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  1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll give them a shot and see what works.
  2. Hi, When I use the Helix’s cab sims through my PowerCab 112 Plus, I get a lot of low-end buzzing, especially when the volume or drive is raised. I've got the PC in FRFR mode and I’m connecting with a Line 6 cable. I’ve done some EQ tweaking, but the problem remains. Using IRs loaded in the Helix - checking to make sure Helix cabs are turned off - or the speaker selections in the PC itself doesn’t produce any buzzing at all. So I guess the PC speaker itself is okay. I ran the Helix through my combo amp, using just the power section, to see how the Helix amps/preamps interact with a different speaker. No buzz. So the buzzing only happens when I use the Helix cab sims through the PC, but I can’t think of what might be causing it and why shifting to the PC speakers or Helix IRs (I don't have any IRs loaded in the PC) eliminates the problem. Does anyone have a suggestion?
  3. I, too, couldn't change the volume via 'Digital Out Level' when using an AES/EBU cable. Thanks, HonestOpinion, for the explanation.
  4. Thanks guys. Having used HX edit mostly, I forgot how to save parameters on the Helix itself. That refresher advice really helped - shout out to SteveFrance! After following it and saving PC+ speaker selections to snapshots, I rebooted my computer and the HX edit is also saving these selections to snapshots. Was some kind of glitch, like SympohicDischord suggested.
  5. Although I'm able to switch PC+ speakers (and edit their parameters) per preset via L6 Link, I'm unable to select a different PC+ speaker per snapshot. I'm in preset mode in the Helix PC+ editor. When I hit "save" after choosing a speaker for a particular snapshot, it applies that speaker to every snapshot in the preset. I never had a problem pairing PC+ speakers with snapshots using midi. Am I missing something? Thanks for any help.
  6. PaulWilliamson - totally agree with your assessment. My issues exactly!
  7. Thanks, Phil_m. Unfortunately, the red light does go on a majority of the time. The PC+ sounds fine, however, so the situation has me puzzled.
  8. Thanks for chiming in. I asked LIne 6 customer support if I should be concerned about the high frequency of a (red) clipping signal and they told me not to worry. Here's what they said: "In regards to the PowerCab clipping indicator, this will not damage the amplifier. The Cab was designed for full monitoring so you can ensure your signal is as clear as possible." This remark is a little ambiguous - the second sentence doesn't (to my mind) explain why the first sentence is true, which seems to be customer support's intention. But perhaps I'm missing something. I don't think that I'm sending a signal that's too high . No matter how little db or gain I'm using, or even how low the volume is (except when it's whisper soft), the clipping indicator goes red if I strike the guitar strings with some force. Curiously, I don't usually don't hear any distortion when the PC clips, except of course when I'm really overdriven.
  9. Thanks. This puts my mind at rest.
  10. Are you talking about saving a PC+ speaker model to a Helix preset/snapshot?
  11. Okay, thanks for pointing this out. Since I don't plan to get another PC+ anytime soon, the L6 Link won't help me there. But I see the convenience for stereo users.
  12. SteveFrance, I now understand what you're talking about. I didn't realize that there's a global 2-channel XLR gain parameter in the Powercab 112+. I thought you were talking about the Helix outputs, XLR or digital (L6 Link), both of which have gain parameters. Thanks for shedding light on how the Powercab can be tweaked, including that fact that each speaker model has a volume level adjustment of up to 6 dB. Like you said, the Powercab inputs are factory-set rather low, 0dB or lower. Naturally, since yours was at -18db, your XLR cable connection was NOT as loud as the L6 link. So you increased the XLR input gain until the volume from that cable equaled the volume you were getting from the the L6 Link. Makes sense. Maybe you noticed this too. If you increase both Input Gains - and especially Input 1 - to 12 dB (their maximum), the XLR volume greatly exceeds that of the L6 Link. At least, that's what happens when the Powercab is connected to a Helix. So why use L6 Link with a Helix? I'm getting less bang out of the L6 Link in terms of volume and it doesn't offer any other functionalities, like control of Helix presets, etc. This is a "lose, no-win" proposition, especially for a $60 dollar cable (the medium-length L6 Link).
  13. Did you ever get an answer to your question? My Powercab clips whenever it gets a little loud, which is often. This worries me b/c I've read that repeated clipping can destroy the speaker voice coils. I'd like to know how to play through the Powercab at high volume without clipping. Or, at the very least, to prevent clipping without having to play at a whisper. If you've learned anything - or if anyone has any suggestions - I'm all ears. Thanks.
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