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Everything posted by Kilrahi

  1. Agreed. It's always helpful to know what your Stomp's actual signal chain is if you want people to evaluate why it sounds crummy.
  2. I definitely agree with you that bug fixes should be squashed quickly. If they're still selling it, then they need to continue to support patches so that the software continues to function. If they ever stop selling it, then I would understand dropping support (not immediately, but after a little while).
  3. Businesses operate out of fear. They tend to raise the prices a lot more than they have to so that they are sitting at comfortable margins for quite some time. In terms of a $1500 product, $100 is just enough that it hurts but not enough that it out right turns people away. At least, that would be the hope. At the same time though, competitors have not raised their prices once since the tariffs were brought about, and most of their products are also made in China. There is definitely a certain power in Line 6 being the product leader. It allows them to raise prices and keep happy margins where their competitors can't afford to. I'm sure there are other complex variables going on too.
  4. Throaty as in deep throat? Or just surface throat? (Kidding - slow day at work)
  5. Just to weigh in, I believe ALL of the legacy reverbs are stereo reverbs. The newer ones can be mono or stereo, but they are also a lot higher DSP usage and, as you've no doubt noticed, pretty ambient sounding. Though sometimes they can be tweaked to reduce a lot of that.
  6. Just to elaborate on what Silverhead said, I wouldn't mess around with monitoring the recording itself. Monitor from the hardware and assume the recording is capturing it perfectly. Once you've laid down the track, then play it back in Reaper to make sure it recorded okay. If you really want to amp up the recording process, purchase Helix Native. It's $100 with a new LT, and in my opinion, totally worth it as you can skip the whole process of re-amping. Even better, wait until Black Friday and there's a very good chance Line 6 will have a Native sale all the way down to about $70.
  7. Kilrahi

    HX stomp outputs

    The crazier the setup, the harder you'll be taxing the Stomp's 6 block limit. Still, I do think what you're trying to do can be done with some creative hard panning. Here's the key ingredients: Blocks Needed: Amp Block; Separate IR Block; FX Send/Return block. I have to stress, without knowing what's on your pedal board it's hard for me to know the best place to stick the FX send and return. So it might take tweaking from the below. Signal Chain: Amp Block >>>> FX Send/Return Block >>>>>> Split Paths to A and B >>>> Hard pan left channel to path A and right channel to path B >>>>> IR Block on Path A >>>>>> Dummy block (like an EQ block or something) on Path B >>>> Re-merge paths but keep them hard panned left and right. Doing this your left channel output should then be connected to the mixer. Your right channel output should go to your amp.
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    I just wanted to say, I read your earlier tip on the tilt EQ and finally tried it a few days ago and I REALLY like it. I have always liked the stock cabs, but my methods for darkening them up when needed was not half as simple and elegant as this. Thanks for the tip!
  9. Look at what you bought, though. They're like, what, $350? The Helix devices are $600 minimum, and at the time of purchase they mentioned updates. The Firehawk NEVER promised anything other than bug fixes. As far as you and I know, it doesn't even have the ability to be updated significantly. Not all devices out there do. If you compare the Firehawk to some other $350 effects unit it doesn't lack in anyway. I just don't get the endless update griping. I have lots of devices that don't update. When was the last time your expensive tube amp had a firmware update?
  10. This just seems stupid. You even admit you have loved it, so wtf?
  11. It can be done in either unit. I'm not sure how to do it from the HX Effects because I've never owned one. If you can't easily find it, try hooking up to a PC and using HX Edit. It's much easier to find everything there.
  12. No one can hear that type of latency. It's not something to worry about.
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    Altruism clearly exists to varying degrees. Cynicism reduces everything to a skewed view about motive, pay, etc. While even a purely altruistic action has some degree of gain motivation (even if it's just the feel good result of being altruistic), that doesn't mean you can just round that action down to be pure selfishness. Now, to go from the general philosophy to the very specific - John Mayer's comments - I personally would guess John truly believes what he's saying. It probably has very little to do with a conscious desire to keep contracts or promote his own wealth. HOWEVER, I would be a fool not to think that those factors influence him, even when he's aware of it, and so his bias will likely always to be to listen for things that he thinks modelling doesn't do right yet . . . even if he only imagines it.
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    Last night as I was doing the laundry, I heard from the machine what sounded like the perfect and most true "wapoosh" sound I've ever heard. I think that's probably the secret right there. Line 6 needs to implement a whirlpool model, with controls for both hot or cold water. Extra rinse would be nice too! Obviously they should focus on the older 80's models. None of that current digital lollipop.
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    Dude has said some pretty weird things in this day. This probably doesn't even rank on the top ten, but it's still amusing. Great guitar player though.
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    How did you usually hear your real amps? Line 6 modeling defaults usually mimic an amp with all the dials cranked, but chances are your actual volume on your output device isn't cranked. This means you're having a purely digital experience impossible in the real world. I think it's gorgeous, but it can be very disconcerting at first. Quickest way to find out if that's bothering you is to crank your output device to real amp levels. What are you using to hear it anyway?
  17. Uhhh . . . the only way is to sell the old Spider IV, and buy a Spider V with the money.
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    Whatever it is you feel you're hearing, it is not digital clipping. Especially in regards to the Master volumes being set at 10. The amps that have their Masters set at 10 never had Master volume knobs in the first place, so if you lower them you're changing the true sound of the modelled amp and making it behave in a way that would have been impossible in the real world. That's not to say you can't do it - it might even sound good. Whatever the case though, that is not at all what digital clipping is.
  19. So what exactly is the Stomp outputting to? Just the PA? Which output(s) is it using?
  20. 1. No. To have a stereo sound come out of the Stomp, you need the final block to be a stereo block. If your final block is not stereo (such as an amp block or a IR) then the signal will be summed to mono. To have a stereo sound, you would need the final block to be stereo (such as reverb, etc.) AND feed that stereo sound into one speaker with a left channel, and the right output be fed into another speaker for the right channel. 2. Ummm . . . no . . . but I'll admit I have a hard time picturing what you're trying to do here. What would be the purpose of doing this? Just to have two very different amp sounds? It might be better for me to wrap my head around what you're doing if you describe the whole signal chain. For example, when you say "reverb stereo output" or "returning one of my reverbs" are you referring to the Stomp's reverbs or a separate reverb pedal?
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    Helix vs Axe-Fx III

    Good points. There WILL come a point where all of this audio improvement is just snake oil. Our ears are pretty garbage in the grand scheme of things. In my opinion, we hit that a bit BEFORE Helix, but I could be wrong. How much better Fractal factually is, and how much of that fact we can actually perceive with our garbage ears, is up for debate I guess.
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    And it's totally awesome it allows that feature. Maybe someday I'l find myself using them more. For now, I only use a 3rd party IR 5% of the time, if that. Options are always a win though.
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    They're not required though. To be honest, I was just fine using an HX Stomp (6 blocks) for most of my presets and I was perfectly happy. Most of the time when I'm just fiddling around, all I grab is a dual amp block. Guitarists are fickle never happy people. We've all been or met people who own a million drive pedals, or are constantly selling old tube amps and buying new ones, claiming they've found "nirvana" only to then need a new nirvana 12 months later. Guitarists are endless tweakers. That's the strength of Helix, not a weakness. it allows us to come up with a million permutations of sounds without spending a million dollars to do it, and it allows us to come up with signal chains with would be too big a pain in the lollipop in the real world. Codamedia's excellent advice should be a reason to buy it, not to stay away.
  24. I dunno. I still prefer his way because I'd rather keep all the control possible in one place and retain the most functionality. He's still got an unused FX return. Connect the acoustic to it, use snapshots to switch between two guitars in a preset, or if each preset is too complex I guess switch patches, but he'd have to do that anyway.
  25. Kilrahi


    It is great advice as a whole, but I'm curious, what was the step(s) you were missing out on? You're clearly very knowledgable in your own right.
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