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  1. If you've done much research on modern bass amps (if you're not on Talkbass yet go there now), you know that a lot of bass players are using 250-500watt amps through single 12" speaker cabs for the kind of venues you're describing. As an all purpose affordable solution, I'm using a HR FRFR112 (<>$300). It's WAY loud and my bass sounds as good through it and Helix as any of the small bass amps I've tried lately. If you follow my advice over to Talkbass and search for variations on "affordable bass amp" you'll get lots of suggestions.
  2. IMO. YMMV. You need to do two things ASAP. 1) get a bass amp. 2) decide how much you like being in a band where you’re not respected.
  3. Page 31 of the XR18 manual. PC#s 1-64 sent on MIDI Channel 1 recall Snapshots 1-64. You can set Instant Commands to load the required Snapshots on Preset load and Helix Snapshot change. I wrote the following to help someone with a different device, but just change "Ventris" to "XR18" and it all applies. ************************************************** In Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo, set "MIDI PC SEND" to OFF. This prevents Helix from sending it's default PC# when you load a Preset. In CommandCenter, assign "Instant Command 1 (IC1)" - the first lightning bolt - to the Ventris PC# (Program Changes/Presets) that you want to use for each Snapshot. Read the Ventris manual. They may be numbered 0-127 or 1-128. Helix is numbered 1-128. 1 = 0, 128 = 127. When you load a Helix Preset, any and all commands assigned to ICs in the Snapshot that loads by default will automatically be sent. By default, Helix and most MIDI devices communicate on either MIDI Channel 1 or ALL channels (OMNI). Helix communicates on MIDI Channel 1 (BASE) by default. Set the Ventris to communicate on MIDI Channel 1 (unless you've changed the BASE channel in Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo). This way, if you add other MIDI devices later, you can set them to different channels and specify which device you're sending commands to by being specific about it in Command Center. When setting commands in Command Center, BASE is the default MIDI Channel. Leave Bank CC00/BankCC032 at their defaults. These are used to change BANKS in devices that have more than 128 presets. Here's the tricky part: Once you've assigned a PC# to an IC in a Snapshot, it will stay on the last called PC# until specifically changed by another Snapshot, then it'll stay there until changed again. If Snapshot 1 IC1 is assigned to PC#5, and you switch to Snapshot 2, Ventris will stay on Preset #5 UNLESS you assign IC1 to a different PC# in Snapshot 2. If SS2/IC1 is assigned to PC#79, and you move from SS1 to SS2 and then to SS3, SS3 will still be using PC#79.So if you want all Snapshots to be PC#5 except SS3, assign IC1 to PC#5 in ALL Snapshots EXCEPT SS3, and assign IC1 in Snapshot 3 to a different PC#. Remember that the Helix Preset will load with the Snapshot that was active when the Preset was last SAVED. If, in Global Settings>Preferences, you have Snapshot Edits set to Discard, don't forget to SAVE the Preset after each Snapshot Edit BEFORE moving to the next Snapshot. That said, check each Snapshot to be sure it does what you want. Hope that all makes sense.
  4. Sounds like unrelated issues. With the switching cable disconnected at both ends, is it all good? If so, does changing channels manually work right? Are you using the correct (TRS) cable? Are the amp's channel switches correctly configured?
  5. Like I said, size of the club matters as much as the type of PA. In a small club, the instruments least in need of PA support are the drums and bass. The instruments most in need of restraint are the guitar and drums. It's all about balance. The ability to attain that balance in any given venue situation is a sign of a band's professionalism. Nobody can say what you should have done at that gig, but what seems most obvious is that you need to have a band meeting devoted to how to handle this sort of thing in the future.
  6. You're both right. If the PA is low wattage and has little crappy speakers you don't want to mix the bass with the vocals, you won't get the best of either. If you've got a high powered system, WTH does he think is happening on a big stage with everybody mic'd? However, at a small club (size is relative), you should probably be using a bass amp and letting the small club PA be dedicated to the vocals.
  7. rd2rk

    HX Stomp with MP3?

    You need a splitter to get true stereo.
  8. Another thing you could try would be to set the Volume Knob to control PHONES only (Global Settings), use a TS from the Phones Out for your amp return, and use the Left/MONO out for FOH. If it works (could be a problem with level to the amp return) that would eliminate the drawbacks I noted in my previous post.
  9. Assuming that you're using L/Mono Out into your amp, create a split at the end of your chain. That Out will be SEND L/R. Further assuming that, since you're going to a MONO return on your amp, you're NOT running any stereo effects, a simple TS cable connected to the SEND output will get what you're after. The drawbacks are that you'll need to sacrifice a block for the send, and because unlike the L/MONO Out, the SEND (I'm pretty sure) isn't balanced, you'll need a DI box to go to FOH.
  10. In Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo, set "MIDI PC SEND" to OFF. This prevents Helix from sending it's default PC# when you load a Preset. In CommandCenter, assign "Instant Command 1 (IC1)" - the first lightning bolt - to the Ventris PC# (Program Changes/Presets) that you want to use for each Snapshot. Read the Ventris manual. They may be numbered 0-127 or 1-128. Helix is numbered 1-128. 1 = 0, 128 = 127. When you load a Helix Preset, any and all commands assigned to ICs in the Snapshot that loads by default will automatically be sent. By default, Helix and most MIDI devices communicate on either MIDI Channel 1 or ALL channels (OMNI). Helix communicates on MIDI Channel 1 (BASE) by default. Set the Ventris to communicate on MIDI Channel 1 (unless you've changed the BASE channel in Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo). This way, if you add other MIDI devices later, you can set them to different channels and specify which device you're sending commands to by being specific about it in Command Center. When setting commands in Command Center, BASE is the default MIDI Channel. Leave Bank CC00/BankCC032 at their defaults. These are used to change BANKS in devices that have more than 128 presets. Here's the tricky part: Once you've assigned a PC# to an IC in a Snapshot, it will stay on the last called PC# until specifically changed by another Snapshot, then it'll stay there until changed again. If Snapshot 1 IC1 is assigned to PC#5, and you switch to Snapshot 2, Ventris will stay on Preset #5 UNLESS you assign IC1 to a different PC# in Snapshot 2. If SS2/IC1 is assigned to PC#79, and you move from SS1 to SS2 and then to SS3, SS3 will still be using PC#79.So if you want all Snapshots to be PC#5 except SS3, assign IC1 to PC#5 in ALL Snapshots EXCEPT SS3, and assign IC1 in Snapshot 3 to a different PC#. Remember that the Helix Preset will load with the Snapshot that was active when the Preset was last SAVED. If, in Global Settings>Preferences, you have Snapshot Edits set to Discard, don't forget to SAVE the Preset after each Snapshot Edit BEFORE moving to the next Snapshot. That said, check each Snapshot to be sure it does what you want. Hope that all makes sense.
  11. 4cm. Put the FX Loop and the HXS preamp on the same footswitch, saved with one ON one OFF, so that hitting the switch toggles them. You need Helix Floor or Helix Rack. With HXS you can have 4cm on two of your amps, OR Stereo on one, but then you're out of physical loops, and you've already used 2 of your 6 available blocks.
  12. Grew up on Staten Island, live in Colorado now.
  13. Yes. See page 29 of the manual. Yes. In front or in an FX Loop (SEND/RETURN). See page 28 of the manual. Yes. You'll probably want to use an FX Loop (SEND/RETURN). See page 28 of the manual.
  14. You should check out the thread over on TGP, where Doug has been an active participant, answering questions including those that arose from the video.
  15. According to an article in Consumer reports, if you suffer from Zombie Finger and don't have a stylus handy, you can use a pork sausage. Just sayin'...... https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/06/zombie-finger-and-touchscreens/index.htm
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