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  1. Yes, there's lots of idiots and with music everything is subjective so it can be especially frustrating, and a lot of times people just don't know any better, they've always been told modelling will never be as good as a tube amp and that's what they will believe. They will use a lollipop sounding tube amp configuration rather than a modeller with a ton of options just because "it sounds more natural", and you just have to accept it. But then again I'm talking recording at home, not live, but also I'm seeing a lot more people praise modeling and the Helix recently. Like I remember when the Helix was launched, I read many posts saying that it was lollipop and that it had the POD sound or the Line 6 sound, and that it was not that good for high gain. So a couple of years later when I bought the LT I felt like I did a gamble but it turned out to be a very good investment IMO, it's just the reamping thing that pisses me off, as coming from plugins, I didn't have to record every track again if I wanted to change tones. I still don't know about using it live though, I have no problem using SS amps and amp sims, but emulating a speaker or using an IR live, something about that doesn't click with me yet, I'd rather buy a good cab, instrument mics, and my own mixer if needed. Doesn't help that I just can't trust sound techs, a very common complaint from people I know who play in local bands is that the live sound techs do extremely weird things sometimes and the results sounds terrible, I wouldn't want that to happen to my band when playing live.
  2. Anyone else? Have you found a solution? HX Edit is up to date, it happens with things like delays, reverbs, assigning the pedal & buttons, I can't remember if it happens after saving or what, but HX Edit goes full dumb, starts sending error messages, and you fix it by plugging and unplugging the USB cable I think. Do you know anything of the quality of the USB cable that's included with the Helix? I use the reamping funcion a lot, for my own songs and I'm producing an album for a friends' band now, it's very rare but sometimes I find glitches in the re-recorded audio. Any way to prevent this? Thanks Bye
  3. No, Tune the guitar exactly as you will play it, pay attention to string tension so the notes are tuned as you hit them, not after the string settles, when using Drop tuning, or tuning low like B standard or F#, tune the lowest string by harmonics and using your ear, not the tuner.
  4. I have nothing interesting to add but you're not alone, I think maybe it went away on it's own, or maybe it's still there, I stopped paying attention.
  5. I was going to disagree, but you said "too much" high frequencies, and that's right, but that's the trick I think, raising them just enough so that the guitars sound big and open, without making them too noisy, if you do it just right, it's like you took a blanket off the guitar cabinet. But that's where you need good cabinet emulation & impulses, if I use stuff that's "ready for the mix" that's where the problems begin.
  6. In my experience, and I've only been mixing for...4 years now with limited gear (DIY), is that to get the good tones and the good mixes, your ears must mature a bit, there's no way around the hours and the tons of frustration. Once your ears mature a bit, you'll start to know what sounds you want and which ones you don't want, instead of just trying stuff to see if it works or not. This has been my experience. But progress is REALLY slow and it's easy to start looking for magic solutions especially when they are offered to you so conveniently through the Internet. The Helix, the Axe, the Kemper, the VST stuff, even a lollipop old modeler, that all depends on how you mix it, the newer stuff is probably easier to work with, and the older stuff will probably be more work and less options that sound good. I've never had an Axe but the advantage it has over the Helix from what I've heard is that you don't have to tweak as much to get a very beliavable sound. But I'm happy with the Helix and I don't mind tweaking. You can hear unimpressive guitar tones from both the Axe and the Helix, it depends on the user, what I think can be a bit of a lollipop is that to get a more impressive & present tone in the mix you have to raise the high frequencies, doing that with modelled high gain amps can be very tricky because as you raise the high frequencies the sound becomes noisier, it's easier to deal with this with very good amp modelling and this might be where the Axe has some advantage over the Helix, but it's not very difficult to fix in the Helix either.
  7. I do it with the IR block with HX Edit, while using the Helix to reamp raw DI signal from the DAW, just scrolling through the IRs with the mouse wheel, before the update I think the audio was uninterrupted when changing IRs and now it cuts out. I've never used snapshots because I don't play live.
  8. Comparing very similar IRs for a mix, before this update there was no fade out when changing IR and it was easier to hear the tiny difference between 2 similar impulses because you could switch between the 2 and hear the audio uninterrupted. Now there's a fade out when changing IRs and it's not as easy..
  9. LT 2.80 here, why would I switch to 2.81 or 2.81.1? Jeez what is going on first there was an update for HX Stomp only, then all of them, then another just for the LT? Weren't they all supposed to be in the same ecosystem running the same firmware??
  10. I don't know if this is legal here or not, but I've seen a lot of discussion regarding stock cabs and factory presets being useless, in the new 2.80 update the presets have been updated with high and low cuts, which made me try them again since I'm getting sick (in a bad way) of the high gain guitar sound and I want to try new things, a smoother sound. I decided to use the Placater Dirty patch because it was inoffensive to my ears, but could still rock. I used this patch without tweaking anything at all, just disabled some effects and the EQ block, thought I would reamp later, but felt too lazy for that. I'm pleasantly surprised, I had been using IRs for so long, from almost every brand out there, and I have to say the stock cabs have their own charm to them, actually comparing them to some IR's I've used in my previous mixed, they seem to sound less big but have more meat to them, I did have to apply some EQ though, but that's always the case when mixing a song. Anyway my mixing game is not at it's best since I haven't done it in some time and also decided I would not put in too much effort since I'm only making music for myself, but maybe you'll like it! Feel free to share any of the stuff you've made with factory patches!
  11. Detailed GUI in HX Edit for all amps and effects, like VST amp sims, being able to load more than 2 IRs, up to 8 at the same time ideally, multiple mics on a cab without loading another cab block, input gain control, basic reverbs like Room and Plate, which seem to have been left out as legacy FX, with no mono or stereo options.. I prefer Helix tones to plugin tones for recording, but I really miss being able to change amp & IR parameters on the go without having to reamp every track, it made things a lot easier.
  12. Ewww no, the most important thing when getting your first guitar as a little kid is that it looks cool, obviously a pretty lollipoping cheap guitar too, popular brand, 100-200€ range, a beginner barely knows how to tune a guitar, playability is something that (IMO) takes years to figure out, as you also become more experienced with guitar set-up and string gauges. What made me stick to the guitar as a little kid was just the motivation of playing along to my favourite songs and that it made me feel great, or spending time with effects seing what cool sounds I could come up with. Serious practice and all that other boring lollipop I didn't even consider until way later, when I decided to get serious about making music. So IMO the most important thing for a young beginner is to have fun playing and to have access to GP tabs, you either click with it or you don't, no product will make a difference. I think my first guitar was a Squier Bullet Strat and a Stagg combo amp, later used that with a Digitech RP90 or a Boss MT-2, combined with a Behringer DSP1000P from 1999 I think, it probably sounded terrible but I had a ton of fun playing hahah.
  13. Hmm, I did that last time while going to work to a different country by myself for half a year, must've been funny to see, I walked around with so much stuff, computer case on one hand, huge luggage case on the other, guitar on the back. I put my Helix LT in the luggage case and wrapped it in it's factory plastic bag, then towels, then clothes, right in the middle of the case so everything would lessen the impacts when it would be handled by the airport people. The guitar, first time around I brought it in a hard case, checked it in as special equipment, but surprise surprise, they lollipoped up the case, they didn't crack it or render it useless, but it was scratched really hard, there were chunks of cloth ripped off exposing the wood. So next time I just bought an extra plane ticket for the guitar and brought it on the plane with me in a soft gigbag, it was a cheap airline so the extra plane ticket turned out cheaper than checking it in as spec. equiment. I guess it depends, how lollipoped are you if they won't let you on the plane with the Helix? How important is the flight, etc.
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