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    Helix LT with Sennheiser HD 600

    Thank you for this amazingly detailed answer, and a sound advice. This is the answer I was looking for.
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    Helix LT with Sennheiser HD 600

    First of all, thank you for you replies. I would like this to be more of a 'I am interested in what is happening' thread, rather than 'I have a problem' thread. Off course this is all subjective, as always when discussing sound, especially given my inexperiece. Maybe I should rephrase: to me and with my equipment, headphones colour the sound in a way that makes them less similar to a real cabinet, than studio monitors are with the same set up. It could be due to a 'room sound vs headphones' issue, but it seems to me that, it is more due to compression and EQ of high mid and treble frequencies. I was wondering, if partially bypassing the cabinet simulation, is mostly affecting EQ, or is it much more complicated? My ears tell me that, amongst other things, there is some dynamic compression happening in the cabinet simulation, which makes them react differently at different gain levels, which makes sense. When I increase gain, the high frequencies become overpowering in the bypassed signal. But with a low gain or a light crunch it sound spot on. Maybe all the sound processing in the cabinet simulations is too strong for my ears with the headphones. But for some reason that is not the case with the studio monitors. Different IRs seem to have a similar effect, although sometimes to a lesser extent. I have been playing with multiple setting and IRs, following online tutorials and my ears, but mixing the signal still gives me the most amp-like sound (usually around 70-80% of a cabinet in a signal path) with my headphones. For a lack of a better word I would say that the sound feels more 'alive', when mixing in the bypassed signal. It is very likely that this is only me and my OCD, which is useful at my work, but becomes expensive issue with my hobbies. It would be interesting to know what headphones were used by Line6 dev team during the product development phase.
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    Helix LT with Sennheiser HD 600

    Hi all! Short introduction: I own Helix LT and I love it to bits. I am, what you could probably call an average guitar player nowadays. I started playing 3 years ago, so I am relatively inexperienced. I play every day for my own pleasure, mostly blues and funk, and I do not gig. After I got helix I sold my tube amps and pedals (this is another typical thing about me, I think I know more about gear than actual playing the instrument, damn you YouTube!;-) ). Helix takes 10x less space, and my 'studio'/room does not transform into a sauna, as it was while playing tube amps. I play through JBL LSR305 studio monitors, but I have to admit that although the sound is great, it does not feel like playing with an amp in a room. What convinced me to sell all my analog gear, was how good the Helix works with my headphones (Sennheiser HD 600), plugged directly into the Helix. I can play along songs, and backing tracks without any hassle, it sounds great, and I get good warm feeling when I hear myself playing alongside SRV or BB King. Playing through headphones feels really liberating, because I do not have to worry about disturbing my wife and my neighbours, I do not feel self-conscious about my playing, and I practice much more. Now, to the topic. I did not have any problems with setting up my Helix with two JBLs LSR305. For me, it sounds close enough to the tube Marshall and Fender amps that I sold. However, initially I had a lot of problems with setting up Helix with my Sennheiser HD 600 headphones. There was only a single CustomTone patch that worked for me with the headphones, called SRV Sauce. After close examination it turned out that it was because it was set up so that; 50% signal went through a guitar cabinet simulation, and 50% went through a loop that bypasses it. I love a clean blackface sound with a lot of treble, and I used to set up my Fender amp with treble at 8-10 and bass at 1-3. I found that for me; mixing a direct signal from the amp model in Helix, with the signal passing through the cabinet simulation; is the most important setting, that makes playing through Sennheiser HD 600 really natural and amp-like. This is mostly for clean/crunchy sounds (not for high gain), with low output vintage style pickups (both single coils and humbuckers). It sound much more natural, and amp-like, than when I pass 100% signal through the cabinet simulation, which sounds very muddy. My question is: is this because the headphone amplifier inside the Helix and my headphones work as kind of a cabinet? From what I understand Sennheiser HD 600 are not real monitors and they colour the sound. Or is this method more similar to what Nile Rodgers did with plugging straight into a desk? Sorry for the long post.
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