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Everything posted by cruisinon2

  1. Finding anything at the moment is a pain in the arse...the whole world is out of just about everything. Supply chain/ inventory issues for everything from thumb tacks to skivvies. Plus, the stuff you're looking for is ultra-specific, and was sometimes hard to find, even in the Before Times. Hurry up and wait... At the moment, if it's still under warranty, a service ticket might be the quickest way to get it done...
  2. Well I'm out of ideas, then.... it's obviously not the guitar, as it works with other amps. Yet at the same time, it's hard to blame the Helix because your other instruments don't produce the same symptoms. You could always throw a gain block at the front of the chain... it's "inexpensive" in terms of DSP, and might help some...but what's causing the problem is beyond me. I own a dozen guitars, with a variety of pickup types, configurations, some old, some new, etc...and I've never experienced anything remotely like what you're describing.
  3. I'm eventually gonna need new brake pads on my ride...I don't know exactly when that'll be, I just know it's coming. All I can do is periodically check and see how much meat is left... and when they're shot, they're shot. Anything can fail... whether it actually will or not is anybody's guess. But Joe Average User will not be able to predict from afar if, or when what you've described might become an issue. If it's gonna keep you up nights, open a service ticket and see what they tell you. Otherwise, just play... if it craps out one day, deal with it...but worrying about it every day between now and then won't make it any less likely to happen.
  4. Just a bit, lol. It's bad enough that modeling, as good as it currently is, still draws ire from the "analog purists" of the world... but if it were actually the case that one's prized '72 Les Paul simply wouldn't work with a modeler because the electronics were "too old", the industry would never hear the end of it...
  5. I won't pretend to be able to diagnose your problem remotely... all anyone can do is offer guesses. But this is really grasping at straws and doesn't make any sense at all. With few exceptions, guitar pickup technology hasn't changed appreciably in decades...a humbucker is a humbucker. There's no earthly reason that "old pickups" won't work properly with a modeler. I have several guitars that are more than 20+ years old, with all the original electronics, and they work just fine with Helix, and any other modelers or plug-ins that I've used in recent years.
  6. cruisinon2

    Fractal FM9

    Oh, I think we've all been hanging around here long enough to know that even if the update came with free $100 bills, once a week for life, plus a backstage pass to the Victoria's Secret fashion show, the Cranky Contingent would still whine that everything on their personal wish list wasn't included...;)
  7. I seriously doubt there's anything wrong with the pickups themselves...its hard to destroy guitar pickups unless you actually try. There could be any number of wiring/ toggle switch/ input jack issues however, that having nothing to do with the pickups themselves. You might also have a simple setup/ pickup height issue. If you're not familiar with what goes on under the hood, take it to someone who is. But no matter what the cause of the symptoms may be, someone else's subjective assessment of the same guitar's performanc cannot even remotely be considered a "direct comparison", and it won't help you gain much insight into what's going on with your particular instrument. If you really want to compare the pickups' output to those in another instrument, get a multimeter and measure the outputs... that's the only way to know if one is actually hotter than the other. Failing that, you could just plug the PC1 into something other than Helix, and see if it still sounds anemic... if not, then the problem is not likely the guitar, though this is a far less scientific approach as it introduces other variables.
  8. How dare you bring logic to a perfectly good assumption-fueled, hand wringing panic? ;) It seems that some folks just aren't happy unless there's impending doom lurking just around the corner... but you are correct. This guy's unit failed, and that's too bad... but it's an absurd leap to conclude that based on this enormous sample size of one, that every Helix in the wild is a ticking time bomb for an identical failure under similar conditions. This is a cautionary tale, folks...with exactly one useful take-away: ANYTHING can fail, at any time. Period. Bring a backup. Every time, no exceptions. The end. Because no matter what two units/rigs you have at your disposal, the odds of both of them $hitting the bed simultaneously is vanishingly small. One or the other will work and you'll live to fight another day. Or just roll the dice, risking embarrassment, lost jobs and/or money, and blown opportunities.
  9. Nobody's saying that one's backup must be identical to their main rig. Mine certainly isn't...I don't own a second Helix, and I don't plan to... but you simply must have something else to use in a pinch, no matter what it costs... because if you gig enough, sooner or later something will crap out at the worst possible moment. On a long enough timeline, it's an absolute certainty.
  10. What happened sucks, and I feel your pain... but to be brutally frank, what really ruined the show wasn't the Helix, it was the fact that you apparently had no Plan B. You can't show up to the "most important gig of your life" without some sort of backup, and just assume that there will be no problems....that's practically begging the universe to kick you in the nuts. What should have been a brief Spinal Tap moment (which you would have eventually laughed at) became a catastrophic failure because you didn't have a failsafe... you can't do that.
  11. cruisinon2

    Fractal FM9

    At last! Something new to specu-whine about...;)
  12. This thread is 4 years old... don't be surprised if you don't get a response.
  13. I like most of my Line 6 products in a white wine sauce.... unless it's a floor unit. Those require something a bit more robust, like a nice cabernet. You've asked an incredibly vague question... besides, you've come to a Line 6 user forum. Everybody here is a fan...what exactly are you trying to find out?
  14. This is a user forum... no one official will answer you in here. Regardless, don't hold your breath. Welcome to the club. You, and everybody else who updated. No... not in a million years will they risk the liability, no matter how slight. The old battery life ain't coming back... it's a neutered product now. Live with it, or go shopping.
  15. Perceptions are weird, fickle, impossible to quantify, influenced by damn near anything, and they can change at the drop of a hat... hell, if you were in a $hitty enough mood the first time you used the stock cabs, you'd probably hate them. On the other hand, if you had just won a thousand bucks on a scratch-off 5 minutes before you try out the "new and improved" over-sampled cabs, then you might decide that they're the most glorious things you've ever heard... and in neither case would your assessment have much to do with the actual sounds themselves. And I won't even get into the fact that the comparison you're making relies on what you've managed to remember about the stock cabs, after having not used them for an extended period of time. It's like trying to compare the steak you have in front of you to one that you ate in 1997... but I digress. Point is, it's all entirely subjective... you can't validate or invalidate your own assessment based on someone else's. If you like what you hear, then use 'em... nobody can tell you you're wrong, because likes and dislikes can't be objectively measured... they just are.
  16. You can take it out when not in use if it makes you feel better, but it won't make any difference. The only way the battery gets actively drained is if you leave the guitar sitting around with the 1/4" cable plugged in... the jack is effectively an "on" button.
  17. I dunno...I was a lot more enamored of my Variax when I first got it, than I am now. It's not a "bad" instrument... it's just not great either, and it's just not what I reach for most of the time. Replacing the neck did help, but it just doesn't grab me like it once did. Anything else that comes along would have to be a whole lot nicer on the guitar side for me to get interested... though I suspect that whatever comes next, if anything, will just be another Pacifica loaded with fancier new guts. We'll see...
  18. It has nothing to do with your expectations, or the device's ability to create pleasing guitar tones. There are 1000 threads around here with the exact same complaint ... most recently just a couple of days ago. The responses in the thread above will explain your problem in gory detail, but I'll give you the Cliff Notes version here: Different output devices + radically different volume levels = Huge difference in tone. There is no escaping this, and it's not the device's fault... it's your brain's fault. The perception of loudness of different frequency ranges varies with volume, and the response across the audible spectrum is neither uniform, nor linear... not even close, actually. You will experience the exact same thing with any other modeler on the market. Your patches MUST be tailored to be output device and volume-specific. You have EQing to do... Fwiw, the situation is no different with a "real" amp... play any amp under the sun at a comfy living room level, and then crank it to stage volume. That'll yield two different results too, for the exact same reason, and you'll have to turn a few knobs if you don't want it to sound like crap.
  19. You're trying to bridge two very different worlds here. These are solid body electric guitars we're taking about... comparing string guage preferences to what's typically used on acoustic guitars is pointless...they're completely different animals.
  20. I don't want to pay for beer... but every time I try and walk out of the store with a free sixer, the cops show up... what to do, what to do? ;) You need an amp switcher... there are numerous options, but this one should solve your ground loop issues. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LE1AT3--lehle-1at3-sgos-3-amp-switcher-pedal
  21. I have opinions too... and a good percentage of the time, reality fails to align with them...but so what? The world doesn't care about my opinions, or yours, and things are what they are. Lots of things that should be, aren't. Life's rough. In the end, the simple fact is this: No product will be supported forever, whether it's still on the shelves or not... dollar signs (and nothing else) dictate that. And the more tech- dependent a product is, the shorter and shorter it's lifespan will be going forward, as tech continues to evolve ever faster. And all of this, in all its glory, will roll merrily along without any regard whatsoever for opinions that say it should be otherwise. May as well get used to it...
  22. Companies exist to make money. As long as people are still forking over cash for a product, they'll continue to sell it. However, long term support and/or perpetual development of an old product line is a pipe dream. They simply can't devote endless resources to everything forever. The HD500X is about as old as the Variax at this point, and there hasn't been an update for that thing in years either... yet it's still on the shelves, too. Why? Because people are still buying it.
  23. One patch per song is the way you want to go, using individual snapshots within each preset to cover whatever changes (verse, chorus, solo, etc etc) you need throughout a given tune. But trying to set up an individual patch for each verse, chorus, and solo section of every song will get cumbersome very quickly. For 30 tunes you'd end up with almost 100 patches, perhaps more depending on the songs in question. That's nuts...it would be an organizational nightmare to name and curate everything so that you'd know what you're looking at at a glance, and would require you to access multiple banks of patches to get to everything... that's still gonna be a fair amount of tap dancing both during and especially between songs. Then there's the audible gap that exists between patch changes, which is certainly not what you want to hear between every verse and chorus. This can be avoided, but only by limiting yourself to single-path presets...with the DSP limit this imposes, it would require that all your patches be kept very simple, somewhat limiting what Helix has to offer. Using snapshots within a preset on the other hand, is instantaneous. There are no audible drop outs no matter how many simultaneous parameter changes are made, and for any one tone you'd have twice the DSP at your disposal compared to a bunch of single-path presets. This is really not the way to go...
  24. Well on the plus side, the last firmware update of any significance was sometime in 2014... so there's at least a chance that it's not sporting a super-ancient firmware version. Firmware versions aside, depending on what OS you're running, you might still be able to get into Workbench through your Helix and tweak stuff on the Variax.
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