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  1. On 11/6/2021 at 2:32 PM, cubbini said:

    Looking to replace pickguard on JTV69s, wondering about possible pitfalls and things to be extra careful about. Especially when removing the three control knobs... in particular, the best way to remove them.




    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....

  2. 5 minutes ago, zappazapper said:

    No, you're no fun because half the fun of these updates tends to be the discussion and speculation around them, and your statement suggests it's not worth the time, or at least that you're not enjoying it. Plus, you're no fun because saying someone is no fun is fun. I'm sure you're just the right amount of fun. No worries. 


    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...;)




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  3. 19 minutes ago, zappazapper said:

    You must be a lot of fun at parties...


    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...

  4. 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...

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  5. 30 minutes ago, rd2rk said:

    Scientifically speaking, accurate memory of a given sound lasts (IIRC) approximately 13 seconds. No, I don't know where I read that. Google it!




    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



  6. 11 hours ago, jakebronson said:

    ...but shouldn’t a fender deluxe sound like a fender deluxe without adding an eq and manipulating it?


    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. 


    11 hours ago, jakebronson said:


    I think I am probably doing something wrong. I am disappointed and a little confused. 


    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.

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  7. 9 hours ago, kornea said:


    Today I bought a Helix Floor from a music shop that they had ordered for me. I plug it in and I see that the firmware installed is version... 2.30 !!! I can't believe it! 2.30... Seriously, Line6? A brand new thing ordered directly from Yamaha and delivered with a firmware that is what? 2 years old? 3 years old? no idea really!

    it's a bit too much...


    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...

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  8. On 10/25/2021 at 11:12 AM, aa0300 said:

    Anyone still using this model. Any impressions or improvements?


    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. ;)

  9. On 10/14/2021 at 11:56 PM, willyjacksonjs22 said:

    They sound harsh to me when raising the volume any tips? My Studio monitors sound great. Well except at low volumes 


    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.

  10. 32 minutes ago, HonestOpinion said:

    I suspect this will be justified by Apple citing enhanced security...


    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."

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  11. 52 minutes ago, HonestOpinion said:

    From my cursory reading on the subject so far though I can definitely see where there is a need, particularly in the best interests of the end user, to find some more rational middle ground. The laws governing this issue appear also to vary widely by state/country.


    It is easy to see the complexities and challenges involved on both sides of the issue - corporate and consumer.


    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.


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  12. 3 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    Does the EULA expressly forbid tinkering for your own fun and folly?


    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.


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  13. 10 hours ago, musicmanD123 said:

    Hello Helix Community,


    Has anyone experienced a huge change in preset sounds after changing pickups in their guitars?

    I just had a Seymour Duncan JB installed in the bridge and a 59 in the neck of my PRS SE Custom 24. These replaced the originally 85/15s pickups which I thought were ok, but never satisfied with the sounds. I play lots of different styles from Steely Dan to Tool to Opeth to Porcupine Tree, so versatility is important for me. 

    The clean sounds from these pups are amazing, didn’t know this guitar could sound so beautiful. But, any tones with gain or distortion sound absolutely terrible in every position.

    I usually only use the bridge for high gain and it sounds flat, harsh with no punch. Every preset with gain sounds the same no matter the amp model or different signal chain.

    Thanks so much for your help.

    Best regards,


    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...

  14. 2 hours ago, DunedinDragon said:

    I think the only thing good about not publicizing those kind of technical details is it would give users the opportunity to bash or promote one modeler over another based on technical trivia they have no clue about.  I often find it hilarious when users that struggle to understand the concepts involved with building signal chains or the use of snapshots and presets, or how to route different signals in and out of the Helix get fixated on the one thing that even highly technical trained engineers sometimes don't completely understand.


    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...

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  15. 14 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    To state the obvious, in many respects current modelers are a computer specialized to generate and process sound. Although modelers have in common the identical goal of emulating amps and effects and often providing a recording interface, where they differ from computers is the higher degree of specialization in the UI, firmware, and software that sit on top of the hardware. These can vary wildly from one manufacturer to another and seem, to some extent, have lent license to companies not being particularly forthcoming about the hardware that underlies them. You don't just slap the identical version of Microsoft or Mac OS and Office onto every single modeler. There is no comprehensive benchmarking application for modelers. Not having an identical yardstick applied to all hardware makes it less compulsory to provide hardware details that make it easier to predict how different hardware platforms will perform . In many respects this is a good thing as hardware is hardly the sole factor in providing the mojo that makes for a great modeler. Protecting intellectual property probably plays a role here as well.


    Although modeler manufacturers tout certain specs they are particularly proud of, often they are not very comprehensive about listing just what is inside the box. When you purchase a computer/laptop there is almost always a description that informs you, in some measure of detail, exactly what parts it has inside - make, model, type, and speed of the CPU, memory, storage, I/O, MTBF, etc. Those specs give you a better idea of how much you should be paying, what kind of performance to expect, how long till the devices EOL, and what sort of processing and storage it may be capable of down the road.


    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. 




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  16. 9 hours ago, AMountain said:

    Well, why - i described at least one cause; ...


    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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