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  1. rvroberts

    New Helix to QSC K12.2

    You probably need to know about High and low cuts if you want nice smooth tones. Google that.
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    I Love My HX Stomp... But My Bandmate Doesn't

    No I haven't. Do you use onstage monitoring that keeps up with his tube amp? I found as soon as I was making sounds the band could feel holding down the part of a guitar in a band context - it was all good. I use FRFR wedges (in stereo - but I don't think that's got anything to do with it except it makes me happy!) - but in rehearsal I make sure one is facing "across stage" so everyone can hear me well. Live, I don't worry about that - I leave that to the foldback and just bask in my stereo pleasure! Recordings of the band and feedback form audience is my sound is great - that generally shuts up doubters!
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    How does the Helix react to external drive pedals ?

    The Deal is that it was never a problem for the majority of users. One problem with forums is that the problems of a few often get blown out of proportion - like the comment you just made - it was never a fact. Most problems come from power loops, bad cables etc. And can therefore be fixed - and might need the same attention on a conventional pedal board. This can be exaggerated if some source that is already noisy is plugged into a very high gain amp - it's probably going to lift the noise floor to somewhere unbearable no matter what. So dealing with the quality of what you feed into the signal chain and how you handle it is a real concern - nothing to do with the Helix - watch "That Pedal Show" It's why Dan has a business building big boards. There are pedals that don't play well with others - like a Fuzz Face - it needs to be first in a chain - it just is as it is - nothing to do with Helix.
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    Helix Lt with vintage fender twin reverb

    You can't run amp sims into an amp. If you want to use the Helix amps, you need to run FRFR. So you say you plugged into the PA? I'm assuming you mean direct out of the Helix? Then you need to know about High and low cut filters. All cabs and IRs (the speaker simulation part of the digital process) need to be EQ'd so the range is similar to a guitar speaker. There are 2 common ways to do this - use the high and low cut filters on those cabs and IRs - or use global EQ. The secret is that you don't need to hear much above 5K for a typical guitar sound - even a bright "hifi" clean strat sound. Distortion hates frequencies above 5k (ish) So if you want decent overdrives, that's the first thing to do. It also smooths out clean sounds. Suddenly a Helix amp starts to sound like the thing you know so well. Next you need to reduce the lows. Normally somewhere around 100Hz is about the place to roll off the lows. Those high and low cuts need to be drastic - if you use the global EQ make those curves steep! Do that, and you will start to get good sounds - direct into a FRFR system. You can only use the Helix as a pedal board into the front of a guitar amp - you positively don't want to send an amp simulation into an amp!
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    Advice on live setup with Helix LT.

    There are just too many ways to do what you seem to want to do. These will be different depending whether you are working solo through your own sound system, or at a venue with a sound system and a mixer. You could work all this through the Helix - but balancing levels and other demands of live sound like feedback control would get very messy. You could use your computer as the hub for all this and use the Helix as an interface for your guitar (but probably not your Vocal) - but latency (in the computer not the Helix) would get to be a problem. I would always use a mixer. There are very good and cost effective mixers out there - some probably more aimed at DJs - that would give you the kind of control you need live. Then you can have a great vocal sound with it's own effects (most of these mixers have OK digital effects built in), your Helix sound easily adjusted for the room without need to fiddle with the Helix interface, and all your computer supplied content feed into it's own input. Depending on what you are trying to do, you might need Midi to keep say timed delays synced. Can you run all this through the Helix - well kind of yes, but not with the flexibility you need live. The Helix (and Headrush) is built round the idea of presets which is great for repeatability, but bad for the variables of a live gig. (not bad for guitar - but it does not have real mixing capabilities and that's what you are going to need.) The above setup does nothing to help you decide if you want a Helix or Headrush. Helix floor can take a Mic. It has the ability to pass through computer audio coming in on USB - which can all be adequate for say home practise - but nowhere near as controlable or practical as a small mixer. In a venue with a soundie, you'd just let him handle the vocal chores directly (assuming you aren't doing anything too effects oriented) and give him/her a stereo line out from your mixer. Where there is no soundie you just plug your mixer into the venue system or a powered speaker system and away you go. If your aim is to have one thing that does it all - neither Helix or Headrush is really it - that's my opinion - as I said - in theory - but not in practical real world I say - yes the Helix can be your hub. I think someone on this list is or was doing it all with the Helix - expect to hear from them for the other argument!
  6. rvroberts

    low cut settings..

    Regarding playing live - are you going to play about the same volume you rehearse? If so, you will have nothing to worry about. If you will be turning up, then you might need to increase your low (and maybe high) rolloff. Google Fletcher Munson curve. Basically it says as you get louder the bottoms and tops become more audible compared to you mids - so it you already have a dark tone, it's likely to be mud at a high volume. I think rehearsing at the volume you play is the best solution - but that assumes you don't want to blast your audience and you don't try to deafen yourself at rehearsal! A sensible approach is to play at a good mix level with your drummer's acoustic sound.
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    Bass Octaver

    Have you experimented with the pitch/synth modules like Simple Pitch? And adding either AM Ring (if you want a tad of ring modulation) or some Mutant Filter on low mode? Not a bass player, but I can get a lot of classic octave sounds right there.
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    Adding a block at the front of signal path

    That is probably because there is no more DSP available to process other blocks. If you have everything on one path - say path A - you need to join path A and path B so you then get more DSP (signal processing). Each path has its own DSP so if you need more, you need to link the paths and move some of the blocks to path B. I quickly put "dual path in Helix" into youTube and found this and a batch of other videos - didn't look through the whole thing, but I saw the basic setup there, so chances are he knows the system - if not do the same search and pick one of the other videos - you can have 4 paths in fact, but watch the videos!
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    HX Stomp as Amp Sim with 3rd Party IRs

    The only reason anyone uses the 4 cable method is that they are using a real amp for their main tone and only want to use the Helix (stomp in your case) for effects, When using an amp sim you can use a helix cab or an IR - not both. The amps are entire amps - but don't get confused about that - the best place to put effects you don't want in front of your amp so they interact with the preamp, is at the end of the chain. That's what happens in a studio - so after the cab and mic simulation. The only reason anyone puts it between the preamp and power amp in a valve amp rig is that's the place you get the least amp effect and your reverb or delay can be as clean as possible in that type of rig - placed after everything is the way you do it in a studio and gives the most beautiful delays. (and a lot of the delays and reverbs have controls to roll off the highs etc to make the effect less hifi if that's what you want) So if you plan to use the HX Stomp with a batch of real effects pedals and you are mostly looking to the stomp for amp sims and clean effects - you would put all the things you would generally put into the front of your amp before the Stomp. You would then start in the stomp with an amp and say cab or IR and then you would have delay, reverb and anything else you wanted to use post amp (maybe leslie say in stereo? - whatever), This is not the only way to do it, you can use Helix sends and returns but the idea of using the preamp out on a traditional amp is not very useful when you have the full chain in the digital world and uses up blocks. The preamps are probably not much use in your scenario - with a limited number of blocks in the Stomp, I don't think I'd be using them. You have everything from the full Helix, but that doesn't mean you have to use them in the striped down world of a Stomp. You should not need a DI to feed FOH.
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    Where can I learn about the settings for effects/amps?

    It is generally assumed that Helix users have some experience of a variety of Valve (tube) amps and a wide range of conventional pedals. As the Helix does a pretty good job of simulating these devices, and the IRs do a very good job of simulating cabs, that you just plug together modules based on that experience and you pretty much get what you'd expect. However, it's a digital age, and as you read this forum, it becomes very clear that there are a lot of younger players out there for which the above doesn't apply. This gets a bit more confusing because Line 6 avoids copyright problems by calling them something slightly different. A lot of what you want is here - https://helixhelp.com/ But the broader question - what does every knob do - including the intention - so gain might just increase volume, but it might also be a distortion control for example - no one has tried to do that. With the above link, you could do a lot of that for yourself - once you know what that amp is actually modelling, you could google the manufacturer and possibly download a manual. You can also look a YouTube videos of the real devices to get a better idea of how they should sound and what the controls do. The Helix often gives you controls the amp does not though - like Sag - this lets you get under the hood in a way that only really good amp techs once did. Again you could google it. So it's not all in one place - and it would be a huge job if it was - but there is the 'how to' you might be looking for.
  11. rvroberts

    HX Effects Blank Screen

    I'd be taking it back instantly - assuming it's almost new and clearly faulty - it should be replaced on the spot if they got stock. Don't know where you are in the world - laws vary, but in most places failure on new goods is the responsibility of the shop - it's up to them to sort it with Line 6 not you.
  12. rvroberts

    HX Stomp + Bluguitar Amp1 -

    You might find this interesting -
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    Routing to both FRFR and FOH?

    DI box is a simple fix, most soundies already carry a batch for bass and keys anyhow. Regarding the Friedman, I’ve never heard one, but even at a reduced price it’s not cheap! There are the line 6 power cabs and a pile of seriously good speaker systems, many of which are designed specifically for a more “guitar” sound out there at or below that price. Yes, Friedman is a good name, but that box came out a while ago, and it’s hardly the only kid on the block these days. Personally I’m still needing to be convince some really good PA boxes don’t do the job every bit as well. You’d be able to go stereo ( which I find to be a real treat) for similar money with 2 1000w boxes. I’d fun 1/4 inch into my monitors and save the XLRs for FOH. So my basic message is try some options before jumping in. Be aware that you will need to EQ your sound for any box, and I personally find it more logical to be EQing for something that more closely emulates the FOH.
  14. rvroberts

    Your Update is only for OS X 10.10??

    Updating your Mac to a more recent OS is free. To not be able to update to a supported OS version, your Mac would be more than 9 years old. You can update late 2012 models to the latest OS. If older, you might need to use one of the other compatible versions. If you cannot do that, I think it is unreasonable to expect latest technology to be compatible with technology more than 10 years old.
  15. Yes, but us southern Hemisphere types like to keep things simply - 1st March -----very simple! Not that the temperature is often below 26c that's 79 degrees F for you non metric types.
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