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  1. You would THINK that someone from L6 would monitor the L6 COMMUNITY FORUMS. That's what we get for thinking logically!
  2. When using Helix as your AI (ASIO Device) USB 1/2 mirrors the signal at the Main Outputs (without USB 1/2 from your DAW - see below). USB 7 and 8 are DRY (unprocessed - Helix Input to Output) by default and can be assigned to separate Inputs. For example, USB 7=Guitar; USB 8=Aux or MIC. The signal from your DAW (or whatever) if routed to USB 1/2 will by default be routed directly (unprocessed) to the Main Outputs. You can select 1/4, XLR or both (multi). While your Electric via the Guitar Input and your Acoustic via AUX can be used either/or/both by selecting MULTI for the Input Block, your MIC signal is separate and would need to be assigned a separate Input Block, splitting a Path which is probably OK as you'd likely want different FX on it. If you split Path A this can be returned to that Path, assigned a separate Output Block or kept split and brought in either through the Path B Input Block or a separate Input block on Path B, splitting that Path and either returned within Path B or routed to a separate Output Block from Path B. NOTE: Since you only get one split per Path splitting a Path means you can't parallel process FX on that Path. You can't route a USB signal directly to a Send. If you don't want the return from your looper to go to the Main Outs you could use USB 3/4 or 5/6 to send from your Looper then assign those USB channels to a separate Input Block and place a SEND Block in that Path or assign that Path's Output Block to a SEND pair. Hope I've answered your questions.
  3. Here's a "proof of concept" preset example. It assumes that your Llights are on MIDI CH1, your Sound Clip Player is on MIDI CH2. MIDI CH3 is a dummy to make it work. The FS is set to Preset #25, cause that's what I used for the test. Whatever preset you set that to, if you want it to trigger a new Light Show it'll need a FS set to do that. Rikthoven.hlx
  4. Yes, I think that this can be easily done using Instant Commands. How depends on the exact messages that need to be sent. Post the exact messages and I'll test it. The only real problem is the 4 second wait, as the max wait time is 1000ms (1sec). However, I don't see the problem in that once you've triggered the light show and sound clip, that won't stop if you hit the FS to go to the preset you want to be in when the sound clip ends. If there's a different light show after the sound clip portion, that can trigger off a switch in the new preset. No precise timing required. IOW - SS2 triggers the sound clip and it's light show. You have 4 seconds to hit a FS to get to the new preset, which has a switch you hit to get to the main light show when the sound clip ends. Am I missing something?
  5. AFAIK that is the case, and IIRC it was the PC212 we were talking about. Though, that whole discussion went on for so long there and elsewhere it could have been before someone noted that it worked fine on the PC112. I can't even verify THAT to be true since I didn't have my PC112 long enough to test it.
  6. rd2rk

    Tube Power Amp

    Per comments from the design team in the Catalyst thread on TGP, they tested dozens of speakers, then spec'd out the design they decided on to (?). My thoughts - unlike the single purpose speakers in most guitar amps, the Cat has to handle clean to mean in a power range of 0.5-100watts but was NOT intended or designed to be a "full range" speaker. That's why it sounds so good as a guitar amp speaker - because it is! As to the speakers in the cheaper L6 modeling amps, I've never had one but a friend of mine who plays in a VERY loud punk/metal band has used a 75watt Spider for years. Never blown a speaker and sounds perfect in that context. Go figure!
  7. rd2rk

    Tube Power Amp

    I use Helix AND the Catalyst100. Helix provides <>70 more amps, tons of concurrent FX and full MIDI control. Best of both worlds!
  8. rd2rk

    Tube Power Amp

    I no longer use a tube power amp (switched to Catalyst100), but when I did it was a 6v6. Why did I name a tube TYPE rather than a BRAND? Because it's the tube TYPE (and speaker/cab of course) that determines the flavor of the amp, especially at higher volume levels. If you primarily use Fender/Vox preamps, you should think about 6v6/EL84. If you primarily use Marshall/Mesa preamps then EL34/6L6 might be a better choice. If you use full amp models of every type, well, that's what Class D is about! Those are just general rules of course. Twins are 6L6 and "boutique" type amps might use anything, but I'd say to base your choice on use case rather than brand.
  9. Break it down to it's simplest components. I created a preset with nothing but an amp/cab and ping-pong delay set to 2 seconds. XLR out to my Scarlett 18i20. Channels in the Scarlett centered. The pings and pongs alternate as would be expected. A ping or a pong every 2 seconds. When I disconnect XLR/Right, I hear the delay every two seconds, from both speakers. Stereo summed to mono as expected. IOW - my results match yours. I then switched the XLRs from my Scarlett to a Behringer mixer. I got the same results. I could not duplicate your problem regardless of gear type. I'm attaching my preset for you to try. Attach one of your "problem" presets (without any troubleshooting mods/blocks) and I'll have a look at it. YammerUK.hlx
  10. As I understand it, SS devices suffer the most wear and tear from turning them ON and OFF. Components expand as they heat up and contract when they cool down, and that effect is exacerbated by atmospheric conditions (ambient temperatures).
  11. Coupla things. Using a mic with a preamp of ANY sort is going to give you WAY better results than using an INST/LINE input. USB works. I have 11 devices, mostly MIDI controllers, Helix, Powercab, Catalyst, Scarlett 18i20, HD). Two hubs, one straight USB, one USB to C. Windows 10, i7-7th gen laptop, 16gb. Apart from occasional USB ground issues (annoying background hiss when using high gain amps/pedals at volumes that lollipop off my neighbors - pull one or another unused device to remedy), works flawlessly. Of course I have no idea what your "terrible experience" was, but I can definitely tell you that today's USB AIs are much improved over those of just a few years ago. And if you're wondering about bandwidth, unless you're working with VERY large projects, like, several dozen tracks, USB has MORE than enough bandwidth. Lastly, a USB to Thunderbolt Hub costs <>$20. Don't confuse the end-to-end latency of Helix (2-3ms) with the latency from monitoring through a DAW. The above system gives me 7.6ms RTL through my Scarlett, 12.5ms using Helix. That's at 48k and 64spls. Those are the DAW reported numbers (Reaper, Ableton, Cakewalk). Though I've never measured Helix, I've measured the Scarlett using proper measurement SW (Oblique RTL) and that's pretty accurate. Lastly, the Scarlett has 10 Inputs/12 Outputs plus expansion capability via ADAT to 18/20. Price comparison - IDK what you paid for your LT, but you'd likely get around $700 on fleabay. A used Floor on fleabay is around $1100. I would not buy something like this used off fleabay. A 3rd gen Scarlett 18i20 retails at $550, and you still have your LT. Lastly - I'm partial to the Focusrite stuff, but Behringer has an equivalent (?) for $280. IDK how equivalent they are (check the features and specs) but I hear they're actually pretty good for home use. Anyhow, hope I've provided food for thought. Now I need food for ME!
  12. Nope nothing wrong with that. Works fine. FWIW - that's NOT what was meant by a sample preset. That's just a Volume Pedal Block in a BLANK preset. Attach an ACTUAL preset that you're using so we can see what else might be going on. Of course, if you're part of a top-secret CIA operation I guess that's not possible. Otherwise, I PROMISE - no one here will sell your preset on the internet. Honest! Also, you didn't specify your wiring - Guitar>Helix>Amp Input? Guitar>Helix>FX Return? You mentioned Exp2 and Exp3 - the on-board Exp pedal can be 1 or 2 but not 3 - are you also using an external expression pedal? If so, there could be a problem with the assignments. Another reason for attaching a REAL sample preset.
  13. Not sure I understand - your LT doesn't have a MIC input. If you want to use a MIC with Helix as AI you'll need the Floor model. Since the Floor model also has SPDIF you'll be able to compare your SPDIF Pre and the Helix Mic Input. The SPDIF IN should work fine for that purpose. My question would be - why spend the extra $ on the Helix Floor? For the same $ or thereabouts you can get a proper AI with multiple Channel Inputs, SPDIF and ADAT expansion capabilites, and it'll likely have as good or better preamps as Helix and definitely better latency if you're processing anything ITB.
  14. Attach a sample preset. Also, in as few words as possible, describe your wiring. EXAMPLE: Guitar>Helix Input>Helix L/Mono Out>Amp Input Telling us in excessive detail what you think we should know is much less effective than providing simple answers to the questions we ask and attaching a sample preset.
  15. I don't think that we're talking about the same (or even related) issues. The post that you quoted was related to an issue where if you use L6 Link from Helix to select a Powercab Mode wherein the HF Driver should be OFF (all modes except Flat/FRFR and UserIR) the HF Driver would not (consistently) turn OFF, rather it would remain in the state invoked by the PC Preset. I call it a bug (and I'm not alone in this) because if the Helix REMOTE setting is set to PRESET that should override the Powercab's Preset. It almost seems as though the Powercab's tiny brain can't decide who's in charge - it's preset or the Helix L6 Link settings! This has nothing at all to do with Preset NAMES. The only thing that can change a preset's NAME is if the user goes in and manually changes it. Well, I suppose a very technically adept person could write some fancy script to do it, but that's a whole 'nother subject!
  16. Umm, YouTube... However, I suspect that ITRW, using the UAFX or Helix with Catalyst will be close enough for R'n'R! Really, there's only one way to find out. Do attach a clip!
  17. Can't speak for the UAFX, but the Helix DR sounds good. It's the cab/speaker part of the DR magic that the Catalyst might have trouble with.
  18. Sounds and feels great. Just remember that it's NOT an FRFR speaker, so IRs might not sound as you'd expect. Also, consider that a DR is a system consisting of an amp, a cab and a speaker. Your Catalyst will never sound EXACTLY like a DR.
  19. Update to HX Edit v3.15. In HX Edit, lower left corner, there's a ? . Click that. Click ABOUT. You can now see BOTH the Device's FW version AND the HX Edit version. They need to match. FYI - the UPDATER only updates the FW. It does NOT update HX Edit, nor is it used to backup presets. You use HX Edit for that. EDIT: When updating the FW be sure to follow ALL of the directions EXACTLY!
  20. Helix provides for multiple ways to do most everything. Use the method that works best for you and your specific situations.
  21. Very strange, and not necessarily MIDI related (I duplicated it with no MIDI involvement). Have fun explaining this to support... :-)
  22. The Loops are audio. MIDI is entirely independent of audio. If Pedal A is set to receive on Ch1 and Pedal B is set to receive on Ch2, Pedal A needs to be set to MIDI THRU (on the PEDAL) to get the messages on Ch2 thru to Pedal B. Helix MIDI Out is connected to Pedal A MIDI IN, Pedal A MIDI THRU is connected to Pedal B MIDI IN. The Audio just goes Out the SEND, in to Pedal A INPUT, out Pedal A Output, in to Pedal B Input, out Pedal B Output to the RETURN. If you use an IC to select a Bank and Preset on a Pedal, you can use a FS to select a different Bank/Preset on demand. However, to get back to the original Pedal Preset you'd have to reload the Helix Preset OR have another SS whose IC1 is set to Bank/Program with everything OFF and IC2 set to the same Bank/Program settings as IC1 was set to in SS1: SS1 - IC1 - Bank/Program set to Bank X Program X SS2 IC1 set to Bank/Program OFF; IC2 set to Bank X Program X. Confused yet? See the attached example preset. MIDI test.hlx
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