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  1. Post this is the wireless forum... nobody's gonna see it in here.
  2. "HARRUMPH! ANGRY! RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION! blah blah blah, INSERT MORE VITRIOL HERE!" Now what have we solved, kids? That's right... nothing. But oh, the satisfaction. lmao...
  3. Ignore whatever you've read online because the simple truth is this: Any of the devices you've mentioned are equally capable of creating sounds you like with headphones... or studio monitors, or live straight into the PA... provided that you know what you're doing. And it might sound harsh, but anyone who says otherwise, simply does not know what they're doing. But it's not because they're stupid, or a lousy guitar player... it's just a lack of experience, and/or a lack of understanding of what a modeler is actually designed to do, as compared to the guitar amps they've played forever. A modeler is not a guitar amp... it's a recording studio in a box. You have to stop thinking like a guitar player, and start thinking like a recording engineer... because the whole point is to reproduce a recorded guitar tone...amp+cab+mic... NOT the sound of your favorite amp as it roars away 6 feet from you. What you're getting is exactly what you'd hear in a studio's control room, listening through monitors to the amp that's mic-ed up in the room next door. That means understanding how mic choice and placement affect tone, and having a thorough understanding of EQ (beyond the amp's native tone controls) and how to boost or cut the right frequencies to achieve a desired result. And none of that will happen overnight. You will have to learn how to create the sounds you want, no matter what you buy. If you've been playing through tube amps your whole life, then you have a steep learning curve ahead of you. We all did initially. In the end however, it is no more difficult to create a patch for use with headphones, than it is for studio monitors or a full stage PA. What tends to be difficult for many at the beginning, is understanding that each output method is a fundamentally different device, with different frequency responses. Simply put, the same patch will sound different (to a greater or lesser degree) every time you change the output device. What works for one, won't necessarily work for another without making some adjustments... and the only way to figure it out is through trial and error. Buy any decent pair of reasonably flat response, studio quality headphones, and you will be fine... but there is no magic bullet. If you had 6 pairs of cans at your disposal, and you dialed up a magnificent tone with the first one you tried, it is a virtual certainty that the other 5 will all end up sounding slightly different... it's unavoidable. You might prefer one over the other for whatever reason, but that doesn't make those headphones objectively "better", or "easier" to dial in than the rest of the lot... nor does it mean that you couldn't get two different pairs to sound virtually identical with the right EQ adjustments. The moral of the story is this: don't fixate on any one piece of gear. Understanding the process is the key to success.... once you understand the "how's and why's", you can dial in a good tone on anything that somebody puts in front of you. The tools change... but the underlying concepts that govern their use do not. Watch some Helix- specific YouTube tutorials on how to create a tone. Jason Sadites' channel is a good place to start.
  4. Ah, yes... this sounds familiar. They've taken a page from the Congressional Advertising Handbook... "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in it". This won't pi$$ anybody off... lmao.
  5. I've read through shorter doctoral theses....;)
  6. Without actually seeing the signal chain, all anybody can do is guess... post the patch... not a screenshot of the chain, the actual file so somebody can load it up on their device and see what's going on.
  7. So your "evidence" for Helix's lack of uniqueness is the fact that other modelers exist? That's flawless logic...lmao. I'm glad we settled this. Since they're all the same, this entire discussion is worthless and irrelevant. Just pull a name out of a hat, and buy that one. Problem solved.
  8. And some just have an obsession with being in a constant state of acquiring the latest and greatest devices... it's a wonderful dopamine hit that lasts about 11 minutes, and then you're whipping out the credit card again for another fix. 3 cheers for a disposable economy! ;)
  9. Hurry up and wait...hope you brought a sandwich. ;)
  10. You have just described the same problem encountered by everyone who has ever mixed a multi-track recording, be it at home on a laptop, or in a million dollar facility. The guitar tone that sounds magnificent on it's own will often sound terrible in a mix, and vice versa. Doesn't matter if it's a recording, or playing live on stage... getting everything balanced so that individual instruments aren't stepping all over each other is an art in and of itself. That's why you see the same handful of names mixing album after album... if it was easy, anybody could do it. The short answer is that there are simply no universal settings or strategies that are guaranteed to work for everybody. Each track is unique... that's all there is to it. The tone that worked for Tune A, might not work at all in Tune B... it depends on what else is going on in the track. You can prove that to yourself just be playing along with backing tracks on YouTube. You might have a lead tone that works magnificently with one track, and completely disappears from the mix with the next. Learning to use EQ effectively is a trial and error exercise... the closest thing there is to "universal truth" , is that getting the sound you want is often more about removing frequencies which are too prominent, as opposed to boosting those that seem to be lacking... otherwise you tend to end up with too much of everything. Cut first, boost second. For example, if the mids seems to be lacking, try backing off the lows/ lower mids first, instead of just automatically cranking the midrange frequencies.
  11. cruisinon2

    3.2 hint?

    Alright gents, I'll settle this... everybody drop their pants, and I'll get the tape measure. Lmao... Best thread ever!
  12. The switch is on its way out... eventually it'll $hit the bed altogether. Replacing it is the only solution.
  13. www.btpa.com Length doesn't matter. It's a digital connection... the 1's and 0's either get from one end to the other, or they don't. This place will make you any length VDI cable you want. A little pricey, but quite durable. Aside from the connectors, looks/ feels like any other guitar cable. I still have one of the L6 ones, but it's... oh, let's just call it "underwhelming", lol. It's so flimsy, it coils around itself like cheap ear bud wires... useless on stage. And I'm not talking about the one that comes with the guitar that only has the shell connector on one end, which is only intended for connecting to the ultra-silly USB dongle... this other one is a full blown VDI cable with the shell connectors on both ends... but everything between those connectors is crap, lol.
  14. For alt tunings, yes... the Digitech Drop is quite a capable pedal, though it can't differentiate between individual strings, so you can't do open tunings, you can only drop the whole guitar by a given interval. But as for modeled guitars, as far as I know, Variax is it. Even if there is something else, it won't solve your wireless problem, unless you're content to make whatever changes you need on the fly on the instrument itself. Half the point of the Helix compatibility is so that you can both power the guitar, and change models and tunings at will with just the click of a footswitch... it works very well... just means using a cable
  15. The Variax world is a love it or hate it thing... you'll either take to it and think it's awesome, or you won't and you'll go back to the rest of your guitarsenal. It's a capable tool if you put the time in... Piezo outputs tend to vary...that means that you'll likely be balancing individual string volumes of whatever models you end up using. Some models seem to be affected by this more than others, don't ask me why. Also worth noting that if you intend to control everything on the Variax from Helix, it means being tethered to the VDI cable. If you're used to going wireless live, going back to a cable might be more annoying than you think. Drove me nuts... just my 2 cents.
  16. Well I'm certainly no physicist...but logic tells me that high amplitude sounds waves can't magically knock a wifi signal out of the air. However, you do mention your position relative to the amp when the problem occurs... and given that the connection for this device relies on a clear line of sight between transmitter and receiver, my guess is that this where your problem lies. If facing your amp means that you've turned away from the PodGo, then you are now the obstacle between the transmitter and the receiver, which could explain the drop outs.
  17. The single coils are nice... noisy as f@&$, though... Love it or hate, you just described every passive pickup on earth (to varying degrees), unless equipped with a treble bleed...
  18. The whole worid is out of everything from shoelaces to Chevy's...hurry up and wait.
  19. Amen... don't even know what Mac OS I'm running, and couldn't care less. Maybe one day Apple will stop destroying all 3rd party software with every update... till then don't update unless you really enjoy frustration and profanity, lol.
  20. Ok I'll bite...feedback for what?
  21. You can ignore the Fletcher/Munson curve if you want, but the fact is that it is very likely a large contributing factor to your problem. And I assure you that your friend's Kemper is not some mystical device, strangely immune to the effect that volume has on the human perception of loudness of different frequency ranges. It doesn't "just work" by accident... he dialed it in that way. You've made no mention of what you're listening through at home (or at what volume) to dial in your sounds. But I promise you that if you're using headphones and/ or studio monitors at comfy living room volume, then Fletcher- Munson is indeed an issue... and a big one. Worse would be running Helix through a traditional guitar amp at home, and then expecting those tones to translate to stage volume, through a PA... because then you've got two issues, completely different output devices and a large volume discrepancy. Your live tones must be dialed in through similar speakers (read: FRFR) to what you're playing through live, and at or as close as possible to stage volume. Otherwise you will wallow in $hitty tone limbo forever. There are no shortcuts or universal settings that will be a guaranteed solution for you. Only your ears can tell you when you're done, and there's zero guarantee that that what works for me, will work for you. No, you're not stupid... you just don't know what you're doing yet. Nobody does when they first start fooling around with modelers. But the connections are not your problem... all they do is deliver a signal from A to B. The issue is learning to dial in sounds for a specific purpose. And if you can create sounds that you like through whatever you're using at home under those conditions, then you can do it live too. The process is no different, but your EQ curve will be...you just have to do it. But expecting one to translate to the other without making the necessary EQ tweaks is...unfortunately for us all... a fantasy, and will forever be a losing battle.
  22. SPOILER ALERT: There will be new hardware in a few months... there always is. If not from Line 6, then it'll be somebody else...and maybe that thing will suit your needs even better than Helix, whatever it turns out to be... or the next thing after that...ad on infinitum. Tech evolves faster than most can keep with, financially... unless you're filthy rich and can afford to buy one of everything that comes down the pike, finding a new "favorite whatever" every 6 months. But for the rest of us rabble, we eventually have to pick something, and stick with it for a while. So do that, and don't bother lamenting over missing out on "the next big thing", because nothing retains that title long enough to matter anymore.... otherwise you'll never buy anything.
  23. Yup... because you're hearing two pitches, a whole step apart. Makes it pretty much useless. I will say though, that for tuning the whole guitar a half step down, the alt tunings work quite well. Just as good as my Digitech Drop pedal, and without the slight latency that pedal has. But for the drop tunings, it's a no-go... unless you're playing crystal clean arpeggiated stuff with no palm muting... then they're usable.
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