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  1. I'll look into this further. I could swear someone had done it, possibly using a harmonic (like the one person did in my previous post) or melodic minor scale and using different keys for each scale. Not so sure my memory is accurate. The one thing I recall is it did not use the same key the part of the song was in. It was two different scales in two different keys. But, you tried that. Another recollection is it did require using the Expression pedal to change things in the middle or at the end of one of the phrases. Anyway we'll see. "to the Helix, Batman!!"
  2. I just came across this and would like to add one more enthusiastic Thank You!!!
  3. They used to. They do not anymore. Check out the POD XT manual. It has many of the amps and effects Helix has and has a bunch of descriptions of what they are. Otherwise you could go to Helix Help. That's the best place i'm aware of for descriptions of things. This is a website separate from Line 6 so Google Helix Help
  4. Yes. There are at least two different keys/scales that are used and you can use snapshots to change them. At least one person has done it. Here's one person's take on what scales to use The "Smart Harmony" comes in (activated with FS2) on the last solo segment with variable scale and key (via the exp-2). The harmony starts at 1:11 with a "B minor harmonic" scale 4 the first 2 chords (Bm+F#), then at 1:31 shifts 2 "A major" 4 the next 2 chords (A, E) and at 1:35 returns back 2 "B minor harmonic" 4 the rest of the chord progression. I don't know what interval they used. And there's this. Not sure hoe much info is there. and this Also if you go to Customtone to the Helix section and type hotel into the search. There's several patches there that purport to do this as well.
  5. It would take awhile but, they said they did soooooo....I just believe them. I was kind of hoping they could come up with an "empty" cab and it could be filled with IR's by outside vendors. Or even by helix owners? That would be a lot of work. I think they use a robot to position the mic so that would help in how much time it took them to do this. And they didn't get to every cab either.
  6. I don't know if this has been mentioned but the new cabs are now a bunch of IR's. An IR was created for every possible iteration of the mic placement and other parameters. So each time you change the mic parameters (and maybe a couple more) it's a new/different IR. That's also the main reason why the new cabs us less DSP.
  7. My guess as to why you will get no info is. 1) I'm pretty sure the piezo's outputs are amplified a lot so any small change in it's output would result in a big diffence in the modelling. You'd have to be absolutely sure about the parameters s of everything. 2) I'm guessing whatever the electronic issues would be is something that cannot be discussed as it could give insight into their technology. Not, that it would, but instead of piecemealing what you can and can't talk about, it 's just a blanket, you can't talk about any of the product's internal spec's. Two big guesses. Don't know for sure the reasons but I do know for sure you won't get any of that info here.
  8. brue58ski

    Serial Number

    I found this Hi All, so to save some stress and trouble - YES, YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK UP SERIAL NUMBER ON THE DISPLAY OF THE HX STOMP. What you need to do is: -switch off your HX Stomp or Stomp XL -press and hold encoder 3 (the third knob the right under the display) -switch on your HX Stomp XL -you should see the serialnumber displayed This is what I got from Line6 support and I just tested this solution as I was missing the serial number sticker as well. Happy product registration and shopping for discounted Native plugin! :)
  9. I do not have an HX Effects. I found what I think you want on page 36 of the manual. I'm not going to read it so I don't know for sure if it's what you are looking for.
  10. One thing I don't think has been mentioned, the USB connection can add noise to the signal so if you are hooked up to the computer via USB, unplug it and see if the hum goes away.
  11. This sounds like it's for recording and not live. You could plug your guitar directly into the Stomp, hook up via USB and use the Stomp as your audio interface. Each thing (Native or Stomp) should do stereo equally well using the same patch. Perhaps you have a mono effect in your patch. If it is after whatever stereo effect you want to use it will sum it to mono. If you don't have anything else to check you stereo outpupt, you could put a ping pong delay at the very end of your patch and make sure the repeats are hard panned left and right. This is just to confirm that the Stomp is in stereo. If you're using the same patch, the stereo image should be the same for Native and the Stomp so my guess is it could have something to do with how your signal is getting into the DAW. This is also assuming this is the only track in your DAW project. Would need more info to help more. Not that I'm an expert or anything.
  12. I would say it pretty much depends on how much you want to spend. You can get some cheap computer speakers and use the headphone out from the Helix. There are also all kinds of powered monitors from about $80 on up. Powered monitor is the way I would go since this is just for home use. I have a pair of these and for just piddling around, they do the job fine. $100 for a pair. I think cheap computer speakers would not give you what your are looking for. And, of course, the quality of any of these powered speakers will depend on how much you want to spend.
  13. This has been brought up before. I don't think it will happen. The Helix is an amp simulator that has a simplified looper in it. It's not a looper trying to be an amp FX simulator. The memory is mainly there for the amps and FX and not for a looper. I personally think I would rather buy my own looper that has exactly what I wanted instead of Line 6 making something that probably will not make all the looper people happy. It's easily patched into a SEND/RETURN. There's always hope, but I wouldn't count on it to happen in the near future at the very least.
  14. This has essentially been mentioned before but, I set up the Volume knob to control only the 1/4" ouputs. You do this in global settings. I send those outputs to anything I may want on stage to monitor myself if needed, and I can control the level from the Helix. This then means the XLR's are setup to not be controlled by the Volume knob. This results in the output of the XLR's to be the same as if the Volume knob were to be turned all the way up. That is unity gain. That's what you want. I actually create my patches at home with the XLR's set to line level out for my mixer which is set to receive a line level signal into the XLR inputs. It's an acutual analog mixer and I set the patches up to about -10dB. That's what I was told to do by the main sound guy I work with. YMMV. Sonce the Volume knob isn't controlling anything, I adjust the ouput level with the amps Ch Vol or even the Gain or Level controls in a compressor if I'm using one at the end of my patch. Then, when I plug into a mixer at a gig, I switch it to mic level. This is what the FOH mixer XLR inputs I normally plug into are set to receive. You may run into a mixer whose XLR's are set to receive line leve. If the sound guy says you signal is low and the XLR's are set to mic level, that could be the issue. So start with the Helix XLR's outputs set to mic level. It's just safer that way. You won't accidentally send an extremely hot signal to the mixer. One other thing to watch out for is to make sure the mixer itself is NOT set for phantom power on the XLR input. The Helix does not play well with phantom. As far as I know, this has not resulted in any damage to the Helix, so if it does happen don't panic. The main thing is if you sound crappy or weird, I would definitely make sure the XLR input is not set to phantom power. When it happened to me, it was very obvious the sound was bad, it wasn't subtle. One other thing that has happened to me is that neither the mic or line levels for the XLR's were not good levels so I changed the XLR's so that they were controlled by the Volume knob. I could then adjust accordingly. Just warning so if you come across a "professional" sound guy who isn't happy with your levels, this is a good quick fix. Hope this all helps in some way.
  15. It sounds like a dirty switch. Is it dusty where you are? Or smoky maybe? It does seem weird that they would all fail. If you can get it, spray some Deoxit D5 spray in the switches. That's all I can come up with. Hope this helps in some way.
  16. This is one of the best descriptions of the amp in the room thing I have read. I've never really had a full on tube amp (tubes w/ transistors). But I have played through several and know exactly what you and others are talking about. It is one of the coolest, funnest things ever. But not totally necessary for me. I've been "direct" most of my guitar playing life. Once I got a Rockman, I've pretty much gone through a stereo/powered speaker to play, being just a bedroom rock & roller at the time. When I got to the point that I was playing in front of people, I was using a Sans Amp/Quadraverb setup. Then the GSP2101 with an Ampulator and a Peavy Rockmaster. I then became a Line 6 boy starting with the POD XT and stayed mainly because of the Variax I purchased. So although I do greatly appreciate and enjoy the amp in the room experience, I am just as happy with my Helix. Just me personally. Liking either is not a character flaw.
  17. Like everyone before me. Need more info. What outputs are you using What are they set at line instrument or mic (these settings also depend on what output you are using the choices given aren't on all of them.) What are the outputs going to Have you tried Elevators suggestion and listened to a totally clean patch Is your USB also plugged in at the same time Start by answering those questions as best you can. Noisy has not been an issue for me.
  18. This sounds like you either did not do a factory reset, or the patch you are using is an older one and needs to be rebuilt. I think some older patches can't (or won't) be rebuilt. That would mean you will need to redo the patch. So.....did you do a factory reset after you updated? If you haven't, backup all of your patches before you do and then do the factory reset. Hold down buttons 9 & 10 (bottom row, middel 2) while powering the Helix on. Then restore your patches and power cycle the Helix. It should start the slow process of rebuilding the patches that need rebuilding.
  19. Speaking of Mr. Anderton here, in case you didn't notice, he has a link in his post to his PDF book that's for sale. With that book, and the Jason Sadites videos, you should have all of the info you need, really, to get a good foundation. At the very least, enough homework to last you awhile. And, the good thing about the book being PDF is it gets updated after every firmware upgrade and you get to download each of them for no extra charge. It's totally worth it. Also check this YouTube out. Not for the info but the music at the beginning. EVERY guitar sound you hear are one of his patches all of which are made for the Stomp. I think they provide a good base. Just remember, the guitar's he uses influence the patches sound a bit. The link he provides to the patches in the YouTube video is inaccurate, try this one It has clips of the patches as well. It is a little pricier than many so it's up to you whether it's worth it. But he has many how to videos you could check out before plunking down your hard earned money for the patches. That kind of leads me to one other thing. The input impedance can have a bigger influence on the sound than you would think. Try messing with that as well. Good Luck.
  20. I have to agree with the last two posts. It's a cool idea to control it from the Helix but sounds like it's more trouble that it's worth.
  21. I looked in the manual and it does not describe a stomp/stomp setting. I do know the manual is not completely accurate due to it not being updated except for major firmware updates. Are you sure you weren't just in stomp mode which you get to by pressing foostwitch 6. Pressing again will get you back to where you are now.
  22. I agree with everything you said. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen. The first Variax, which had no magnetic pickups, wasn't as popular as they were hoping. The current Variax, JTV et al, do have magnetic pickups, but it still wasn't as popular as hoped. I also don't know why most guitar players don't have one. Or at least, wasn't that popular. It could be it's essentially a $700 guitar with $500 worth of electronics. There have been issues with the piezo's outputs being uneven. There other things. But I am aware of all of that and I still love it. I also think technology may render a guitar like the Variax obsolete. There's something called the Sim1 ZT-1 guitar profiler and it will take your guitar and make it sound like others. You first have to "imprint" your particular guitar into the device and it will then use that to determine what to do to make it sound like an electric, acoustic or whatever. I've never used one and I haven't listened to it lately but it is there and technology can only get better (usually). One of the big issues seems to be, part of playing the guitar is the guitar itself. So if you're playing a hollow body guitar model with a Strat style guitar, it doesn't feel like a hollow body guitar physically. People have commented on this ever since the first Variax came out. If they have a strat style body and pull up a Les Paul model it doesn't physically feel like one or react exactly like one. For some it's the neck, for others its the scale length, others the body and how it resonates. I am fortunate that the only "real" guitar I've had for decades is an SG so I haven't had that issue. I've never had any of the guitars modeled. Just my thoughts.
  23. You may already know this. It will be probably mentioned so I'll be the first. It sounds like the Fletcher-Munson effect. The frequency response curve of your ear actually changes as sound gets louder. So the place that is generally accepted as where it's "flattest" is at 80dB. You can se that on the chart. This is kind of loud but not ear piercing, next to a jet plane loud. Your sound is inevetibly going to change if you create your patch at home levels and perform with it at performance levels. I'm assuming those levels will be at around 80 dB or higher. So, the first step is to create you patches at 80dB if you're in a position to do so. If not, try and create an EQ curve that would represent the Fletcher Munson curve at the levels you are creating them at. You will essentially be boosting the lows and highs. For those of you that remember this, that's what the loudness switch on stereos did. It was to give you the same listening experience at lower volumes that you'd get at higher volumes. If this is all stuff you already know, I apologize. I've never done the 4 cable method before so base on the 4CM diagram I found, could it be that your signal going into the FX return is too strong? What I'm thinking is maybe as you turn up your amp it some how effects the signal going to the FX send. That would be weird but thisis just a huge guess. Do you know what the level of the FX send of your amp is? Is it line, mic or instrument? The other thing would be just to change the mix % and see what that does. Keep in mind, that I have never used the 4 cable method and do not know exactly what your signal path is. Like where your FX Send and return are in your patch. Just some thoughts and if you already know all of this stuff, I apologize. One more thing, does the FX return on the Helix have a control for the level going into it?
  24. It took awhile to get the Grammtico. No Dumble is going to be torn apart by Line 6. No one will let them and they would probably not want to do that anyway. Wouldn't want to risk that. They've said that in so many words before.
  25. Tin foil hat? You consider what I said along those lines? Um, OK. It can be turned on remotely to listen to you. It has that capabilty. Maybe that's changed. And they are keeping track of what you do. Like Google does. Go ahead and keep your "safe" Alexa. I guess I'll keep my "tin foil hat". Don't listen to me. there's plenty of info on the internet about this. Good luck.
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