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  1. I only have the 250, but the difference between the two when playing through a Helix is pretty straight forward. Your headphone knob will just be turned a little higher with the 250 version compared to the 80. If you run out of space on quiet patches, you just up the output block a little. Sound quality is identical in this case. My Stereo can drive the 250s pretty well. If I was just listening through a laptop, I'd definitely go for the 80s.
  2. You'd be surprised how much you end up playing with headphones once you hear the glorious stereo effects.ots of different ways to use a Helix.
  3. I'd love to see some better Supro amps added. There are some great, sparkly amps in that collection. The Black Magik mabye? Also, more 10 inch speaker cabs. Vox AC10 or a Marshall 1974x.
  4. I use a regular Helix to control Kemper via midi. Works great. I assume the HXFx is the same or similar enough. Are you able to make any midi commands, or is nothing working? Page 269 in the Kemper manual will give you the command values for rig changes. On my Helix presets I have two foot switches that let me go up or down the rig list. From the Helix, it looks something like this: Command: Midi CC Midi Channel: 1 CC# 49 (scrolls up, use 48 to scroll down) Value: 0 Page 264 will give you the values for each block on the Kemper. Pretty easy from the Helix. Toggling the A block looks like Command: CC Toggle Midi Channel: 1 CC#: 17 Dim value: 0 Lit Value: 1(can be anything greater than zero) The only Kemper setting I had to change was around midi changes in performance mode, but I mainly just use browser mode and scroll through the rigs. You may benefit from a system restore on the Kemper if you're not getting anything from the HXFX.
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    Helix 2.9

    Wow, that's deep Ogre.
  6. Figured it out. I had to monkey around with the output settings on the kemper. Turns out I dont need and effects loop block on every kemper rig thankfully. Next step is midi integration....
  7. I figured I'd ask the question here since I have much more experience here than the Kemper forums but hopefully there are some Kemper users here that can answer the question. I just bought a Kemper to integrated with my Helix Rack and was hoping to use the 4 cable method to use Kemper for amps & reverb and rely on Helix for everything else. I hooked everything up and all I hear through the Helix is the dry guitar signal. Nothing coming back from the Kemper. I set up a basic patch with a Send 1 block followed by a Return 1 block. Here's how I set up the cables. Guitar into the Helix Helix Send 1 to Kemper guitar input Helix Return 1 to Kemper Send Helix L/Mono Out to Kemper Return Does that look right or is there something I'm supposed to do on the Kemper end for the signal to be sent/returned? If I need to add an effects loop to the kemper, do you do it in one of the Mod slots, or in the "X" slot? Does that make a difference? Thanks! Rayf
  8. Are we talking about the joystick? If so, you can set it to rotate instead of press in the direction you want to go. That coupled with the amp button as DI said gets me where I need to be pretty quickly. I agree with OP though. Pushing the joystick left/right or up/down was not a good feeling.
  9. Buy a used one I'd your concerned about your gear depreciating. As far as future support, I expect another 2 years of firmware updates to address the lack of HX reverbs and the oft mentioned pitch shifting. After that who knows. Other than cab and IR changes, not sure where else there is to improve
  10. I'm getting an FM3 so I can pit the fractal/Helix debate to bed. The idea that Fractal can sound so much better than Helix just doesnt make any sense to me. Maybe it does and I switch to the Fractal platform but I have a hard time seeing how its possible. My biased opinion is most of these "Helix doesnt hold a candle to Fractal" posts are made by high gain players where their tone and style aren't close to anything I play. Last I checked people acknowledged that Helix shined in the edge of break up tone which is my bread and butter. That may have changed with Ares, but I'm looking forward to comparing the two model systems.
  11. erabjohns

    2.8 Amp Models

    I believe they had to do some major dsp software changes to model the tweed deluxe because it was so processor intensive. More DSP doesnt neccesarily mean better sounding, but I think Line 6s modeling technique has become more sophisticated since Helix first launched.
  12. Is there a power amp that doesnt color the sound or change the feel of Helix? Basically something like the amp in the powered version of Kemper? Powercab is a nice option but 90% of what I play is open back Fender cabs and Marshall 4x12s. I'd love to have a power option and then run to my own cabinets. Line 6 would do well to put out their own clean power amp and then a line of unpowered cabs, open back, 4x12, closed back, etc. I imagine you can still model the individual speaker, but you'd have the enclosure and power source nailed. Line 6 would pretty much dominate the market IMO.
  13. With the looper on Path A, I assume you use that to lay down your rhythm track to say Time or Money. Switch to Path B for your solo.
  14. I appreciate the insight. The MIDI controls are more of an interest than a key reason to go this route. Mainly, I just want to turn effects on/off and I figure this will allow that to happen.
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