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  1. Heyas , I had the exact problem as Jlondon, its not very clear at all.


    I was expecting the powercabs dosplay to change to the speaker model being used, seems like it would be a simple thing to integrate no?
    Its good that you can see what it is by pressing in but the display isnt as nice and would be much better to not have to do that.

  2. Hi and hope you're keeping well during these mad times!


    I have a Helix lt and Powercab 112 plus and want to be able to store which speaker using on preset etc.


    Do I need the this Link cable or does any Aes/ebu cable work fpor this? The Link cable is so pricy!


    Thanks a mil

  3. On 3/29/2020 at 2:42 PM, amsdenj said:

    Unity gain is the output is at the same level as the input. That will be the case for a Helix patch that has no blocks, assuming the output block level is set at 0dB. 


    Now as you add blocks to the patch, they may add or remove gain depending on the block. To gain stage a block to unity gain, adjust the block to get the tone you want, then use the block's Level control to make the overall volume the same with the block on or off. This doesn't need to be exact, just close.


    If you do this, you will 1) provide consistent inputs into downstream blocks, 2) avoid any possibility of digital clipping, 3) drive blocks with the levels they were designed for, and 4) have consistent output to your Powercab, FRFR or direct FOH from patch to patch.




    Heya, thanks so much for the reply, I kind of get you but not fully. I just recently got the Helix lt and Powercab 112plus together so have no pre built patches.


    Would you mind taking me through a step by step guide from starting from scratch whenever you have the chance? There's no info on thus stuff in the manuals of both at all and being an ocd head wanna make sure I have everythign right from the start!


    I havnt changed values on anything from default except 1/4 output to line level and am currently using the big volume knob up full.

    I'm also not very good with technical terms!


    You really seem to knwo your stuff from reading posts around here so help would be so much appreciated,



  4. On 3/20/2020 at 4:12 PM, bobcoss said:

    Amsdenj's recommendations are critical to get good gain staging in your LT.  That is critical for getting good sound to whatever you are using whether it be front of house, K10's, or the Powercab.


    One of the things I love about the powercab + is that it has an LED to indicate the input levels, and flashes RED when its starting to clip.  So as you build your patch, set your LT to unity gain (no blocks turned on) and adjust the input to your powercab so that it's flashing on your loudest strums in the yellow.  Some might say it could flash briefly in the red, but I adjust the input on the powercab until I get a flash of red, and then back it off a little.   Then you add your preamp/amp/cab/ blocks and watch that LED as you build the patch.  That has saved me lots of efforts in leveling my patches for live play even if gigging without my powercab.  Always check as you add distortion/overdrive blocks, or any block that has a level or gain settting.   The powercab is brilliant!


    Gain staging is something that most folks overlook.   When using someone else's patches. The first thing you should do is follow the procedure I outlined above and get the amp sim to unity gain followed by all of the other blocks.   Oh and if you are going to add a "boost" to your patch, make sure it doesn't drive your powercab into distortion.  That might entail setting everything else lower to start with.


    Hope you have great success.




    Heya Bob, what do you mean set the Lt to unity gain? And how do you do that?

  5. Hey everyone hope you're as well as can be int he current times!


    I am new to both Helix and Powercab so have no  presets I need to work from but volume set up is confusing and reading different things in different places.


    I have Helix set to line level so all good there. So when starting from scratch is it best to have my Helix volume knob set to full?


    Thanks for the help

  6. 11 hours ago, macello said:

    I had something similar to your situation, before helix I had several rack preamps and a rack power amp, when I took the helix I did the test using the emulation of the premp (not the heads) and using the rack power amp that i had. I had evidence that the guitar power amp alters the sound in a similar way to a preamplifiers, so everything was altered by the power amp. I have replaced the power amp with another one with custom guitar power amp with more neutral sound but the character of the power amp always made itself felt, so i have replaced it again with an a HiFi integrated amp and a HiFi Spekaer solving everything with the IR.


    A guitar power amp alter the sound like a clean channel of the preamp, but with slight differences on certain aspects.

    PS: sorry for my bad english



    thanks a mullion for the replys :)

  7. 1 hour ago, spikey said:

    I have multiple avenues to listen to Helix on, but the two main ones are a couple of Power-cab +'s running back to the mixer (and audio interface) and into my near-field Mackie HR 824 monitors. The other way is using the built-in cab IR's in Helix straight into the HR-824's. With the Power cabs I can change the settings on them "per-patch" with Helix, for example from a Fender Jensen speaker on a Deluxe, to a Marshall green-back on a Marshall amp patch. I recommend them !



    Thanks a million for the reply!

    Is the plus worth it over the normal one?

    I think I will order one while I still have the mesa and see if I like it enough and then sell the mesa after if I do..

  8. Heyas! I got a Helix Lt about 3 weeks ago. I have a mesa boogie lonestar and so have my helix in the loop of it at the moment and just usuing the lonestars poweramp to test out the different amps.


    I'm loving the distorted amps through it but alot of the clean amps are just sounding very similar to the lonestar to me as I'm not getting their full charactersitcs when usuing the lonestars poweramp.


    So I'm just wondering what you all play yours through and why you love it and if you changed from a different set up what was it you changed from?


    Thanks a million!

  9. Hi everyone!
    Finally got an Lt this week and to say I'm overwhelmed is an understatement!


    Its the first effects board I've owned since the Boss Me30 about 18 years ago!


    I have  Mesa Boogie Lonestart so have it connencted using the 4 cable method so I can use preamps from Helix and my amp.


    Theres so many volumes to sort out, have the master volume dial  on the helix, the ouput  of loop level on front of amp and send level on back of amp.


    Any recommendations for best setup for the amp? Consensus seems to be 12/2 o clock for dial on helix.


    Finding the difference in all the default amp volumes mad aswell, is there a best way to have them on some sort of level pegging?


    Please respond to me in as dumb language as possible and thanks so much for the help!


    Have attached photos of me amp also.


  10. 4 minutes ago, codamedia said:


    Don't over think it...


    When set to Instrument Level they work fine as additional inputs, I use them all the time! You also have the convenience of a level control in the return block if you want to fine tune the level of the incoming instrument. 


    Over thinking is my middle name!

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  11. 5 hours ago, phil_m said:

    Yes, you can use one of the returns as an input for a guitar. If you set the level to instrument level in the Global Settings menu, the input impedance will be 1MOhm, which is fine for passive guitars (that's typically what the input impedance of Lo Z inputs is).


    If ya google it you'll see what I mean..

  12. Heyas I'm not very technical at all but hope I have the right jargon here!


    I've read you can have 2 passive electric guitars in the helix lt at once with one in the effects loop but have also read from some that the one in the effects loop wont sound right because of the 'low Z input'. If I use a direct box into it does that solve the issue?


    I teach guitar so having both electrics in there and being able to control everything from there would be brilliant.


    Thanks for the help!

  13. Heyas again have been doing laods of research since and have nearly bought the Lt just another thing to clear up dunno if yous can help?


    I've read you can have 2 passive electric guitars in the helix lt at once with one in the effects loop but have read from some that the one in the effects loop wont sound right because of the 'low Z input'. If I use a direct box into it does that solve the issue?


    I teach guitar so having both electrics in there and being able to control everything from there would be brilliant.

  14. 5 hours ago, rd2rk said:

    For maximum tonal flexibility and the ability to leave the 72 lb amp at home and plug straight into a PA, get the Floor or LT - or wait a couple months and get the new POD GO.

    Having the full Helix allows you to use any of the Helix pre (or full) amps direct into your Mesa power section. A Marshall 2204 through 6l6 tubes won't sound like a Marshall 2204, but it will sound different from the Mesa preamp. You could also have a Recto or MarkV instead of the Lone Star. IOW - lots more options, plus the ability to record direct using any of the Helix amps/cabs/IRs vs getting an expensive Reactive Load box to record the real Mesa (or mic-ing it and having the cops over....) .


    If all you need is what you've got plus effects, get the HXFX.


    Does that mean I'd be putting the Helix into the effects loop for when using the Helix's pre amps is it? Will they sound good through it?
    Is it possible to still have the option of the lonestars preamp for one song and then then one of the helix's without having to switch around cables?


    1 hour ago, caledoneus said:

    do you think you would ever be in a situation when you would want to go direct with no amp?  if so, and you have the budget for it, then I would say get the Helix (or the LT).  If you will ONLY ever use the Helix for effects, then the HX is probably all you would need.  I had the HX, and ended up selling it to pay towards the LT. 

    not playing live at the moment so not currently..

  16. Heays and thanks a mil for taking time to read. Looking for some advise from people in the know.

    Am very new to this whole idea of modeling amps etc so will need to be talked to like an idiot!


    I have a mesa boogie lonestar and am very happy with it and definitely want to get into the effects side of the helix.
    I also like the idea of the having all the amp options but definitely dont have the money to get a helix and a flat response speaker or the powercab.


    Is there any point in me getting a helix over the hx effects? If I'm running the amp models through my lonestar will it just sound like a lonestar with a amp model mix in?
    I dont get how that aspect works. And if I can bypass the mesa amp somehow (dont know how) would I be getting the proper tone of those amp models?

    Thanks so much for the help!



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