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  1. yes the helix. I dont do any recording so Ive never listened through my laptop. either headphones or XLR and either the big knob or headphones knob (full Helix) to adjust my overall level.
  2. I simply connect USB cable between the 2 and use headphones when learning songs and jamming at home. If I want to 'move some air', i just run an XLR out to my powered wedge. I control the 'mix' by using the volume on Spotify/Laptop. I'll set my overall volume with the big knob for my guitar volume, then add in spotify as I like.
  3. themetallikid

    Helix 2.9

    these last couple of updates have gotten me excited enough that I've researched online how things sound or how they are used. I've never in the past done that (Boss/Fractal units), always just waited, then played around with stuff. But there are some quality names of gear that have been coming through that get me interested in researching prior to the drop date.
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    Helix 2.9

    I agree, this is no 'small' update with what its bringing. And if they are dropping this much in 2.9, 3.0 is gonna be phonemonal
  5. don't think there is an option to 'view' all setlists. Workaround: Export all the presets in a setlist to separate folders in Windows/Mac OS, and then open up those folders side by side. doesn't help for moving or keeping files neat and tidy, but other than that I don't see how to do it. I suppose you could export one setlist and compare to whats in HX Edit in the other setlist, but still not the easiest workflow.
  6. themetallikid

    Helix 2.9

    is there a place I can read some details about what was mentioned in the OP? I keep hearing people talk about details and I don't know where they are getting them.
  7. yeah that's the same process I've been using.
  8. and you did 'import'? not a drag and drop?
  9. Yes, no dice.....tried looking in properties and it shows the name I've resaved them as with my output block notifications. Also tried opening in a different program and doing a save as and it doesnt work either. Disappointing. not a deal breaker, but there must be a way to import the proper name I've saved it as.
  10. For your name suggestion, yes I tried that as well. Tried importing to a new slot, even resaved the IR into a different folder and imported from there. I think the properties name is probably whats up with that. I am adjusting in the IR block, your right they do load at -18db. But my guitar when compared to most of these IR's seems to need the IR output level to be set between -12 and -6db, though there are the extremes of -18 through +6db to match the dry sound. Your 'downchain' comment is exactly why i'm doing what i'm doing. I like my core tones as they are designed...when its 'my' tone I want. But for my cover band, sometimes I want a single coil flavor, or for GNR I want that neck LP sound...while its not pefect, its closer than my EMG sets will get me on their own. So I don't want the different gain structure to my core tones, more so just the elaborate EQ structure.
  11. yeah that thought dawned on me this morning when I left for work. That maybe its reading the file name inside the properties menu instead of the display file name. Meters wouldn't solve my issue. Though they will aid in some leveling, my presets are done fairly well by ear all ready. Where I'm having issues is that if my baseline dry/bypassed guitar signal is at 0.0db and I want to maintain a unity gain when I implement one of the 24 guitar IR's I have, I need to know what the IR (as its been saved/recorded) is doing to the input level it receives vs. the output level its putting out. otherwise the premise of me having consistent core tones/settings is all for nothing if I have to start adjusting the amp/od drives and channel volumes to compensate. Right now the IR's I've found range from -18db to +6.0db to keep my signal strength the same when its bypassed or active. That all affects blocks down the chain. I'm after the guitar/pickup tone, not interested in the 'less output of a single coil'. This is all just how I work, and the approach i'm taking to create tones that will be consistent, and easy to maintain/update when new amps come out or we learn a new song. I can then take my core preset (already volume matched, already dialed in), import it into my Master Songs Setlist under the song title, and update any affects/snapshots (guitar specific IR sound, strat single coil or LP neck position) needed to perform the song live. Export it as a saved copy (noting in my excel sheet what core tone was used on that song. Then when I make a setlist I import the saved song preset and my setlist should also be volume matched cause I started with a solid foundation. If L6 comes out with a new amp that fills a gap for me, I can drop that amp/od whatever into my core tone preset, save it....but then also reference my excel library cheat sheet to see what songs utilize that amp/core tone and copy/paste the amp block into those and import/export as needed. it's been a lot of work up front, but once I have an established library....learning a new song, and creating a balanced preset will take mere minutes and much less tweaking than before for me.
  12. So I'm matching output levels of some IR blocks I have (3Sigma guitar IRs). I'm comparing my dry guitar signal to the IR processed signal and setting the output block to help achieve matching signal level. I'm then renaming the IR files in the method of: PRS 1H 0.0db PRS 3H -3.0db Les Paul 5H +3.0db thus displaying the guitar type, pickup type/position, and where I determined the output level to match unity. I have renamed the files on my cpu....deleted the IR's from my library in Helix, and then tried to reimport them into the same slots...however, they are still displaying the file name as previous as a few minutes ago. Any idea why it wont update the display name? When going through and dropping one of these blocks in, it'd be nice to now where the output level should be on a consistent basis.
  13. I'm the same way, I my go-to is a cab/mic that I'm not even sure what it is. its a 4x12 labeled as 'creamy'. there are others that just seem to move the mic position around that are labelled Aggressive or something descriptive.....Not even sure where I got them, but I love the thick but not muddy sound it gives me. I only use that IR, so that probably explains why I struggle with some of the amps as I know some of the speaker IR's I've tried with some of those 'picky' amps you mentioned just don't sound right. Its amazing to me that some of those iconic amps really work 'well' with only certain speakers. But I agree on the 50% tone thing...there are a few amps I just couldn't get along with, kept trying and trying.....until I change the cab/mic type I couldn't EQ them right. A good IR can help eliminate the need for EQ at times, freeing up signal chain space.
  14. Here is my approach, I have my 'Go-To' IR's in the first slot. I only use one Speaker/Cab IR....it has a sound that I like. I have some 3Sigmas guitar IR's that I have those loaded from Slots 10-25 I think. If I want to audition any additional IR's I'll utilize 50-?? I'll import them, I have a template preset already setup with a signal chain consisting of FX/Amp stuff that I like as a base test tone. I have the Looper Block at the beginning of the chain, so I can Loop a phrase from the tone/song i'm wanting to get....then let the Looper do its thing and repeat the phrase..... as its doing so, I can then focus on the IR block and cycle through the IR slots until I find one that gives me what I need. I'll then copy that IR into slots 2-10 to compare more closely with my 'Go To' IR to see if I like it better or if I want to start utilizing different ones.
  15. I don't 'have' to do all my work in HX Edit, but I like the convenience of it, and my setup at home is much more convenient with using the laptop as lots of times I'm jamming via USB/Headphones while i'm tweaking things. so having to reach down to tweak things is a pain while holding a guitar and not hitting my forehead on the desk....lol. Most of the edits I do in HX Edit, are not the easiest to do on the Helix itself or aren't possible. if I copy one of my cores to a new song preset slot, a lot of times I have to rearrange or copy/paste snapshots which I can't do on the Helix itself. Now that I've completed my library for the current songs, it'll be easier to move one song and edit it than it is to move 94 presets....very time consuming using the joysticks/wheels to navigate back and forth between 2 different setlists and presets not in the same order. I do save each preset and from time to time if there are lots of edits in a preset, I will save it, change presets/reload preset and continue....as I've noticed some edits not sticking between snapshots when I get to too many. Again sorta lends itself to a rewriteable clipboard getting full. I agree, and I'm pretty skilled/quick to make on the fly adjustments with the on screen edits and such...the biggest stuff that I can't do would be more performance limiting rather than sound/preset limiting if that makes sense. I agree, I'm sure its a variety of smaller issues that added up are creating problems for some folks and not others. I bought the helix for the on board simplicity, sound quality and functionality. and I don't dispute that...the editor is a great additional tool. I very quickly lost taste for my Boss GT100 when it had the same bells and whistles when I bought it and found out after creating my first 30+ presets and then finding out that their editor has a corrupting preset issue that is undoable without a full system restore. yikes.....
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