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    Mainly finding a way to change my screen name here :-)

    When I chose 'line6BBD' I had no idea these forums existed, or that by using this name (chosen purely so I'd remember it) that I could be mistaken for a Line 6 employee. But as I quickly discovered, it is in fact impossible to change the name you used when creating your account. So I'm stuck with Line6BBD. Sorry for any confusion caused...
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  1. No, but I sold most of mine in the year after getting Helix... Like crusinon2, I find the beauty of Helix lies in its not being an analogue pedal board (or amp, cab etc). That's why I bought it :-)
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    Using Headphones with the Helix Floor

    Helix to mixer is left and right 1/4" jacks (to line 3+4), PC to mixer is via a converter cable: mini-jack at PC out to Y split L and R 1/4" jacks (to line 5+6). Mixer out to the monitors is XLR, headphones out is dedicated 1/4". The mixer doesn't colour the tone compared to direct out from the Helix. Helix can handle two separate inputs in parallel, so you can have your guitar on input A and your music on input B. But it's often better to have the full power of Helix just for your guitar signal processing. If there is no second input, Helix can combine input A and input B into a single chain for your guitar. Using a mini-mixer is a good way of keeping Helix free just for your guitar.
  3. Or alternatively, a mini-mixer, which doesn't cost much and is a useful thing to have for home practice setups as it lets you tie together PC music out, any other aux music inputs, headphones and speaker outputs.
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    Using Headphones with the Helix Floor

    Well, it depends what you want to do, but my home setup is a pair of active KRK Rokit powered studio monitors and the ubiquitous DT770 Pros. Audio clips via the PC, which also runs Helix Edit. Everything goes through a mini-mixer so I can play along to recordings, backing tracks and whatever I'm trying to learn. It works perfectly for me, the mini-mixer was the key that pulled everything together...
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    Using Headphones with the Helix Floor

    Well, the A6ts look good on paper for sure - and one would hope so at that price. They ought to do the job for you, but I've never tried them so all I can say is that if you don't like them then keep them for live work and spend the modest extra amount on any decent studio quality over-ear headphones you fancy and have done with it. I use the BD BT-770 Pros and they're fine, although by no means the only choice out there.
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    Stop the hair!

    Round? Unusual. But still too much information :-) Let's just think 'sea urchin' and count to ten... :-0
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    Stop the hair!

    +1
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    Stop the hair!

    +1 Marvio, I don't know my way around the genre, so you will have to hold my hand, so to speak :-)
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    Stop the hair!

    Perhaps the OP might be happier with an amp that is more naturally voiced closer to what he seems to want. Rather than putting the Valve Driver in front of a jumped Plexi, why not try the JCM 800 on its own, and experiment with the preamp gain and tone stack? One that was made a fair way upthread... :-) Sometimes, less is more. A JCM 800 somewhat cranked with the input pad on might get you into the ballpark... EDIT: I should have also said that putting a Parametric EQ block at the end of the signal chain with Low Cut at ~100Hz and High Cut at ~12kHz gets rid of bass flub and trims off unwanted top-end hair.
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    Stop the hair!

    I've become somewhat more aware of the great importance of getting the input gain right with Helix. With the guitar input pad off, some pickups are a wee bit too much imho, and you can get an unpleasant fizz in more overdriven tones. I've started to switch the guitar pad on and place a gain block right at the start of the signal chain. If - and only if - the guitar needs a boost, I increase gain carefully until it gets where it needs to be. This is always lower than the +5dB boost roughly equivalent to having the guitar pad off. Both amp drive and pedal drive sound better to my ears using this approach. It's *so* easy to end up with too much gain in the signal chain and it messes up your tones.
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    The JC 120 is solid state, so overdriving it with hot pickups, no pad *and* the Kinky Boost is unlikely to produce good results :-) It's just not how the amp is designed to be used... From what you say, you might be better with the bright slider all the way up on the JC 120 model (equivalent to the bright switch 'on' on the original). That will get you plenty of clean bite, but it will sound unpleasant if the amp is being pushed too hard from the front.
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    I would think anywhere between 2.5 and about 5. It's a pretty loud amp IRL.
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    Just what you say you did - run through the Helix Jazz Chorus 120 model and listen out for artifacts arising from pushing the front of the model too hard - slight fartiness in the low strings and scratchiness in the high strings. I'm amazed you can get EMGs to sound good through the JC 120 with the pad off. For a good, crystal-clean tone, even with low-wind PAFs, I prefer the pad on for best results. With a bridge JB, I *need* the pad on or it sounds crappy. All you need to do is increase the gain at the end of the chain, either with a gain block or by tweaking the output gain parameter. That way, you get (imho) much cleaner cleans, but no loss of gain with the pad on. What you take away at the beginning of the chain, you add back in at the end. I'm getting an impression that the high gain fraternity are less sensitive to input gain issues than the rest of us :-)
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    Have you tried the JC 120 test?
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    Thank you for the link, V-B. Following on from that and other threads here and at TGP I get the impression - subjectively supported by my ears - that a modest cut in input gain does result in better humbucker tones, even with low output HBs. The canary in the coal mine for problematic input gain seems to be the JC 120. It's surprising how many pickups sound bad with the pad off. Assuming that there's nothing unusual about the JC 120 model in Helix, this suggests that with the pad off, many pickups are hitting the front of the amp - any amp - hard enough to make a bit of mess that shouldn't be there. Of course this would affect all tones, all the way up to cranked, and a number of commenters think that it does (including me). So although it's an old chestnut (sorry), maybe worth a revisit. If curious, I'd suggest to anyone wanting to check - try a few guitars through the default Jazz Rivet block with the pad off and on, dig in a bit with the playing, and see what you think.
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