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  1. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    Dude, why are you so bitter? I worry about you.
  2. Kilrahi

    Stereo distortion?

    No, and in fact, most people do it just as you do because it conserves DSP and the stereo signal gets nuked when it goes through a mono amp. As Phil said, only if you need your effects before the amp to remain stereo should you use a stereo distortion - then once you do you need to create a signal flow that will maintain that stereo separation (such as splitting into path A and path B with an amp in each path). If you stick a ping pong delay in stereo and follow it up with a mono flanger, and then again with a final stereo reverb your signal will end up being stereo BUT the stereo effect of the ping pong delay will be lost because the mono flanger summed it to mono.
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    Helix into front of amp ?

    Have you ever tried running one amp into another? Probably not. Few have. It might be a usable sound in some context but it's generally not done. So it is with a modelled amp (Helix) into a real amp. Anyway, that's my take on it but it's a pretty universal one. You may be able to get some joy out of using preamps as a type of distortion pedal for your amp. That's possible, but the full amp models and the cabs will probably be unusable. The HX Effects was designed specifically for situations like you describe. Now, with that said, I think a Helix would be a wonderful choice. Maybe a year or two later you'll grab an FRFR speaker for it. Honestly, there are some pretty decent priced ones even now (like the Headrush model for as low as $200).
  4. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    See . . .that makes no sense though. What, do some of you guys only like one sound on planet Earth? I like tons of music, tons of tones . . . I mean it's endless. By your argument, the first time you heard a REALLY good player play a Les Paul guitar you still couldn't be sure if the Les Paul WAS a good guitar. That's madness. It's a tool same as the Helix is a tool. I heard Slash bring out amazing sounds with the Les Paul and I KNEW I wanted one. I bought one, I love it. To this day I do not sound as good as he does, NOT EVEN CLOSE, but I still KNOW that it's a great guitar. If you hear the Helix modelling amps and effects really well then quite frankly you KNOW it can do it and you KNOW it's a great modeler. There's no need for all this weird belly aching indecision about "is it or isn't it" and "there's no way to really know." Bulllollipop. If you see a hammer drive in a nail really well you know that a hammer is a good tool for driving in a nail. Yeah, Mr. Miyagi might still drive the nail in much better than you do . . . but you still know it's a damn good tool.
  5. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    I honestly don't think anyone was disputing that aspect. I just think people were focusing on two definitions of the word tone. You have the machinery which has a specific tone that it creates and it takes input and spits out output. Two androids programmed to play exactly the same way will always output the same thing. This is the tone of the machinery. Then you have human skill - how hard they attack, how they emote, even the way they hold the bloody thing - and that creates it's own feel and tone. Anyone who has played any musical instrument is well aware of this. From trumpet players to kazoos. Eggghhh . . . thread is kind of derailed now, but admittedly that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  6. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    Okay, lets just call a draw on this one. The fact is there are two definitions of tone, and because people use them back and forth all over the place it can get confusing. I tend to think of the FIRST definition - clearly some people are thinking of the second definition - which I hate that definition in terms of guitar playing skill but it does fit. So hey we can all be right here. Now our board can be friends again. 1. a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. "the piano tone appears monochrome or lacking in warmth" synonyms: timbre, sound, sound quality, voice, voice quality, color, tone color, tonality, resonance, ring "bassoons add considerably to the tone of the tuba 2. The general character or attitude of a place, a piece of writing, a performance, etc.
  7. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    No I don't. Look . . . machines always output the SAME thing. We need a name for that. I don't care what you want to call it. If we don't want to call it tone (though that was the original name created for it, hence "tone" knobs). Should we call it amp juice? Freaky sound lollipop? Either way, machines always output THE SAME THING for everyone. Now, players have different styles, different skills, different abilities. That's guitar SKILL. No two players are the same, and that's why a player on one amp with X settings will sound different than another player on the SAME amp with the SAME settings - but the machine is still outputting the same damn stuff.
  8. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    See, I think that's your first mistake. You're not speaking the same language as your fellow guitarists. Guitar tone is the output of your machines connected. That's it. Nothing more nothing less. Guitar skill is a different measure. That's the thing that makes Eddie Van Halen with a Vetta II sound better than you or I with an Axe FX.
  9. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    I don't think you understood what he was saying. You should read it again.
  10. I do hope to buy a bass in the future but sometimes you just hit emergencies. Still, I have to say running through some bass presets on the HX Stomp it sounded pretty cool and I got some compliments.
  11. Kilrahi

    Can I use Pod HD500x patches on a Firehawk FX?

    Yes you can link them. You would want to choose one of them as a primary amp modeler and the other for effects (probably pod for amp since it can do dual amps). It'll take a bit of skill to balance them. Either way, yeah.
  12. Kilrahi

    Amp+Cab Preset Pack

    Sweet! I'm hoping to get some play time this weekend and I'll be sure to try them out if I do and let you know what I think. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Kilrahi

    In the immortal words of the Pointer Sisters

    You'll have to show us pictures of your new baby once you get her up and running. First impressions, etc.
  14. Kilrahi

    Helix vs AXFX 3, seriously...

    To me they were all solid respectable sounds. Anyone with skill at the guitar could do wondrous things with any one of them. What's more, while I could hear the differences, I could immediately think of controls I could use on the Axe to make it sound more like the Helix if I wanted, or the Thermionik if I wanted to make it sound like the Helix. The differences were so subtle that it's just impossible for me to believe that with some minor tweaking you couldn't get there. That's where I think we are in the modern world. Processors long ago crossed the threshold needed to do superb modelling. The question with the top tier units now is which one best suits your needs as a player. For me, I can not fathom anything that would make me want me to spend another $1700 bucks to hit Axe level. That doesn't mean another player doesn't have a need met by the Fractal. It just means I don't and I'm a happy Sixer, and that's OKAY. In a world where we're about ready to go at each others throats over national emergencies, do we really need to bring that level of a fight to guitar gear? What's next? Baby wipes?
  15. Yes, you ought to be able to jury-rig a wet/dry/wet setup if you utilize an ABY pedal and the Firehawk FX's FX send ports. The ABY would then send your dry signal to the amp, and the other part of the split back into your Firehawk for additional processing. If you utilized the Bluetooth abilities I believe it would send the signal to the PA and not the amp unless you changed the global settings and asked the Firehawk to process ALL the signals. At that point it places the bluetooth stream in the signal chain, and I believe it would then go to all the outputs, but you would probably not like the result.
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