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  1. I'm using Firefox on Win 10.

    I opted to let the editor/updater to do the downloading, all went well in that case.


    I also figured out a way to download the file with the browser. Clicking back I get the momentary page where it says: "If your download doesn't start..." - then quickly before it goes to the error page click "stop loading this page" button in the browser, I could click the link to download manually.


    Something different with this V3.01 download webpage, since the 2.92 works properly.

  2. IR-s Used in Presets.

    Would be a great help to have a quick overview of which IR-s are used in presets and which aren't.
    Something simple like an asterisk before name or a different colour.


    Right now it's difficult to know which IR-s you can safely replace without breaking the existing presets.

  3. On 9/29/2019 at 11:58 PM, Beamboom said:

    How odd, it worked for me?


    Found out the reason the envelope still engaged with sensitivity at 0 - I'm using the filter after the amp and thus the level is higher.
    Solution would be to lower the amp output or settle using the filter before the amp.
    So, still one good manual or should I say pedal filter would be welcome.

  4. 18 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:


    Don't know if it is related to what you were experiencing but this is one of the bug fixes listed for 2.82.

    Bug Fixes in 2.82

    " HX Edit—After cutting or clearing a block, its bypass/controller assignments could be lost "


    This might be it. Only way to know for sure, is to update.

  5. On 9/26/2019 at 12:13 PM, ttkfirst said:

    Hello Beamboom,


    In the Filters section, just find one that allows you to modify the "sensitivity" parameter (= envelope ) and set it to 0.


    Then, control the cut frequency with an exp. pedal or MIDI.


    (And also , set the the filter mode to "low pass)


    -> I believe the Autofilter will do the trick.



    Tried the autofilter now and even with the sensitivity =0 the envelope still opens the filter automatically.
    One filter that could be used was in the legacy section - Q filter, I think.
    So hoping there will be some more filters in the future.

  6. I haven't yet bought any IR-s, but I've found some free ones.
    Some IR-s of vintage mics (this is essentially what I was looking for):



    And some of acoustic instruments:



    I made a couple of sound tests blending the regular guitar cabs and one of these. The results are not perfect, but in that directon.
    I needed to add the IR-s in a DAW instead of Helix, because the mic ones phase needed to be adjusted.

    The mic and and acoustic blends with guitar cabs. 2 clips of each, playing the same sound softly and harder:


  7. 9 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    There are also acoustic IRs that can be used for clean tones although they are generally most useful if you are going for an acoustic guitar sound. 

    Do you mean the IR-s of the acoustic guitar body itself? I've seen those, need to test them as well.


    9 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    Clean tones can also be a bit subjective. A jazz player generally is often looking for a pristine clean sound with infinite headroom and no chance of breakup. Rock players will often use a clean tone on the edge of breakup and may be perfectly happy with for example a Soldano, Bogner, or Marhall clean tone, so to some extent it depends on what tone you are going for and the material you are playing.  Adding compression and and a bit of chorus can help too and make sure the 'Headroom' parameter is maxed out on the delays on the Helix to minimize breakup. Lastly not to state the obvious but the amp you select is going to make a huge difference as well.


    I'm looking for the extended freq response at both ends, because the Stick goes to low C - 1/2 step above 5 string bass. And so some bass amps have been quite good - Cougar, Cali Bass, Woody Blue. But also some guitar amps - Archetype Clean, Brit J45 Brt.

    I'm tweaking a tone that gives me cleaner sound while playing softly and breaks up when played louder.

    I need the bass without farting and the extra bite at the top, so it doesn't sound muffled. Blending two paths together has been the way so far. So I'm experimenting various ways of getting the path without a cab to sound a bit nicer - EQ hi cut and now the more exotic IR-s.


    It would also be useful to be able by using snapshots to go to a more distorted rhythm and solo sound. That might work by blending less of the bright cab or cabless path, when using more distortion, so the sound doesn't get harsh. While the Bass amps do the break-up quite nicely, the higher distortion isn't as good

  8. 6 hours ago, gunpointmetal said:

    I know a lot of people will disable the cab and even amp sim all-together for clean/acoustic sounds. A little studio compression and a parametric EQ can do a lot to an electric guitar signal.

    Yeah, that's an option too. I'm having a moderate success with one path using an IR and a parallel path with hi-cut EQ at 8kHz.

  9. 2 hours ago, ric1966 said:

    If you can find an IR made with a vintage ElectroVoice (EV) 12” speaker that may do the trick. I vaguely recall them being cleaner sounding with less breakup than your typical Celestion. I think their power rating was in the 150-200 watt range.


    Thanks, I found a couple.
    RedWirez has some:
    Speakerbox • EVM12L 200-watt 12" • IR Library:

    Impulse responses of a 200 watt Electro-Voice EVM12L. Electro-Voice says, "the EVM12L is a full range speaker with a frequency response specially tailored to cut through the thickest mixes"... and we believe them. Nice low end, too.
    With the Speakerbox series we set out to capture the essential character of some legendary speaker and mic combinations with just a dash of color. To that end, we housed our speakers in a solid mahogany, open-backed cabinet. The cab's lightweight, resonant shell is designed to fill a room with 3 dimensional, lively tone rather than box it in and project it forward.

    They have the EV also as part of Mesa Halfback 2x12, Mesa Mark IIC+ .



  10. 3 hours ago, cruisinon2 said:

    I think you may be a little confused as to what IR's are for...they're not supposed to be neutral. They're emulations of specific speaker and mic combinations that are decidedly NOT neutral, intended to be monitored through the clean slate of an FRFR output... your monitor itself is the only thing you want "neutral". A neutral IR coming out of a neutral FRFR speaker won't sound produce a "guitar tone", as we all know it.


    Thanks for answering. I'm actually not that confused about IR-s as it might look at the first glance. Like you said, for the standard guitar tone the regular cab is desirable. But for other tones, especially when not playing a guitar, some other tones might also be needed.
    I'm looking for a middle ground of guitar cabinet lo-fi sound and full range. Even full range speakers, when miced up will color the sound, so that little color is what I'm looking for.


    This is for the Chapman Stick in this case, but I would use this kind of subtler coloring for a synth also.


    The closest by description I've found so far are these, but they're not straight wav-s, so unusable:

    KEYBOARD AMP — three keyboard IRs based on a Roland® keyboard amp, plus a room mic.

  11. Does anybody know of IR-s that are made from full range speakers or guitar cab-s that are more full range than regular ones?
    Maybe even some acoustic amp cabinet or a synth cabinet?

    I'm looking into making some clearer sound with more high and bass definition, but blending in a parallel path without cab can sound a bit too buzzy with overdrive.
    So a more neutral IR might be just the thing.
    Also IR-s can be switched with snapshots, so maybe a clearer for less overdrive and a regular guitar cab for more.

  12. I've only recently started messing with the IR-s in Helix and I came up with two advantages:
    1) Convenience - having separate IR-s allows to combine them in different ways, not having to mix them in a DAW.

    2) Stereo - can pan the IR-s hard L/R, that gives a bit of width depending on the combination, sometimes that is needed.


    That said, using the mixed IR-s doesn't stop from using 2 IR-s for even more combinations. That can get overwhelming though.

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  13. 18 hours ago, craiganderton said:


    That sure would be convenient! The only problem I see is that multiband distortion takes up a lot of CPU, so there are tradeoffs involved. Being able to "construct" multiband Helix presets and optimize each amp and cab for a particular band and minimum CPU drain is huge for getting the sound you want. I'm not sure a single multiband distortion effect could offer the same kind of flexibility, although maybe Line 6 could do a more general-purpose multiband effect that wouldn't be as flexible, but still give useful multiband distortion.


    I've found that four bands is great, but three bands is often all you really need. You might want to check out the video that accompanies my multiband preset pack, it shows the "block diagrams" for several multiband Helix presets along with the audio examples. 


    Cool, will look, thanks!


    It's easy to forget the CPU restrictions while fiddling with multiband distortion VST-s like FabFilter Saturn in a DAW. In Helix it would probably take quite a chunk, but even then, it opens up some other possibilities, as the paths remain free for other stuff. Ideally there would be different selectable distortion / overdrive types for each band.
    With a stereo instrument the paths run out pretty quickly, if one wants to multiband-distort both sides separately.

  14. Multiband Distortion / Overdrive


    I would like to have a multiband distortion / overdrive effect in Helix.

    Minimum 3 bands, adjustable cross-over frequencies, selectable distortion type and settings for each band.


    Would make this much easier:


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