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  1. Hey, I'm an artist... :)


    Personally, I've used my Helix live and at rehearsals a lot more than I have at home. I don't really need a guitar hero to tell me it's good.


    I imagine that for many touring players, there is quite a lot of inertia when it comes to their rigs. If they have something that's working, why mess with it?

    So, if all the vids on youtube with guitarist coming over to line 6 to try the Helix all said this is the worst thing I have ever heard, would you have tried one out? Hmm, I wonder? Kind the same thing of when people say it is good, right? You get interested. Anyway, none of that matters as I do not care who thinks it is good. I tell ya, this forum thing (all forums), it always sucks. lol I am not sure which is worse, getting all the silly responses that have nothing to do with the question or seeing another long thread that makes it take hours to find answers to questions. No wonder people ask the same questions over and over. If you find your topic and start reading, you spend hours filtering through responses from people that are 3ft tall in life so they need to become 10ft tall in forums. 

    Sorry I asked folks. Was just curious to see who were really using this thing. I sure hope I never need to ask about a glitch, you guys are brutal.

    Stay Happy.

  2. Lets face it - it looks cool and is fantastic to have real amps to play on stage - a real Hammond, a real Steinway grand on stage - if you can afford the roadies and touring expenses. And the hassle. Since others are taking care of the hassle - the lugging !


    The top notch guys can do this - and afford to - mostly.


    Cos they have ROADIES and a tour budget.


     The rest ?   Nord, Korg, Yamaha,

    and more and more .... modellers. 


    Given time. 


    But I take the question in the spirit meant.  He's just curious.  Nothing wrong with that. 


    Lets face it - since the beginning of time electric - museo's have always been curious about what gear the stars and legends use.


    So no need to shoot him down with "don't care" type posts.


    FWIW  I saw one  being used at Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees recent tour stuff.


    But early days !  Tide hasn't turned yet.   

    Thank You. I tried my best but knew it was coming. Yes, saw that about Gibb. Very cool. 

  3. I'm going to take a little bit different angle on this question.  I don't really care who else is using the Helix, or any other gear that I use for that matter.  I'm not interested in sounding like someone else, and I didn't buy the Helix (or any of my other modelers) because it sounds like a Marshall, or a Boogie, or "fill in the blank".  I keep a reasonably busy gig schedule....60-80 gigs per year on a regular basis.  I also do a fair amount of session work.  What I care about, is can I get sounds out of the Helix (or any other piece of gear) that I like, and that fit the song or the show that I'm playing; and does the Helix (or any other piece of gear) provide the features (I/O connectivity, control, etc.) that I need.  For my money, the Helix does the trick...As did the HD500X, HD500, and XTLive I used before them.  Look....Kemper, Fractal, Line6, etc....They're all making quality boxes.  You can get great sounds out of all of them.  "Better" is simply a personal preference, and thus will be subjective. 

    Cool. Great! Thank you for that random tidbit. 

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  4. Quite honestly I could care less what the major guys are using.  It has little to do with me.  I'm a working musician that plays every week and has to move, maintain, and setup my own rig.  Personally I think all the hub bub about who's playing what is nothing more than hero worship and is simply a distraction from doing and using what makes sense for you to produce the best live or recorded music you can in the most efficient and effective way you can.


    As far as having "your" tone, I might remind you that some of the bigger acts you probably grew up listening to produced "their" sound various different ways in the studio.  Although Joe Walsh sounds similar throughout his career, he's used a multitude of different setups on different songs with a mixture of amps, cabinets, and mic'ing techniques.  Many times on different cuts on the same album.  Same with Pete Townsend  and Keith Richards.  Granted most of these guys weren't that meticulous with their traveling rigs...but some have historically been such as Joe Perry with Aerosmith.


    Personally I feel you have nothing to lose by being that meticulous in your setups nowdays because of technology like the Helix.  The way I look at it not all cleans, crunchy, or overdriven tones are the same.  Otherwise we wouldn't have all the amps and cabinets we have on the market.  For most of us working musicians we had "our" sound historically due to the single amp we had.  That's really no longer the case.

    Umm Thanks????? lol. I think you may have meant to respond to a different post. For what it's worth, whatever the question, I agree 100%. Especially that not all cleans, crunchy and overdriven tones are the same. Spot on Gump, SPOT ON!!! 

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  5. Greetings,
    Like the title asks, are any artists using the Helix? Don't get me wrong, this is a great unit. Sitting in a bedroom with all these sounds is awesome. However, I am curious of who is using it?

    I know that line 6 did all the invites and asked people to listen to the Helix and they have posted what they have said. I am curious if any of the "tone guys", "the players" are actually using it. Maybe the drop D guys with 1 finger chords use it (maybe, have not seen any but not really looking for those guys).
    Take Pete Thorn. His recent live rig does not have the Helix. He says he uses one at home, (well, "keeps" one at home - with Ownhammer IR's) but it appears at home he really uses the Kemper. Studio and live it is his amp and other pedals. I looked up Oz Noy and Josh Smith (even saw Josh Smith) and they record without the Helix and it is NOT part of their Live rig. The Vertical Horizon guy did not have it at his last gig and on and on. Are there any actual pics of the tone monsters really using it? Not getting paid to say something nice or getting a free Relay to say something nice but REALLY using it.
    Please don't start freaking out. For the bedroom guy, or this bedroom guy, this thing is a beast. I am NOT knocking the Helix. I am not going to knock the Helix to others and I will NEVER sell the Helix.
    I am just curious. I have just happened to see a couple of folks that Line 6 makes it appear that they use the Helix (after looking further they just gave a comment) do not actually use the Helix. Then I went looking for others. The closest thing I have found was one of their own.....and he used the Helix for everything but amps/cabs live ..... which is cool. But, are there any artists that find the amps/cabs/tones, are good enough to record or tour with? Again, I bet with some research the low tuned 1 finger guys might tour with one but I really just want to know if anyone knows of any great player/known for tone guy uses a Helix. 
    Any pics or articles would be great because I am sure there are a ton of I know a guy that knows a guy that saw so and so.
    My apologies to anyone that feels I am trashing the Helix. As you can tell, I know someone is going to take it that way. This is innocent and simply began bouncing in my head when I saw that a few artists listed for Helix do not actually use the Helix. 
    Thank you to anyone that can point me to someone....... 

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