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  1. cruisinon2

    NEW HELIX OWNER 5/16/19

    Everything that rd2rk said... I would only add that the are a finite number of amp and FX pedal models available in Helix. And while it is a considerable and quite varied list, and most of the models do have a "real world" counterpart, they haven't modeled everything under the sun. So you may not find models of everything on your wish list, and you can't currently download any models that aren't included in the latest firmware version. I suggest watching some youtube Helix tutorials... particularly Jason Sadites' channel. That will get you started. And as boring as it is... read the manual. If you're not familiar with the modeling world, trying to guess your way through it is often extremely frustrating.
  2. cruisinon2

    Helix Updates

    Any minute now...or not. Definitely gonna have stuff in it, though. Good stuff. Or maybe not, depending on the contents of one's personal wish list. Either way, it's coming.... clear a path! ;)
  3. cruisinon2

    IR length discussion

    Ok you win...it was a horribly misguided "look at me" moment.
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    IR length discussion

    And one of the many problems with social media is that expressing a difference of opinion is automatically labeled as "being negative". This is just a conversation. Had I said "you're all fools if this matters to you"... then you'd have a gripe, but that's not what I said. Why must anyone be obligated to shut up and move on just because they disagree? This is exactly why everything is so relentlessly polarized today. Anytime someone comes across an idea that isn't in lock-step agreement with their own, the default reaction is to claim offense and tell the "oppressor" to be quiet. It's baffling to me. But never mind, I'll move along.
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    IR length discussion

    If you have reached that point, it means all possible songs have been written, and we all may as well sell our gear and learn to knit...;)
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    IR length discussion

    So not the point I was trying to make. Nobody with an IQ larger than their shoe size is gonna argue that knowledge hinders creativity. However, there are only so many hours in the day, and the tendency to over- tweak these devices is already very real. The last thing I need is something else to micro-analyze, especially when the difference is likely to be barely discernable for practical use. That's all I meant... it's hard to be creative if one spends all their time doing blind taste-tests between 42ms, 35.2ms, and 20.5 ms IR's. Just not time well spent, imho... but at the end of the day, that's all it is...an opinion. I'm no more "right" or "wrong" than anybody else.
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    IR length discussion

    This is just one guy's opinion, but if we all continue to fixate on the tiniest of technical details, dissecting everything down to the musical "subatomic level", we will completely sterilize the creative process, and eventually suck every last ounce of fun out of playing the guitar. Yes, the engineers who design all our fancy toys need to understand and be cognizant of this stuff, but what does it do for the average user? Not much. I can't diagram an amp circuit, don't understand what tube bias actually is, or the electrical reason (is there one?) that makes an EL34 equipped amp sound different than one with 6L6's in it...But none of that prevented me from successfully using tube amps for decades. There's already more than enough ways to go down the rabbit hole with digital gear. The absolute last thing on earth I want/need/intended to do, is to start obsessing over milliseconds of IR length. If I like how it sounds, then I "win", as it were. And if Helix allows me 42ms IR's, then that's what it allows.... anything beyond that will disappear no matter what I do. Can't hear what ain't there. Doesn't matter if I bought an IR that can be timed with a calendar... if it's gone, it's gone.
  8. Odd that it's displaying everything a minor 3rd above the actual pitch... at least it's a uniform f*ck-up. ;) Assuming it's not interference from solar flares or a rip in space-time, I'd say it's busted. Service ticket time...
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    Randy Rhoads on hx effects

    Well your base "tone" really comes entirely from your amp... effects are just the icing on the cake. Your Marshall has whatever inherent characteristics it has, and it'll either be capable of doing a reasonable approximation of whatever Randy was using back in the day, or it won't. The HX FX won't really help or hinder, either way. And unless I've read it wrong, you seem to be comparing the tone you're getting from your rig to a Randy Rhoads tone you heard from a full blown Helix... if so, that's the problem... you're comparing a real "amp in the room" to a modeler. They are very different animals.
  10. Yup... that's what a survey is. ;)
  11. The answer is 2 posts above this one. Just don't run both outputs simultaneously. There's no earthly reason to do so anyway. Pick your favorite...end of story.
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    And you? If your goal is to let it go, then you're failing miserably yourself... round and round we go.
  13. cruisinon2

    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    How dare you suggest that no one is deserving of instant gratification, delivered yesterday, at someone else's expense!!!!...Now where's my safe space and box of crayons?!?! ;)
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    G10 system charging issue

    This is just a guess, but somebody above mentioned the unit hadn't been used for several months...rechargeable batteries don't like that. Once they're dead long enough, they won't take a charge anymore. Try it with an old cell phone, tablet, ipod, etc.... or leave a vehicle sitting for an extended period without a trickle charger hooked up. At some point, there's no resurrecting them.
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    Can't be done. There's no putting the Entitlement Genie back in the bottle. An entire generation has been raised to believe that the world is their ashtray. It will only get worse...
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    Drop Effect For POD HD500X !?

    Lol... honestly, that's pathetic. In a million years it would never occur to me to do that, and I've never actually witnessed it either. Switching guitars for another tuning, sure... but "Hold on folks, while I tune to Eb"?!?!?! Who does that?
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    Virax standard

    You'll never get a convincing acoustic sound from the Spider. Electric guitar amps have far too narrow a frequency response for acoustic tones. You need some sort of FRFR speaker(s). Studio monitors, PA style speakers and/or monitor wedges, or something like the Powercab will all work. There's no need for a separate mixer or DI box...most, if not all of the more commonly used FRFR speakers will have 1/4" inputs.
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    L2t/l2m for home use?

    Honestly, if you're looking to sound good at comfy living room volume, studio monitors are the way to go, and you already have what you need. Those JBL's are great monitors for the price...I have a pair myself. I've seen them for as little as $200/pair new, so whatever you'd get for them used would be minimal. May as well hold onto them. I have an L2T also, which I've been using live as a floor monitor for years now (though probably not much longer, as we're transitioning to in-ears). It sounds great too, but it's really for getting loud. Not that you can't turn it down of course, but I never even turn it on in the house... just no need. Plus they're considerably bigger than the vast majority of studio monitors, and unless you get two of them you'll lose the option for stereo FX, which are magnificent (love me some stereo delay, 1/4 note on one side, dotted 1/8th on the other... sounds huge for solos, lol). Also, even if you don't do any home recording at the moment, you might want to at some point, in which case you're gonna need a pair of monitors... sell the Fender if ya want, but keep the JBL's.
  19. cruisinon2

    Drop Effect For POD HD500X !?

    No... you can't isolate and detune one string, but not the rest. And none of the pitch FX in the POD are polyphonic... they're not intended for detuning multiple notes simultaneously. It may work passably in certain circumstances, but artifacts and tracking issues are inevitable.
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    Just to pi$$ you off... did it work? ;) Nobody will ever be satisfied with how it's handled... the alternative is complete radio silence, and there would be whining and sniveling about that, too. "Whhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy isn't L6 telling us anything?!?!?!?!?!? I've got 38.7 gigs coming up, and I need to know when I'm gonna get the new Wankelmaster Overdrive model!!!!"...insert indignant huff here...;) They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't...
  21. OK, maybe it is then...I played one some time ago, and thought it looked like a slightly different design, but who knows?
  22. No, the are springs... same as any Strat style 2-point floating bridge. Like Wilkinson, etc... And that bridge in the pic is definitely not the same bridge that's on the 89...
  23. Routing for a Floyd removes a lot of wood... on the back of the 69, directly behind the bridge cavity, is a big plastic box where all the "brains" live. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it will be difficult.... and you may end up with a $1000 donation to the toothpick factory. Save yourself a whole lot of grief, not to mention money, and just go with the 89.
  24. cruisinon2

    Helix EQ Settings for Guitar to Stand Out

    It will make it those cuts largely necessary, yes... but you will also lose much of the versatility that a modeler affords. At your fingertips you have the ability to sound like nearly anything you want... Fender, Marshall, Vox, etc etc... but a Boogie 2x12 is never gonna sound like anything but a Boogie 2x12... which is irretrievably awful imho, but I digress. ;)
  25. cruisinon2

    Helix EQ Settings for Guitar to Stand Out

    Should, shouldn't, why, or why not...I don't care anymore. It's all been discussed/ debated / argued over, ad nauseam... and it'll happen 1000 more times. And each time when the dust settles, we still won't have an answer. Besides, knowing "why" won't help the uninitiated grasp what's going on, or understand what to do about it. It like asking "why is everyone who gets elected to public office wildly inept, and/or brazenly full of $hit?" It just is... To paraphrase George Carlin, "I enjoy looking at the world, observing how things are, and hopefully finding a way to make it funny. I have no interest in how things "ought to be", and I certainly have no intention of fixing them"...;)