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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Ummm.... I think I understand your question, but it's slightly confusing in that the Stomp can access ALL presets ... you just have to cycle through them. However, yes, you can use it for preset recall.
  9. Kilrahi

    Dt integration

    Any amp works, but if you mean the special L6 Link, that will work AFTER the 2.8 update sometime this Spring.
  10. Do you mean 4 cable method? I just want to make sure 'cause I tend to think of channels more as paths, and the Stomp only has two paths (Helix has 4). It honestly just depends on what you want to do. For example, do you not want to have your delayed signal get impacted by the reverb? If you don't, then split the path. When doing 4 cable methods or wet/dry/wet stuff, I prefer to use split paths over one path with an FX block because of the limitations on the Stomp with 6 blocks. So, instead of a chain that looks like this: Distortion + Amp/Cab + FX Block + Modulation + Delay + Reverb (6 blocks) I could instead have one that looks like this (or variations on this idea): Distortion + Amp/Cab (Split signal into path A & B) >>>> Signal A goes straight out output left into guitar in on amp. >>>> Signal B = Modulation + Reverb (5 blocks - so room for one more block like an EQ, compressor) >>> Path B goes out send left/right into amp effects return. However, I use a flat response system which this kind of thing tends to work well on. I haven't really experimented with a traditional amp using the above. If it will let you put a cable in the effects return, without having one in the effects send, it seems like it should still work well. You'd probably just ditch the amp block. Keep in mind, to do the latter approach you don't connect the cables in the same way you do with the 4 cable method. It's slightly different. You also might find yourself needing to tweak the wet/dry pass through and mix balances on a lot of the blocks. It takes more fine tuning, but you save a block, if that makes sense. Personally, I think it gives you more control too and ends up sounding better, but it depends on the sound you like. To each their own.
  11. No, in snapshot all switches are the standard white. This is because the colors don't really relate as you're thinking in terms of "snapshot 1, 2, 3" instead of "green for delays, blue for modulation" etc.
  12. If I were to quantify any disappointments I have about the 2.8 . . . and that's a harsh word because I was actually nothing but excited . . . but still, if someone were to talk about the things I hope for with the Helix the concept of unusual effects is where I fall. I have so many solid amps in the HX now (highest gain I go for is Foo Fighters level, and we have plenty of stuff for that including various Vox models which is exactly what Grohl uses). I like the new amps coming, but I could easily give up any more standard amp models in order for every future amp to be a metalhead amp so that group is happy and I'd be fine. Honestly, I also feel we have plenty of solid distortions, so I really don't NEED more of those and yet we're getting two more for guitar (with that said, I was very excited about the Tone King - holy hell those suckers have a 3 year waiting list and cost $300 or more). What would I really like more of? I feel like there is a long way to go with reverbs, and there's more room for unusual effects like freeze and polyphonic drop tune pedals. That's the avenue I want to see more of. At the end of the day though, when I bought he Stomp I didn't even realize it would get free updates with more stuff. I bought it for what it was, so I just see every update as a kind of free gift from the guitar Gods.
  13. Well, and that's a reasonable point. Especially lately metal seems to have risen a bit in popularity among guitar players. Either way though, I just like variety, and I got overwhelmed with amps a while ago. This is just gravy. I hope you get your metal amp collection as desired.
  14. I own a Spider V 20. It's a cute little bedroom amp and it's a lot of fun, and connecting the Stomp to it works pretty good. So how good is it for an FRFR solution? That's hard to answer. My knee jerk reaction is to say "you get what you pay for" but if I do that I'm kind of selling it short a little because people tend to assume that that phrase means you get garbage with the Spider V, and that's not true. Especially the Spider 240 which is $500 . . . not exactly chump change. The Spider 240 is basically about the same clarity as my little 20, but with quite a bit more heft and oomph, and it's nice. However, you're not just paying for the speaker. You're paying for all the modelling technology in it too. This means Line 6 packed in a decent flat response system, but not the best of the best for $500. Is it as good as a $500 Powercab that was largely designed to be a dedicated flat response? I personally don't think so. If someone already had one and was looking to save money for a while, I'd say it's a great idea. In fact, there's a good chance you'll be happy for a very long while. If they didn't already have one, but wanted to save money, I'd steer them towards the Headrush FRFRs or recommend they get a Powercab. I wouldn't recommend they buy a Spider V for their flat response needs. Does that make sense? Anyway, I hope that kind of explains where I think the sound falls. Better than a lot of options including a regular old traditional amp, but not as impressive as a dedicated flat response speaker system. Edit: I also think the posters above were making connecting needlessly complicated. Yes, you can go through the auxiliary in, works great. You can also create a flat response preset and just plug in with your good old traditional 1/4 cable in the guitar in. Easy peasy.
  15. I consider metal pretty niche compared to the entirety of the music industry. Even during the heyday of music sales it was always a smaller genre. Not irrelevant or something to be ignored, but it doesn't appeal to as large an audience. Fact is traditional amps are more common and universally used, from pop, to rock, country, rap ... Saying that I don't mean I'm opposed to a metal update, just saying it's not at all surprising there are fewer of them.
  16. It's not a dumb question. It's very confusing at first. One thing that really helped me is to carefully examine the 4cm presets for examples. Anyway, to answer your specific question, place the FX block PRIOR to the blocks you want in the loop. ALL blocks placed after it are processed in the loop. All blocks BEFORE it go to the preamp.
  17. There's a huge one. The V is a cab far closer to a flat response speaker system than the IV which is more traditional in its approach. This was done to make the V more versatile and the modeling more true to form. It's also why many hate the five because they didn't understand the power Line 6 game them. If you try to swap the cabs I think you'll just fork it up.
  18. You are self aware enough to know that your genre of choice has always been niche though, aren't you? Even as niche you're literally getting some new options.
  19. Yeah, I think it's an oversight by them, and it's unfortunate. I would prefer to see more of them weigh in. However, there are some who are perfectly active. I think psarkissian does great on the Variax forum. Still, while I read the TGP forum from time to time, I still prefer the vibe here. Maybe it's because I live in a small town, but I feel like I get help when needed here, and there are a ton of experienced posters I learn a lot from. Oh, and happy birthday. That's awesome! Most birthdays I get socks, but there was one year I got my JTV Variax and Pod HD500x. That was awesome.
  20. Again, the video is REALLY jumpy, but it SEEMS like they're bringing in Dream Rig compatibility. Still have to buy a Helix, but that would be reaching out to that crowd.
  21. Okay so as I watch this hard to hear livestream, so far that leak actually looks accurate. Several new effects. King of tone. I'm happy. New bass amp for bass players ... good stuff.
  22. Ummm.... you can't? Isn't that what HX Edit does?
  23. Cool down turbo. You and Phil interpret this different, but it's not like he's out to flamboozle you or anything. He's just trying to be helpful. The Stomp is what it is. Future updates in this area wouldn't be unwelcome, but for now it's true it doesn't do what you want.
  24. Because of the differences in all of the product ranges, the customtone section is broken down by product. Technically, you could have cross compatibility, it just depends on how the tone is setup. For example, an HX Effects custometone that has only six blocks would be usable on a Stomp. A Stomp custometone that has no amp or cab modeling would be usable on an HX Effects. However, I think you'll find that a vast majority of the time HX Effects users use more than 6 blocks, rendering them unusable for the Stomp, and most Stomp users have some sort of amp/cab in their tone. Helix tones are also technically cross compatible, but you hit the same problems. Most have an amp - which the HX Effects can't do (you'll basically get an error message if you try), and most have more than six blocks, which kills the Stomp. For this reason, you're best to assume that they are not cross compatible. I do think you're making a wise choice about which unit you are choosing. The HX Effects sounds like the perfect choice.
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