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  1. So I started out with a Kemper before switching to Helix. So ditched all my mod/delay pedals. So what I have I’ll not be shifting. Fortin Grind Fortin 33 ThorpyFX Muffroom Cloud ThorpyFX Peacekeeper Eventide H9 Dubrek Audio Harmonik germanium Fuzz Will soon be adding a Kingsley Page And planning on an analog delay at some point.
  2. Thank man, I hear you. Has to be said there are already a couple that I feel like might be worth a purchase. Greg DeLune (pretty sure I'm spelling that wrong), 3Sigma, and Scott Minchk. And none are outrageous. I honestly couldn't stop myself tweaking even if I tried. The imperative to fiddle and put my own mark on a sound is unstoppable. I have such a sense of what I want to hear in my head it's actually debilitating in terms of musical productivity, and it's one of the reasons I've benched my kemper and hope the Helix hits the spot. Thanks again for the insight.
  3. Hey zooey That's kind of where I'd got to. I love the Kemper it sounds really really good if you like exactly the same thing as the guy who profiled the amp. If you like his speaker choice, his mic choice and positioning, his choice of eq and boost... and how many times has that ever happened?? Trouble is, the minute you want to tweak, that beautifully crafted profile goes to lollipop... and I am a rabid tweaker which is what led me to the Helix. And so far, I'm loving the fact that I can tweak to my hearts content and get the sound I have in my head. Big test tonight when I unplug the kemper and hook up the Helix to my pedal rack and try my two Fortin boost pedals...
  4. Well that's all good then. Play time tonight me thinks!
  5. Hahaha... that would be an odd thing to find lurking at the bottom of the box next to the power cable!. Like I said, not trying to minimise the skill/work of people creating commercial presets but just wanted to get my head round what they actually were. Cheers for the reply.
  6. So another one for you... suspect I'm going to become tedious before too long ;oD I've noticed that on all the presets that time based effects come after the cab block... is there any reason for this? Obviously in a real rig these effects come after the amp but before the cab. Is there any reason this can't be emulated on Helix? The reason I ask is that I'm looking at a FoH/Backline set up where the FoH feed takes IRs and the backline doesn't, so putting a split in before the cab block. As it stands this would me the cab misses out on all the time based effects a situation that would be rectified if it's possible to move the time based stuff to after the amp but before the cab. Let me know. Matt
  7. Hey ya'll So after about 6 months of fighting with my Kemper trying to get the sound in my head out of it (and i imagine it's in there and quite happy to admit it's my lack of ability and not a fault of the Kemper), I took the plunge and picked up a Helix rack second hand. I got to a point of contentedness within about an hour of noodling... so so far so good. Anyway, question. Looking around at the paid-for preset market and it got me to thinking. Do these presets actually offer you anything that you don't already have and are merely a way to circumvent the need to tweak to get your tone. They're essentially people doing the grunt work for you? With the Kemper, you're getting a unique file when you buy a profile (well the good ones anyway), but why would I pay for a preset which is essentially a set of parameter tweaks? I don't want this to come across as dismissive, it's really not meant to be and I'm all for short cuts to get the tone you want so you can get to the playing music and writing part. And obviously appreciate the effort people go to to get these preset packs together. Thanks Matt - so far, loving the Helix (although it's only been about 12 hours), and am on the cusp of flogging my profiler and buying a Fryette Powerstation to keep the Helix company ;oD
  8. That’s a good point on using the loop as an insert. Worth thinking about
  9. Yeah the Grind is 22db and the 33 is 20db of boost. but honestly the magic is in the EQ curve in the pedals. The Grind especially is sensational. I can hear the potential and it's frustrating as hell that I just can't nail the tone I'm looking for. And a boost in the loop gives a volume increase but that's not what these are for. They're for punishing the pre amp and tightening up the bottom end and adding some rich up mid harmonics. Think 1980s, think TS808 into a cooking Dual Rectifier to stop it being a flubby mess.
  10. Absolutely. I think the KPA, is an amazing amazing tool and I think the feel and tones it reproduces are exceptional. This is absolutely about the right tool for what I need it to be rather than good or bad. Ideally, I want a locker full of high end boutique high gain tube heads and a selection of 2x12 and 4x12 cabs... but I have a mid terraced house, with a massive mortgage and a wife and two kids so that simply isn't EVER going to happen. So I want something that can behave like and amp (within acknowledged limitations - I'm not naive enough to believe any of the profiler/modeller options are the same as playing the real think. I've had amps), and can do things like react when hit with a boost pedal, and react when the gain is increased... so maybe, maybe I should be looking at a modeller.
  11. Hey again. Yeah I'm not profiling (God I wish I had the amps to profile... we probably wouldn't be having this conversation to be honest ;oD). No I'm using purchased profiles and good quality ones as well. And both the Fortin boosts are one knob boost pedals, they're simply pushing the front end with a specific EQ curve, no additional gain. Sorry, that wasn't clear on my original post. I meant the boost is just over half way.
  12. Thanks fella. Intersting. I'm wondering if I'm maybe going to be trading the KPA in on a Helix and a power amp because that's what I wanted to hear. M
  13. Hey all. So I have a Kemper. Purchased after months of deliberation and back and forth between the Helix, Ax2 and KPA. On the whole it's a pretty amazing piece of kit, but I'm running into issues with it due to the nature of what it is. As a profiler, the rigs are a precise recording of an amp at a particular time with particular settings and they sound amazing until you want to change anything or in my case run a boost pedal into them. The scenario is this. I have a couple of rigs and I have a Fortin Grind and Fortin 33 which I love and love what they do to an amp tone. But I'm not getting it from the Kemper as obviously when I hit the rig with a boost it's no longer the rig as was profiled and as such it looses some of it's charm and I run into all manner of issues with high end fizz and lack of definition and just generally fighting with the rigs to get the tones I want. Not running crazy gain either, a touch over half way on the amps and a touch over half way on the pedals. So my question, how does the Helix take boost pedals in the front? I'm presuming as it's modelling rather than profiling, it's reaction to the push will be different than the Kemper. Be good to hear anyone's experience running boost into the Helix on high gain patches (especially if you're running those boosts and a 5150 or VH4 model). Is it different, will it handle it better or will I experience the same issues tone wise that I'm having with the Kemper? Thanks in advance. Matt
  14. Peter Thanks for the insight. Really good to hear it first hand from an actual user. I might tack to foot control onto my order. Thanks again.
  15. Peter thank you for letting me know. At least the functionality is there. I have an enormous learning curve ahead of me but I'm so looking forward to it!!! I'm presuming as you have the rack and floor control you're using the helix live? How critical is the foot pedal in general? I'm in a situation where cash is pretty tight and it's coming done to a toss up between the control and an FRFR amp/powered speaker of some description and I'm torn. For the short term I'm pretty much studio bound but the intent is there so maybe I don't need either but at the moment I'm leaning towards the amp
  16. Thanks for the info everyone. When I take delivery I may well be seeking more guidance on the midi thing. Any good rack flight cases people can recommend?
  17. Peter That would be awesome. Thank you and thanks for the info on the rack.
  18. Hey ya'll. Seasons finest. I am shortly to become the proud owner of a Helix rack mount (I am positively moist with anticipation and the wait until the end of January for delivery is going to kill me). I have a couple of questions bearing in mind I'm kind of new to the whole rack mount and modelling thang. If I get a flight case for the rack, do I need to get a shelf to sit it on or will the screw fixings in the front be sufficient to hold it up? And the second, and probably more complicated question: I heard in an interview with Misha Mansoor that they use ProTools to send Midi signals to their AxeFx to trigger patch changes during a song to save them having foot pedals in their very streamlined rig. Now granted that's AxeFx 2 but I was wondering can you achieve the same thing with the Helix? For instance I'm using Logic Express 9 (soon to be upgraded to Logic X) and it would be interesting if I could set Logic up to trigger patch changes (sorry Line 6 - just blown a stack of cash on the rack can't really afford the controller at the mo). Any thoughts would be cool on both of the above points. I'm going to go and sit on my hands and watch as many youtube vids of the Helix as I can and try not to explode with excitement... I haven't been this bad since I asked for the millennium falcon for Christmas about 30 years ago... Ta Matt
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