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  1. I guess L6 fanboys would justify and defence anything L6 does and abadon to do. Yes. Something has changed! The spring on the northern hemisphere has ended so that thread looks ridicolous not updated.
  2. Let's say you have the preset with volume pedal, wah, whammy, 2 modulations, 2 dirt pedals, 3 amps, 1 IR (8 by snapshots), 2 delays, 2 reverbs and compressor. This is your basic patch for covering almost everything. Of course 8, 10 or even 16 footswitches can't contol everything separately, then snapshots come in handy (I can not see the point of loosing any switch in stomp mode for amps/IR channge). Then you built patches for some specific tasks. This is my way. I use 8 stomps/8 snapshots mode.
  3. Let me see... ...AUX IN and other inputs still apear to be unbalanced.
  4. OK, so you claim If this is the case, you do not have any TRS inputs in Helix anyway. Going line level balanced XLR to unbalanced TS line level will cost you 6dB, no unity gain. Using G10S "Instrument Output" you can expect unity gain at instrument level Hx input/return.
  5. I have seen a lot of mic pre equipped powered speakers: Alto TS series, QSC K series, Yamaha DXR series to name a few. Some exceptions are rebranded Alto TS sold as Headrush FRFR. The history of DI is rich and "DI output" term is a part of the proud Sound Reinforcement tradition and corresponding vocabulary. ;) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DI_unit
  6. You may be wrong because "mixing desk, audio interface, powered speaker, or similar" devices are usually equipped with mic pres and "DI Output" originates from DI Box which outputs mic like signal. I agree that without specs it may look like guessing and experimenting. ;)
  7. There is no specs for G10S. The manual claims there are two outputs: 4. Instrument Output - Connect to the input of a guitar pedal or amplifier. 5. XLR DI Output -Balanced XLR output for connection to a mixing desk, audio interface, powered speaker, or similar with DI level. As I understand complicated technical terminology "DI Output" means balanced low impedance (200ohm), mic level (about -15dBu nominal) what work best with mic preamps (balanced, 2kohm input impedance).
  8. There is no such a label but electrically wise RETURN inputs set to instrument level are the same as GUITAR input (at 1Mohm) and set to line level same as AUX IN.
  9. OK. I do understand your point. So why not use "There's really no rule; use what sounds best" sentences more? You like digital clipping? - Go for it! ;) If you know what is A/D converter, you know it can be clipped and "not clipping" means "rule". If you don't know, you will probably already know that only rule is "There's really no rule; use what sounds best" but you don't need the manual to tell you. :) In the first case you can come to the right conclusion that if you are not clipping at input than replacing a pad with volume block is better solution. In the second you will convince other people to your opinion based on your personal experience and feeling. I make only suggestions about what I would read in the manual. They are based on the threads I read, so maybe I am not the only guy looking for some serious treatment. BTW: Low level technical correction would look like that: "Guitar In Pad - 5dB pad for the hot sources that could possibly overdrive A/D converter (+11dBu full scale) . Does not change input impedance. Use DAW (DI input) peak metering to make sure it has to be switched on to avoid clipping. I can help in english and polish versions only. :( My russian is not very good.
  10. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    Since active pickups output impedance is about 10kohm then the manual recommendation of connecting them to aux in can be a little bit controversial.
  11. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    Yes, I can confirm that. All sends and outputs (TRS) set to the same level give the same results. The returns set to instrument level appear to be the same as guitar input.
  12. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    Thank you. That's great scientific work! I forgot to check what is the pad attenuation value on guitar input and what is the full scale value when XLR output is set to microphone level.
  13. No, I don't. If something is so outdated and can be better with a little effort, I don't see the point of waiting for 3.0 to update. Page 52 1 Guitar In Pad "If your guitar or bass has active or really loud pickups, you may want to turn this on. There's really no rule; use what sounds best." Correction: "If your guitar or bass has active or really loud pickups, you may want to turn this on to prevent A/D converter clipping"
  14. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    There are lots of "whys" in case of Line6, but I think is it is common trend to save customers from "scary" knowledge nowadays. The article you have found is interesting because that is the only trace of full scale levels values published by L6 employee. It states what I can confirm: When the Helix outputs are set to line level, they are +4dBU nominal with approximately 15dB of headroom. Yes! 19dBu full scale. ...and claim something not true: When set to instrument level, they -10bBu. No! Anybody can make an experiment connecting output set to line level to DAW then switch to instrument level and check it is exactly 8dB lower what equals to 11dBu full scale (or -4dBu "nominal" with 15dB of headroom).
  15. I can not confirm that. According to my measurements S/N ratio is the same for AD/DA pairs set either to instrument or line level. Full scale levels change (11dbu instr vs 19dBu line) but the noise floor stays at -110dBA. The problem is you usually don't have 20dB of headroom. Typical PAF style humbucker loudest transients appear after 11dBu full scale AD converter at -10dBFS level so clean, undistorted 20dB boost is not possible without clipping. This is why I am skeptical about your noise reduction solution. It reminds me dolby but "a form of dynamic preemphasis employed during recording, plus a form of dynamic deemphasis used during playback, that work in tandem" is missing. While kepping close to 0dBFS can be a good advice, it requires constant monitoring and at least limiter protection.
  16. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    That is awesome! The author is present on this forum and can consider the manual correction based on countless FAQs on this forum, especially with upcoming Helix Firmware 2.80 (Available SPRING 2019)
  17. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    An anonymous manual author recommends usage of 1/4" TS cables. It is hard to figure out why. He does not claim outputs are TS. They are TRS impedance balanced. Confirming they are TS after the manual, which does not contain any information about it, is misleading and deserves down vote.
  18. zolko60

    TS 1/4 outputs

    What you find in the manual is "cable recommendation opinion", not specification. The manual does not contain any specs. You will find partial specs here:
  19. https://support.focusrite.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360001021349-What-does-the-Input-Playback-dial-on-my-Scarlett-2i4-do-
  20. Ask yourself a few questions: Will i ever: 1. Need a mic preamp? 2. Additional inputs/outputs? 3. Read scribble strips? 4. Need ten stomps mode? 5. Need separate volume control for the headphone output? 6. Mind carry 1 kg more weight? 7. Use CV/Expression output? 8. Use SPDIF or AES/EBU inputs? 9. Use SPDIF output with no adapter? 10. Need a lifetime warranty for expression pedal or prefer more sturdy one with shorter warranty? 11. How much do you value each feature? 12. Is the total extra value worth 400€? 13. Do you have that extra 400€? 14. Would you spend that 400€ for something else?
  21. That is extraoridinary claim especially when people use IEMs which vastly reduces the in situ conditions influence. Well... this is art, not science so extraordinary claims require no evidence or a banana anegdotal evidence is convincing :) I am waiting for some yt video titled "Why leveling the presets is only effective during a gig sound check" ;)
  22. DMX cables work well and they happen to be cheaper.
  23. If everything is so subjective and eviroment dependent as Digital_Igloo claims than "offline" leveling hardly makes any sense. If leveling does not mean setting average percieved loudness apart of enviroment, what corresponds to some arbitrary LUFS value, then our disscusion is about taste and feel. The are two methods of leveling the preset loudness, right? The first is using ears, the second is using sophisticated K-weighted loudness meter. Everybody can try both of them and compare the results. One can even use metering first and correct it by ear. If the claim is "Some preset loudness is 4LUFS louder than another one but the percieved loudness is just the opposite" - well, it needs some evidence. I can not just choose to believe in this. I use my ears for leveling but I observe people ask about metering. K-weighted metering is the only loudness metering that works. It is now used for broadcast and streaming because it makes leveling as precise and objective as it can be.
  24. If the meter is telling me Preset 01A is 4LUFS louder than 01B it is. If I feel 01A is lost in the mix what can I do about it? - Use Preset 01B which is set for different purpose? - Set my monitor louder? - Come closer to my monitor? - Ask monitor guy to set my monitor louder? - Change the venue? - Lower the humidity? ;) Yes, but we are not talking about percieved loudness of presets but leveling them. Leveling in this case means settiing them to uniform level, not to mix context. K-weighting and windowing are the most precise methods so far. If leveling is subjective, venue, monitor, temperature, humidity dependent so relying on ears does not bring anything to the equation or brings that important factor which can't be done away of the particular sitiation anyway. Maybe an electic gutar needs G-weighting (to be invented) and guitars tuned B dropped needs another weighed meter... OK, enough. Use your ears! :D
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