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Paulzx

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  1. Yep I think I need a direct comparison really.
  2. Same here, I own seven guitars and yet the most expensive one is the one that just doesn't sound right! In an ideal world I would borrow another PC1 and see if it's the same but of course that is a bit impractical as I don't know anyone locally with one. I'll try the gain block idea though. In a really desperate attempt to get a better result, I might change these Alto speakers for something smaller. I've never felt the Alto's were giving me the best sound anyway, and they are big PA speakers for a home setup. I know.. clutching at straws again!!
  3. Yep it remains a mystery, I tried the PC1 in my spider 2 amp and although i don't really like the sound coming out of that amp, the guitar is hotter and more punchy. The go to method on helix for high gain patches has always been - add a screamer distortion pedal at zero gain, to front of chain, followed by your high gain amp block plus whatever cab or IR, that method has worked for the most part with my other guitars, but with the PC1 I'm finding that I either want to crank the gain on the screamer, or the amp block itself, up to max - or even add a second distortion pedal to the chain! I never normally do any of that, but with the PC1 it's just lacking punch in the high gain and I end up trying the above, that shows you how underwhelming it is, yet the guitar itself has a reputation of being the opposite!
  4. Agreed, like if I was to put that super 3 in another guitar it would work perfectly but in this guitar it's a bit lame. I think they were suggesting it might be just the internal sustainer electronics not being properly compatible with newer electronic devices. I don't know, it does seem like a stretch doesn't it? I've actually got a DT50 combo I don't use, I'll try it in that too
  5. Yep, had a few of the same thoughts, I mean when I say compare how it sounds, I know that usually is very subjective, but seriously, I'm not even in subjective territory with this guitar because the high gain output is so underwhelming even compared to my newer JS32 budget guitar, I shouldn't be hearing that or even thinking it. Most people's experience with that Dimarzio in this guitar seems to be that it's too hot and high gain, so there's definitely something off here. On another forum for Jackson guitars, someone mentioned it's probably the electronics in the older Jackson, seemingly not working properly with the newer modellers, whereas the newer PC1's electronics presumably are updated and do work as expected. I don't know yet if there's any truth in that, it is true that the guitar is one of the older models and the Helix relatively new, the newer JS32 works fine so maybe there is something in that. I'll try it through through something different like you've suggested, I've got an older Spider 3 amp somewhere at home, will try that.
  6. Is anyone here using a Jackson PC1 with their Helix? I think I might have a problem with the guitar actually because those bridge pick ups are Dimarzio super 3's I think and they are supposed to be very hot and aggressive, yet my high gain tones sound a bit under powered when I use the PC1. When i use my budget Jackson JS32, the same high gain patches sound really good, so unless I need a different approach to get a PC1 to sound any good with a Helix, there must be a problem with that pick up surely? I wondered if anyone else here was using a PC1 so I could get a direct comparison/opinion etc?
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    Fractal FM9

    Agree with this really. I always find it a bit odd when people bash the competition in an effort to defend their own loyalty or purchase, when in the case of the Helix, let's be honest, you need to hit it out of the park to beat that, but it's good to know what the competition is doing. As others have mentioned, value for money cannot be beaten on the Helix right now and I for one wouldn't even consider changing to a vaguely similar unit just because it's new. literally the only thing that interests me about Fractal gear, is the quality of the tones it produces. If the FM9 turns out to be vastly better in terms of the guitar sound it produces, then I want to know about it because as most guitar players, we want the best sounding stuff within a realistic budget. It's interesting to see how the FM9 goes down once more people have bought it. Initially on some Fractal forums, I've seen conversations where people were comparing it unfavourably to the Helix! It's just interesting to know that's all.
  8. I don't think anyone is panicking, it is just an interesting story to discuss because some people may at least be more mindful of it when playing live in hot weather, and indeed some people will hopefully remember to take a back up having read something like this. We should be able to have an objective discussion about these things at the end of the day, I don't think it will dent the Helix sales ;)
  9. Totally agree. It's a scary thought either way though, the thought of the failure, then the thought of trying to get going with a back up lol. Looking past the initial problem with the Helix and what may have caused it, I too was a bit surprised that the OP didn't appear to have a back up particularly in what seemed to be a big show at least.
  10. Agree.. to a degree! I was going to say the same thing, was there a back up unit? I guess not everyone has the funds to duplicate these units maybe, and even if he did have a spare unit, unless you run that ready to go instantly, you'll still suffer the embarrassment of having to drop out of the show briefly, but yes, the back up is an obvious omission in the story, the failure of the unit though, is a bit scary and it's relevant because clearly, in certain circumstances, the Helix has a vulnerability most of us didn't know about, whatever that was. I think if it happens again, you have to look at whether the unit is reliable enough to use full stop. It just sounds like a nightmare scenario.
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    Fractal FM9

    Helix was around £1400 over here when I looked before but either way, they've tried to put it in the same price point as Helix obviously, as I said before though, it would have to be A LOT better than a Helix to tempt me. Be interesting if someone here can get a demo on one
  12. Paulzx

    Fractal FM9

    In the UK though, the fractal works out a bit cheaper than a new Helix at the moment. Fractal have obviously targeted the Helix this time around. I think Helix must dominate the market share for floor processors and fractal now want a piece of that
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    Fractal FM9

    I think in your position as a gigging player, that is the only way to go, you've obviously got helix set up perfectly for what you're doing. I'm not playing live so it's different for me but you are right, at the end of the day we all have a time investment with helix one way or another
  14. Paulzx

    Fractal FM9

    Had a deeper look at this fractal, so it's a floor unit very similar to helix, they've obviously tried to copy it. It does all the same stuff from what I can see. My question now is, if this thing is bringing axe fx 3 quality tones with it, it could be too good to ignore. It's so new that I don't think anyone knows much about it yet. I hope line 6 have got another good update for helix soon though. Better tones straight out of the box would be good. That is the one criticism I have of the Helix, it does require a bit of tweaking to get anything really good. We're all used to it by now but new comers may be underwhelmed at first. I still think helix is the best thing out there right now though, at this price point. The fractal would have to be a decent step up to challenge it in my opinion.
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    Fractal FM9

    Agree..just seen the price though.. 1600 dollars or 1100 pounds, which makes it cheaper than a Helix! How the he'll did that happen. Since when does fractal beat line 6 on price?
  16. You're more likely to get an alien invasion before switching off the Helix having any effect on the planet. It might have an effect on your electric bill lol
  17. Paulzx

    Fractal FM9

    Anyone checked this out yet? Looks like fractals attempt at a direct helix competitor to me. It looks amazing in the demo video but they all do don't they! Have to admit I'm intrigued but I doubt it will knock helix off the top spot, which I firmly believe it does occupy because you simply can't buy anything as good as a helix for the same money, and knowing fractal gear, it will be top notch but it will be expensive. Has anyone tried one yet?
  18. Steve Sterlacci on youtube has done it, check out his recent live gig setup videos, he's done the exact thing you're talking about
  19. Interesting.. I didn't know there were any options on the tuner - what exactly is the on board coarse tuner you're describing then?
  20. Is that tone setup as stereo or mono, or just stereo effects etc? Still trying to decide which is better for my main tones
  21. What a great post to come across this is - I haven't tried the tone yet but I certainly will. We had quite a long discussion on the Rockman in a recent thread, I have an obsession in re-creating the Hysteria album guitar tone, mainly because I played it to death growing up, learning to play guitar, and have read so much about how the tone was created. I've actually managed to get fairly close, well at least to something that fits in really well when you play along to the album, and that was done mainly by using the modded marshall amp block or the Diesel amp, but EQ'ed by boosting some frequencies, mainly 500k & 700k, and cutting the highs & lows. The X100 itself though has a pretty distinctive sound straight out of the box so it'll be interesting to see how close you've managed to get!
  22. Excellent thanks, that's my first job to do later lol
  23. Yeah I think that's the way to go, try a test patch for editing. How you've currently got yours set up 4 and 4 is how mine is but I don't want to keep engaging stomp mode to access different things, I want it all laid out the way I want it to start with. Incidentally when you're in the 4 and 4 mode, when you hit a singular stomp then go straight into a snap shot, does your stomp stay on regardless until you turn it off? Mine all stay engaged until turned off again which is a bit of a handicap in that mode if you want to jump quickly between snaps and stomps. That was actually part of my original question also because I'll still have that issue after editing the layout with command centre
  24. Exactly right my original question was a little different
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