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Everything posted by Kilrahi

  1. I'd also like to weigh in that I"m confused as hell as to what your concern is. Doesn't mean it isn't legit, just maybe we need it explained again?
  2. The HX Stomp has two FX loops as well, but you are correct in that because the HX Effects has more blocks it's less of a blow to use two FX blocks. Again, to me it comes down to amp modelling. If you know you don't want it, HX Effects every time. Me, I couldn't live without it, so the HX Effects never tempted me for even 5 seconds. Well, it did tempt me to buy in ADDITION to my HX Stomp - but then I'd be beating myself up wondering why I didn't just buy a bloody LT.
  3. This is the one. It's pricey, but it's built like a tank, and the toe switch option is nice.
  4. Sadly if that were true, I'd have one.
  5. That's kind of an impossible question (i.e. is six blocks enough). It really depends on who you are. For me, yeah .... most of the time. Personally, I think the Stomp is a better deal than the Effects unless the following two are true for you: 1. IF you are certain you'll NEVER want amp emulations, then get the HX Effects. 2. If a midi controller is important, and you don't need amp emulations, go effects.
  6. Personally, no. I think it sounds best with the Powercab's cabinet emulations, or if you have the Powercab with IR options, that. Still, the Firehawk's amps and cabs are solid and so it's worth experimenting with those. If you do that, set the Powercab to flat. I do not think it will ever sound anything but muddy if you layer a Firehawk cab on top of a Powercab cab, but hell, stranger things have worked. Again, it kind of depends which route you chose to go. If you make use of the Powercab's cabinet emulations then it's better to go from the Powercab to the DAW/FOH. However, if you decide to experiment with the Firehawk's amp/cabs with the Powercab in flat mode, then I'd say it's better to go from the Firehawk to the FOH/DAW.
  7. There are several ways to get there, but they revolve around the same idea. Most of the blocks in the Stomp have a level parameter, and then of course there are level parameters on the output section of choice too. From boost blocks, to a gain block, to level adjusts within blocks or output blocks, there are lots of choices. My favorite way to do it is through snapshots, but you can tie a FS function to level, or tie an expression pedal to it.
  8. I don't own a Gigboard, so it's pretty hard for me to comment on that. I did own the Pod HD 500x, and when I decided to go from that to either the Stomp or the Gigboard I reviewed both as best I could. In the end, I went with the Stomp because I personally feel that it has far better routing capabilities, and I like the sound more. Particularly coming from the 500x, while it is not a 1 to 1 setup in UI, it the HX line was an evolution of those ideas in the 500 to the next level, so I think it's easier for a Line 6 user to adapt to it. The big advantage of the Gigboard is it's just as powerful as its older brother. The Stomp is often compared to a baby Helix, and there's a lot of truth to that. It's six block limit is quite a bit less than the 32 conceivable blocks on its older brother. Despite those differences, for me, I've never doubted the decision. Looking back at the Stomp, while you can switch presets with just the main device, I would strongly advise anyone who gets the Stomp to drop another $20 on a dual foot switch or go all out for the $130 expression pedal with the toe switch (that's what I do). This is because it grants you two extra buttons which can do a lot for ease of use with the Stomp without ever bending down. In my setup, I have the dual expression pedal. I use expression pedal 1 as my control for all volume bocks, wah, etc. Then the toe switch is set to cycle through Stomp modes (preset mode, snapshot mode, stomp mode, etc.). This setup gives me a lot of versatility without ever bending over.
  9. The below video is pretty informative. Connect it, and then go into the HX Stomp's global settings and designate that you want FS4 to be FS4, and not an expression pedal, and then designate that FS4 has the tuner function.
  10. In global settings you can set them to be push button instead of capacitive.
  11. The third party "amp packs" are just existing amps, with specialized IRs, meant to emulate other amps. They don't actual give you a new amp choice. All of the amps and effects in the HX line are proprietary and only come through Line 6. The only real 3rd party options are IRs. Also, to check out the "Asheville Pattrn", make sure you are using the latest firmware, as that was only just released with 2.8(1).
  12. Interesting. Yeah, if you're using HX Edit then you should see it all there. They are identical though. So if it was present there the only other option would be if they removed it from all of them. Are you sure you're using the exact same one he is? He's using the bright model. Are you using the normal one that is just above it?
  13. I don't typically use filters, so for all I know this is the most asinine suggestion I could offer. However, while there is not a pedal that is a 1 to 1 copy of the Moog MF Drive pedal, they do offer the Asheville Pattrn which is based on the Moog Moogerfooger Murf Filter. Doesn't that one allow for some manual control? Maybe you've already looked at it and it doesn't, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't since the original allowed for a great degree of control.
  14. They're identical. I don't have the HX Stomp with me so I can't check, but are you pressing the "page over" button to see ALL of the amp settings? Most of the amps have quite a few more options than what you're mentioning above. You ought to be able to see cab settings too by paging over.
  15. Unlike the HX Stomp, I don't believe the HX Effects allows for this type of control. You can only use those for expression pedals or to change the channels of an amp. Your best bet would be to buy a small midi controller (like the DMC Micro for $130). You can double check my assumptions here, but I think I'm right on this one: Effects 2.50 Owners Manual - English .pdf
  16. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp

    I think you're thinking too narrow. The Stomp has the identical wha wha sounds as the Helix. The only difference is that the Helix has been around a lot longer, and so there are more videos about it. If you search for "wha wha" and "Helix" in youtube you get quite a few hits. Below is one of my fave demos. Now, I'm not much of a wha guy, but honestly, it always felt . . . IMO and to me . . . easy, so I'm not sure what the issues you're hitting are, but they should be in some of these videos: Define nonfunctional? It's useful for what it is . . . a very simple looper. I would never recommend a hard core looper fan intend to use the Helix or Stomp's looper as their primary source. It would be useful for people who only need small loops on occasion, or for practicing a bit at home. The biggest problem is it's a one button looper, and so for a lot of us (myself included) it's easy to mess up with one button. With some practice it gets okay, but I would recommend getting a small midi controller like the DMC micro if you plan on using the looper in a live setting. Plus, the controller is useful for numerous other scenarios too.
  17. There are tons of iterations of the Helix line that would be very valuable to some people, myself included. For example, if I could have grabbed a Stomp that was only slightly larger, but had a Variax input, for $750 I would have been all over that beastie. My personal opinion, though, is that with the Helix, LT, Rack, Effects, and now the Stomp, that they'd be crazy to iterate too much more on that product line, other than perhaps refresh the hardware itself. Who knows though. I don't work there.
  18. I certainly agree it could be MORE powerful - and cost more too. That wouldn't even necessarily be a bad thing. I might even buy it. I just have a hard time interpreting it as extremely limiting compared to what it's designed to compete up against (traditional pedals). It's great you'd rather use other fuzz pedals and I do that sometimes too (as well as sometimes other compressors, reverbs, etc.), but the Stomp is far more versatile than any fuzz pedal I know of . . . I'd call a pedal like that extremely limiting before I throw that label at the Stomp. I can't think of another pedal options expansive as the Stomp. Just because I can think of more it could do doesn't make it an extremely limited pedal.
  19. Extremely limiting compared to what? You revealed you use a regular pedalboard, what do your other pedals do that it can't?
  20. Kilrahi

    Helix with Amps

    Yes, you should be able to do it with one path. That doesn't mean you might not want to do dual paths, there are advantages there, but when you're just starting out I say keep it simple. The key is to make sure you use a stereo, and not a mono, FX send/return block. By the way, Line 6 created the below video on the 4 cable method a few years ago. It's a nice summary of how it works. It's still useful for your goal of the 7 cable method because the connects are still done EXACTLY the same. You simply use two FX/ Send/Return ports and two 1/4 outs instead of one, and a stereo FX send/return block instead of a mono.
  21. If a problem resulted in the Stomp that was a direct result of the power supply, then yes, it could void the warranty. Now, to be clear, I use the Truetone CS12, so I've decided to take the risk and I'm glad I did so far, but yes, it is still something to think about.
  22. The HX Stomp does not have the necessary L6 Link in order for you to control the Powercab Plus remotely. You could use Midi as an option, in which case you would need to connect a standard 5 pin midi cable into the PowerCab's midi in, and of course, have a midi controller. The Stomp can send midi messages, so you could create a program that is passed from the midi controller, into the Stomp, and then from there into the Powercab so that as you cycle through presets it changes the settings on your Powercab. As for what to use to connect your HX Stomp to the Powercab for the guitar signal, your easiest solution, and the one I would recommend, is to just connect a 1/4 TS cable (i.e. a standard guitar cable) from the HX Stomp's "Output - L/Mono" out to the Powercab's "Input 1."
  23. Kilrahi

    Helix with Amps

    Describing the cabling in a 7cm is a bit of a hairball, but it's largely just doubling up the four cable method approach. One thing I would suggest is downloading the HX Effects manual and looking at page 9. It's not a Helix, but the method is largely the same. It is a good place to get started. Effects 2.50 Owners Manual - English .pdf Getting stereo effects in this approach is easy. If at least your last block is a stereo block in your chain then it will send left and right stereo signals, left channel to one amp, right to the other. The signal chain isn't too bad either. It would essentially look like: [Pre amp effects] + [Left/right send and return block] + Anytime you turn off the send and return block then it will bypass your amp's preamp. So the setting would be to insert the pre amp block in your Helix chain that you want to use, and set it so that by pressing a switch it turns off the FX block and turns on the pre amp block. That, IMO, is the easiest way.
  24. They've crashed before. I doubt it's permanent.
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