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  1. I don't know if you know this but he did use chorus on his delay repeats but not his dry signal. At least he used to.
  2. One problem with the Variax is forgetting what guitar model you are on. I would like to have the Variax guitar model name on Helix home screen big enough to see on floor Helix standing up. This would help a lot. I just put this on ideascale. If you agree with this, please vote it up. Here's the link. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Variax-guitar-model-name-on-Helix-screen-big-enough-to-see/1022179-23508?submitted=1
  3. One problem with the Variax is forgetting what guitar model you are on. This would help a lot. I just put this on ideascale. If you agree with this, please vote it up. Here's the link. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Variax-guitar-model-name-on-Helix-screen-big-enough-to-see/1022179-23508?submitted=1
  4. One problem with the Variax is forgetting what guitar model you are on. This would help a lot. I have just submitted an ideascale for this. I wish I'd thought of it sooner. If you agree, vote it up! Here's the link https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Variax-guitar-model-name-on-Helix-screen-big-enough-to-see/1022179-23508?submitted=1
  5. It sounds like you are not familiar with EQ terminology. I will try and help as much as I can but know that there are terms that are interchangeable like q and width, or terms that represent two different things but the differences are subtle visually like shelving EQ and low pass or high pass EQ. Lots of terms that only experience will get you to eventually sort them out. I will be trying to explain this as if you know little to nothing. OK, down the rabbit hole we go. Regarding the MegaPara parametric EQ. It is a 3 band parametric EQ; Lo, mid and hi. You are able to adjust the frequency each band is focused on. There are three settings for each band. Frequency, gain and width. Width is often referred to as Q in EQ jargon. It refers to how wide the "bell" of the EQ is. It's called a "bell" because that's kind of what it looks like. When using Q to describe the "bell". the higher the Q, the narrower the "bell" as you can see in the diagram. The wider the bell, the more frequencies the EQ effects. Now this brand of effect refers to the Q as width. In this case, as you turn the width knob counter clockwise the numbers get bigger. I'm going to guess the numbers they us are an actual width measurement. So the numbers are the opposite of what a Q number would be. I could not get my hands on a manual for this device so everything I say about it is a guess. Another thing I noticed on the SineEffect device is the Lo and the Hi parameters have a switch labelled LO MODE and HI MODE. Notice the two symbols they have above them. The first symbol represents the "bell" curve. I know it looks like a circle but it's just showing that the bell can be like a hill or a valley. The second symbol represents what is know as a shelf EQ. As you can see the symbol doesn't make a bell. It goes up or down and then never comes back down or up. Making what looks like a shelf when you turn up the gain. Both switches on this EQ are on the "shelf" mode. The parametric EQ in the Helix has 3 bands plus a low cut and a high cut. You could consider the low cut and high cut to be shelving EQ's that will only cut those levels and not boost them. They are actually, technically a low pass filter and a high pass filter. Having said all of that, here's what you would need to do to get close to his settings. Remember many of the same devices react differetly. Just because one brand's device is set on a "3", doesn't mean another brand's device's same parameter set on "3" will sound the same. I also notice in going through his computer, he is slightly EQ'ing more and he has added an "enhancer" which is essentially more EQ. Having said all of that, the Helix has no shelving in any of their EQ's that I know of. I am not in front of my Helix so I can't say for sure. But, it looks like you are already starting from a place that is not equal to what he has. You could use the lowcut/highcut filter in the Helix if he lowered those but he boosted them. So what I'm leading up to with all of this is I don't see a way to do what he does in the video with just the Helix. Not only that but he doesn't use the same parameter terminology so using some of his numerical settings probably won't react the saem in the Helix. You could recreate the 6 band EQ with two Helix parametric EQ's but there is still an issue. The Q parameter on the MXR EQ is fixed. I seem to recall somewhere where someone listed what the Q is theoretically on the MXR's since that parameter is set in stone on them. So to do this, you're already up to 4 different EQ's with only one being directly what he has. In order to mimic his SineEffect EQ you would need a parametric EQ and a shelving EQ. Now you're up to 5 EQ's in one patch. I'm not trying to discourage you but the reality of what you request is you probably won't be able to EQ exactly the way he is and even if you were able to, there are no guarantees that it would sound the same anyway using his devices parameters in your Helix. But really, in my experience, if you're using that much EQ, you're probably doing something else wrong. to put it in very simple terms. You could probably EQ a Fender Deluxe Reverb with a Tube Screamer and a Strat to sound like a Marshall with a Fuzz Face and a Les Paul to get close. But you're never going to get it exact. A Fender gain of 3 is not the same as a Marshall gain of three. Ya pretty much have to have exactly what the other setup is. the Helix doesn't have what he has. I hope this all helps in some way. Good Luck. Check out Line 6's Customtone area. The patches are very much hit or miss and mostly misses, but you could get lucky.
  6. So how loud do you have it and how far away from the Yamaha are you when you dial things in?
  7. Sorry. I was limiting myself with the parameters you provided. I definitely concur with not using the Helix for a mic in the first place. It's a cool thing if you need to use it. because of limited resources or whatever else (I use it for a talk box and it works great). Maybe you wanted to use the Helix's effects. But, it's always better to keep it as simple as possible. Which, of course, would be the mic hooked directly up to the FOH mixer. It's easy to go a bit overboard, especially with all of Helix's options. I know I have and still do. I often have to catch myself. I just have to keep reminding myself, simple is always best.
  8. If I was doing sound, I would want the vocals and guitar separated and at mic level. For me it wouldn't matter what channel they were on, left or right but if the sound person is questionable at least it's easy enough to just switch cables to give them what they want. With three singers, (four? Power trio + singer?) and guitar that's 4-5 inputs. Does the mixer have enough inputs would be the only other worry. Good Luck!
  9. Yeah. It's not perfect at all but it does add something. I also barely have it in the mix. I use it as a subtle enhancement. Definitely don't use it full on so to speak. Sorry. I don't think I made that clear.
  10. Have you tried throwing in the Acoustic Sim? I run it parallel with my Variax and it can help.
  11. I thought that was possible but using the terms they use are confusing. How about just control/no control? Or call the parameter "Variax Control" with a Yes or No option. I just thought of another possibility. Could it be that any adjustments you make would be reflected in all other patches? So if I change the settings in one patch, save it, and go to another, the settings in the patch will be the same as the previous patches and all other patches will also do the same? Just a thought. I may have to try this when I get home.
  12. So I haven't experimented with this but do you know what the differences are between the Per-Preset setting and Global setting for the Variax? How does it control the Variax differently? The manual is vague about this at best. I get what Per Preset does but how do the Variax settings react differently when in Global?
  13. As far as I know they do not overlap. I have gotten song specific bundles which were good but I would suggest giving his other bundles a listen. It seems to me he has a Youtube for everyone of them that you can get to from each bundles site.
  14. There are essentially two types of Variax's. The original ones with no pickups. And the JTV/Shuriken/Standard Variax's with pickups. The bottom line is there are three things that will power all of these Variax's; batteries (9V or 6AA's for the original or a propriety battery for the JTV/Shuriken/Standard), the XPS direct box and any Line 6 product with a Variax input are everything that will power the Variax. There are various levels of control depending on the Line 6 products used, but they will all provide power for any of the Variax's. And remember, there are issues with using the Variax's 1/4" output at the same time as you use the Variax CAT 5 connector. You could seriously damage it. So if you want to use the 1/4" output, you can't use the Variax output at the same time. You are stuck with the other two alternatives.
  15. brue58ski

    EXP1, 2 & 3

    Amen to this. I used to change the assignments. What a hassle. Agree with just stick tot the defaults and change your thinking. I think the idea is the volume pedal would always be on so is a secondary thing and the wah would be your effect that you would be switching in and out so therefore is primary. And of course using the toe switch to go to the wah results in the volume being turned all the way up and the wah pedal being where it would be in the "real" world. This is what you get when you have engineers overthinking stuff. This is from an engineer of sorts so I am guilty of the charge.
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