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Everything posted by cruisinon2

  1. Well that's new Well that's new... on the bright side, Line 6 has actually done you an enormous favor. They have saved you countless hours of downloading and auditioning patch after useless patch from the Sewer of Wasted Time that is Customtone...;) On a side note, I'll give 8 to 5 odds that you've purchased a stolen unit...
  2. Let me save you the suspense...you can't "new gear" your way out of this problem.... because the monitors are not the problem. And the headphones are not the problem. The problem is that the monitors are monitors, and the headphones are headphones...you could spend the rest of your life trying to make one behave like the other, and you will fail. Every time. You must adapt to what they are capable of doing, because they're not gonna change...their frequency responses and projection capabilities are what they are. As such, you could invest in a pair of every model of studio monitor on earth, and none of those will sound just like your headphones, either. It's a losing battle. The need to make EQ adjustments from one output to another is inevitable, and that will never change. Learning to use different pieces of gear as they are intended to be used, and accepting the strengths and limitations of each, is the only way to get happy results. Anything else is an unattainable fantasy. Either way, good luck...I have no intention of repeating myself any further. It'll either sink in eventually, or it won't.
  3. A completely different device IS creating the sound. Your chosen output device accounts for a tremendous % of your tone...headphones are not studio monitors, and studio monitors are not a PA. And like it or not, EQ is the way out. The only way. Will you ever achieve 100%, indistinguishable continuity between headphones and other output methods? Probably not... because they are very different, they're used in different ways, and that will never change. If you want to though, you can get damn close... but not until you accept what's happening in the first place. I have successfully navigated around this issue for years, not because I'm omniscient or some kind of savant, but because I learned how... stumbling along the way like everybody else. You can disagree all you want... but your predicament is not new, nor is your reaction to it... the steadfast rejection of what's actually going on is the default response of many. You'll find 1000 other threads around here documenting the exact same sequence of events. The same initial question, the same answers provided, and the same "Nope. Can't be." blanket rejection of said answers... it actually gets rather tiresome. We'd all love a miraculous solution that allows for identical tones to emerge, completely independent of what we're monitoring through, and the volume at which we're listening, but that isn't gonna happen, because it's impossible. Your only option is to make it happen with the appropriate adjustments. It's work. Annoying, time consuming, and at times difficult work... but on the bright side, you only have to do it once. You get used to monitoring with one particular output method, and when you switch to another it's a gut punch, because all of a sudden it sounds nothing like what you're used to hearing, and initially it can be a bit confusing as to why. But that doesn't change the fact that there's precisely one answer, which multiple people have already provided... and it is straightforward: Dial in your sounds through the same output, and at or close to the same volume as you intend to use them. Hit 'save'. Often. Or keep searching for a magic bullet that doesn't exist. No matter how convinced you are that you'll be the guy to find it, you won't. This is all about the physics of sound production of various different devices, how and at what proximity they interact with your ears, and the biology of perception. You can't win a fight with any of those things... you can only learn to work around them, and manipulate your gear so that it produces something useful.
  4. And it's never going to, not without (often significant) adjustments,... that's the whole point.The sooner you accept that, the easier this will get. Different output = different sound. End of story. There is no magic workaround, no push-button solution. Patches must be tailored for their intended use. That "perfect" sound that you dialed in at a nice comfy volume with headphones will not sound the same through studio monitors, or cranked to stage volume through some other FRFR/PA speaker. I keep three set lists... one tweaked for headphones, one for studio monitors, and one for live use. EQ is your friend... and the need to make adjustments based on how you intend to use a given patch will never go away.
  5. Yup... and that's the way it'll always be, for all the reasons that everyone has already outlined. It's not supernatural, there's nothing "wrong" with your Helix, nor is it deficient in some way compared to anything else on the market. You are simply comparing two completely different kinds of output devices. They will never sound the same. Period. Pick any other modeler on the face of the earth and conduct the same 'experiment'... and you'll get the exact same results.
  6. It's perfectly capable of doing both... But different output devices will always yield different tones... it's inevitable. Headphones and studio monitors are fundamentally different. The cans are right on top of your ears... monitors are a mile away, relatively speaking, and positioned off-axis. The miracle, would be if they actually did sound identical... In fact, that's the fantasy that is requested time and time again on these very forums... but that magic formula doesn't exist. If you change the output, your tone will change. Period. EQ appropriate to the task will forever be the only way to take a patch designed for one scenario, and successfully adapt it to another.
  7. Well it's nice that they seem to have addressed the issue...still a little annoyed that I'll have to drop another $100 to get back the device I originally purchased. Oh well... life goes on.
  8. Don't waste your time with that guy... he shows up periodically, usually when a new "Helix sucks" thread appears (or an old one resurfaces), to vomit the same negative assessment of every modeler under the sun. His ears are better than yours, his experience more profound, and skills more refined. Just ask him... he'll be only too happy to tell you, because he can't help himself. You see, that's why he and he alone can tell just how substandard all modelers actually are, while you, wallowing in your "tone-deafness", continue to labor under the delusion that it sounds great. Just know that if you continue to engage him, that's exactly how the conversation will go... he knows better, and you're just a poor slob who can't tell the difference between a pile of $hit and Thanksgiving dinner... this scenario ain't new.
  9. 4th Yeah, well that's the Fractal "mystique", such as it is... it's either buy and try, or find somebody who owns one and tinker with it for a while. At this point, holiday sales and promos aside, things cost what they cost, no matter where you're buying them... the Music Mafia has made sure of that...;) Probably not. Helix is almost 6 years old at this point, and while development is still ongoing, like everything else, it won't be forever... and to date, there's been no indication from above that they intend to mirror Fractal's bottomless pit of negligible impact parameters, between which...even if you had bat ears...you'd be hard pressed to hear a significant difference. Are there still free updates? Yes, and they'll typically contain a couple of new models. Will you see the Fractal frequency of updates? No, not even close, nor will you ever have 300 models to choose from, or whatever the hell the Axe FX is up to these days.
  10. What you're asking for probably can't be done, as I don't think parameters can be effectively "vanished" as if they were never there, just by clicking a box. They would likely have to create a completely separate model that lacks any added parameters that don't exist in the "real world" device....and the odds of that happening are slim to none. Regardless, feature requests need to go in Ideascale...nobody "official" will see this in here.
  11. Well typically you'd have the Helix outputs at line level, with the inputs on the speaker expecting the same. An instrument level signal is almost nothing in terms of output.... it's not "wrong", per se...as long as both the incoming and outgoing devices are on the same page. But it would be a little odd and is certainly not standard practice. You're not plugging an instrument directly into the Harbinger, so why carry on as if that were the case? You'll get 1000 different opinions on this one... and all will be presented as if they were Gospel. Personally I'd leave the Harbinger's volume at noon and adjust your level from the Helix master volume knob... if for no other reason than simplicity. Unless you don't mind having to reach around to the back of your stage monitor every time you want turn up or down.. which will get old real quick, that much I guarantee, lol. Ymmv... This is 100% subjective... if you think it lacks low end, then adjust accordingly. Just bear in mind that as you turn up louder the lows become more prominent, and too much bass = mud... but ultimately only your ears can tell you what to do. We can't hear you from here... You can always route a separate path to the board, EQ'd however you wish.
  12. Yup... super convenient as long as you only play tunes with a tempo of 96 bpm. Actually, that would be an interesting concept for a cover band. Imagine the range of genres that you'd have to contend with to find enough tunes for 3 sets, lol...;)
  13. I want a tuner in my shoes...
  14. Only if you keep a copy of each individual patch in a folder somewhere, and then drag and drop the one(s) you want to retrieve. Otherwise, if you restore from a backup, it's gonna restore everything.
  15. Let me guess... you just finished reading "How To Win Friends and Influence People", did ya? (A) No one is under any obligation to sell you anything. (B) Nobody owes you anything. (C) See (A) and (B) It's be nearly two months since you first whined about being unwilling/ unable to spend the $$ on this item. Yes, it's comically over-priced... lots of things are... life is like that. However, in 2 month's time...had you actually tried...you could have found a dozen ways to make the extra fifty bucks you'd need. Hell, you could have collected enough deposit bottles to buy two of the damn things by now, but instead you come here and throw attitude at a bunch of strangers as if this situation were somehow our fault?!?! Give support a call. Maybe they can walk you through doing the firmware update via carrier pigeon or smoke signals...too-da-loo!
  16. "When will 'then' be 'now' ? "...;)
  17. Multiple threads, multiple complaints...clearly there's something wrong with your unit. Since it's new, investigate your return options with the retailer...if possible, ditch it and get a new one. If you're already outside the return window, then open a support ticket with Line 6 and let them deal with it....it's a new unit, and therefore still under warranty.
  18. If you're still not successful in "deflubbing" the Solano with any of the above suggestions, try the REVV models...I find them to be pretty versatile for a range of tones, crunchy to saturated, and relatively easy to dial in compared to some of the other options in there.
  19. Ci sono numerosi thread su questo argomento... l'aggiornamento neutralizza deliberatamente la durata della batteria perché da qualche parte, qualche genio ha deciso di lasciare che la batteria si caricasse per sempre, e ha dato fuoco al posto nel processo... quindi, naturalmente, gli avvocati di L6 hanno deciso che tutti noi dovremmo condividere la sofferenza. Tre applausi per una società comicamente litigiosa! Anca-anca, vomito!... Sono io e ho approvato questo messaggio... ;)
  20. There are numerous threads on this topic... the update deliberately neuters the battery life because somewhere, some genius decided to let their battery charge forever, and set the place on fire in the process...so naturally, L6's lawyers decided that we should all share in the suffering. Three cheers for a comically litigious society! Hip-hip, vomit!... I'm me, and I approved this message...;)
  21. Knock yourself out... but as you've already surmised, you can't actually do anything with it without a Helix connected. All it is, is an interface... there's nothing to play with in the software itself. All the functionality is in the hardware.
  22. Mine hasn't...4+ years old now, and not one hiccup that wasn't absent-minded user error. If there were any widespread failures, they'd have been whined about loudly and at length here at B!tch Central...;)
  23. Well I wasn't really talking about the physical footprint...Helix is one device... if it craps out on you, you're dead in the water and your fiddle shall remain silent until it's fixed or replaced. Whereas with a traditional pedalboard, the odds of each individual unit $hitting the bed simultaneously are basically zero. If one thing dies it can be "surgically" removed, and then it's on with the show... some guys don't like the "all your eggs in one basket" approach. Ymmv...
  24. Some things may be the same, but honestly I don't know... never been in the same room with a Shuriken. Like everything else in life, never assume... it's a later design, and a different aesthetic than the others. The bridges are obviously different, so there's no guarantee that the saddles/ piezos are interchangeable. They might be, but you'd have to confirm that with the powers that be.
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