Posts posted by Inerzia
On 6/21/2019 at 6:34 PM, d0stenning said:
Jack and Coke - hey no worries man.
But you put Coke in a single malt and I'll hunt you down.
Make that an Islay malt and I'll come at you with an axe.
Man, here in Spain people here mix wine with coke, mostly cheap wines, but I've seen atrocities done to our finest Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines
Same topic again, same points made.
Sometimes I think that I and the "I just expect bugfixes, everything else is a bonus" people, we seem to have bought different products called Helix, from different companies called Line6, with different histories, different markets, etc.
Also, we seem to read different press releases, posts on forums, etc.
Until L6 makes an official statement regarding that particular subject, I guess we'll continue living in parallel universes.
My 2 cents towards your fractal purchase:
I tried a friend's AXE II about a year ago. I had it at home for two weeks or so, making patches for him. I didn't really know the AXE and at first I didn't like how it reacted.
My closest tonal references at that moment were my Helix rig, my TriAxis rig and my tube amps, because that's what I was playing 95% of the time, and coming from that, I couldn't get the AXE to sound "right" (whatever that means for me) but then it clicked and I found my way around it. I came to like the tones I was creating, and my friend has been using them since, with some tweaks to adapt them to his playing and guitars.
In the end I liked it, it made a good impression on me. Did I feel like I was missing something not getting an AXE? Nope...
Let's call this friend A.
Enter friend B (more a colleague than a friend, though). He's back from trying every kind of amp and/or processor under the Sun... or so he sort of prides himself of.
Always buying and selling gear, looking for the holy grail.
After having plexis, AC30s, 800s, 900s, Stiletto, several Fenders and many others from brands like H&K, Orange, Peavey or Laney, he swears by his Koch Twintone II for a long while.
Then he sells it and all his remaining pedals and buys an AXE I (the last iteration of version 1, I think). He keeps the AXE but buys a Laney Cub that he wants just for home but ends up buying pedals again and giging the Cub. Sells everything again, including the axe, and buys the last AXE II version (XL something). After a year of repeating that he doesn't miss real amps and whatnot, he's gonna buy an amp again, and a pedalboard... I just sit and watch... and play my Helix. and TriAxis... and... :-D
He always sounds good to my ears. I don't sound (or feel) good with his setups, his presets or his guitars.
He doesn't really sound or feel really good with my gear either, but once we tested my Helix with my mosvalve power amp and his Blackstar v30 artisan 4x12, he started tweaking the Helix and getting tones he felt good with. Same when he first tried my Helix here at home. He didn't like it at first, but was sounding better by the minute.
Friend B is not fully satisfied with AXE. He claims to be, but his deeds show otherwise. Although I don't ask him about it, everytime we talk about real amps or the tube preamps I've been getting for myself (Mesa Studio Pre, Marshall, ADA, Carvin, Digitech...) the conversation ends with him saying how satisfied he is with the AXE and how he doesn't miss the real amps a bit.
But he's getting an amp soon... And pedals.
Friend A is satisfied with AXE. Although he also has other stuff he likes to use. AXE is for convenience, he says.
Me, I'm satisfied with Helix. It doesn't feel 100% like the real stuff, but the difference is negligible once you know how to find the tones that compliment your playing.
I also use other stuff, pedals, rack stuff, heads, combos... I have no need for another brand of modeller, though.
I'm not buying an AXE III, or IV, or version N anytime soon... not because of FOMO anyway, I don't have FOMO. If I ever get one, I'm sure I'll make it sound right for me.
Bottom line: There is great gear out there. At the point where modelling is now, it's hard to choose by raw "quality", but if you feel the AXE is the right thing for you, go ahead and buy it..
Best of luck. I sincerely wish it satisfies your needs and wants.
On 12/31/2018 at 9:37 PM, spikey said:
D.I., care to comment on this? After all, I am asking why you would post Helix information elsewhere "before" you would here 1st? Im not trying to lollipop you (or anyone else) off here. I am NOT trying to get you to STOP posting information, but I am trying to get you to consider this site as "Primary" as far as Helix information is concerned. Is that too much to ask for? As I said earlier, you can post where-ever you choose and It's not that your information isnt appreciated (it IS), but where you decide to post it and who you leave out (specifically us here) is a concern of mine. So I'd like your input. What say you?
I asked him that question a while ago. I asked here, and I got an answer. I don't remember his exact words but, as I understood, he kinda complained about people getting a bit too intense a bit too often around here.
There's no vocoder (yet) in HX platform.
2 hours ago, PeterHamm said:
Also, there is this. They had to unify a code base for yet ANOTHER new product, and are preparing for other things in the relatively near future, if Eric’s hints are to be believed.
So, an update with no new amps or FX shouldn’t be a big deal.
And it's not a big deal.
I'm just happy that they work on the platform. Whatever it is they may be doing at a given moment, it's gonna be better for me and/or for someone that likes/needs it.
Happy and thankful.
I wasn't even expecting anything until winter NAMM, so...
Tuners: Hey, I'm grateful for the new tuners, they're an improvement to the product.
For some, that's fixing something that was wrong, but, even though I didn't like the tuner at first, and couldn't seem to accurately tune my guitars with it, after some getting used to, I was able to make it work, and never needed another extra (outboard) tuner. The fine tuning bar was the first improvement, it made tuning faster for me, but these current tuners are way better.
Well, then is it a fix or an improvement? I expected a better tuner off the shelf, I expected it of this product, I expected it of the brand, the company... I don't know, it was a weak point.
Did I manage? Yes, and the more I used it (and I use my Helix a lot) the quicker & better I could get my instruments tuned. For me, it wasn't faulty, it just wasn't that good. I see these new tuners as an improvement, and I thank them for that.
Marketplace: I can buy IRs from the companies directly. I make my own presets. Enough said.
Bugfixes: That is something I have the right to demand. I'm no betatester, I don't get paid to test the products, instead, I pay for them. I demand bug fixes. And they come... they do.
Some take more time, some less, but L6 does deliver, or that's my experience, in general.
New models and features: Some of you say L6 is not legally bound to put out any new features or models. Why would they bind themselves? I get it, and I believe you, I suppose you know it for a fact. OK. They're not bound.
I'm among the many (and we may be a majority) who, since maybe 15 years ago, buy this kind of product because it does get updates and new stuff.
Getting some new features and models every now and then is a MAJOR incentive for me to buy L6. The day that incentive disappears, I'll have one less reason to buy their products.
A new unit came in this morning.
Tried updating it and failed,
2nd try: Switched cable and port > failed
3rd try: Kept second cable and went back to original port > failed
4th try: Went back to original cable and original port... and then I (it) succeeded!
Just to let you all know, just in case any of you run into the same problem ;-)
I WAS using the VO-1 before the Helix because I didn't have any available loop, but it required for me to put an A/B mic box (PEABO from Palmer) so that I could sing with or without the vocoder, without having to use two mics.
The VO-1 is now in another pedalboard, which I use in another project and with a different, more traditional setup.
On the setup that includes Helix, the VO-1 has been replaced by a TC Helicon Voicetone Synth pedal, which is more convenient, because it has XLR outputs (dry and wet) and I no longer have to use the PEABO. Both the VO-1 and the VT Synth sound spectacular as vocoders.
As far as trials go, yes, I tried the VO-1 in a Helix loop too, and yes, it does work perfectly.
I hope that helps.
6 hours ago, comeandlive said:
I just bought my HXFX yesterday and tried to update the firmware last night. Followed the video (power & usb, power on HXFX, open Updater, install update) and it keeps erroring out: "HX Effects did not reset after loading update app (via DFU)." Tried this multiple times and still won't work. What the heck?
Exactly my experience. Mine is on its way back to the store distributor.
After opening a support ticket with L6, I was told to contact the dealer because my unit was faulty, so, that's what I did.
I'll tell you all when I get it (or hopefully another unit) back
8 hours ago, phil_m said:
Have you tried to doing a factory reset? Hold down FS7 & FS8 (the two right-most buttons on the lower row) while powering up, and that will reset it...
You don't happen to have anything plugged into the MIDI in and/or out jacks, do you?
I hadn't tried that before, but I have now... still no result...
Also tried the offline update, even previous fw versions, both online and offline.
Thanks! I tried, but didn't work either :-/
Yes, I did everything I was supposed to. -sigh-
There was nothing to backup because the unit is new, the drivers are up to date, the editor (not that it matters so far) is up to date, the updater is 1.14 (up to date too), and I've tried seven different cables connected to five different USB ports on the same computer. There's just this computer, the same one I use to edit and update my Helix.
I've also tried closing any audio related app, the web browser and pretty much everything else.
Now... Here's what happens:
The updater detects the HX
I select it, pick the fw version I want to install > description > license agreement > Pre update instructions > update begins... in approximately 10 seconds, the unit reads "Updater ready", and about 10 seconds later, the update fails and the updater says "F15 Firmware Update Suspended . HX Effects did not reset after loading update app (via DFU), (some Kevin nonsense that's supposed to be funny, but in present circumstances it isn't, at all) Manually disconnect/reconnect usb cable, then Click 'continue' "
And that's it. Any idea? Has this happened to someone else?
Thanks in advance
1 hour ago, phil_m said:
you’re correct in that there’s no input gate in the input block on the HX Effects
No gate on the input block? :-O
The impedance can be controlled by footswitch. I'm doing it.
If you want different impedances for different pedals, you have to use snapshots, but if there's just one "special" impedance you want to set up for, footswitch will do
The closest thing in Helix would be the Bleat Chop Trem
New impedance mode, that adapts to the first ENABLED pedal in the chain.
Since "auto" adapts the input impedance to that of the first pedal in the chain, wether said pedal is on or off, it affects the overall tone of your patch, and most people will use blocks that require different impedances.
Because the impedance parameter can also be controlled in real time, there's actually a workaround for that, I mean, you can assign it to a FS, a snapshot, or midi, but it would be much easier (from user's perspective, not programmer's ) if we could have a new input impedance mode that imitates the behavior of true bypass pedals, for us that don't need the "bad parts" of realistic modeling.
On your editor, go to: Pedal > Assign MIDI CC messages to pedal functions.
There you have what's currently assigned to what.
I know I tried it sometime, and it worked, and IIRC, I even tried controlling the H9 with Helix's CV out... anyway, MIDI should do it.
I'm not doing that now because I bought the Mission pedal for the H9.
Try it, and if you don't get it to work, tell me and I'll look into it.
I had an RH2, last year, and it's the only guitar I ever got rid of, due more to personal reasons than anything else. I bought it second hand, for a specific project where I needed something "stratty", the project fell apart and I wasn't really enjoying the sound of the bridge pickup so, instead of starting a mod spree, first the bridge pickup, then I'd probably want to change the other two, then the nut... I decided I should sell it as it was.
I don't use factory presets or anybody else's, but I can tell you I kinda liked it with the Mark IV, most Marshall plexi models, Fender Twin...
Not much info, I know, just what I remember.
Damn! now that you mention it, that happened to me too! Sorry that I didn't remember earlier.
Glad you found out anyway. That doesn't happen if you control the H9 via bluetooth.
USB control > H9 ignores incoming data on the DIN port
Bluetooth control > H9 obeys relevant data on the DIN port
Well, I also use chorus mostly on clean sounds, any chorus, not just Dimension, but... chorus with a clean tone sounds like... chorus! I mean, it thickens the tone, yes, just as a chorus is supposed to, while with driven sounds the effect is quite different, it's similar to double tracking.
I've used it for that purpose myself, worked great on some metal tones on the HD500.
Thickens the sound and provides some extra edge.
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