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  1. mileskb

    HELIX Forum Chrome

    I believe the issue not only cache, but also the session settings, and possibly cookies. For the past several weeks this has cropped up intermittently and like HonestOpinion found, just clearing cache only works sometimes. I use a tool called CCleaner from Pinform. Be careful if you are not used to using such tools, but I set it to only clear the cache and session settings for chrome and I manually clear the Line6 cookies from within Chrome. This seems to work most of the time. Once you get back to the forums, you may want to Log In and then Log out and then back in again. I'm not positive this helps, but it can't hurt as if they changed any session settings, this will cause them to get refreshed. However... trouble-shooting is compounded by there actually apparently being issues with the forum. A good test to know if it's you or them.... if you get bounced to the home page when you try to use your forums bookmark... scroll to the bottom of the home page and click forums. If it brings you to the Forum index and you are able to access other Line6 product forums, than it's clear the cookies/cache/session time.
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    IRs with power amp baked in

    It could be argued that one unit may have presets that enable you to get to your starting point quicker. Even while that is subjective, it makes sense that if you are looking for a mesa boogie model and one unit has 3 mesa boogie presets and the other has 50 mesa boogie presets... the one that has 50 mesa boogie presets is more likely to have a preset pretty close to where you want to start from. So in that respect, comparison might be useful. However, unfortunately the only genuine comparison test, I do not believe has been done yet. That is where people who are experts with their respective units, sit down and attempt to create the same sound or sets of sounds. Like each create a typical Engl, or Fender, or Vox or Roland, etc.. or just a gain sound and a clean sound. Basically getting together and trying to get their modelers to sound the same as each other. ALl the units hooked the same way through the same monitors. I think if someone could put that together, you'd find the differences boil down to features such as the UI and routing and that if you were testing lets say a Helix, Kemper and AxFX, you'd end up with three units creating sounds that you couldn't tell apart from each other. The next step would be where it gets interesting. Now that all the units sound the same pick an aspect such as Sustain or EQ make the same changes to each and see what happens. Will pushing the 1Khz EQ, with the same q factor up 3db on all the units result in them still sounding the same? Will reducing the gain on each result in them sounding the same? I would think they would no longer all sound exactly the same, but then comes step 3. The real test, just pick one units sound now that there was a slight change, and match the other two to it. Again, my guess is that you'd end up with 3 identical sounding units again, but worst case would be you'd end up with three very similar sounding units that you wouldn't really be able to make a "better" call... just note they have subtle differences. It all comes down to the features..
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    IRs with power amp baked in

    All IR's are technically "baked" with an AMP.. Something has to drive the sweep signal through the speaker. 3Sigma uses a modded 5150 for and a Custom Flat sold-state amp for their two versions of each position. The resulting "imprint" is the result of what the speaker does with the sweep signal and who knows exactly what they are sweeping with? If you notice they use an assortment of microphones to create ONE imprint. Each mic adds it's nuance but they have figured out the formula that mimics the cabinet the best and they do this in the 5 basic positions. Oddly enough the "a" position is usually the best sounding (to me) although in real life, that's likely the LAST position you'd ever put a mic on a cab... My point is... there is more to IR's than just pointing a microphone at a speaker. Back to your question... first the Caveat... if NOT using amp, pre-amp, cab, or whatever sounds good... use it. THERE ARE NO RULES... However, likely the best place to start is using an AMP (no cab) before the IR. But... maybe... depending on the CAB, it might sound better with an IR after an actual CAB to dial it in even better. Looking at the way Glenn and Scott use IR's has really gotten me to think outside the box so to speak. One thing that is very apparent, and maybe should be a requirement in ANY post about "creating a sound" is "what are you trying to accomplish" first. I know it sounds basic, but as I read people's input... you have to figure out what context they are using The choices are "create a tone that you like" "create a tone that mimics an existing amp/cab out of the box" and "create a tone that mimics the sound of an artist either live or recorded." This was real apparent when I dropped some coin to Glenn, Fremen and Scott. I use Scott's presets mostly for genre and songs. I use Glenn's presets mostly for Artists sounds I use Fremen presets mostly for just great sounds for me. They all do a little of everything... but back to your question... "So my question is: do you guys run just the preamp block and the IR that has the power amp baked in? I" Sometimes, unless I run the preamp into an amp to an IR or unless I run an amp/cab block with an IR or or or or or or or or or .........
  4. mileskb

    Should I return the Helix or ....?

    Well if you're actually interested in getting those sounds with the Helix, I'd contact Scott at theHelixChannel or Fremen. (Just search around for either of them). Additionally there is going to be a huge difference in the clips because one is compressed on YouTube and the other SoundCloud, I'm not as good at tweaking sounds as others, but nothing in that clip sounds out of reach for the Helix, especially with the right IR's.
  5. Has anyone seen this error before on the editor. It happens when I switch to a particular Setlist. Additionally that setlist has a "copy" of the next setlist up in the chain. What happened was I had a setlist called "TheHelixChannel" and as I needed some more room I renamed another setlist "TheHelixChannel+" (note the + at the end). But on the Helix unit itself, I noticed that it doesn't read that many characters in the window so I figured I'll change the second list to "MoreHelixChannel" and while it did change, I then got the " Badly formatted response from device" error. I turned the device off and on, and when it came back on, after doing a very long "rebuilding presets" routine, the new setlist had the same content as the original one from the next slot. And he're where is gets weird... (yeah) Any time I try to select a preset in the "bad" setlist, I get a "Timeout Waiting for response from device" error. When I switch to the original setlist, well things aren't normal there either, as I can switch to a preset, and the name of the preset appears in the Editor, but only the "patch location" (02b, 02c, etc) appears on the Helix itself, not the preset name. The blocks are there, and it works, just no Preset Name. When I switch to the "bad" setlist... I get the "Badly formatted response from device" error" and as stated above, "Timeout Waiting for response from device" when I try to select any preset from that list. I tried restoring from a bundle, and it didn't seem like it did anything. In fact, rather than overwriting like I thought it would, everything was still there that I had changed, like the import of the bundle did nothing.
  6. mileskb

    Should I return the Helix or ....?

    Well I'll play. I'd like to hear a clip of what you think is "good tone." Personally I didn't think the clip posted was all that good tone wise, and if that was the best I could get from my Helix I'd consider moving on as well. Although I'm not sure I'd "move on" to a unit that uses the same DSP... that doesn't' seem wise. In any case... as the sound is out of context, it's best to have a reference of a sound you'd like to sound like. FWIW, the sound clip posted sounded like what my first attempts sounded like when I wasn't using a AMP or Cab blocks, just the effects and no IR. Nice riffs by the way...
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    Error... Badly formatted response from device

    Ok, so just a little additional info.. maybe some form of this should go as a bug report... So apparently either importing or maybe exporting a setlist with a "bad name" the Helix will sortof resolves the issue by just eliminating the bad name. It was kindofa "just for fun" I loaded a backup I made of the goofey setlist, and it reloaded just fine, no errors, .. HOWEVER (he said using all caps).. the SAME preset (actually the US Double Nrm) was loaded into every spot. Mind you this was a completely customized setlist originally... I just found it odd that the Helix allowed the bad characters and somehow replicated one preset into all of the slots, while maintaining the names I had for the presets that were supposed to be in those slots. I thought something was wrong because every preset I chose sounded exactly the same, regardless of the name. So now the big question... WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTED CHARACTERS of a Setlist name, AND are there the same restrictions for PRESET names? Because, I have presets that have & + - = . , and ' in them. (they came from Scott, Glenn and Fremen) It seems this is only a restriction to Setlist name, not PreSet names. Can someone confirm ?
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    Error... Badly formatted response from device

    Bazinga !!!! You can use "-" but that's about it. It lets you do it in the editor, but it really REALLY mucks up the device in a weird way. There is no warning on the Helix, and in fact... nothing seems wrong at all... until you start selecting presets. I had renamed one of the setlists with a "+" and all looked fine in the editor. I was even switching presets with NO ERROR... but when I looked down at the Helix, I noticed the presets that were coming up were actually the presets from the Factory 1 Setlist. To be clear... the Editor was showing something like on user list 4 "01A MyCleanAmp" but the Helix was showing "01A US Double Norm" and was actually loading the US Double Norm, not the preset from the user list I was on, that the editor was indicating. All other setlists were ok... You'd think just renaming the setlist back would resolve the issue, but it doesn't. With such limitations on length of naming conventions... they really need to trap that as an error..!!!!! I was actually organizing my presets via Remote Desktop, so I couldn't see the Helix wasn't showing the same info that was in the editor. The renaming was one of the first things I did, so I essentially wasted the next couple of hours without realizing the Helix was in lala land until I decided at the very end that I didn't like my name choice and tried to change it again...
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    IR Management

    I took this comment from another thread as I really think it is the 400 lb gorilla in the room. I primarily use presets that I've purchased from either Scott or Glenn and will be using Chris as well. They all seem to speak my language so I see no reason to re-invent the wheel. I'm also still exploring my Helix. I learn things every time I fire it up, and frankly I'm glad I didn't get into too deep on my own presets as Snapshots has been the game-changer that I didn't realize I was looking for and now I feel comfortable to start. However, IR's... I'm an old fart. I need to be sitting at comfortable workstation if I'm going to do extensive editing, and if you get a bunch of presets and want to try them out.... well "a bunch of editing" is what it takes. You have to go get the IR's, than figure out what slots they go into for each preset and load them. Of course, you have to hope that the IR from another preset doesn't take that slot, else you need to load the IR into a different slot and then edit the presets to point to it. Oh yeah... and then some IR's have a recommended global EQ setting and that's something you'll want to dial in anyway... There has got to be a better way. Thinking as a programmer, functions have names. It doesn't matter how they get into memory as long as they do, and then they are called by their name. I wonder if there is a way to do this with IR's. It would seem that the current coding with modification could almost support this. To be specific... 1. You would load your IR's. Each would have to have a unique name, but that's it. Just load'em. They don't go into slots as such, just load'em until you can't load no mo... I assume the limit would be the same number of slots.. but the "slots" won't matter. 2. When you need to add an IR block, you get a list of loaded IR's. Now here's where the beauty lies... If you have loaded an IR called "Vox AC30 1a" ANY preset, that has "Vox AC30 1a" in the IR Block is going to find that IR. A couple of corollary ideas would be that if you loaded a preset that referenced an IR that you didn't have loaded yet, the IR block be maybe Yellow or some other color to let you know that an IR is being referenced that isn't loaded. Then all you need to do it load that IR if you have room. Just spit-ball'n here, but it would seem "name" based rather than "slot" based would make life a whole lot easier in the long haul. I'm sure those with more experience have idea's too. But at the very least, this would eliminate the whole annoying restore process after updates. Doesn't matter what slot, just load'em up.
  10. mileskb

    IR Management

    I would guess that or something similar would be the way to go. I trust their engineers to figure it out. They haven't disappointed me yet. While some think the "only 128" and the whole way they're managed is a bit of a design oops, I'm willing to cut them some slack as not only has the use of IR's from speakers rather than just "spaces" become more widespread rather recently, but there are actual companies popping up since the Helix has been in production to create them. Add in the number of folks who figured out how to do tone matching. I'm not sure they expected such a response so fast, and honestly, I'm not sure they expected the results to add so much to the unit by being able to not only match gear (cabs) but match tones (tone matching). Kinda reminds me of the commercial that featured a webpage launching... 1 hit... 2 hits... 10 hits.. 10,000 hits...100,000 hits.. 1,000,000....CRASH!!!!! But in this case.. no crash... just run out of room.
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    IR Management

    I would think they would go something similar. I purposely didn't put a suggestion of "how" to accomplish it in the IdeaScale but something along this would work. But... if they don't expand too far, maybe just a simple "file already exists" type trap would be less overhead. Not as slick, or future proof but less overhead.... maybe. Anyway, I'm comfortable letting their engineers figure it out. They haven't disappointed yet.
  12. mileskb

    Error... Badly formatted response from device

    I figured a reset was involved but just checking to ensure it wasn't something "new". It's odd that the rest of the Helix seems to work just not those two setlists. It's like because the names were initially almost identical only a "+" at the end of one, things went south. What really sucks is just prior I spent nearly two hours loading my IR's and assigning them. I was just getting ready to "backup". I may backup the one setlist that reads good in the editor. Afterall, the editor shows the presets correctly, the device is the issue.
  13. mileskb

    IR Management

    Because I purchased a few sets of presets and they either came with IR's like Fremen and Glenn or I chose to purchase the IR's that the presets were created for from others. They add up quite quickly. Even if I just want to listen to a preset to audition it... it's kinda useless unless I put the IR's in their blocks and most take two. That compounds the adding up quickly.
  14. mileskb

    IR Management

    Ok, I decided to bring this back up again in hopes more people will vote it up in IdeaScale. < - click here As the Helix gets more popular I'm seeing more and more issues with IR Management or lack thereof, least of which is only 128 slots. While I'm sure at some point I'm gonna narrow it down to just a few... Right now like I assume many others I'm in experimentation and learning mode. JMHO but, If I can load the presets, I should have enough space to load the IR's that support them. And this nonesense of loading a set of presets, then having to go through and spending a bunch of time loading the assigning the IR's to their blocks is insane. I've got a dozen presets using the same couple of IR's we shouldn't have to go to every single pre-set and assign it. Maybe that wouldn't be so bad if it didn't involve printing out emails cause there is no way of looking at a preset and knowing what IR it's supposed to use. Sorry for the mini rant... but this part of the process is not fun. I don't have a lot of time, I'd rather spend the time I have playing and listening to the cool sounds than loading IR's and adding them to Blocks. I have confidence that Line6 will come up with a better solution... my only fear is that to get there, I'm going to have to reload the 120 IR's I just loaded and assign them again. But I'm sure hoping it will be worth it at that time, and that will be the LAST time.
  15. I just had to share this here.
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    Things I worry about

    So after your clarification, I initially recommended a Helix rack... but based on your update, I'd say a second Helix in a nice gig case. Easy to carry, great backup of more than just your gear, no loss of quality or performance. You can alternate them and it's one helluva insurance policy and they are small enough. And, as I said... if someone elses gear fails, you can likely help them out quick enough. Short of a Helix, an HD500 Pod would work well and can be had for around $250 for a used one. You should be able to program it with what you would need in a pinch and again... it's the type of unit that could be backup for more than just you. I don't think you can come up with any other solution for under $300 and if you keep it up to date... you could swap it in as fast as you could get your hands on it and do the cable swap.
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    Touring artist after only 3 days with his new Helix.

    I will not comment on his stature only to say that he is the epitome of a HUGE talent crammed into a small package with enough room for a big heart too. :) Actually I think those traits are in ALL of their job descriptions. He was asked about his lead style I recall and he apparently played saxophone when he was a kid so there is some influence from that. Note the octave jumps he uses a lot just like the octave pad on a sax. Yeah, I'm very interested to see what Richie's "page two" settings look like as well. As you say, his approach on gain and EQ seems out of the norm, but it's obviously working well. His playing style and his guitar play a big part too but still... I'm intrigued. I think it will be interesting to see where he is with this in a few weeks or months and I will be interested to hear what their FOH engineer has to say as well.
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    Touring artist after only 3 days with his new Helix.

    Yes he was. However he was playing a lot of keys on that as well, someone had to, and he went back and found samples of the original instruments used for post production on the Agents Of Fortune album and added them in where they were supposed to be too. Normally, Richie plays guitar and keys. The "other" guitar for those "40th" shows was Albert Bouchard, orginal drummer and one of the founders. Richie actually started on Bass in 2004 and eventually switched to Guitar and Keys to fill Allen Lanier's spot on those instruments. Eric Bloom still fronts and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser is still lead guitar. Jules Rondino is on drums. While we are on a "guitars and effects" board one of my favorite lines from Eric Bloom was regarding Buck Dharma's use of effects. He loves to try out new toys and was hyping some new piece at the time and Eric said something to the affect of.. "He's always bringing the latest gear on tour and experimenting, but his sound hasn't changed in 40 years !!!" Guess ya had to be there... I have been looking forward to Riche getting the Helix because of his way of doing demo's He has one for the Dream Rig on how to create the Brian May tone including setting up the Variax in workbench. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIxJFyLo48E I think this is brilliant (and useful in the Helix as well) because much like the above video he doesn't just say "do this and and do that" but explains WHY to do this and WHY to do that so I actually found the approach and theory really helpful for even creating sounds in Helix too. I hope he does some Helix Edit videos in the near future.
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    Things I worry about

    I have said this before... if failure really isn't an option, likely if I was gigging... I would have a second Helix. It's that simple. I might get a rack unit so it could "fly" with everything else in a fairly safe and secure manner. I'd ensure I could select pre-sets with MIDI so I could use whatever MIDI midi pedal I could store cheaply and didn't care about. My FCB1010 comes to mind and it could serve as a backup for other midi controls if needed. In fact, the rack-based Helix could be used by others if necessary if something like a reverb or delay goes south... it wouldn't have to be just "my" backup piece. As I write this... thinking about "backup".... wow.. Think of the band situation... just having a helix rack as backup... a guitar amp dies... covered... an effect unit fails... covered... recording interface fails, but you still have a laptop... covered.. need an EQ somewhere, or a gate... I mean it wouldn't be pretty, but failures on the fly rarely are. When I think about the 10-space rack of gear and small carry case I bring to gigs when I run front of house... "just in case"... as long as I didn't need more than two pieces... most if not all of it is in the Helix... Interesting..... ANd.... frankly... ONE Helix is worth a lot less than all that outboard gear that will likely get damaged or just fie of old age before it actually gets used. Again.. it's mostly for "just in case."
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    Touring artist after only 3 days with his new Helix.

    That really was one of the motivating reasons to post it. I hadn't seen an actual "in context" demo before of the edit mode although I heard reference to it. If the Helix has one fault... it's that you really can't give a "quick description" of it that does any justice.
  21. mileskb

    Things I worry about

    I agree with DD on this. While I can't argue with the true-bypass aspect, I had a Lexicon MPX-1 that after 20 years just needed a new CMOS battery where all my Rockman gear from that time needed to be re-Cap'd as MOST pedals and analog devices of the 80's and early 90's as electrolytic caps from that time, unless they are kept in use, fail. (wow that was a run-on sentence) In fact the inherit nature of capacitors and the way their discharge pattern changes over time means that likely whatever 20+ year old pedal you have, doesn't sound like it did back then. It may still sound great... but the same would be a rarity indeed. Satellites in the hashness of space stay working just fine too. Things like switches and scribble strips, jacks and knobs are easy repairs if needed, and on the whole, the most used and most common parts to find. Hopefully the components of the Helix are common as well. I needed to replace the IC's in the Rockman Headphone amp and can still get replacements because they were such a common IC there are still new ones available. Anyway... other than the true-bypass, I don't really see any advantage to pedals anymore unless it's just a sound that I need. I even learned from the video I posted in another thread that with the Helix we can change parameters of a pedal while still standing up. So that puts another plus in the Helix column.
  22. Are there any tricks to get "feedback" or something that sounds like it, without actually using speakers? I seem to recall some talk of it, but I can't find anything specific in search.
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    Touring artist after only 3 days with his new Helix.

    I can't figure out how he has time to do this stuff. Between touring 100+ gigs per year with BOC he also has his Band Geek podcast http://www.riotcast.com/bandgeek (shamless plug for a friend) AND he still has time to practice, learn how to use a new piece of gear and put a couple videos up about it. TWO things that really stuck out for me that for some reason I just didn't understand how to do before are: 1. The Stand-Up-And-Edit parameters. I of course knew about the touch, but to be able to adjust a parameter mid stream without getting on my knees is really special. 2. The other was that while I knew you could turn multiple things on and off with the switches, and I guess I knew you could adjust parameters with a footswitch, I didn't realize you could toggle multiple parameters of an effect with single switch. WHile he uses it on the Distortion to add gain while cutting tone, I could think of situations like using it on an AMP block to toggle between to sets of settings for Boost and Mid's and Presence. I'll be looking forward to seeing how he manages the larger stages. They have a pretty high stage volume still these days, and a LOT of real estate to cover. I'm curious if the wedge is going to be enough. But I guess, in contrast... a wedge that might be out-of-hearing-distance sometimes is a lot better than some piece of rented gear that should have been pulled out of service long ago.
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    Can I create feedback without speakers?

    Ok.. now THAT is pretty cool. I just messed with it a few minutes... the IR selected has a dramatic affect on the outcome... While you can't be "spontaneous" with the feedback, it's pretty controllable and pretty useful. In fact I have already recommended it to someone else and that was after just playing with it for about 5 minutes. Thanks !!!!
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    Can I create feedback without speakers?

    Well if this was a prank... ya GOT ME !!! LOL.. If you are serious... could you send me a preset that you setup to work? All I was able to achieve was electronic squeal... nothing resembling feedback. I did come close to a feedback sound on some of Glenn's presets if I hit the right note, usually a harmonic, it seemed like the reverb was holding the note for a long long long time.... and as the rest of the signal faded away, it sounded like feedback. I'm thinking there is some way to take the reverb and maybe something else... I mean ya can get Organ sounds out of this thing, it seems like a feedback-esque tone could be achieved.
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