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Kilrahi

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  1. To me it's mind boggling that Line 6 has never come out with a better solution on some of their devices. The Firehawk is another example. With the stomp, I wish you could use FS4 or FS5 to add more looper functionality. Or if the looper is set as a stomp, once you hit the looper button it toggles the three switches to be looper controls. It's just a matter of programming and it would be far more useful. For now the only real way to use the looper live is a solid midi controller.
  2. Are you in Stomp mode (one of four modes on the Stomp ... found by hitting "home" and then page right or left until you get to it - you know you're there if when on a preset let's you use the stomp switches for effects). Once there, select the effect you want. Then rest your finger on the switch you want to attach it to. The screen will change and ask if you want to assign the foot switch. Press the circular button underneath the green "ok." Did you watch Line 6's basic tutorial videos on YouTube? They help a ton.
  3. With the modeling there is ZERO difference. The natural pickups differ though.
  4. Nothing you're saying makes any sense to me. I don't mean that to throw down, just to say I have no idea what you're experiencing. I don't even mess with balanced outs. Standard 1/4 out to Firehawk 1500. I had a Pod HD500x prior, and while I loved the Pod, the meatiness of the Stomp mops the floor with it.
  5. I'm curious cause I still have a lot to learn, but my general thinking in having the HX Effects after the Stomp would be because the Stomp does the amp modeling, but more effects are usually needed after an amp than before it, and the Effects can do more effects. Especially if you want a dual amp setup on the Stomp. I noticed you suggested the opposite though. Do you usually use more effects before the amp than after, or is there some other advantage I'm missing here with having the Effects before the Stomp? I get that ultimately it comes down to what you want it to sound like, but I still have a lot of tips and tricks to learn. My setups tend to be pretty damn simple. I'm lucky if I breach the Stomp's seven block limit. I wouldn't have a clue what to do with 16 blocks, let alone 32.
  6. Okay, that makes sense. I get it now. Nicely done!
  7. Yeah, unfortunately this is one of the effects that you still have to go to the original source for. I have an EHX freeze pedal and I'd love to see it implemented into the Helix architecture, but for now, the only thing as good as a EHX Freeze is just ANOTHER EHX Freeze (or a Plus Pedal, or Superego, etc.). Maybe someday. Sure seems like it would be stupidly easy to do compared to some effects, but I'm also completely clueless so that doesn't mean it is.
  8. I know I'm missing something, but I'm kind of confused. Why go through the gyrations of modifying the pedal? Why not just use a TRS cable that splits into two TS cables? What did you gain by doing it this way?
  9. I tried it with the HX Stomp. The HEX Effects wouldn't change things all that much. To me the best and easiest way would be to just throw the HX Effects at the end of the signal chain (so the send stereo of the HX Stomp would be going into the Input left/right of the HX Effects, and then the HX effects left/right output would feed back into your amp). My personal feel on how it was depends on what you're trying to do. If you're hooking up into a traditional amp then it is pretty cool and I get why people like it. It's a lot of cords . . . but there are some strengths to it. If you're hooking it up into a flat response amp then in my opinion it's just a waste of time. Instead hook both the HX Stomp and the HX Effects into the Effects loop (or attach your guitar in to the HX Stomp which outputs into the flat response amp guitar in, and throw your HX Effects in the effects loop of the amp - turn off all amp/effects modeling if your flat response amp has any). Sounds great, less fuss and muss.
  10. Holy freaking crap. My post got no hits in forever and then just blew up . . . which is kind of cool though I didn't want to contribute to someone feeling one of the coolest products they've ever seen is suddenly worth sending back. Here's a few of my take away thoughts: 1. delock25: Imagine if the Native discount never existed for ANY HX users. I mean, nothing magical about the products required it in the first place. Some companies never do ANYTHING like that. Wouldn't the Stomp still be the coolest thing ever? That's how I look at it. I'm right there with you on how perfect it is. I messed with the Stomp well into the night last night and now I'm too tired to function well at work. It IS the coolest thing ever, with or without Native. Nothing has changed in that regard. 2. From a business perspective, digital software without a physical footprint (and ignoring piracy) is just about the best dang thing you can sell. Other than the initial investment into development, which can be substantial, the stuff that follows gets pretty dang close to zero year over year. Especially as more product is sold, the margins for each purchase get better year over year too. This is NOT true for products like the Helix where each sale has to cover expensive hardware, and hardware that is at the mercy of trade agreements and all sorts of gobbly lollipop. The $1500 Helix doesn't help to pay for the Native software anymore than the $600 HX Stomp does. The software pays for the software. The Helix pays for the Helix. The reason Line 6 can give discounts on the software is precisely because of the strengths of selling software in the first place, NOT because the Helix or LT somehow magically pays for the software. 3. The more people Line 6 can pull into the Helix ecosystem, the more money they can make. Right now I've bought a Stomp. In the past I bought a Spider IV, a Pod HD500X, the additional software packs for the Pod, and a Firehawk 1500. If they can convince me to buy Native at a profitable price point for them, they make money off me. They're not going to convince me at $400. They might convince me at $150. There are no doubt many people out there like me. If $150 is worth it to them, knowing it keeps me and others more committed to the Line 6 ecosystem and future products, rather than say Headrush or something, then they should do it. That doesn't mean they will, but they should. 4. Line 6 also doesn't want to DEVALUE Native. That's a big deal too. Sell it for $10 a pop, and people will never pay $400 for it again, and consequently that may be a price point so egregiously low that it will never recoup the software development costs to say nothing about making a profit. It's also true that they don't want to devalue the Helix or the LT. Those are their premium models (sorry - I think the Stomp is cooler - but it's just NOT the flagship device here). It is a plus to the Helix's sales to say, "Oh, and it's worth spending $1500 because you ALSO get a huge discount on Native." I don't know how much of a boost it is to the value of Helix, but it IS a boost. So lots to think about. Probably even more stuff I've missed. I'm sorry some feel like it is a money grab . . . but it IS a money grab. This is Line 6's livelihood. Their balancing act is to grab our money, while keeping us happy to dish it out. It's a tough game. It's called business. It's pretty cutthroat. Still, I hope to get Native in the future. Hopefully they'll consider some sort of HX Stomp discount because honestly, if they can get me to jump there, it's really just a matter of time before I jump on a LT too, and that just helps them long term. Right now they've managed to become my metaphorical drug dealer when it comes to guitar gear, so keep increasing the addiction Line 6 (this is meant in a friendly encouraging way, not a criticism - love my L6 experience so far)! It's a symbiotic relationship, after all.
  11. Well, not to throw water on your plan but with that footswitch I don't think it will do quite what you want. Granted it's in another language, so I am basically going off pictures, but I still think I'm right. That is a very nice looking dual footswitch, but it looks like the cable is a TRS cable that is permanently affixed (If it can be removed that might change things). The consequence of that is if you plug it into the HX Stomp, there won't be any room for an expression pedal. It would do an excellent job of being FS4 and FS5, though. Now, if there is a way to attach an expression pedal, I think you'll still run into a problem based on the above. Because the expression pedal would be taking up ONE of the FS4 or FS5 slots, ONLY one of the footswitches two switches would work. You could have this switch either preset up, OR preset down, but NOT BOTH. However, this limitation isn't just with that footswitch design. The EXP 1/2 output on the Stomp can only afford two expression pedals, two footswitches, or one of each. It can't do an expression pedal and two footswitches - that would be three. I apologize if I totally misunderstood what you were saying in the above. I just don't want you to buy something expecting a certain thing and then it doesn't happen, much as I love the Stomp. Edit: Think of the EXP 1/2 output as only being able to handle two signals, rather than two devices. If you think of it as two devices it's easy to think you could attach a expression pedal and one device (with numerous switches). You can't because each switch takes up a signal. If you want more signals, you have to go the midi route.
  12. Ha ha crud. I've been waiting to update and I somehow missed it. Thanks for the heads up Phil. I guess I need to be better tuned in to where these announcements happen. At least I know what I'll be doing tonight . . . Kind of excited. Just have to survive my company's Christmas party first.
  13. Yes . . . at least, I'm fairly certain yes. Right now there's a bug that has yet to be fixed that makes dual switches or pedals an unworkable mess, so unfortunately I haven't been able to test it, which is what I usually like to do before I give a yes. Still, based on my reading of the manual, yes, you can, and here is how: Enter Global Settings >>>> Preferences Exp/FS Tip - set to Footswitch 4 Exp/FS Ring - Set to Expression Pedal 2 Or you could do the reverse, set FS Tip to Expression Pedal 1 and FS Ring to Footswitch 5. You would then need to review Global Settings >>> Footswitches to ensure the FS4 and FS5 functions were setup to your liking for what you want them to do. Again though, I can't really test it right now. Hopefully they fix the bug soon cause I have been wanting to mess around with all of these things.
  14. You can split the inputs in to two different channels with different effects, and then recombine them. It's all within the 6 block limit, but yes.
  15. Well that's interesting. Any more info on this unique tweak?
  16. Correct. It is limited to three changeable blocks. You could have two overdrive pedals and a modulation, or two overdrives and a delay, or three delays, etc., but no way to have four in any combination. Correct. For reasons that I don't understand (I mean, seriously, why not?) you can assign the expression pedal to the parameters of the assignable blocks OR the reverb, but you can't assign it to the parameters of the amp. A work around is to switch between the banks, though there is a slight delay between presets so it would depend upon how fast you need to make the switch. Ultimately, I tend to rely on an expression pedal to control the drive of a distortion, or a footswitch to activate the distortion at the required level. If you prefer the simulation of amp distortion though this is a limitation and you're stuck with the preset. If you have a VDI cable then yes, it lets you do the following: 1. Choose the Variax model. 2. Choose the tuning of the Variax model. 3. Choose to use the Variax's modeling or natural pickups. 4. Choose the tone of the Variax model. I tend to do a hodgepodge of both. I use the Firehawk to set the tuning and the specific Variax model, but then use the switches on the Variax to quickly move between the modeled pickups (i.e. move quickly from bridge to neck, etc.). Yes you can turn the amp emulation off completely. You can also turn the amp off but run with just a cab (this is great if you're combining it with a device like the HX Stomp). Here's how it's done: Select the amp block >>>> Type >>>> Clean >>> No amp. The default for no amp is also no cab. If you tap the top right "cab" button while in the amp section then it lets you select from cab types. In my opinion, the best sound for any modeling device is into a FRFR audio system. If I were running the Firehawk into a traditional amp I'd probably do a 4 cable method and turn the amp modeling off. This is the inherent challenge in any modeler though, and it's not a unique limitation with the Firehawk. A traditional amp colors the sound a bit, and so if you double up an amp sound (a real amp + a modeled amp) it can get crazy fast, which is why I typically turn the modeled one off. Still, if you do it, and it sounds good to others, go with it. With an FRFR, you can simply do every single thing in the Firehawk. It's just makes life easier, and you don't need as many fancy connections. Just as a final bit of input, I love the Firehawk. I think it's a great device. For most guitarists, it's more advanced than anything just about anyone used for decades so if you're realistic, even with its limitations, you can pretty much dial in the sound of any song you've ever heard and liked. If you need to get crazier than that, that's when you have to start looking at the Helix line. Edit: I realize that this is probably a "duh," but it should be pointed out that the Firehawk does allow, quite easily, a person to connect a favorite, or several favorite, stomp boxes into the chain. So while it's not possible to have two overdrives, a modulation, and a delay with just the Firehawk, it can still be easy to dial in that sound with a cheap distortion pedal connected. For me at least, this has been a very real way that I address the minor shortcomings on those rare occasions that they do pop up. I've just augmented the Firehawk with additional stomp boxes I already owned.
  17. Okay this is one of those "educated guesses" posts since the only ones who can really know are Line 6, but I'm still curious of people's perception. This week Line 6 has their software on sale, including Native. You get a HUGE discount though if you already own the Helix or the Helix LT. There's nothing for the younger brother Effects or Stomp. I was just curious what everyone's opinion was of the chance for a discount in the future. Do they offer that discount for Helix and HELIX LT people every year? On one hand I get it. Especially with the Effects, it can't do amp modeling anyway, and it's far cheaper. HX Stomp is also quite a bit cheaper (though hardly cheap), but to its credit it can do the amp effects so something like Native makes a bit more sense there. Plus, ANY sort of link to the ecosystem just keeps you loyal and more profitable to Line 6 long term, so it's not like it can't make sense on some level. Anyway, I'm debating in my mind buying Native before the sale ends, but at $270 I'll probably hold off because there is still a reasonable chance I'll get an LT someday - and then I could get Native even cheaper. If the Stomp provided ANY discount though it might make me jump now. That might be a crack dream though.
  18. One thing to keep in mind too, most of the core Spider tones there is a superior Helix version. I'd make sure you check those out before you decide you'd rather go with the Spider version.
  19. Do you have an external footswitch connected? There's a bug that hasn't been corrected yet, and I know when I attached one one of the issues I faced was the tuning screen constantly popping up. For now that's all I got.
  20. Where did you hear that the headphone jack of the Stomp was weaker? As far as I know, what works for the Helix will be just fine for the Stomp.
  21. As said by robertgoddard, yes, the Firehawk can plug directly into a board. That's nice and easy. If you want to utilize the amp, you have a lot of options. They are: 1. The Spider can be just a regular flat response speaker. Turn off all amp modeling and effects and simply plug your guitar into your Firehawk, which you can then plug into your guitar in on your amp. For MOST people, this is the easiest way to do it and will be more than satisfactory for you. 2. You can combine the DSP of both the Firehawk and the amp if you wish. Typically the easiest way to do this is to plug your Firehawk into the amp's effects loop and have the amp handle distortion/amp/cab effects while having your Firehawk handle post effects (delays, reverb, etc.). A four cable method is messy but the benefits of that is you can let the Firehawk do some of the pre amp effects as well as the post. There are a bunch of combinations possible. Mix and match and see what you like the best.
  22. Ummm.... as in Spider amp? Or you have some actual spiders that sing for you?
  23. Below is an excellent transmitter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07BQYYDNJ/ref=dp_ob_neva_mobile
  24. Okay, so let me get this straight . . . because maybe it will one day make me want to buy a Helix. So in additional to just changing the tunings quickly in Helix, or by preset by preset (which the Firehawk can also do) you can ALSO assign thinks like a footswitch or the expression pedal to a specific Variax string and change that with a click of a button or push of a pedal while still in the SAME preset?
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