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  1. I used 2 blocks cause it was easier for me to dial in the sound of each of them. In time I may condense it down to a single dual cab and compare, but for now I'm content. THanks for the comment. I'll see tomorrow at practice how it actually sounds at volume. I made it with my headphones which are a touch on the bass/thicker sounding side, but I know when I create stuff to not overdo the top end or its harsh at volume.
  2. Ok, so with my band basically shutting down any sort of active booking (we will be a house band at a few places and take gigs offered but not actively search for them, acoustic gigs have been great since things opened up again)....I have decided to 'simplify' my sounds approach. Normally I have been a 'build my core tones' guy, then use those to build song specific presets. Tedious, but I love the unraveling of tones and the searching to dial things in well...without losing my bands sound (80+ songs in the songlist makes a lot of work). So I was inspired by the guys that can do a variety of tones with a single amp and thought I'd give it a real shot with some good hard work involved. Being I love Marshally type stuff, I chose the Placatar Clean/Dirty models. Initially I paired these with the Greenback 25/57 combo and the Mesa V30/160 combo on seperate cab blocks split/rejoined before and right after. Loved where I landed but there was just something missing. So I took the Greenback/V30 approach and dove into my York Audio Cab IR's and landed on the IRS 1) Matchless 212 Blnd Mix 07 and 2) Mesa Traditional 412 mix 13. I have the Matchless low cut to 120hz, no hi cut and the Mesa low cut to 80 and high cut down to 5.5khz. This gives me a nice balanced high cutting sound with some nice low chunk. I set up Snapshots of Clean, Gritty, Boosted Gritty, Crunch, Rock, Boosted Rock, Brootalz and Boosted Brootalz. I included the preset if anyone wants to retry, and you can try the stock cabs I mentioned, but they didnt have the clarity I was looking for. I'm not entirely satisfied on the Brootalz/Boosted Brootalz and the Rock presets, but its just fine tuning the low end and such, which I can't really do until practice time with some volume. I landed on the Weeper Wah with a mix of 97% and adjusted the low/high frequencies to 190hz and 2.3khz. I may still play with this and see if I can add some sort of gain boost tied in with the auto engage of the wah on Exp 2 as I like a slightly dirty signal into a wah to give it some extra attitude and bite. I have a talkbox setup in FX Loop 1, and have it set to auto engage on Exp 1 at 98% (same turning on point as my Wah). Easy to manipulate while singing or wanting to jump between talkbox and regular guitar by rocking my foot back and forth to turn on/off. I have Footswitch 11 setup as a "Latch Lead" where it turns on a Kinky Boost/TS808 for my lead OD's (I love these two paired together), the Double Take (set minmally, but between the amp/cab), Delay Block and also preset output volume (-4db is normal output, Lead goes to -2db, this will have to be adjusted in live use). HOWEVER, I do have a question that I'm pretty sure I know the answer.....I love the idea of a momentary lead switch and I have Footswitch 10 available/open yet. I'd love to have it do the same as my "Lead Latch" assignments on Footswitch 11, however that would require me to 'double' all of those blocks in the preset which is not feasible. Correct? Any workarounds I'm not thinking of? Its not a killer to not have a momentary lead switch, but for some songs its great when trying to sing and play lead...the lack of extra steps is less thinking after a few beers. HAHA!! Anyway, here is my preset, i've never shared presets before so I appreciate any comments/feedback, and will answer any questions as well. I'm far from a super user or guru around here, but am pretty proud of this single preset and what it all covers. Thanks, cheers, stay healthy! One Amp for All.hlx
  3. Yeah the place to reach out to is Beth at Phatheadz, they pay a % of the til and she is always looking for different acts, shoot her a message, you can name drop me with her, Jason -Tomorrows Eve.
  4. The venue we were at for this has a back room that they do larger events. It's Maloney's in Kaukauna (used to be called JJ Maloneys). Norm's a great guy up here. What kinda music you do? He might be willing to do a dual ticket with someone. Im sure I could scrounge up the guys for something. And I know another venue in GB that provides FOH and pays % of the cut, she'd be interested more than likely if I dropped a word. I'll PM you my email.
  5. I totally get what your saying, I dont understand all the technical aspects of the pedals schematics and such....I just play around til I find something I like. There are a few of the OD/Distortions I like pre-amp to tighten it up. I like a tighter rhythm sound, but a lot of times when I want to kick into a lead, I like a 'looser' or bluesier/fatter type sound, and the TS808 seems to always get me there. Some OD combinations sound better with it before or after the 'boosting' OD, but generally putting it before the boosting OD seems to be more common. Usually maybe 1.5 on the drive, tone about 7.5ish and the level set 5.0-?? to get me a little gain boost into amp more.
  6. Yeah he mentions in several of his videos its to 'glue everything together' in a way before being sent out.
  7. Has there been any talk about updating this block to include IR slots? Couple things come to mind, I'm bored at work, my mind is rambling...maybe this doesnt make any sense... 1) Some of my presets could stand to free up the extra block space. I try to keep my presets on a series type chain and not go into parallel routing much as it messes with my block setting consistency when trying to achieve even volume levels for FOH/Monitor sends. Having an extra space, if you choose this block, freed up on your path would be awesome. I totally get wanting to keep them seperate as well, and throw an EQ In the middle like real world applications....however I tend to add my 'post' effects after the cab. My only concern would be the cpu usage this block would consume may too much to do much else on that same signal path, especially if you get into stereo cab/ir situations. 2) Does the current Amp + Cab block allow stereo versions? If so, adding the IR slots to that would be a nice upgrade. Or combining stock cab with IR would be cool too. 3) Depending on how the favorites thing is implemented in 3.0, this could mean saving your favorite amp with different cab configurations all in one block vs seperate.
  8. Will do, I'm on 2.92, i've had no issues since the update (I updated quickly upon release). All of my presets are built off the same 8 core tones, and then just copied over. The ones I'm working off of when it happened are the same ones essentially i've been using for the last 3 months with no issues....but I'll see if its pertaining to one particular preset. Yeah I may have to pick up a small tuner to keep as a backup, probably would have already if my acoustic didnt have one built in to the preamp. Time to research on a slow work day before the weekend. I'm located near Green Bay, Wisconsin. They do have limits on gatherings here, however, the venue we were in is quite large. Even 200 place still leaves quite a bit of room between people in relation to their capacity. 300 was probably an overestimate honestly, it was probably closer to 150 this past night.....man, there was no more lonely feeling than being the lead singer/Lead guitar player and having to stop the whole show to trouble shoot...sure felt like 300 though. They were mostly cool about it and I was able to tune by ear, over the PA, at least they were patient and understanding and we finished the last 3 songs we had. But, i'll never forget that feeling again....
  9. Looks like a reboot resolves it, but what a pain during a show, especially if it decides to rebuild presets.
  10. At the risk of getting yelled at for not using the search function....my tuner just stopped working. I dont want to search 'tuner issues' as i'll get 500 threads and I honestly dont have the time to sift through them. Saturday, mid show, guitar change my tuner just stopped working. It was either severly 5-6 seconds after I struck a note, or not responding at all. I thought it was my wireless, swapped batteries, changed back to my E guitar (was trying to change to Eb)....still nothing...finally I left the stage, grabbed a 1/4" from the next acts bass player (thank god!!) and plugged it in....still nothing... All my presets worked fine, it seems linked to the tuner only. Fast Forward to last night...I spent about an hour restringing my 4 guitars for the 4 shows I have over 2 days this weekend and all tuned great...I'd never have known there was an issue. I just tried swapping guitars again to hit the Eb stuff (coincidence there I think) and again, unresponsive. Tried different presets in case something weird was going on there....no luck. Tried different tuner settings as I had music coming in on USB (never been an issue before), changed the tuner input to Guitar only...and still nothing. Even just a cable attached and touching the cable end doesnt give me some sort of buzzing frequency note. Disappointing, especially in front of 300 people at the show it first happened. I'm about to go buy one of those headstock tuners quick as a backup...but any ideas what could be wrong? I'm not sure I have the time to back up/restore from a reboot of the software......but if I have to i can do that.
  11. themetallikid

    JCM 800 Model

    Try the Placater, for me its a more advanced 800ish type feel/sound. Also cab/IR choice makes a huge difference.
  12. yeah cause for concern, but glad you found it. Funny story, i had a 4th of july gig on a lake shore in front of about 300 boats...the sun setting in front of us. I was gigging a Boss GT100 and had issues similarly. I use the Expression pedal to make easy A/B type changes (GT doesnt offer snapshots) to make while I sing/play. Toe switch would activate Wah pedal and deactivate the auto engage swaps....anyway, had a horrible 3rd set...presets jumping between A/B, wahs inconsistently moving from heel to toe.... pissed me off, went out and bout my Helix. Attributed it to faulty Boss gear....never dealt with a optical expression pedal before, and once I had the issues with my LT pedal, it dawned on me I was probably having sunlight/optical issues on my GT. Oh well, I'm better off here in Helix land anyway, but lesson learned.
  13. I believe there is an effect called the Double Take, with some neat parameters. I dont use it as it sounds phasey or weird when in mono, Stereo it sounds good, but the Mimiq is notably better at what it does from the reviews i've read.
  14. Yeah some amps for sure when the master is cranked will compress more and create a less dynamic sound. Thus keeping it lower might keep the amount of crunch in your preset similar, but allow for more punchy transients to come through as they arent being squashed by the compression a cranked Master Volume brings in some amps. My downfall is that in my head I have the 'sweet spot' for some amps locked into a number...and when adjusting things I dont like, I have a hard time getting to adjust those settings first, instead of massaging 8 other things first. I'm learning, but not having 'real world' experience with some of these models can for sure create parameter paralysis. I can't wait for the 3.0 release and 'favorites' however it is included as this will help me be able to explore amps in detail and save those settings to recall later. Some guys have their own methods with blank presets filled with blocks saved to certain settings, that doesnt work for me as much, but I appreciate the approach there. The best thing is experiment and dont be afraid of moving things. I've found that on some of the 'compressed' amps that I like increasing the bias up to 1.0 higher, but also decreasing the Bias X up to 1.0 lower. Sometimes increasing Sag a little as well. This creates, for me, a saggy but tighter attack. Sounds contradicting I know...and it doesnt work for all amps. But sometimes the interaction between drive/master isnt enough to get the feel where I like it for some things. Cheerz!
  15. Which version of Helix do you have? if its the LT, I had issues with 2 units and how it read the volume pedal. Could it be with it being an optical sensor that something (dust/hair) was in the way confusing the sensor and then somehow got removed mid show? My issues were more not being able ot reach 100% fully without some weight on the toe side to hold it down, it'd trickle as far as 6% down to 94%. It varied and was annoying, 0 problems with the full Helix for almost 2 years now.
  16. ugh, i've been using 'phones' this whole time. So it must be compatible, maybe thats why my tone is much smaller than I thought? How dare L6 not offer us Helix HeadPHONES so we can listen to our massive brootalz in all Helix glory.
  17. I am offended and personally just appalled by the fact that you are assuming that HIS Helix is worthy of an all CAPS label when we havent even heard how it sounds. Also CAPS, to me, indicates that his Helix is in someway superior to mine. Do the stock cabs sound bigger? Fuller? Can I buy a Helix with a raised font for those insanely dark stages? Quick sell your regular Helix's now and get on the list for the Helix 2.0 with Advanced Font modeling.
  18. if that always on display setting doesnt get what you are looking for the only way would be to have the 'cursor' highlighted on your path screen and save the preset with that highlighted, that way when you choose the preset you can see the parameter bar and where it is set at. Not a great visual, but the only one. However I'm not sure why you can't get it set with the % on the pedal. THere should be a setting that allows you to display the EXP 1/EXP 2 labels or the % the pedal is set to. Try global settings where the Exp Pedal settings are.
  19. I've never been a 'stomp' mode/button person, so my command center was clean. Also I had just redone my core tone presets from scratch. I then copy those over to create song specific presets (snapshots), where once I created them, then added to the command center screen to arrange them where I wanted them for best live efficiency.
  20. hmm interesting, I'll have to try that this weekend when I get my stuff setup at my new place.
  21. does it do the same if you reverse which pedal is in 1 vs. 2?
  22. does this fix this issue? I've noticed since the 2.9 release that snapshot button pushes seem to almost trigger a 2nd push. can't remember if its a global setting but having a 2nd push resort back to the previous snapshot is great, when I wanna use it. Its almost like the button isnt releasing before the Helix is looking for a 2nd button push in regards to length of time between pushes. So while its still in a down status to trigger it, the helix is looking for a 2nd possible push and is then reading one push as 2. its stretch, but its all I can wrap my head around as to why it changed in 2.9. Although, I have not tried this where setting the press and release to the same snapshot, maybe that will fix my issues. Nothing worse than jumping into a lead, then realizing the lead isnt on, and having to try and hit it again. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 times to make it 'stick'. I agree this is game changer for me with about a dozen songs, but man what sweet changes I can make in my song presets this way. Just wish it was consistent.
  23. I"ve used some different companies as mentioned above as well, all sounded good. My latest preset iterations are using the York Audio IR's. They are more full range than lots of the other ones I've used, so you need to utilize low/high cuts properly, but the punch/character of them works best for me (right now, lol).
  24. I had this same issue with my LT. Sent it in, they 'fixed' it, new one behaved for about a week, then same issue. I couldnt get it to read 100% toe down unless my foot was resting on it. If i lifted my foot, it'd drop anywhere from 3%-12%. Made it impossible to use the expression pedal to auto engage anything at certain %'s. Ultimately ended up swapping for the full Helix and havent had a problem since.
  25. For myself, it just takes time and trial/error processes to adapt to how your headphones sound/translate to my PA system. I have a powered wedge I use as well, but even that sounds different than through our full PA. Here is my process... 1) create presets using headphones. This is mostly to get the layout, blocks etc...all included and sounded decent. I know my headphones are boomy so I tend to make them a little bit boomy/bassy in the headphones as I know when i hit the next step it'll even out a bit. 2) I play through my powered wedge at a 'reasonable' house volume. Now that I'm in an apartment, I take my rig and spend about 20 min hooked up to see how my headphone attempts translate to the powered wedge, I adjust a few of my presets to get more ballpack. Then if needed, due to being short of time, will compare on my headphones the adjusted presets vs the 1.0 version and make the adjustments to match the 2.0 wedge versions so they are consistent. I know my wedge is pretty tight/clear/punchy, and if it sounds good there, usually sounds pretty decent out front with our PA. 3) during the show I soundcheck and listen to my guitar in the wedge and through the PA to compare how they respond differently. I'll use the Global EQ as a way to quickly tame any highs/lows. THen when I get my rig setup at home, I'll look at the global EQ settings and make adjustments to my presets to re-flatten the global curve. This whole process is lengthy, and a little bit back and forth, but usuallly by the 2nd show, my presets are dialed and locked in. I have good reference core tones that I can then create song specific presets with, where all I have to do is drop in the effects per song if needed.
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