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  1. I'd appreciate it if you could give a quick setup.  As in cabling, ASIO drivers, etc.  Normal rocksmith cable's input latency seems kinda bad, even though I can play VSTs in my DAW just fine on another PC.


    4 hours ago, roscoe5 said:



    I'll double check my settings when I get home tonight


  2. Indeed. It's like trying to copyright the sound of a doorbell. Does someone own "ding-dong"? How would you distinguish your "ding-dong" (insert phallic joke here ;) ) from any other company that decides to sell doorbells?


    This stuff gets dicey fast.  Take a book for example: how much is needed to claim copyright?  A letter? A word? A sentence? A paragraph? A chapter?


    I think most would agree that copyrighting a single letter isn't reasonable.  Now imagine if a book was broken down to its individual letters and distributed in such a way that no one person had more than 1 letter and the possible locations of the previous/next letter.  How do you stop that? Nobody has a enough of it to be in violation yet clearly the work can be obtained.  

  3. .wav has no means of DRM; nothing is stopping you from a technology PoV.


    As far as 'derivative works' it would depend on the original license the IR's were distributed under.  For example in software: 


    GPL:  'You can have this for free.  However, if you make a derivative work you have to also make your software free'.  It's considered a viral license.


    LGPL: 'You can have it for free and do whatever you want w/it.'


    Commercial: 'You can't do anything with this. We will sue you if you even try to reverse engineer it (DMCA) to re-implement.'

  4. It's not just a case of "don't use it".  There are only so many engineering hours L6 can invest in the helix platform and the value to the users of what you're proposing is a huge waste to more than 99% of them.


    Your patches don't have anywhere NEAR the value of an adobe suite or a feature film; these things have mass appeal and an entire black market.  Personal data can be sold to advertisers and your identity can be used to facilitate fraud.  IOW, there's money to be had for stealing these things. Any given random musicians presets are essentially worthless to almost everyone except that guitarist.


    The reason your thermostat needs a password is because it's potentially on the internet.

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  5. Yeah, I've never thought it was for a lack of processing that Line 6 hasn't developed these sorts of things. Nor do I buy the somewhat-conspiracy type thinking that it's because they want people to buy a Variax. I just think that it's low on their list of priorities, and overall the number of people asking for it is relatively small. I think it's kind of a niche effect. Really, how many popular guitar songs are there that use pitch shifting? As a percentage basic, it has to be tiny. I'm actually surprised EHX has done as much with it as it has, in a way.

    I'm sure it depends on what you listen to but I hear far more harmonizing/pitch shifting than I do, say, tremolo or leslie.

  6. 1. Polyphonic pitch shifting is, I bet, incredibly CPU-intensive.

    2. Only a few people really need what a POG or HOG have to offer, and those people (like myself) are often using loads of FX which means that if those models were in Helix, we'd end up buying a POG or HOG anyway to free up CPU cycles.

    1) So aren't better reverbs but those are almost certainly on their way.  Like the reverb situation, leave the monophonic shifters in there so those that don't need the extra oomph can save some DSP.

    2) I have to think that there are a lot of metal heads that run a pretty simple chain but want polyphonic shifting to simply tune down digitally. 

  7. Lots of things to fix still, but we might... sneak in a... multiband compressor... to placate you guys just in case we can't hit the end of this month. So far, we're still on schedule but it's gonna be tight.


    Oh, and the TAP switch flashes blue now when Helix is slaved to external clock. That was Sam's idea.


    Nice!  Any chance of a multiband noise gate someday?

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  8. I use my Helix to play out anywhere from 1-5 times a week. If I could leave it at the rehearsal spot, come home, track demos with the same tones and my little interface (or create new ones, and take them to rehearsal to load into the hardware), that would save me a lot of hassle. I can leave my live rig set-up and my demo rig at home and have the same tones between the two....sounds pretty great to me!

    Do you have a PC at your rehearsal space?  Otherwise, how would you transfer the tones?

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  9. I have to wonder how true they'll stay to the hardware. A couple examples:


    Can we put other VSTs in the 'effects loop' all in software?

    Is the # of effects loops limited by the actual helix hardware?

    When Helix++ comes out, which will be the reference implementation of native?

    If I use the editor will it randomly lock up the plugin? ;)


    Wouldn't it make more sense to use the real Helix just to offload some of the DSP to dedicated hardware? (Assuming you only run 1 instance)

  10. I don't think our ears hear things perfectly flat.


    But if one had a 100% perfectly flat mic, and a 100% perfectly flat PA, one's ears would 'distort' it the same way they do as when one is in the room w/an actual amp.  I think that's what the OP is shooting for, not reverb or a modeling a 'sense of space'.


    You can get bogged down trying to find the perfect mic, position, distance, axis, etc and just think 'dammit, how about NO mic!  I just wanna hear the @#$@ cab!'  


    In fact, that's exactly why I decided to go the modeling/FRFR route myself.  I got the tone I was looking for w/a tube amp and a closed back 2x12 cab.  For me, it was perfect! Then I tried micing it... and years of tone searching were destroyed.  The mic (and placement) was as influential to the overall tone as any cab or pre-amp.  Sure, it sounded great in the room but what was caught on 'tape' or in the PA was totally different.  That's when I decided I needed a good tone that translated to being reproduced better.

  11. It seems like most crashes are when hooked up via USB. Funny that most people like the software. I still fnd it easier to edit on the Helix. IR selection and such is annoying on the software. I prefer a pop up box or similar for selection. Scrolling is a pain. Try to move stuff up or down with the mouse and it doesn't work so I have to hi light and use arrows. Vey si I,at to line 6 update. On my of I can't even be the text to scroll and read full instructions. I have to read on the website.


    Sure, but I don't have a good surface and it's all the way down by my feet. First world problems.


    I'd probably use the hardware too if I had the rack version but paying more for less functionality (expression pedal) just didn't seem worth it.

  12. It is not imported patches; when it locked up on me it was with an entirely new patch. In fact I was tweaking one of the Cali Bass presets so no IRs either, stock cab.  FWIW I was tweaking the compressor via PC editor and hadn't touched the helix hardware in quite a few minutes when it happened.

  13. I had the same thing happen; sound was still processing but I lost all control.


    My case was almost completely opposite of yours: nice low 70 temp, indoors, helix had been running less than 30 mins.  I was working on a bass patch so was connected to my PC.  The helix PC app also froze up (win 10).

  14. It doesn't sound like he's using any of the sends, though. He wouldn't need to use an actual fx loop (I did actually mistakenly say fx loop in original reply, but I edited it), just a send. He can either keep the block on all the time with the mix parameter at 50% so the tuner is always receiving signal, or he could set the mix to 100% and assign the send block to a footswitch. In this scenario, this would act similarly to the way the on-board tuner works - it would mute the signal while tuning.


    Good call.  I generally think of effects loops as... loops!  But you can certainly send to one device and receive from another.  If I'm following, the only caveat would be to make sure that whatever is sending to the tuner loop's return isn't giving a signal when he really just wants to tune a different loop's return.

  15. I think you've diagnosed the problem for now. All the tuner settings are global right now, so there's no way to have it change per preset to reflect your different inputs. Having preset control of the tuner would solve it, so perhaps that's something Line 6 can implement in the future. Right now your best bet may be to use an external tuner connected to the one of the effects sends, and insert that block in each of your presets.


    I think he's already using all 4 effect return though?

  16. I love my Helix, but this is a bug. There is no way that anyone ever expects that by switching snapshots their expression pedal will be unusable unless they engage the toe switch again and hit *another* snapshot.


    I'd have to agree. Having to keep a mental state of the device to predict what will happen when I hit a FW is the exact opposite of everything they've achieved w/Helix.  I love that I don't have to memorize what FS X does due to scribble strips, the camera icons, colored rings, etc.  I can just play.


    It also hurts usability since I can't just leave the snapshot; I now have to tap dance to keep things in sync.  I have an actual wah I can put in the loop but I'd rather not go that route.  It's more cables, batteries, etc and I like the different sounding wah models.


    I know there's a blurb in the user manual, so obviously something they're aware of, but it's very unintuitive.  Hopefully this can be addressed as it's a quirk I'd rather not have to internalize.

  17. I wouldn't call it relatively new, for the general public its been going on for quite a few years, since they connected to the internet as you say, but quite a few years.


    For corporate use years longer.


    What has changed is "developers" writing more testing code than real code, this is detrimental to quality. Who watches the watchers.


    Are you claiming testing code reduces quality?

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