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  1. cruisinon2

    Ebony Fretboard

    No, but future models will come with a bug zapper and a lifetime subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club...;)
  2. cruisinon2

    No Device Connected issue

    Try another USB port, and if you're using a hub, ditch it... they cause problems sometimes.
  3. How do you tell if a drummer is knocking on your front door? ... the knocking speeds up. ;) They should all play to a click...I spent years practicing with a metronome. Still do, actually. It ain't that hard... Many moons ago I auditioned for an all-original band...90's rock radio kinda stuff. Learned 6 or 8 tunes for the audition. The drummer sped up noticeably on every chorus of all the tunes. After the 3rd or 4th song, I mentioned it (tactfully)... his response: "Are you sure it's not you guys?" God as my witness, that's a true story. Haven't laughed that hard since...
  4. cruisinon2

    Everything is muffled!

    I'd call your Sweetwater sales rep... they are nothing if not responsive. As long as it's still under warranty, they will respond quickly. I've dealt with them before, and they're very good that way... not that L6 isn't, I've gone directly to them for service too, and was treated very well...but I'll bet money that you'll get a quicker answer from Sweetwater. They're obsessed with customer service... weird in today's world. Good, but weird, lol
  5. New record! Resurrection of a thread that has fermented for 4 years, 2 months, and 15 days...
  6. cruisinon2

    Using Cab Blocks With a External Guitar Amp

    Well that's not really the case... boomy low end and fizzy highs are common complaints when switching to an FRFR rig. Low and high cut filters are pretty much a necessity with any FRFR speaker(s). But as for your current problem... you could do it either way. I used to run my 500X into a tube power amp and Marshall cabinet. I was never able to get a decent tone using just the preamp models, with no cab/mic modeling. I used full models + mics and cabs... but the choice of mics and cabs matters. If its muffled and boomy, try a different mic/cab combo... Or just use a preamp model, forget the cabs and mics, and deal with the high end fizz with a high cut.
  7. It helps to not suck when using loopers...;) Often I think the tendency is to stop playing when you're hitting the footswitch to end the loop... try not to do that. Keep playing for another beat or two, as if you were gonna go back to the beginning for another pass yourself. It's easier said than done sometimes. Also, a lot of players (except the "human metronome" types ;) ) tend to play either just in front of, or just behind the beat... that can complicate things too, if your tapping out just off the beat. Mostly it's just trial and error until you get used to using them.
  8. cruisinon2

    Helix direct or via Spider valve?

    Well that's different then... somebody else indicated that you couldn't bypass the modeling, and I've never played one. But like I said, the OP can slave a head if he likes, but he'll still be limited by the "character" of whatever cabinet he's using. It's all relative. Can it be done? Sure. Will he like it "better"? He's the only one who'll know... there's exactly one way to find out, and soliciting random opinions won't help much in the end. Just gotta run 'em both up the flagpole and see which one makes you want to salute....
  9. cruisinon2

    Helix direct or via Spider valve?

    This. Daisy-chaining two modelers together is useless. It's like shoving a golf cart inside the cab of a monster truck, and then wondering why it's difficult to drive. Now if you want to run Helix with a dedicated tube power amp, or a slaved head into a cabinet, that's fine... some guys swear by it. Bear in mind though, that this also kinda limits what Helix is capable of. Just as an example... let's say you like the sound of a Fender Twin for your clean tones. Running that amp model through a tube amp and into a Marshall cabinet loaded with greenbacks(or whatever you've chosen as a cabinet) won't sound terribly "Fender-ish". It's gonna sound like a Marshall with greenbacks. Doesn't mean you won't like the end result.... but the unit is designed to mimic a few dozen specific amps. It can't really do that without a "clean slate" to monitor through, which means FRFR in one form or another. At the end of the day, you're the only one who can determine if pumping Helix through a tube rig will "enhance" anything or not. Different strokes....there's no "right" answer.
  10. cruisinon2

    Maybe a new idea for the Helix?

    Yeah... built-in variability that randomly engages to make things $hittier, is not my idea of a "useable feature"...It's the kind of thing that you'd do as a practical joke to drive an already nutty, tone obsessed guitar player even crazier than their normal baseline. ;) "It was fine five minutes ago! Why does it sound like baked a$$ now?!?!??!?!"
  11. cruisinon2

    EXP1 "on boot"

    You could also set the wah to auto- engage when you move the pedal, with heel down position typically set to "off". If you're not also using it as a volume pedal, it won't effect anything else.
  12. cruisinon2

    [SOLVED] Clipping in headphones out

    Or just try another set of cans and see if the same thing happens... if not, you've got your answer.
  13. cruisinon2

    Paul F

    Try a different port, with the POD connected directly. If you're using a USB hub, sometimes those can cause problems.
  14. cruisinon2

    Questions while thinking about buying a Helix

    1. "B-stock" doesn't necessarily mean "used"... unit might have been a store demo, in which case it shouldn't be an issue, as you'd be the first owner. I'd check with the store on that one. 2. I use them separately, and Native rather sparingly thus far....and when I have, I just used templates that I set up during my free trial period, before I bought the hardware. But I'm pretty sure you can just drag and drop patches between Native and HX Edit...somebody will chime in though. 3. No. Helix has no power section... you'll need either A) a power amp, B) a head you can "slave", or C) separate powered speaker(s). There are plenty of options out there now . Search "FRFR" threads... you'll read for days. 4. It's 2018... at this point, the next tech revolution is always right around the corner, and that's not gonna change. That's why NAMM happens every 6 months. If you allow that to affect your decisions, you'll never buy anything. But don't think of this kind of gear as an "investment", because it just isn't. As good as Helix is, it will eventually be dethroned by something better...and probably a whole lot sooner than you'd find a genuine "need" to upgrade. If you don't want to buy anything else for the next 10-20 years, stick with an amp you like, and a bunch of pedals. Those will still work "after the blast", and you don't have to worry about firmware updates keeping up with newer operating systems, etc etc.  5. There are zero guarantees.... and L6 isn't gonna tell you what their plans are...they never do. There hasn't been an update for the HD series in quite a while, but they're still selling them. Similarly, I would expect Helix to still be on the shelves for some time after it's replacement arrives and updates have ceased...whenever that may be. But I wouldn't worry about for a while yet...we just got new firmware a few days ago. But exactly how long till the gravy train runs dry is anybody's guess. 
  15. cruisinon2

    New forum layout suuuucks

    And still no emoji's.... makes being a smart-a$$ unnecessarily difficult. ;)