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Everything posted by Kilrahi

  1. Yeah, I get it. My real job is a commercial lender. The stupid legal agreements I've seen would cause the average person to lollipop themselves stupid.
  2. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp FAQ

    Diagramming it is not my forte. I'll try to describe it, but doing these things verbally is a real pita. Keep in mind I don't own one, but I've helped others using the exact same kind of device so I get what's going on, but it's always about matching every single thing up well. The Stomp can do what you're wanting to without the additional device so unless you have loads of other stuff you're trying to implement, I'd kind of recommend bailing on the Musicomlab, but again, I'm not saying there aren't good reasons you're using it. Your setup is a personal thing. Cabling: 1. Guitar in to "In" on the Musicomlab EFX - LE. 2. 1/4 Out from "SND 1" on the Musicomlab EFX - LE to the HX Stomp "L/Mono INPUT." 3. 1/4 Out from HX Stomp "SEND Stereo" to "RTN 1" of Musicomlab EFX - LE. 4. 1/4 Out from Musicomlab EFX - LE "SND 2" to Amp "guitar in." 5. 1/4 Out from Amp "effects send" to Musicomlab EFX - LE "RTN 2." 6. 1/4 Out from Musicomlab EFX - LE "SND 3" to HX Stomp's "L/Mono RETURN/AUX In." 7. 1/4 Out from HX Stomp "L/Mono OUTPUT" to "RTN 3" of Musicomlab EFX - LE. 8. 1/4 Out from Musicomlab EFX - LE "OUT L" to Effects return of Amp. HX Stomp Signal Path: (Use the factory 4cm presets to compare to the general setup) 1. Pre-amp effects of choice. 2. FX send/return left block. 3. Post amp effects of choice. Okay, I think that is how to do it. If not it's VERY close. Basically, you'd keep the SND2/RTN2 loop on the Musicomlab always on so that the amp is heard. Then you could activate the SND1/RTN1 if you want pre amp effects or SND3/RTN3 loop for effects loop effects.
  3. Kilrahi

    Using my amps return

    Yes, you are bypassing the preamp of your real amp. I'd skip the Stomp's amp simulations. Try the Stomp's pre-amp simulations first.
  4. Kilrahi

    HX Rack and looping?

    If you're up for midi control, a standard two switch DMC micro should work wonderfully (https://www.disasterareaamps.com/shop/dmc-micro) You're not wrong though, the buttons are not on the device. The rack is meant to go with the floor attachment, which is a decent chunk of change.
  5. That seems odd. Hopefully they sound like the real deal. We should already know how they sound.
  6. I loved my HD 500x. In my case, I went from the 500x to the Firehawk 1500 (simpler modeler but far easier to setup and to me, a sound advantage) to the HX Stomp. In my opinion the sound difference is . . . it's there but it's not THE reason I'd argue it's worth it. Both units can create great sound. HX Stomp is CLOSER to the units modeled, but if you were never a tone snob you might not care about that at all. I always liken the difference between the two to 1080p vs. 4k. It's there - how much you adore it will vary from person to person. However, where the HX line just blew my socks off was the routing possibilities. The 500x first introduced me to what you can do with that, and the HX takes it to the next quantum leap. Snapshots, multiple controls by one footswitch, the dual routing . . . it gets very nice. One caveat though, and this is something to think about coming off the 500x. The full Helix easily blows away the 500x on routing, BUT the Stomp is questionable since it currently maxes out at 6 blocks. That's fewer than what the 500x was capable of. For me, I knew this going into it. I had existing regular pedals I loved that I was all too happy to integrate to give me more DSP in the Stomp, and I also was keeping the 1500 which also had modelling if the Stomp came up short. Going from a straight 500x to an HX Stomp and nothing else might make you feel a bit more limited in ways that you don't want. Factor in the foot switch numbers difference and the built in wah/volume pedal and again which the 500x has the advantage of, and not necessarily easy trades. PS: Just to be clear though, the Stomp is the coolest piece of gear I've ever bought. It works perfectly for my needs.
  7. That's largely true, there is a bit more going on when online video game betas are being done. Marketing, sure, but a lot of that is also about stress testing how the servers handle a much larger player base. In the case of a user base like the Helix, a huge open beta would make zero sense and cause way more headaches than it's worth (imagine if the beta had a problem bricking a Helix unit, holy hell . . .).
  8. This is only kind of related, but I was about to get extremely pissed at their font choices over on the main L6 page. So that's something.
  9. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp FAQ

    Yeah, you can do that.
  10. I gave up on the traditional approach a while ago and haven't looked back. I don't personally feel like I'm missing anything.
  11. Well, they don't want to say this publicly, but from what I've heard in a small number of cases it renders people sterile. What they haven't pinned down yet is if that's a bug or a feature.
  12. For sure L6 made him a beta tester. He's likely had some version of it for weeks.
  13. You're not doing it wrong . . . BUT I'm not sure you're doing it the BEST way. The four cable method is meant to NOT muck up your amp's sound. That's the whole point. What 4cm allows you to do is have effects before AND after your pre-amp depending on choice. It's advantageous because some effects traditionally work better before (gain pedals, wah, distortion, compression, phaser) and some traditionally work better after (time based effects like delay, reverb). Utilizing your method you're missing out on one key strength of the Firehawk, which is to have some of its effects prior to your amp. Here's how a 4 cable method would work on the Firehawk: Cable Setup: 1. Guitar in to Firehawk. 2. 1/4 Cable out of Firehawk FX send mono to guitar in on EVH 5150. 3. 1/4 Cable out of EVH 5150 effects send to Firehawk FX FX return mono. 4. 1/4 cable out of Firehawk 1/4 mono out into EVH 5150 effects return. Firehawk FX Signal Chain: 1. Effects you want PRIOR to the 5150 played BEFORE the Firehawk FX's amp block. 2. Firehawk FX "FX Loop" block activated and placed before the Firehawk FX amp/cab block. 3. Firehawk FX amp block set to "clean - no amp." 4. Firehawk FX cab set to "No cabinet." (It should just default to this, but double check by pressing the "cab" choice in the app. 5. Any effects you want to be heard in the loop of the EVH 5150 placed after the Firehawk FX amp/cab block. That's how I would set it up, and if connected correctly it ought to give you the best of both worlds that are possible. My recommendation would be to at least test it and see what you think because it opens up a ton of possibilities. I do have a few caveats only you can know: 1. Whether or not the output is line or amp/stomp is something that depends on the amp of chocie. If Line sounds bad at first then mix between the two. Make sure you're checking for both the FX's loop and the FX's output since they each need to be determined. Still, it doesn't take very long to test. 2. Doing it this way might mean you have to largely leave the 5150 effects loop on or give most of the control to the Firehawk. To me this is a plus, not a minus, but still you may have to experiment a bit here. Maybe your originally way will work just fine turning it on and off again. If you hear a lot of hum don't forget about the FX's ground lift button.
  14. Have you not been following the 2.8 update threads? All we know is it's due soon. It could hit tomorrow, or it could be a month from now. We just have to wait and see.
  15. The Stomp is center negative, just like the vast majority of pedals out there. The reason so many solutions require a polarity swap is because the 3rd party L6 cable adaptors (to bring the size down to standard) were designed for older L6 tech that was center positive and also reversed polarity. So if you're using the L6 adaptor you have to use a polarity reverse cable to bring it BACK to center negative. With that said the Truetones are great. I own the 12. Both the 6 and the 12 come with all the cables.
  16. Well, not only that, the stuff was repasted in this very thread he posted just a few above where he complained. At least read the thread's most recent posts that you're jumping into . .
  17. Well, I mean, what is it you want to do with it? I love Helix Native. I primarily use it to record stuff. It works just like the Stomp, except because it's a plugin it's faster for recording, and it has way more blocks. Is that your plan?
  18. I wish more companies could be this positive about their competitors. Except Coke about Pepsi. *?@#! Pepsi.
  19. Did you just plug it straight into your amp or get a FRFR for it?
  20. Now, for a third opinion. I think you're better off going HX Effects just like everyone else said. The Stomp would be for you if: 1. You had several other pedals you ALSO wanted to use in 4 cable method - this makes size a premium and the Stomp's advantage clear. 2. You want amp modelling. The HX Effects has none, so that route won't work. Since your description above is focused on four cable with only one effects pedal (HX Effects or Stomp) I think the HX Effects is the obvious choice.
  21. I'm starting to hope 2.8 never comes out just so that the strange twists and turns of this thread never dies.
  22. Based on what you replied with, you aren't doing what is suggested in this thread. You can't import the whole preset. A huge part of this is that the Stomp can only use 6 blocks, and the full Helix can use up to 32. Once the 2.8 update drops you are supposed to be able to import a preset as long as it only has 6 blocks. Until then the only way to move a preset over to the Stomp is by copying and pasting one block at a time through HX Edit.
  23. It would depend on what complexity you want. If all three paths differ significantly than not really, no. You run out of blocks far too quickly.
  24. To clarify further of what was said by rd2rk, one of the nicest things about the Stomp is purchasing it gets you a SIGNIFICANT discount on Helix Native, so not only do you get a hardware modeler, but for $100 more you can land yourself an amazing piece of software plugin modelling too. It's really a solid deal, depending on what your needs are. If you need a bit more oomph than the Stomp has, then by all means get the LT Helix model.
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