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Kilrahi

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  1. I'm worried I don't understand your questions.

     

    For example, on question 1, you're just wondering if you can have the HX wah before your "real" OD pedal? The answer is yes, use an FX block. However, in question 2 you mention the FX block which means you must know about them, so I'm thinking I don't get what you're asking?

     

    As for question 2 ... huh? I have no idea what you're asking here. You want to use a "real" modulation pedal but you can't because your HX Effects is already using a modulation block? That's how I understand that question but the solution is too obvious (remove the HX block) so that must not be what you mean.


  2. Nope nothing . . .

     

    If I HAD to guess, and again, it's just a guess, but I don't think it's going to work in the way you're envisioning it. For example, the Pod HD500x was once their premier modeler. Now it's their budget modeler. The Firehawk FX was less a new device and more a reworking of all previous models including the Pod 500x. So the budget modeler you're paying with now was, once upon a time, part of their premier modeler tech. That technology transitioned into the budget modeler once the next evolution had been released. 

     

    If they're smart, I think this is how they'll do it in the future. Someday . . . and I think it's a ways out, but someday there will be a top of the line successor to the Helix. At that point, rather than invent a new budget modeler with new budget model designs, they will instead have the old Helix transition into the budget model. Maybe they'll even do a new piece of hardware, similar to what was done with the Firehawk, that offers the older HX line in a new way. 

     

    That approach is what makes sense, and is a better use of their capital. 


  3. Definitely agree to the need to hear the actual sound.

     

    For example, in your first description you described it as follows: "second later there's like a static noise"

     

    This description sounds very similar to the "squirrels" phenomenon, but then later you described it as a "metallic hum" which doesn't sound at all like it.

     

    This isn't your fault. Describing sound is hard, but it's why an actual audio clip will do wonders when that's possible, or if that can't be done, posting the preset for others to try and mimic it.  

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  4. 48 minutes ago, rd2rk said:

    HARRUMPH...OK, MY CONCLUSION IS - I've been hearing this sound all my life, to the point where, to my ears, it's a natural part of what a live guitar and amplifier played in the real world sounds like. I don't doubt the existence of the phenomenon - like UFOs, so many people have reported it that it must be real, and to those poor souls who've been abducted and subjected to invasive aural testing by evil demon alien squirrels (EDAS), I offer my heartfelt condolences. I hope that somewhere, somehow, YOU TOO will find an amplified guitar experience free of the terror of EDAS.

     

    If not, there's always the ukelele......

     

     

     

    That's kind of my conclusion too. I''m a nitpicky perfectionist, which you wouldn't know by hearing me play the guitar. I've always loved music though, and when I was as young as 3 years old I'd lay in front of my parent's stereo speakers and listen to songs . . .  and hear strange garbled noises occasionally, randomly, it was clearly related to its attempts to play music, and yet it wasn't music I was hearing.  I didn't notice it if the stereo was loud and I didn't have my head up to the speaker, but obviously they were still there, just drowned out. 

     

    These noises bugged me, but I learned to live with them. Years later my parents upgraded to some much nicer speakers, and I remember I was excited that those noises would likely be gone. 

     

    They weren't. Still there. Still imperfect. Over the years I came to realize that that kind of imperfection seems to live within ANY attempt to produce sounds. Over time, I came to forget about them. 

     

    Fast forward decades later, when I first got the HX Stomp, one late night I was playing on headphones . . . and heard it again.  I wasn't expecting it at all and it irritated me in the same way it did when I was 3, but at the same time, I also couldn't help but conclude that IF they are in the original amps then surely they MUST be in the model. 

     

    Now, if I could snap my fingers and and make it go away, I would. I've heard some claim Fractal finally eliminated them (I don't know, as I've never had a device to study that intently), but even if they have, it's not worth me ponying that much extra money for it. I've heard some people say that what irritates them about Line 6's version is it sounds fake - they agree they're in real amps, but those squirrels are "done better."

     

    Without knowing why they're there, I really can't speculate.  Could they be removed? Do they sound fake (since the real ones sounded fake to me that's hard for me to fairly judge)? Is this the territory of the Helix 2?

     

    Bottom line - nothing is ever perfect. Helix comes pretty damn close, squirrels and all. 

     

    Hell, I'm just glad they aren't *?!@#!ing frogs. 

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  5. Yeah I get it they're controversial . . . but there's a very good chance it's what the OP is noticing. It depends on a number of variables (how close they listen, experience with gear in general, with multiple types of speakers, what they're using to hear their HX).

     

    To the OP, check out this thread. I found it to be the best example of the subject and it still has some audio examples up that might fit what you're hearing. If it's not, then at least you can dismiss this possibility and move on:

     

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/helix-tell-me-what-im-hearing-here.1826645/


  6. 1 hour ago, jorgealberto25 said:

    Not on single notes only when I play chords. For example If a make a bar chord and pick the last note of the chord (while holding the chord )a second later theres like a static noise. The noise is small but I will like it to be clean. If I take the effect off no issues. Is this a normal thing? I’m using an hx stomp and connect it straight to my interface using left mono output ( unbalanced cable). Guitar is a fender mim. I also tried the noise gate and same issue.

     

    It sounds to me like you're hearing the amp artifacts or what anti helixers commonly refer to as "squirrels."

     

    It's present in not just chords, but in all notes and it's more easily detectable in some amp models than others. 

     

    If I'm right, and that's what you're hearing, it's not a mistake as such stuff is present in real amps too, we're just not used to hearing our full blooded amps in the way we often listen to our HX. 

     

    Are you using headphones to monitor?  It stands out even more there. 


  7. I think it's a decent idea. I use a Spider V 20 sometimes and it works well.

     

    My assumption has always been to be profitable they can't be the MOST amazing FRFR and instead functions more like a "poor man's" version.

     

    With that said, can I claim I hear problems with it?

     

    No.


  8. 1 hour ago, codamedia said:

    @Kilrahi.... I went through the same thing with my HX effects last year... ended up with an LT after 8 months or so.

    I could have gotten use out of the extra inputs on the full Helix... but I need to watch the dollars and here in Canada there is an $700 difference from the LT to Floor. 

     

    Yeah I think the LT is a solid deal and when I would debate trading up I always envisioned the LT, not the floor. It was the mic preamp (I fancy myself an acoustic crooner - not everyone agrees) that made me even consider a floor.

     

    I have to stress that the deal I landed on the full floor was flat out crazy (IMO). It was basically a pristine floor for the cost of a new LT. 

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  9. So I've been a Stomp user for about a year now. I haven't been at all disappointed in it. It's been my baby and I've taken it everywhere. Sometimes with a pedal board of additional pedals, often just on its own, and I've just been thrilled.

     

    So I sold it.

     

    Bought myself the Helix floor. I was looking at a mic pre-amp to use with the Stomp which would have been a decent chunk of change. Then I realized I had a bunch of unused gear that would sell for a lot, and that the Stomp would sell for a lot . . . plus I own a Variax . . .saw a great deal on a mint used unit and suddenly found myself clicking "buy now."

     

    And yeah. It's arguably complete overkill, but I'm really excited to be able to do EVERYTHING now. I'm hoping to have the same experience as everyone else, namely rarely needing anything else anymore. The Stomp almost pulled it off, and so now I'm thinking this might just put the nail in the coffin of gear chasing.

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  10. 4 hours ago, mjc009 said:

    So, theoriticaly I should be able to use a USB-C to USB-B cable to connect my Android to the Helix LT?

     

    Hmmm....you would need to get a variation of Android's "on the go" cable to tell your phone it needs to be in USB host mode.

     

    Then it theoretically would work, but there might be a unseen hiccup.


  11. 2 hours ago, scottcarstens said:

    When I'm playing through the HX Stomp, it will all of a sudden sound a little weird, then the audio just fades out, or in and out. I then need to restart it. It does it regardless of the amplifier I use. This is particularly annoying since I just purchased this thing, spent a good deal of time setting up presets, and sold my pedalboard to pay for it...

     

    That sounds more to me like a hardware defect. I would open up a support ticket with Line 6. I've never had it "fade out." It sometimes . . . very rarely . . .  if I change a preset goes completely quiet and I have to reset. 


  12. 2 hours ago, scottcarstens said:

    This is happening to me, I have a new HX Stomp, all of a sudden the audio fades out, now what, got rid of my pedalboard...

     

    What you said doesn't at all fit what they're describing.

     

    Perhaps you should describe your scenario further.


  13. I largely agree with the above poster, except for the part about using the Spider V's effects. In my opinion, the best way to go is to treat the Spider V like an FRFR. I created a flat mode preset with all internal amps/cabs and effects disabled.

     

    Then I'd use the Pod 500x to output to it. Do everything sound wise within the Pod, with the Spider V used only as amplification. 

     

    You could mess around with the new "classic" speaker mode to see if that gives you a better result then the original hi fidelity mode, but that's about all I'd tweak. 


  14. I wanted to weigh in that this is now my fourth update with the HX software. 

     

    I came home from work, connected everything in 2 minutes, and updated everything in five. Smooth process. No problems. 

     

    I highly recommend this update!

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  15. 2 hours ago, Cubbyguy said:

    I think I know the answer but I just don't like it.   I've created several presets and like the flexibilty of this device.  However, I hate that there always has to be 1 footswitch always active.  I understand you can bypass the device by pushing the upper and lower knobs together, but that bypassed signal sounds significantly LOUDER than 1 of the footswitches toggled on with no effects... unless I crank the volume knob.

     

    I was hoping I could be in stomp mode with my 3 presets (1a, 1b, 1c) and use this like every other pedal on the market, including Line 6, where stomping 1a will turn that preset on and off.  So for now, I'm making all of my "c" banks clean with no effects.  It's a pain and a waste of available preset banks this way since I'm using 2 out of every 3. 

     

    Are there any suggestions?

     

    Cubbyguy

     

    I'd also like to weigh in that I"m confused as hell as to what your concern is. 

     

    Doesn't mean it isn't legit, just maybe we need it explained again? 


  16. On 9/12/2019 at 1:48 AM, Duessenberg said:


    Question 1: Turn off the FX-Tweak-Parameter Assignment

    There are factory presets on the firehawk where there is an FX-Tweak-Paramter assigned (e.g. Ambient Delay => Assigned to Mix-Parameter). How can I turn off the assignment without assigning another parameter? Hence,  I do not want to reassign another parameter,  I want to delete the current assignment.

    BTW: I'm not talking about the assignment of the pedal, but about the FX-Tweak-parameter Assignment itself

     

    I don't think you can delete them. You can only reassign them. 


  17. 13 hours ago, tappistrt said:


    My thought for an advantage of the HX Effects is that having the second loop would allow me to place either of the pedals inside the Helix chain vs. sticking them in the FX loop output on the way to amp’s effect loop.

     

    Are the rack units really coming down in price that much on the used market?

     

    The HX Stomp has two FX loops as well, but you are correct in that because the HX Effects has more blocks it's less of a blow to use two FX blocks. 

     

    Again, to me it comes down to amp modelling. If you know you don't want it, HX Effects every time. Me, I couldn't live without it, so the HX Effects never tempted me for even 5 seconds. 

     

    Well, it did tempt me to buy in ADDITION to my HX Stomp - but then I'd be beating myself up wondering why I didn't just buy a bloody LT. 


  18. 4 hours ago, glebb said:

     

    What expression pedal do you use? I think that's a great advice, and I'm probably gonna go for it, just need to find a suitable pedal.

     

    This is the one. It's pricey, but it's built like a tank, and the toe switch option is nice.


  19. That's kind of an impossible question (i.e. is six blocks enough). 

     

    It really depends on who you are. For me, yeah .... most of the time.

     

    Personally, I think the Stomp is a better deal than the Effects unless the following two are true for you:

     

    1. IF you are certain you'll NEVER want amp emulations, then get the HX Effects.

     

    2. If a midi controller is important, and you don't need amp emulations, go effects.


  20. On 9/22/2019 at 7:42 AM, firehawkkwah said:

    Do you find better sounds using the Firehawk FX cabinet and speaker emulations running into the powercab set flat? (Or even Firehawk with cab and speakers, and the PC ALSO running a speaker model?!)

     

    Personally, no. I think it sounds best with the Powercab's cabinet emulations, or if you have the Powercab with IR options, that. Still, the Firehawk's amps and cabs are solid and so it's worth experimenting with those. If you do that, set the Powercab to flat. 

     

    I do not think it will ever sound anything but muddy if you layer a Firehawk cab on top of a Powercab cab, but hell, stranger things have worked. 

     

    On 9/22/2019 at 7:42 AM, firehawkkwah said:

    Also, for either recording or live, do you run the output of Firehawk (with cabinet and speaker models) to DAW/FOH? Or do you run Firehawk into power cab (see question 1) and then the output from the PC to the DAW/FOH?

     

    Again, it kind of depends which route you chose to go. If you make use of the Powercab's cabinet emulations then it's better to go from the Powercab to the DAW/FOH.

     

    However, if you decide to experiment with the Firehawk's amp/cabs with the Powercab in flat mode, then I'd say it's better to go from the Firehawk to the FOH/DAW. 


  21. On 9/20/2019 at 9:16 PM, frankencat said:

    I get that but how do you assign one path to get controlled bye the volume and other one not?

     

    There are several ways to get there, but they revolve around the same idea. Most of the blocks in the Stomp have a level parameter, and then of course there are level parameters on the output section of choice too. From boost blocks, to a gain block, to level adjusts within blocks or output blocks, there are lots of choices. My favorite way to do it is through snapshots, but you can tie a FS function to level, or tie an expression pedal to it. 

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