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  1. Perfect fifths aren't usually an "incorrect" note. They're only that way when done over the 7th scale degree (in a major key), which isn't that often, and western ears are pretty used to hearing it instead of the flatted 5th even then. As Dunedin notes, it's more about using a "real" harmony that changes intervals vs. a parallel line. And yes, a harmonizer is the right tool for the job. They'll still do only parallel harmonies, but will vary the interval (usually minor 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, depending on the note). Side note: the inverted perfect 5th is a perfect 4th below, not a third.
  2. You might also consider the Pod Go. Not as powerful or flexible as the Stomp, but has the same amp modeling with a couple of exceptions. And cheaper.
  3. IIRC The Rockman chorus used a square wave for this reason.
  4. A while back I linked to a cheapo trick of using a guitar wireless transmitter/receiver as a wireless IEM. That one was mono and a bit clunky, but works pretty well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXTZNY5Ta-o I saw a stereo transmitter, so I thought I'd try it for this application, since I'd like my nice lush choruses & reverbs to come across in stereo. I tried this one, but there are a few different versions around $40: https://www.amazon.com/LEKATO-Wireless-Transmitter-Receiver-Rechargeable/dp/B08FDQ2VHW Results: It's ok. Kinda meh. Here's why: 1. This model doesn't have a headphone out jack like the mono one in the first link; it has stereo 3.5mm plugs (with 1/4" adapters). I used a 3.5mm "gender bender" to plug in my headphones, and the plug folded up out of the way nicely. The problem is, the output is much lower than the mono model. When you crank up the output of the Helix's headphone out to get more volume, you start to clip the transmitter. So it's ok if you listen softly or have very efficient headphones, but not if you want to crank it up with less efficient ones. This makes sense; it was intended to drive an instrument input, not a set of phones. 2. Both the mono one and this one have about 14ms latency (I split the signal and measured it on my audio editor). That's ok to my ear UNTIL you add in the latency from any wireless transmitter you're actually using for your guitar. My 5.8GHz transmitter has 7ms latency (I measured that, too), so together they're over 20ms. This is ok for slow picking or strumming, but once I start chugging it gets a bit bothersome. I'm not sure why it didn't bug me when I tested the mono model. Maybe I was using a cable to feed the Helix. Maybe I had less coffee that day. I dunno. So, no free (or cheap) lunch. Given what's on the market (and my PC desk!) now, it seems to me that a 5.8GHz stereo IEM with 7-ish ms latency should be possible. I'd buy one if it were under a hundred bucks.
  5. Sorry; I forgot to connect the dots for folks who can't read my mind ;-) If you already have wired phones/buds and aren't looking specifically for headphones as much as for a low latency wireless monitoring solution, there was this idea of using a cheap guitar transmitter rig in this way to fix the latency problem. I saw the new unit that runs in stereo and has 3.5mm plugs and thought that would be even easier & better for this. My comment about active pickups was I figured they more closely matched the output of line level sources you'd feed into this thing when using as a wireless "In Ear Monitor" device. I'll post when I get them. In a new thread. ;-)
  6. I just noticed a 2.4GHz wireless guitar transmitter/receiver setup on the market. This one's stereo and has 3.5mm stereo plugs, plus the plugs fold up. This might be a decent bet for the "cheapo home grown IEM" thing. I might try one. 12ms latency. Not pro gear, for sure - cheap & cheerful. There are a few rebadges of it. This one's $40 US, and nobody's complained that it doesn't play with active pickups yet: https://www.amazon.com/LEKATO-Wireless-Transmitter-Receiver-Rechargeable/dp/B08FDQ2VHW
  7. Heh. To be fair, the marketing of these is usually around syncing audio to video, so that folks on their sofas don't get a delay when watching movies. And for that it's fine. But for playing instruments? ick.
  8. They won't remove previous effects. We have all those legacy ones, after all.
  9. The version 5 whammy will do what you want in a standard whammy size. Its drop function isn't as easy to use and you can't drop AND whammy at once (can you do that on the Whammy DT?), but it drops, and raises, in half steps.
  10. It's easy to say "yes, in every way", but it depends on your needs. I had a desktop HD, and I thought the sounds were really good (I thought that about my Digitech GNX3k, too, so maybe I have low standards). But Helix has a LOT more on tap in building complex sounds/FX chains. The problem there is usually the UI; flexibility and complexity come at the cost of usability. But the Helix UI is so slick IMO that everything is pretty straightforward and intuitive - to me, anyway. And of course the sounds are better in most folks' opinions. And IR capabilities expand that a lot. I don't use IRs for cabs any more, but I use them to EQ my various headphones & speakers. SO cool. You should be able to get a good Peter Green (R.I.P.) tone, provided you have his OOP pickup wiring on your Paul.
  11. The problem is, there's already a Pitchfork, Drop, Whammy, and TC Quintessence. And (until 3.0 arrives) Line6's poly performance doesn't yet compete. Also, Line6 has a strong brand in multi FX, not single pedals, where they'd have a lot of market inertia to overcome. So why enter a niche market and a crowded field in those conditions? Sounds like a bad business decision to me, to say the least.
  12. I'd say whichever one entices you to enjoy playing, practicing, and recording more. Problem is, you likely won't know that until you get it!
  13. This is what happens when your company name is "Line6" and not "Behringer"... ;-)
  14. There are many things in play that make it almost impossible for sounds created on one monitoring system to translate well to very different systems. The volume difference itself is a big one: search for "Fletcher Munson" for more than you'd ever want to read ;-) Also, frequency responses vary greatly even among supposedly "flat, accurate" monitors and headphones. There's a few good vids on Jason's channel about these issues:
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    Helix - Freqout

    There are a few pedals that DigiTech has made that just seem to do what they do better than other options I've tried. Most are related to intelligent and/or polyphonic pitch shifting. The Whammy & Drop algorithms, the FreqOut, the Mosaic pseudo 12 string effect, the Harmony Man pitch shifter. I have a few of these. The cool part is, after Digitech let them go, Line6 picked up a few of their pitch geniuses. Some of the fruits of that are supposed to show up in the next big firmware revision (3.0). I'm kind of excited. Now if they can just snag a couple of fuzz guys from Boss and implement their adaptive distortion... ;-)
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