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  1. zolko60

    Helix Native on PC Sticks, Barebones, mini-PCs.

    The latency hardly depends on computer speed.
  2. Check this out. Seems to be a nice solution for using Native and other modelers/plugins on stage.
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    Experiments With Helix Master Volume Settings

    To make it short: 1. Constructing patches with Volume Knob (which in fact is Digital Attenuator) maxed out is a good idea. This is what FOH hear. 2. Treating maxed Volume Knob as the loudest possible gig level is a good idea. 3. Checking the digital output level once in a lifetime with DAW to make sure you have plenty of headroom is also a good idea.
  4. Set your HiZ level once with peaks about -10dBFS and forget it. If you feel some amp models give you too little gain you can use some boost before the amp.
  5. Yes. Axiom is not cheap, but if Ola is able to set it fast with midi controller it can be convincing for laptop players and quite reliable. There are very good amp modelers on the market and using such a host you probably can override some HxN limitations I suppose. If Axiom 199$ specific plugins and features are redundant or not needed so Patchwork 99$ can do almost the same job. BTW their free stuff is also worth checking. https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Category_0_Freeware/
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    Broken LT Expression Pedal

    Take a support ticket. Congratulations! You just won your old Helix LT replacement for a brand new one!
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    Levels. Sitting around -12db max

    Well... Everything has its consequences. The console faders are what they are for 50 years. They have 10dB gain above unity. If -12dB is the level a guitar is sitting good in the mix and you have -30dB signal this is inconvienient. If you have too hot signal then avialiable fader movement is too short. Of course there is no dogma how to mange things but the statement "I always keep my Volume Knob at noon because it gives me perfect equality in both directions" is... at least naive. Can it be practical? Yes. BTW thinking about digital as "it does not matter these days" make me think why 32 bit floating algorithms are implemented in Helix. 24 bit integer should be less DSP consuming, nobody could tell the difference. 2 SHARCs DSPs are not champions comparing to i7 in 2019 and saved processing power could be used for more/better algorithms.
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    USB Audio Player for Android

    This is not necessary the Android fault. There is some Class Compliancy problem with Helix limiting its use only to Apple "implementation".
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    Levels. Sitting around -12db max

    Clean sounds are highly dynamic. To have the same percieved sound level you have to make them louder by 12-20dB. Hi gain amps have their name for some reason, also electric guitar sustain does not come from nowhere. ;) Some people claim Hx needs metering and metering will tell them the truth how to set the levels. I don't think so. There are plenty types of metering but your ear is the best tool.
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    Levels. Sitting around -12db max

    You are right. Measuring of headroom in DAW to make sure you are in safe headroom zone while treating the volume knob clockwise as the loudest giging level is a good idea. But please consider that 12dB of digital headroom is ok with overdiven sounds. To have the same percieived "clean" sound level your headroom is about all gone. Overdives/distortions just act as a heavy limiters. It won't because in the digital world to monitor headroom you are interested in dBFS peak scale. 0dBFS converts to 19dBu in Helix at line level. No sound man will fix your digital cliping.
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    Revv Generator 120 in 2.8

    I can't believe that! That guy encourages guitarists to read the manuals. :D
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    Question about S/PDIF and the master

    If you have two way digital connection each device can be clock master or slave. If you have one way connection receiving device must be clock slave.
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    Managing volume levels

    Guys... Common sense, not 32 floating mambo jumbo. Do you mix? Would you pass peaking at -30dBFS mix for mastering? I don't think so. Why not treat Hx Volume Control fully clockwise as maximal volume state you will ever use? In case of emergency playing in super noisy enviroment like in ironworks, during hurricane or vulcano eruption you can always make your monitor louder. Peace bros! ;)
  14. zolko60

    Managing volume levels

    There is. This is not Master Volume but Digital Master Attenuator. Attenuation in digital domain is bit depth truncation. Each 6dB of attenuation is 1 bit less. According to my measurring Hx DAC S/N ratio can be about 115dB, so the real bit depth is about 19bit. Having patch headroom of 12dB reduces it to 17bits. Helix Volume Knob is logarithmic. At noon it has about -15dB of gain reduction. That is 15 bit. To make nice digital sound with 15 bits attenuation algorithm must add a dithering noise. These are the main parameters by which we distinguish 50$ interface/DAC and 500$ one. Some people say they are important, claim to hear the difference and pay more.
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    XLR (Mic) vs 1.4" (Line) Quality

    I am sorry I don't know what do you mean by harshness within one digital device outputs when there is no clipping happening. TRS jack is just the type of balanced connector. Hx 1/4" outputs are impedance balanced. You can take advantage if this type of balancing using TRS jack instead of TS but no guarantee you will hear the difference nor the circumstances of betterness ever occur. ;) Sure, for somebody the particular Di at 1/4" can sound worse than XLR. Still better than phantom applied to XLR out accidentally. ;)
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    Managing volume levels

    The problem has not technical nature or there is no problem at all. Helix is 32 floating internally so there is some headroom above 0dBFS before DA converters. It is possible to to clip coverters but rather hard to archive. The Volume Knob is digital attenuator, so it protects clipping for converters for outputs it is assigned for. This is why to implement clipping indicator that gives some useful information it must have been implemented for each pair of outputs converters cause they may have individual output block volume controll. Line6 aproach is different - while you make your patches with the volume control clockwise and do not hear (and/or check with DAW monitoring) clipping you are safe. After all while having your output signal peaking at -30dBFS trades S/N ratio, nobody cares about it. It it good if it sounds good.
  17. zolko60

    Managing volume levels

    They are not obssesed with unity gain. Unity gain is valid for instrument level in to instrument level output all DSP block bypassed (what nobody cares). Albeit it is also true for overal digital level of output block. When you make your preset volume peaking at eg -6dBFS with the Volume Control set to noon, you will loose all your headroom at 3 o'clock and have clipping fully clockwise.
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    XLR (Mic) vs 1.4" (Line) Quality

    It does not make make a big difference if you connect 1/4" TRS out or XLR out to your wedge. All you need is 1/4" TRS to XLR cable if the wedge has no XLR/1/4" combo input. It does make much difference if you connect XLR mic level to console/stagebox, XLR mic level via separator, XLR line level to console/stagebox via DI or 1/4" line level via DI box. DI and tranny separators have an advantage of phantom, ground loops separation and make signal fully balanced. You have plenty of options. Do whatever works best for you.
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    Whammy always affects the signal?

    Yes, you can cheat yourself and us. You can even be convinced this is the case. ;) But seriously what is bypassed in Helix is bypassed.
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    Syncing Helix Floor with Helix Native in FL Studio

    Native Instruments is great company. Some of their synths will never have any hardware DSP based counterparts or versions. They are focused to use native CPU power what is much powerful and future oriented. To make DSP versions they would probably have limit their potential. It is their way. Line 6 is focused on the hardware DSP devices that can work autonomically. Full controlled Hx Native would be dangerous to their flagship products. Think about that - if you can use 10 instances of HxN on laptop with less than 10ms RTL interface so only reason to buy RA/FL/LT/ST is their controll ability and autonomy.
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    Controlling Helix with Midi CC via DAW Automation

    What do you monitor with MIDI sniffer? You should monitor HD500 output I guess (or HX midi Thru out). Vox Tonelab has CC transmiting switched off by default. If you check your controller is sending what you want and the receiver is set to respond to what is transmitted, chance for cooperation is huge. ;)
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    Syncing Helix Floor with Helix Native in FL Studio

    Hx native is software solution not meant to compete with DSP based products. This is why two way communication with MIDI world is not supported by the Hx plugin. Guitar Rig is software solution meant to compete with DSP based products. This is why two way communication with MIDI world is supported by the software and dedicated hardware controller is present. Fair enough?
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    Animated interactive GUI for Helix..

    OK. I'll allow it. Line 6 can make it skin friendly at 4.5 firmware ;)
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    Helix-Mac Usb Direct Record

    I understand. The Volume Knob is not related to your problem. You can not set it to attenuate USB outputs level. You have plenty of other volume controlls in DSP and output blocks.
  25. zolko60

    Helix-Mac Usb Direct Record

    Hmm... quality and volume. There are Helix users who claim setting volume knob past 1 o'clock (about -10dB) gives them harsh sound and there are users who swear that volume knob is a tone sucker ;) What I claim is 10-20dB of digital headroom is normal thing these days. You trade some S/N ratio for some peace of not monitoring levels all the time.