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    Powercab 112+ and User IRs > XLR Question

    Hey all, I experienced some confusion and frustration on the gig last night with my Powercab, and haven’t been able to find a clear answer since. I’m hoping this ever-knowledgeable community can help me sort it out. I’ll try to keep it brief: In the past, I’ve used my Helix (floor) into Powercab+, all analog (XLR to amp) >> Powercab XLR > FOH. All processing was done inside the Helix and I was using Helix cab sims/mics within the Helix, and sending that signal FRFR to Powercab (using Powercab as stage monitor and sending XLR to FOH, sans mic’ing). Everything has been great, always sounds great coming out of FOH. This time, different gig..different needs.. Decided to use 3rd party IR’s and store them in the Powercab (needed to free up processing space, plus figured.. ‘why not’) Setup was Guitar > Helix > (XLR into) Powercab > XLR > FOH. Same deal, just 3rd party IR’s and stored in the Cab. Helix was doing amp sim and effects, but cab IR was on the Powercab. Much to my dismay, at soundcheck.. everything sounded great on stage, but FOH was getting no IR/Cab sim from the Powercab XLR out. This brings me to my question, which I can’t find clearly stated in the manual or anywhere else: Does the Powercab 112+ send the signal of internally stored User IR-processed audio out via XLR?! Empirical (and embarrassing) evidence from last nights show tells me it does not, which to me is baffling and should really be much more clearly stated (Yes I realize I should and could have fully tested this ahead of time, I just assumed whatever was coming out of the speaker would go out the XLR, which had been my experience doing all of the sim’ing internally on the Helix and sending it into the cab FRFR). I don’t understand why you would store IRs, process incoming audio through the IRs.. but not send that processed audio out via XLR. That was my experience, but I can’t find any definitive answer.. is it a setting? Just the way it is? Helix amp sim > User IR in Powercab > all good out the front, no good out the back. I feel like that just can’t be right.. but it’s definitely what I was getting. The quick fix was to dial in the same IR locally on the Helix and use one of my XLR outs (from Helix) straight to FOH, the other to the cab. However in my embarrassed frustration, I failed to appreciate that put me in 2x IR mode on stage.. not a huge deal (and of course avoidable had I been thinking clearly). What was worse, again due to soundcheck timing and frustration.. I forgot to SAVE the patch with IR dialed on the Helix.. powered down.. turned back on at set time.. Needless to say, the first song didn’t sound good.. at all. Fortunately, the sound guy was quick to drop some EQ, but that screechy un-IR’d sound is going to live in my memory for quite awhile. If anyone can definitely help me answer this, I’d be truly grateful. I’m about to set everything up with an XLR out to my board to see what’s what, I suppose I already know.. but I guess I’m trying to find out if there IS a way to get the IR’d audio out via XLR, or if that feature is just intended for ‘in the room’ use and an FOH IR use must come from the Helix directly. Again, to me that sounds just super-wrong. What’s the purpose, to allow you to get the tone you want stored inside the Powercab, but not be able to gig with it.. I just don’t get it (yet :) ) So much for keeping it brief I guess, sorry for the novel. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thx - Steve
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    Helix 2.8 release likely not for several months

    Many features from 2.8 were announced by Eric at the NAMM Customer Appreciation party. I love seeing Eric kick so much lollipop at L6, as he’s an old buddy that mastered an old band of mines album awhile back. Not sure everything was mentioned, but what WAS is frickin amazing.. Let’s go: 2.80 : The “Missing Connections” Update (no release date given) 8 new amps 7 new FX 16 new features (so are real doozies) Amps: ’58 Fender Tweed Dlx Normal, Bright, and Jumped ’16 Grammattico LaGrange Normal, Bright, and Jumped REVV Generator Gain 2 Ch. (all other channels promised in future releases) Ampeg SVT Pro (Channels/Features unclear) FX: EQ Shelving EQ Tilt (described as a see-saw style with assignable Q/fulcrum) Hermida ZenDrive Analogman King of Tone SansAmp Bass Driver DI Ampeg Scrambler Bass OD Moog MuRF Features (not entirely inclusive) HX Unity - presets between all units and Native Native ‘Unlimited’ - block limit for Native now defined by CPU, so ‘32 amps if you want’ Snapshot Bypass - Blocks can now persist between Snapshots, or be turned on/off across all SS’s at once Pedal Position shown on display (i.e 32% shown in EXP1/EXP2 area) Tap Tempo scribble now shows BPM Momentary control of several Global/CommandCenter parameters, including Amp switching Undo/Redo in Native QWERTY Hotkeys via Helix (the aforementioned ‘pet project’) - send ANY key commands via Helix to DAW (or any other program, Mac or PC).. so we can now control our DAWS with our feet! I can see why this a pet project! Eric demonstrated by controlled PowerPoint with Helix. There was also some mention of DT series over L6 link, Helix to PowerCab or L6 link.. but I don’t have clear info. That’s its folks, hope this helps wet the whistle, I know I’m psyched. Thanks Eric and Line6, we love you. Have a great NAMM, avoid NAMMthrax. If any of this is not for the people, please delete my post instantly, I’m not trying to cause trouble.. just helping spread the love.
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