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  1. gunpointmetal

    Sound Question

    I also built several "starter" patches that have an EQ set-up that way with my prefered gate settings, and routing set-up so I can just copy them over and change amp models and FX. Makes life easier.
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    In the immortal words of the Pointer Sisters

    ヘ( ^o^)ノ\(^_^ )
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    Sound Question

    Useless probably isn't quite accurate, but knowing how something is going to work for you versus how it works for someone making a video is not really all that accurate, IME. I really enjoyed the Kemper on the few occasions I've had to use one, but I didn't like that I needed to find another profile if I wanted to do anything even remotely drastic with gain or tone settings. I prefer the control available on devices like Helix and AFX, but I don't like AFX editing (or price tag, or foot pedals, or waiting lists, lol). I think the cabs are the biggest issues with the Helix, because you can only move the microphone forward or back, instead of up or down the cone from center like most people would. With stock cabs I've had the best luck using two cabs and having one with a bright dynamic mic up close and a darker condenser or ribbon mic moved way back with lots of room reflections, then blending them till its fills out the way I want. It's good for playing alone, but most of the "room" mic sound gets EQ'd away when I'm trying to fit a band mix. I personally prefer to use IRs for the cabs and get a lot closer to what I'm expecting just dropping in an IR of a V30 cab with an SM57 mic about an inch and a half up the cone from the dust cap.
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    Sound Question

    The helix only sounds cold and lifeless if you set it up that way. Recording it sounds like a mic'ed cabinet in another room coming back to you through studio monitors. Demo videos on YouTube are all but useless for deciding how well something will fit your own personal needs, so I can't really speak to that, but I will say that not every tool works the same for everyone and sometimes concessions need to be made (complicating a solo rig with a mixer and using a Kemper or other modeler that sounds "right") if some part of the setup isn't doing it for you.
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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    If you think the Helix is a tweaker's nightmare, don't open the deep parameters in the Fractal-verse. Seriously, this whole "show me you clips" thing is kind of like when you tell someone you don't like their favorite band and they say "well, what does your band sound like?" Totally irrelevant. If you like something, can afford it, and want it, buy it. I'll admit Fractal gets about 3% more "feel" in their amp models (when they're run through a real cab, DI into a PA I can't tell the difference from a playing perspective with equal cabinet modeling), but I can't justify a 100% price difference for a 3% feel difference.
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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    What is the purpose of the thread? Do you own a Helix? Do you own an AFXIII? The only way to ACTUALLY know which one you prefer is to use them.
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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    I can dial in just about ANY modeler to sound like what I want it to. If they would have updated the cabs in the HD500X, I'd still be rocking that, but I wanted to get all my IRs and tones in one box. I also like having digital gear that I can walk into GC and replace. There are lots of reasons to buy an AFX III, just like there are lots of reasons to buy a Helix. If you really want THE BEST digital amp tones, you buy a Kemper (and then hope someone made a profile that's pretty close to what you already want, because even that device has a variety of shortcomings.)
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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    Ok. Pointless thread is pointless. I hear the people over at the Gear Page like to debate for no reason.
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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    So buy a AFX III. I haven't heard anything that would convince me that its worth the extra $1600 dollars (at least, if you want the official foot controller and an expression pedal, since for some reason the foot controller doesn't have one). If gear inspires you, use it. Pointless thread is pointless.
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    Amplification Survey Re: PowerCab & Helix

    Did anyone else do the survey? Curios as to what the responses were. For me personally, I don't need the speaker modeling, I just need an FRFR box that gets loud like a guitar cab. I would LOVE to see a 2x10 or 2x12 version, even if its just in mono (stereo out a single cab sounds cool for practice but isn't really necessary in most live situations) with two parallel I/O (allowing stereo to FOH off the cabinet or dual-mono for FOH/IEM setups). So far in auditioning the PowerCab models, they don't have enough push to really replace a guitar cab in a live-band situation for me. I need something that can carry a small room along side a loud drummer and bass rig when there isn't much for PA support and I don't see the single 12" PC/PC+ doing it.
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    Are any artists ACTUALLY using the Helix?

    I saw them last spring and there were at least two Helix Racks in their big stage rack along with the X32 they use for IEMs. I believe Skyharbor had one Helix Rack and one AFX in their guitar rack, too. I'm not sure why someone's budget would determine if they use a Helix or a Fractal modeler. IME the difference in tone from Fractal to Helix is nowhere near worth the price difference, and allowing IR loading pretty much makes it a preference thing. I haven't used an AFX III yet, but even if I had the money I'd have taken a Helix over the flagship AFX that was available at the time, just because the Helix UI and user experience is 10x better. Even guys in big bands like to get their hands on the gear and Helix ease-of-use for how powerful it is whoops AFX lollipop for functionality, for me, anyways.
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    Amplification Survey Re: PowerCab & Helix

    Yeah, I didn't get that at all, lol. We're not like stoner-doom loud, but we're pretty freaking loud, and what it really comes down to is that we're pushing A LOT of low end (I'm playing a guitar with 9-strings tuned to A an octave below the A you'd have if you tuned a seven-string guitar down a step) which automatically require a little more juice to get loud. The standard Powercab would probably work fine for me in my other band that's instrumental and little dialed-back as far the gain goes, but when I auditioned my heavy tones on one (even with the input level adjustment) it was still quite a bit quieter than my single 12" Mackie PA monitor, of which I put two on stage when PA support is lacking right now (one on a pole, one below it in monitor position). I just want a Powercab that can do what a Orange/Mesa 2x12 guitar cab can do in a room.
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    Amplification Survey Re: PowerCab & Helix

    It's a very music/location/genre dependent thing. We're playing downtuned, high-gain, aggressive music and a single 12" guitar speaker isn't gonna carry a room in that context. It's fine for practice when we're on our IEMs and the speaker is behind me close enough to give a little push, but live in an room not designed for sound, not happening.
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    Amplification Survey Re: PowerCab & Helix

    That was pretty much how I felt when I tried out a couple (in store and in someone else's rig). If I was in a radio rock band going direct, that would be a great monitor solution. For a math/core/death metal band playing live on the floor of a bar with no real PA, its not gonna cut it on its own. I just really hope they don't go too crazy and make it a dual-IR, stereo, do-it-all box and charge $1500 for it. I'm really tempted to just grab a Spider V 240 combo and run into the front of it with no amp/FX running.
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    Everyone Loves Helix - Hotone Ampero

    Yeah, and they made enough money from selling back-engineered stuff to buy big companies and now they sell probably the most used mixers for small-medium venues anywhere. 10 years ago, I wouldn't buy a Behringer practice amp. Today I have two XR18s, one for each band.
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    Everyone Loves Helix - Hotone Ampero

    Been interested in this product since it was announced awhile ago (still looking for a smaller backup for the Helix) and the videos sounded decent, but I just saw a screen grab of the editor... Anyone else think this looks like a port of HX Edit? Starting to think these smaller Chinese companies don't even know how to have an original idea.
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    Ambulance Noise at high gains

    Just return it if you can and get a different one. It's not an inherent problem in the device or other people would have the issue. Manufactured electronics have issues occasionally.
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    2x12 Stereo Powercab

    I mean, the intent of the powercab isn't to be a traditional amplifier, its to amplify modeling in a way that still "feels" like amplifier. So it's all about getting the cab feeling, but still being as full-range as possible. I think to get that open-back sound and control it as much as you need to to make the DSP useful you'd probably have to do a closed back and throw a/a couple smaller driver(s) in the back. I don't there's really a way to change that sound field through a single output source. It's cool that they're trying to figure out how to to get all this "as it sounds in recording studio" tone to translate to a more traditional playing experience.
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    2x12 Stereo Powercab

    I’m no scientist, but the way I understand it is you can’t control the frequency response of the woofer easily in an open cabinet because the throw of the speaker is less controlled by air pressure inside the cabinet, so you can get it extending beyond its prime operating functions on transients/low frequencies.
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    Amplification Survey Re: PowerCab & Helix

    How do you feel the volume compares to a 12" powered wedge-type speaker? And it's hard to say from the pics on American Musical Supply, but it is rear ported?
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    Ambulance Noise at high gains

    Two units in a row with anomalous issues, I think we're seeing the common denominator here, lol. From the video that sounds like electronic interference coming through the input and being amplified by the fuzz. The timing to the tap tempo is odd, but if its a power issue the light flashing could be part of the problem. No real options besides testing it on another electrical system with totally different guitar and output device, a support ticket, or a return.
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    Helix, Powercab, and Monitors

    Honestly, you're best bet is going to be to use the monitors for monitoring and playback if you don't wanna mess around with complicated cabling or plugging/unplugging stuff to switch speakers. Just out of curiosity, what is the advantage to using the PowerCab for monitoring during tracking? I'm assuming you're recording with some sort of IR/cab model on the Helix anyways, so you KRK monitors would be the most accurate as far as what you're recording and your playback/tracks you're recording to will sound better.
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    YAMAHA DXR10 and Helix. Speaker on a stand or a amp stand?

    Speaker stand if you're needing it for any room support, wedge/floor position if you have a big PA/Large Room/only need self-monitoring, at least that's how I do it with my speaker. Putting it up gets better projection in the room, putting it on the floor means you can have it in front of you for personal monitoring. I'd set-up my tones with it up on the stand and the EQ flat, then dial back a little low end if you end up using in monitor position. I think I might have to grab one of these. My current stand is just over head height when its at its lowest.
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    2x12 Stereo Powercab

    open back pretty much means no FRFR because you can't control the speaker functions. Guitar cabs are also highly-directional. That's why a lot of guitarists think they have a sick tone and its actually shrill and harsh for people standing the front row. You don't know what your guitar sounds like out of a standard guitar cab unless you stick you ear in the speaker's beam.
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    Firehawk FX 2019 updates!!!!!

    I just want them to make the signal chain freely configurable. Don't need any different/extra slots, just need to move them wherever I want.
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