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  1. On 3/4/2022 at 11:21 AM, magnusf27 said:

     Other considerations?


    Only that it's an 12-ish year old product at this point, for which there have been no updates of any significance since 2014 or so. Stand by for someone to chime in with "there have been more recent updates than that!"... and while technically true, they've only been minor bug fixes, and the addressing of compatibility issues with Workbench for the Standards, which were introduced later. In terms of modeled sounds or functionality, there's been nothing genuinely new in Variax Land for nearly 8 years (an eternity in today's techno-world), so the current versions are clearly no longer being developed. Smart money says that the next iteration, whatever it may be, is probably not far off... exactly when is anybody's guess, of course.

  2. 16 hours ago, DunedinDragon said:

    I've been spending a good part of the day researching an in-ear setup for myself and boy is there a lot of pro's and con's with each and every option out there.  But what I've finally come down to is the following:

    Xvive U4 wireless transmitter/receiver
    Westone Audio Pro X30 3 driver in ear monitors

    I'm choosing to go with the Xvive because I'm currently using their wireless mic system and it's been working out very well, so I'm pretty confident in what they have.  The Westone in ear monitors is more of a big guess.  They appear to have the "big" name in the industry, but a lot of discussions have also centered around them having QA problems with the units breaking down after a short period.  But like everything there are just as many people saying they've never had any problems with them.  I guess I'm at the point where I'm guessing most of the breakdowns could just as easily be associated with people abusing them.  I don't know if that's true or not and maybe I'm just rationalizing because I'm OCD when it comes to taking good care of my gear.

    At any rate I have a lot of respect for many of the folks that frequent this forum so I'm interesting what you guys may be able to add for my consideration in my quest.  Any and all responses/personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.


    It's like buying headphones... you'll either love or hate whatever you get... unless you can try them first, you kinda have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Just make sure that the wire is replaceable... that'll be what eventually craps out. The earpieces themselves should last forever as long as you don't knock them around too much. 

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  3. 6 minutes ago, weedsy said:


    Global edit??? I've searched the manual index and can't find any reference to "global edit" - does this refer to an edit that contains multiple items?


    You can't find it because it doesn't exist... you asked for a way to make the same change(s) to a whole bunch of existing patches... making the same change to everything simultaneously would be the definition a "global edit". But unfortunately there is no way to do what you're asking. It is what it is...

  4. 21 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    Nautical nomenclature - the "Shelix".


    They could issue a green one for St. Patty's Day, and call it the Gaelix...

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  5. 6 hours ago, Pat_Corby said:


    My Helix had a serious problem.

    It blocks itself since i got 3.15 version.

    I have to turn it off and wait a while before turning it back on.  Despite this, the problem persists.

    Thanks for your help


    You'll have to be a bit more specific... what exactly happens? "It blocks itself" doesn't convey much...

  6. 17 hours ago, Salsguitar said:

    EVERYTHING comes out at the same relative volume on the Helix.


    Allow me to be the first to congratulate you on being the first user in modeling history for whom this has proven to be true by default, without actually having to make it happen. For proof I refer you to any of the other 7381 "Why isn't the volume the same on all my patches?!?!?!??!?!" threads that have been polluting this forum (and likely others) for years on end. Don't know how you did it, and perhaps it was just dumb luck...but whether by accident or design, it deserves a tip of the hat. ;)



    4. Much less Labor intense to create, edit, move etc...a preset


    Can't argue with that...

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  7. 7 minutes ago, PeterHamm said:

    WhatEVER they do come out with, they are probably developing now or soon, right? Helix was in development for 3 years before it came out, iirc.

    As far beyond HD 500 as Helix was, I expect a similar leap with the "next thing," whatever it's called. (I always vote for "WhizBang 2000 XL Mk iii SE"... which is why nobody has ever hired me in their marketing department...)


    How bout the Line 6 "Awesome"? I can see the brochure already, lol...;)

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  8. I sympathize with your plight, but don't be surprised when there isn't a stampede of folks volunteering to crack open their devices for a photo shoot.


    If I were you, I'd bite the bullet and open a service ticket before it ends up more f*cked up than it already is...

  9. 10 hours ago, Tonymf said:

    In the meantime I read many reviews and it seems that the quality of the audio for the headphones line out is ok and that it works good with the DT770 Pro 250 Ohms or even IEM.




    It'll "work good" with any quality output device(s)... headphones, studio, monitors, PA, etc etc. The magic bullet is not what you choose to monitor your sound with, but understanding what a modeler is and isn't, and learning how to use one properly, no matter who makes it.. A word to the wise, however... don't expect instant "plug and play" gratification. That's not gonna happen no matter what you buy.

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  10. On 2/25/2022 at 7:32 AM, lespool79 said:

    I auditioned for a band and they pointed out I'd need to drop my amp for a quiet stage.  Ok, twist my arm, I'm happy to buy new toys.  My concern is that if I get a Line 6 Helix floor system... if I am at home in my apartment with headphones or some small speaker, what is the best way to make sure that those sounds also apply when going through a full PA system at a venue?  Is the Helix that good where it can scale up in sound and not completely sound different at home headphone volumes vs full PA system?  




    Simply put, no. There is no audio device on earth "that good". Do battle with the Fletcher-Munson curve and the realities of the human perception of sound if you must, but you will loose 100% of the time.

  11. 15 hours ago, rwinking said:

    Thanks everyone. A lot of differing opinions but overall it sounds like 10s are the best but 9s or 11s tend to work pretty well. I will let you know my experience when I get the guitar. Hopefull soon....


    There's really no magic formula that'll work equally well for everybody. Much of whether or not you'll take to the whole Variax thing, particularly with regard to success with the acoustic models, boils down to your mechanics... the dynamics (or lack thereof) in your playing, and how much you tend to "dig in" to the strings. I find that the acoustic models need a much lighter touch to be convincing. All of this is directly related to your comfort level with how the guitar is set up, which of course involves your personal preference for string gauge. I don't know about you, but when I pick up a guitar that isn't set up well, or even one that is properly set up, but with a string gauge that's out of my comfort zone, I can't play for sh*t. The action, proper intonation, neck relief, etc  are all critical...more so when using piezo pickups than traditional mags. Proper intonation is especially important, as this will affect how well the alt tunings algorithms work. Action and relief, with an eye towards minimal to no string buzz is a close second.

  12. 19 minutes ago, PierM said:

    I've been waiting for 6 months now, for a order of a Variax battery. Now they contacted me saying it's another 3 months, at least. Im tired of this infinite wait, so...is there any valid alternative that I can safely use with my old JTV59?


    Even if there is, it'll be easier to find a pearl in a pig's ear, than to get an official endorsement from the powers that be to do so...

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  13. 16 hours ago, rwinking said:

    Wen you say 9s are too light, does that mean that they glitch out in some way? I have 9s on my LPs as a rule now and they pay and feel great. The variax tech is completely new to me so I am not sure what to expect.



    Official recommendations notwithstanding, I seriously doubt you'll have issues with 9's. While 10's are usually touted as the most commonly used  gauge, 9's are a very close second. So it's a virtual certainty that there are plenty of Variaxers out there using them... and if it were really causing widespread mechanical problems, believe me, we'd know by now... because legions of unhappy "9-ers" would have been screaming about it from the rooftops for years, especially around here. We'd be drowning in "I can't believe I spent $1K on a guitar that I can't put 9's on!" threads... but I digress.


    If you've been playing 9's forever and that's your comfort zone, it's far more likely that you'll have difficulty playing on a heavier gauge, than you are to have a problem with the function of the guitar. Maybe you'd get used to it, and maybe you wouldn't. Going down a gauge is easy... up, not so much, unless you've got young fingers. By the time I was 20, I was playing on 11's exclusively. Now with (nearly)  50 year old hands, bending on 11's ain't as easy as it used to be, so I'm back to 10's...c'est la vie.


    Bottom line is, use what's comfortable... either way, you have nothing to lose but 6 bucks on a set of strings... and that's if you actually experience a problem with 9's.  Go back to 10's if you find it necessary, but there will be no permanent damage to the guitar.

  14. 16 hours ago, novumlucis said:

    If you decide to destroy it on stage in a fit of rage and protest, then be sure to contact all of the PR folks from their competitors first, and let them know why you are doing it.  You might even get them to give you one of their guitars to replace the Yamaha.  ;-) 




    I love a good old fashioned righteous indignation rage fit, don't you? ;) Especially on stage... it's good for knocking a few points of the diastolic. Of course, unless he's a platinum selling artist he most likely will not be invited back to play at Walt's Trout Hut again, but that's show business.  Destroy on, friend!  Lmao...

  15. It's not likely a software problem, so resetting, and/ or reflashing the firmware probably won't help.

    You can try cleaning around/underneath each individual bridge saddle... the ground connection for the piezo saddles relies on solid contact with the bridge itself. If there's a bunch of accumulated dust and crud under there, then that connection can be interrupted. If that doesn't help, then that individual piezo is dead and will need to be replaced, and it's time for a service ticket.

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