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About Thark

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    Saskatoon, Canada
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    Music, painting, physics ‘n mathematics ... did I mention music?

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  1. Thark

    Potential Helix user with a couple of questions

    Actually, I’m so lazy that I have one at home and one at a bandmate’s house where we rehearse. Don’t use them for stereo very often. :)
  2. Thark

    Potential Helix user with a couple of questions

    I’ve been impressed by the Line 6 Powercab Plus ... so much so that I bought a second one for stereo. After having tried amps and FRFR speakers this option presented itself and I’m glad I explored it.
  3. Not all truss rods are righty-tighty, lefty-loosey, just most. I ran across a video of a bass with the reverse of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZhrI4l8WAQ . BTW, Dave's guitar maintenance and repair vids on YouTube are very interesting and informative and usually a hoot to watch.
  4. Thark

    Easier Method for Patch Editing

    Better yet, don’t watch TV. Like Frank Zappa said, it oozes slime. Edit: I believe that he also said “Shut up ‘n play yer guitar”. :)
  5. Here's a tip for efficiently previewing IR's if you have a Variax guitar. First set up a simple set of blocks including an IR block. It won't really matter which IR you choose, just put one in. Now, with the IR block highlighted, right click on the IR select bar and choose Variax tone. You can now switch between IR's using your tone control ... much easier than HX edit or bending over and changing on the Helix. You can audition the full bank of IR's in a very short time using this trick. You could, of course, choose a foot pedal rather than the Variax tone control but I find that I get more control over switching with the tone control. Also, if you're not using a Variax then the foot pedal would be your best option. Edit: Forgot to say that if you put a looper at the beginning of your block chain and record a few seconds of guitar and set it to loop you don't even have to play to audition your IR's.
  6. Thark

    Helix into stereo amp, help?

    I don’t think it will matter which you use for left and right. Swapping them back and forth will just move things from left to right and vice versa.
  7. Thark

    Using a Windows 10 tablet to run HX Edit

    This is likely a dumb question but how does it connect to the Helix? Usb?
  8. Thark

    Using FRFR Behind You On Stage

    How ‘bout a Line 6 Powercab Plus? They sound great and can be tilted back if needed.
  9. Thark

    It arrived!!

    Do what I did. Get yourself a mini-refrigerator for the studio and stock it up!
  10. Thark

    An Idiot's Guide to Making Impulse Responses?

    Hi Danny. Yes, there is a guide on YouTube ... several in fact. The one that I used (very successfully, I might add) is: Give it a try. It's really cool!
  11. My impression of the capabilities of the Helix Floor just went up a notch or two last night at band rehearsal. I had just learned how to alter block parameters with the footswitches a couple of hours before. As we were playing I decided that the chorus effect wasn't quite right so I put the Helix into switch programming mode (if that's what it's called) and tweaked the chorus 'till it was to my taste. This all while we were playing! What a sweet feature! Not enough drive on your amp model? Kick it into switch programming mode and notch it up until it's to your taste. Only takes seconds and you don't have to stop playing.
  12. I had the same problem back when Mac OS was last updated to Mojave. What a dumb thing for the Apple software people to to! Makes me wonder what kind of silly things like this will pop up in future updates.
  13. Agree with Gin and Jersyboy. There is no reason to worry about having no strings on the neck, at least for a short period of time. For a longer time you might want to straighten the neck with a truss rod ajustment and then re-set the relief after the new strings are on. A couple of reasons for removing all strings: oiling the fretboard to prevent cracking from excessive dryness (it’s *really* dry where I live, especially in the winter), leveling and crowning frets. I do all of my own guitar maintenance and most repairs and upgrades. I have so many instruments that it would cost a pile to have someone else do it ... and it’s kind of fun. Also, you know for sure that the work has been done the way you want it.
  14. Yes, this is the way that I normally do it as well. However, this time I was putting a set of locking Grovers onto the guitar and had all the strings off.
  15. Hi all. I have two JTV59's which I love playing and which are both loaded up with Arislaf's "Realistic Bundle" (https://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=24065.0). They pretty much do it all for me but there is one minor irritation ... changing strings. It's pretty tough to slot the strings in the bridge and then wind them on the tuning machine without having the string fall out of the bridge. There's a simple solution to this though. A piece of tape holds the strings in nicely until they can be wound up to pitch.