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  1. codamedia

    New FRFR day...

    IME....Whether or not a used speaker sounds the same as new at that time I am looking to buy it doesn't matter to me . It just needs to sound great, and work under pressure!
  2. You make it sound like Fractal is guilty of false advertising with the AXE FXII released in 2011. Last time I checked, this is 2021... "state of the art" has changed. That said, IMO... AXE FX II is holding up just fine... and the X3 still sounds great as well. IMO... You can decide what YOU like and don't like, but you can't decide what EVERYONE likes or dislikes.
  3. Not really.... physically loading down a guitar will be more reactive than simply setting an EQ. I think it's great that this "purist" option is available in the Helix. There were generally two ways people ran their traditional pedal boards... whether they new it or not. if you always had a buffered pedal at the front of your chain then your guitar ALWAYS see's that impendence regardless of whether or not it was on/off. This was the way the Helix was setup for AUTO by default. If you have True Bypass pedals at the front of the chain... then the impedance is changing all the time, depending on the first pedal that is turned on. This is the new "option" available on the Helix and will make the purist crowd much happier.... FWIW... I run wireless so none of this effects me in any way. I just set my input Impedance to 1M to avoid any surprises along the way.
  4. Looks like you are already trying Left/MONO... and that is the correct option as stated by several people. The proper solution is to identify and correct the source of the phasing. As already stated, it is likely the two cab/IR's that are out of align. While using the Left/MONO output only.... disengage one of the cab blocks to see if the phasing goes away. If it does.... then there are two options.... Time align the CAB with a delay until the phasing goes away and save the preset. You can now go from Stereo to MONO any time you want. or...... simply turn off one of the cabs (your choice) when you need to go mono. (NOTE: If it doesn't appear to be the cab, then turn off/on each block one by one until you identify the block causing the problem) There is a saying in the studio.... "MIX in Stereo, FIX in Mono". The same thing applies here. When you fix the MONO sound to work, the Stereo sound will actually benefit from it.
  5. codamedia

    Power and FRFR

    I just monitor my guitar through my monitor mix.... sometimes it's through a wedge and sometimes it's through IEM's. If we are on wedges and the monitor system is not up to par I carry a dedicated Cerwin Vega CVE 10. I find the Cerwin Vega can cover a stage and/or fill a small room just as well as any 20 - 40 watt amp can. In my home/project studio I have two sets of studio monitors. This is where I setup my tones.... and when I can get them sounding good on both sets of monitors, the tone translates very well across the majority of FOH/Monitor setups I might come across.
  6. well.... I agree with what @rd2rk says above.... but for troubleshooting you should always take something like that out of the chain long enough to know it isn't causing the problem. If the problem persists, add it back in! Is there any chance the Global EQ is engaged on the Stomp... possibly with some dramatic EQ or Filter settings? Are you running ANY effects in the Stomp prior to the amp block?
  7. For the record, I never said NOTHING ELSE should be checked. I was providing other "potential" issues. You're right.... I'm wrong. I'm used to it when you are active on these forums.
  8. Under certain circumstances "input impedance" would most certainly be relevant. Yes it needs a particular recipe to be a problem... but by DEFAULT the Helix is setup to deliver that recipe by simply adding a fuzz, wah or any one of many other low impedance effects to the beginning of the chain. Whether the effect is turned on or not, it will load down your pickups... and it can get muddy. I'm not saying that IS the problem... it's just something to check :) There is never any harm in leaving no stone unturned while troubleshooting!
  9. What is your input impedance set like on the Stomp? Auto: Always picks the impedance of the first block in the chain, whether it is active or not Auto w/ "Global > Preferences > Auto Impedance" set to first enabled..... picks the impedance of the first ACTIVE block in the chain. Or you can set it to a fixed value to avoid surprises. (to troubleshoot... set this to 1M and see if it solves your problem) Another possible problem is cables. Make sure any in your chain are not sucking the tone from your signal.... test them each individually. Whenever something doesn't sound right (dull, lifeless) I reach to other cables to make sure that is not the issue. Never underestimate how much a simple cable can screw with a signal, and never under estimate how quickly a cable can/will turn against you :)
  10. NO TWO "real" JCM800's sound or react the same. Fractal and Line 6 do not have access to the "same" JCM800... nor do they model them the same way. Of course their will be differences. Maybe you prefer the way Line 6 models the amps.... maybe you prefer the JCM800 that Line 6 has access to over the one Fractal has access to.... or maybe you don't realize that the amps are different in real life, and require different settings to get the most out of them.
  11. codamedia

    "Gain Block" ?

    If I used an HX Stomp or HX Effects I would likely stay away from the gain block unless absolutely required since "blocks" are limited. But with the LT, I don't hesitate to drop one in as required to serve any transparent cut/boost action. There are many reasons I like to use the gain block. It uses very little DSP... virtually none. It's really transparent sounding. It can be placed anywhere in your signal path... rather than tied to a fixed position. Often overlooked... they can CUT just as well as they can BOOST. I generally use THREE gain blocks on my live presets.... One at the front of my chain. This helps me to balance gain structure quickly with different guitars. One near the end of my chain as a lead boost One before a "stomp style compressor" (eg: Dyna Comp, Kinky Comp, etc...) .. I find the stomp compressors have far too much gain reduction, even at their lowest settings so I set the gain block to CUT the signal by a desired amount so the compressor will have more range, but still have it's tonal characteristic. I make the gain up with the output of the compressor. BOTH the gain and compressor block will toggle with the same stomp switch, or within a snapshot. (ie: they work as one pedal). Just my 2 cents....
  12. The way this is worded I am wondering why 4CM would be needed. If you are using the Helix Preamps only... then you wouldn't be using the "pre-amp" of a tube amp.... just the power amp. IMO... just run an output of the Helix to the "power amp input" on the tube amp and call it a day. If you plan on switching between the pre-amps in the Helix and the one from the actual amp, then yes - 4CM is needed and it is quite popular among users. Just insert a LOOP that sends to the amp and returns after the pre-amp. Set a switch that toggles the loop on/off while simultaneously toggling the helix preamp off/on. The switch will toggle between the Helix preamp and the amps pre-amp. Of course.... you could also program all of that into snapshots as well. Lots of options.
  13. For live use... I generally stick to the Princeton model with a Celestion Ruby IR. It provides a dynamic, yet thick clean pedal platform. I then use effects/snapshots to alter tones as required. In the studio I have many favorites amps.... but I'm kind of old school. Fender, Vox, Marshall! I use the Princton for my Blackface Fender tones The Essex 30 for my Vox tones. The Plexi Jumped (quick access to normal and bright) or JCM 800 for my Marshall tones I also really like the WhoWatt model. It's extremely flexible once you dial it in. I'll usually use the stock cab for each amp in the studio.... but will most often change the mic to a 121 and pull it back between 4 - 6 inches. That doesn't mean I don't reach for others amps... those are just my "go to" amps.
  14. codamedia

    HD500X to Helix

    IMO...same ballpark, but completely different technology. It's not really "Helix vs Kemper", the question should be "modeling vs profiling". Once you decide which technology you prefer, look at the various products that offer it.
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    HD500X to Helix

    As a user that moved over from an HD500 to a Helix LT, I just thought I would share my 2 cents. IMO, there is no comparison between the two units. The Helix is well worth the investment in both money and time. It's easier, it's more flexible and it sounds better. The "legacy" effects included in the Helix are from the M/HD Series. If you really want to use those effect models most will still be available to you. I still use a few myself (the Dimension is one example), but for the most part I am using the Helix effect models. The additional AMP Packs for the HD500/500x were "mostly" HD Models derived from the Helix modeling. That would mean most of those amps will exist in the Helix, but are likely to be a higher quality. Don't expect any of the amp or effects to sound the SAME with the SAME settings. A little tweaking will be required but I digress - it's worth the time and effort.
  16. I have to ask the obvious, because I don't see you mention it in any way.... Since your VDI port took a hit and the Variax stopped working.... are those presets set to VDI input only? Double check the input settings! Failing that, I'd do a factory reset as suggested above by @rd2rk
  17. Find a store that specialized in travel accessories. Those are simple adapters, I have no problem finding them whenever I need them while traveling. Here in Canada I can walk into my local Walmart and buy an entire set of popular countries for about $20. I've often found myself needing one in a foreign country and can always find them in the tourist hot spots. (yes, I am aware tourism is non-existent at this time) I'm talking about the simple "Country A to Country B" adapters.... not an actual converter. Although most converters will also come with a complete set of adapters.
  18. Welcome to how the majority of us use the Helix. 5% of the Helix still adds up to a lot of toys... if you actually owned that number of amps, cabs and pedals. The point is though, your 5% is likely very different from my 5%... there is something there for all of us. I don't believe there is a "new way of doing things" that needs to be learned, you just need to learn how the "traditional ways" are applied inside the Helix. Basic setups on a Helix... (followed by how it applies to an older setup) A few effects before an amp.... (typical pedal board into amp setup used by thousands of players) A few effects between the amp and cab ... (old school rack setup in the loop of an amp) A few effects after the cab... (studio style addition of effects, eq's and compressors) Parallel effects.... (just like some amps have parallel loops, and studios effects are often added in parallel) Combine any number of the above... I find that any old article on how a famous tone was achieved can usually be duplicated on a Helix quite easily... from the first pedal to the last studio effect added.
  19. This happened to me at a show last summer. Fortunately I had seen the behavior before with my X3 Live so I was able to react quickly.... but if someone wasn't aware of the potential issue I could see this being a real nightmare to troubleshoot during a gig.
  20. IMO.... Don't let the LT scare you.... yes the floor is more rugged, but the LT is not a toy. I've used the LT since late 2018 and it has not shown a hint of problems. YES, gigs have been lite due to the pandemic, but I have got close to 150 dates on the LT thus far. I'm not trying to disagree with @rd2rk... he has valid points. There is no question the floor is more robust/rugged/tank like - but as an LT user I can say with all honestly, it is not flimsy in any way - it's just not a TANK! As for the scribble strips... it's a matter of preferences, and only YOU can decide. I actually prefer the performance view that is included (only) on the LT. It's a visual outlay on the screen showing the FS assignments. I'm not saying it's better than the scribble strips.... I'm just saying I like it more :)
  21. It was only common on some of the initial run of LT's. It was fixed in subsequent runs. EG: My LT was purchased in late 2018 and I have never had an issue with my expression pedal. If you have one of the original faulty units, just contact Line 6 support (open a ticket) and they will sort this out for you. From what I've heard, they solve the problem regardless of your warranty period. I've seen DIY fixes posted but that seems like a silly thing to do if Line 6 is willing to solve the problem.
  22. On topic with the OP's needs and question... I think I should point out that although I carefully chose to buy an LT... it is because in my project studio I run a separate interface and mixer which handles the majority of all I/O. If I used the Helix for everything, I would have bought the floor model. My LT is primarily for live use, although of course I also use its sounds in the studio.
  23. Yeah... I would never die on that hill either. I do go to battle on occasion but always in a very respectful manner. If they don't budge, I just take note of it. There are times I still bring a traditional setup (amp and pedal board) just to avoid the confrontation with grumpy techs. Locally I know who they are.. and although I won't bad mouth anyone, they would never be on my call list or my recommendation list.
  24. I won't go into details, but he wouldn't last long around me... and I am also a sound tech, not just a musician. Techs are suppose to accommodate the musician, not the other way around. If he has problems with your presets (through one channel) then he should talk to you about the problems during/after sound check, not insist on them before hand. Simple! Just insert a send block prior to the output on acoustic presets only. Set the SEND MIX so nothing goes to the main outs. Connect the send to a DI and "Cross your fingers" the tech unmutes the acoustic in time when needed :) He won't mute the electric channel, but he WILL mute the acoustic channel out of habit!
  25. It's personal requirements and personal tastes... it's great to have the options. Know the differences in the products, figure out your "needs", then buy the appropriate model. My sentiment exactly. I really like performance view on the LT. I owned an HX Effects for a few months prior to upgrading so I do have experience with the scribble strips... IMO, I don't miss them one bit.
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