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  1. I like to just run my acoustic with an eq, compressor(sometimes), reverb, and delay. All in Helix. Never need a DI. Sounds great this way. Using the tube preamp on helix also sounds great with acoustic.
  2. If I understand correctly, you should be able to do this using a plug-in such as Helix Native, etc. You turn the plug-in off and the signal is totally dry. Turn it on and you get whatever you want. What you hear in the monitor will be what ever is going on in the DAW. Dry without plaugin, wet when plugin is on. Hope this helps. Sorry if I am misunderstanding!
  3. Just use the POD as an effects pedal. No amp or cab simulating.
  4. Make sure the switch on the back is set to "IOS" device. Also some times you just have to log out and log back in to refresh everything. Also make sure the app and amp are both up to date.
  5. Once your phone and Spider V are synced up, the app will override the amp settings unless you tweak them physically on the amp. Once you save a preset from the app onto the Spider V, it will always go to those settings once the preset is called up.
  6. Decent quality studio monitors are great. Same with floor wedges. QSC, and Yamaha make some good sounding stuff that I've used.
  7. Headphones are definitely the worst possible way to listen to Helix, or anything else like it. Actual monitors sound much better. If you are running it through an actual guitar amp, then you either need to go 4 cable method or bypass amp all together and just use the effects. Otherwise the results will probably sound pretty bad as this is not how it is intended to be used. Maybe with some high quality studio headphones it would sound a little better. But to just hear it in a room, monitors are the way to go.
  8. The FBV3 control the looper with zero problems.
  9. Double check the amp has been updated. I know that's probably obvious, but sometimes outdated firmware can do goofy things.
  10. Agreed! At this point, I'm totally dependent on Helix family stuff! LOL. So glad its working for you!
  11. I've noticed that sometimes shaving a little bass and treble in global eq can really improve overall sound. Helps with the sometimes 'compressed' tone of a direct line signal.
  12. I use Helix rack as my interface as well. I have a blank usb setting for when I'm running native. The beauty of the plugin is that the affected sound can be made totally dry. This is handy for re-amping later in the studio or whatever the engineer wants to change, add, etc later on. This helps you to get the sound you feel comfortable with but can still be changed later. Or you can try many different amp sounds/affects after you recorded your guitar.
  13. If you are using a DAW with Hd500 as your interface, check your bit rate and possible "low Latency" settings. Also, maybe try plugging your headphones into the computer rather than the actual unit itself.
  14. I've also been using Helix Rack as my interface. Using an empty preset then using the Native plug in for my sounds. This is working well with Logic on a MAC and I have no other interface. It is worth mentioning that you should use a low sample rate and any low latency setting you have in your DAW. Since my rig is so different, this may not be helpful. But just in case!
  15. Native should be fine for live use. From my experience and understanding, it would be similar to how keyboard players use computers for midi, etc. onstage. You will need an interface. From the interface, just run into the board (front of house), or into your powered monitors of choice. You'll want to make sure you are in "Low Latency" setting in Logic, as well as having sample rate set as low as possible. If you need footswitches, you may be better off going with the rack + Helix control or just the Helix floor or LT models. There may be other ways of doing this live, but this should be a totally usable rig. Hope this helps. Good luck and have fun!
  16. Not really an upgrade or downgrade. More like a case of a couple different options. Spider V can be controlled from the App or the amp itself opposed to amplifi really needing the App to be controlled. With Spider V, the mobile device must be physically connected to the amp instead of bluetooth(which I actually like), but you get the super easy wireless option with Spider V as it serves as the receiver for Relay G10.
  17. This may be of some help as well. http://line6.com/data/6/0a064389779e57f568ae9ac02/application/pdf/Spider%20V%20Factory%20Presets%20-%20English%20(%20Rev%20A%20).pdf
  18. Tcamponovo

    Worst amp ever?

    I have a Spider V 60 unit. I feel that the best way to get good sounds out of these amps are to do a deep dive and try to find what kind of sounds these amps naturally do well. This may not always be a preset in the amp. I never expect a solid state amp like this to actually sound like a Marshall Plexi and Twin Reverb running in stereo. This is true for other brands of amp in this class as well. But what they do sound great for are things like the JC120. (since that too is a solid state amp). There are several other sounds that are somewhat pleasing to the ear. The effects definitely sound better than previous versions of Spider, so I don't think that is a problem. You just need to tinker and dial in the amount of each effect you want. You can dive deeper into the preset effects by hitting the edit button which will give you the ability to tweak finer details in a given effect. I feel like with patience, time, and an open mind, these amps are quite impressive. Just having a good practice amp with wireless capabilities alone is a huge help to me since I am constantly learning new music for gigs or testing out new products. Good luck and I hope this is helpful in some way.
  19. Here is a link to the manual on line. http://line6.com/data/6/0a060b316ac34f0593cc41922/application/pdf/FBV%20MkII%20Series%20Controller%20Advanced%20User%20Guide%20-%20English%20(%20Rev%20B%20).pdf The FBV3 will be the best option for use with Spider V when it becomes available, but you can use MkII as well. It just may need some extra time to see how it works as it was designed prior to Spider V.
  20. I'm current;y using Helix as my audio interface. Obviously it's great for guitars, but it also makes a fine midi interface. It has a ton of I/O on the back. so far, I like what I hear
  21. I have only used a simple piano keyboard for midi control with Helix, but it works great. I currently have a home recording setup with Helix rack as my interface. Having so many amp and effects options in an interface along with convenient midi capability is really fun and easy to work with. I also am using the floor controller with it which is pretty much mandatory to me in terms of switching options for presets, FX, etc.
  22. I haven't heard anything about a formal integration of the two. But using Helix with an amp via four-cable-method works marvelously. You just use Helix as the pre-amp and effects, but the power comes from the actual amp. This is nice for those that are really used to hearing sound and air move from an actual guitar cabinet rather than an FRFR. I prefer to go FRFR for the fact that it offers more versatility from simulated mic and cab options as well as just being more simple to set up. But the times I have gone with the four-cable-method, I was blown away at how realistic it "felt". Literally like having the real amp I was modeling! Massive sound! But again, once you get used to the sound from an FRFR, you may be spoiled and not wanna go back to using a real guitar cab.
  23. Ive used in-ears quite a bit but never directly from Helix. As was already pointed out, you can't hear the entire mix that way. And just like the monitors, the better the in-ears, the better you hear things. Also, the better they seal in your ear, the better bass response will sound. Fitted ear moldings work the best but can be pretty pricey!
  24. I have never encountered this, but maybe a factory reset and re-install the update. Just for good measure. I have seen some strange things happen if an update wasn't present or needed a second try.
  25. The mic you are using is huge when dialing in a tone. I prefer ribbon or condenser mics to get a smooth, warm tone. Try the 121 or 160 or 4038. These make very significant changes in the sound. I prefer these over the dynamic mics. Or of you use multiple amps or cabs, try a couple different ones together. Maybe a dynamic with a condenser, etc.
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