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  1. That's why I didn't replace it. Working units are a minimum of $1200 and there are several obsolete chips that there is no remaining NOS for. TC did their best to offer parts and service for as long as they could after their suppliers stopped making the ICs, but that bird has flown. I absolutely do not recommend buying one for that reason... you have a very good chance of ending up with a $1500 paperweight. My all-time favorite delays are the TC2290 and the Korg DLR8000.
  2. My tc2290 bricked out about five years ago. Irreplaceable part blew. I'm still mourning. Truth is there is no 1:1 modern replacement for that thing.
  3. My question is what are you hoping to gain? Are you unhappy with the wahs models in the Helix?
  4. I would have probably been the guy who stepped on your stuff! I'm a really active performer, so the less stuff I can get away with onstage the better. What I really hate is gigs where I have to sing; a mic stand between me and the audience is just in a terrible, terrible spot.
  5. Hehe that looks terrifying to me. Even is something didn't get spilled on it I'd be basically guaranteed to kick or step on the pots to those expensive-looking stompers you got there...
  6. Assuming you're right there! I'm one of those guys who has to panic-run back to my pedalboard when I realize I have a patch change coming! But seriously, I'm allergic to having the brains of my gear on the floor. Plus there's the issue of where do you put your wireless receiver.
  7. You don't worry about damage down front of stage? I knew a guy that bought the Fractal floor thingy and the first night he used it a drunk chick spilled beer on it. I bought the rack specifically for live use, partially for that reason and partly so I could use a good rackmount power conditioner and also not have a long audio cable from my wireless receiver.
  8. Pity. Out of all things celestion the CL80 is, to my ears, the one that differs the most from it's vintage counterpart. My go-to live cab for over a decade has been a Marshall 4x12 with vintage G12-80s. Not common; most G12-80s back in the day were 8 ohm models made with combo amps in mind. I found it when I was working with a touring act and we were using backline provided by the local production company. I didn't want to use whatever worn-out jcm-900 the local yokels had in their back room so I had a small rig that fit in a 6u rack and was just putting a Marshall 1960 cabinet in the rider. Generally those will have one of a few different speakers any of which is easy to work with. In this instance they had this beat-to-hell slant cab somebody had spray painted white and I'm thinking seriously?! The owner of the production company saw the way I was looking at it and said trust me, that's my best sounding cab! So I plug in and it really was magical. After the show I asked the guy what speakers were in there; he hadn't had the back off and didnt know. I aaked him how much he'd have to have for that cabinet, bought it off of him, and paid way too much to have it shipped to my address. I'd love to see a cab model with these speakers but am not holding my breath.
  9. Dumb question: why the floor for live use and not the rack?
  10. Arguably the best reply so far. Plus one on the distortion observation... and I'm speaking as a player whose first love is heavy metal. Most modern guitarists use twice as much gain as they need for whatever they're doing, and most modern metal guitarists have gone full retard with it. Speaking from my background as a live sound engineer, this just makes it harder to seat you in the mix, and when you have two guitarists with basically identical mids-heavy over-the-top humbucker crunch tones forget it... any such mix is always a compromise in which one guitar is constantly being sacrificed for the other. A good rule of thumb is to use the bare minimum gain you can get away with. To put this in perspective, I'm on the road with the POD this weekend; didn't have time to get the Helix dialed for these shows. I'm using the SLO100 model for almost everything, and the shows cover a great deal of territory some of which is pretty heavy. The highest my gain is set on any patch is just under 2. Also plus 1 on the Sadites recommendation. I found his stuff just yesterday, and he not only has great insights into the deep programming of the unit but also goes in depth on stuff like proper use of compression and EQ that every guitarist ought to know anyway. I'm sitting on my lollipop in a hotel room today and am going to watch thed whole series.
  11. Now you've got me mildly curious... I don't suppose anybody has an IR for a 4x12 with vintage G12-80s?
  12. So you use the IRs because it makes dialing your tones easier for you... that's as good a reason as any. But what you are NOT suggesting is that a player's tone is going to be forever deficient if they keep using the stock cabs. My opinion so far is that the stock cabs are a pretty good representation of the equipment they are actually modeling, and I'm EXTREMELY impressed with the mic models. Those are way better than I was anticipating. That said, I am going to check out some of the free IRs... just to see what if anything I am missing. I think it's cool that the capability exists, because it allows users to plug in esoteric stuff that might never be one of the stock models.
  13. OK... being new to the Helix and the community here I'm finding the divisiveness over this topic to be a little bit comical. Who knew that preferring IRs to stock cabs or vice versa would be something people had a significant emotional investment in? All I did was relate my experience thus far, with a slight emphasis on an area in which my experience ran counter to what I had been led to expect. I didn't expect people to get pissy about it. I haven't tried any IRs, but I don't feel that I'm unqualified to comment on the stock cabs. I played my first gig in 1989, at age 15. I have made my living playing guitar and sometimes teaching guitar since my early 20s. I have performed uncounted thousands of live shows on stages large and small, and been on hundreds of recording sessions. I've been plugged into more amps and cabinets than I can even remember, and been miced in every conceivable combination with all manner of equipment. For most of this gear I know what the real thing sounds like. So when I tell you that I can dial in sounds without requiring any add-ons that I would happily take in lieu of physical hardware, I think it can be taken at face value. Maybe the IRs sound way better for some use cases. If they help you get what you're looking for then great. But don't tell me that if I like the stock cabs it's because I'm clueless.
  14. It's already been said, but almost certainly high-cuts. Stop thinking like a guitar player with a head... think like a recording engineer.
  15. Wow... an agenda? What precisely do you think that might be? I keep coming back to it because that's all I kept hearing during the pre-purchase research... that the stock cabinets were crap and I would have to buy IRs. But then I pull up a cab, spend five minutes or so fiddling with mics and maybe tweak the post EQ a hair and presto... I'm getting exactly what I want. When I say I don't feel any compromise I mean that I'm getting a sound I'm happy with... at least as happy as I have been with most physical gear and isn't that the whole point of modeling? If I'm getting sounds that I like as much as I would like a real amp and cab then mission accomplished; do I need to go hunting for more? I have no direct experience with IRs but I'm starting to wonder if people are gravitating towards them because they require less skill and knowledge to use. This would be much harder if I wasn't familiar with most of the modeled mics in real life, and have plenty of experience with how moving them around and blending them affects tone. I've been in and out of recording studios since I was sixteen, and that's probably making a huge difference here. I might do that. I'm happy enough with the stock stuff that I'd need some free samples to see if I'm actually missing anything before I drop $$$.
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