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  1. In case people haven't seen it there's an interesting TGP thread here where the poster reports back on settings he's used to replicate / get close to his original analog pedals: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/replicating-my-favorite-pedals-with-helix-hx.2007905/
  2. I recently had my HX Stomp stolen, and as I wasn't using the amp or cap sims anyway I decided to replace it with a HX Effects instead. I've got backups of my Stomp from quite recently (done under v2.82), but they are entire backups not individual presets. I've also got a trial version of Native running, but I can't seem to work out any method of retrieving individual presets from my backups, and loading them into the Effects. From what I've worked out, the only way to do this is to have access to a Stomp again, load the entire backup, then export individual presets, and then load these into HX Edit (or via Native if I need to strip out the occasional amp or cab sim here and there). Is there some possibility I've missed?
  3. Well, I've not only owned many original pedals, but I've built or manufactured some hundreds of them, including licensing back the production of the Mutron Biphase to the modern day Mutron. Calling the Line 6 models 'unusable' is a bit much, as obviously many people find them more than 'usable'. IMO if the model is 90% or more accurate, or gives you the same 'vibe' as the original, then that's enough, especially given the huge amount of flexibility and the low cost (relative to separate pedals) of the Helix (or in fact other comparable digital systems). And if there really are some pedal models that you aren't happy with, you can incorporate the original analog equivalents into your rig, it's not an either / or proposition. The variances between analog pedals are a moot point, as most people aren't using duplicates in their rig, and even if they do slightly adjusting the controls to get the 'same sound' is hardly a problem. We had quite a complex calibration routine for the modern-day Biphase, and even then there is some variation between units, with 'good' and 'bad' ones. This is a direct result of the manufacture of hundreds of these particular pedals, so variation with components is certainly an issue, especially with complex designs. With digital stuff, any off-the-shelf unit will sound the same. IMO this is bloody awesome for working musicians. Far less to go wrong with a single digital unit too, as compared to multiple pedals with multiple footswitches, multiple power connections, multiple sockets, multiple pots, multiple toggle switches. Some people aren't happy with digital FX, for whatever reason, so the best thing the OP can is to try and see for themselves. Personally I found myself just playing music through my Stomp (and soon to be HX Effects as the Stomp was stolen) and not even thinking about any technical stuff.
  4. You'd need to tweak the Helix to sound 'the same'. However, this would be the case with two analog pedals also; for one thing, the pots used in analog pedals are normally cheap and have a variance of 20% for the same part, meaning to get two of the same pedal to sound 'the same' you'd probably have to position the controls differently. Also there is some variance in the rest of the parts (resistors, capacitors etc); analog pedals really aren't that great in terms of being 'the same', even if it doesn't actually matter too much (i.e. if you need to move a gain knob a few more degrees, or if the knob isn't put on as straight on one pedal compared to another). I used to manufacture analog FX pedals, and in part gave it up because digital is better in almost all aspects. No way I would go back to individual pedals again.
  5. I'm no expert, but I haven't noticed a setting for this in my Stomp or in the manual. The current system works pretty well most of the time, and is a decent trade-off between speed and accuracy, IMO.
  6. So you are complaining about a bug that is allegedly in the software, but are not willing to take the few minutes to report it, and instead will simply not use the software any more? A curious approach to the situation, that's for sure.
  7. With technology like the Helix also comes some additional complexity with respect to software and upgrades; in one sense you're trading some large amount of tonal flexibility for some higher degree of mucking about with updates and possible issues associated with updates - whether you are aware of this or not. That said, for most people the update is a one-time event, and I'm glad Line 6 decided to err on the side of providing a lot of information rather than not enough. I daresay that despite complaints from people like the OP it's saved them considerable support time and makes life easier for most customers also. Also, I would much rather Line 6 spend time on new models and software updates than a complete hand-holding updating process. Again, it's a one-time thing that takes way less than 30 minutes to work through - deal with it.
  8. I use LA compressor in a couple of patches in the 'final' block in my stomp, and noticed something a bit odd with volumes at last night's gig, but wasn't sure - due to the usual onstage chaos and poor monitoring - what the issue was. It would be nice to know this could have been the problem., so - yes - an update here would be appreciate to see if it's reproducible. Seems like an odd bug to have introduced, if indeed it is one, though.
  9. So you need an RCA plug -> 2.5mm DC plug, centre negative? This is the kind of thing you can easily make yourself once you've acquired some basic soldering + wiring skills. Maybe this is not an immediate solution, but having these skills will save you money and time; IMO these are very useful skills for all musicians. As you've found, a premium is charged for something that is just two 50c connectors + a few cents of dual-conductor cable. I had a search for various adapters, but couldn't find anything. Any results I found for "RCA plug, DC plug" would still require some basic soldering to combine two different cables in the right way. Your best bet may be to take one of the RCA -> 2.1mm DC plug cables that came with your power supply to a local tech, and get them to replace the 2.1mm plug with a 2.5mm plug (also taking into account the final DC polarity required). (FYI, "Boss Standard" is always centre negative.)
  10. Most of the time, in my experience, it takes longer to develop and test anything that involves software than people predicted, and even working out 'how much longer' then further delays release of said software. I see a bunch of people posting comments here that are the same as clients I've had in the past, and who don't fully grasp the complexities of software development and release (and that's fine, as that's not their area of expertise). You gotta just relax, let the pro's do their job, and think about something else for a while. Offering a different point of view - I have a preamp made by another company, and this company has been promising that a much-needed firmware upgrade would be released 'soon', 'in a couple of weeks' etc, for getting towards 18 months. This firmware is not even adding many new features, but rather addresses some significant issues (eg needing to double-tap a footswitch to enter tuning mode rather than having a single long press; this has already meant that this footswitch has broken on my device, and the same company can't or won't provide information on how to repair it). Line 6, by comparison, are doing bloody well, and it's not like your Helix is useless meanwhile; we're waiting for features that weren't present when we made the decision to buy, after which anything extra is a huge bonus and reflects very well on Line 6. There are many people using their Helix pretty happy as it stands now, me being one of them.
  11. I'm using the cheap and cheerful M-audio expression pedal: https://m-audio.com/products/view/ex-p Works well, but I'm not a heavy user of the expression pedal so can't attest to it's durability.
  12. Yep, AFAIK with MIDI there is no increment / decrement program change; external MIDI footswitches / controllers that allow this keep track of what program you have selected, and in response to scrolling up or down on the *pedal* send the adjusted program number to the Stomp.
  13. Definitely check out the guy suggested by arislaf above. Here's a direct link to the Youtube videos demonstrating Glenn's patches: https://www.youtube.com/user/extremevideopro/videos Gilmour patch demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgRDtXiuHJk There are are other people doing this too, Google brings forth a bunch of results. I think you'll be pretty pleased with your purchase.
  14. I think page 41 of the manual is what you are after. Check Global Settings -> Ins/Outs -> page 3, knob 2: ---- Determines which signal(s) are heard from the Phones output. Normally you would set this to "Main L/R." 2 Volume Controls Determines whether the top panel VOLUME knob controls both the 1/4" main output and headphone output ("Main+HP") or just the headphone output ("Phones"). When set to "Phones" the 1/4" main outputs remain at unity gain.
  15. It's 'you're'. We're native English speakers, right? So try and make an effort, otherwise if you can't be bothered using correct grammar and spelling then why should I bother listening to what you have to say? My basses are of standard size. They are likely both longer and heavier, or 'bigger' if you will, than your guitars. Don't let this threaten or worry you, though. Size doesn't matter. ;)
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