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  1. This post edited to correct mistake.. 1. Two 1/4" to RCA from Helix Left and Right out to iLoud 2. Helix connected to PC via USB, select Helix as default audio. Guitar to Guitar in on Helix. and you should be able to play along with tracks, record, whatever.. all coming out the iLoud 3. Send 1 out of Helix to the rear "guitar in" on Fender ( 1/4" > 1/4" ) 4. Headphone Out of Fender to Return 1 and 2 on Helix. (1/8" TRS (stereo) to RCA left and right).
  2. Sorry make that: 4. Headphone out (front of Fender) to Return 1 and 2 on Helix. (1/8" stereo to > two 1/4" ) 5. #4 eliminates the need for the dummy plug. Don't bother with the USB from the Fender as an Audio device. Select the Helix. You can use the USB to the Fender to change settings with the software etc.. but for Audio, select the Helix. This is likely not the "only" setup (the one I described) but it is the simplest that I believe gives the most flexibility.
  3. 1. Two 1/4" to RCA from Helix Left and Right out to iLoud 2. Helix connected to PC via USB, select Helix as default audio. Guitar to Guitar in on Helix. and you should be able to play along with tracks, record, whatever.. all coming out the iLoud 3. Send 1 out of Helix to the rear "guitar in" on Fender ( 1/4" > 1/4" ) 4. Line Outs of Fender to Return 1 and 2 on Helix. (Two 1/4" > 1/4") 5. Plug a dummy jack into the headphone jack of the Fender to mute the speaker. Use send and return or loop blocks on Helix to add Fender to the path of choice.
  4. To mute the amp speakers he need only plug something into the headphone jack. I agree that he should be able to get tones he likes from the Helix, but that wasn't what he asked. FWIW.. the iLoud speakers are designed to be studio monitors. I haven't used them, but they look really good on paper. Certainly enough for a home studio.
  5. What I would do is set the Fender aside for a moment, just while you get everything else hooked up. Hook the Helix up to the PC and plug the powered speakers in the helix as well... Make sure as was mentioned the Helix is the PC's audio device. You should now be able to play back from the PC or play your guitar, all coming through the powered speakers. Now... just add the Fender into one of the loops on the Helix via the line in and line outs on the Fender. Now you have it all.
  6. mileskb

    IR's versus Helix cab sims

    Well no... no I did not :)
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    IR's versus Helix cab sims

    I respond to this so often that I'm beginning to annoy myself. It's all about axis !!!! The helix cabs do not provide any ability to change the axis/mic position other than distance. If you happen to like the sound of the helix cabs, it's probably because you like whatever axis (my guess is just off center, or maybe multi-mic). This is a common spot that live sound guys use, so it's a familiar sound. Easy to love it. If however, you like the sound of certain cabs with the mic near the middle or edge of the cone... or a combination of axis' and mics then really the only way to get there is with 3rd party IR's. It's really that simple. They all sound great. But do they sound "right" for you?
  8. If you get a chance and can download the free version, I'd like to hear what you think (maybe message me as it's not really "helix related"). I know it starts a bit quicker than my install of Sonar and you can run it side-by-side no harm no foul. The only issue I have seen is that sometimes the install fails and you need to just execute the .exe files it downloaded. That has more to do with virus protection and firewalls I think than anything else.. I will say this.. using the Helix as the interface, doing NO optimization for latency or anything really, I had NO latency issues. I loaded up a project and was recording 4 tracks while playing back 8 tracks... I should probably try it in Sonar too, but I'm pretty sure I had to adjust for Latency that last time I tried it in Sonar on the SAME PC... Anyway... they did tidy up some under-the-hood stuff. I hope the mods here don't jump me, it's just with so many getting into recording either with the Helix or Native... you don't usually get access to professional DAW software, no restrictions etc.. It's an opportunity I just had to share.
  9. Cakewalk By BandLab is here. Free. Available for Windows now. [4/4/2018] You can read about it here. Cakewalk By BandLab Announcement Not sure how many folks used Sonar, but if people are looking for a power DAW to use Native, Cakewalk (now by Bandlab) is free. I don't know what their future plans are as they have to make money somehow, but for those of us that have been using Cakewalk for 25+ years, this is great news. I just wanted to share that Native works well in this new version of Cakewalk.. really well. at least for me. Also, this is NOT a stripped down version. This is the full-blown, top-o-line Platinum version they have released.
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    Home Studio Question

    Just to add on, especially if you are not using any of the helix effects, you always could set the source as USB 7/8 in your DAW and you have the RAW signal of whatever device is plugged into the helix.
  11. I believe Cakewalk may have been first, because I was already using Cakewalk when Vision came out and I vaguely remember checking it out. But in any case, the two of them lit the fire for everything that followed. I did not realize they had the independent looping thing. It was being done by others, but I'm not sure as well. There was a product Acid that did independent looping and I was a Beta tester for "Wings for Digital Audio" which had something similar as well. I always wondered why Opcode didn't go further then they did, because they were MAC based if I recall. Pro Tools came out of the blue almost years later... and I remember everyone jumping like it was something new.. and yet those of us using Cakewalk were like "what's the fuss, been doin that for years.".. Yes Pro Tools actually started just a couple years after Cakewalk and Opcode, but it seemed like it wasn't until the mid-90's that it all of a sudden HIT....
  12. I've been using Sonar since the Cakewalk days... before it had numbers... as on DOS. (damn I'm old). While known for quirks, to be honest, those quirks were generally configuration issues. I was recording 8 tracks CD-quality audio on a 386 machine.. yes... not even 486 yet.. (watching anyone under the age of 30 frantically typing DOS and 386 machines into google). Cakewalk may not be for the timid, but trust me... if you can think it, it can do it. Honestly, after all these years, I haven't tapped into all the features ever. But, there have been many times when something came up, and sure enough... Cakewalk had that functionality to pull it off. I just had to look it up in one of Anderton's books, or later hit up the forums. In many ways it's like the Helix. You can jump in and start recording, or as many have, dive in and record and produce Emmy and Grammy-winning works of art. I guess I'm most excited for my next recording project because of the proof-of-concept that led me to post about this here. Native is so seamless... I brought up a dry track, set it up to loop, and then just went on an adventure in Native selecting amps and effects and adjusting mic placement and and and and.. Now, in the end, I would likely end up using higher end reverbs and delays and such... but being able to work on a part and basically "spin the wheel" to "see what it sounds like with this or that" is really amazing. I'm sure Native is fine in other DAW's, but for those who want to get their feet wet with a professional proven DAW, this is one heck of an opportunity. I have no skin in this, I'm just super stoked that Bandlab has made this available.
  13. mileskb

    Volume block location

    And remember, as EACH block has a level control... you can use the expression pedal to control the "volume" in places that were essentially impossible or at the very least very difficult in the real world. I you are controlling volume for leads... you might increase gain, cut amp volume, boost the mids and upper mids, and bring some echo in to the mix... you can do that all at the same time on a switch or controller. I personally see the volume block as a wasted block.
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    "Click Here For Common..."

    Is you're using a desktop and it's a bother, you can use a Chrome extension called Web Override. I posted a hack recently in another thread about the black bar. free app... just a minute or so to rid yourself of the issue. Unfortunately, no hack for mobile devices as of yet.
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    New forum layout suuuucks

    The black bar is definitely a feature. If you check out the forum providers site, it's not turned on for them. I can sorta see where it's tolerable on a desktop, and maybe a place to stash all those pinned threads at the top, but on the responsive mobile site... it's a no go. Someone needs to use a RESPONSIVE DESIGN CHECKER before implementing things.
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    New forum layout suuuucks

    Probably gonna get spanked for this... but for the Black Bar.. if you use Chrome (and you should) add the Web Override extension. URL = https://line6.com/ CSS = #_elev_io ._bzf50 {width: 0; height: 0;margin-right: -40px;} And FWIW... I really like the new forum with the exception of the black bar help thingy.
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    IR's versus Helix cab sims

    Bottom line, both 3rd party IR's and Line6 Cabs (IR's) sound fantastic. However, if you are trying to get the sound of an AC30 with a sm57 off access about half way up the cone and a km84 in the room... well, that's just not going to happen with the Helix cabs.. generally speaking. But you could get that exact IR from a 3rd party. I'm not sure why there always has to be a "better"... there isn't. It's which is the one you need/what are you trying to accomplish.
  18. It's actually White Text on Black Tape. I believe they do make glow in the dark too.
  19. I went for a subtle approach a while back. I figured I just needed To be able to read it without having to pick up the unit.
  20. Did you purposely password protect it? I can't even print it... only open it.
  21. I have a spreadsheet version that prints on 8.5 x 14 I'm working on.
  22. I'm with'ya on this. When I'm looking/ auditioning a reverb, delay or whatever, I not only don't I care if it's legacy or whatever... I generally have no idea nor do I care. I'm scrolling through listening... now I apparently have two lists to scroll through instead of one. It's not a big deal, just seems silly to me. If (like me) you never owned one of the Legacy devices, having them on a separate list seems like a pointless concept. They are all models.
  23. I love my JTV-89F, but I find it hard to know what I've selected on the Variax knob. It's worse in low light because the light from underneath makes it unclear what model I'm on. I generally twist it to the stop and count backward or some variation. Does anyone else have this issue or know of a mod that doesn't take away from the aesthetics. Thanks
  24. So on a whim, and because I have easy access to a Real Time Analyzer and a reference microphone, I spent a few moments sending pink noise into the Helix and adjusting the Global EQ until the RTA showed essentially flat. I then set the low cut at 72Hz and the High Cut at 9.5 KHz and WOW !!!!!! Every patch I have now sounds soooo much better. For speakers I'm using my go to Genz Benz custom cab that's loaded with EV 12's and is ported and a QSC 100 watt solid state stereo amp. I think it's worth the few moments it takes to do this. Even if you have an FRFR system, I'm guessing it's not as "flat" as you might expect. I'll so some audio and some pictures to show what I did. Don't get me wrong, the rig sounded great before, but it sounds so much better now. So much more clarity. I wish the global EQ was more like a 5 band instead of a 3 band, but playing with the freq, q and gain of each band worked well. I don't think I increased ANY frequencies, it was all a matter of cutting, which is overall better anyway. This all came about because I got to thinking that any time I set up a PA system, the first thing is to put a reference signal through (admittedly it's sometimes just familiar music) and I adjust the EQ on the mains so that reference sounds good in the room. As the Helix is designed mainly to feed a PA, if I'm just using a speaker setup, even if it was PA speakers, or especially if it was PA (FRFR) speakers, I would set their EQ to a reference before I sent anything else. I honestly didn't think it would make a difference, but it sure did.
  25. mileskb

    Busking Helix - Battery power source?

    My experience with power ratings on devices.... TEST IT. I don't trust ANY numbers or ratings any more. I have a separate battery I use on my boat that I plug stuff into like cell phones and fans and whatnot. If I followed the ratings... I would never bothered buying the battery. Same thing happened with my little electric inflatable boat... I bought a small agm motorcycle battery and can run the thing for several hour... the "rating" says I should only get a couple hours at the most in optimal conditions. Much like setting up audio systems... all the math in the world is fun... but you don't really know what you have until you power it up.
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