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Kilrahi

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  1. If they broke through normal use, it should be covered under the warranty. If it was done through negligence, then no. That's a pretty vague boundary, but it kind of comes down to how you, the user, feel about what you did with it. Based on the fact that you feel like you kept it pretty safe I would try the warranty route before I attempt any self repairs, because typically a self repair automatically voids the warranty.
  2. I have strongly felt, for many years now, that guitar playing was very comparable to ice cream, with your guitar being the spoon, the amp being the flavor of ice cream, and your pedals being additional ingredients like Reese's pieces, Oreo cookie bits, and gummy worms. My friends and family laughed me to scorn. I've found a home here. On a serious note - some people really DO like drowning in choice. That's what they like. Fractal appeals to that crowd, but it wouldn't make sense for Line 6 to complete on Fractal's turf. It's kind of niche group. I am confidant L6 fans want more releases over time, but I don't think most of us demand an avalanche or we wouldn't be hanging out with the Helix brand.
  3. Are you still getting this problem? I know you mentioned that you already downloaded drivers, but when I had the HX Stomp this happened to me and I realized I hadn't downloaded the specific required Windows driver. I believe for the Helix it's this one: Version 1.91 Released 9/13/18 If that doesn't work, you could try using earlier versions of the driver, or you could try running HX Edit in compatibility with earlier versions of Windows.
  4. If you have time, I'm just curious what you're replacing. I always like to hear about people's gear. I really think you'll be happy with the HX Effects. It's the best assortment of options at the most affordable price that I think exists out there. If this is your first L6 modeler, as a tip, I've found you have to commit yourself to at least a few good hours figuring out how it all works, and even then you stay at it reviewing what you know because you'll get new discoveries every so often, better ways to do things, etc. There are just SO many variables to tweak, and routing options, etc. that it's very mind boggling at first. You'll have to let us know what you think of it.
  5. I sometimes wonder if age matters in how the Helix products are perceived. Experiencing my teen years in the nineties, having one good amp you liked was awesome. Two would have been for the rich and famous. Line 6 products have far more amps than I legitimately know what to do with, to say nothing of effects. I have my favorites, but even 75% of the time I'm going with the Vox AC 30. Never could afford a real one, love the fake version. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of free updates and as stated earlier in this thread I get REALLY excited or them - but it's a perk more than a requirement. However, if the guitar world you were born into is the modeling one with 2,000 amps available, maybe that's how you envision it has to be. I just don't fit that mold. I could eat cheeseburgers and French fries everyday and be reasonably content with my cuisine in life. Maybe a hot and ready pizza to celebrate an anniversary or something.
  6. Yes . . . you have to think of the 9 blocks as an aggregate. If you have three for one, then you can have six for another. Eight for one, one for the other. You can use a stereo delay and keep the outputs separate AS LONG AS THE STEREO DELAY IS ONLY ON ONE OUTPUT (A or B). The moment you have path A and B combine into a stereo delay then they are forever mixed. So, if you wanted both path A and B to use a delay that was stereo, then you're stuck using TWO blocks, one stereo delay for path A, and one stereo delay for path B.
  7. I definitely think this is a bigger issue for Stomp users than the HX Effects. If they think of a solution for the Stomp it might as well be implemented in the HX Effects, but the Stomp has such amazing routing capabilities and you hit these unfortunate brick walls because of six blocks - and the thing could easily handle the same number of blocks as the HX Effects. I really don't read a lot of HX Effects users complaining about the effects limits - which is telling. Last night my brother and I were routing two instruments and some additional pedals through the Stomp and it once again came down to a limit on what we wanted to do based solely on the FX blocks chewing up the 6 block limit. It was still pretty cool, but it could have been even cooler.
  8. This shouldn't be too hard. You can assign multiple effects to the same footswitch, so you would basically assign the two delays to the one footswitch. You could either have them both turn on and off at the same time, or one turn on while the other turns off, etc.
  9. Well, it's an FRFR so you pretty much plug and play. Skip the cab on the Stomp and instead use it on the powercab to take it to the next level.
  10. Yeah, that's a very good idea I hadn't thought of. Particularly if you like using an expression pedal, this way you can do both. OR, you could get a small midi switcher and use it for presets changes then a dual footswitch for snapshot changes (or if the midi controller was large enough BOTH preset and snapshot while using an expression pedal too). The Midi Mouse is relatively cheap: https://www.amazon.com/d/Midi-Controllers/Tech-21-MM1-MIDI-Mouse/B0002E2OEO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1546472998&sr=8-5&keywords=midi+controller+mouse However, if you don't mind slogging through badly written (it's a Chinese company) instructions, for $50 more you can do just about everything conceivable: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DQPTZ1F/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A1UM1J239QRPCJ&psc=1 Though my favorite (both in number of options, ease of use, and technical support), and the one I'm still saving up for, remains this one: https://www.morningstarfx.com/store/MC6-MKII-MIDI-Controller-p72756109
  11. I wouldn't want to sacrifice functionality either, that's why if nothing else I think the first choice is they should expand the six block limit, at least in the case of the FX blocks. If the appearance of the UI is the biggest concern, sure, it could be represented by something else. Heck, a subset of the multiple Y/A/B split paths would be doable. I agree though that the functionality of the block is infinitely cooler and far easier to follow (the color coding of the stomp boxes in particular) and so it would be a bit of a downer to lose that. Maybe this could be a global settings function where if you didn't care for a particular preset it becomes a small nubbin on the signal trail. I'd vote for it on Ideascale. Seriously though, the DSP for those things has gotta be pretty close to zero. One of the Stomp's greatest assets is its routing functionality, and its greatest weakness is without a doubt its artificially limited six blocks. It's very discouraging to come up with a cool routing option and be chewing up your available effects blocks when you try to implement it. It's like the first time you finally figured out a way to buy your favorite toy as a kid only to realize you forgot to take into account sales tax. #FirstWorldGuitarProblems
  12. Yes, you'll need a footswitch. You have a lot of choices about which switch does what, but generally, I like having the inbuilt HX Stomp switches control the stomp boxes (because they will be color coded making it easier to remember what switches they're attached to) and then have a dual external footswitch attached (via TRS to TS Y cable) with the left footswitch being set to cycle up presets, and the right one set to cycle down.
  13. That's totally an option. It just depends on how happy you are with the Amplify's frequency range/sound output. My suggestion would be to test it mono first, and if you fall in love with it and it makes sense to you, sure, jump in on a second one. Then you would just route the Helix for a stereo setup split into the two Amplifi's.
  14. Yeah, but it seems like it would be possible to have a name display on the actual Stomp. What I'm not certain of is how helpful that would really be. I mean, 3 snapshots isn't a huge deal to remember. Nevertheless, it would help a bit, especially with multiple presets. Ultimately, if someone put an ideascale up I'd vote for it. If I can get my lazy butt moving maybe even I'll create it.
  15. I bought my HX Stomp to make gourmet rotisserie chicken. It may surprise you, but I've been VERY disappointed thus far.
  16. This is an interesting point though. I wonder if it would be better if they could be named. Hmmm . . .
  17. In my opinion, no. Perhaps a tad more than the traditional approach, but still pretty easy. Keep some EQs in your chain and use them to tweak at events. This is true of any gear through headphones. Biggest reason is alone you're it, so you keep the whole thing real. Live though you need to balance yourself against other band members.
  18. The HX Stomp, A.K.A. The Baby Helix ... has been a dream rig through headphones. So glad I did it. The days I get to hook it up to traditional amps and FRFR, also awesome. A full Helix is no different.
  19. Yeah it can seem complex but it's actually a pretty easy question. The amp is largely flat response, so turn off all effects/equilizors and set the amp setting to "no amp" (found in the clean settings). Plug the guitar into the Helix, and the Helix into the guitar in. There's no reason to use any of Amplifi's abilities other than sound projection when you have a Helix. To beef it up you could split the Helix signal and run a wet path into the aux in channel. I've done that and with some fine tuning it can work pretty well.
  20. Well, I am just going to admit straight up that the longer I'm alive the more I get pulled into Line 6's ecosystem. I dipped my toe in at first, found the water pleasing, and keep getting in deeper with each passing year. I like how all of their products are great on their own, but are built to build upon each other so that you get even more use out of them when combined. So in regards to the Powercab 112, it's my favorite of the FRFR speakers. There's a number of things I like about them. First and foremost, the flat response is great, which is exactly what most people are seeking. However, unique to the Powercab is the cab modeling they included, which I felt sounded awesome and was a welcome addition. When used, you may find it sounds better in some situations than just a flat response, and it conserves DSP (which on the Helix may not be too huge a deal, but for Stomp users like me it is a plus). Other FRFR cabinets won't have that option. I also like that it has an L6 link (at least the plus does) so that SOMEDAY (it's entirely baffling this can't be done yet) the Helix ought to be able to control the cab choices on the Powercab. Until then, you can do it with Midi (again, on the plus) which is also a reasonable approach. Finally, it also has a low cut switch on there, which I've never used, but since the age of two on upwards switches are always cool in my book. So yeah, that's the one I like. However, if I were to buy a budget FRFR it would be the Headrush one. It's a pretty solid deal, and quite a bit cheaper. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/headrush-frfr-112-2000w-1x12-powered-speaker-cab?pdpSearchTerm=headrush
  21. In regards to this goal, the easiest way is to try first just plugging in your Helix directly into the effects return loop. That should bypass the H & K preamp. In regards to proper block or setting within the Helix, that's either a really complicated answer or really simple depending on your experience. The simple answer is if you've got a lot of experience with the traditional route (guitars/amps/pedals) then you basically mimic that virtually with the Helix. A simple path might look like this: Helix Chain: 1. Guitar in to Helix >>>> Compressor Block >>> Distortion Block >>>> Preamp of Choice (no cab - that's the job of your H & K) >>>> Post time based effects blocks >>>> Main Out on Helix into FX Return on H & K. 2. H&K Volume/etc. tuned to taste. That would be the place I would start with and work from there. The main thing to remember is that the Helix preamp only models, without the cabs, are meant to be used in cases where you already have an existing cab. If you decide you want to use the H & K preamp then you would turn to a four cable connection and simply not add a preamp, amp, or cab to the Helix signal chain.
  22. Well, that admittedly shoots down my theory two posts above. Is there a general link to that stuff? Or a title I should search for? That would be interesting.
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