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  1. It's amazingamusing how people think (software) engineering works. If a company would react to every small lollipopstorm, they would have a hard time doing real development on a product.
  2. Go for 2.91. You just started using Helix, so start with the latest features and build your presets based on them. You will find a bunch of bad news for every update after it was published. That might leave the impression that the latest update is unstable or not reliable. At least from my experience, no version felt unstable so far. There will always be the 20 people having trouble with an update or having a very special use case that is blocked by an update... but the thousands of users that update successfully will never write a forum post about it.
  3. I don't know for sure, but it sounds a lot like a "stereo link" option. I guess this parameter is not available when using the mono version of the 3 band comp. Meaning: If you select "link", I would expect that the detection circuit of the compressor reads both stereo channels and if one of them is hitting a threshold, BOTH signals are effect by the compression, no matter, which of the two channels triggered the compression.
  4. A noise gate might be the cause for your sustain cut off. Is the noise gate activated in the input block? Which firmware are you using?
  5. TL;DR: No, not with the HX Stomp. Long version: There is no option to route a path to a certain output directly. On the "bigger" members of the HX family you could choose which output type (XLR, 1/4") should be used as source for the headphone out. This allows you to route the dirty path to XLR only... but well. I guess this would also not fit into your pedalboard layout ;-) Besides that: On the bigger Helixes, the stereo separation is disabled at the moment when only one output jack is used. You might have to plug at least a dummy plug into the other output jack.. Perhaps its easier to find some millimeters of space to just go for the normal R/L outs on the top.
  6. Did you achieve the desired sound with the same bass on some other platform? The bass guitar should have fresh roundwound strings and a low action to get enough fret buzz. Your approach appears good to me. It is all about separating the fundamental lows, keeping them controlled. The highs can be distorted to taste, most of the time a certain amount of clean, punchy highs are preserved. The Obsidian/Darkglass pedal is a good tool for that job. It might also be a good idea to cut the lows AFTER the distortion, supplying a fullrange signal to the effect to preseve its "natural" response.
  7. It depends on the type of cabs you are using. I am using a similar setup with very transparent cabs (Glockenklang) which are similar to FRFR cabs. With "character cabs" like a Ampeg810 or something similar, it might be hard. One approach is to use an EQ to compensate for the cabs frequency response: Pull out some mids (that are likely to be emphasized by the cab) and crank the highs (which are killed by the cabs). Another option would be adding subtle distortion which will add more highs and high mids - and through the cab it might not sound like "distorted". Can you describe the kind of sound you are after?
  8. In general, the following parameters can be used to clean up an amp: - reduce Gain (obvious I guess) - reduce Master volume (reduce/avoid power amp saturation, effect depends on Amp model) - increase Bias & BiasX (prevents power amp saturation) - reduce Sag (prevents power amp saturation, maintains dynamics) - reduce Ripple & Hum (this is more to reduce subtle noise) In extremes, this might lead to a harsh and crisp sound. Does not sound like what you are looking for, but "fatness" can be added by some EQ and sustain by a compressor.
  9. The controls match the LA-2A very well. I don't think that the LA-3A had an emphasis control...
  10. I had a similar problem/limitation and there is no way around it if you need the parallel path for other purposes. The external DI is the only way to achieve this, if you are short of parallel paths. You may check the delay of both DI signals, they are very likely not perfectly in phase... That might effect the low end.
  11. bassbene

    7 Cabel Method

    You can select which outputs are effected by the helix volume knob in the General Settings. Depends on the inputs ;) I get lost thinking of 7CM. So general rule of thumb: If you feed into an amp input, select "instrument" level. If you feed an effect loop, select "line". You find these settings in the General Settings -> In/Outputs.
  12. bassbene

    Helix noob

    The best way would be to use XLR (female) to stereo 1/4" jack cables so that you benefit from the balanced signal of the XLR outs of the helix. You can just use standard 1/4" mono instrument cables as well, it will work and it would not make much of a difference for most environments.
  13. Best way to "learn" to use modelling gear is to try things out. Nothing can go wrong, so just try some things out. Nevertheless downloaded presets can be a good starting point or inspiration. If you want a clean and compressed tone... start with a clean amp with a lot of headroom. The SVT4Pro, the Cougar (GK) or the Aqua (Aguilar) are good choices here. All of them are really hard to distort. Since you seem to fancy some Darkglass stuff, you can also use the B7K "overdrive" as amp simulation. Just turn down the distortion part to a minimum, perhaps just enough to give you some extra overtones. Result is a very clean but still typical modern Darkglass sound. Perhaps too clanky for this application, but perhaps worth a try. Have fun trying things out. That's the power of Helix&Co.
  14. I would love the option to give blocks custom names. Sometimes I end up with multiple EQ blocks or Compressors, each for a distinct purpose. Would be great to give them names like "mid scoop" or "bass cut" for instance. Would make complex presets much simpler to work with.
  15. When it comes to Steve Harris sounds, you have to check first: - P Bass (no way around it) - Flatwound Strings - Dig in like hell (or attack the strings more "vertical" so that they snap against the frets, the famous typewriter style) That's what 90% of his sound is about. On the helix side I would start off with a clean amp, like the GK Cougar, the Aguilar or perhaps the WhoWhat100. Since you are obviously not Steve Harris, it might be a good idea to also add a fair amount of compression, since you might not be able to control the hard picking as good as he can. This might even out the most nasty spikes that can occur when digging in hard. Customtone has several patches for a Harris sound, but none of them is compatible with the Effects or Stomp :/
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