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  1. Thanks! I did read some about the fan in other threads. Funny how the sound seems to be coming through the speakers. I bought the pro coverage at GC since there is SO much tech in these speakers. yeah, ugh…I did find others recommending the L3 also. I’ll just use my small Mesa walkabout bass amp. thanks for the tips
  2. Oh funny. I feel like a kid who’s tastes changed over 5 years with Helix. Like I didn’t used to like Brussel sprouts and now I do. I do wish I hadn’t sold the Powercab. I’d love to compare side by side. Totally agree with the guitar cab vibe. I just don’t remember HX Cabs sounding as good in PC+ FRFR mode as they do in the L2 reference/PA mode. The speaker models and LF Raw were cool in PC+ though. I guess you really can’t go wrong with either.
  3. After owning Helix floor since 2016, I finally broke down and bought a used L6 Stagesource L2t from GC (with service plan). HX cabs sound GREAT through it! Better than Powercab + IMO (had one, sold it). As I think I've seen in other posts here, Line 6 must have designed and tested those HX cabs though Stagesource speakers. A duh moment for me as I'm sure many of you have known this for a long time :) I was an HX cabs basher and did everything I could to avoid them after hearing them in studio headphones, studio monitors, PA, and even Powercab +. I've spent hundreds of $ on IR's, made my own IR's, bought and sold the Powercab +, and even a bought a Two Notes Cab M+ pedal to get around the HX cabs. I drove myself crazy and even put the Helix away for a while to play my real amps again. Those Stagesource L2t's are great for the wife and I to play acoustic and sing through too. They don't seem to handle my 5 string bass well though. Quite a bit of buzz / rattle / flapping on low E and lower to B. I contacted Line 6 support to see if this is normal. I have to clean up my past and apologize to Line 6 for everything bad I said about HX cabs :)
  4. Nice! Good to hear. Ive been impressed with the videos, but have not tried one yet.
  5. Were you using speaker sims on your computer with your Marshall + Suhr setup? Have you tried running Helix with cabs/IR's off into those same speaker sims? From personal experience and opinion, I found the Two Notes cabs in their Wall Of Sound plug in much better sounding than Helix cabs and IR's (on the Helix floor or in Helix Native). It actually drove me to buy a Two Notes Cab M+ to use with Helix. This might translate to "less digital/plastic" to you. BTW, as others have posted, EQ, high cut, and that analog tape echo block suggestion (very interesting...I have to try it!) can help as well. But I feel ya. P.S. I went so far one time as to put a self-attenuated Fryette Powerstation PS-2 into a send/return block of Helix between the power amp and cab (or IR) model blocks to get that real tube amp-to-cab impedance curve effect and liveliness mojo that is missing in all digital modelers IMO. The PS-2 Bright and Warm switches, along with the Presence and Depth controls are really powerful too. But this is some really cork-sniffing, holy grail type stuff that may not be worth the cabling and extra gear, especially if you have to move your rig a lot.
  6. If you are looking for a great amp to go with Helix and want to keep a traditional guitar cab, I highly recommend a Fryette Powerstation or one of the Matrix class A/B (not digital) amps, like the VB800 (my current rig) or GT800FX. If you need stereo, consider the Fryette LXii, Synergy SYN5050, or GT800FX. The Mesa 50/50 and 2:90 stereo amps are great too, they just are not flat and color the sound a bit (not always a bad thing) and a bit heavy. All of the small digital amp solutions were harsh sounding to me. Heck, my old Marshall Valvestate 8080 or Peavey CS200 (about $150 on eBay) 1u SS rack amps sound better than the digital power amps to me. The Fryette Powerstation + Helix and your favorite guitar cabs will keep you closest to Triaxis + 2:90 sound and feel though. IMO I think I can get better sounds now with Helix + Fryette PS than Triaxis + 2:90 now that I know how to work Helix. Plus there is a lot of value in keeping it simple. Can't beat a single 1/4" cable from Helix to Fryette PS. I really love my Triaxis + 2:90, and spent tons of $ on it. I could not let it go and was bound and determined to integrate it with Helix...with a 10 cable method if I had too (exaggerating). Anyway, good luck
  7. From re-re-re-reading the manual for the Two Notes Cab M+ (TNCM), I just discovered that the TNCM line in is TRS and will take a stereo cable. I am able to connect the Helix 1/4" phones out to the TNCM line in with TRS cable and have a dedicated global output to FOH or headphones. This was significant to me as I REALLY don't like using Helix FRFR live, or even just jamming with friends. After trying almost everything available (Line 6 Powercab + - harsh and speaker models are weird standing in front; Line 6 Spider Valve - big but sounds good; Fryette Powerstation - still like this one; Seymour Duncan Powerstage 700 - harsh and least favorite; and all the traditional guitar amp options) I FINALLY really connected and got along with Helix into the power amp in of a 4lb Matrix VB800 (fits in Helix backpack, class A/B power, not digital/harsh) + 30lb NL212 Neolight cab (most versatile 212 I've ever played - Mesa Recto, Marshall 1936, Orange, Bogner, Carvin, Peavey). AND I can walk into a gig or jam in one trip. Of course this requires me to turn off cab models and any IR's in Helix. But now I can just add on the TNCM to Helix via phones jack when needed. This gives me that global cab model/IR "on/off" I always wanted in Helix. The phones level control on Helix is VERY useful, using the TNCM frees up some Helix processor power, and I do not have to mess with my Helix cab-less presets anymore. When I first got the TNCM, I had visions of using Two Notes BlendIR to capture my Matrix NL212 and just popping the TNCM into and effects send/return block for live use. I'm a one cab-to-rule-them-all type of guy (BTW you can't switch cabs in TNCM via Helix or MIDI...come on Two Notes!), and used to drive myself crazy messing with all different cab models, mics, IR's...(IR-PTSD just kicked in). I liked the Two Notes cabs WAY better than Helix cabs or IR's anyway. But the TNCM with Helix send/return block was more wiring to mess with and I did not want to put Helix on a pedalboard. So I shelved the TNCM and would just miked up the cab live, or turn on some cab blocks or IR's if required. Anyway, this was a huge deal for me and I thought I would share.
  8. Ummmm, I just got a nice double bass sound out of my PRS (neck pickup with coil tap on single coil) with Poly Pitch feeding the Acoustic sim, Jumbo body...WTF
  9. I would love a mix control on all distortion pedals. I like to run tube screamers and drive pedals in parallel with a straight signal path in the input of a dirty amp. Way more depth and you retain more amp sound. Plus when I do this, I can't have parallel cabs on path 1A. I have to map to Path 2A and put my cabs down there. I know I can do a single dual cab block, but I like to put a little verb on the "room mic" cab Upvoted and commented
  10. @codamedia thanks for the video timestamps! I hear what you describe. Yeah, i think something may be up with the IR capture or processing on CLN2. Man, it really would be cool if Line 6 would model this thing. Is it an amp model? Effects model? Both and we piece them together in a chain? This Rockman X100 is the 80s-in-a-box!
  11. Well @codamedia I wasn't able to make that IR really any louder. I amplified it as much as I could, but it barely made a difference. When I look at the waveform, there just doesn't seem to be much there to start with. I also notice that when I play/loop through it, is very lo-fi with some high end hiss. Nothing like the other 3. Is it possible there was an issue with the capture, or is it really the way the Rockman X100 CLN2 sounds?
  12. I'll take stab at bumping up that CLN2 IR to match the others tomorrow.
  13. Ha! @codamedia. There were definitely the easy-button to Boston tones! I even learned a new song, today More Than A Feeling. A preset with two amps and snapshots with drive pedal, amp, and IR changes gets you through the whole song. snapshots and IR changes are very handy. I did try the plain Brit Plexi Brt, which was pretty true to the sound. But i ended up on the German Mahadeva (Bogner Ecstacy). Drove it with a light Valve Driver distortion in a parallel path to the input of the amp. Then I got crazy with the Placater Dirty just because I likes da gain. Pretty amazing that guitarists and engineers have been trying to ditch cabs and make analog and digital models for decades. And watching that video posted by @sweetpete above, Tom Scholz was a Mechanical Engineer from MIT, as am I (not from MIT though)!!! Wow, the Rockman system was SO ahead of its time! They even had a full range guitar cab and amp! I bet this stuff was expensive in the day. Someone (eh hem, Line 6) should model this stuff. That was fun, thanks again!
  14. 3 more IR's added...Extreme (Xtr) versions. I think these simulate mic'ing right up on the grille near the center of the dust cap. More highs and more thump. R5_MesCC_Closed_Xtr.wav R5_MesCC_Open_Xtr.wav R5_MesCC_Vintage_Xtr.wav I think it's a pretty good set now and blend well together too, mix and match.
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