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  1. I have a Kemper and used a similar approach to pre-process the mic'd signal to make my favorite Kemper profile so far. So instead of feeding the Kemper the raw mic signal, it fed into my Helix where I had some processing like this. It worked really great - much better than hi-cuts to remove the unpleasant harshness and resulted in a very nice Kemper profile. While doing this, I noted the Kemper's "Studio EQ' (analogous to Helix's Parametric EQ) had a "mix" parameter. That actually worked very nice also - so you'd dial in a hi-cut, but not at full mix, so it would still let some of the original through, but not all and you could cut any percentage of the signal you wanted. What that did was allow a natural sounding hi-cut without the result sounding boxy or stuffy. Cut's the unpleasant frequencies, but allowing enough through to still sound natural and open. I immediately went to the Helix parametric EQ block and looks for a "Mix" parameter and was disappoint to not find one.
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    FREQ OUT !!!!!

    I have a freqout and had the same issue. I didn't want it between the guitar and Helix because I wanted to be able to reamp with FreqOut adjustments - can't do that with it in between guitar and Helix. The hiss is easily solved with a noise gate after the freqout and before the distortion.
  3. You could do like other companies do for amp and effect names, including Line 6, and change the name so it's relatable to the trademarked name, but not the actual trade marked name. "L6 Link" could be something like "el-6'o linkup'o" :-)
  4. And even post-effects processing on individual tracks, look additionally into to mastering plugins like Izotope's Neutron and Ozone. Those aren't cheap, but the suite of tools are incredible in their capabilities for producing a great finished product. Even in the hands of a relative amateur they can seriously help with all their "assistant" features. In the hands of a real pro, the sky's the limit.
  5. I don't have direct experience with these amps in person, but I do have some nice commercial profiles of them on my Kemper. As an experiment, I took one of those Kemper profiles and dialed in the Helix model to match it. Neither I nor a friend who is another member of this forum could tell which one was which after we dialed in the Helix model to match the Kemper profile. So I'd say, based on at least that one data point, the Helix model is pretty accurate, assuming the commercial Kemper profile was accurate. We literally could detect no difference between them that our ears could discern.
  6. Definitely keep the floor. If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing! :-) Seriously, you'll be set for a long long time for guitar amp and pedal gear, not to mention audio interface for recording when you get around to it. You might just be scratching the surface right now at the moment and you'll be all geared up for whatever you want to do in the future. Now just plan to buy strings and picks. :-)
  7. What you describe should work. Can you post a screen shot of your track set up in Logic Pro X, both for the wet and the dry? I use Helix as my audio interface and Logic Pro X and use this feature a lot. Make sure you actually have the Helix selected as the audio device in Logic. Specifically, I always record the dry along with the wet in case I want to reamp. Both the wet (stereo) track and the dry (mono) track are both armed to record. Then simple press record and off you go - both tracks record as expected. Note - the stereo wet is USB 1 & 2 while the dry is USB 7. To reamp, it's a simple matter of changing the USB 7 track's "output" to be USB 3 & 4 instead of the default "stereo" output, then set your Helix patch that you want to reamp into instead of "guitar" input to USB 3 & 4. Then record another wet track just like before except you disengage recording for the dry signal track - no changes needed on the "wet" track, it still uses USB 1 & 2 for input and Logic's default "stereo out" for output.
  8. I think the Helix is perfect for this. It does what you want to do now, and gives you plenty of room to expand your horizons as you learn more. If I were you, I'd invest in a good pair of headphones also - you can really get lost in the immersive headphone experience on the Helix with stereo reverbs, ping-pong delays, and so on. And not even the family can hear you then, let alone neighbors. I recommend these: - Sennheiser HD 600. For anything you get, just make sure you buy from a place with a return policy - it's hard to get recommendations on subjective things like this without trying out a few options yourself.
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    L2. vs L3.

    I have both. They are very comparable sound-wise for guitar. You might notice more for the L3 if you send drums and other stuff through it. For guitar, they are pretty comparable. I have a pair of L3t's which are pretty well fixed position wise - i.e., I don't move them much. I got a single L2t for when I want to grab and go - it's much more manageable. I wouldn't want to hoist the L3t's around much if I could avoid it.
  10. A Helix Bundle doesn't include IRs. The new backup and restore method introduced last fall does, though. Here's an IdeaScale entry to implement compatibility of those backup files to be loaded into Helix Native. Not sure if it will get implemented, but for me it would be very handy.
  11. Stomp mode has been replaced by Siri mode. Additionally, IRs are stored and retrieved in real-time via the cloud, so now you can access all 97,311 IRs from your favorite OwnHammer pack instantly with zero latency. In fact, with our new Predictive Modeling and Tone Clone(TM) technology*, Helix Watch knows what you want before you do. * minor surgery to install our patented neural transceiver is required for access to these features
  12. The release date is pending as we seek to resolve minor anomalies in the phase inducer coil interaction with synapse boundary field fluctuations. Our test subjects are recovering faster than expected, so we hope to distribute a public beta as soon as this is confirmed.
  13. Line 6 is please to announce a major breakthrough in pioneering miniaturization research, nano-technology, and quantum state DSPs culminating in the smallest and most accurate professional digital amp modeling system ever developed.
  14. Sweet guitar, congrats! Need pics of the other 3.
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    Helix case/bag

    It's been a long time since I posted the photos on the Novation bag. I've used it quite often with my Helix and it's still holding up fine, for anyone that cares. I got mine from Amazon in 2016.
  16. I've noticed when I use an effect loop, especially in front of the distortion channel of an amp, there's a lot of noise. Take out the effect loop, and the noise goes away. This happens when a pedal is in the loop or not, i.e., even when there is no cabling connected to the Helix effect loops. I recall other people stating that Helix effect loops are pretty noisy - so I assume it's part of the design. My solution is to put a noise gate after the effect loop block if the noise is a problem. I'm not sure if this is what you're seeing or not, but it sounds similar.
  17. Thanks, that's what I do now - 8 snapshots. I don't think this is worth an ideascale suggestion, but if it was available, I'd use it.
  18. I do that with my scripts - the only thing I change is the IR slot number, then dump the resulting JSON. So far, Helix has had no issues loading them back in. Then again, I'm only doing it for my own personal use. If I mess up my own Helix, not big problem, I'd just reset to factory and reload from the backup I always do before doing this. I think I'd be a little hesitant to offer that as a service like you're doing - simply because if it would happen to go sideways for someone, it might be a pain. If you do it, you could always have a "use at your own risk" disclaimer. On re-ordering the IRs manually in the Helix, that's not a big problem. I use the file system order as shown in the Mac Finder. When I update IRs, I just drag them into that directory, select them all, and load them in to the Helix - drag and drop all at once. Whatever order they show up in the filesystem is the order they are in the Helix. Makes it simple. That's also how I generate the old IR order list and the new IR order list. Again, it makes it real easy. However, it ultimately might get a little more complicated. I've found that often I'll want to standardize on a set of IRs after trying them out for a good while, and during the remapping process, I'll automatically have my script replace one IR with another. It's not hard when I'm doing that for myself with my own tools, but that would get unnecessarily complex when doing it for the general case. And without that, remapping IRs wholesale would be a lot less useful, in my opinion. What you have is really very good to give folks insight into how they are using IRs, and gives folks a chance to get right of IRs that are not used, or only used by 1 preset and similar. And that's a big step up from what is available with the Helix or even HX Edit directly. Great job on the js page.
  19. Is there any way to switch between 8 snapshot display and 4 snapsthots+4 stomps on a per preset basis? I'm finding that doing this would be convenient - for some presets I would prefer having all 8 snapshots right there, for others, 4 snapshots is plenty and it would be nice to have the 4 stomps right there for those presets.
  20. Very nice, Zooey! The only way I've found to get IR names associated is to supply a separate file that lists the IR names in their Helix IR slot order. With that, you can associate IR names with slot numbers. Now, just remap IR slot numbers in the presets to their new locations after the Helix IR order changes and save those setlists back out to disk so they can be reloaded back into the Helix with new IR ordering, then I can retire my clunky command-line program that does this.
  21. I would think you could route the mic output to 1/4" outs and everything else to xlr or vice versa. @jaanoest, if you're directing and not playing anything, then I would think Helix would be extreme overkill for this application.
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    My Humble Studio

    Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Those are awesome!
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    My Humble Studio

    Thanks! It's been quite a number of years in the making. We have a deal - she's buys something nice, I buy something nice, as long as our budget allows. We take turns. This year, her's was a ridiculously expensive African Grey Parrot that she refuses to let me name "Little Wing" (Hendrix). Mine was the Suhr Tele. :-) That's so I can look up while drumming and not get bored. :-) I'm kidding!! Drumming is HARD. Fun as all get out, but hard! Actually, my workstation used to be on that side and while playing, I could just look up for quick reference. That only worked so so, hurts your neck after a while and my eyes aren't so great in my old age so that's why I haven't bothered to move them.
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    My Humble Studio

    I enjoy seeing other folks' gear and studios, so I figured I'd share mine. I have my Kemper feeding into my Helix which in turn feeds into the mixer when I play without headphones. The mixer feeds a second "zone" mixer under my monitor, which in turn feeds the studio monitors in one zone and my pair of L3t's in a second zone, that way I can easily control the levels. Helix also serves as my computer audio interface. Yes, my computer is an old 2009 Mac Pro cheese grater. It still works decently, though, after I upgrade the drives to SSD and added a bunch of memory. So at the touch of a button, I can play through the Kemper or the Helix amp models. Often, I'll disable able the effects in the Kemper and incorporate it into one of my Helix patches with a send/return block where the amp/cab would normally go. This sounds really great. Kemper sounds very good on its own, though, too. Guitars are a Suhr Modern T and a Les Paul Standard HP (2017). The bass is a Schecter Hellraiser (and it does :-)). It's hard to see it on top of the UPS to the left of my computer, but I have a Relay G10 sitting there that feeds the Helix - wireless is wonderful. On the floor is the Helix, of course, the Kemper remote, a BeatBuddy drum pedal, a Trio+ band-in-a-box, and a 3-button USB foot controller that I use for record/play/stop control Logic. Other stuff on the shelf is my Boss SY-300 which I need to get hooked back up, my Mel9, FreqOut, a little Marshal Code 25, my Peterson tuner (fed first by my Relay G10), my Suhr Reactive Load box that I use for profiling amps with the Kemper, and a Laney IronHeart 15w tube amp. Bottom shelf is another UPS for my gear and a Boss Loopstation RC-300. On the other side behind me are my L3t's, my electronic drum kit (silent through headphones - yay! - I'm still married and not divorced). The drum kit can also feed the L3t's if I want to play it without headphones. There's my old Spider IV 150 head on top of the two 4x12's. Next to that is my Marshall DSL40C combo. I don't play those much anymore, but I fired them up last weekend when a friend from this forum came over and we both agreed they still sound pretty darn good! That old Spider IV kind of surprised us both at how good it sounded through those cabinets. The guitar in the corner is a Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid Solo II with a Floyd Rose. That's a very nice guitar, but it's in time-out - needs some setup work. Not in the photos is a 61 key MIDI keyboard on a keyboard X stand. I don't play keyboards, but it's handy for tapping in drum beats into EZDrummer and experimenting with various virtual instruments.
  25. I sent them to you by pm. Good luck and keep us posted on support.
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