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  1. These are excellent, reasonably priced cases for pedalboards or Helix. http://stores.ebay.com/Rondo-Musics-On-Line-Store/Pedal-Cases-/_i.html?_fsub=8
  2. bobruz

    Ada mp1

    MP-2 had expanded features from the MP-1 unit. Did it sound better? Not necessarily, but it had more gain control, better loops, great chorus and wah built in. Really cutting edge for the time. MP-2 Features Complete digital control of an all-analog signal path. 128 User programs plus 39 factory Preset programs. Two low-noise 12AX7A tubes with 10 tube voicing settings and overdrive. Onboard compressor for maximum sustain and funk squeeze. Four-band tone controls for basic tone shaping. Nine-band graphic equalizer for detailed tone adjustments. Powerful effects, including wah-wah, tremolo, and stereo chorus. Noise reduction circuitry to reduce unwanted hum and noise at high gain settings. Stereo effects loop with programmable mix control. Side-chain design keeps dry signal within MP-2, preserving dynamics and signal-to-noise ratio. Speaker emulation circuit and room compensation equalization. Cabinet-emulated, balanced XLR outputs with ground lift, as well as unbalanced 1/4" phone outputs for recording. Independent unbalanced 1/4" phone outputs for stage use. Front and rear panel 1/4" phone inputs for easy access. Complete MIDI implementation, including Real-Time MIDI for changing parameters "on the fly." Optional MIDI Controller Pedal Pack provides instant access to any program for fast on-stage control, plus real-time MIDI continuous control.
  3. bobruz

    Ada mp1

    Loved that preamp. Still have one and an MP-2 as well. I believe it would sound great in the loop of the Helix driving some different cabs/IR's.
  4. Check out the Koch ATR-4502 tube hybrid power amp. Single space, 45W stereo great tone. I use it into a 2x12 Wizard cab both with and w/out cab emulation. http://www.koch-amps.com/guitar-poweramp-atr-4502.html
  5. Koch ATR-4502 tube hybrid power amp into the 2x12 cab. 45W stereo/90W mono. Yamaha DXR10 or DXR12 for FRFR at home and on the road. or any good quality PA speaker with good DSP processing should do the trick.
  6. I use an SKB, 6U, Roto Rolling rack for my Helix, L6 G90 wireless and a Koch ATR-4502 single space tube hybrid stereo amp. Pretty sweet. Snap off the covers, cable up and you're ready to go. Case keeps the gear clean, protects it from moisture and it rolls around like luggage.
  7. I have the Helix Rack & controller combo as well. Been using it since May of 2016. Other than a non-boot condition I've seen once or twice at power up, I've had no issues. Powering down and back up cleared the condition. Happened once last year and once this year.
  8. Anyone planning to use Native in Sonar Home Studio? I have it and I'd like to try it out. Is there a listing of tested hosts?
  9. Rondo Music has a great case for the Helix that has a Velcro base board and a foam lined upper top that is removable. Can fit a small expression pedal in it also. Or some room for a pedal or two. Cost is about $50. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNB-PDC-410F-SSL-Pedal-Case-Pedalboard-Locking-Pedal-Board-/222607947380?hash=item33d477b674
  10. I have a similar setup with a Koch stereo power amp into a 2x12 stereo cab. I have some presets with IR's because they sound really good or have some additional tuning capability. It can be interesting to force the tonality of one speaker cab and mike setup onto a different physical cab and see what tones emerge.
  11. Just buffer the guitar thru a simple preamp unit and then into the return loop. Something like an RJM Tone Saver or Radial Dragster to match the impedances. Some tuners may do it as well.
  12. From Helix Manual: "NOTE: Each footswitch can have up to 8 assignments. If you attempt to add a ninth, "Can't assign any more blocks to this footswitch!" appears in the header: Can’t assign any more blocks to this footswitch!
  13. Best-Tronics makes a switching cable for the Archon 50. AS-ARCHON01-XX. 5 pin DIN to TRS to control both the channels and the FX loop. Any length.....around $30. https://btpa.com/home.php
  14. Billy is a great all-around musician. I grew up watching him, and Talas evolve. He can play guitar with the best of them too. His take on multi-frequency amplification and overdrive were inspirational. The Helix project was probably pure joy for him. He used to have a chasing LED pack on his strap that looked really cool as he was pounding out the grooves to Thick Head or High Speed on Ice.
  15. Get an LT for home happiness and leave it set up eh?
  16. Both the cab approach and the FRFR approach are great ways to implement the Helix. I use a Koch ATR-4025 into a 10/12 cab when I do the cab thing. http://www.koch-amps.com/guitar-poweramp-atr-4502.html It has great balls and the Helix allows simulation of many different amp types thru that setup. I use a Yamaha DXR12 FRFR when I do that thing. The full range type speaker allows all the nuances of the Helix & IR combinations to come thru. I consider it as the full studio sound with the FRFR. When I want the spl in the room tone, I go with the power amp and cab. When I need the most versatility, I do the frfr.
  17. You could find an Axess Electronics CFX4 Midi switcher on eBay for about $100 that will switch four functions via midi. Great units and they run on a standard center (-) 9V power supply.
  18. This seems to be an orphan response here but live I use a Koch ATR-4501 tube hybrid stereo amp into a Wizard 10/12 cab. 10" Celestion Vintage 10 and a Jensen Falcon 12. At home I use that setup or I run the Helix into a VHT Special 44, 1x12" Celestion Gold speaker. The Special 44 has all tone controls post-Return so you can really tweak the response. No FRFR at this point. Tried the Spacestation V3 but it was not for me.
  19. bobruz

    Wizard Amp Model

    Has anyone gone after modelling up a Wizard amp tone? Maybe a Modern 50/100 or a Classic 100 model.
  20. I agree with the general sentiment throughout this thread. Difficulties with articulation or clarity are likely a symptom of too much drive or a higher gain model selected. I'm typically about 70% lo gain and 30% higher gain in my gigging presets. Whenever I feel I'm losing definition, the solution is to lower the driving gains a bit and let the amp model do more of the tone shaping. Usually the guts in the models like the Archon clean or Dr.Z as the channel volume or master volume comes up can really shine through. FYI-I use the Helix with a Koch ATR-4501 stereo tube amp and a Wizard 10"/12" cab. I'm not using it with FRFR. I do have patches with and w/out cabs based on how they sound. No IR's at this point except for recording.
  21. bobruz

    Helix LT

    If you plan to run the Helix as a effects only before the amp you can keep the footswitch. You could however, using 4CM have your Blackstar preamp in a Helix Loop and use it as you do now AND also use all the other modeling options in Helix as well. This config would allow effects before and after the amp. If you use Helix as modeler back into the amp return, the footswitch will not likely have any effect.
  22. My experience with Katana and Helix: For a rehearsal rig I picked up a Helix LT and I was looking at a couple 1x12 combos to use as a compact setup. I found a Katana 100 combo at a reasonable cost and tried it out. The Katana sounded OK on it's own but not quite there. I thought it was very brittle sounding due to the speaker. With the Helix LT into the Return, even more brittle. Could not dial it out and have a useable tone left to work with. Plenty of oomph though. No problem getting good volume. I changed the speaker to a Celestion Gold that I had lying about. It completely changed the overall amp tone, but now it was softer in the mids and fizzy in the highs. Again, dialing the Helix LT you could get it better but you would not be left with anything gutsy to work with. Ultimately I took out the Gold, put the stock speaker back in and sold it. It's a nice amp, just not for me. I picked up a NOS, 1x12, VHT Special 44 to try. This amp has post-return tone controls as well as a multi-selector for amp response. This amp sounds much better than the Katana for Helix to my ears, but I think ultimately, I'm heading towards a DXR10 or PRX-710. I'll keep the VHT since it is an excellent, clean tube amp that is very pedal friendly.
  23. I've been using a Koch ATR-4502 tube hybrid power amp into a 10/12 cab for some time with great results. I do use some cabs and IR's with acceptable results. It's the myriad of combos you can do to find the good ones that is the real strength of the Helix. I also use a Spacestation V3 with the Helix which is FRFR amplification. I use this with IR cabs almost exclusively. www.koch-amps.com/guitar-poweramp-atr-4502.html
  24. You can definitely do that w/out any issue. You can also change parameters on the amps or blocks as well in a snapshot. You can also stack up parameter changes on individual buttons too.
  25. Just picked up an LT from Sweetwater for my rehearsal/small gig activity. It will be nice to be able to tweak presets at rehearsal and transfer them directly to my gig rig. Nice to have a spare also.
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