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actdmusic last won the day on May 6 2015

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  1. It's an idea... But I like to keep HX Edit open while I record guitar. That way I can easily tweek the patch as needed during the recording session... Anyway, I've been entertaining the idea of getting another machine. Something simple and cheap just for this kind of stuff and having OBS installed to live streaming and recording video. Maybe a small net book or something. An idea would be having that net book to the side just running HX Edit while the main studio PC is running the studio session.
  2. Nop, it does not make sense. I have my helix plugged to my studio desk through the Analog outs. And I have the power cab! I can listen on my studio monitors, headphones or Powercab while editing. My mixer goes then to a good audio interface sometimes passing through some great Analog gear if I so choose... Heck, I can even monitor the helix passing through nice Analog comps, eqs and preamps if I want. Like I said, my studio PC is a critical machine. In the past I've installed several USB drivers that were not absolutely necessary for everyday work and I got some conflicts that resulted in audio artifacts. That lead to 2 days of solving problems instead of working... Understand me now?
  3. That's a shame... Really wanted to do that. I really don't understand why it's not possible... Line6 would probably very easily make a driver just for the control part of the Helix without the audio. Well I guess I'll go to idea scale and request it
  4. Hello Is it possible to use the HX Edit without installing the audio (asio) drivers of Helix? If so, how? I'm asking because I just made a big update to my studio and went ahead and formated the PC having now a clean windows install. In the past one of the problems I had was to many interfaces installed that started to conflict. In this install I want to have the overall bare minimum installed. I like to use HX Edit to edit patches. But I never use the asio from the Helix...
  5. There are great fixing suggestions here. However, I believe fixing with gear is never the answer. Record and teach the bass player to play for the actual song. Make him understand that is all about the song and not about him. Give him about 3 chances to understand. If he fails replace him. That's how I would go about it anyway...
  6. Use my method of recording every gig and rehearsal and reviewing it! He will understand ;)
  7. Yah, it's post everything (pre main level) I find this recording useless! Because on the actual venue people are listening to the back line. So this recording will be: Loads of vocals, to much kick drum and a tiny little bit of the rest. Normally I export the separate input files to a DAW and mix there. But I've used the procedure described by @SiWatts69 and it works great because you can adjust the mix for the recording.
  8. Yes, its dry. I'll add a piece of info, the M20d will not work as a regular audio interface because it has around 1s of latency. It will work to record a session direct to DAW. But not to overdub individual instruments. I never use the M20d to record to PC anymore. I love the feature of recording direct to SDCard ;)
  9. Just take a laptop with you and quickly normalize the files to odb while people is saying goodbye and preparing to leave ;)
  10. Hi This may even be a pointless topic... But I thought it would be nice to put this here. Since Line6 helped to fix the problem on my mixer I returned to what is now my standard way of working. I record and listen back to everything! This made all my bands (including an acoustic duo) enter a completely new level of performing! I mean, really, how could I work so much time with a mixer without multitrack recording capability! I had one rehearsal without the mixer and I was panicking :rolleyes: :lol: And I don't even keep the files on the SD! So I don't even spend money on storage (memory). Here's what I do: I take the time to set mics on every rehearsal or gig, even if it's a small pub that doesn't need micing on the backline. I just don't bring up the volumes on the channels I don't need for sound reinforcement. Then just record everything! If Its a gig: Typically I'll use the files to improve the live sound of the band. I'll plug the M20d to my yamaha studio monitors and mix, create presets, etc... Just to get ready for the next gig with the same band. If I listen something I don't like. A huge mistake or a problem with the flow of the show, then I'll take the time to import the tracks to the DAW, make a fast and simple mix and take the mp3 to the next reharsal to talk about it. If not, I'll just delete the entire thing! On Rehearsal: Simple! 1 - Create 2 scenes, one to record, with the mix you need to rehearse (maybe just the vocals on the PA), and another one with a nice playback mix so you can listen to the recordings. 2 - play one song recording it, Listen, discuss, take notes. 3 - If the song sounded good on the recording, erase the recording (don't get emotionally attached to the files because memory storage can become an issue) and move on to the next song. If there are things to improve, erase the file, practice for a bit and start from point number 2. The multitrack aspect of this recording play an huge role here because you can isolate instruments to diagnose problems (timing, harmonies, tuning, etc). Ok, you guessed, thins method is super time consuming! But, if this is our job we simply have to be the best at it! I can tell you it's completely worth it! We sound way better and are getting more and better gigs has a result. B) It's also a very good "excessive ego killer"! Know that drummer that is constantly playing powerful drum fills on every 2 measures even if the vocals are singing a quiet verse? Well, after listening what it makes to the song he will immediately revert to just holding the groove ;) Same goes to the guitar player that's trowing leads all over the place! Why am I posting this here? Well, the M20d is the only mixer on double this price range with on board multitrack recording and playback. Other mixers can get you great results sound wise. But this mixer takes every a very LONG step further by giving you a easy to use way of making or band actually play better!
  11. Update 2: Line6 replied something along the lines of: Its not an hardware issue. Software just sometimes get corrupted. Not a Line6 specific problem. I could have done nothing wrong to trigger the problem. The only thing that could have done that is powering down during update. The procedure is only another way to enter update mode in case the unit does not boot. Ok! I had software issues in the past in other equipment from other brands. No problem. My M20d continues to work fine. I'll carry an SDCard with the update file anyway just in case. If the mixer stops working again, or (I hope not) often, I will update. Oh, and... Line6 Rules!!! ;) :D
  12. Hi Update: I posted a support ticket for this problem. They replied with a fix: Insert a memory card with the update firmware file on it and Power up holding "Tweak", "Record" and "Monitor" together. It did the trick. My beloved M20d updated and it's working again! My guess is that this procedure erases everything on memory a forces a real fresh installation of the firmware. Now, I don't know why this happened and I don't know if it will happen again! So I will buy the most inexpensive SDcard I can find, Put the update file on it and leave it on the case I use to carry my mixer. This way I can do this procedure if I have this problem on location. However this is not ideal as the procedure takes several minutes and in the heat of a sound check... Well... We are all musicians, you get the idea! I'll reply to the support ticket asking for more info on this. Mainly if there is any history of this problem returning often, or if there is a known cause. I would like to be more confident using the mixer on gigs... Anyway, Line6 is once more handling this very well! Nice company to work with ;)
  13. 1st Unit -> Led problem (wrong colors on encoders) and unresponsive physical controls. Sent to repair under warranty -> Worked for a while but the problem returned Line6 kindly replaced the unit! Very good costumer service I must say. 2nd unit starts to present the grounding problem but is no longer under warranty period. I contacted a tec I know (not line6 authorized). I trust this guy. He has been repairing my music gear for years. He preformed the, now standard, mod on the grounding and it worked very nicely. Today I get the unit out of the case to multi-track record an important rehearsal (common practice since I have the M20d, it does wonders for your work method!) and I get the also well known "stuck on the boot screen" problem! This unit is not under warranty period and it has been tempered with to fix the grounding. So I think even if this is a very known problem with several units I will have to cover the repair of my pocket! Or.... Just get another mixer! This mixer is just so unreliable it becomes unusable for true professionals!
  14. Yah, like said before it's the trim level. It's low to prevent clipping during live operation. I just normalize all files to 0db when I import them to the DAW. No biggie.. I do that to all recordings anyway because I like all the tracks with roughly the same gain to make the faders a better visual presentation of the relative levels.
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