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  1. I just had to say, for me, this has been one of the most informative posts I've read. And enjoyable as well. Wow, an actual informative, non judgmental, mature discussion as opposed to a crappy little argument. Let's be honest. I've been guilty of the crappy little argument myself, but I'm really trying to knock that crap off. This thread has been SO refreshing. As opposed the the drivel that I myself have, unfortunately, been a part of from time to time.

  2. Does it occur with a completely balnk path? Just guitar. No amp, effect or anything else in the path. If it does, then you have an issue. If it doesn’t happen and both paths are equal, then start taking the effects out one at a time until it’s equal on both channels. That’s the effect you need to change either entirely or just the parameters.

  3. On 5/6/2024 at 7:02 AM, boynigel said:


    Has anyone here had any success in creating the BBE Sonic Maximizer effect with their Helix?  I saw a post on the Fractal forum where a guy used an EQ curve to achieve it.  From his post:


    For the 'Lo Contour' (bass) knob, enter the following values for each of the parameters in the first band on the first page of the PEQ block:

    Freq 150.00 Hz


    Gain 11.50 dB

    Frequency 1 TypePeaking

    For the 'Process' (treble) control, enter the following values for each of the parameters in the second band on the first page of the PEQ block:

    Freq 59000 Hz


    Gain 51.50 dB

    Frequency 5 TypePeaking


    So, I gave it a try using the Helix’s Parametric EQ block, but I wasn’t really hearing it.  The EQ in the Helix doesn’t have the ability to select Peaking as on the Fractal…I’m not so sure how much of a factor that would be (or not).  To a lesser degree, the Helix would only allow me to input single-digit values for the Q values so I just created two different block settings- one with the Q rounded down to  .2, and one rounded up to .3.

    Then of course there’s BBE’s claim that their “effect” re-aligns the low and high frequencies w/each other so that they arrive at your ear at the same time.  Perhaps, or maybe that claim is just hype and it’s really just an EQ curve, which is what brought me here.


    @craiganderton ?


    I have one and yes, the claim was ,as the signal changed, one of the frequencies was "slower"  than the others (hi mid lo) so it would dynamically delay a band so the hi mid, and low sound waves were realligned. I do think it sounded different from a plain EQ. I remember hearing that the reallignment thing was just hype. I have not used it since I've gone to Line 6. Here's one of the best articles about how it works that I've seen. It's from Sweetwater but it really is accurate and not a lot of hype.



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  4. On 5/3/2024 at 2:28 AM, Schmalle said:

    Use the looper as a first block in a patch when dialing in sounds. This way you get rid of the acoustic part of the sound and can dial in the electric / amplified part.


    I use that trick all the time. Put a looper in right after the input and record a lick. Then loop that and start playing with amps. Start with the Fenders and Vox's I guess for what it sounds like you want to do.

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  5. On 4/30/2024 at 3:23 PM, trhx said:

    I checked the ground lift the last time it happened, but that didn't make a difference.


    I can't say for sure it isn't a problem with the mixer. Since I have a feeling it's related to the stereo link, I can test with my stereo edrum kit and report back next week.


    The main reason I think it's the mixer is that it happens on one channel only. If it was the Helix then the phenomenon would have switched channels on the mixer when you switched cables. At the very least, I'm pretty sure it's not the Helix.

  6. That sounds more like a mixer issue to me. Have you tried using something else in the mixer's inputs to see if it will duplicate the issue? And just to be clear it only happens on one input, not both? If that's true, again, that sounds like the issue is with the mixer.

  7. Ooooops. Here's one using the HD500 looper only. It isn't the one I remember. Nor was the one I originally posted. It was more similar to the first one except it was just him alone and he was using only the HD500.




  8. Check this out. If this is the kind of thing you're talking about, it was done on the previous Line 6 modeler. The Helix has the same thing if not a little better. He did say he used a Boss DD-20 delay for some overdubs. I'm not sure how, but I think this demonstrates what  you want to do.




  9. It is a vcery basic looper. Click to start record, click to stop and it starts playing automatically. I started to write some hints but I was just rewriting the manual. It's so basic it only takes up two pages in the manual. Pages 39-40. But if you've used a looper before, you probably don't need the manual very much.

  10. On 4/22/2024 at 4:31 AM, codamedia said:


    Place two Deluxe Reverbs amps (without cabs) in parallel with each other. Have one block loaded with the normal channel, and the other loaded with the vib channel. Load the cabinet separately after the merge block so it is shared. Sure... that means the power amp is not shared but that's really not that important.  



    There is a reason for that. On most real BF/SF Fenders the two channels are out of phase with each other....  that made them impractical to jump without modding one of the channels so it never was very common. Real Marshalls didn't have that same problem so the jumped sound became part of Marshall's history. 


    Yeah, there were articles talking about the out of phase thing but they mostly had certain tone knob settings that supposedly worked. It was those articles that got me interested in this pursuit.

  11. It's just something I was reading about in reference to the Deluxe Reverb. Yes, there are amps that are jumpered but they are mostly Marshalls, not the Fenders. I figured both inputs were mixed before the power amp but, as we all know, the Helix doesn't have separate power amps. Thank you all for your responses.

  12. I'm not getting a straight answer from the internet. I want to simulate jumpering two amp inputs. It sounds like it's essentially the same as having the one guitar plugged into the two inputs so I would just need to use the  two amps in parallel to each other going into the same cab. Like the Vib an Nrm channels in a Twin Reverb. Can anyone confirm this?

  13. I use these



    The only thing about them is you lose the capacitance function where you just touch a footswitch and the associated thing comes up. There are others with a set screw that has enough connection to the switch it will perform that function. So you can just touch it on the side of the topper and get the same result. I don't use that function so I don't miss it. And the clear ones allow you to see the footswitches color.

  14. You said you connected the 1/4" guitar cable at the same time you had it powered by the CAT 5 cable. Don't do that. It could damage the circuit. If you've done this before, you may already have. I'm going to hope this next thing solves your problem. You ddin't mention this but, I have had patches where the Variax goes into magnetic mode. So your model selector will go dark. Just push the model selector knob. It will light back up and you will be able to switch models. Hope this helps. It would really suck if it's an actual problem. It sounds like this is not the issue but it's the only other thing I can think of.


    Check this thread out. psarkissian works for Line 6 so read what is said in that post.




    If you do use the 1/4" and VDI, apparently this might happen


    If that happens, this is the only place I know to get a replacement and they are out of them. It also says it's for a JTV-89. Not sure if there is a difference. And let's not forget that they aren't making Variax's anymore. I thought that they were required to provide support for a few years after that according to some law. Not sure if that rule/law will be followed.



  15. I don't think that's what he was saying. I think he was saying that if you have a mono source and both the left and right outputs are plugged into something from the Helix, you will get a stereo signal provided your patch is stereo as well.. If you only have the left output going to something and nothing plugged into the right ouput, it will be mono. It's supposed to be summed but I think there may be issues. There was a thread about something like this somewhere.


    Try this thread. I think it may answer your questions and describe the issues with L/MONO - R ouputs. Like it doesn't sum left and right when only one thing is connected to the left ouput.



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