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zolko60

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  1. The processed output level in -20 LUFS ballpark is OK and the direct (USB 7 usually) at -30 LUFS is also correct. 50% may be at -6dB. It is too loud for -20LUFS and distorted tones. It should not exceed -10dB peaks unless you constantly monitor levels against clipping. Such a packing under the ceiling is passe in XXI century unless you are soldier on mastering loudness war.
  2. Helix hardware latency has already been measured for two operating systems and four drivers. Measuring RTL hardly makes any sense because Line 6 driver correctly reports it to DAW/host. I have talked about it with some Line 6 guys. Line 6 does not have any plans for doing anything about it. Hx is not marketed as audio interface, it has direct monitoring and Hx users do not report any latency issues. Case closed unless somebody have info that 32 samples buffer size is usable on MacOS and 64 samples buffer is usable on Windows.
  3. Yes. At least you have a choice on MacOS. 48kHz only low latency or mustisample rate high latency. No. It was delivered for audio interfaces with no ASIO support. People using it noticed much lower REPORTED latencies which is fake. Still this is the only way to aggregate interfaces under Windows.
  4. But if you change driver to 48kHz Class Compliant you get In 4.583ms, Out 3.354ms, RTL 7.937
  5. Lot of people mentioned that this model have issues. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Remastering-of-PV-Panama-Peavey-5150-model-in-Helix/1006472-23508?submitted=1&fbclid=IwAR1NnQH0Z1ViWSGjzO1wd-Np6Bs-N0EFuu_-FUt5qgw1A-ngwuIkNREgljY
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    Global EQ

    I think 3.25-4.25% of a single DSP according to https://benvesco.com/store/helix-dsp-allocations/ Maybe less considering present Global EQ already blocks DSP resources. So yes, if that resources can be shared between patches and globals.
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    Global EQ

    The Global EQ freezes some DSP resources and 62% of Hx users are not using it anyway. Yes, if that resources could be shared with DSP blocks. No, if the implementation takes more than one day of one dev's work.
  8. Doesn't the Stomp manual mention the high temperature of the working device?
  9. Dear Santa! Bring me pleees for my Helix: - Good quality reverbs - New bright bucket brigade delays - Good quality Electric Mistress model - Decent Boss CE-1 model - Pitch to MIDI software - Clean my Tape Delays heads and exchange worn tape to some good one This does not have to happen this Xmass, it can be next year, maybe two, or even three. Just remember about my Helix. He is such a nice boy - He deserves every bit of quality software. Dashing through the snow In a dual DSP Noone never knows What is gonna be Jingle bells, Helix bells Helix all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a dual DSP
  10. If they care maybe they should take a look at my objections about delays which is not neither worth idea scale submission nor customer support contact. My observations are replicable in 5 minutes and affects delay perception to average "but it goes to eleven" guitarist. ;) Good point! I can only say how they bought me and why they can loose me. I can imagine they will not cry when I will be selling my Helix hardware. ;) Also if some of DSP blocks are worse than some free plug ins quality, outselling is easy :) Please take a look at eg. TAL DUB delay. OK, so maybe buying second hand first generation POD is a good idea in 2020. ;) Honestly: Let's make the world better together!
  11. BTW to write something nice about Line 6. The reason I have bought Helix was It was the only serious digital modeler that existed as hardware device and computer software. I appreciate that a lot! I was aware that I would not have everything that I had as DAW plug ins. This is why I treat Hx as hardware and software, each DSP block as plug in and care about that pieces quality. I also had some hardware devices with great potential that I had to get rid of because its software was not longer supported/developed and competition left it in dust.
  12. You perfectly know "what ain't broke don't fix it", so every introduced model have to stay or eventually be moved to the legacy section. In this topic I just want to point some weeknesses and what I am focusing in to pick creative signal processing tools for myself. I hope someone at Line 6 cares about development of better quality software, not only of a new kind like polyphonic pitch shifting but also that "ain't broke" but left behind competition for several years. Now I have to pick other solutions for my needs. Although I do not find playing with laptop to be convinient enough only for a possibility to use some particular software quality I lack in Helix. Musicians vote with their money. They often can not name phenomenons of their tools they do not like. Instead of scraping their heads or modding they drop their tools and buy another. I don't want to drop Helix which I think is the good piece of hardware I have learned to use. Look at my history at this forum. I try to help others just like you and I try to give Line 6 products a justice. It is up to Line 6 if my personal preferences or opinions have any value or they prefer users that love everything they do.
  13. Everything except CE-1, EHX El. Mistress models, lack of NOS tape delay shape, overtfiltered BBD delay models, reverbs, noishaped low bit vintage digital delays and the manual. I also do not appeciate Helix fanboys taking any criticism as a personal offense. And seriously - Legacy models were written 15, Helix reverbs 3 years ago. To make polyphonic pitch shifting the qualified team was hired in 2020 so I don't buy "we did our best years ago and there is nothing we can offer you" justification and army of Line 6 fanboys advocating it.
  14. It is great worn tape delay found in junkyard! If I am smoking crack, imagine what a dev modeling it was smoking. :D
  15. Same issue here. My Helix RE-201 sounds like its heads are dirty and tape is worn. Maybe even caps' electrolyte dried out. Raising treble and feedback tone controls helps a little, but I feel it needs service to restore it to 70's "studio quality" shape. Shoud I pick a Customer Support ticket? ;)
  16. I like it too. It is supposed to model the famous EP-3 tape delay althoug Line 6 developer has decided to lowpass filter that like its heads have never been cleaned and tape was not changed for 40 years. I would rather want "NOS" and "Worn" to be switchable in digital model. ;) I am not really sure. All Bucket Brigade Delays are also so heavy low pass filtered that it is hard to hear what is going on in higher midrange. Memory Man model is much darker than Memory Toy, which is made around cheap, low voltage BBD chips. So, both tape and BBD delays are more in "ambient delay" cathegory. To give Helix models a justice, there are some models, especially dirt boxes, that I can't distinguish from originals in blind tests. To give digital models as a whole a justice (contr cork sniffing argument) there are some BBD and tape delay models within a single Sharc DSP capabilities that are accurate enough. Good tip, thank you!
  17. Nothing is wrong. This is the sound of a guitar amp with no speaker. Also Helix amps models distorts very quickly, some of them have almost no "clean" headroom.
  18. Yes, The Transistor Tape behaves correctly. My only concern is it is too heavy low passed. I don't think any tape delay was so dark. It is also Elephant Man (Memory Man model) issue. Yes! Thank you, I have never tried it. It is interesting. While trying some Legacy delays I found Digital Delay. It also works like Vintage Digital Delay. EQ and maybe some "modeling" is applied only once and never affects feedback. So I haven't found any "proper" stomp digital delay in Helix that reminds Boss DD2/DD3, or more modern ones like Deep Blue and Rebote which have analog feedback loop and its filters and converters are used for progressive sound degradation. :(
  19. I am saying that. Before I post anything on ideascale which is read by Helix devs every morning I would like some delay fans/Helix users to confirm my observations. Can you also hear signal degradation on Simple Delay or my ears are fooling me? Have you played with any vintage digital delay or remember how it crushes repetitions?
  20. Even if it is. It works like that, nobody complains so why fix it? You can always say it was intended. I would just add a few new delay blocks. Names: Dumb Delay, Dub Delay and Brutal Vintage Digital Delay. ;)
  21. I have posted it here and on facebook group. The reason is maybe I am wrong at some point and my observations are false? The idea of making dumb delays that do not mimic anything or take a look at existing ones supposed to mimic old digital equipment isn't fresh, is it?
  22. Let's talk about Simple Delay vs Vintage Delay. There is nothing simpler than Simple Delay, right? Actually no. Line 6 developer has decided that its repetitions are somewhat "modeled" or "bit crushed" and little bit low pass filtered. The feedback goes to 100% which means at that value it gives infinite repetitions. Good but what I hear it does not feed back the crushed/filtered signal. Repetitions remain constant forever. The fun with early digital delays like eg. Boss DD2 was the signal was fed back to poor 12 bit AD converter at very low sampling rate and therefore it was degrading with each repetition. This is supposed to be modeled with Vintage Digital so why alter the sound in Simple Delay? BTW, while checking Vintage Delay I switched to 8 bits and the same behavior takes place. The repetitions are not fed back to 8 bit "crusher". They are crushed once and remain constant forever. (EDIT: I have been listening to it for 20min. It sounds like noiseshapping is used?) Why? So what about Dumb Delay? The delay that does not alter the sound at all or alters it if desired with selectable simple EQ curves? The last question to Line 6 devs is: why not let the users to use feedback above 100% to make pedal controlled "dub" oscilations?
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