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    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    Wow, that Cooper Carter is a master of the Fractal! He really knows a lot of riffs; a great testament that he can approximate cover tones and the AxeIII is capable. He even runs a class on how to program the AxeIII. But if you don't have the time or inclination, he has done it for you. Gig Ready! Time is money! If you are tired of the Helix or AxeII sound I'd go for a KPA. If money is no option, go real amps and FX. If you want to create never done before tones learn to program the AxeIII. If you want ease of use and creative tweakability go the Helix. Instant gratification Axe III with this guys patch pack and guitars all done in the same shirt! He's done the work!
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    Anyone else use POD HD500X for Bass?

    The HDs Pretty good at getting a somewhat "Royal Blood" tone too!
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    Power amp section ONLY

    Presuming you are all connected properly make sure you select and turn on the FX Loop block in the HD itself or there will be no sound.
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    Anyone else use POD HD500X for Bass?

    Yes, I do. I am using it much more then I used to for Bass. you can make a bass amp out of nearly most of the amps already in there. You probably don't need POD Farm but the Bass pack, though only a few, is an improvement. Like with Guitars and amps you must, must ensure you are not clipping internally your tone. The low end has a lot of energy. There are no meters or indicators on the HD. I am pretty sure this is the source of most complaints about tone of guitars and bass in the HDs. A very good pair of Studio headphones is a good way to check for distortion, reverb tails etc. It is handy to have a FFT meter inserted into a DAW channel to look at the frequencies that are poking in the red. Makeup gain thru your monitoring but peaks are only important to not go over. Use a free VU meter (mVU or RMS and the like) to actually look at the actual volume. You can have lots of peaks clipping with little-perceived loudness. If you try to get an optimal FFT meter loudness, the tone will get very tubby sounding. Really all you are doing is seeing if there is sub bass energy to be removed that your speakers can't reproduce and any to tame any in the red frequencies without ruining your tone. As the bass widely swing the meters it needs to be tamed by compression, while the Tube Compressor helps it cant catch and clamp down on the bass as well as the hardware counterpart. But if you keep the levels moderate you can get a good tone out of it. For higher levels a decent compressor in the FX loop is ideal. It is easy to overload FX into the amp and then into the converters and it is wise to level check an FX on and off so it matches your initial level. Louder sounds better but not in this case, a slight scratchiness onto ticks is the beginning of clipping. A bodgy cable can cause a more noticeable crackling version of this. I generally leave the Master on the HD volume output at maximum as use another interface. But it is advised to set a level and stick to it as there are so many volume variables in the HD. Also, making a patch with headphones on the HD unit won't translate to an amp or PA and patches made for recording don't translate back to amps and PAs. Whatever the intended purpose is, make the patch under the same conditions. Some of the FX in the HD work very well on bass but so does just an Amp model on it's own. I for a long time would use a better preamp and compressor into the HD FX return and while it smoothed things out it was not suitable for live work. I even just went DI bypassing the HD and occasionally using it as an FX via a loop. Eventually, I figured out how to make it work with the HD only and I'd encourage you to do the same before looking elsewhere first. Anyway, probably too much info and a bit of a raving answer but it is all here. And, use your ears you will be happy with it!
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    Hd500x to control Android apps

    How is it going to do that? Not possible! You need an interface with midi and then you control some things in a DAW on a computer.
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    Bass Rig 4CM Issue

    Glad you sorted it! I was going to suggest you check all your cables are on the correct polarity' Sorry to hear about your Mic input, is your unit still under warranty?
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    Helix LT AES/SPDIF

    I do not know if this will work but am interested if it is possible.
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    usb firmware 1.00-----1.04

    It has been a long while but I recall having an issue like this. The solution was to uninstall the drivers but have them downloaded on your PC. Restart computer with HD usb connected. When Windows looks for drivers steer it to downloaded driver folder. Then open Monkey (latest version)and try the update per instructions in manual.
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    Wet / Dry Setup

    That was a video I have never seen. I had seen a much later one regarding his rig. I got it back the front, I always thought his center was clean and the effects left and right including higher gains. Seems the left and right are dry verbs. Glad your loving your tone! Looks good.
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    New Tones for HD series!

    Running thru this mixer and affects adds a smear of latency when recombining, so routing outs to DAW from both the HD and the D3200 and phase tweaking there. The time based effects have more control in the D3200 than on the HD and there is some improvement in clean wet tones from the HD. High gain there is less definition except if using D32 EQs. Will try out a few more of the effects and midi sinc and see what I can get from it. I usually don't like FX heavy patches. In conclusion the HD using a few parametics EQ blocks can get good resultss and the global EQ can be used for creating separation for double tracking. Often for recording purposes, you want wetter higher gain while monitoring than what is recorded (advantage of Amp Sims) While it can be done in the DAW depends, it can cause the need for greater buffer settings.
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    Wet / Dry Setup

    yeah for sure! You can do it. Larry Carlton popularized WDW. He would have a clean center amp for attack and effected reverbs, Left and Right.
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    Wet / Dry Setup

    It won't do Wet, Dry, Wet. That is a center dry and wet left, right different wet. You can do one side dry and one side wet into two amps easy
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    Pod HD 500 Fault with Knobs

    Sorry, I wasn't sure what you were referring, with the numbers. If it is the Amp knobs compressed air clean out and some pot cleaner non residual type. This will require some dismantling to access the pots. Just a few screws. Failing that you have a faulty one to replace so test it works before putting it back together. Most likely dust in the pot.
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    Pod HD 500 Fault with Knobs

    recalibrate the foot controller
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    Understanding Natural Feedback With Helix

    As feedback is the result of a loop occurring between the pickup and the speaker over a distance you might be able to replicate it within fairly wet reverb block set for resonance and some EQ and compression and boost tube gain before it on an alternate path. This will produce sustain at moderate volumes and the trick is to bring the resonance out where you'd like it than reduce the effect volume to keep the straight path predominant. Should be possible! Even a delay in the line. Basically replicate the feedbackloop using a couple of paths. .