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  1. Hey guys, As guitarists, we often go through phases.. we often go back and listen to some music that we haven't listened to in a while.. I just started listening to Pantera again (for the 55th time) and I still get blown away by Dime's unmatched playing style. Some might argue that his tone wasn't great (I thought it suited their music just perfectly), however his use of FX is simply on point. I would love to know if anyone has come across or made up any delays/verbs/pitch etc that resemble his leads and solos? Not to be album or song specific, but some of the delays and verbs on songs like Mouth For War, A New Level, Walk, I'm Broken etc etc are the standouts to me. If anyone has any settings/links/patches they'd like to share or sell, feel free to hit me up. Cheers
  2. Hey guys, Let me rephrase.. Rather than going out and buying a bass guitar and running it through the Helix, I'm wondering if can you make a patch within the Helix so that your electric guitar sounds like a bass? I really only need this for basic recording purposes, not for live or anything. I would assume that you'll need pitch/detune etc plus a good amp sim + cab/IR. Just not sure how or where to start. If anyone has anything to share, a link, or better still, if someone has a patch they'd like to share that would be a great help. Many thanks
  3. So I've recently starting experimenting with Reaper. I've been recording directly into the Reaper via my Helix, however I think the overall sound could probably be tweaked a little. BUT I'm not sure how or where to start.. Do I need additional software or programs to be able to do that? Or can I do that via Reaper? Ideally, what would be the best way? (the simpler the better for me!) Thanks.
  4. iamgeorge

    what actually is 'pre' or 'post' processing?

    Thanks for the insightful responses guys, appreciate it. @bsd512 @phil_m @cruisinon2 @rd2rk @amsdenj That Izotope's Neutron/Ozone stuff is way beyond me man! Just to add.. here’s a little something I did with the Helix PANAMA amp + GnR IR.. and that’s it. Straight into Reaper via my Yamaha HS5s. ** DISCLAIMER ** I'm referring to the lead tone that I'm playing, not the backing track. The backing isn't mine (belongs to the guitarist in my band.. I just used it to jam over..). I guess my next question is a matter of opinion, BUT, if wanted to sharpen up this tone, or take away some of the ‘nastiness’ or maybe if I wanted to just enhance it a little, what would I do or where would I start? To me there's a difference between a tone that has had post processing vs a tone that hasn't had any.. the lead tone in this clip is straight from the Helix into Reaper. I’ve seen lot’s of Rocco’s clips (granted he’s a Fractal guy), and I’ve bought/played/used Glenn’s, Moke’s, Marco’s presets and everything sounds so different. Some of their tones sound dreadful through my Helix and Yamaha HS5’s but when you're listening to them playing it, it's TOTALLY different and always sounds awesome. NOW, I realise that's a different topic perhaps, but I'm more curious to know if 'post processing' would make this tone better. By 'better', I mean nicer to the ear, or cleaner or more rounded off. Hope that makes sense. In a perfect world, I'd like it to be as simple as possible, without necessarily needing to buy/download more programs and software if it can be avoided. Not crucial though. Here's the patch if anyone is interested. Panama Amp Patch.hlx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSz__uLmSCs&feature=youtu.be
  5. iamgeorge

    Helix nails Iron Maiden with harmonies

    Your welcome man! Oh man.. any of those above-mentioned VH sounds would be awesome. Both of those albums had very unique tones (for me, Balance is Ed's ultimate tone IMO even though he used all sorts of FX to widen/thicken his sound). And really, if anyone can nail the Unchained flanger, then they deserve serious recognition! I've tried a small handful of Helix flangers (including artist preset) and none come close to it. Just my experience. What you do, the way you do it, and the passion you put into it is awesome man. Happy to pay for people's patches when you can clearly see they've invested time into them.
  6. iamgeorge

    Helix nails Iron Maiden with harmonies

    Dude that's awesome! Great job! @malhavok Umm.. do you take requests at making patches/presets?! Van Halen - 'Balance' tone, 'OU812' tone.. and of course, the 'Unchained' flanger.. Haven't come across an Unchained flanger setting in the Helix yet that is spot-on. Otherwise, seriously great sounds man
  7. Hey guys, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjmTf31MAe8 Not sure what effect this is, does anyone know? Also, I assume this type of effect can have the tempo adjusted accordingly to suit? Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is this effect available on the Helix? The effect comes in at around the 0:16 mark.. To me, it’s not quite flanger/not quite phaser.. kinda like a helicopter, or something.. Thanks.
  8. Hey guys.. Just curious to know if anyone is running their Helix in 4CM with their Friedman BE100 or modded Marshall in 4CM? Why do I ask? Well, the plan is to keep the settings ‘neutral’ on the amp, however, I’m going to use the Helix to add an OD/tubescreamer pedal here and there (depending on the patch) to give it more bite/cut/top end etc. But, the real question is, has anyone put an EQ somewhere within the signal chain to remove some of the mids to make it a bit ‘angrier’ or a bit more ‘metal’ so to speak? I don’t want to completely scoop the mids, just enough for there to be some differentiation in sound and tone. Granted, the amp has the C45 and SAT switches but they cannot be activated by the Helix, you physically need to do this at the rear of the amp. The amp is incredibly versatile – we know this, but I guess it’s just a matter of whether this can be done, and if so, how.. I presume it’s an EQ block that would do the trick somewhat.. Thanks guys.
  9. I suspect this is like looking for a needle in a hay-stack.. On the off extreme off chance, is anyone using their Helix to control their Bogner Hafler Triple Giant via Midi? I'm planning on using it in a 4CM type setup with a power amp. I guess I'm just curious to see if anyone has had any success in getting it to change channels via midi with their Helix. Thanks. (NOTE, I really don't expect many replies given the rarity of this unit, however any help or input is appreciated!)
  10. I’ve seen a few posts here and on the Fractal Forum.. So here’s my 2c worth on the Friedman ASM-12, having owned two myself. Loved them. Bought them purely because they were/are the closest thing to what a real cab sounds like, which was important to me. Yes, it’s FRFR and does the FRFR thing quite well, BUT, it does the ‘real sounding cab thing’ better than any other FRFR solution - this was what got me over the line. It was a no-brainer to buy. I used to own the Atomic CLR wedge and strongly disliked it. Too artificial sounding, didn’t sound anything like what I thought a mic’d up cab should sound like. Normal music sounded good through it, but playing your guitar through it didn’t cut it, not even close. I also owned 3 different active Alto speakers (a couple old Alto Elvis 10’ & 12’ which were actually quite good for a budget speaker). Might be a good time to just acknowledge that this is obviously very subjective; what sounded good to me may not sound good to you etc etc and vice versa. Having owned two Friedman BE100, Bogner XTC, 3 different H&K amps, EVH 5153, ENGL Steve Morse and Powerball etc (some decent amps I might add..), I had a pretty good idea what my ears would naturally gravitate towards tone-wise and cab-wise. I’ve only ever played 4x12 & 2x12s that were V30 loaded or combo V30+Creamback, if that helps. So, after years of playing these amps through these cabs, my ears have memory of the tone (if that makes any sense) and I knew what I would naturally like, or expect to hear. Back to the ASM.. It’s bulky and a little bit awkward to carry, but it’s worth the awkwardness given the sound that you get is precise but not over the top. It’s the only FRFR speaker that sounds very close to a real cab and pushes the air – which is what real cabs do, right!?! You can have it in the wedge position or the upright position. I kept it in the upright position 95% of the time. It could keep up with my other guitarists 100W JCM900 and delivered a good mid punch which I think A LOT of FRFR solutions really lack. Again, YMMV. Lastly, because I’m quite OCD, I had a couple custom covers made up for them because the shiny outer material looks like it can damage/scratch quite easily. Credit to Dave Friedman, the man makes some killer amps and some killer products in general, really. If I was to revisit the FRFR path, I’d get an ASM. Why did I get rid of them?!? Simply, I don’t play FRFR anymore – I’ve gone full circle and use my Helix to drive my amp which is my ‘A’ rig, and I use my Axe FX-ii with a valve power amp (VHT), which is my ‘B’ rig, into a Mesa vertical 2x12 cab.. actually, I use my two 2x12 vertical Mesa cabs! Awesome sound. Anyway, for what it’ worth I hope this helps. If anyone wants the specs for these custom covers that I got made up for it, just send me a PM. Georgy
  11. Ok, let me rephrase that.. I could've sworn I remember seeing somewhere here that there are some players out there that have been using the Line 6 Flextone combo as an FRFR solution, either at home or on stage.. could this be?! I guess the second part of this weird question is, can that actually be done? For anyone that actually has done that, how does it sound?
  12. Hey guys, looking for some guidance here.. It could be a simple fix but I’m a little lost in terms of how to get this happening.. I’m certain I’m doing something wrong, but I’m having trouble getting the Helix to change the channels on my EVH 5153 (50w) amp via midi. That EVH amp has midi so changing channels shouldn’t be hard. I also have a custom made 4 channel amp with midi, and I’ve managed to get that to change the channels on that amp via the Helix, but I can’t quite make it work on the EVH. Any recommendations or YouTube clips that I should look at?! It must be something with the amp itself and not the Helix..? Happy to take any recommendations to get this happening. Once I conquer this, I then know I can just save-copy-paste those patches and use wherever/whenever. Thanks guys.
  13. Opinions are like A55holes... everyone has one. I like the Chicago Bulls, you might like The Cavs? I like milk chocolate, you like dark chocolate.. who cares what chocolate either of us like?! I've owned all 3 and here's my observations.. To say it's not in the same league as the Kemper/AXE FX doesn't mean jack sh1t really. Comes down to how you use it. Devin Townsend uses all 3!! Kemper = amazing for what it is, but not the most user friendly. The profiles can be good but that depends on how good the actual profile is. THIS ALSO DEPENDS on if whether you rely on profiles for your core sound/core tone.. Axe FX/AX8 = fractal still lead the way in terms of amp/cab sims. They are better. But how much better is the question? Comes down to how well you can dial in a patch and make it sound awesome. Helix floor = love it. Sold my first and now I'm on my second and it's staying this time. The easy of use, the ability to dial in patches and make adjustments on the fly is what makes this a stand-out. From that point of view it cannot be beaten. The Helix has to be the ultimate gigging tool. With regards to the AX8 vs Helix theory. Sure, the AX8 has that edge given that it's had MANY firmware updates over its journey and the Helix has had minimal in comparison, however imagine you and I played in the same band, and we're both guitarists. Doesn't matter whether we play hi-gain/low-gain/blues/clean etc etc.. Do you think people in the crowd will really be able to say "oh that guy's AX8 totally kick's that other guy's Helix..." No chance. NO CHANCE. Same with the Kemper. I've had 2 Kempers and am in no hurry for a third. As a player that plays in a gigging band, it's important for me to have a seamless and easy to setup rig that gives me everything I need. Both the Helix and AX8 do that for me. But, my Helix integrates and works better with my 2 amps than my AX8 does.. Is this starting to make sense or help?! Ultimately, it also comes down to how you intend to use it. The Helix, in my experience, integrates incredibly well with other gear/amps etc which is important to me. It has the built-in exp pedal that other modellers don't offer (that I'm aware of). It's so damn easy to use and that alone is a huge standout feature. With the Fractals, you could spend HOURS tweaking things which is fine, but you eventually spend less time playing.. <_< My suggestion.. sure, watch the clips but take the opinions with a pinch of salt. If I were you, I would work out what is important to you, work out how you think you will use it, then base your decisions on that. That's what I would do. Good luck
  14. Hi George, Thanks mate! I've watched some of your clips - great work. I'll give that a go. Thanks.
  15. Hey, Looking for a little guidance with this one.. So I'm in the process of getting a super-strat made for me (Warmoth body, Charvel neck, German Floyd, Bare Knuckle etc etc), however, it will be a single pickup guitar, which will obviously just be the bridge pickup, which is a Bare Knuckle Juggernaut. Is there a way I can alter a few settings on my Helix so that I can make my bridge pickup sound more like my neck pickup, or a blended sound of both bridge and neck pickup?? I presume it'll be in the amp block.. bumping up the bass/mids and possibly reducing the treble..? Any other hints or tips on how to achieve this? NOTE, I understand that it probably can't really be done, but if I can get close to it, I'll be happy... if this is possible.. Also, FWIW, I use my Helix floor with a valve power amp and FRFR.. Thanks
  16. Thanks MDMAYFIELD.. yours is the best response, I appreciate it. Thank you for not telling me that I need to be slapped for wanting a guitar with one pickup as opposed to 2 or more (FYI, this is guitar #5 for me, the rest have two pickups). Thank you for not telling me that I should just get a guitar with a neck pickup. (thanks to the all Captain Obvious's) Thank you for not telling me it's an unqualified approach and a 'fools errand'. (thanks to the power-user Chuck Norris.. took you 3 goes to get it right, huh?) And most importantly, thank you for actually answering the question and giving reasoning behind why it won't work, as opposed to reasons why I shouldn't do it, or better still as opposed to some of the above responses.
  17. Hoping someone can help with this one.. I'm super happy with my sound, which is my floor Helix + VHT 100w valve power amp + 2x12 cab. Sounds really good and I'm really happy with it. However, I've started pondering on having the 'real amp + cab' on stage, but maybe have an IR or cab in the signal chain so that that can go DI.. I'm just not sure where on the Helix Edit I'd need to put that cab or IR..? <_< Can anyone chip and suggest where it should go? Ideally, as I mentioned, having non-FRFR on stage is fine, but having FRFR going to front of house may work also (got this idea from a couple Axe FX users.. just not sure how and where to set it up on the Helix). I've also attached a patch if that helps as well as a screen dump of that patch. I use SNAPS with this setup. It goes from clean to dirty in this song, whereas most songs are just dirty. If I can find a place where to put the cab or IR, I can replicate that for all my patches. Thats the plan anyway! Any input is welcomed guys.. Thanks
  18. iamgeorge

    Helix amp 4 cable, vs real amp 5150 iii 50w

    I think it sounds pretty darn good if you ask me. There's something special about that 5153 50-watter.. it's got something going on that not many other amps out there have. Interestingly, when I had my Axe FX ii, I actually used to use the 5153 purely as a power amp, and I only used the HBE amp sim from the Axe FX. It sounded bloody amazing! I actually tried to substitute the 5153 for an actual valve power amp and nothing came close. So, I'm not surprised that your Helix patch when compared to the actual 5153 sounds identical. Maybe it's power/voltage that the little guy can output which is why it can quite easily keep up with many 100w valve heads, maybe it's something else - I don't know. But even when I've ran it in 4CM with my Helix recently, it still sounded BLOODY amazing. Would love that patch mate.. if you're willing to share of course :D
  19. Hey guys, I used to have the Friedman ASM-12 when I used to have the Axe FX 2, but that is long gone since. I'm about to buy one for my Helix and was curious to get people's thoughts on what they though of it? How does it sit in a band mix? Anyone using it for live shows (big or small gigs - doesn't matter)? Other than it's awkward size and handle positioning, how do you find it overall, tone/sound-wise? Any input is welcomed :) Thanks
  20. iamgeorge

    Anyone using the Friedman ASM with their Helix? Thoughts?

    D Dunno man.. that's why I'm asking :) In my previous experiences with it, I don't think it was completely flat response as per se, which was one of the things that I liked about it. But that was well and truly before Fractal went QUANTUM with their firmware updates and obviously before I bought my Helix. I wonder how it sounds now, given that I have a Helix, and given that we've had a few firmware updates. I too imagine it won't be too different from the Axe-ii, I just wonder how it'll sound in a band mix, how it goes in gigs etc etc.
  21. The want or requirement.. An FRFR solution that can keep up with a Mesa 100w valve head + 2x12 cab, a bass player and drummer, which is an originals hard rock band. Needs to cut through the mix and keep up ‘with the band’. Strong preference to an active type FRFR speaker/cab/solution The use/purpose.. For band prac/gigs/possible tour, with Helix floor unit. Less is more. Happy to carry around a, for example, Mackie HD 1521 if it can do as per above. Looking for the one unit, not really looking for a pair etc. If anyone can shed any light based on their first-hand experience with something like this, would love to hear your thoughts, your do’s and your don’ts as well. FOOT NOTE, I understand that a 100w valve head through a 2x12 cab will not sound as ‘big’ as the same amp being played through a 4x12; the 4x12 cab will sound bigger and louder because it’s pumping out sound via 4 speakers as opposed to 2. I’m adopting the same way of thinking with this FRFR idea; many FRFR solutions out there are either 1 or 2 speakers/drivers, so inherently it could be hard for an FRFR speaker that has only 1 or 2 speakers to ‘keep up with’ that before-mentioned 100w valve head + 2x12 or 4x12.. WITH THAT SAID, what would be the closest FRFR solution out there to meet the requirement and the purpose?! (If this foot note didn’t make any sense, please disregard and refer to the first two points!! Lol) Any recommendations welcomed Thanks in advance
  22. Howdy all, _Apologies moderators if this is in the wrong forum.. figured it might get a few more hits if it’s in the main forum_.. Having been part of the Fractal Forum (however no longer because I’m a loud and proud HELIX user J), and Kemper Forum, and now the Line 6 Helix forum, I’ve noticed that in particular here in the Helix forum, there’s a huge amount of FRFR discussions, but there’s minimal discussions about players that don’t necessarily use FRFR. This could quite easily be because the bigger majority of players in this Line 6 forum ARE mainly FRFR users/players. This isn’t an anti-FRFR topic or discussion, it’s more about expanding on this forum and perhaps growing the capabilities of the Helix and sharing wins/strategies/tones etc etc. On the Fractal and Kemper forums, there are many discussions about FRFR, but there’s also a lot of discussions and banter about power amps + cabs + Kemper or Axe FX, _not just FRFR_. Is it worth having a forum or chat room for the players that mainly use their Helix rig in a non-FRFR situation? It’s all well and good to download and trade patches with one another that are FRFR; however from what I can ascertain on this forum, at least 90% of all things discussed is FRFR based, with not a lot of input on power amp + cab + Helix and so forth. Again, having owned and played all 3 modellers, I personally keep resorting back to a valve power amp + cab + Helix because that not only works for me, but the band that I play in as well. FRFR is the perfect bedroom solution (which a majority of us forum’ites are, presumably), however, I just think it’d be good to have a place to chat, trade ideas etc that are not always FRFR based.. Food for thought I guess..
  23. Honestly man, not being nasty, but who cares really? The key point to my thread wasn't to get people off side, which I obviously did which was NOT the intention, so really who cares what I think, or what I agree or disagree with? My main point still stands somewhat; and that is that it would be good to maybe have a chat room/forum/sticky (call it whatever you want) that isn't FRFR, given that FRFR dominates all many points. Most people seem to be against that idea for reasons they can only justify - and that's completely fine too, THAT doesn't bother me. And to your last sentence there, in your opinion; that is exactly the point, it was an idea, it was an opinion - nothing more. I've stated mine, you've stated yours. That's what dis-heartens me about forums; things can get too easily critiqued for usually not the right reasons, then the whole point or idea gets completely missed. People are quick to dissect something and then carry on about what was said and how it's not right or whatever. Sometimes it's not even worth putting up a post because someone will look at it the wrong way. Like I said earlier, not trying to be nasty #olivebranch
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