps, or it can take a stereo signal and send to two pairs. Started as simple as could possibly be, given the concept: Guitar > Radial Shotgun > Four Tube Amps. Oh Yeah!!! The whole polarity / phase reverse thing was a serious eye (ear!) opener. Plus, ground lifts per send. Obviously, these are simple controls. Ground lift, hummmmmm, switch on, silence. Polarity switch: position one, ok…. Position 2, yes! Much better! Or the reverse… It sounded fairly obviously better in one or the other position. Then I got more complex, connected my pedalboard in 4CM with my amp, stereo delays and reverbs, then used the Radial to send the stereo fx loop signal to the returns of all four amps; two pair. Sweeeeetness. Worked a stereo looper after the stereo FX before the Radial; also much fun. Anyway, the whole thing got me thinking again about using Helix with my amps; as FX processor and routing center, and looper, etc., and going out to the Radial to clean up the connections and power issues, and be able to feed four amps! I tried it before without the Radial with two amps; might have been getting phase/polarity issues, I dunno, but I want to revisit the idea though! In particular, run Helix as pedalboard, into both amps’ front inputs, then use both amps fx loop sends back to Helix, process both preamps (in stereo, and/or in parallel?) then back to the two amp’s fx loop returns. So, is there a way I should be thinking about balancing two amps preamps like this? Helix has a ton of ways to make this happen; obviously. The main two ways I have come to think of it, would be either merge/blend the preamps after the fx returns to Helix, and then hit the stereo mod/delay/verb, -OR-, run the preamps fx sends into parallel paths so they each get their own set of delays, verbs, etc. You could use the two returns 1 and 2 and assign input of path 2A to return 1 and path 2B to return 2. Though I imagine I will also run short on DSP rather quickly doing this! I suppose some of that could be parallel then merge them back together and use a cool trick of snapshots, expression pedals, etc. to blend the two paths. A/B/Y? Depending on how many FX you want in front of the amp, vs. in the amp fx loop seems like would determine where the two amp fx loop sends will come back to Helix, in terms of, in path 1 as an fx loop block, or return blocks – perhaps split the end of path 1 so each send/return gets it’s own path, then route the output from path 1A to path 2A, and from 1B to 2B. You can probably work some outboard FX in to path 1 in front of the amps if you want to save some DSP and offload drive pedals to outboard gear. I am thinking of doing this; I have a small pt jr. board with some comps, drives and boosts, and a couple of modulation effects. Would be nice to be able to cut that whole board out of the signal chain when not in use, and would save a ton of DSP! Anyway, I don’t know when I will get to test this; going to build some scratch presets to see what is possible for routing, then when I get time (and house to myself..) will rig all this up and report back. Cheers!
  8. ColonelForbin

    StageSource L2m vs Mission Engineering Gemini 1 for Helix LT

    I use my Helix with a pair of L2t (with L6link), and a pair of L3m, and sometimes a pair of Yamaha HS5; but that is all at home; recording, jamming whatever. Primarily, I use my Helix with a tube amp in 4CM! Helix is really flexible; lets you do some crazy awesome stuff. Regardless of the speaker or speakers; your best friend in the short term is definitely get to know the Helix Global EQ!! And it doesn't work on the L6Link anwyay, so even if you were using L2 or L3 speakers, there is still incentive to connect them using XLR or 1/4". Basically, cut the low and cut the high. Chop 'em! You really don't want to hear those frequencies; for the most part. Especially not if you are used to hearing an amp. Like I said - at first; because as you work it, you will want to work the high and low cuts on the IR or cabs and per presets and save using the global EQ for balancing a room or other stage specific changes in tone that need an across the board tweak You probably don't want to dial in presets with the global EQ on though.. But yeah; two speakers better than one for stereo! I tried that Firehawk 1500; totally cool box, but I ended up preferring the L2 for the size, ease of use, portability and such. Plus I have the M20d mixer, so they pull duty as floor monitors; and they rock as couch tour speakers connected to my TV for Phish and Dead&co webcasts!!
  9. ColonelForbin

    2.31 Release Date

    Yeah; bad joke I am afraid to say! I guess Captn Picard didn't quite make that clear.. :)
  10. ColonelForbin

    4CM noise elimination and signal chain tips?

    I'm still messing with using Helix with tube amps, in (more than 4) cable method I have a passive two channel Ebtech that is working reasonably well; though I just picked up a Radial Shotgun, which is probably overkill; though I have some ideas about using the second set of outputs for looper related sends.. Not 100% this is the right solution, but figured it's worth trying out!
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    2.31 Release Date

    I want these Controversial Reverbs of the HX variety!!! Yes Please! Can the controversial portions be set to spillover between snapshots? ;)
  12. ColonelForbin

    4CM noise problem

    This is what ya need to do! I use one of these; many options exist: (I run the two cables from amp fx loop send and return through this box to and from Helix send and returns) https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Hum
  13. I used my rig for a gig last night! My buddies band asked me to do sound; M20d mixer, pair of L3m for the mains and a pair of L2t for floor monitors. Five piece band; two guitars, drums, bass, keys, with three vocal lines. I take the mixing philosophy with this system to put *everything* through the mains and crank it all up so the mix coming out of the mains is not depending on stage volumes to sound good. It works great! And sounds stellar. I love messing with the delay effects for guitar solos and random cool bits on the vocals. Recorded everything to a couple of 32G cards. It's hard to beat for the ability to scale up; but this rig was plenty loud for the room; no subs needed. The L3 design is clever, running the low crossover into the bottom speaker gives you a more articulate mix of everything. Love it!
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    StageSource L2m vs Mission Engineering Gemini 1 for Helix LT

    Sounds like a good option at that price! It's also more reasonable in weight.. And whatever that EmPower EQ is sounds useful to get it more 'cab' sounding
  15. ColonelForbin

    StageSource L2m vs Mission Engineering Gemini 1 for Helix LT

    Weight also plays a big role; these things are heavy! You end up stuck hauling around a 60lb monitor; which takes it right back to the weight of hauling tube amps! Line6 L2m: Weight: 39.1 lbs. Mission Gemini I: Weight: 45 lbs. Friedman ASC12 : Weight: 59 lbs.