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  1. Are you just running a 1/4 in -into your modified GR-55 jack? Does your variax have a gk 13 pin output? your image looks like you are still running the 13 pin.
  2. Its hard to keep perspective with the "lack of knowledge" on todays modeling technology and the stigma others may have... So in the vein of keeping the good blood between you and the bass player here are a few more "common sense" issues that need to be pointed out. 1) If you played a venue without a appropriate monitors you are already screwed... your vocalist is the one that everyone should be the most concerned about if that is the case... I haven't played a venue without monitors in a long long time... even the smallest clubs have them. if they don't, you need your own, or go IEM. 2) I get the fact that he may be used to the Sound Pressure Levels pounding on his chest, but once you guys have worked on getting your levels acceptable (meaning- just above the drums) your sound will improve immensely. 3) Like others have pointed out... clearly, he is in the dark with how prevalent modelers are now in live situations...point him at a few of the bands and add this guy to the list -Richie Castellano of Blue Oyster Cult. 4) This has been said as well, so just repeating good advice- get a good monitor for your self... I went with the L6 L2M, there are more affordable options but this one works great... I can place it behind me like a cab, but I prefer to use it as a monitor and go direct to the house PA. It works fantastic, and I have never heard one of my band mates complain about my levels (or lack of amp). I used to blow their heads off with a Marshall 1959... I just think they are all thankful now!
  3. oh ya... i probably would not need my backpack any more either.
  4. I may be interested... we should talk. I have a ton of OH Ir's as well so not concerned with them. More concerned with shipping and the fees incurred there. My floor unit is also at 2.1 and has been flawless. I am in the Seattle area so that may give us some indication of shipping fees.
  5. I agree... quick tunes between songs are a breeze. The last fix was awesome on the resolution indication.
  6. That is very similar to one of my setups. Let me know if you have any difficulty. The JMP-1 is a killer preamp- very versatile.
  7. I will have to throw this out there though... I believe the factory presets have been tweaked a bit in the latest firmware... scrolling through them tonight I am finding some of the old ones that I would not give the time of day sounding pretty sweet...
  8. ok... maybe just a bit thick...i dont get the lollipop thing? Is that a reference to something specific?
  9. C'mon man! spill the beans! What, a new Petrucci head maybe? Gotta be good!
  10. Wow, call me simple... Load up third party Ir's and have it your way... just like the commercial says. And if you prefer a stock cab, well great you saved yourself some dough... it sounds like you may have third party Ir's so that part is real easy.
  11. My experience is that the Helix responds to my guitars "more like" my tube amps do. In previous L6 modelers my guitar was a much smaller part of the equation to the tone. I could never get away with running my strat in place of a paul in my tube amp... but when it came to my POD xt or HD500 the guitar was "homogenized" enough to get away with that scenario pretty easily. The good part- the realism in the Helix is pretty amazing; the bad part- I hate switching out guitars, Lol, and buying a Variax with the stable of guitars I have just seems silly. Tom
  12. Good Stuff. Ya, no buyer remorse here. My L2M, bag and Link chord all got here Friday as promised, and I took it from the Fedex guy straight to practice. I have very little tweaking to do at all. Most of my patches were created through a decent set of studio monitors and they translated beautifully. There is plenty of head room, and the best part... my guitar is "more reactive" with the speaker in a monitor position. I was having a real difficult time getting the sustain and "riding the edge" of feedback that I get from my amps... I was really missing that. This weekend I was screwing around and ran stereo out to a G150 power amp driving two marshall 4 X12's (both wet) and ran the L2M dry as my monitor.... holy Crap! It was one of the most monstrous sounds I have ever gotten -this coming from a guy who has been running stereo with two plexi's for the two decades! Lol
  13. I'm supposed to get My L2M, carrying bag, and a new cable Friday... That will give me one week to tweak my presets before my next gig. This is going to make all the difference between lugging out the old 1/2 stack or going direct from the Helix... this could be really cool!
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