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ricstudioc last won the day on December 6 2017

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  1. Oh yeah- built a custom board around it. Mmmm - may even still have it in a box somewhere.
  2. Years back I worked with a prog band - (Genesis/Yes type prog) - I was required to hit and hold certain notes indefinitely. At stage volume I walked around and found the sweet spots for each note to feedback. I marked them w/tape - then later went back and measured the distances to those spots. Sound men would later ask me "Whatcha doing with the tape measure and tape?" as I marked the spots for that gig. Never let me down. Physics is fun!
  3. Yah - if I knew for a fact that support would be available for X period of time, I'd be much more comfortable selling one/both of mine (probably one). I know that in certain industries, manufacturers are required by law to stock parts for a period of years - maybe 7 to 10? Don't know if modeling guitars are covered under that.
  4. Inasmuch as I'm now pretty much "retired" (various physical issues, and just plain gettin' too old for this sh*t) this will have no major impact on me, other than not feeling comfortable trying to sell either of my Variaxes. How do you look at a potential buyer and say "oh by the way.....?" That said - next to the Helix, the Variax was the most useful bit o'kit I purchased/used in the last 6 years or so. In a working "business" band, where the songlist is wildly diverse, the V was a godsend. I used various electrics, acoustics (6/12 string), dobro, banjo, sitar - the custom tunings put licks I could not otherwise play under my fingers. It (they) certainly payed for itself many times over, over those years. So for the sake of the next generation I hope a new iteration is forthcoming, regardless of the brand name on it. A bit "niche"? Possibly, but it fills a need that - once you have that need - no other instrument can.
  5. There once was a man with a Helix With the Marshalls, he just couldn't feel it About one certain cap He relentlessly yapped And the rest of us... don't give a f*ck. Haiku, anyone?
  6. Well, never say never - but welcome to it!
  7. I'm the pragmatic type - when I got the Helix back in '16 I picked up a set of Alto 10" FRFR's (forget the model atm). I've always set them up in front of me like floor wedges, firing back up at me. Never had any complaints. But your application should dictate your choice.
  8. Muah hah hah! One at a time, minions - one at a time. We WILL rule the world....
  9. Assuming one of the bigger units - a)yeah, the signal is the same from mono to the L/R's. B) The way I always did it was to send XLR to the FOH, decoupled from the big volume knob - and the 1/4" to my stage frfr's controlled by that big knob. The house gets a constant send for the sound guy to handle, and you can jigger the stage level to suit your needs.
  10. Yup, pretty much the same fail that I see. Given how many folks seem to update without issue I'm willing to accept that the problem is on my end (pending any revelations). But honestly I kinda like doing the local install, and having the file on a local drive. If I ever had a major fail the file is there to attempt to recover without depending on an internet connection.
  11. A) No, my internet connection is rock solid, and in the upper third of what you'd call "fast". Don't know why I have this issue, every other bandwidth-hungry activity goes down without a blink. B) Interesting, didn't realize that Edit invokes the Updater behind the scenes, just assumed that Updater was kinda legacy and there for other products. So I've learned something today - thanks!
  12. FWIW the last couple updates I've had issues (Win7 platform) - get signed in, start the process, get some kind of error message about the download. Rinse and repeat. HXedit updates just fine, it's when I try to update Helix that I get these. But updating HXedit also updates Line6 Updater - so I've taken to downloading the firmware file and updating thru the Updater. Smooth like buttah each time. Just for your consideration.
  13. Like noted above - that's what I do. I generally have a clean amp and a dirty amp on one switch - light off is clean, light on is dirty.
  14. Pragmatically - Helix has paid for itself many, many, many times over. It has vastly simplified my load ins/outs, and minimized the cartage toll on my poor tired back. Creatively - It's been remarkable, the sheer number of... everything... in Helix provides a damn near endless number of choices. Unrivaled flexibility in routing and I/O's and loops. Signal chains you'd never dare attempt in the "real" world. No chance that I'll abandon Helix at any point.
  15. Well, the original GLX runs (apparently) exclusively in the 2.4ghz range, and that band is becoming notoriously crowded. Depending on the venue/crowd the wireless could have been having a hard time getting a clean lock. I run a G50 on my guitar, and an Xvive U4 for in-ears, both on the 2.4 band. Have never had any major issues (the bands mixer router also runs 2.4). Just a week back we played at a retirement community in the area - outdoor venue. When we got there for load in, they were holding a "Trivia" game where the players in the audience were using their smart phones to "ring in" their answers to the quiz masters laptop. There were like 100 people playing - and my first thought was "Holy sh*t, there must be an insane router to handle that many simultaneous wi-fi connections". And how many of those people had the presence of mind to shut down their phones wi-fi when the game was over? Sure enough, for the first time ever I had significant issues with my wireless rigs. Went to cable on the guitar, and just bit the weeny on the in-ears - the dropouts were just barely in the "tolerable" range. So don't discount the possiblity - 2.4 is becoming an LA freeway during rush hour. I note the new GLX+ can switch between 2.4 and 5.8, a much emptier band for now. This is L6's board, so I won't name competitors, but - based on a number of YouTube demos and in-depth reviews I've purchased two of the "dongle" type wireless units we're seeing more of these days. One in the 5.8ghz range, the other in the 900mhz range. Son of a gun if early testing isn't showing them to be dead on rock solid. The tech has advanced rapidly, "cheap" wireless isn't a joke anymore. And I only need, what, about 30ft? Punch line - I got both units, combined, for around $100. Dirt cheap to have not one, but two fallback units.
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