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Everything posted by marmatkat

  1. Re FRFR, there are many to choose from, and people have made almost any of them work from what I’ve read. I tried the QSC K10 and found I could not get rid of a low mid bump. Highs were harsh too, but that’s my experience. Ended up with a PowerCab 112+, which I like better. Note that the helix sounds best cranked up - I forget the technical name of that effect. Good luck!
  2. Hey Folks. I find myself using the three Solo models for much of my cover band gigging, but I'm not happy with my saturated lead (and sometimes rhythm) tone. I like the level of distortion in the OD channel, but it's harsh in the highs. I love how the crunch gets dirty, but the bottom end is flubby for those low leads. Any tips from you Solo lovers? Thanks!!
  3. Brilliant discovery, Mike. Question: Did you try a factory reset?
  4. Hi Folks. I'm having a strange problem with my LT. When using the BANK UP and BANK DOWN footswitch buttons on the left, I've sometimes seen display weirdness as I scroll. One time the bottom row was empty except for one preset, and at practice last night the bottom row showed all the same preset (see pic). Has anyone seen this before? Is there a fix? Thank you. Version: 3.11.0 ("Your Helix LT device is up to date with firmware version 3.11.") Mode: Performance View Global Settings: Footswitches: Stomp Select: Touch. Preset Mode Switches: Snap/Stomp. Snapshot Mode Switches: Auto Return. Up/Down Switches: Banks. Swap Up/Down: Off
  5. Hi Folks. Just now getting to trying this feature out. As others pointed out, the LT seems limited regarding the leftmost two (and rightmost 2?) footswitch buttons. Is it true that we cannot assign to these? If so, why should that be? Hardware-wise, is it any different conceptually that the non-LT? Thank you. (P.S. Note that HX Edit does let me assign in the Command Center window...)
  6. Sorry to hear about your trouble, tdawgg :-/ That might be something different from mine. Good luck.
  7. Worked! I should have recorded before and after settings - I wonder which of them made the difference. Something to do with the digital out I bet. Nice work L6.
  8. Hi Folks. I just updated my Helix LT from 2.8 to 2.90, and as I said, playing through my still-new-to-me Powercab 112 Plus doesn't sounds as crisp (nor quite as loud - based on the input signal LED) afterwards. The update apparently reset my global settings (I'm using digital out to the PC+) so I had to go in and set the one that turns off the big volume control for that output. Any ideas what might have happend? Thanks!
  9. Hi Everyone, I'm liking my PC+ after a month of trying it out at home. (No practice or gigs due to COVID-19.) I've noticed that almost all my presets have a too-strong resonance around 120Hz. It's annoying and I wonder if this is how it is with the PC design. Again, I'm in a small-ish room, so maybe it's better on stage. I'm using the parametric eq to subtract between 4 and 8 db depending on the amp/cab. I'm using the PC+ in FRFR mode, modeling everything in my Helix LT. Love to hear your thoughts!
  10. https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=Powercab 112 Plus&sort=price|asc Used from $550
  11. I’m really enjoying my Powercab 112 Plus at home. It’s got a nice punch in flat mode. I have a Helix LT.
  12. Hey Folks, Digging my Powecab 112 Plus (haven't been able to try out side the bedroom - no band practices or gigs), and I'm exploring controlling the master volume via MIDI. I believe this is an undocumented feature, but I found mention elsewhere and I'm wondering if anyone is doing this. Here's the post ( https://line6.com/support/topic/36395-powercab-plus-midi-control-with-helix-midi/?tab=comments#comment-313560 ): I have no MIDI experience, but I'm hoping it's straightforward to tell the expression pedal to send a volume parameter message of some kind to control between a range. But if that's a global range (say 0 is no sound and 100% is full volume), then it would be a hassle having to adjust each preset according to the venue... (Obviously I haven't thought this out very far.) Just curious your thoughts. Thanks!
  13. Much obliged, @amsdenj. That's what I was thinking. I guess I set the PC+ input with the Helix at -3dB so that the PC+ LED is green with a little yellow flashing, and then trust that the increase to 0dB will not be red? Or is it vice versa (set PC+ input level for 0dB)? I'm also going to post a question about using MIDI to control the PC+ master, as another possible option...
  14. OK, a question on this. First, by "normal output" do you mean the preset's output block? (That's the one I used to use to control my master volume, via my expression pedal from 0 to +7dB. Basically I prefer a control range rather than a single boost footswitch.) Second, if I set my input to the PC+ at -3dB so that the signal LED is green with a little yellow, then won't the 0dB push it into the red? I guess there's a balance there... Thanks!
  15. (Apologies for writing a general forums question on the Helix forum, but I like the friendly Helix community :-) I'd like to create a poll but I couldn't find the feature anywhere. I found one example here, but I'm guessing it's a moderator-level restriction? Thanks!
  16. Thanks very much for your comment! Question: I'm not sure what you mean by "provide block unity gain" - would you please explain a bit more? Also, I'll often find a model that is significantly louder or quieter than others. The Fenders are the latter, IIRC. How do you adapt those? Do you up the output block's gain? Thanks again.
  17. Hi Folks. Been a Helix LT user for a number of years, never totally happy when using it with a QSC K10, so I got a PC 112 plus last week. I'm exploring it, but one question I have is how does one control the overall stage volume? I usually run my K10 gain at 100% and then use the LT volume knob to control overall volume - practice vs. stage. But I read elsewhere that I should basically reverse my approach by putting the Helix volume at 100% and using the PC+ knob to adjust overall volume. However, I know that adjusting the input gain feeding into the PC is important (yellow lights up sometimes, preferably not much red at all). My question is how does one add a boost (or an overall adjustment) from the Helix side? In the past I've had the expression pedal control each preset's output block gain b/w 0 db and 7 dB, which worked great as a general volume adjustment tool. But that means I go into the red during solos (say). I hope that's not too confused. Looking forward to your advice!
  18. Question: I've been using a QSC K10 for a few years with my LT, but I just got a PC+. I usually run my K10 gain at 100% and then use the LT volume knob to control overall volume - practice vs. stage. But you're saying I should basically reverse my approach by putting the Helix volume at 100% and using the PC+ knob to adjust overall volume, correct? Also, would you please point me to that recommendation? I didn't find it in the PC+ manual. Thx!
  19. Hey all. I've had my Helix LT for a few years, gigging maybe 20x with local rock cover bands, and I've yet to really love it in spite of lots of effort. I've always used it with a QSC K10 (1000w), and I'm sick of the boominess, which I'm not competent or patient enough to eliminate. (I've read about how to work around that characteristic resonance, and I've tried lots of things, but I'm sick of screwing with it.) After some thinking I've realized I'm on the less sophisticated end of the user spectrum, and that the Helix might be too complicated for me to get a good tone, given my skill. I've read many posts over the years, and I agree the UI is very intuitive, but I'm craving being able to easily dial in some good tones without too much tweaking, and I've yet to get there. Finicky endless tinkering with speakers, IRs, mics, low/high cuts, etc, is not my thing - all I want is a half dozen decent sounds (clean, crunch, overdriven, etc.) and some fx (which I've been pretty satisfied with - they feel much easier to use than amp/cabs). I'm now thinking the K10 is part of the problem, as are my expectations around "amp in the room". What currently has my attention is the Powercab 112 Plus, with my hope being it would be simpler and more satisfying. I'd use the Helix for preamps and fx, but bypass the cabs on the Helix in favor of the PC ones. No fussing with cabs! Sounds great in practice and at gigs! What could be simpler! Ha. But kidding aside, might this be a successful direction to pursue? Any advice? I truly believe "It's me, not Helix," but I'm at the end of my patience with the struggle. Thanks very much. K10 Details: I currently place the K10 on a milk crate behind me facing forward (to my back). I tried it on a pole, but at ear level it was harsh. (We play on tiny stages, so I can't place it back far enough to sound OK.) I use the second (non-EQ'd) channel/input.
  20. Damn that's helpful. I've been using a Helix LT through a QSC K10 (1000w) for a few years (very light local cover band gigging) and I really don't like the QSC, esp. the low freq boominess. I've read lots of posts on how to get rid of it, but frankly I'm sick of messing with it. I just want a half dozen good tones (clean to cruch to high gain) and some fx. I'm seriously considering the PowerCab Plus, using the speaker sims and bypassing the Helix cabs. (BTW did you say whether you're using the Helix cabs vs. PowerCab ones?)
  21. I'm totally loving the cali Texas ch1 for cleans. Both single and hb pickups. I also spent a lot of time with the us deluxe vib.
  22. @bsd512 Thanks very much for the info. I've been a Helix owner for a few years now, and I get good tones, but I've been avoiding playing around much with cabs, and with the stock cab settings (esp. mic choice, etc.) Given your experience bringing your IR knowledge to the stock cabs, would you be willing to share any guidelines/principles you've discovered? Even a few general pointers would be awesome, like mixing cabs with different mics, maybe a handful of mics to start with (and applications), etc. Apologies for the vague question, and for not having looked around the forum much. Either way, thanks again!
  23. Thanks a ton for all your replies, everyone! Super helpful!! Good question. Basically it would be too overwhelming for me to have a ton of presets, so I'm compromising with a small number of general purpose ones. That's just where I am right now. Hell, even wrapping my head around choosing a mic that's different from a stock cab's default makes me nervous. I may change as I delve into this :-)
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