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Everything posted by cruisinon2

  1. Maybe you can't read. I said I don't use meters at all... and before you go out of your way to correct me yet again and tell me how foolish that is, do us both a favor and don't bother. I submit. You're the smart one and you win. Use your meters to your heart's content. Make your graphs and pie charts and "prove" whatever you like, I don't care. I play music... you can keep your lab reports.
  2. Interesting... been using them for years, but I had no idea they were just slapping their magic coating on somebody else's strings. They still last forever compared to regular strings, but this kinda ruins the mystique a little... oh well, lol
  3. You haven't found any discussions about it because it's an incrediblely narrow topic...if it can even be called that. It's one pickup combination. Nobody's doing their PhD thesis on that. There are no magic bullets...there's only trial and error. And relying on anonymous opinions from the depths of the internet won't get you very far. You can't evaluate stuff like this in an abstract vacuum... Try stuff. Keep what works, and discard the rest. And be prepared to wake up one day liking something that you previously despised once you give it another go. It happens. I hated Teles for years until I built a parts-caster that I liked. Now it's one of my favorite go-to guitars. Opinions change. Tastes change.... but there is one, and only one way to find out if you're gonna like something. And I promise you that diagrams, equations, and guesswork ain't it.
  4. You have a number of impedance options in the input block when using the guitar in... then there's the input pad you can mess with, as well. Futz around with various combinations and see if it works for you.
  5. Dude, there is no universal truth for any of this stuff... not with how we perceive sound, see colors, or what a cheeseburger tastes like. Plus, guitar players are crazy... you'll never get 10 guitarists to all agree on anything. Perception is weird and fickle, can be influenced by everything from the weather to the pain in your left big toe. It's highly variable from one guy to next, and completely unpredictable. You might love how your rig sounds one day and hate it the next, having changed nothing in the interim but your socks.
  6. There are no definitive answers to any of those questions, as they are all entirely subjective. Can a pickup not be hot enough? Well that depends on what you want to do with it. If you're trying to play Norwegian death metal on a vintage Tele, you're probably not gonna be happy. But if you're a country guy you'll be in hog heaven, and you'll never question the pickup's output. No one can possibly predict whether or not you will be able to perceive subtle differences in tone between various pickup configurations from looking at a diagram.... and neither will you for that matter. There is exactly one way to find out... and the answer will boil down to a combination of several things: 1) What specific pickups are we talking about? There are a million pickups on the market for a reason... they're not all the same. Not all humbuckers react the same to being split and/or coil tapped either... some do it better than others, so you may notice more of a difference with the in between positions with some pickups than others. 2) Then there's the guitar itself...put the same pickup in a Strat, a Tele, and a LP, and you're gonna get three different tones. 3) How good are your ears? Can you listen to a recording and know whether you're hearing a humbucker or a single coil? Can you tell whether it's in the neck or bridge position just by the tone? Have you been a musician and/or mixing and mastering recordings for decades, or are you like my wife, who will never understand why anyone would want or need more than one guitar, because "they all just sound like guitars"?
  7. I know it's all been discussed to death a million times, but this is exactly why I don't bother with dB meters, lol.. If a meter tells me that two tones are both 'X' dB, yet perceptually one is clearly "louder" thanks to our faulty brains, then what good is the number to me? I'm still gonna hafta boost or cut one relative to the other if I want things to sound level. It's more of a rhetorical/philosophical musing than anything else... not trying to pick a fight, lol. Whatever works for you, me, and the bum hanging on the lamppost, is what works...
  8. Lmao...that's fantastic. The "golden ear" crowd won't like it much, but screw 'em...;)
  9. There are a million places you can boost your overall volume besides the master volume knob. Most blocks have an output level parameter, but the for the sake of simplicity, the output block at the end of the chain is your best bet. But regardless, volume is a huge contributor to tone, no matter where it's being raised or lowered... if you boost or cut enough, your perception of the tone will change, and there's nothing you can do about that... it's just how our brains work.
  10. You don't.The powers that be took it away from everybody some time ago... No collusion! ;)
  11. No matter...I declare your assertion falsifiable! ;)
  12. Well copyright rules being what they are, you won't get a list from Line6...otherwise they wouldn't have bothered to thinly disguise the names in the first place. You might find some enterprising soul who took the time to write them all down, but I'd post this in the Helix forum if you actually want anybody to see it... it's gonna go largely unnoticed in here. But as far as these two examples go "$$$ for Nothin' " is arguably one of the most iconic guitar riffs ever recorded and about a self explanatory as it gets, and I can only assume "Senor Sandman" is "Enter Sandman".
  13. Just get a decent pair of studio monitors and call it a day. If you're not gigging and/or don't want or need to get particularly loud, then this is by far the most versatile and dollar-friendly solution. Plus, since you've indicated an interest in recording, stereo output is a must anyway... you can't mix multi-track recordings in mono (well technically you could, but the finished product will sound like baked a$$). And even if you never record a single note, stereo reverbs and delays are glorious. You'll thank me later... lol
  14. Well if you're buying the Helix floor, then there's really no need for a separate controller... you'll have plenty of switches at your disposal.
  15. We know. You're brilliant... and we're all very impressed. We all stand humbled in the presence of greatness. Tell us again. It never gets old.
  16. Give him a minute to get out his slide-rule and lab coat...
  17. They were way behind the curve after the shutdown last spring... wouldn't surprise me if they're still playing catch up to some degree. Even their "in stock" selections are not a plentiful as usual.
  18. That's a very common assumption... trouble is, it's never true. There are numerous variables beyond the patch you bought. It was dialed in with guitars and pickups you don't have, on a different output device(s), in a different listening environment, and at an unknown volume... the volume is particularly significant. And if you're comparing it to some demo video you've seen, all bets are off as you've no idea how much post processing may have been done after the fact. And if all that isn't enough, there's the fact that any given tone can sound very different in a mix compared to playing solo. There will never be perfect 1:1 tonal continuity from one player to the next when the only common denominator is the patch... and as you've already seen, sometimes the difference is night and day. There are simply too many variables. Save your money and learn to create your own tones... it's the only way. You can buy all the patches you want, from every "professional" under the sun, and the same thing is gonna happen every time.
  19. This entire thread is an excellent example. And I didn't say evil...I said insufferable. This is a red herring... but I'm quite sure you already know that. Opinions and subjective assessments can be neither proven nor disproven. A preference has no intrinsic value, and there is no universal preference standard by which to evaluate yours, mine, or anyone else's. The OP tried a setting he hadn't used before, he liked the results, and choose to share that opinion. You waltzed in and told him he was wrong, demanding that he prove otherwise. It's insulting. None whatsoever. If I like eggplant and you don't, that's terrific. Neither of us will ever change our minds, and no matter who says what, the sun will still rise tomorrow. Precisely. Yet you continue to dump on the OP, demanding "proof" that his personal preference for one setting over another is demonstrably/quantifiably "better". What this dance does for you, I cannot possibly fathom... yet here we are.
  20. No you don't. You want to pontificate, criticize, and condescend...and if history is anything to go by, you'll do so no matter what anyone offers up. See above. Because you are insufferable.
  21. Everyone who has ever played Yes...everyone who has ever played guitar through any rig, for a long as electric guitars and amps have existed. Be it an analog or digital setup, higher gain = higher noise floor. There's no escaping it... that's why noise gates exist. When used properly, they will mitigate the problem, but with higher gain tones you'll never eliminate it competely. Your other option is to get used to using a volume pedal... particularly when soloing. Roll the volume back in between phrases when the buzz jumps out... takes some getting used to, but in the end it's no more difficult than using a wah, and after a while you won't even know you're doing it anymore.
  22. No. You couldn't pay me to use such a feature...a 2 to 3 second delay in switching between sounds is an eternity in a live situation. Hell, for years before snapshots came along we were all griping about the milliseconds of delay between preset changes and the audible dropout that came with it, and now you want to make the delay worse by orders of magnitude? Hard pass... Depending on a song's tempo, you'd be in a constant state of trying to guess how many beats have to go by to cover your 2 or 3 seconds delay window... it would be disastrous. You'll never get it right, every change will end up being too early or too late, and you'll only have succeeded in trading one problem for another. Switching between sounds needs to be instantaneous... you need it when you need it, not 3 seconds in the future.
  23. It's not brain surgery, and you can order a replacement piezo from www.fullcompass.com. It really just depends on how handy you are, and whether or not you're confident enough that you won't destroy something else in the process. The piezo element and the wire that connects it to the board are somewhat delicate. Not of the piezo itself is dead, no.
  24. You're never gonna get an answer...
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