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Kilrahi

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  1. I think you'll be fine, but there is a small risk you opened a dimensional portal into another realm. If Gozer the Gozarian appears run like hell, if she asks you if you're a God, say, "YES!"
  2. This is the one I recommend. It's sturdy, built like a tank, and has a dual switch. I love the thing. Well, as much as you can love a pedal. It's kind of a head scratcher that other pedals suffer. Line 6 doesn't indicate any special pedal is needed at all which is frustrating. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/mission-engineering-helix-rack-expression-pedal-black
  3. Arggghhh I don't want to hunt through that. Just give a spoiler alert warning and tell us what it is!
  4. That's too bad, but I'm confident they're delaying it to implement my favorite pet feature. A metal can opener. Or maybe even a true tone smoothie maker? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm............
  5. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp FAQ

    It's kind of hidden. To copy a preset, select it. Then click the "view" and "action" buttons to save it, but before you actually click the final step to save it, twist the knob and it will let you select a new location, thereby copying the preset. The only way I know of to delete a preset on the Stomp is to highlight a blank preset, and repeat the steps above to save that blank preset over an existing one.
  6. I thought he did a pretty solid version, though I have to stress I'm with Peter Hamm on this - if you're not going to use an IR or a split cabinet setup, I see absolutely no reason to not use the amp/cab combos that Line 6 provides in the Stomp. You're using one block instead of two, and I don't hear a single sound difference between them. I get that if you prefer IRs or are doing complex routing that isn't a choice, but for the guy's setup in the video, it works just fine. Yeah I was trying to be pretty cautious about how I said it because if I'm not careful it'll sound like I'm arguing there's no point in a Helix. Fact of the matter is, there is, and there are numerous examples of both the creativity it gives you such as you described by you, and of people creating really complex signal chains that just couldn't be done anywhere else. There is of course also the Variax element that exists there too. I still sometimes ponder an LT purchase precisely because of how cool it is - that's why at the end of the day I hope Line 6 really didn't cripple the Stomp as a way to keep it from encroaching on the full Helix line because that just isn't necessary. There is still a number of advantages that naturally exist in the full Helix hardware that will keep it valuable, but there's no reason you can't make the Stomp even more attractive. The careful balance I'm trying to describe is for those who claim the Stomp is unusable, that's hyperbole. Amazing great music can be done with it and it's a tool people could only dream about as little as five years ago, but at the end of the day the Stomp still becomes a better product the closer it gets to the functionality of a full Helix.
  7. Yes it's possible and works great. I'm away from my stomp and by now it's habit so hopefully I'm explaining this right, but when you highlight a block and pick it up to move it, if you look at the screen the far left knob has a default path listed as "A." Twist the knob and it will drop it to B. Now you have your second path. There will be a Y break where the two paths split. If you highlight that break and hit action you can change it from a Y to an A/B, or even a crossover, and you can drag it further left if you want. At the other end you'll see a merge spot where the two chains go back together. If you highlight that and hit action the far left knob, similar to what was done with the block, if twisted, changes the path of path B to be out the effects send on the Stomp allowing you to have path B exit an entirely different port. Finally for your second question . . . yes.
  8. First, you're absolutely right the processor could do more. They intentionally limited it without specifically saying why. That doesn't mean they don't have a good reason - but I'm with you, until they actually say what that reason is I'm stuck thinking that an AMAZING piece of tech could easily, with a small programming tweak, become the most freaking amazing thing ever (and that's taking into account pizza and flushing toilets). Still, to be fair - it's totally true that people will use what you give them. In the days of 40 mb hard drives, nobody could imagine needing much more. Today consumers fill 2 terabytes . . . or 20. So thinking about music for a bit, I mean . . . PART (and I mean that with a caveat because I'm not saying people don't do amazing stuff with long signal chains that can ONLY be done with long chains) of the reason that people use long signal chains is because they can. My brother is a computer programmer, and one thing he always points out is if you give them tons of firepower they often write lazy code - give them very narrow specifications and they write brilliant simple code that wouldn't have happened without those restrictions. Most of the greatest songs of all time only had a handful of effects used - six covers just about everything well known in human history. The Stomp does bring out a certain level of creativity. So I'm with you. I WANT to open the Stomp's full potential. I'm baffled Line 6, who is selling gangbusters with this thing, doesn't seem to stop and wonder how much MORE they'd do if they allowed 16 blocks. I personally think the Stomp would go from amazing to legendary gear. Still, they claim a year from its release it will all make more sense, and I guess as much as I want 16 blocks I'm stuck waiting to see if they will convince me. I really don't have a choice in the matter, other than vote in Ideascale. Whatever that tends to be worth. All in all though, it's still the most amazing piece of guitar gear I've ever owned, and I recommend it to all sorts of people. I do know a few though who would have got the Stomp if it could even just do 10 blocks, and instead went the Gigboard route because the Helix was just too far outside what they wanted to spend. I suspect there are actually quite a few people out there like that. Afterthought: We also must remember their primary target audience were pedalboard users. Their thinking was they already had beloved effects they wouldn't want to lose and so the DSP/block issues were far less relevant. That's the market share they're driving for. Of course, the moment you point that out you think, "Well, yeah, but wouldn't you rather wow them so amazingly that you wean them off those other pedals OR grab market share from an entirely different group who want an all in one?" Be that as it may, I rarely have problems with the 6 block limit precisely because I'm simple AND I was in that first target market as if I need more than 6 blocks I either share it with my Firehawk 1500 or my small and simple collection of existing pedals.
  9. Everyone is different, for sure. Works great for me though.
  10. Nah. Just means I personally try to be pretty chill. You don't have to like me. Only my mother hangs out in that category, and she feels ripped off.
  11. Just to kind of weigh in from the original point now with the new information, yes, I'd send it back too if it was as you described. As to who in these threads is the smarter one, there are still times, albeit rare these days, where, despite my own better judgment, I take a deep whiff of a shockingly bad fart I passed. So whoever it is, it clearly isn't me.
  12. I don't own one, nor had I heard of one until today, but based on the fact it has a standard 1/4 out, yes, you should be able to use it in any traditional amp, including the Spider V.
  13. I'm pretty sure if you attach a dual footswitch you can set FS4 and FS5 to preset up and down instead of bank up and down. That way you don't have to bend over.
  14. I voted. To me this is an oversight. I think they comfort themselves with the idea that they don't plan to have a lot of updates for it, but still . . . yeah.
  15. Yeah, it should be fine. Reviews say it's pretty sturdy, and it looks like it comes with the appropriate cable so that's not a bad deal either.
  16. Well yeah, tons of ideas. More information is kind of needed. My first question, is this your first time using a modeler? Have you always just been a guitar in to amp kind of guy?
  17. Yes it should work. If you haven't bought it yet there might be better options to consider, but if it's already in your arsenal and you're considering buying a Stomp this should do the trick.
  18. Sadly there is no way to update it without the base. It doesn't tend to get a lot of updates though.
  19. The IR substitutes for the cab, so use it in place of a cab, with a single amp only block before it.
  20. Perhaps I'm just a neophyte or a or a cranially challenged hick, but in my opinion a lot of the "better" argument in sounds is just human snobbery. Case in point, I vastly prefer Coke to Sam's Club Cola (and the only use I have for a Pepsi is to pee in the bottle) - but if it was Sam's Club Cola that had been invented in the dirt of Pemberton's backyard in the 19th century I'd probably prefer that. When it comes to cola, I'm kind of a snobbish prick. At least I know it though. I hope the Coke Gods don't strike me dead for finally admitting my faith is built on bulllollipop. So it is with the sounds. Now, if you're talking about how close and accurate is the Helix to a Vox 30 compared to the old HD500x . . . well, that is a measurable scientific distance (though it brings up arguments of how much we can perceive) and I do tend to BELIEVE that the HX versions are pretty much perfect and far better than before. Maybe, though, it's a case of hearing what I expect to hear. Distortion is kind of a similar deal, if you're trying to mimic a classic distortion you can clearly have a model closer than another. However, when it comes to other things like plate reverb, I tend to believe a lot of those were pretty accurate from the very beginning. I mean, what about delays? A delay is a frigging repeat of your original signal a certain way. If the legacy effects did a delay THEN THEY DID A DELAY. Maybe you want a different kind of delay, different timing, more of them, etc. . . . but especially compared to the delays of the 70s there isn't that much to them. I guess with digital delays you can argue that if you REALLY go back far the quality of the repeated signal to the original was reduced, but we're talking about a signal that is typically masked in the background anyway, and to top it off, the much ballyhooed analog delays were never of great quality anyway. Tube and tape echoes were even worse and people gush all over them. So I guess my rant is that the legacy effects are pretty awesome. Supposedly they were beefed up in some digital way for the Helix line which makes them even better. When I have a similar HX version, I use it unless I am searching for a lower DSP option, but I have no problem using legacy effects if they're the only choice, and I'm glad they're there.
  21. I'm kind of like you on that one. I'm not one of those guys who has any interest in being a techie on a guitar (swapping pickups, setups, swapping out guitar necks). I can see the advantage in doing so, and MAYBE one day I'll take my interest in guitars to the next level, but for now I do my own string changes (that's nothing to brag about but there's a huge portion of the population that still pays for something that simple) and I'll do some very basic intonation and fret buzz tweaks, but if I can tell it's more than that, I'm sending it to a pro. In my area there is a shop that charges $35 for a decent setup, and another that charges $75. I've tried them both. There's nothing embarrassing or necessarily half assed about the $35, but these days I always go with the $75. Call it perception or seeing what you want to see, but the guy just comes across as a master of instrument care and whenever he's done with my guitar it feels like a dream. He also always takes the time to clean the instrument so it practically looks brand new. It's the little things sometimes.
  22. Line 6 doesn't add a "clear/delete" midi function to their devices. The thinking is there is no point in doing it because: 1. No loop is permanently stored in the device - so when you turn it off all loops get deleted. 2. In a performance setting, there is no point in deleting the loop. If you need a new loop, rather than delete, simply send the midi command to record a new loop, and the old loop is deleted. You would then use the new loop.
  23. Good guideline. When Line 6 was having their big Firehawk 1500 sale in July (usually $999 but dropped down to $799) Musician's Friend had an open box version for $690 and they indicated it was in perfect condition. So I took a chance and bought it. I also added the 3 year warranty that protects it from everything, including accidental damage (since I knew I'd be hauling it all over the place), bumping the price right back up to about $820. I looked over every square inch of it and couldn't find any sign anyone had so much as breathed on it. From my perspective, I basically got a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty for a device that weighs as much as a small moon for $20. Never regretted that one.
  24. I don't know that it's common. I don't know of a single electronic device that hasn't borked on me at one point or another. So far the only HX Stomp issue I've had is one time the screen quit working. The signal was still being processed as it was supposed to, but the screen wouldn't tell me anything about what was going on. I had to turn it on and off again to get it working again.
  25. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp FAQ

    There are three steps. The first is the obvious one - connect your pedal to the HX Stomp with the appropriate cable. The second is to clarify that you want a dual footswitch connected. To do that go to the following: Global Settings > Preferences 1. Set Exp/FS TIP to FS4 instead of the default of "EXP 1." 2. Set Exp/FS RING to FS5 instead of the default of "EXP2." The next step is to specify what you want that footswitch to do, and it is found under "Global Settings > Footswitches." 1. Specify what you want FS4 to do (i.e. Stomp 4, bank up, down, preset up, down, snapshot up, down, etc.) 2. Specify what you want FS5 to do (same as step 1 above).
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