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Everything posted by Kilrahi

  1. In your situation, the advantage might not be so great. I'm an HX Stomp user, so I don't have the full power of the Helix - what's nice about Helix Native for me is I can effectively experiment in the full Helix realm when I'm at home with my PC, which is honestly the majority of the time. Pretty cool. Here are some things that still apply in your case though: 1. If you have or do purchase a smaller audio interface than your Helix (and I mean, there are some decent ones for between $100 and $200 like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UMC204HD-BEHRINGER/dp/B00QHURLCW/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1549040406&sr=8-15&keywords=guitar+audio+interface&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011) then you could essentially have the power of the Helix on your PC without lugging your Helix over there. 2. In the upcoming update (2.8) Helix Native is supposed to allow you to take full advantage of however powerful your PC's processor is, so if your PC can handle more blocks than the original Helix, you can do it. Now admittedly all of this is kind of first world problem stuff. Honestly, there are a lot of advantages to just hooking up the full Helix to your PC, especially since in the upcoming 2.8 update you're supposed to be able to control the PC somewhat with your Helix. However, at $99 . . . kind of tempting regardless of just how useful any of the above is to you. As a Stomp user I know I'm going to grab it, but unfortunately I blew all my money during the Christmas holidays (when I was aching for a $99 deal on Native - DOH!) but it's going to happen eventually. That's a bummer. I assume that yes, that's correct, though it might still be worth confirming with Line 6. For a moment I wondered how they'd know it's used unless someone else had registered it before, but I wonder if they don't grant you access until after you upload your receipt. As you can see from what I said above, and what you probably already know, there aren't HUGE advantages to a full Helix user in having it . . . but it is kind of cool and is a very powerful plugin.
  2. Kilrahi

    Copying preset

    If you're trying to do it on the main unit, go to save it like you would any preset, but before you do the final press you can twist the knob to select a different save location. This effectively copies the preset.
  3. You can save all of your custom presets to your PC, then once they are overwritten drag and drop them back on to your stomp. It's pretty easy.
  4. Just keep in mind, these suckers aren't like annual releases with smartphones, or even PCs. To me the big question is does it fit your needs now AND/OR do you need something like the Helix now. If you need something like it now . . . why wait? It does exactly what you want.
  5. To me more options are always cool. My hope is these guys release more IRs of different types and that they offer on the Line 6 store itself. Clearly they're priced on the higher end and the question will be if they can convince people they're worth it. Some on here feel they're priced too high. Are they? Honestly that's what markets figure out. If these guys are asinine crazy to ask such a high price they'll find out soon enough. As a guitarist though, more options is always preferable, even if I never buy it. I'm never (well - I think never) buying a Kemper, but they keep Line 6 on their A game so I love that they exist.
  6. In terms of becoming a pro at the Helix (not saying you're not - I really don't know your level) Glenn Delaunne was one of the first ones who really caught my ear, and he was the first one I ever bought presets on. Also, I'd mucked around with an HD 500x for a few years and felt like I was decent, but something about the Helix stuff felt harder to me. I really started to feel I could dial in something pretty well after watching even a few of Jason Saddites' videos. This is by no means an exhaustive list - I've since watched TONS of tips from many people, and bought a few other group's presets too (just bought Peter Hamm's acoustic stuff to get better at that angle). While I still feel like there is way more I can crank out of the HX framework and it can be daunting sometimes, but now I feel like I am on the right track and know how to keep improving. At least in terms of the Eleven Rack and the Headrush, the claim from them is that the ability to take the measurements for the models when the original Elven Rack was created were extremely accurate, but that the processing power limited what they could do with it. When they made the new software, they kept those accurate measurements, but built the software from the ground up with the power to more adequately model it all. True or not? Who knows. For sure there's probably some truth in it. Is it comparable to Helix/Axe/Kemper? Eh - as I said, I'd agree with you they're not, I just wouldn't dare test myself. Ten years ago I would have confidently tested any of them. I also think the Boss GT-1000 is inferior to all of them, but there are Boss fans who'd clock me for saying that.
  7. I don't own one. However, I do know that according to the FAQ, HX Effects was not designed as an audio interface, so my understanding is no. Sadly.
  8. So it IS working now? I just want to make sure I understand you correctly 'cause I was about to dive in and try to troubleshoot. If so that's great news. If not, I'll crack my knuckles and get thinking.
  9. That's my go to rig but . . . I mean it depends on what you're asking. If you're asking about the sound quality, the Stomp kills it. If you're asking about functionality, the HD500x has a VDI input, the Stomp does not. The consequence of that is that you lose a great deal of the flexibility of the Variax provided by the Pod. Changing to any tuning conceivable on the fly and stuff like that is greatly diminished. Practice using your Variax with just the battery, and then ask yourself if you're okay adopting that approach in order to receive better sound.
  10. Mine works great with 2.71. To clarify: 1. You're using the official Mission Helix Pedal, not the L6 pedal (this one: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/mission-engineering-helix-rack-expression-pedal-black) 2. When you say isn't working, what do you mean? Does it just not respond at all? Or does it just do crazy unintended things?
  11. Ha ha ha ha . . . I'm just a bloody amateur. MANY of the tone Gods on here are far better sources to learn from than me (and I know - I have bought their presets and IRs to both enjoy and learn from them). I'm just a hobbyist, playing for small groups from time to time. Despite my hours and hours spent playing guitar, I have a hundred times that listening to music in general. That's the great thing about taste though. Generally, it doesn't require outside experience other than the events themselves. I've heard Axe FX (and in case my meaning wasn't clear from the above, I think it's an amazing unit and seriously considered it, as well as a Kemper) and I heard Helix. I listened to both ecosystems very carefully and chose which one to align myself with. At the end of the day, I thought that I preferred Helix (but I wouldn't be surprised if I imagined it), and I knew I preferred its price and routing power. That's the amazing thing about subjective subjects like taste though, as long as you have tried both things you are qualified to determine which you, the user, prefer. Here's a good counter example. I SWEAR by Helix's sound over Headrush. I REALLY think it sounds better. I'm way more confidant about that difference than I am over the difference in quality between Helix, Axe FX, and Kemper. However, I have met many Headrush guys who say their unit sounds better AND also sounds better than Axe FX. A few times I've got caught up trying to argue it with them to no avail. I left convinced they were too biased too see clearly. They likewise thought I was nuts. However . . . if you want in on a little secret . . . if someone put me up to an A/B test and said if I chose wrongly I'd lose $1,000 - dude - I'd run like hell.
  12. Well . . . I think you can glean a little more than that. First, for your car analogy you'd be better off comparing a Dodge Stratus to a Dodge Neon. Keep them in the family. IF you were to test drive a Dodge Stratus, and you loved it and felt it was well built, you could infer that their other cars might also demonstrate some level of quality. If you try an IR for one type of cab and you can tell, even if it isn't your kind of cab, that it is done REALLY well, you can safely infer that their other IRs are too. No analogy is ever perfect though. FOR IRs there isn't much more they can offer other than listening tests and a freebie or two. The only other option is to give it all away . . . and then there's no reason for you to buy it.
  13. I didn't build it or ever gut one of them, but it is my understanding that they are different with the whole design of the V to be more towards a flat response system. Meaning, that the Spider IV cab wouldn't be able to reproduce the modeling as well as the Spider V. BUT . . . You already own the Spider V head and the Spider IV cab. Try it first. See what you think. If you think it sounds amazing maybe there really is no need to buy the new one. Perhaps the difference aren't as pronounced as it seems. This thread has a little more interesting information on it if you want to wade through it:
  14. Based on who? What survey? Just general impressions on message boards? Because if we really break it down, we can prove a few things wrong right away: 1. "I don't think there is a universe where someone can honestly say that the Helix sounds as good as the Axe FX in terms of the amp models." Sure there is. The one you're sitting in. I'll say it. I'm confidant others will too. No one ever polled me on it, nor was I part of any big survey. Now, keep in mind, I'm in no way UNIMPRESSED with Axe FX. Honestly I think we're reaching, or have reached, a point of musical parity on most of these high end devices where it's really coming down to musical snobbery. It's like the question of which is better: A Ford F150 or a Toyota Tundra. I mean . . . there is no truly OBJECTIVE answer to that - it comes down to features and what the user wants. 2. " I really wish Helix would take a look and work on the overall realism of the processing (and more detailed work on certain amp models)." Your original demand is referenced above, but what you're essentially saying is, "I wish Line 6 would make a better amp model." Let's break that word "better" down for a minute. Helix was always intended to be Line 6's PREMIER BEST OF THE BEST modeling system. What do you think Line 6, who pretty much are the pioneers of this entire subject, did all those years ago? Sat down and said, "We want to make an amp model that is ALMOST realistic! We'll get it 90% there!!!" Of course they didn't. They made the very best they were capable of for their best product they could, right down to A and B testing (which is as scientific as you can get). If I were a Line 6 guy having done all the hard work and testing, and then just had someone say, "Do it better," I would try to be respectful, but I'd also have no idea what you mean by that. I'm not trying to convince you that it's your favorite - but I think it's kind of funny you literally admit in your first post that you understand that it's all SUBJECTIVE but then go on to say in the above reply that there is an OBJECTIVE fact here. It's either one or the other. The two can't coexist.
  15. I don't own a Behringer FCB 1010, however, the key thing to remember with any MIDI controller is if it sends the right midi commands to do what you want to on the device you're trying to control. Some midi controllers are only useful for selecting presets. Others allow you to do that, and to turn effects on and off, which is what you want to do. I glanced through the Behringer manual . . . and like all ancient midi manuals it felt like I was trying to drive a nail through my forehead. Nevertheless, it clearly mentions both preset change and effects on/off, and you also said you did it. So my inclination is it will work for you.
  16. I love the stock cabs . . . BUT . . . if you find the stock cabs too hard . . . then use IRs like you do with the Axe FX. Problem solved. I mean, that is what you use with the Axe FX so the point of complaint seems kind of trivial.
  17. I sympathize with your concerns, but ultimately this is a challenging thing for Line 6 to consider, because if they choose to tweak it to get all the Axe FX users happier they'll lollipop off the Line 6 people like myself who think the Helix is better. Tough call.
  18. I haven't found it to be an issue either. Don't get me wrong, if they figure out a way it's just more creativity for the user, but I've always felt like any classic tone with a traditional amp is creatable.
  19. Kilrahi

    HX Stomp

    You know, I thought you could too. I swear I remembered hearing or reading that. Yet, I browsed through the manual twice and couldn't find heads or tails of it. I also saw on the TGP forum that a few users were bummed that you could NOT do it. I'll fiddle around with my Stomp tonight and see if I see a way to do it, but right now . . . I kind of think you can't. If anyone knows differently please share how!
  20. Hmmm. That's almost the same signal path I use with the Stomp, just not the USB out. Maybe I'll mess with it tonight just to see. It would be cool not to have to worry about the real tone cable because then it's one less connection. Not a big deal in my case, but cool.
  21. I always have a bit of a balancing act getting the volume of my real guitar signal to match the game's audio too. I think you have some good ideas above, though I think you'll still always have to tweak it. Balancing audio, whether at home, with friends, live, always seems to be required. I connect an expression pedal to control my guitar's volume, and then just use the volume knob to control the PC's, but then again, I don't use the USB cord for audio and instead use a traditional audio jack so that approach wouldn't be helpful to you. Still, the expression pedal part might be.
  22. Okay, in the top left of the screen while logged into the app you should see a Firehawk logo. Touch that and it brings up a side menu with numerous choices. From top to bottom they are "My tones," "tone search," "Firehawk," "Editor," "Tuner," "Output," "Music Library," and then at the very bottom left an option that says "Settings." Touch the settings button. At the very top of the screen you should see a "Log Out" option. Log out, and then log back in to your account and see if that helps with the issue.
  23. Sure. It's not too complex: Cable connections: 1. Guitar in to HX Stomp left input. 2. 1/4 cable from HX Stomp left output to Amp input. 3. 1/4 cable (I use a TRS stereo cable because I like the stereo option, but a simple TS cable works) from HX send to FX return on amp. Internal Signal Flow: There are many ways you could do this (though they all involve split paths) - but my most common is the following: 1. Distortion of choice in block 1. 2. Hybrid Amp/Cab block. 3. Signal path split into path A and path B. 4. Path A exits out to left send on HX Stomp. 5. Effects of choice for path B 6. Path A exists out HX Stomp send. Experiment around with that and see what you think. You can put more effects prior to the HX Stomp amp block if you want, more after the amp block in Path A, or you can split the path A and path B prior to the amp block.
  24. Wow. I had no idea it was even possible without the Rocksmith tone cable. Is there an advantage to that other than if you lost/destroyed yours? If for some reason you hate using the real tone cable, then this won't help you. Keep in mind, I use the HX Stomp, but since that's basically a baby Helix this method should be easy peasy there. 1. Guitar in to HX Stomp. 2. Signal split into Path A and Path B. 3. Path A has desired effects and amp. 4. Path A exits out Stomp's left main out to amp of choice (or this step is left off if I'm using headphones). 5. Path B has a single deactivated compressor block (I did this because the Stomp, unfortunately, won't let you create a blank chain, AND if I needed to boost the signal, but so far I haven't). 6. Rocksmith real tone cable plugged into the FX Send on HX Stomp. 7. Path B exists out FX Send on Stomp. 8. (Optional). TRS to TS Y cable going from PC to FX left/right returns on HX Stomp set to auxillary (this way I can hear the game, but I have the game's guitar tone of my guitar turned down to zero in the Rocksmith mixer - I do it this way when I'm using headphones, if I'm not then I use the cable into my flat response speaker system so I can hear the game loud, but again, the guitar signal is reduced to zero in the mixer so I only hear the HX Stomp guitar tone). That's it. I think it works amazing, but it does require the real tone cable.
  25. Did you read the post? It mentions plenty of big groups that use the Helix. Not everyone, myself included, think the Axe Effects is the bees knees. Just in terms of routing power, a lot of us think the Helix kills it. Most of the big acts I see are ditching their amps ... period.
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