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  1. 1 hour ago, datacommando said:

    "...and they're not going to upset any Helix/HX users."




    Oh, I think we've all been hanging around here long enough to know that even if the update came with free $100 bills, once a week for life, plus a backstage pass to the Victoria's Secret fashion show, the Cranky Contingent would still whine that everything on their personal wish list wasn't included...;)

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  2. I seriously doubt there's anything wrong with the pickups  themselves...its hard to destroy guitar pickups unless you actually try. There could be any number of wiring/ toggle switch/ input jack issues however, that having nothing to do with the pickups themselves. You might also have a simple setup/ pickup height issue. If you're not familiar with what goes on under the hood, take it to someone who is.


    But no matter what the cause of the symptoms may be, someone else's subjective assessment of the same guitar's performanc cannot even remotely be considered a "direct comparison", and it won't help you gain much insight into what's going on with your particular instrument. If you really want to compare the pickups' output to those in another instrument, get a multimeter and measure the outputs... that's the only way to know if one is actually hotter than the other.


    Failing that, you could just plug the PC1 into something other than Helix, and see if it still sounds anemic... if not, then the problem is not likely the guitar, though this is a far less scientific approach as it introduces other variables.

  3. 4 hours ago, codamedia said:

    I'm not losing any sleep over this thread.... anything could have caused this Helix to crash based on the info we've been provided. All we have here are "maybe's".... a bunch of guessing at best.


    How dare you bring logic to a perfectly good assumption-fueled, hand wringing panic? ;)


    It seems that some folks just aren't happy unless there's impending doom lurking just around the corner... but you are correct. This guy's unit failed, and that's too bad... but it's an absurd leap to conclude that based on this enormous sample size of one, that every Helix in the wild is a ticking time bomb for an identical failure under similar conditions. 


    This is a cautionary tale, folks...with exactly one useful take-away: ANYTHING can fail, at any time. Period. Bring a backup. Every time, no exceptions. The end. Because no matter what two units/rigs you have at your disposal, the odds of both of them $hitting the bed simultaneously is vanishingly small. One or the other will work and you'll live to fight another day. Or just roll the dice, risking embarrassment, lost jobs and/or money, and blown opportunities.

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  4. 6 hours ago, Paulzx said:

    I guess not everyone has the funds to duplicate these units maybe...


    Nobody's saying that one's backup must be identical to their main rig. Mine certainly isn't...I don't own a second Helix, and I don't plan to... but you simply must have something else to use in a pinch, no matter what it costs... because if you gig enough, sooner or later something will crap out at the worst possible moment. On a long enough timeline, it's an absolute certainty.

  5. What happened sucks, and I feel your pain... but to be brutally frank, what really ruined the show wasn't the Helix, it was the fact that you apparently had no Plan B. You can't show up to the "most important gig of your life" without some sort of backup, and just assume that there will be no problems....that's practically begging the universe to kick you in the nuts. What should have been a brief Spinal Tap moment (which you would have eventually laughed at) became a catastrophic failure because you didn't have a failsafe... you can't do that.

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  6. 15 minutes ago, aepoc said:


    I have a patch on my CustomTone where I use three amps, but I'm running one hard left, one center, one hard right.  It's called Mohawk.  Lemme know what you think:  https://line6.com/customtone/tone/5531636/ 


    This thread is 4 years old... don't be surprised if you don't get a response.

  7. I like most of my Line 6 products in a white wine sauce.... unless it's a floor unit. Those require something a bit more robust, like a nice cabernet.


    You've asked an incredibly vague question... besides, you've come to a Line 6 user forum. Everybody here is a fan...what exactly are you trying to find out?

  8. 23 hours ago, Daldo said:

    hey line 6, any news on new firmware to the g10...


    This is a user forum... no one official will answer you in here. Regardless, don't hold your breath.


    23 hours ago, Daldo said:


    cuz after the update, all 3 of my g10 dont last more than 45 min in use... then it dies...


    Welcome to the club.


    23 hours ago, Daldo said:

    before this update the battery life was easely more than 4 hours...


    You, and everybody else who updated.


    23 hours ago, Daldo said:

    any chance we get the old firmware at least ?


    No... not in a million years will they risk the liability, no matter how slight.


    23 hours ago, Daldo said:


    so those of us that never had any problems with overheating or stuff like that can still use the g10, or is it time to throw it to tha garbage and get a boss wireless system?


    The old battery life ain't coming back... it's a neutered product now. Live with it, or go shopping. 


  9. Perceptions are weird, fickle, impossible to quantify, influenced by damn near anything, and they can change at the drop of a hat... hell, if you were in a $hitty enough mood the first time you used the stock cabs, you'd probably hate them. On the other hand, if you had just won a thousand bucks on a scratch-off 5 minutes before you try out the "new and improved" over-sampled cabs, then you might decide that they're the most glorious things you've ever heard... and in neither case would your assessment have much to do with the actual sounds themselves. And I won't even get into the fact that the comparison you're making relies on what you've managed to remember about the stock cabs, after having not used them for an extended period of time. It's like trying to compare the steak you have in front of you to one that you ate in 1997... but I digress.


    Point is, it's all entirely subjective... you can't validate or invalidate your own assessment based on someone else's. If you like what you hear, then use 'em... nobody can tell you you're wrong, because likes and dislikes can't be objectively measured... they just are.

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  10. On 8/21/2021 at 5:51 PM, ucnick said:

    Also, are there any internal leakage paths when battery is in guitar that will drain minute amount of current? Maybe better to store out of guitar when not being used?


    You can take it out when not in use if it makes you feel better, but it won't make any difference. The only way the battery gets actively drained is if you leave the guitar sitting around with the 1/4" cable plugged in... the jack is effectively an "on" button.

  11. 1 hour ago, brue58ski said:

    I would say that any new JTV, Shuriken or Standard will have up to date software so anything sold out of the stores new will not need the Monkey to update it. And Workbench HD will work with them so technically the NEW Variax's ARE supported with all of the software they need. If another update comes out then they will have to fix that issue. But until then, the only people out of luck re: can't use Monkey, are anyone that has or is buying an old/used one that doesn't have up to date firmware. I think it speaks to the future of Variax. I just don't think enough sold to warrant putting resources into another iteration of Variax. I do, very much, hope I'm wrong.


    I dunno...I was a lot more enamored of my Variax when I first got it, than I am now. It's not a "bad" instrument... it's just not great either, and it's just not what I reach for most of the time. Replacing the neck did help, but it just doesn't grab me like it once did. Anything else that comes along would have to be a whole lot nicer on the guitar side for me to get interested... though I suspect that whatever comes next, if anything, will just be another Pacifica loaded with fancier new guts. We'll see...


  12. 4 hours ago, paulbemi said:

    I've had an HX Stomp XL for about a month and have absolutely loved playing through headphones.  Finally got together with some friends to jam and was very excited to hear it live in place of an amp.  I used a Headrush frfr 108 for a monitor, with one output going to it, and the other going to the PA board and FOH.  The sound from the guitar seemed loud AF but when when the band started kicking in they complained I was not cutting through. Though they agreed the individual sounds were impressive hey all said, "I miss your amp."    Also a lot of the presets (notably Alex Price's) were very bottom-heavy and lacked high end "bite".  Any recommendations on how I can improve this live experience or maybe my expectations were just too high?


    It has nothing to do with your expectations, or the device's ability to create pleasing guitar tones. There are 1000 threads around here with the exact same complaint ... most recently just a couple of days ago.



    The responses in the thread above will explain your problem in gory detail, but I'll give you the Cliff Notes version here:


    Different output devices + radically different volume levels = Huge difference in tone. There is no escaping this, and it's not the device's fault... it's your brain's fault. The perception of loudness of different frequency ranges varies with volume, and the response across the audible spectrum is neither uniform, nor linear... not even close, actually. You will experience the exact same thing with any other modeler on the market. Your patches MUST be tailored to be output device and volume-specific. You have EQing to do...


    Fwiw, the situation is no different with a "real" amp... play any amp under the sun at a comfy living room level, and then crank it to stage volume. That'll yield two different results too, for the exact same reason, and you'll have to turn a few knobs if you don't want it to sound like crap.

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  13. On 8/17/2021 at 5:08 AM, Violettes said:

    I’m currently using Elixir Custom 11-52 on my Taylor 414 and 12-54 Martins on a backup guitar. My current plan is to put a Tronical on the Taylor and still carry the backup hoping I never need it.
    So if you had to go with one guitar for everything, what strings would you choose? Is there anything else you would want as well ?


    You're trying to bridge two very different worlds here. These are solid body electric guitars we're taking about... comparing string guage preferences to what's typically used on acoustic guitars is pointless...they're completely different animals.

  14. 1 hour ago, KBsoloman said:

    I don’t want to have to buy multiple hum eliminators and additional cabiles for 3 amps.



    I don't want to pay for beer... but every time I try and walk out of the store with a free sixer, the cops show up... what to do, what to do? ;)


    You need an amp switcher... there are numerous options, but this one should solve your ground loop issues.



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  15. 15 hours ago, jakeman19 said:

    So if they still sell it they should still support it with up to date software, mine and a lot of others opinions.



    I have opinions too... and a good percentage of the time, reality fails to align with them...but so what? The world doesn't care about my opinions, or yours, and things are what they are. Lots of things that should be, 

    aren't. Life's rough.


    In the end, the simple fact is this: No product will be supported forever, whether it's still on the shelves or not... dollar signs (and nothing else) dictate that. And the more tech- dependent a product is, the shorter and shorter it's lifespan will be going forward, as tech continues to evolve ever faster. And all of this, in all its glory, will roll merrily along without any regard whatsoever for opinions that say it should be otherwise. May as well get used to it...

  16. 2 hours ago, jakeman19 said:

    Not that this is an issue for me yet, I find it interesting that they still sell Variax Standard as well as other models yet the software to program and control it is not up to date. So I find this argument of 10 plus year tech will not be supported when they are still selling the Variax. Or am I missing something?




    Companies exist to make money. As long as people are still forking over cash for a product, they'll continue to sell it. However,  long term support and/or perpetual development of an old product line is a pipe dream. They simply can't devote endless resources to everything forever.


    The HD500X is about as old as the Variax at this point, and there hasn't been an update for that thing in years either... yet it's still on the shelves, too. Why? Because people are still buying it. 

  17. 12 hours ago, J200george said:

    Haven’t purchased a helix floor yet. Can you arrange each strip label such that for a live gig situation you have say a preset for a particular verse, chorus, solo etc?


    We have a set list of about thirty songs and I really can’t live with tap dancing any longer. 



    One patch per song is the way you want to go, using individual snapshots within each preset to cover whatever changes (verse, chorus, solo, etc etc) you need throughout a given tune.


    But trying to set up an individual patch for each verse, chorus, and solo section of every song will get cumbersome very quickly. For 30 tunes you'd end up with almost 100 patches, perhaps more depending on the songs in question. That's nuts...it would be an organizational nightmare to name and curate everything so that you'd know what you're looking at at a glance, and would require you to access multiple banks of patches to get to everything... that's still gonna be a fair amount of tap dancing both during and especially between songs.


    Then there's the audible gap that exists between patch changes, which is certainly not what you want to hear between every verse and chorus. This can be avoided, but only by limiting yourself to single-path presets...with the DSP limit this imposes, it would require that all your patches be kept very simple, somewhat limiting what Helix has to offer. Using snapshots within a preset on the other hand, is instantaneous. There are no audible drop outs no matter how many simultaneous parameter changes are made, and for any one tone you'd have twice the DSP at your disposal compared to a bunch of single-path presets.


    This is really not the way to go...



  18. 42 minutes ago, GutchGtr said:

    Just got back into Variax this weekend and was wondering the same thing Re: Monkey.  Neither MacOS or Windows 10 supports Monkey.  The JTV59 I just picked up used was built in 2014 and, based on the lack of maintenance performed on the rest of the guitar, I highly doubt anyone updated the firmware on it.


    Well on the plus side, the last firmware update of any significance was sometime in 2014... so there's at least a chance that it's not sporting a super-ancient firmware version.


    42 minutes ago, GutchGtr said:


    I'd *Love* to find a way to get under the hood of this thing and make sure I'm getting top performance.


    Firmware versions aside, depending on what OS you're running, you might still be able to get into Workbench through your Helix and tweak stuff on the Variax.



  19. 2 hours ago, Imyourcluster said:

    I’m considering buying a new helix floor, but I’m afraid to regret my purchase because I feel like it is going to be a new helix floor released soon… what do you guys think? 
    is it about time?


    Technology evolves at a ridiculous pace now. At this point, "the next big thing" is always just around the corner...be it from Line 6, or somebody else. So if this is your yardstick, you'll never buy anything. If Helix fits your needs and you can afford it, then buy it and stop worrying about unknowns you have no control over. Life is shorter than you think...

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  20. 5 hours ago, homegrownbuddy said:

    Like the title says I spent the last two years stuck in my little studio apartment with tight noise regulations. So I built, tweaked and tuned all of my sets and snaps to what I could hear in my DT770'S (250 ohm) Now I with weekend bookings starting to return I am needing to find some good frfr monitors that pretty much match what the 770's put out. I don't have time to go back and redo all of the work I did with the day job making me go back to the physical office 10 hours a day.  I doubt a real "perfect" match exists but I really need to get as close as possible. Any ideas? 


    I sympathize with your plight, but while the shortcut you're looking for has been begged for a thousand times over, it doesn't exist. The problem is not the headphones, and switching to a different pair will not help you. No pair of headphones will ever sound the same as an FRFR speaker blaring away at stage volume, at a listening position way off-axis, at some significant distance from your ears. These are night and day scenarios. So in a nutshell, you have two problems:  Different output devices, coupled with a significant difference in volume.


    Unless you're insane or already deaf, your stage volume will be considerably louder than whatever you're pumping through your cans. The perceived loudness of different frequencies varies significantly with volume... it's a limitation of human perception, and there's nothing you can do about it...we're all in the same boat. (Google the Fletcher-Munson curve if you're bored, and you can read all about it).


    You have EQ-ing to do. Period. You can't "gear" your way out of this with a pair of magic bullet headphones. Patches must be dialed in for their specific intended use. This means at or very close to the volume at which they will  be used, and at the very least monitored through the same type of output device(s). If you don't want to waste the rest of the band's time at rehearsal, book the room for an hour before everybody else gets there and tweak away... I've done it before, and you should be able to get reasonably close to what you want, with some minor adjustments being inevitable once you're in the mix... that's what the global EQ is for, not the wholesale transformation of multiple patches from one usage scenario to another. However you choose to go about it, dialing everything in at volume is unavoidable. End of story. 


    If you want to minimize aggravation going forward, I suggest keeping different set lists containing the same patches, pre-tweaked for different uses... headphones, studio monitors, live, etc etc...I've done it for years, and it works. Otherwise you'll be in a constant state of tweaking everything back and forth, depending on where you are. (And in my experience it won't be as simple as turning the global EQ on or off. Any one EQ curve is not likely to be sufficient to apply to every patch you have, particularly when it comes to clean vs dirty tones. They often need very different treatments, but I digress). Yes, it's more work up front... but you only have to do it once. After a while, regardless of how a patch was created, you'll get to know what EQ  changes will need to be made to adapt it to another scenario, and the process will become much less time consuming... but you'll never eliminate the grunt work altogether... welcome to the wonderful world of modeling.

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  21. On 8/12/2021 at 4:06 PM, chen said:

    Its Line 6 Relay G10S 


    Well given that this product made its debut at winter NAMM 2019, at best it's 2 1/2 years old... that's about as close as you'll get to figuring it out on your own. You can always call up the mothership with the serial number and ask... but getting an answer hinges on two assumptions:


    1) Whomever answers the phone has ready access to that information, and


    2) They're willing to disclose it in the first place.


    Neither of those things are a guarantee, and personally, I'd bet against both.


    Just for my own morbid curiosity, what difference does it make?

  22. 19 minutes ago, psarkissian said:


    Checked with Support on that???



    No... because I'm not in the market for one, so there's only so much grunt work that I'll waste my time on. I'm merely pointing out that the page you keep directing everyone to yields nothing but a $100 price tag. There is no mention of an "accommodation price" or "$49" anywhere but in your screenshot... which suggests to me that the link provided and whatever page you're looking at on your end are not the same. I shall not hazard a guess as to why... but what is obvious is that you're staring at apples and all I see are oranges.

  23. 2 hours ago, phil_m said:

    Well, it’s kind of hard to offer advice if you don’t offer some sort of description… A recording would be even better.


    I’d say that it is possible to have various sorts of sound artifacts when changing snapshots if you’re making drastic changes, especially changes in gain, from one snapshot to another.


    I seriously doubt that gain is the culprit... nearly all of my patches have snapshots that cover the spectrum from crystal clean to saturated lead tones, and I don't get any funny artifacts. Time-based effects (mostly delays) on the other hand, if the tempo is being stored/ changed with snapshots, can cause all sorts of weirdness until the dust settles and repeats fade after the switching from one to the other.


    But in the absence of any sort of real description of what's going on, we can all guess at a cause until we turn blue, and we'll get nowhere.

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