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  1. I use my JTV-69, Helix, and Powercab 112 Plus in a few classic rock cover bands. I love how I can use Helix snapshots to select Variax models and tunings. Variax custom settings are a great way to quickly select a model and a tuning at the same time. The VDI connection for powering the guitar and allowing Helix to select Variax models and tunings is the greatest feature for me.


    My ideas for the next-generation Variax are:

    - Keep the VDI connection for powering the guitar and allowing Helix to select Variax models and tuning

    - Better DSP, like Helix vs POD HD

    - More models to choose from with each firmware update

    - A nylon-string acoustic guitar model

    - An upward-facing OLED display for model and tuning names

    - Keep the rotary model knob and 5-position switch for picking models

    - I'd prefer the JTV-59 knob for tunings over the JTV-69 roller control

    - Keep the variety of physical bodies, necks, and bridges (I'd love a Variax RS820CR RevStar)

    - Keep the workbench for creating custom body and pickup combinations, and for installing new downloadable models

    - Magnetic pickups not required


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  2. HX Stomp would be a great way to get amp tone to send to a Powercab.


    If you add a MIDI cable from an HX Stomp to a Powercab Plus, changing presets on the HX Stomp will automatically change to matching preset on the Powercab Plus.

  3. Can the HX Stomp have separate inputs and outputs for its two paths?


    I would like to use an HX Stomp as a backup for my Helix (as well as a bass rig).


    My current rig is working very well:
    - Variax (VDI to Helix VARIAX)
    - Keyboard (unbalanced to Helix RETURN 1)
    - Helix (L6LINK, XLR L/MONO, and MIDI to Powercab Plus; XLR RIGHT to PA)
    - Powercab Plus (OUTPUT to PA)


    I use two paths in the Helix for guitar and keyboard.


    The Powercab Plus uses Input 1 FRFR or speaker models for the guitar path and uses Input 2 monitor mode for the keyboard path.


    The PA gets the guitar signal from the Powercab Plus and the keyboard signal from the Helix.


    The Helix and Powercab Plus give me:
    - Separate inputs from guitar and keyboard
    - Separate paths for guitar and keyboard
    - Separate outputs to Powercab Plus for guitar and keyboard
    - Separate outputs to PA for guitar and keyboard
    - All mono


    As a backup for the Helix, will I be able to use the HX Stomp like this?
    - Variax (unbalanced to HX Stomp INPUT L/MONO, Path A)
    - Keyboard (unbalanced to HX Stomp RETURN/AUX IN L/MONO, Path B)
    - HX Stomp
     -- SEND LEFT (Path A) to Powercab Plus INPUT 1 (custom cable TRS to TS)
     -- OUTPUT L/MONO (Path B) to Powercab Plus INPUT 2 (TRS to XLR)
     -- OUTPUT RIGHT (Path B) to PA (TRS to XLR)
     -- MIDI to Powercab Plus
    - Powercab Plus (OUTPUT to PA)


    Is there another HX Stomp configuration that would give me this?
    - Separate inputs from guitar and keyboard
    - Separate paths for guitar and keyboard
    - Separate outputs to Powercab Plus for guitar and keyboard
    - Separate outputs to PA for guitar and keyboard
    - All mono




  4. You certainly could use Powercab with just pedals, meaning without a full-blown modeler, but you wan't something like a Tech 21 SansAmp or a Radial JDX Direct-Drive to get an amp tone in the signal chain.


    Powercab is essentially a combo amp, but it lacks the tone shaping of a traditional guitar amp head. It needs an amp modeler or an amp emulator to complete the picture.

  5. With speaker models, the only gain stage after the input stage is the (master) volume stage. Once the input LED is flashing and the volume knob is all the way up, there's nothing more.


    L2t: 800 W, 128 dB

    Powercab 112 Plus: 250 W, 125 dB


    A 3 dB increase is equal to a doubling of power. The specs say that an L2t should be about twice as loud as a Powercab 112 Plus.


    You should try running the output of the Powercab into the PA mixer and adding a bit of volume in the mains or in your monitor, depending on where you want more volume.


    I have my Powercab facing me (tilted back and pointed at the side of my head) and facing away from the rest of the band and away from the audience. The PA monitors and mains give the rest of the band and the audience whatever volume they each need.

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  6. Over L6 LINK from Helix to Powercab:

    - route Helix Digital Left to Powercab Input 1

    - route Helix Digital Right to Powercab Input 2


    My own use for this is to run my guitar through Helix effects and amp modeling to Powercab speaker modeling while running my keyboard through Helix effects to Powercab Flat FRFR processing.


    Please vote this up on Ideascale!


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  7. After connecting a MIDI cable from my Helix to my Powercab 112 Plus, I noticed that whenever I changed to a new preset on the Helix, the Powercab would change to its preset with the same number. Very cool!


    Turns out this is expected behavior according to the manuals, using MIDI Program Change messages.


    The Helix manual says: "When navigating Presets from the Helix hardware (PRESETS encoder, preset footswitches, PRESET ^ / PRESET down, etc.), Helix automatically transmits a MIDI Program Change message corresponding to the selected preset."


    The Powercab manual says: "The Powercab 112 Plus active guitar speaker system responds to traditional MIDI Program Change messages from an external MIDI device (or from MIDI software via USB) and will recall presets 000-127 accordingly."


    In my own Helix setlist, I have each preset displayed with a three-digit number (000-127) rather than numbers and letters (01A-32D). For each Helix preset with a modeled cab, I have set the same-numbered Powercab preset to Flat FRFR. For each Helix preset with an amp only and no cab, I have set the same-numbered Powercab preset to a speaker model that I like with that amp. In a very short time, I have set up several Helix and Powercab presets which automatically change together every time I select a new Helix preset. Super cool!

  8. 22 minutes ago, tayamaj said:

    Thanks!  Anything I need to do after step 5?  Also, this works for saving one speaker to a Helix preset patch, but is there a way to scroll (bank)  through to different speakers if I don’t like the sound of it in a certain room or venue?    


    After setting up the instant MIDI CC command, just be sure to save your preset.


    There are several ways to select different Powercab speaker models within a single Helix patch:


    1. Use a MIDI CC command assigned to a different footswitch for each speaker model.


    2. Use a MIDI CC command assigned to an expression pedal (or Variax knob) that spans all six speaker model numbers. This might be good for experimentation, but probably not for live performance.


    3. Use snapshots to select speaker models. The Value parameter of an instant MIDI CC command is automatically recalled when selecting a snapshot. Select Snapshot 1 and select the desired speaker model number as the Value in the instant MIDI CC command. Select Snapshot 2 and select another desired speaker model number as the Value in the same instant MIDI CC command used in Snapshot 1. Repeat for each additional snapshot and speaker model.

  9. 3 hours ago, tayamaj said:

    Got another question for those of you with the Helix and the Powercab Plus.  I've connected a midi cable from the Helix to the Powercab, but for the life of me, can't figure out how to assign a switch/switches to bank up and down to select the different speakers on the Powercab.   Any ideas?  I went to the Command Center on the Helix, but now stumped on which "Command" to select.  On  Helix, I figured "Command" > Bank/Prog, "MIDI Ch" > 1, and figured "CC00" should be set to 22.  Not  what "CC032" and "Program" should be set to?   I'm sure I have everything wrong, so any help would be appreciated.   I want to use two switches to use as the bank up and down for the Powercab.   Is any of this possible?


    Helix Instant commands are transmitted automatically when a Helix preset is recalled.


    I don't have a Helix in front of me or a Powercab to test with, but it should work something like this.


    1. At the Helix, press the Menu button, press the Command Center knob, and use the joystick to select an Instant location.


    2. Turn the Command knob and select MIDI CC.


    3. Turn the MIDI Ch knob and select Base (1).


    4. Turn the CC# knob and select 22. (Selects a Line 6 speaker model.)


    5. Turn the Value knob and select a number from 0 to 5. (0:Vintage, 1:Green, 2:Cream, 3:Jarvis, 4:Bayou, 5:Essex)


  10. 3 minutes ago, Derekjohnb said:

    I'm about to order my Powercab Plus today, so I guess I'll be picking up a MIDI cable as well. 

    --So if I have to use MIDI until the firmware is updated, is there any added benefit to to hooking up my Helix and Powercab via L6 link? As compared to just connecting via 1/4'' or XLR?...

    --Also; Is it necessary/beneficial to use a Line 6 L6 cable? Is there any difference between that and a generic AES/EBU cable?


    Thanks for all the help guys!


    For now, the one benefit of using the L6 LINK cable is having a digital path from Helix to Powercab and avoiding the extra digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversions.


    There is no L6 LINK cable per se. Use an AES/EBU cable for L6 LINK.


    "Note: A standard XLR mic cable will work for this connection, but the use of an AES/EBU cable is recommended for best results, as this is a digital connection."

    http://l6c-acdn.line6.net/data/6/0a06434d41f050904bee355b1/application/pdf/L6 LINK Connectivity Guide for POD HD & DT Amplifiers v2.10 ( Rev A ).pdf

  11. 1 hour ago, tayamaj said:

    Thanks!   Hopefully there will be a firmware release soon then.   I know this is a brand new product, so there's always bound to be some issues.  I'm going to mess around with the midi tonight then.  I'm not really very familiar with midi though.  want to have a patch on the Helix and and have a speaker selection on the powercab and whenever i go back to that patch, i'd want that cab to be selected automatically.   that's possible, right?    Forgive my stupid questions  :-)


    Haven't seen any instructions or video showing exactly how to configure the Helix to sync Helix presets with Powercab presets using either MIDI or L6 LINK. If you get it working, please share how you did it.

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  12. For now, until a new firmware release supports selecting Powercab presets over L6 LINK, you will need a MIDI cable from the Helix to the Powercab if you want Helix to select Powercab presets.

  13. I have a '69 and use acoustic models all the time, direct to PA and my own powered monitor as well as electric guitar models through my Helix. I hadn't noticed any problems with noise from the springs, but I put some cloth into my springs as a preventative measure.


    If you plan on doing any Jimi or Eddie dive bombing, be aware that the modelled sounds will get messy when the slack strings lose contact with the piezo saddles. Use the magnetic pickups when dive bombing.


    When practicing and tone-tweaking at low volumes, be aware that the acoustic volume of the physical guitar will be almost as loud as the amplified volume of the modelled guitar. This is especially annoying when using alternate tunings. Either turn the volume up loud or use headphones when you need to hear the modelled tone alone.


  14. We might have to wait for people to get their hands on a Powercab 112 Plus or wait for new firmware, but...


    Can someone outline exactly how to configure the Helix to sync Helix presets with Powercab presets, with either MIDI or L6 LINK?

  15. It seems like we will have to use MIDI to sync Helix presets with Powercab presets.


    As soon as I can do that with L6 LINK, I will buy one right away.


    Will we be able to sync Helix presets with Powercab presets over L6 LINK with some future firmware updates?

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  17. - add an eq block with the low/high cuts, for example with low cut at 120Hz and high cut at 5.0 kHz



    - be ready to adjust the equalization of the amp sim (mainly to boost mids or reduce lows/treble)


    I use the cab's low cut and high cut settings for this.


    While I reserve the Global EQ for room-specific tweaking, a good sound engineer can do this for you with the FOH mixer.



    - reduce the level or turn off the reverb (spring and plate are often better for live use because they do no add any other early reflection to the ones of real space reverb making a muddy tone)


    I also set the cab's EarlyReflc setting to zero.


    Once again, I leave it up to the FOH sound engineer to add reverb if necessary, but it is usually not necessary.

  18. Personally I always use a modern FRFR speaker (Yamaha DXR12) when I'm dialing in my presets at home.  That's how I know what it's supposed to sound like, and will sound like on a capable and modern PA system with little dependency on the sound man to correct it.


    This is the reason I use my DXR12 as a direct monitor from my Helix in live performances.  If you've designed your presets to be used with a PA you probably don't want to be pushing those presets through a traditional amp since presets built to work with a traditional amp tend to be designed very differently.


    Agreed. I bring my own powered PA speaker to every live show.


    My powered PA speaker is a Mackie Thump12 which, like many other low-cost PA speakers, does not have a flat response. I have used it's EQ to get close enough to a flat response for me.


    I create all my presets using a powered studio monitor and headphones and I fine tune them using my powered PA speaker. All my presets are mono.


    At a gig, if I am working with a good FOH system, I send my Helix XLR output (fixed volume level) to the FOH mixer where it will be mixed into the mains and monitors as needed. I send my Helix 1/4" output (controlled by the Helix volume knob) to my own powered PA speaker as a floor monitor so I hear a familiar tone and have full control over my own monitor level. I use this configuration in the rehearsal studio as well.


    If the gig has a FOH system that I don't think is good enough, I still connect to it from my Helix XLR output, but I put my own powered PA speaker on a small tripod stand behind me, facing the audience. Most of sound the audience hears will come from my own powered PA speaker, but the FOH will be able to add a bit more volume and cover part of the room that my own powered PA speaker might not cover.

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