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Everything posted by ricstudioc

  1. Yer welcome, brother - now get thee hence and make sum noize!
  2. 100% agree. Honestly quit messing with the HXedit path back in the 2.x somewhere - always a bit hit and miss. Have NEVER had an issue running local update from file.
  3. This - after returning to the band after a hiatus, they had gone to in-ears. Picked up a small mixer and told FOH to send me a band mix without me in it. I set my own guitar level for myself. Works a treat. edit - BTW I note your "without a mixer" comment. But no good way to achieve your goal otherwise. 'Tis what it 'tis.
  4. Oh yeah- built a custom board around it. Mmmm - may even still have it in a box somewhere.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Well, never say never - but welcome to it!
  10. 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.
  11. Muah hah hah! One at a time, minions - one at a time. We WILL rule the world....
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. You know you can save the starting position of the pedal as part of the preset? When the preset is to your liking, set the vol pedal to 85% and save the preset. Everytime you call up that preset, regardless of the physical position of the pedal it will be at 85%, any touch will make it respond from there on. It's what I do (at about 70%)
  20. It's always been my understanding that when you profile an amp, you're capturing its settings at that moment, and are extremely limited in how much you can edit that. i.e if you capture that Mesa at full grinding shred, you're not going to be able to clean it up just by lowering whatever gain control is available. You're not so much profiling an amp as you are capturing a particular specific sound. I personally prefer the modeling approach where the circuitry and responsiveness of the amp, through all of its control permutations, are available. Done well (thanks, Ben Adrian!) one can access a much wider palette of tones from a single amp model. Most of my presets are based on that concept, with a single amp's settings being changed to achieve varying results from clean to mean.
  21. Not sure I'm gonna watch the whole thing, but now - that's an intro! Sounds great, cool lineup, tight as a snare head. Kudos! Well done.
  22. *chuckle* Seem to recall not too long ago people were saying the tuner was a weak spot on the Helix. Take that, doubters!
  23. Are you saying that with absolutely no blocks being used - amps, effects, nothing - you're getting distortion? Guitar into empty Helix into whatever audio system you're plugging into? Then you need to fall back to absolute basics - you're either radically overdriving the input into Helix- or the Helix output is slamming your audio device waaay too hard. Start there - guitar>Helix empty preset>amp/spkr. Choose a pickup on the guitar, roll the volume to about halfway - set the output volume on Helix to about 1/2 - if there's any input gain on your spkr, also about 1/2. What happens? If you're still distorted I don't know what to suggest - but if the signal is clean (tho quiet) then start changing variables. Get to where an empty preset is passing a clean signal, then start adding blocks.
  24. Well - on the one hand the Helix already models, in great detail, the sound and feel of tube amps. If it didn't we wouldn't be having this conversation. So to just make it louder a digital amp would in many ways suffice. For many years my stage monitoring has been through a pair of Class D FRFR cabs, and I've been quite satisfied. On the other hand, there's never anything wrong (as a guitarist) with a nice warm set o' tubes. (Well, other than replacement costs, biasing concerns, heat, etc) There is, or can be, a certain organic quality from pumping the signal through a line of glowing hot power tubes, though as mentioned above Helix covers that quite well. Sounds like it comes down to your goal - and budget. Going 4CM is probably going to require a serious redo of your current programs, personally I'd just pump Helix through a straight up power amp - 4CM almost always implies you're going to use the real amps actual front end much of the time. If you're actually just getting together with some friends in a garage setting don't know how much extra bang you'd get from tubes/4CM With all deference to Line6, the early Spiders were not too highly regarded, at least as stand alone amps. If there's a power amp in on the amp (or FX return) I'd probably start there - Helix right into that input. No idea how it would sound, but you already have it, may as well try it. (See Final Note Below*) Might be surprised. Or dismayed. Are you aware that the MG100 is a solid state amp, no tubes? But same thoughts - Helix into power amp/FX return. A small stand alone tube power amp might be your most straight forward choice. **In any of those scenarios you're talking about using a separate speaker cab, and need to remember that your current presets almost certainly already have a cab as part of the signal chain. So you'd be pushing a "speaker" into a speaker - this has the potential to be a sonic nightmare. You'll need to keep that in mind - eliminate the Helix cab, or scroll through them to find a Helix cab the matches well with whatever external cab you wind up using. It gets complicated and can require a lot of fiddling around to find a sweet spot. As I said above I've been quite happy with a self-contained Class D FRFR cab - just makes Helix louder without adding much coloration of its own.
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