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  1. Just thought I'd add that one of my favorite ways of using my Catalyst in combination with my PC212+ is to set up the Cat in 4cm with one Helix Path using ODs/Dist and (?), then take the XLR out from the Cat to the MIC Input on Helix as Input to a second Path, run the signal through a bunch of stereo FX and send that out the L6 Link to the PC212 with the PC212 in LF RAW mode (no HF Driver or emulations) and set to 200% stereo spread. W/D/W BIG AMBIENT FUN! If you're into that sort of sound, consider a PC212+!
  2. Line6 Catalyst What’s NOT in the Pilot’s Guide Part 2 – The Footswitch and overall Control Not all footswitches are created equal where the Catalyst is concerned. I started with a generic momentary footswitch. To describe all the weirdness that resulted would be pointless. Suffice it to say that if you have one and want to try it go ahead. Maybe it will work. I quickly purchased the L6 LFS2. Twice the price and not a perfect solution, but at least predictable. The problem is the way Channel Switching works in relation to the FS2 button. Catalyst does not employ true channel switching as it’s done in the analog world. Each Bank has two Channels. Each Channel is actually a Preset. That’s why they can be totally different from each other. Catalyst provides for three methods of switching channels. Panel Switches;Footswitch;MIDI In my examples I will assume that BOOST has been assigned to FS2, but what I describe applies also to FX. Assume that Bank 1 Channel A is saved with BOOST OFF, and Channel B with BOOST ON. Using the Panel Switches or MIDI with or without the LFS2 connected works as expected (A=BOOST OFF;B=BOOST ON). With the LFS2 connected and FS2 OFF, using the Panel Switches or MIDI the BOOST reacts as expected (A=BOOST OFF;B=BOOST ON). If you turn ON FS2 on ChA (saved status OFF), switching channels with the Panel switches results in A=BOOST ON;B=BOOST ON). Always. If you then turn OFF FS2 on ChB switching channels with the Panel switches results in A=BOOST ON;B=BOOST OFF. Always. In either case, switching channels via MIDI ALWAYS returns to the SAVED preset/channel configuration (A=BOOST OFF;B=BOOST ON)! Furthermore, switching channels using the LFS2 ALWAYS applies the FS2 setting regardless of the saved configuration! Finally, using MIDI to control the BOOST works in ALL circumstances. However, the LEDs might not reflect what’s happening when using Snapshots. CONCLUSION: If you want FULL CONTROL over the Catalyst, using a combination of methods is the way to go. There’s no simple, one-size-fits-all solution.
  3. Line6 Catalyst What’s NOT in the Pilot’s Guide Part 1 – The FX Loop The switch on the back panel serves only one purpose – to determine whether the signal on the FX Return (Power Amp In) is pre or post FX. The Catalyst Global Settings FX Loop Switch determines whether or not the FX Loop is in the signal chain. OFF – internal signal BYPASSES the FX Loop completely. ON – internal signal goes OUT the SEND and/or external signal enters through the RETURN. If, as I do, you use Helix, alternating between using the Catalyst alone, with 4cm or for Power Amp/Speaker only, you can either: a) Keep the app connected and manually toggle the Global FX Loop Switch as required. Use this mode of operation if you’re using a modeler other than Helix that does not have the necessary MIDI capability as described below b) Use MIDI to determine which mode is active using CC#107 If you choose (b) then each preset and snapshot needs to have an Instant Command configured to select the mode appropriate to that preset/snapshot.
  4. Absolutely! Yes, but much less serious than PC112+ w/o Helix. If you spend an unhealthy amount of time over on the TGP D&M forum you'll find that some people really like the PC112+ even with modelers other than Helix. OTOH, some people REALLY HATE the PC112+ sound, ESPECIALLY the speaker emulations - a major selling point. Most people agree that they suck. Some people REALLY LIKE the Catalyst sound, and those who don't like it don't really hate it, they just prefer something else (usually tube amps, Fractal or Kemper). I had a PC112+ and traded up to a PC212+ mostly for the increased bottom end of a 212 cab and the stereo feature. The PC212+ has issues with L6 Link, and both models are abandonware. Though L6 steadfastly refuses to respond to anybody about them, that in itself indicates the abandonware status and that there will never be any bug fixes or upgrades coming. Buyer beware! I also at one time had a Katana100 MkI which I returned. After recently directly comparing Katana Artist MkII and Catalyst100 I bought the Catalyst and returned the KA. I'm VERY happy with my Catalyst100 and consider it the perfect companion to my Helix. If the Catalyst 200 was stereo I would have gotten that, but you can't always get what you want! If you try a Catalyst, be aware that the speaker requires some breaking in, but not nearly as much as many other speakers. Also, spend the $40 for the L6 LFS2 Footswitch. The cheaper alternatives have problems. Later today I plan to post an extensive report on controlling the Catalyst. It probably won't make much sense if you don't have one, but I expect the reactions to be...interesting.
  5. No, you'll need to deal with that per preset. Over on Ideascale there have been requests for "global" FX - a way to adjust settings in one place and have those settings applied in every preset that uses the effect. I'm not sure how you'd search, but you'd want to vote for all of the identical requests for it.
  6. Native behaves strangely when creating/saving new presets. Start with a New Preset. After you've created and named your preset, click the 3 dot icon next to the preset name and select SAVE TO LIBRARY. Select the location you want to save it to and click OK. The preset appears in the selected location. Use the same process but select SAVE TO DISK and your preferred disk location to save the preset to disk. Don't use Export. I have no clue why it works that way, it just does.
  7. rd2rk

    Digital noise

    I don't hear it, but then what you hear as the designer might not be apparent to me. I'm trying the preset through my PC212+ at 200% spread on the FLAT STEREO setting (FRFR - HF Driver engaged) and I think it's a REALLY nice sounding preset! And that's with NO IR loaded! I tried it with some of my go to YA IRs and, yeah, I LIKE IT! Using a PRS S2 Custom 24. What is your playback system? Maybe if you record it direct and with a mic it might help narrow down the source of the problem? If you do that, post the clips here and maybe someone will have an idea.
  8. So, when you switch channels, if you look at the Cat's Panel, you don't see the LED of whatever is assigned to FS2 (Boost or FX) flash once for, like a ms or two? The support guy I talked to tried it with his LFS2 and couldn't duplicate the problem, but a reliable user on TGP says his LFS2 does it. I'm waiting for my LFS2 to get here, and support guy said he'd try his BOSS pedal over the weekend, so I should know more by Tuesday.
  9. Quite to the contrary. I own a PC212+ which I got after not especially liking the PC112+. FRFR and AITR are different things. If you use a Powercab in LF RAW mode (no Hi Freq driver) it IS an AITR. I didn't like either the LF RAW or the FRFR on the PC112+ and while both modes sound significantly better (to me) with the PC212+, the PC212+ weighs 48lbs and is much larger that the Cat which, to my ears, provides a better AITR experience. Where the Powercab has a smooth sound, the Cat sounds RAW and unprocessed. Guitar cab AITR. Just because it's cheaper doesn't mean it's not worthy of my Helix. Helix has a lot more FX and overall capabilities and sounds GREAT (to me) through the Cat. If I don't want to tear down and carry the Helix (lots of cables - see below) I can just grab my HX Stomp. Grab'n'Go - Guitar in one hand and Catalyst in the other, Stomp in gig bag with guitar. The cab simulated XLR Out on the Cat means that I'm hearing onstage what the audience is hearing from FOH. In my studio (the living room :-) ) I keep the Cat on top of the Powercab (makes a great amp stand), and run 4cm from Helix to the Cat (switchable between Helix and Cat amps) with any additional FX I want in front of the Cat. I take the XLR from the Cat to the MIC Input on the Helix and use that into stereo FX that then get sent to the Powercab (via L6 Link) set to 200% stereo spread. Modified W/D/W. AWESOME ambient stoner jams ensue! Because I can send separate signals from Helix and Powercab I can record the whole thing with drum tracks or backing tracks and synths in my DAW. In the unlikely event that I need more db level than the Cat can provide, adding the PC212+ to the rig does the job (1-12/100 watts + 2-12/500 watts). Yeah, LOUD! As for tweaking the Helix presets for different uses, that's life! With 1028 preset slots, the possibilities are virtually unlimited! I get it that you consider the problems you've found with the Cat to be insurmountable. They're not a problem for me because Helix has MIDI, and using MIDI mitigates all of those problems. Plus, I'm confident (I've been using Helix for 6 years) that L6 will work out these teething problems. By now you should be starting to understand why I say that L6 did NOT create the Catalyst to go after the Katana market. Catalyst is (or can be) an integrated part of the larger L6 ecosystem. Or it can be a simple grab'n'go amp that's actually 6 two channel amps in one with BASIC FX and XLR out with 3 cab sims. AND sounds GREAT!
  10. To be clear, L6 never claimed that the amp was suitable for your application, and they're not likely to want to take the time to figure out how to make a third party device work with Catalyst in a way that the Catalyst was not intended to be used. It sounds to me like you really should return it and find something that works for you. If I wanted to do what you're describing I would take the XLR from the Cat to the Input of the Looper (adapters as needed), then take the output from the Looper to a separate amp/playback system or AI for recording. That way you record your loop with whatever Catalyst preset you want, record layered loops using different Cat presets as necessary and have the option to mix the two signals separately and/or record the loops separately into your DAW. That would also allow you to play over drum tracks or use a click track and add drum tracks later. IOW - treat them as what they are - separate audio systems. But, if you can find another amp that works for your purposes, go for it!
  11. FWIW - I don't believe for a minute that the target market is people who would otherwise buy a Katana. I've had two Katanas - the 100 MKI and the Artist MKII. They are VERY different amps for a similar but different market - all-in-one every effect known to man with comprehensive floor control. I believe that the target market is people who want a simple inexpensive good sounding grab & go amp with BASIC FX that can be used as an AITR solution for users of more advanced modelers such as Helix. Most of which have MIDI. That's why I got it. Purchased after doing my due diligence, I found the amp to be everything I expected with the exception of the FS operation. I didn't discover that problem (or the panel switch problem) until after the return period because I use MIDI. That is to say, the amp does everything it claims to IF YOU USE MIDI, but has a faulty FS implementation (momentary triggering of FS2 when channel switching). I think they should standardize the way that the panel switches work to match the way MIDI works (switching channels reverts to saved preset). I think THAT'S a bug (panel channel switch does NOT return to saved preset) that CAN be fixed with a FW update. I could be wrong. The FS problems need to be fixed quickly especially for the users of the CAT60 who don't have the MIDI option unless they spend another $100 on a MIDI HOST Box and another $XXX on a floor controller. They bought the basic configuration and shouldn't have to do that. Any momentary FS should just work. I'm awaiting arrival of my LFS2 so I can test if that solves the FS problem (momentary triggering of FS2 when channel switching). I'll be posting my results, and the results of my communications with L6 support concerning both the FS behavior and the panel switch problem.
  12. I think I just responded to this in another thread...
  13. That should be the responsibility of whoever is doing the IEM mix. You said that the others are on "different mixes". Just have them take you out of their IEM mix. You don't have your own signal in the IEM mix that comes back to your personal mixer (PM), do you? Isn't that the purpose of your 1/4" to your PM? If you assign the Volume Knob to XLR you can turn it OFF without affecting the 1/4" out, which will then be at UNITY. You can then control the level of that signal from your PM. Just remember to re-assign it to 1/4" after sound check so that the UNITY signal goes to FOH and you control your own level in your PM from the LT Volume knob. PITA, which is why I suggested to look at the IEM mix first.
  14. I just checked Customtone - 294 presets. Enough to get you started?
  15. Nobody from L6 hangs out here. Post a request on Ideascale.
  16. Nobody from L6 hangs out here. Support Tickets and Ideascale are your only hope.
  17. I think that your confusion may be caused by a misunderstanding of the nature of BANKS vs CHANNELS. Nowhere in the manual does L6 make this obvious. Catalyst has 12 PRESETS. It does not have true CHANNEL switching or snapshots, only PRESET switching. A BANK consists of 2 PRESETS which can be accessed directly via the footswitch using a "PRESET PREVIOUS/PRESET NEXT" function. IOW - if you're on Channel A the FS takes you to Channel B and vice versa, mimicking the actions of the A/B switches on the panel. But what's really happening is that on BANK 1 the FS (or A/B switch) toggles PRESET 1/PRESET 2, on BANK 2 the FS toggles PRESET 3/PRESET 4 etc... For the sake of clear communication I'm using the proper terms in what follows. "When you change the BANK THE AMP CHANGES TO WHICHEVER CHANNEL" (preset) "YOU HAD SELECTED IN THE PREVIOUS BANK." This is true ONLY if you use the panel controls. Using MIDI you can select which of the two presets in the new BANK you want to load. You should post a request over on Ideascale for addition of some sort of option if you don't want to use MIDI. "Let's say on Channel A I turn the boost on. I then go to Channel B, which is saved with NO boost. But because it was on when I left Channel A, it remains on when Channel B loads up." I'm not sure what's going on here. Using the panel A/B switches, if you change the saved boost/fx bypass setting in a channel, when you switch channels and come back the change is retained, but it does NOT affect the other channel. If you use MIDI to toggle the channels it reloads the saved settings, overriding the panel settings (your stated preference). If you use the FS to change channels it behaves as you described. Very weird. Which was the intended behavior and which is a bug. OR - was this INTENDED as a way to provide ALL THREE options? Could this be the mythical beneficial bug? Does even THE SHADOW know??? FYI - The Helix devices have a function related to Block Bypass behavior in Snapshots, for which they provide a couple of settings to control the behavior - one Global called "Snapshot Edit Recall/Discard" and one per block within presets called "Snapshot Bypass". Nobody really understands how it all works or how the settings interact, but you can always post a request over on Ideascale for similar Cat controls :-). Or you could use MIDI. Another problem with using a FS vs the panel switches or MIDI is that if you use a FS to switch channels it momentarily triggers whatever is assigned to FS2. If that's the boost it can cause a loud "POP". If it's an effect it can cause a variety of interesting but musically useless and annoying "GLITCH" type noises. FWIW - I'm working with L6 support on these problems. I normally use MIDI and noticed the above discrepancies when I hooked up my Moskey Dual FS. I'm waiting for an LFS2 to arrive. Support says they couldn't duplicate the "POP" thing with the LFS2, but others over on TGP dispute that. We'll see. I'll post back with developments as they occur.
  18. Assuming that you have open 1/4" inputs (preferably balanced) you can use XLR to 1/4" adapters.
  19. I get it. I've experienced that myself - today's clever solution results in tomorrow's thorny problem. You should see the wiring in my studio! On the up side, it's said that problem solving is the best prevention for age-related mental decline... Glass half full and all that!
  20. Remote XLRs? What you've done is kind of like lowering your car (to improve aerodynamics) by removing the tires. :-) You can TRY using the HP Out, but you're adding an amp stage (HP amp) which may or may not affect your tone or even overdrive your monitor.
  21. I don't have the HXFX, but I'm guessing that in CommandCenter you need to assign a FS or Snapshot to send the command to switch channels. IIRC you need to use a TRS cable and likely assign the command to "TIP", but that depends on the amp.
  22. Use the XLRs to FOH. In Global Settings>Ins/Outs set "Volume Knob Controls" to 1/4". This gives you a consistent level to FOH (happy FOH engineer) and allows you to control level to stage monitor with Helix Volume knob. FWIW - this is the standard method. If using a guitar amp for stage level you just split the output and place an IR on the XLR Out.
  23. 1-Select an empty Block. 2-Click the DOWN arrow next to NONE. 3-Scroll to the Amp category and click. Select your amp. If you want to replace an effect with another type of effect click the DOWN arrow next to the effect type (DISTORTION in your screenshot) and scroll to the category you want.
  24. Go here: https://line6.ideascale.com/a/login Search for FREQOUT. Be sure to vote for all 347 requests.
  25. Plug your guitar into the HXSXL L/Mono Input set to INST. Put the FX (such as OD/Dist) that you want IN FRONT of your Walrus into the signal chain, followed by FX Send L Block with Dry Thru set to -120db (full left). Follow that with FS Return R Block - using two blocks vs a single FX Loop allows you to set FX Send L to INST and FX Return R to LINE* and (usually) minimizes noise. Place time based FX AFTER FX Return R Block. HXSXL Outputs should be set to LINE. Using shielded TS cables (instrument cables): Connect the FX Send L of the HXSXL to the Walrus guitar input. Connect the Walrus Output to the HXSXL FX Return R. Connect the HXSXL L/Mono Out (set to LINE) to your power amp. *if setting this to LINE causes the FX Return Block to clip, change the setting to INST.
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