I've had my Helix for a few weeks, and am LOVING it. I found a few tones right away that I was able to easily adjust to work for a lot of what I play.
The rabbit hole gets deep pretty quickly once you discover just how much you can do with this thing. I'm having a lot of fun getting into the details of some rather specific tones.
What I'm having a hard time understanding is the "rules" (for lack of a better term) for generating natural feedback.
Reading through the forum, there are a number of variables that people are talking about, but they don't all seem to match up.
For instance, I know that folks that are running straight to FOH, aren't going to get natural feedback without some help. The physics of speaker/distance/string/volume/pickup make perfect sense.
I can see why something like a Freqout pedal is required.
I don't gig often, and when I do, I'm able to bring a cabinet with me. I'm looking to retire my combo amp for a FRFR type of cab.
At home I use a class D monitor that does a decent job with my guitar synth (GR-55) and has a second input that I run my Helix into. I can get some natural feedback out of that, but it has to be louder than I would expect it to be. At practice with the band, I've been running the GR-55 though our PA. Our space is small enough that we don't really need our monitors, so I pan the 55 to the monitors only and set them next to my main amp. It works great. (The guys don't get spooked when they hear random sounds coming from different places......) When I run the Helix through the monitors, it's almost impossible to get natural feedback. It seems like it tries, but it just becomes an annoying squeal. I'd rather not get a Freqout or external device if I can help it. The FX loop trick doesn't seem like it's going to be a natural sound. Before I buy an FRFR for practice/gigs, I'd like to understand the "rules" for creating natural feedback when using speakers.
I just downloaded the "Feedbacker" and "Simple Feedback" patches from Customtone, and should be able to try them latter on tonight. If I can understand the fundamentals of how it works in the Helix patch structure, it would be helpful while I'm building new tones.
What are the settings/blocks on the Helix that make a difference, and what placement in the chain should they be in?
I know that having a noise gate on can squash natural feedback.
Obviously volume matters, but I've never had to be this excessively loud (or overdriven) to coax a little feedback.
Will there be settings on my PA that can be keeping it from happening that I should look at?
Any hints, tips, and advice would be appreciated.