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  1. Make sure you are not allowing any signal to bypass the Helix loop (send/return)... which would result in some signal bypassing the amps front end, therefore giving a "cleaner" signal. It is critical to match the I/O level of each connection between the amp and the Helix. When they are not matched, unpredictable results may occur. Helix SEND to Amp Input... the Helix send should be instrument level Amp SEND to Helix Return... the Helix return should be LINE level Helix Output to Amp Return... the Helix Output should be set to LINE level, and the big volume should be FULL or disconnected from the 1/4" outs. (assuming you are using the 1/4" outs). NOTE: The Amps manual and some online discussions suggest your amp uses a LINE LEVEL loop, which is why I am making the suggestions I am. IF the AMP uses instrument level loop, change step 2 & 3 to "instrument level".
  2. Expression pedals are extremely simple devices.... If you have the Mission EP-1... you can easily mod it to the proper specs.... (for the 3rd image you need an EXP with a footswitch, and an HX Stomp)
  3. Not all expression pedals are created equal. MISSION makes a specific "Line 6" model for a reason.... I don't think their regular one is compatible with the Helix which may be what you are noticing.
  4. Since I am somebody that never assumes anything.... I need to ask a really obvious question. Is the HF Trim set the same on both sets of monitors? I think it should also be noted that although they both use 1" dome tweeters, there is more power driving the tweeter on the 8" model. That doesn't always equate to "louder", but it will equate to "more headroom/cleaner" therefore there will always be a perceived increase in high end on the 8" model. If the 8's are not the "p" (new generation) then something else to consider is that you are not truly comparing the same series... the 305's will have improvements that the 308's don't have. Maybe, just maybe the high end is part of those changes? (I do not know the answer to this, I am posing the question) ^^^ this ^^^ is also very critical.
  5. It sounds to me like your 8's are better at reproducing high end than your 5's were. Being the same model, that would be odd. What model of JBL are you talking about? It shouldn't affect tone, it will affect volume. IIRC, LINE Out on the Helix is +4db.. so that would be the best setting to use. +4 is known as "pro line level" while -10 is known as "consumer line level". They play nicely with each other... but it's always best to match when possible.
  6. Are you sure about those numbers... normally the options would be -10db / +4db, not the other way around. Those are both line levels, one is "consumer grade" (-10) which is used by most home stereo's, CD players, etc... etc.., the other is "pro grade" (+4) is is what most pro music gear is set for. If that is actually -10, no... don't use it. Stick with +4. Set the HX Effects LOOP to LINE, but turn down the SEND level in the loop block. The send it going to the front of your amp, and LINE is too hot for that.... I'd drop the send level at least 24db or you will hit that first tube far too hot. YMMV... Make sure you also set the OUTPUT of the HX to LINE level, since it is going to the AMPs "loop return" which is also line level.
  7. Have you tried it? If you properly connect 4CM, it won't hurt anything. At the most you will have to adjust the HELIX LOOPS I/O to the proper levels. 4CM is no secret with the Helix... it's well documented and there are many video's about it. How your AMPs loop is designed is the only question. If it worked with the Digitech, there is no reason it won't work with the Helix.
  8. Try inserting the Studio Tube Pre.... "Preamp > Mic > Studio Tube Pre" The "polarity" (normal / inverted) setting in that block is your phase inversion. IME, the Studio Tube Pre is extremely valuable when processing acoustic instruments. YMMV.
  9. To be honest... since the effects loop is a MOD added to the JCM800, I simply cannot provide any sort of "sure answer" to your question. It sounds to me like your LOOP is injected after the master volume control, which is very different from most loops which come before the master volume. Since I have no knowledge of the mod done to your amp, I can't make any safe recommendation.
  10. It doesn't answer your questions exactly, BUT - if you don't use Tap on stage, then don't program any effects to use TIME. Hard code the MS values and tap will have no effect on the delays/modulation ,etc.. When you do that - the TAP won't do anything, and it simply becomes a TUNER control. The only downside is that you still have to WAIT for the tuner to kick in :) It might seem like a bit of an inconvenience at first, but learning how to convert "time/division" into "MS Values" is extremely valuable to know. (EG: "120BPM / 1/4 note" = 500MS..... 1/8th note = 250ms, etc... etc... ). Another option... do a MIDI loopback in the device (midi cable connection between midi out & in)... then program the TUNER on/off midi values for the footswitch you want. The tuner is INSTANT using this method.
  11. Just an educated guess, but I suspect that video was created with an earlier firmware version than 3.15. Before 3.15, Snapshots commands applied in Command Centre applied to EVERY snapshot... one setting regardless of which snapshot was chosen. In 3.15.... you can change the values on each snapshot. It's really powerful, but it has created confusion. ^^^ THIS ^^^ is what you need to do, and it "should" work fine :)
  12. Your use of the of the word "attenuator" worries me. A real amp attenuator connects between SPEAKER OUTPUT and SPEAKER CABINET. It's a load box that absorbs power! The Helix is not a load box, and neither is the Digitech 1101. IN 4CM, you can crank the amps PREAMP all you want.... But don't connect the SPEAKER OUTPUT to the Helix and try using the Helix as an actual attenuator. That will get expensive really fast!
  13. I must admit, I am thankful that I can do my own repairs, especially with actuators and micro switches. It's something I learned from using Roland/Boss multi-effect products... I have a parts bin full of spare micro switches (and a garbage bin full of dead ones) from their units over the years. 4 years in with the Helix and I've had to clean a few actuators, that's all. Micro switches are still fine. When they do fail... it will be like replacing tires on a car. EXPECTED!
  14. codamedia

    A/D question

    I find the ongoing discussion more laughable as the years go on. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to a guitar player talk about how he won't use any digital crap, nothing but a trusty pedal board into a tube amp. When I look at their board it often has 2 or 3 Strymon's on it. I love breaking the news to them :) It certainly took mixing & mastering engineers many years to come to grip with the change. The transition was painful but (IMO) once people caught up to the technology I find I do prefer a "well produced/engineered" DDD recording. Yes... yes... yes! The technology is fine, it's the abuse of the technology that is to blame. Guitar players are not immune to this.... for some reason guitar players intuitively know that they can't turn every effect on their monster pedal board on at the same time, yet with a modeler many lose all control then often claim modelling doesn't sound good.
  15. IME... programming from HX Edit requires saving on the unit itself, and requires a lot of saving to be safe. I'm not sure if "buggy" is the term I would give it... since it does appear to work as intended - it seems like more of a communication breakdown, "on certain setups". YMMV....
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