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  1. I think the only way it works is to go the other way, like that band Royal Blood, which is a bassist who shifts his signal up an octave and then puts it in a guitar amp (I think?). That works I think because bass is generally a single note instrument and shifting that up an octave gives you single note guitar lines, which is not typically what a guitar is limited to but in the context of that band it doesn't sound out of place. They make it work. Unless you were playing exclusively single note lines on your guitar, now all of a sudden your "virtual bassist" is playing full chords. The reason that bass is generally a single note instrument is mostly because of how chords work - when two or more notes are played there are resulting overtones from constructive and destructive interference, and the lower you go the lower those overtones are and the end result is just a huge mess of flub. So putting a pitch shifter on your guitar doesn't result in a "virtual bassist", it just results in a mess of low end frequency that will most likely not compliment what you're doing on guitar. Of course, that all depends on what you're playing. You could make that work for you with a combination of effect tweaking and careful playing. But IMHO, that seems like even more work than tolerating a real human bassist (trust me, I know the struggle).
  2. The current behavior of bypass control via incoming MIDI is not the same as via Helix built in footswitches. As @lou-kash stated: I have submitted an IdeaScale post that suggests giving us more control over block behavior via incoming MIDI. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Incoming-MIDI-CC-Bypass-Assign-Min-Max-Value-or-Polarity/1001069-23508 Please upvote it. Thanks.
  3. Ya I think I need to sit down and figure out a better way to present the idea. I read it today and had a hard time understanding it myself. Your "like" goes a long way, Phil XD My initial thought was "What difference does it make what they're called?", but I get what you're saying. A "Snapshot" IS a control layer, a single control layer, and multiple control layers is a valid concept, but if you have just one then it really is a snapshot of the preset. And so now we have an established naming convention within the Helix universe that we have to deal with. If, hypothetically, this idea were to be implemented, would it make sense to keep the word "Snapshot" for the sake of consistency, familiarity, or would it make sense to abandon the word to highlight the evolution of the feature, at the risk of confusing/alienating users? How about we use both? Since a Snapshot is just a single control layer, there's no reason why we would have to abandon Snapshots to have control layers. There could, for example, be a global setting that lets users choose between a single Snapshots control layer and multiple control layers.
  4. But that's what I'm saying. Regardless of the manufacturing cost, why would L6 give you the option to spend less money to get the same processing power as the Floor? Especially since they've already made 5 different products in the line for different budgets? By the way, the only "modular" system that ever had any widespread success was the IBM- compatible PC, and that's because they released their patents (I'm paraphrasing... I'm sure what actually happened is much more nuanced and complex), and because the market for a general purpose computer is potentially every human on earth. Purpose-built, proprietary devices that are only even remotely interesting to a small fraction of MUSICIANS, let alone people in general, are not ideal for modular designs, as much as I can see the theoretical advantages.
  5. I used an X3 Live for over 10 years before I got my LT, and my reason for updating had nothing to do with tone and everything to do with control. When I got my LT I gave my X3 to my bassist, and his tone is killer and he has no complaints at all. The X3 isn't antiquated, it's just a previous iteration of the same thing. Still completely usable, still completely relevant. I still use PodFarm in my studio because it sounds great. You'll see POD 2.0, XT, X3 and stompbox modeler rack units in studios all over the world. The Helix will always be an incredibly powerful, versatile unit well after they've made an even more powerful, versatile unit.
  6. Re: $600 Think about it. The Stomp is one DSP chip compared to two in the Floor/Rack/LT. Any DSP expansion is going to require another DSP chip. So another DSP chip and some switches. It's already a Stomp. OK so you want it to just connect digitally without having to patch it in and hook up MIDI. The problem for L6 is that the customer base for such a product is limited to owners of a Stomp. And it's going to cost $600 anyway because why would they sell you the same DSP chip and the same switches for less than what it would cost you to buy another Stomp? There's lots of things I want too (VST Wrapper?!) but at some point we have to accept that they are a for-profit company and some things just aren't good moves for L6 from that perspective. I just don't see them making this, ever. But like I said, a second Stomp or an HX Effects would kinda be the closest thing to what you're talking about, except that they aren't connected at the "OS level" or whatever. They would communicate via MIDI. Sonically it would achieve the exact same thing. Workflow would, of course, be a little different, but nothing that complicated.
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    Metal Zone?

    K but like I said, the X3 has a Metal Zone model (Killer Z) and it has the Mid Freq control. And I seem to remember the stompbox modelers appearing quite a bit before the XT and X3. Kidney Bean or 2.0?
  8. So, no love at all? Not even hate? C'Mon... I can handle it...
  9. zappazapper

    Metal Zone?

    XD thanks, I was just pointing out a typo. In the 3.0 manual the list of effects now includes the legacy effects, and under "Heavy Dist" it says Boss Metal Zone. Maybe it's the Metal Zone model from the DM-4? I know the X3 line has a Metal Zone model that includes the Mid Freq control and it's called "Killer Z". Anyway like I said, I just assumed it was a typo and it was a previous version of the HM-2 but the HM-2 doesn't have a mid control at all, so that's why I think maybe it's the Metal Zone model from the DM-4, which didn't have enough controls for it. I think all the legacy effects are from the stompbox modeler series.
  10. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Snapshot-Layers/1003644-23508
  11. Fair enough, but there's fantasy and there's reality. There's been no such product mentioned, and even if they liked your idea it would take them years before you'd see it in stores. For $600 you can have more DSP and switches now.
  12. AFAIK you can't do it with stomps. I often find myself wishing that there were multiple "layers" to snapshots. Like in your example you already have other things controlled by snapshots, and I'm assuming you've turned off Snapshot Bypass on your delay blocks so that they're not controlled by snapshots. Imagine if instead of only being able to turn off Snapshot Bypass, the option instead was, say, "Snapshot Assign", and your options were Off, A, B (maybe 2 layers is enough). "Off" would be the same as turning Snapshot Bypass off, "A" would be the same as current snapshot behavior, but "B" would be a second layer of snapshots that are independent from the first. So in your example, you could control your delay blocks with snapshot layer B and it wouldn't affect anything being controlled by snapshot layer A, and vice versa. I think I'm gonna make an IdeaScale post.
  13. zappazapper

    Metal Zone?

    Just checking out the 3.0 manual. It says the "Heavy Dist" in legacy distortions is a model of the Metal Zone. Metal Zone has a parametric mid control, "Heavy Dist" does not. L6 is cancelled.
  14. There is a modular DSP expansion for the HX STOMP: another HX STOMP. It's the right size, is fully programmable with MIDI, has a few built in switches and loads of connectivity options. I can't imagine a better way to get more DSP in a compact package.
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