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  1. Haha I don't know why it's a hard conversation to have. In most cases people who have run the various modellers side by side will always tell you the Fractals and quad cortex do sound better but the Helix wins on practicality which is its big selling point. If you have the funds to sign up for an fm9 I would do it because it's the closest form factor to a Helix. I would be too curious to resist it! Just as well I'm not on the fm9 waiting list, instead I want to see what line 6 can do in the next update because if they can make an improvement in the sound on the Helix I will be more than happy and it's still the best bang for buck unit out there by a country mile. If you get your fm9 make sure to follow up with your impression of it, I would be curious to know how you get on compared to your helix
  2. Can't disagree with the recommendations above, but I would suggest checking out Tone Junkies matched IR's because they seem to be getting stellar reviews on that stuff
  3. I know where you're coming from mate, same here. I've had my Helix for years and I'm happier with it now than I was when I first got it, mainly because it's not the easiest thing to get great tones out of - yes I know some will disagree but as a high gain player, you do have to experiment a bit to get good stuff, it's certainly not out of the box, and the factory presets are shocking, they probably lose more sales due to those things. Having looked at the Fractal stuff in depth over the last year, there's no question it does have the edge in the amp tones, it's easier to get great sounding tones more quickly. Whatever anyone says, you have to be honest about this. There are far too many people who have gone from Helix to fractal to ignore that, not many go the other way, not to mention the major artists who are using fractal. Now having said all that, I chose not to make the move to Fractal because I started getting better results with the Helix, and as has been posted here recently, there was a suggestion that the next update would bring improvements in the tones, so I'm willing to wait for that and see how it works out.
  4. As someone who previously used Alto speakers with the helix, they were the TS210's, they nearly caused me to sell the helix thinking it didn't sound as good as it should. Luckily I just sold the Alto's and kept the helix, got some HS07's and what a difference. The problem with the Alto's was that they were far too dark and boomy, and they squashed the tone. You may be able to EQ that out, but as a solution to just plug straight into, I thought they were a let down for what I was using them for, they are however quite good PA disco type speakers, probably because they have the low end. The HS07's plugged straight in and were a massive improvement straight out of the box - so I would be wary of Alto's unless you've tried them with your gear and had a good result.
  5. So the OP is obviously a bit of a gear head just looking for something a bit newer or newer tech etc, the Helix is what, 7 years old? So it's not a new platform. It's a hard one to answer because the big players at the moment, Helix, Axe III, Kemper, none are new but frequently updated. If you want the best platform with the most options, you would end up with one of those, but if you're looking for a newer platform then it would have to be the Quad Cortex, that's a newer unit, interesting and high quality - but lacking the overall variety of the others. I suppose the real question is, what's more important... a unit that can give you the best results or just something newer that you've not used before? I've had an in depth look at all of these units but I've come back to the Helix, simply because I realised I wasn't getting the full potential out of it and I'm still discovering new ways of getting results - and bang for buck there is nothing better, the fact that it's not new tech is irrelevant, but if I really wanted to lose all of the variety of the Helix for something just newer, I would go for a Quad Cortex and accept it's still waiting on updates and improvements etc.
  6. I've seen a few people do some really good attempts at this on youtube, if memory serves, Ben Vesco did a very good one - that may have specifically been the album tone though, but it's worth checking out
  7. 3 days without a reply isn't good, maybe you've heard back since then but at the very least you need an acknowledgement.
  8. I'm personally after classic rock tones so the usual suspects, Marshall, Engl, Mesa etc. Going to take a look on their site again now seeing as the feedback seems to be pretty conclusive
  9. That's good enough for me then, I'm going to try some for myself
  10. Must be pretty good if you're re doing your entire setup with them. Have they got anything for rock and metal like the usual sele ton of high gain Marshalls or engls? I had a quick look but didn't see anything specifically for that
  11. Just seen Tone Junkies talking about their new IR's and preset packs they'e done for Helix and wondered if anyone had tried any? If you watch their youtube video, they're talking about accurate amp capture type process resulting in much better amp tones than we've had before. It seems to have gone down well with some saying these are the best sounding amps they've heard on the Helix. I don't generally buy presets any more due to the well documented variables, IR's I probably would buy some more if they were that good. Can anyone vouch for these first hand?
  12. Just do it by ear using the channel volume on the amp block. There are other ways as mentioned already but it needs to sound right by ear so you may as well adjust it by ear. Any preset you buy or download that is noisy, is most likely due to having no noise gate in the chain, or on the main input, just add it back in
  13. I've done it many times on the Helix itself using the amp sims, don't know about using external amps though, obviously the variables are different
  14. I think a lot of the heavier rock guys use the thicker string gauge so they don't actually break strings, where they are more aggressive in their playing etc. I mainly use 10's but I like the idea of going down to 9's or 8's just for ease of playing, although I'm sure if you go too small you'll probably end up sounding like a banjo.
  15. Is there any chance they might just be amp snobs and are turning their noses up at the idea of using a modeller? Seems an odd thing to say having already recorded with it previously
  16. I'm going to try this with a few combo amps that I've got.. I never use them anymore because my helix goes straight to two FRFR speakers, but I'm intrigued to know how this will sound. Never seen anyone come up with that idea before either!
  17. Yep those Adam Audio's are good. I went through the same journey as you - those bigger PA type speakers are muddy, perhaps a lot better in a bigger space, but in a small room, the HS7 speakers I replaced them with, resulted in a sharper tighter sound, less boomy. In fact I would say it's better to have to increase your lows to suit when you're starting from a point where you're not having to cut lows like mad just to get a reasonable sound
  18. This is a great idea.. I'm not really familiar with how this all works but presumably if you're just using the amps for speakers etc, i could do the same with my DT50 amp? How does the baby bomb connect to the speaker cable in the amp exactly?
  19. Excellent, thanks, I'll take a look. I'm currently running my Helix through some Yamaha HS7 FR monitors and I do like them, however, I have got a DT50 which is just sat in the corner of the room, I used it with the HD500 then sold it but kept the amp. I just got curious what it would sound like running the Helix with just it's effects, through the DT50.. an experiment really. I don't expect it to sound better than the monitor speakers, but if it did, that would be a nice problem to have!
  20. I always have the Tilt EQ in all my patches now, it's just a very quick way to adjust the overall tone brighter or darker without changing amp parameters constantly. It was actually described to me by some of the guys here, as an EQ to handle string wear i.e when they dull off a bit you can regain some of the original brighter tone etc. I expect that does work to a degree, it's easier than changing strings every few weeks or months, although I suspect the dynamic you lose from new strings is never really replaced with an EQ. Either way, it is a very handy tool for hitting the sweet spot on a tone.
  21. Hello All, Just wondered if there was a definitive way to use the Helix with a DT50 now? I have seen it mentioned that you need to update the amp to the latest version, but does that allow for the Link cable to be used, or is it more complicated? My aim would be to turn off the amp and cab sims in the Helix and just have the effects running through the amp, which I assume would be the best way to do it?
  22. I could write a book about my experience with this, going from fairly unhappy with results to getting some very good results. There are a couple of fundamental go to things to do and then beyond that, like Peter Hamm just mentioned - make your own presets. I used to see these great youtube demos and then there were the preset packs you could buy but none of them ever really worked for me, and it can be pretty demoralising. Then i discovered i could make better presets myself because i was dialling in every parameter to suit my equipment. It's hard to imagine how different sounding these presets can be from one persons gear to another, but they really are.
  23. Those are all good tips actually. In reality, any one guitar tone would probably have three potential versions, one for playing just on it's own, one for a studio mix, and one for a live mix. I've recently gotten more into using compressors in my presets, I think the main problem is that most people don't really know how to use them or how to get the best settings out of them, but they do make a difference.
  24. It might have been studio trickery for the album version. How does he replicate it live, or is it the live version you're chasing?
  25. That is basically what it comes down to if you're going to use headphones a lot. I haven't done that primarily because once I realised the Helix sounded a lot better with headphones than any kind of external speaker, I stopped using headphones altogether because it was frustrating. I just accepted it produces a different type of sound between those two listening modes, it shouldn't but it does nothing you do will change it
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