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  1. Three other likely reasons to add to those above … Line 6 can point out how committed it is in the long term, and simultaneously play the numbers game against the competition by porting all the other effects it has available into the package. However it doesn’t want anyone comparing old code to the competition’s new code, so they are labeled as legacy to counter the ‘Helix is rubbish because its Dimension D lacks detail’ trolls. And why the duplicates? The old code requires less resources than the ‘headline’ versions of the effects. So if you’re struggling to get a red MXR compressor into your preset you have a cheaper (in system resources term) alternative that still has the flavour of the real thing.
  2. I think you're right. Setting USB1/2 is simply doable from the configuration menu - if you want to route the other inputs you will need to create an audio input path to receive them. I have a separate audio path to take the external returns and mix them with the jack output - I have a VG99 connected to the returns for acoustic guitars and COSM synths.
  3. It's quite easy to assign various sound sources - usb, internal guitar - to the various outputs available on the helix. I have bass pedals plugged into the midi in of my helix, which control MainStage synths via USB: the MainStage audio is returned through USB to the XLR outputs; I send the guitar signals out from the jack sockets. AFAIR what you want should be possible - I don't have a manual here at work to confirm though ...
  4. https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/sennheiser-hd600 "If you are looking for a headphone capable of reference-quality monitoring and the open-backed characteristics are acceptable to you, then you will struggle to find anything better than the HD600" If mixing some raw amp tone with the speaker cabs works for you, then good for you! But the HD600s shouldn't be a factor - they're as close to reference monitors in headphone form as you're likely to get. I've had a pair for nearly 20 years - I trust them absolutely. Steve
  5. I can't vouch for these particular cases, but I do have a Swan case for my VG99 and it is very well made. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another flight case from them. (I have a LT which comfortably fits into a Novation Keystation bag, which is fine for my current needs). I do like the detail for the cable area on the Thon case though ...
  6. +1 to studio monitors - I have an old pair of KRK Rockit 6s which work brilliantly for me. You can also use a good pair of headphones - good for not disturbing the neighbours - if you're serious about a good sound I'd pick up some HD6xx from Massdrop. You can use the Helix as your audio interface - plug in the USB port and you can play the audio from your computer out of the Helix and into your monitor speakers or headphones. You can also route your guitar into your computer too and record it while playing along. You'll need a camera connection kit if you're using an iPad or an iPhone, but that works too. If compatible, the latest connection kit will also charge your iPad. As to drum plugin, what platform are you working on? If you have a Mac/iPad then you probably can get by with Garage Band for just tatting around and basic song writing. Getting some decent drum sounds is rarely a problem - there are the free plugins, then you have everything from ez drummer through KitCore to BFG if you want to pay - its the patterns in the genre you want to work with and assembling them into songs that cause me the most problems. Thats why I quite like KitCore as its lots of real drummers looped, and you can buy packs in particular genres. Alternatively both Logic (Mac) and Cubase (both) come with drum machine plugins AFAIR - maybe the best thing is to buy a DAW?
  7. There's a lot of good points above - yes, the helix will work brilliantly in your context, but it is a steep learning curve and you not only need to understand pedals, amps, cabs and signal flow, you will also need to understand the basics of setting up a mic in front of a cab, so if you're just kicking back after a long day at work then the argument for a simpler unit is well made. Nevertheless it is all manageable if you're patient/committed and there are lots of good resources to help, not in the least preset libraries, and if you find the cab modelling difficult to work with or you want a good starting point to train your ears, IR libraries are great mix-with-water solutions. The big plus is that the unit won't constrain your growth - if you buy the full-fat Helix, all those extra inputs means it can scale all the way to a decent self-release album, but an LT connected to a computer with decent headphones (+1 for HD600, I've had mine for 20 years I think) can hardly be described as limiting. I would add that a halfway decent pair of studio monitors might be a better bet than the Alto. A pair of lower end KRKs?
  8. (9100 and EL84 20/20 owner here) It isn't very difficult to change the presets to flip between preamp only and full amp with snapshots so you can seamlessly compare, which is what I would do - your ears are better than any inter web opinion. If you were talking the EL34 or the EL84 20/20 rack amps, then I would have definitely said try the preamp only option first. The 9100 and 9200 - I'm not so sure. I have a feeling the preamps might work best, but I'd bet they are more neutral as a power amp. I stopped gigging my 9100 (with JMP1/GMajor) because it was just too darn heavy. Never had anything but compliments about my sound though ...
  9. Just spent half an hour with the rangemaster, Fawn TB and my Queen record collection. Definitely there. Can we get a deacy sim next, please Line 6?
  10. My valve rig is a Marshall JMP1 preamp with either a Marshall EL34 20/20 or a Marshall 9100 power amp and a TC GMajor. When I gig it, I generally use a pair of Marshall 1912 speakers, but if I'm supporting and the main act has a stereo 4x12 I'll plug into that instead. I've not used my Helix live yet, but I have used my Roland VG99 into a Marshall power amp - the 1u valve state set to PA mode, the 8080 I think - and into the speakers, turning off any mic and speaker emulation. The result feels just like an amp in the room ... because it is an amp in the room. I have also used the VG direct into the PA with monitor wedges, and it sounds pretty much like a real amp miked up through monitor wedges. I expect the Helix to be more realistic - the models capture more of the faults of the original gear whereas the VG is a little less detailed and idealised - but having removed the speaker/mic impulse responses from the signal flow, you're going to sound pretty much there. With my gear I would expect Marshall based sounds to be within natural variation - so the JCM800 would sound like an 800, but things like an AC30 to be coloured and less convincing, but still good. At the end of the day, the important thing is how do you feel playing it, not if you could tell the difference doing an A-B. Rock and roll's foundations are built on imperfections after all. The VG was good enough to forget I didn't have my Marshall rig, I'm confident the Helix will be the same.
  11. Like people said above - its 'real' people at and just above your level that matter. In the UK - where its not that easy to test Axe gear - I've been seeing a fair few people in the Prog scene using either the full fat or the LT version. Thinking particularly Mike Holmes from iQ. Not a huge band on the global scene but they continue to release albums that sustain the band, and frequently and successfully tour the mid-range club scene in Europe - they fill the Boerderij, Zotemeer in the Netherlands for instance (lovely gig, played there twice in support). They don't have big record company money, so if Mike uses a Helix then it's a better endorsement than a big name who has been paid money for an endorsement ... Personally that pretty much sold the Helix to me - Mike and I used GR700s back when they could be bought new and we've always ended up using the same sort of gear pretty much independently. So when I see he's using something I've been independently considering pretty seriously then that's pretty much a wrap ...
  12. As an aside, lots of people complaining about programming their FCB. I’ve has one for years - uno chipped from the outset to be fair - but I’ve never had a programming problem, basically because I’ve always used a fixed configuration. You set it up to send programme change 1 on patch 1 and programme change 2 and patch 2 etc, pick a couple of controller numbers for the pedals and do the heavy lifting with a patch map table and controller assignments on the target device. It can be a bit of a pain with multiple devices for sure but you should never have to touch the thing again. My JCM midi preamp had a patch map table to select internal programmes and external patches (for my TC GMajor) based on the input programme change message. Are the midi facilities that bad on the AX that you can’t do this?
  13. arkieboy

    Gr55 hook up

    I do pretty much the same with my VG99 - guitar out of VG into guitar in of Helix, stereo out from VG into return 1&2, midi send to VG to change patches. It adds about 10 mins to the setup time, in return you get those VG acoustic guitars and COSM synths. It is also a nice way to add several midi controllers to your rig - two footswitches, one expression and the D-Beam and ribbon controller. Haven't really delved into this for various reasons but plan to ...
  14. arkieboy

    Laney LFR-112

    Its good to see the FRFR market develop and hopefully it will result in lower prices. There really has been a step-change in the quality and availability of modellers that has opened the market up to more mainstream speaker manufacturers - Axe FX and Kemper could only really sustain niche players on their own, but with Boss, Headrush and Line 6 now in the ring with sub $1k products, many PA manufacturers will be looking at their products and thinking how they might repurpose them, and guitar amp brands will will want their hats in this particular ring. Personally I can't decide if I want 2x 1x12 like this, or a 2x12 (or a 2x10) stereo cab. Decisions!
  15. (aha - I have got the hang of 'quote') I manage to get the following into my preset template ... weeper wah deluxe comp volume pedal x2 (one for the parallel path 2b that takes the stereo output of my VG99 through the LT's FX return) hedgehog d9 plexi brt essex a30, and switching to path 2a 1024 IR Block noise gate 70s chorus courtesan flange simple delay transistor tape dual delay glitz reverb Most of my playing career I would have killed to have all that gear at once in a single guitar rig, a sound engineer who could have consistently mic-ed it up, and a roadie (hi Mikey!) to help move it around. Now my whole rig lives in my backpack when I'm on my way to a gig.
  16. But if I want to run my AC30 through a 2x12 open back cab and my Marshall through a 4x12 closed back cab, then I will need 2 cab blocks in the preset. By using an IR block, I can change the loaded IR on a snapshot-by-snapshot basis. Thus it uses half the resources. Personally I can't tell the difference between 2048 and 1024 IRs for cab modelling so I use the 1024.
  17. arkieboy

    Laney LFR-112

    Laney is based in the heart of the Black Country in the UK - where the Industrial Revolution got going (hence the name) and arguably the beating heart of heavy metal for many years - not very far from where I lived until I was in my 20s. I don't often see someone on video with my regional accent :-) If they sound good, I can see these in my future. I really like the way the cab handles are inset into the cab carcass.
  18. I can get good sounds with both, but I use IRs because they use less processing power. I have an AC30TB and a Plexi head in my default setup, followed by an IR block - I switch the IR with a snapshot between an open back 2x12 and a closed back 4x12 and mute the head I'm not using. This means I can approach a helix preset as a virtual rig for a band and duplicate it for every patch, simply tweaking levels, delay and reverb times to get the sounds I need for each bit of every song. I might swap a Plexi for a JCM800 if I need something tighter, or the AC30 for a Matchless for the occasional song, but I get consistency in my base sound which I like.
  19. Those LSB/MSB things could be confusing things - I'm not sure what MainStage does when receiving them. I have them set to 'off' and only send a PC message. When I select patch one in My rig I have it set like this So you're sending PC messages on channel 16[patch 37] and 1[patch 28]. What channel was your MainStage listening on again? For it to change to a patch I think you have to have a MainStage patch set at that patch, so here if I send PC4 then I'll select this patch. Although there is something about dragging the patches in order? For tempo, you can have the Helix send midi clock - if you have the tempo set to per patch/snapshot rather than global it will then send the correct tempo you've tapped into your helix to MS without you having set it up separately I think ... I'm just getting started with this myself on my Helix - I had a setup for my Axon AX100 Mk2 that worked brilliantly but I've forgotten exactly what I did, and also that was MS1. MS3 is different Steve
  20. Have you got an app called midi monitor on your mac? What does it say about what your Helix is sending?
  21. Same here. Although my rig is smaller, I have had a Marshall JMP1 + 9100 and EL84 20/20 power amps through a pair of 1912 speakers or a stereo 4x12, with (variously) an Alesis Midiverb II, a Rocktron Intellifex and a TC GMajor for nigh on 20 years and in 4CM method its still my rig, and direct to FoH my Helix sounds like my rig through monitors. Prior to that I've owned a Vox AC30, a Fender Twin, and had toured for a year or so with a proper Marshall Plexi, so I know good stuff 'in a room' sounds like. The problem is it requires a different (not harder, just different) skillset to get something like a Helix or an AxeFX working properly. It is astoundingly easy to plug a Tele, Strat or a Les Paul into a classic amp and get a good sound - I'd defy anyone not to nail any one of several classic fender sounds within 2 minutes after plugging a Strat into Fender Twin, similarly a Les Paul into a JCM800. Once you've acquired that skillset though, you'll be in a much better position to produce your own music, having understood what happens after a microphone in the studio, and dealt with various audio and digital interfacing scenarios. Its well worth persevering ...
  22. Welcome to MIDI. The 'does the synths patches start from zero or one' has been a thing since its inception - MIDI is very specific in that 0x00 (0x = hexadecimal) selects the first patch in the bank and 0xFF (hexadecimal is base 16 remember: A=10 and F =15) selects the last (i.e. 127), but the spec never said if you should present patch 0x00 as 0, 1, 000, 001 or A01 to the user. Its just something you get used to. What you probably have set is Global Settings->Midi/Tempo->MIDI PC Send/Receive to 'on'. This will always send the midi programme change (PC) corresponding to the preset number in your helix: So preset 1 will always send MIDI PC 0 to connected devices on the MIDI base channel =regardless of what's in the preset=. If you copy the =configuration of a preset= out of one preset slot to another location, it won't move the preset number as well because all that setting does is echo out the information about the location of the patch, not its contents. The advantage is you set it once and it works for all your presets. If you turn this off, you can set the PC to send in the Common Centre page which is part of the preset or snapshot and should move when you move the preset/snapshot. Problem is you have to set it for every preset/snapshot you want to send a MIDI PC from. Command centre is a little complex, but very powerful - its just the kind of thing you would find in a top notch midi master keyboard. This is how I send patch changes from my Helix to my VG99 and will send to my Marshall JMP1 when I decide to set it up in 4CM. Hope that made sense
  23. I'm also using MS with my helix (in a more limited fashion). MS is a complex beast. Can you send the PC changes from somewhere else and make sure that this is a Helix problem, not a MS problem?
  24. I have my midi bass pedals routed through my Helix to MainStage and use the Helix as the audio interface. My VG99 comes in through the return for acoustic guitars and COSM synths.
  25. Patrick Eggle, Brian Moore, Gibson and Fender guitars

    Line 6 Helix LT, Roland VG99

    Apple Mainstage, Ketron Bass Pedals

    Marshall JMP1, Marshall EL84-20/20, Marshall 9100

    Marshall 1912 x2, Studiospares Fortissimo 15 + horn

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