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  1. Thanks !! Yes, I've seen many reviews/ demo's of the Zoom, but most if not all of them do not address this specific use case. I may just end up ordering one and see if it works. If it doesn't I may return it. The Livetrack would be a bit overkill in terms of inputs at the moment, but like I said hopefully in the near future we'll be able to gout to play again and then this mixer might become very handy (also because at least two of us will transition to IEMs). Good to know the latency will improve. If it can get to around 5 ms, that would be perfect. Need to say that I personally don't experience any issues at the moment with the +/- 7ms, at least for my current use as a locked-down-amateur (I'm not that great of a player anyhow ;-))
  2. Hello forum, I'll soon update my current computer (old Mac) and with that I will lose support for my just-as-old USB 1 sound card (Focusrite Safire 6 USB, the USB 1.1 version). My dilemma is whether I'll buy a new USB sound card or if I'll go for a mixer with interface functionality, such as the Behringer Flow 8 or the Zoom Livetrack (I know, these are two very different products). What I'm not sure about though is whether these USB "Mixerfaces" will work with Native in the way I'm used to and will give a reasonable latency (I'm currently at around 7 ms, which is acceptable). Thus, guitar to the board -> PC with Native -> back to the board into monitors/ headphones. Anyone have experience with these kind of products? Apart from the obvious, any pros/ cons versus a dedicated sound card? I particularly like the Zoom Livetrack 12 as it will allow me to also connect some external synths/ keyboards and (hopefully one day again) can be used for my bands. Thank you !!
  3. I understand that Ableton Live works reasonably well on the M1 Macs even though it needs Rosetta. Would that make a difference for Native? In other words, I understand that Native has issues when running in Logic or Garageband which is designed for the M1 platform. But what about of you run Native as a plugin in a program that runs on Rosetta? Anyone have experience with that? I'm currently running Native on a long-retired 2009 MacBook pro in Ableton 10. It works fine for just using the plugin, designing presets and perhaps some simple recording. But any more complex project will run out of CPU (and generate sound pops/ dropouts) quite fast unless I increase buffer size. Thus, I'm considering to buy a new M1 Mac.... but reading all of this I may need to be patient for a bit longer.
  4. Hillman1312

    best I.R'S

    Going back to the original question... I use some OH IRs and love them. Yes, you get hundreds or even thousands of files, but just use the summary folder and you should be fine. My favorite is the GNR pack. Might not be the best choice for metal but combined with the 2204, Placater Dirty or Plexit Brt model (with a tubescreamer in front) it gives me very nice high gain sounds, which would be sufficient for a lot of metal songs in my opinion. I also have the OH V30 pack and the 412 Modern IRs sounds killer as well. Does that mean the stock cabs are worse? No, not at all and I also have quite a few presets using those.
  5. Not sure to be honest; I don't have a Powercab. Probably you'll want to start higher (maybe 7 - 8) and then go lower if the sound is too bright/harsh. Just like the stock cabs, IRs come in many different types. Some of them are pretty dark by whereas others are very bright. Reason I'm starting around 5 is because this works at gig volume levels in combination with my Alto speaker (TS308) or the PA's in the rehearsal rooms. I do need to mention that the Alto sounds different from both PA's I play over and each PA also sounds different. The Alto seems to be on the brighter side which may explain why I cut to around 5KHz. Anyway, trust your ears but be careful not to go too high in volume for too long time; you want to avoid tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
  6. As DiD said it does not matter where you put it; all depends on what you want to achieve. My approach (at present at least ..) is to add an EQ at the very end of my signal chain in order to tweak quickly if so needed. Another reason is that I prefer my presets in mono and I use a mono EQ block (I prefer the Cali EQ by the way) to achieve that (but there are other ways as well). I dial in my presets using the amp and IR (or cab) controls to get the sound I want and most of the time all EQ settings are at "0", i.e. the EQ is not really used. Just my 2 cts...
  7. Thank you !! Amazing how you keep updating and improving this device. Good job Line 6.
  8. Maybe I misunderstood, but how can you measure the characteristics of a cab with a dirac impulse? That's pretty much just a very (very, very) short spike ?
  9. There's a small bit of extra work to be done. Since I'm using a Mac the M4L exports only as an AIF file. I import into Audacity to convert to WAV. The trimming is not bad, but in Audacity I manually trim to the sample just before the curve starts. This is only a few samples (about 20-30 or so). I don't care about the tail of the file as Helix anyhow takes care of that.
  10. Interesting ... I moved away from using the EQ-block cuts at the end of the chain to using cuts in the IR block. My thought was that because the cutoff indeed is less steep I can get rid of the unwanted frequencies, yet can use the amp to dial in the "cut" to how I like it/ need it. My starting points are 100 Hz low and 5 kHz high cut on the IR-block. At lower volumes this sounds a bit dull, but it usually works pretty well at gig levels. For the EQ block cuts this would more or less be close to a low cut at 80-100 (difficult to hear) and for the high cut it would be around 10 kHz. I guess there is no wrong or right .... BTW, I like the idea of re-IR-ing; I have done it in Helix (Native) to capture combinations of the stock-cabs + EQ's, but indeed it will work for existing IRs in exactly the same way. I use Ableton and the M4L IR Measurement Device. Easy and very fast.
  11. Just curious, if you would use these IRs live, where would you put the high cuts (on the IR block)? Obviously depends a bit on the amp you'll use, but let's say this would be the 2204 (JCM800) model. If you already built a live patch, would you mind sharing?
  12. Thank you for sharing, very nice IRs, in particular the "smooth" version. Using it with the 2204 and Placater dirty models (admitting these are anyhow my goto amp models).
  13. I'm not a POD Go user, but have experienced the same with my Helix LT. It has nothing to do with the unit itself. Try lowering the high cut on your cab or IR block to somewhere between 5 and 6 KHz. You may even go lower if you're using a SM57 mic on your cab. In addition, use the treble and presence controls of the amp to get the optimal tone. Attaching a couple of IRs for you to try and experiment with; start with cutting at around 7 KHz and then work your way down at gig volume to get rid of the harshness. The 412 files work great with the Marshall amps, the 212 with Fender or Vox models. HXIR_212_Voxy.wav HXIR_412_4Cabs.wav HXIR_412_V30_3Cabs.wav
  14. And here's one more. This time I include also the full Helix preset where you can see the actual cab models. I called it Whorse V30 as the majority of the cabinet models are based on V30 speakers. The preset contains 8 snapshots. Also uploaded to Customtone. The IR was captured by simply switching off all the blocks except for the cabs and the EQs. Hope you like it.... HM_WhorseV30.hlx HM_WhorseV30c.hlx HXIR_412_V30_3Cabs.wav
  15. Here's another one that sounds pretty good to my old ears, now also including a preset for demonstrating the possible sound you can get. The IR was made from 2 parallel dual-cab blocks and an EQ (so, effectively this means 4 cabs in parallel). Cab 1: 4x12 Greenback 25/ 30 Dynamic/ 1"/ 11% reflections Cab 2: 4x12 Cali V30/ 160 Ribbon/ 3"/ 50% reflections Cab 3: 4x12 1960 T75/ 57 Dynamic/ 2"/ 34% reflections Cab 4: 4x12 Mandarin/ 87 Condensor/ 7"/ 71 % reflections After joining the paths the combined signal was sent through a Cali EQ: 80Hz + 1.5 240 Hz +1 2200 Hz -0.6 6600 Hz -1 dB All other settings for the cabs and EQ were stock. The preset is based on the Plexi Brt model with some modulation pedals if needed. The chorus after the cab works pretty well to get somewhat close to sound of the STP song Plush (not saying it is the same, just brings you close ... feel free to disagree). Tones were dialed in with my Epi LP so if you are using a single coil guitar or a superstat with bright pickups you may need some tweaking either on the amp or on the EQ block. I left the high cut on the IR block at 7KHz. You may want to lower or higher this depending on your application. For live sounds probably you want to cut a little more. I'll post the tone on Customtone as well. Have a nice weekend and let me know what you think. HXIR_412_4Cabs.wav HM_Plexi.hlx
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