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  1. I don't use my HD500x much any more, but I have paired it with my L6 PowerCab 112+ and it sounds great. I turn off the speaker and mic modeling in the output section and use the modeling built into the PowerCab for various speaker emulations and IRs (only the ones proided by L6 for free). It also works great in FRFR mode. I don't think L6 Link works stereo for these though. I also have 2 Headrush 112 powered FRFR speakers, and they sounds great to me with the HD500x. My favorite solution is my old DT25's via L6 Link (not an FRFR obviously). They are available for very agreeable prices used now, but I don't leave the house with them. Powercab is what I use the most. All of these solutions sounds slightly different
  2. Unless I don't understand what you are trying to do, you don't need to purchase a DI to do this. In your HXE, put a SendReturn(send1) block at the beginning of your chain. By default, the send output will be at full volume (0.0) and the Dry Thru also. That will allow you to control the levels you pass, but I don't know of any reason to change it. There won't be any signal degredation doing this. I don't know anything about the apollo, but I suspect you can record the dry signal from the HXE on one channel, and output (via loadbox) from your amp to record on a separate channel. That will also allow you to reamp in your DAW, or take the output from your apollo back into the input for the HXE and reamp it to your hearts content. Happy recording
  3. I frequently use my Helix floor with my Line6 DT25(1 combo, 1 head/cab) and Peavey Classic 30. I think you will be good to use whatever Amp or Preamp model in the Helix you want. Don't have a cab or IR block active in your path. Make sure your helix 1/4 inch outputs are set to line out in global settings. Run an instrument cable to the effects return of your Spider Valve amp. I don't know if you have control of the output topologies and speaker emulations of the Spider Valve like I have with the DT25 amps, but in theory, you can get a broad range of power amp/cab sounds. I only use the Full Amp models with my Helix. I feel the helix preamp models sound thin and are a bit inconsistent in output levels for me. I am very happy at using the full amp models with my amps at loud basement levels. Hope you have success.
  4. If you run the Helix and DT50 4cm, it's going to sound very good. I used to do that with my HX Effects and the DT25. Though the Helix has better preamp and amp sims than the HD amp sims in the DT50 so I just use the Helix amp models. Comparing my Helix using full amp models and line6 link to my DT25's blows away my going to my JBL monitors, and its even better than my powercab 112+ in my opinion.
  5. If you get the opportunity to pick up a Helix LT, Floor or Rack, you will love the integration with both the DT25 and the Powercab+ even more. The preamp and full amp models are even better than the old HD models in the DT25. Not that there is anything wrong with them because they still sound fantastic.
  6. 1/ What does MKII stand for? What's the difference between Spider V30 and V30 MKII ? Version 2. It's the newest verison of the Spider V30 amp. Firmware: You can buy a used Spider V amp and upgrade the firmware and it will be essentially the same. 2/ Spider V30 MKII is not much bigger than the Roland Mobile Cube I have now which has only 5 Watts power. Does the Spider really deliver 30 Watts? Don't know. Mine is a 240hc. The size of the box doesn't determine the output or loudness. 3/ For now I can't find any available Spider V30 MKII. Delays go for few weeks. Is it a supply chain problem or is Line6 coming up with new (un)announced models ? Hard to say. This is their current line of amps. But it's been out for years. 4/ Is it easy to change presets manually without foot switches for 2 or 3 presets? You can reach back and turn the dial to go to the next preset. Very easy. Turn it to the left or right and get a different preset. You can turn on and off effects by pushing on the the effects knobs. All doable if you have time during a song. A foot controller will be easier.
  7. M6255, I have two DT25 amps that I integrate with my Helix. The integration is very good, but not automatic like on the HD500(x) because the models are not the same. You have all of the control you could need from a Helix to specify the power amp configuration, boost, feedback type. But you have to know what you want for the preamp/amp models you want to use in the Helix. I think someone did a chart of what the HD500(x) uses to help make your decisions, but I don't remember where I saw that. I love the integration with the Helix and my two DT25's. I am only playing them at home, and at loud basement levels, I've decided that I prefer to use the full helix amp models instead of the pre-amp models. That would proabably be true if I ever took them out of the house to gig with them (But I only take Power Cab 112+ out of the house these days). There is no way I know of to integrate Helix Native with the DT50 directly. The only way I know of would be to use a low latency interface for your Guitar input, and direct the output from your DAW to your interface for line out to the DT50s. You won't be able to do that complete circuit with your HD500x. You can use it as your input interface, but not the output because the signal coming out of your computer will go to the headphones and not your line6 link. You mention that you hear the sound oer the monitors, so I assume you have an interface out from your computer. You will need to plug in the line out from your computer to the effects return on the DT50 (left and right separately) to do this. And there will be latency. But it will allow you to see how it sounds to a degree. Only the Helix LT, Rack, and Floor have the line 6 link output built in, and they can be integrated with the DT25, DT50 or Powercab 112+ or 212+ Amps. I don't know of any other options.
  8. Woodshed, There are many ways to hook the Helix to physical amps. 1. Use the helix as an effects processor putting all of them before the guitar in on your physical amps. You get a lot of flexibility, and this is the way that many folks used pedals before amps included effects loops. This reduces the risk of noise and ground loops that some experience with other methods. Your patches would not include preamps/amp and cab/ir models unless you specifically are going attempting to craft sounds using them. In general, this is going to limit the flexibility of the types of electric guitar tone to the those your amps and cabinets are capable of reproducing. 2. Use the helix to craft patches of classic amplifier models, but use the power amp section and the speaker cabinets of your physical amps. Build patches using the effects you want into a preamp/amp model that you want to use, and take the output from the helix and go directly into the effects return of your amp. That will give you a lot of tonal flexibility for your sound, but still limits you to what the power amp and cabinet can produce. You get a lot of flexibility with this, and can get some amazing variations. But a 4x12 marshal cabinet is always going to effect the tone in a consistent manner. The power amps also will color the tone in consistent ways. you might have some control over it in the amp settings. This is the way to get the "best possible sound" when hooking them up to your physical amps in my opinion. If you feel the tone of the preamps in your amps are part of your "best possible sound", then the next option is probably for you. 3. The 4 cable method (4cm) allows you to use the preamps from your existing heads, and the power amps and cabs you have. You can put effects in appropriate paths to your liking. I personally don't mess with 4cm much any more except for experiments in my basement. I feel that the Helix preamps/full amp models as described above give you much better options and flexibility than using the preamps in your physical amps. Now you might just prefer to use those two amps, and want to control them via the Helix, and that can all be accomplished. This can sounds great. Many folks have problems with noise and issues with signal levels using 4cm. Plus hooking up all of those cables gets old quick and introduce more places for your rig to fail if you are gigging. Many folks like the Helix because they can pack up their Helix and guitar and go to a gig without carrying physical amps. The convenience and flexibility of the Helix are what has made it one of the most popular modelers in use today. I still like to use Tube amps at home for experiments and as a reference to classic amp sounds for when I build patches. Plus classic tube amps have that all important "amp in the room" sound and feel that so many are after. There is nothing like the sound of plugging in a classic guitar into the front of a Marshal head, with everything on 10 and jamming. Using some of the options I and others have been writing to you about will still give you that experience. Bob
  9. I have never heard anyone with an HD unit experience this problem, I've seen this kind of thing in other electronics with "button" type switches. What is fairly common in general is that dirt and liquids can get into a switch or potentiometer and cause strange behavior. See if you can isolate the behavior to one or several switches, and if so, find some tuner/electronics cleaner (like what you would use to clean a guitar pot) and spray into the offending switch(es).
  10. I've run the headphone outputs from my Helix Floor to the aux in on my Spider V 240hc using a stereo 1/4 to 1/8 stereo cable and it sounds surprisingly good to me. My S5 240hc is sitting on a Peavey 4x12 cab. With some effort, you can probably get the Go to connect to the guitar input on the S5 using a custom S5 patch that doesn't have an amp or any other effects on. I've messed around with that some, but defaulted to the Aux in solution. The amp models are all different between the Go and the S5. Some of the S5 effects are the same as the legacy effects on the Go. It is a bad assumption that Line 6 designed their multi effect platforms to work with the current amps they are selling.
  11. No, I meant that you use HX Edit to "export" your patch as a file, and upload it here on the site. There is a section her where you can drag files or use your operating systems features to select the file to be added to the forum topic. I've never tried the waza air. It looks like a helix in a headphone format that uses a wireless transmitter. I doubt that would integrate well. You could perhaps make the 1/4 left (mono) output instrument level in global settings and plugin the wireless transmitter and try it. It sounds like you have things setup properly. What do you mean by "unwanted distortion on top"? In general, helix users tend to chop off frequencies above certain frequencies to get rid of unwanted "fizz" and strange harmonics and also for low frequencies. Perhaps that is what you need to do. There is discussion about that all over the place.
  12. Assuming you watched Jason Sadites talk about how to setup the PC+ for optimal sound You might also watch some of the videos that talk about gain staging. You will only create digital clipping from the Helix on the PC if you have bumped up the output from the Helix too much, and the input signal indicator on the PC is "Red" most of the time. I bounce between yellow and occasionally red, and I don't hear any on my patches. It's not uncommon to get ugly distortion on patches where stacked pedals have their gain and volume too high. Check your patch with headphones also to see if you are hearing the ugly distortion. Work your patch from the amp first just like you would with a real amp. Most amp models can be cranked up if the original real amps can be for example the marshal plexi and others. The Fender amps with low gain should sound really clean and powerful through the Powercab using the AES cable you say you are using. Post problematic patches and I'll see what its doing on my Helix.
  13. I bet the Sound guy at the first venue insisted on it. Or maybe it is purely there as a prop to make it look like a traditionally mike'd combo.
  14. Congratulations. Great amp integration. That's what a lot of folks did to integrate their Helix to the DT amps prior to the update for line6 link control. I'm sure some Stomp owners would appreciate you sharing those 4 presets on Customtone.
  15. Is the Asparagus model supposed to be included in firmware 3.2? I love the texture and how it breaks up when its really cooking. Though you have to be careful not to turn the gain up or it gets mushy.
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