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Everything posted by cruisinon2

  1. I'm afraid you'll have to play all your Rage covers the old fashioned way...;)
  2. How is the crowd at Walt's Trout Hut at 9 am on a Tuesday? ;)
  3. Honestly, it's not significantly different than changing any other Strat- style pickguard. Just don't have at it like a crazed gorilla on meth, and everything will be fine....
  4. Lmao...we have a winner! This is easily in the top 5 funniest things I've ever seen around here...;)
  5. Never seen a limited edition in person, but 99.997% of the world's guitars have the serial number somewhere on the headstock...
  6. If your cat could send you a text... it wouldn't.
  7. cruisinon2

    3.2 hint?

    Duly noted...lol. There, see? I laughed. Out loud, no less. Best Tuesday ever! Lmao... And look at that! Now I'm laughing my a$$ off. What progress I've made in just one post... and all thanks to you. I'm eternally grateful. May the force be with you...;)
  8. cruisinon2

    3.2 hint?

    So I'm no fun because Line 6 has a secretive MO, and I acknowledged that openly? So be it. I am curious about on thing, though... if I were to pretend that this were not the case, would that qualify for a "fun" upgrade? I'm flexible...
  9. cruisinon2

    3.2 hint?

    Here's your hint: They're not gonna tell you exactly what's in it, nor will they tell you when it's coming... beyond staggering vagueness like "soon" or "in the spring", which have little to no meaning at all...
  10. Except for one thing...my dogs live better than I do, lol
  11. Lol... assuming that this is true, then we've all been chasing our tails for decades. "Ah...I seem to have stumbled into the 'Time Well Spent Ward' " - Dr Bob Kelso ;)
  12. In a perfect world, sure... in practice though, that almost never happens. EQ is your friend, and the overwhelming likelihood is that most patches you create will require at least some additional EQ beyond what you can accomplish with the amp block's tone controls. As indicated above, if you're piggybacking more than one speaker emulation on top of each other, the results will never be anything but mud.
  13. I think that the odds of any company in the modeling game continuing to introduce new products based on nearly 20 year old algorithms, is about the same as FedEx bringing back the Pony Express.
  14. Oh my God! I can't believe it! What a travesty! Line 6 clearly doesn't care about their customers! Whew! That felt good didn't it? Now allow me to introduce you to reality... no matter whom you're purchasing from, stuff can rot on shelves and in warehouses for extended periods before it ends up in the hands of a customer. Once a unit leaves the factory, it's in the hands of any one of a thousand middle-men, for indeterminate periods of time, before you open the box. That's how commerce works... for everything from your socks, to a Chevy. Exactly what do you propose that L6 or Yamaha do about that? Or you could quit looking for things to whine about, and take 11 minutes out of your busy schedule to update the friggjn' firmware...
  15. The last firmware update of any significance was sometime in 2014, so that pretty much covers "improvements". Impressions are another matter, and as with anything else, they're all over the map... but you're in the right place. You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting an opinion... but generally speaking, Variax guitars are either a love or hate it product. They're not for everybody...take a month off from work and read to your heart's content. ;)
  16. Here ya go: They're all "similar" to any mediocre reverb you've ever heard...;)
  17. The only cure for headphones that you don't like, is a new pair. I didn't particularly care for how the 240's sounded with Helix either, and I had used them for years prior... they sounded kinda "brittle", for lack of a better term. I gambled on a pair of AKG K701's, which I much prefer, though I doubt impedance has anything to do with it. The 701's are rated at 62 ohms vs 55 for the 240's, which is hardly a difference worth talking about. The 701's are fully open-back, though (the 240's are only semi-open) and have larger diameter cushions... so unless you're Dumbo, your ears should fit entirely inside, which I find much more comfortable (especially when wearing for long periods) than the 240's, which sit on your ears as opposed to around them. Ultimately, as with any other output method, any pair of cans you buy will add color to a greater or lesser degree, no matter how flat or transparent the brochure claims they are. It's always a gamble... buy from someplace that has a decent return policy so you don't get stuck with something else you don't like.
  18. Of course. That's now the default justification for any and all instances where the rights of the electorate are trod upon, the endless expansion of the surveillance state, etc etc etc. "Pay no attention, there's nothing to see here... this is all about your safety. Now shut up and obey."
  19. I can sum it up in for you: The companies are not concerned with consumers' best interests. The lawyers are not concerned with the consumers' best interests. And the politicians sure as $hit are not concerned with the consumers' best interests. Yet these are the three entities that will argue amongst themselves, grease each other's palms, and ultimately decide how the cookie crumbles for the rest of us serfs...you do the math.
  20. It shouldn't, but unfortunately I think the answer to that is sometimes "yes"... Google the "right to repair" legislation, and you can read for days (and probably become alarmed) about what you can and can't legally do to things that you've paid good money for, and own outright. As far as I'm concerned, if I want to buy 100 Helixes (Helices?) and fill them with maple syrup, I should be able to do exactly that... but that's not necessarily the world we live in.
  21. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if your experience wasn't typical, there would be no reason for anybody to bother experimenting with different pickups, and the gazillion aftermarket options out there wouldn't exist...
  22. Exactly my point. I could care less if one chip has 11 extra phemtobytes (or whatever esoteric units in which one wishes to measure) of DSP. Does it do what I need it to do? Does it sound good? If the answer to those questions is "yes", great. Sold. If not, moving on...
  23. Ok... but a laptop might be called upon to do any one of 10,000 very different tasks, the success or failure of which might really be dependent on genuinely knowing what's under the hood so that you don't find yourself in a "you can't get there from here" scenario...but a modeler either does the one thing it's designed to do, and do it well, or it doesn't. And the assessment of said performance is almost entirely subjective and directly related to an individual's personal experience with these kinds of tools. In the end, I fail to see how a reading a spec sheet beforehand will aid in the above determination one way or the other, for one simple reason: I'm no dummy, but I'm also not tech savvy on a super granular, component level, either... you could almost tell me that Helix's innards consist of a really smart hamster named Lou, who manually implements whatever changes I make in real time on a tiny laptop, and I'd be hard-pressed to disagree. Similarly, you could rattle off the name(s) of the latest and greatest processing chips, and it wouldn't mean any more or less to me than if you called them Fred and Ethel... and I know I'm not alone in this regard. So it's not hard to understand why they don't bother to publish the majority of those specs...Joe Average neither knows nor cares, and for the minority who do, some are bound to whine loudly and publicly (just like Captain Video, above) about anything they've judged to be substandard. So if you're Line 6, what's the upside? The only question I need answered is "will 'Device X' serve my needs, or not?"... and I can't get that from a spec sheet. There's exactly one way to find out. Just my 2 cents.
  24. I was thinking of upgrading my kidneys... how big should I go? ;)
  25. Yeah, I get that... however, it's a safe bet that the overwhelming majority of users own just one Helix product. And even for those who do have more than one, it seems rather cumbersome to try and edit both simultaneously. So I'll stick with my original assessment...I would not have assumed that such a feature would exist, and it wouldn't surprise me if it never occurred to the guys who wrote the software, either.
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