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  1. MojoAxe

    Helix Firmware 2.80

    I'm gonna guess that the amount of complaining on this forum about the release date of version 2.8 is directly proportional to Line 6's reluctance to tell us anything in advance about future releases of Helix firmware.
  2. MojoAxe

    Am I the only one...... ?

    I quit using my tube amps over a year ago and I don’t miss them at all. I favor the amp tones from my GT-1000 vs the Helix, but both units sound great through a pair of FRFRs. At home, I use a pair of Alto TS310s, and for rehearsal, I carry a QSC CP8, which is more than loud enough. It’s nice walking into rehearsal with a guitar in one hand, a lightweight monitor in the other, and the modeler and cables in a backpack. I create a lot of song-specific patches with multiple effects that are engaged with a single pedal. Delays and effects are synced exactly to the tempo of the song. The tones I get are more closer to what I want than what I get when I’m dancing around on a pedalboard with an amp setup. A few weeks ago I played around with my Friedman DSM for the first time in a while, and I really couldn’t coax any better tone from it than I’m getting from my GT-1000 patches. Consider me “converted”.
  3. MojoAxe

    Helix Firmware 2.80

    It really doesn't matter when the last day of Spring is. 2.8 will be released when its ready. The last thing you want is for L6 to release unfinished/untested firmware in order to meet a date. I've worked for companies that have done that kind of thing in the past and it never ends well.
  4. MojoAxe

    Helix custom plastic cover .

    I can, although I’m tied up next week and then I’m on vacation for two weeks. If it can wait until April, I can probably knock it out. Send me a file so that I can see what we’re talking about. Dan at dynasonic@msn.com
  5. MojoAxe

    Headrush FRFR

    I agree. In the past my setup path was a GT-100 > guitar amp > guitar speaker > microphone > FOH. I always felt like I needed a guitar amp in the chain in order to get the tone I was after. I would tune my patches to what sounded good to me through my guitar amp ,and then let the microphone take it from there. Now that I have next generation modelers (Helix and GT-1000) which do a better job of amp modeling, I have made the transition to running the modeler direct to the FOH. The audience is going to hear the modeler direct to the FOH, so I also want my personal monitor to sound exactly like a PA speaker,. Using IEQs, IRs, speaker blocks, etc, I can adjust my patches so that they sound like a guitar amp when played through a PA speaker. If my personal monitor were to be tuned to sound like a guitar speaker, then it might sound great to me as I'm playing, but the audience will be hearing something that sounds completely different.
  6. What I’ve considered doing (but I just haven’t gotten around to) is to create a batch of patches, each one dedicated to a specific effect. Each patch would have an amp at the beginning of the chain, followed by multiple instances of a specific effect. Each patch would effectively be a library with different saved variations of an effect. For instance, a “Reverb” patch could have a dozen different preset variations of reverbs. It’s still not the perfect solution because it’s requires navigating to the library patch, copying the desired effect, then navigating back to the destination patch and pasting it, but it’s one way to save favorite sett8ngs all in one place.
  7. It seems like that would be a relatively easy feature to add that would consume a minimal amount of memory or computing power. Boss has a similar feature in the GT-1000 called Stompbox that allows you to same up to 10 different variations of every effect. Once you dial in an effect the way you like it, it can be saved as a Stompbox preset for easy recall into other patches. When you recall one of these saved "Stompboxes" into a patch, you can either copy it into the patch such that you can edit it if you like, or you can reference it into a patch such that when its parameters are changed, they will change within every other patch that also references that same saved Stompbox. Helix has Boss beat in most all aspects of the user interface, but the Boss unit does have a few features that are really nice.
  8. When selecting different pedals within a category (for instance choosing between the different delay pedals) , Helix does not remember any of the current settings and it reverts to the settings it has embedded within the firmware for each particular pedal. It makes it much more difficult to compare the sounds of different pedals to each other. For instance, lets say I'm trying to setup a slapback delay with a short delay and feedback rate. I set the Simple Delay to 160 ms with a feedback setting of 25%. Now I want to hear how the tone of that pedal compares to the Digital Delay pedal. I turn to the joystick Digital delay pedal and the delay time has changed to 751ms /30% feedback. I have to readjust these settings in order to audition the Digital pedal with the slapback time settings. Now I want to audition the Analog delay. I change to that pedal and the settings have changed to 255ms / 23% feedback, so I must readjust again. The same goes for other effects such as Reverbs, Tremelos, and and even Amps. I understand that the parameters are not all the same between effects within a category, so its impossible to have common settings across the board, but it would be nice if at least some of the basic settings were retained such as the ms, Feedback, Decay, Rates, Levels, etc.
  9. MojoAxe

    4cm or FRFR?

    Yesterday I played my first gig with my Boss GT-1000 going direct to the mixer. I used an Alto TS310 as a personal monitor. On stage, I could hear myself well, and the comments I received is that my t9ne sounded great through the FOH. It kept the sound man very happy as well. Prior to this gig, I always ran my my GT-1000 into the effects return of a combo amp which was then mic’d to FOH. I had my patches tuned for the tone I wanted through the combo, but untimately what the audience is hearing is what the mic picks up and then sends to the main PA, which isn’t necessarily the same thing I’m hearing directly from my amp. I decided it was time to give direct-to-board a shot, figuring that if can get tone that I’m happy with through the FRFR, then I can be confident that the same tone will be projected to the audience. It seems that it worked very well.
  10. MojoAxe

    can a helix get this sound?

    "Here ya go - from the classic 1974 album “Moontan” (hang on in there till about 3:13)" Moontan is excellent from start to finish, yet there's only song on it that ever hit the airwaves (Radar Love). Its one of those albums like Dark Side of the Moon that makes me want to plant myself in front of the speakers, dim the lights, crank it up, and become immersed in the music. There's a double-live album from 1977 that's excellent as well.
  11. MojoAxe

    That's it???

    I’d take an improved tuner over another amp any day. If you can’t get the tone you after from the multitude of amps, cabs, and variables that are already in there, then your probably not going get it with yet another amp.
  12. MojoAxe

    Helix products: v2.70 now released

    The “Known Issues” section cracks me up. I’m glad to see that the developers have a sense on humor, rather than being a bunch of serious corporate stuffed shirts. I haven’t done the upgrade yet, but I have faith that the new tuner is an improvement. I’m guessing that our next excuse to draw an “X” on our forehead will be because we’ve bitched about needing a polyphonic drop-tune.
  13. I bought a TS310 when MF had the 15% off Labor Day sale, so the price was $212 delivered to my door. Its an amazing speaker for the price. I was going to buy a TS312 because I wanted to be sure that the speaker had enough bottom end. A friend of mine convinced me the the 10" version would have plenty of bass and he was right. I bought a second TS310 so that I can run them in stereo, which sounds really awesome. I've never tried a TX, but I've read a number of comments on the forums saying that the TS series sounds noticeably better than the TX.
  14. On a side note unrelated to Helix functionality, drummers that speed up during a song drive me nuts.
  15. MojoAxe

    FRFR speaker !!!

    I just plant a mic in front of the amp. I guess it’s an old school approach, but it works. A start-up band I’m playing in opened up for a band this weekend. I took a really simple setup which consisted of my GT-100 board, the Rebel 20 Head, the Tweaker 112 box, and a Les Paul. My amp was dwarfed by the rig the guitarist for the main act was using, which consisted of a Marshall head, a 4-12 box, a rack full of effects, a Marshall combo, and a pedalboard that was close to 4 feet wide. I felt like my guitar sounded great during our set, which was confirmed when three different members from the other band approached me to comment about how great my tone was.
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