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  1. Yep... that same engineer probably spends more time placing a '57 in front of a 412 cabinet. Actually... I did watch too much of that video... he uses Palmer load boxes to avoid cabinets/mic placement.... IMO that's borderline ironic. I wonder what would have happened if he had used the Palmer in place of a cab/mic sim in the Fractal? His test is lacking so may details it could have been the Palmer that made the difference - he didn't appear to take the time to eliminate that.
  2. For those interested... this comes up at about 1h40m into the video (yes, I was bored this morning).... (basic summary of what actually is said) He does not say he created the tone... the 2nd guitarist in Keith Urban's band had created a fractal patch to match his live rig which was a clean boost into a Marshall Super Bass. He says the tone sounded the same in the PA when isolated, but was lost when in the mix. He goes on to say something was missing, but has no details of how the patch was created, accepted the tone as provided, and no attempt was made at the "fractal level" to make it work.... if there was, he doesn't mention it. Looks like that Fractal got 15 - 30 minutes of time and was disregarded... if people think that's a fair judgement of a piece of gear then there is nothing left to say.
  3. @xmacvicar I didn't want to quote your full opening post, but that is what I am referencing here... You keep saying it sounds great when recorded, but doesn't sound like a real amp when compared to a real amp. There is a vital distinction you are missing and/or have completely overlooked. When the HELIX is used with an FRFR (like your setup is) it isn't suppose to sound like a real amp... it is suppose to sound like a real amp through a microphone. The microphone chosen and the position it is placed has a huge impact on the tone. For a proper comparison, you need to mic up the amp and listen to it through the FRFR like you are listening to the Helix. That is the difference between "Amp in the room tone" and "recorded & FOH tones". Admittedly you say you are a "non gigging guitar player" and thank you for doing so - it puts things in better perspective as we try to help you. Any guitar player that gigs has a "what the hell is that" moment when they hear their tone through a PA for the first time. It is "that sound" the Helix is delivering... and that is the sound you are shaping.
  4. I learned a long time ago that musicians "can be" really closed minded... that L&M employee seems to be one of them. Our L&M stores here in Winnipeg has them as well :) (BTW: L&M head office would not be happy with that employee for his reaction and closed mind) Give three players a JCM800 One will make it sound like a wall of mud The next makes it sound like a mosquito The next makes it sound glorious The thoughts from the peers (musicians in the wings)... 1&2: The guys got great gear but his tone isn't very good (user is blamed) 3: Wow that Marshall sounds great (amp is praised) Give three players a Helix (or any modeler for that matter) One will make it sound like a wall of mud The next makes it sound like a mosquito The next makes it sound glorious The thoughts from the peers (musicians in the wings)... 1: Modelers always get lost in the mix (blame the gear) 2: Modelers always sound thin and brittle (blame the gear) 3: He seems to get a good sound out of that thing (spiteful praise of the user) Amps and modelers are just tools... Ultimately (based on knowledge and ability) it is the USER that makes it sound good or bad.
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    Helix LT Workflow

    FWIW... they are both simple to figure out. I prefer working on the hardware... but when I open HX Edit is just becomes "another way" to do it. I don't find it better, just different. The only time I "rely" on the editor is for backups/restores and IR management. Other than that, I really wouldn't miss it - yes, the UI on the hardware is that good - IMO.
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    Ear Pain after switching to Digital

    I don't see it mentioned here (at a glance) but do we know what amp models are being used? He already has great gear, so if there is "ear pain" maybe it in the way the Helix is setup? Sometimes simple changes to "cabinets" and "mics" can make a world of difference. @xmacvicar can you share a patch, or an audio sample of your patch? Also - out of curiosity what part of Canada are you located?
  7. Although slightly off topic... I think it would be great if we could just assign a footswitch to do whatever we want... a snap or a stomp. Using this thread as an example... if I had three unused "snapshots" I'd love to just insert 3 stomps in those positions for quick access without changing modes. But I digress, that doesn't exist, it is a feature request, and we must work with what we have for the time being :)
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    Most versatile amp, and most versatile cab for cover band?

    Absolutely... either way will work and that's a good point about the last one being the dominant tone, but it is for that reason I do it the opposite than you would. Since I use the Tee-mah for my overdrive tones (varying the setting per snapshot) I put the 808 ahead of it just like I would if I were goosing the front end an overdriven amp with the 808. Again.... I'm not suggesting my way is better.... it's just how I do it.
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    Ear Pain after switching to Digital

    Not me.... I don't play at any different volume & I get warm rich tones. FWIW, I am not a very loud player... just enough to blend with everyone else on a stage.
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    Tube preamp pedal + Helix Floor + Powercab 112 advice

    You seem to have talked yourself out of the Helix and Powercab... that's fine, it's not for everyone. The two pedals you mention are "pre-amps" so.... IMO, no - they will not give you the tube sound from a Power Amp....
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    Plugging in Headphones doesn't cut speakers

    Since when did the headphone jack cut off the outputs on a HD500(x)? If there is some hidden setting in the HD, I am not aware of it. If I don't want sound at my speakers, I turn the speakers down or unplug them.
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    1/4 out and Xlr. Cab on one and not other

    I'd insert a SEND that goes to the back of your amp rather than use the 1/4" outputs for that. After the send you would insert your cab/ir which makes it all the way to the outputs. Of course... if you need access to the volume control the option @Kilrahi provided above would be a better route.
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    Tube preamp pedal + Helix Floor + Powercab 112 advice

    IMO... you don't need those products to make the Helix sound good. I'm not dissing those products, they are great.... but so is the Helix and it shouldn't "need" them. When you used an amp did your tones compare favorably to the other guitar players? Are you setting up the effect chain different with the Helix than you did when you ran a regular amp? Can you provide an audio or video clip of your tone? Can you share one of your presets so we can see how you dialed it in? Of course... we also need to know how you have set your power cab which only some of us have.
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    Most versatile amp, and most versatile cab for cover band?

    In a live situation I am all about consistency with my tones... rather than use multiple amps (even 2) I use just one model, which is how it would be if I carried one of my amps to a gig. I setup a deluxe reverb (normal channel) along with an Ownhammer IR (dlx reverb cab / v30 / mic combo of 421 and 121). It's one setting for all, it doesn't change with snapshots at all. I then setup my "pre effects" the exact same way I would setup my pedal board... including a Timmy for overdrive tones and a Tube screamer to push the timmy into oblivion on occasion. The Timmy (Tee-mah) is really versatile at setting up a variety of overdrive tones through snapshots that are really consistent. After the amp is a setup of effects the way I would run them in a studio... such as delay, reverb and the LA Studio Comp to put some polish on the final tone. I'm not saying that's the right way, or the best way. That's just what works best for me :)