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  1. Oh wow! this is impressive, nice work! I'll bookmark this, I have a few new patches I need to make over the weekend and this is a great reference. thanks and if I find any bugs I'll give feedback.
  2. One thing to consider in your choices - the new guitar process goes like this: Arrive at home, admire for 30 seconds, plug in, then begin playing. Play more hours than you probably should since it's a new toy... admire and then go to bed, start over in the morning. With the Helix it's - arrive home, spend next 3 weeks figuring it out, get angry at why it sounds flubby, tinny until you find a decent enough patch... study your butt off (all the time not actually playing any guitar... weeks go by and you are finally figuring out all the quirks & complexities... now spend months watching youtube videos, tweaking, learning, changing your understanding of how sound works, getting berated on forums for being a dolt by some superior helix users with 10K hours under their belt... continuing to struggle for months... spend your entire winter constantly messing with helix to emerge in the spring having lost some of your playing ability since you dedicated 2000 hours toward helix and not playing anything more than a few licks that came to mind. But now the good news is that you are pretty adept at using helix and have some good patches setup so you can finally get back to playing and enjoying guitar. I'm exaggerating a bit here, well maybe - bottom line is helix is a massive time sink.... do you WANT or NEED that right now?
  3. Thought I'd put these here. The Boss waza-air are headphones specifically designed for guitarists.. These would be the best you can get. they ain't cheap. but the are the best. https://www.boss.info/us/products/waza-air/
  4. just saw this today, thought I'd share... not a lot of specifics, but it's clear the Helix is now his primary pedalboard. https://www.guitarworld.com/features/steve-howe-you-cant-search-for-your-own-sound-youve-already-got-it-its-there
  5. Not sure I agree - that would cost development cycles and open up support needs/requests. and no one really uses chromebooks or linux for audio or production work. it's not a good use of Line6's resources to open up for those platforms. I'd rather they worked on making the product better for the 99.9% of users on PC & Mac.
  6. I have an always connected audio interface to my PC (windows) and use it as my primary audio control. I run XLR stereo out of my Helix for wet signal, and I drop in two "Sends" blocks right at the beginning of the chain for stereo dry out to 1&2. This method takes up 4 spots in total, but lets me have full access to my studio monitors with individual line control at my finger tips by turning knobs on the interface instead of software sliders. I also setup Windows audio to play through the (virtual) SPDIF OUT of the interface which pipes in my general PC audio through the interface for recording and hearing whatever I play on my PC (YouTube, MP3s, etc.) as well as it plays out through my studio monitors and I don't get any humm or buzz that often happens if you run a physical cable from the PC to the Audio interface. Basically - I have no physical audio cables connected to the PC, only 1 single USB connection through the audio interface. the Audio interface handles all audio inside itself so there's no latency (maybe 2-3ms at most, but it's a zero latency unit so it's darn close to zero). the only small thing with this setup is the audio interface must be on at all times you are using the PC, but for me it's silent so I just leave it on. If I could share one lesson I learned with buying audio interfaces - if you think you'll ever do any recording or play multiple instruments then don't short yourself on inputs, you'll always wish you had more! getting a more expansive and better quality unit is worth the added cost; and relatively speaking they cost less than guitars, amps and other gear.
  7. If you are doing via USB it won't work - chromebooks are not windows or mac based, they are their own OS by google as DunedinDragon mentioned. if you want to run an audio cable out of the headphones of the chromebook and then into one of the 1/4" inputs, probably the only way I can think of.
  8. kringle

    Power Cabs?

    More great stuff! I haven't had chance to mess with it yet, but it's at the top of my todo list when I get a chance. I am suspecting now my input is way too low as I usually run master volume at 50% so I have adjustability during the show and I have an amp mentality where I am expecting the PC+ to drive the volume/power even if the volume to it is low.
  9. kringle

    Power Cabs?

    OK, now you have me interested in retrying a few things and that video is a good view into his workflow. I'll share what I find.
  10. kringle

    Power Cabs?

    waymda, What's your situation like? I play small 50-200 person venues without house sound and most are not acoustically designed for live music. I'm playing with bass, acoustic drums, singer, and another guitarist. We play Pearl Jam, STP, Killers, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Green Day, Chili Peppers. We're definitely competing sonically even when we do our best to EQ the three guitars into their own space. by comparison, it's no where near the cutting power of a PRRI, Mesa Amp, or a pair of good PAs. I could easily see if you are playing more open songs, you are not competing with another guitar or full band, and the songs are slower & cleaner... yes, then they would do great. Just like it works fine for me at home. I think it comes down to your band, what music you play and your venues.
  11. kringle

    Power Cabs?

    Sweetwaters great, get majority of my gear there, so might as well test, if it's really for home use - you will probably like them a lot let us know what you think - maybe do a similar thing to what I did and have the 7CM amp hookup at similar volume and see how they compare.
  12. kringle

    Power Cabs?

    I thought I'd share that I have the Helix & a single PC112+, it's great for basement, but that's it. I tried gigging with it a few times and it becomes invisible to the ears. My guitar amps have the ability to move air and project the sound, the PC+ simply can't do that. It's loud but has no ability to cut through a room or hold its own against even a fairly quiet Bass cab, drums and the other guitarist's amp. It was really surprising because at home it's so friggin' loud. So after the PC+ failed to provide the right balance and multiple attempts to figure out why. I gave up - I moved my powercab to basically be a monitor - and it doesn't do that well either - still gets drowned out. Running my helix to the soundboard and out to a pair of 10" or 12" PA's at 30% volume is infinity better then a maxed out set of PC+. Keep in mind, we don't play loud when gigging My PC+ sits at home unused now. I did play around with my helix into PC+, a Mesa Amp & 12" PA side-by-side at home, set to the same volume to my ear. Flipping back and forth with no changes to the helix; the PC+ is void of any PUNCH... if I hit some muted chugs, it will be loud, but you feel nothing in your chest with the the PC+, the Mesa amp is like a punch to the sternum, and the PA is closer to the amp, miles ahead of the PC+. so this reaffirmed how weak the PC+ is, it's not at all on par with a basic PA. I'd caution moving away from an Amp with Cabs or even a set of PA's to the PC+ either in 2x format or 1x in stereo, it's a lot of money and I worry you might end up hating it. I agree with JLondon said - and my opinion is this will depend very much on what music you play, we're mostly alt-rock, some modern alt stuff, not too heavy. And modeling is definity passed the threshold into a full viable alternative for live music, makes my life significantly better and we mostly do covers so I can dial in true-to-original tones for every song and that brought us up to a whole new level of sound just by spending some time on my helix patches. EDIT/ADD : Missed the part where you were going to use the PC's for home or practice gigs. if that's the case, they probably will be good for that. I'll still leave my comments above in case anyone stumbles here thinking PC+'s are good for gigin' !
  13. Alright, I give up though on trying to figure it how I would do an offline update. I downloaded the new firmware but can't find any way to do it through HX Edit or Line 6 Updater. Can someone share the trick to do an offline update? Update: I figured out how to get the offline update to work: The Line 6 Updater won't work if HX Edit is running. What's happening is that since HX Edit isn't able to do Helix updates, the only way out was to cancel the update process. but when you do, it appears the HX Edit app is closed, but it's not - it's stills running as a services. You need to kill HX Edit through task manager (on windows system). Then run Line 6 Updater and it will see the Helix. For some reason, HX Edit blocks Line 6 Updater from seeing there is a Helix attached. I tried 6 more times with this latest 2.92 update through HX Edit but it was never able to download the firmware. when I was able to get Helix visible through Line 6 Update, it instantly downloaded the firmware and did the install. So clearly it's an issue with HX Edit not reliably downloading the firmware.
  14. The past two updates, it hangs at "Beginning Firmware Download" I have to try 5-6 times to get it to download the firmware. when I watch my network meter, HX Edit never tries to contact the server and no firmware flows. for 2.91, after 6th time, it just went strait through and downloaded in a few seconds. It's not my system or network, I've confirmed that each time - I think it's something odd with HX Edit. beyond that, the upgrades once they download have no issues.
  15. My Upgrades always fail on rebuilding preset #260. is that the third bank, 4th preset? my thoughts are 128 presets for bank 1, 128 for bank 2 making 256, then bank 3 would be the 4th one is #260? or is there some odd logic like it starts at zero? Also does anyone know how to force a rebuild again so I can confirm the bad preset?
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