Helix Demo Videos in Helix Posted July 22, 2015 Look I get it. It is expensive, given not 2000$ where I live but the 1500$ I put down wasn't easy. It seems like you already have a judgement about line 6 sounds in the helix based on your experience with other line 6 products. One of my first amps was line 6 and I admit that some of the spiders and earlier amp models sounded extremely brittle and unlistenable. However my more recent experience hearing line 6 stuff has convinced me otherwise. I have had my M13 for years now and I have to say it is one of the best purchases Ive ever made. Sound wise this thing is anything but brittle. Some effects are better than others yes, but say the Tube Drive is the most authentic sounding distortion in a multifx I've ever heard and actually beats out many boutique pedals that I've heard in quality. The delays, reverbs, compression, and some of the filters are really awesome as well. Since then I've heard demos of the HD500 and 500x and I have to say that in the world of 500$ and under pedals that do the trick, there is no other company on the market that is competing. The one time I bought a Boss multifx unit, I ended up returning it same day it was such a bad interface and sounded so terrible. I guess what I'm saying is this company has impressed me enough with their recent products to earn my trust and thats why I have the Helix pre ordered. My M13 was under 500$ and I am a happy camper with it. Ive seen pros such as Oz Noy live using his M13. If this thing is $1500, it is that price for a reason. Now as far as samples of the helix goes; While there is a ton of plexi sounds coming through in samples, I think the fact is that there are also great examples of clean tones, delays, filters, and distortions so far already in the samples as well. The clean track of Sean playing in the office video sounds amazing to my ears. I haven't heard a tone so far that I didn't like on these videos and clips and personally I think they have done a good job of listening to their customers and doing their best to release what people want to hear. You can distinctly see in this forum that after all the plexiness, people wanted to hear clean tones and metal tones. So line 6 released the 6 tracks with exactly that. Now people are saying, well we want to hear this this and that. Hey I understand its a lot of cash. Obviously you are not happy with the sounds you've heard so far. And if you think you can create the tones we've heard with a DI box and a nice rig, by all means save yourself the money. Personally based on the sounds I've heard and the flexibility in the IO and having everything right there in one neat shiny pedal board with a great user interface sounds pretty awesome to me. As a professional player I deem this worth pre ordering, but everybody's different. I appreciate all that Eric and your pretty personal take on things, but I feel like you didn't read my post very carefully. Which is fine, I'm not saying anything new. What I am reiterating then is that the recent sound clips are, especially if you listen with decent headphones, swaddled in digital delay. Like every store demo ever. Why, well only the makers can tell you. Perhaps we should be using the word "dry" instead of clean. I also said I fully expect the kinds of useful and revealing demos that lots of people need before they make a decision to come from the company. After all what's to hide? A simple run through of core tones with application of fx one at a time in real time. Bam, a million units sold because it sounds so damn good! And right with you on the IO, awesome implementation. Means lollipop if the tones aren't true. The HD500 sounds pretty good, and I agree better than any Boss fx unit (certainly not pedal though), but while it may cut it for soloists in certain kinds of acts, it just isn't there for a lot of players and purposes. And for the price point I don't expect it to be. It's not the unit we're discussing anyway. All I'll say is I'm not the only one thinking like this and it's with high hopes that I await that definitive demo. Justified skepticism is healthy, doesn't mean I'm suddenly, what do the kidz call it? a hater? Love my JTV59, genius thing, it wants a real box to plug in to.