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  1. To each their own. But I found that the hd 500 sounds best with a tube amp. No fake EQ'ing to get rid of fizz or mud. It just sounds "right". And the DT50 sounds awesome all by itself with it's HD amp models built into it then hitting those tubes. I felt like the Helix came real close for me to sounding like a tube amp. I used a Bose L1 compact for FRFR for a few years with it. So yeah...I do think they can come close. And I enjoyed it. But the real tubes change the equation so much better. I even used an ART tube preamp with my Helix in one of the effects loops to "warm" up it's sound. But anyway...my point to the thread is: Compared to Helix, and compared to full on tube amp...the HD 500 with the DT50 holds it's own rather nicely and is perfect for my backup rig.
  2. The tubes are definitely the secret sauce
  3. So I used to have the original "Dream Rig" setup that I bought back in 2009. In 2015 I sold my HD 500 and got a Helix. Sold that a few months ago and got myself the Mesa TC-50 amp. Back to using a 4x12 and tubes and it sounds so damn good. Anyway, I've had this DT50 amp sitting here for forever. And I figured...."Make a backup rig, just in case". So I plugged the DT50 in and played through it. Sounds great! So I went and bought a new HD500X so I could have effects and clean, crunch, and lead amp sounds. I forgot how damn good the HD500 sounds when combined with the DT50 tubes. And "no", I'm not using the L6 link. It sounds okay...but "muffled" and "fizzy" all at the same time. I'm running straight into the effects return of the DT50 and just leaving the topography of the amp set on "IV". Using the preamp only models with cabs turned off. Sounds gorgeous!
  4. Selling my Helix Floor. It's in perfect shape and was factory serviced earlier this year by Line 6. Letting it go for $950. If you're interested just P.M. me. Accepting Paypal.
  5. As an admitted sufferer of G.A.S., my motto is:"You only live once" Do it!
  6. Just can't say enough about the tuner now. It is finally not only "useable" in a live band...but preferable! No more having to use other tuners. I've had my Helix since Oct. of 2015 and I can FINALLY use the awesome display for tuning on the Helix! Thank you Line 6 for finally getting this right! Awesome job!
  7. The tuner is finally...GREAT!!!! Used it last night at a gig here in Vegas and showed it off to several musicians (using the new Strobe tuner)...everybody was super impressed! :)
  8. I did this last night. Even though I now use my mesa tc50 for my amp sounds, I still keep my old presets with amp models as well for backup or for doing a showcase type gig where we might only play 30 minutes. Anyway, I tried it out on those amp model presets and immediately LOVED it. Been fiddling with high and low cuts since I first got my helix in Oct. Of 2015. This method did the trick, kept me from losing harmonic content in the high frequencies while getting rid of the harshness. I only used it on my crunch and lead sounds. Not on my cleans. Took me less than a couple of minutes to dial it in using the suggested parameters above. MUCH easier and far more natural sounding than eq cuts
  9. I have several Rat pedals (including a cool modded one that sounds awesome). I used to use them with a Marshall head. And no...I never used single coil or weak PAF pickups. Always Duncan JB's and more recently Bare Knuckles Rebel Yell (in my Les Paul). I don't use them anymore because I moved on to a Bogner Ecstasy head and now to a Mesa TC-50 rack head that I'm using with my Helix now for my amp sounds in the chain instead of the models (the real tubes just have that sound and feel). But anyway...I can tell you that the Vermin Distortion in the Helix isn't close to the tone that a real Rat pedal (or even better the modded one) gets you in front of a Marshall head. I tried every conceivable way to put the Vermin in front of the Plexi in the Helix and it just didn't have that tone. But when I slipped my real Rat pedal in the loop and put it in front...it came alive. That's what I would suggest you do. Put a real Rat pedal in and forget about it. Let me know if you want to buy one of mine. I could even sell you the modded one with the built in power jack so you can hook it up to a power supply instead of a battery.
  10. Warmth also comes from harmonics. Tubes have even ordered harmonics in tone. Solid state has odd numbered harmonics. That alone changes the equation, and it's one of the reasons that solid state amps of the past always sounded harsh in comparison to a tube amp. I'm assuming that the even numbered harmonics of a tube amp are able to be modeled with the rest of the amp...which would help explain why amp modeling sounds so much better than a solid state amp.
  11. I agree with that. And I got some awesome sounds out of my Helix's amp models. But they still aren't the same when you have a guitar in your hand and a tube amp side by side with the same amp modeled and running through any of the best speaker combos you want to use. If they were...then companies would model other amp models instead of tube amps. You can't beat it though for being able to tuck a Helix under your arm, walk into a venue and play. But no...it's not the same as a tube amp in feel and sound.
  12. Unfortunately and ironically...that's probably true!
  13. Also...as nice as some of the amp models sound...none of them can feel the same way as playing a tube amp.
  14. Yeah if you are scooping the mids you're screwed. I have never been a fan of that sound anyway. It sounds fat when you play alone...but in a band mix it sounds like an angry mosquito. I push the mids on my settings. Nice and warm and present in the mix
  15. I have always felt it's a lot about what parts you are playing in a 2 guitar band. The masters of it are The Stones and Aerosmith. Making 2 guitars sound like one big one But if you're both playing distorted power chords, then it gets tricky.
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