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  1. The tremolo on the JTV-69 is fine. It stays in tune (the nut is that "slippery material so the strings don't catch) and not at the "cheap" end of tremolos.
  2. Workbench HD should give you the firmware version of your JTV Variax. If I remember right, you can't update via the Helix, you have to have the USB Variax interface. If you don't have one, this is what you need. https://www.amazon.com/Line-Variax-Workbench-Guitar-Software/dp/B00NHWGJHG/ref=sr_1_7?crid=39ENZUGSG314C&keywords=line+6+jtv+variax&qid=1656072904&sprefix=line+6+jtv+variax%2Caps%2C126&sr=8-7 You also need a Variax battery and in order to engage the battery, you need to have a 1/4" plugged into the Variax. This video is pretty good at running through everything you need to do. I am not sure about any Mac issues there may be. I have a PC.
  3. Others can attest to this. I am only basing it on what I've read. If you're stuck in a position where you can't spend time to correct things, maybe using the Global EQ and boosting the mids would help. That's where most of the guitar's "information" is and maybe by moving the peak frequency you maybe can adjust it so it fits with the other guitar player. It would be quick. Just a thought. No real world experience with this. Can anyone attest to whether this is a viable solution?
  4. Yes. Craig has said he intends to update it after every firmware update. That's one reason he has offered it as a download, so you can get the updated versions for free. It's pretty cool.
  5. Thank you for that. FYI. This is a big guess but the tri chourus is designed to be stereo and only avaliable that way (it does have a mono switch in it).. I think there are actually 3 voices being combined, left center and right. If you were to turn the center depth down to 0 and turn the center boost off, I wonder how close that would get?
  6. Do you have a link to that video? I could not find it.
  7. I do this. You first need to have a separate amp and cab. You take an instrument out of one of your sends to the talk box after the amp but before the cab. You then take the mic you have on the tube and connect that to the mic input. You need to input the mic to the cab so create a parallel path, 1B make the mic the input of that and put a split after the amp but before the cab in path 1A and have the mic's signal return to path 1A there. Adjust levels. I'm not at home so I'm not totally sure that's how I did it. I do know you want the input of the talk box to go after the amp and the mic (the output) to go into the cab. This is just one way.
  8. I'm not sure about how Line 6 does it but choruses were one dry signal going to one channel and one modulated signal going to the other channel, left/right. That is the simple explanation. Since they are slightly different sounds it tends to sound wider, for lack of a better word. I don't think they are all hard panned left and right. I am thinking mostly about the Roland JC-120 amp. If you've never experienced hearing what the internal Chorus on a JC-120 amp does, if you get a chance to hear/play a JC-120 amp, check it out. Just go clean and flip the chorus on and off. You actually hear/feel the sound expand/get wider The '70's chorus unit is based on a Boss CE-1 which I understand to be the JC-120 amp's chorus circuit. If you have anything that is mono after any stereo effects, it essentially combines both L&R. What you lose going mono with a chorus is the "width" of the effect. The only chorus that is stereo only is the Trinity chorus. I think it actually has three signals that are panned left, center and right. So I guess just put the same mono chorus and stereo chorus on the same path and compare them. That would be the simplest way I think. Hope that answers your question.
  9. It just depends on how much you change the order of your external analog effects. If the order stays the same then put them in the 2 loops. Maybe fuzz/compressors/OD/boosts on one and the rest on the other. But if you like swapping them around then I would say adding the extra loops would be the way to go. Just my thoughts.
  10. Two "tricks" which you may already know are to use amp/cab combos instead of separate amps and cabs and using MONO instead of STEREO blocks. Also the Legacy Reverbs (all the Legacy FX for that matter) use less DSP if none of the Helix FX are small enough. Hope this helps but I think you know this stuff anyway.
  11. Big thumbs up for Craig Anderton's book. I like the Helix Help website for a quick reference. https://helixhelp.com/models
  12. My understanding is the processor in the Stomp is the same as the processor in the Helix. The Helix just has two of them. So theoretically if you can do it in 1 path on the Helix (it has two, one for each processor) it can be done on the Stomp. I do seem to remember some discrepancy in the amount of DSP in each even though it's the same chip. I am updating my post. I found this. According to this the Helix is able to have 16 effects per path if there is enough DSP but the Stomp is only 8 on it's one path. The article does say the Helix can have 32 but that's because there are 2 proccesors. That makes 16 effects per processor. There is a link to a chart that shows this. It's under Simultanious Proccesing Blocks. 1) HX Stomp is based on same tech, code and software as the flagship models, rack and floor. It does just have 1/4 of the DSP power, less footswitches and less routing options. Max 8 blocks instead 32. Then 2 stereo path (serial or parallel) VS 4 stereo path (serial or parallel) for the full Helix. 2) Yes. You can create presets for your HX Stomp in two ways. Using its own editor (HX Edit), with the Stomp connected to the USB port. Or, using Native with an audio interface (which can be the HX Stomp itself), and then just exporting the preset. You just need to set the Native software to emulate HX Stomp hardware. Only limitation (which is valid for all HX devices) is that Native won't give your hardware related blocks, like send/return and looper. But as said before, you should use the HX Edit to just create full presets. The HX Stomp sounds perfect for your needs. Small footprint and plenty of power for "simple" chains. ;) https://line6.com/documents/processor_comparison_chart/Line_6_Processor_Comparison_Chart.pdf
  13. I'm not sure how much you know so I'm sorry if you're already aware of this stuff. DSP is essentially memory. Each path has a DSP/memory limit. Each effect/amp etc uses a certain amount of memory. A volume pedal uses very little. The new reverbs use a lot. So your Path 2 is "full" Try doing the single amp/cab block in Path 2 instead of using two blocks for them. That'll save some DSP. Also try moving your EQ to path 1. I know there's no room in Path 1 but there's a way around this. if there is enough memory left over in Path 1, you can create another path in path 1 by taking, for example, the last mod effect and clicking & draggin it down you will see another path pop up that's been created that will have 8 more slots. I am doing this from HX Edit. I do know how to do this from the Helix directly. Check out the manual. This will create a Path 1A and Path 1B. You need to adjust the split point going out of path A, so that all of your signal is going down to path B and then do the same kind of thing for the split point gong back to path A. It's a little convoluted and I'm not sure how well I explained it. The EQ doesn't use a lot of DSP and combining the amp and cab into 1 block won't save a lot of memory but it may be enough. Honestly I don't think it will but it's worth a shot. Some other things. I've never done this but if you control the level parameter of the compressor with the Expression pedal, I think it will essentially work the same as a volume pedal so it could allow you to delete the volume pedal block. Not a lot of DSP savings but it could help. I do not know what reverbs you are using but if they are not legacy reverbs consider using those, they use less DSP. You may need to just create two patches. If there are two reverbs you know you will never use at the same time, copy the patch and paste it in another slot, get rid of one of them and put the new one in the new patch That's all I've got. I recommend this https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AndertonHX-e--sweetwater-publishing-the-big-book-of-helix-tips-and-tricks He's got some hints about DSP usage and it's just a good thing. Hope this helps.
  14. Since I am not familiar with what that sounds like exactly, I can only say, try them all. Chourus - Line 6 70s Chorus - Boss CE-1 (In case you didn't know, it's essentially the original/classic chorus) Plastichorus - Modded Arion SCH-Z Chorus Ampeg Liqufier - Ampeg Liqufier Trinity Chorus - DyTronics Tri-Stereo Chorus The Trinity Chorus only shows up when you select STEREO for your model I would start with that one but know it is one of the first choruses so it's parameters are limited compared to the TC Chorus. The next one I would try is the Plastichorus One thing I would strongly recommend is the Craig Anderton Big Book of Helix tips & Tricks. It is a PDF only thing but as the Helix get's updated, it gets updated too and you can download the new one from Sweetwater for free. Here's a link. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AndertonHX-e--sweetwater-publishing-the-big-book-of-helix-tips-and-tricks Good Luck. I hope someone has better info for you. This is a good place for basic model info https://helixhelp.com/models
  15. Several names that pop up frequently are Freeman https://fremenpresets.com/line-6-helix/ Glenn Delaune https://www.glenndelaune.com/helix-patches.htm Worship Tutorials. They have some free patches. https://worshiptutorials.com/helix/ Know that generally, they all need IR's that are included, i.e. they don't use the Helix's cabs. They may have alternative patches that use them but generally the former is true. Not alwys though. Some free patches here. I never heard of them before. https://www.musicgateway.com/blog/how-to/best-helix-patches-presets
  16. brue58ski

    Amp IRs

    There's these. They are supposed to take any guitar pickups, acoustic or electric, and make it sound like the acoustic guitar the pack is named after. These are NOT IR's of an actual acoustic amp. Just IR's to make you sound like an acoustic guitar. https://www.3sigmaaudio.com/acoustic-impulses/ Then the acoustic essentials here https://www.3sigmaaudio.com/helix-collection/ which says "includes presets for All Acoustic Guitars". I'm not sure what that means since it's only $10 and all 16 Acoustic IR packs are $15 dollars each. Meaning I doubt it has all of the 3 Sigma Acoustic IR"s available so I don't know what "All Acoustic Guitars" means. It even says it requires any 3SA acoustic IR and any 3SA cab IR. At the top of the page it says each collection has 20 IRs so I'm assuming those are the IR's it's talking about but I can find no place to confirm this on their website.e There's also this which it supposed to take your acoustic pickup's direct ouptut and make it so it sounds more natural. They are not made for electric guitars and acutally has different IR"s for different acoustic pickup configurations. There is a free pack to try out. https://worshiptutorials.com/product/acoustic-ir-sample-pack/ These are the two acoustic IR brands that I hear the most about. Hope this helps
  17. The two classic reasons for this from newbies is 1) check to make sure the input is correct and 2) the aforementioned check all the levels in the patch. Something may be turned all the way down. Mostly it's been the vol pedal. Did you pay for the presets? If not, where did you get them so someone could check them out.
  18. It would help me a lot if you could copy and paste a whole path.
  19. Rumor has it, that change is coming in the next update.
  20. Thank you for your efforts. I will check them out later. I'm not sure how much effort I'm going to put into finding this out since all you say is true. And let's not forget how little Line 6 actually goes to this forum. I'd probably have better luck on Gear Page. Thanks again.
  21. I just youtube that device and liked what I heard. There are a lot of different modes so it's probably hard to model but I hope Line 6 tries. Unfortunately, i have no information that will help you. There is a mic preamp that you may be able to manipulate to get what you want. It's called the Studio Tube Pre and is the only available selection in the mic preamp section
  22. I forgot about Helix not being around at the time. Still, let me know what the chain was then. Especially for the acoustics. I cannot get them to sound as good as they do in the clips. I would like some help and I've already been all over the internet. The 12 string Rikenbacher was nice too. But really, I though all of them sounded great there. I was hoping some one still knew/had the info about how they were processed exactly. Help me Line 6, you're my only hope.
  23. I really like many of the sounds on the Varaix sample page https://line6.com/variax-modeling-guitars/sound/ However, I cannot seem to obtain those sounds on my Helix with my Variax. Is there a way Line 6 could provide the Helix patches that were used for that. Unless, (GASP) the Helix was not used. I especially like the acoustic sounds.
  24. Not sure if this was answered but bypassing an effect does not in anyway eliminate or diminish the amount of DSP it uses.
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