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  1. I will just download Cantabile and see it for myself. Thanks for the advice and sorry for the misguided questions. It is quite daunting to enter into a whole new way of guitar amplification with so many variables that I have to learn about. Time will tell.
  2. Windows, sorry for not mentioning it earlier.
  3. Allright, I seem to be walking into a rabithole here it seems. Will look into the capabilities of my laptop and whether I am willing to invest this amount of energy. Still wondering whether there is a host that is able to link MIDI commands straight to Native. From my understanding a host like Catabile does receive MIDI commands, but you then have to create multiple instances of Native to switch between, since the MIDI commands do not connect to within Native. I know there are ways within Reaper to give commands directly to Native, but I've read that using a DAW live is just a waste of CPU if a simple host can do the same trick. If the hosting of Native/connectivity is settled, I can then test and maybe perfect my live setup.
  4. Not quite. If everybody already had an HX Effects and an audio interface and a somewhat reliable laptop and the idea to grab the discount on Native, then everybody would do it. If I had none of that, of course I would be far better of just buying a Helix Floor. But since I have what I have, I am thinking of the possibilities. That is somewhat condecending and not very helpful. Thanks for the links. One of them I hadnt found yet after searching Google. Many of these discussions are outdated because Native can do things now that it couldnt do some years ago (mostly MIDI-related stuff). Thanks for the advice! I am aware that any such setup is less stable than just using a Helix Floor. Maybe I will use it only for certain practice sessions where technical breakdowns aren't as problematic. Still hoping that some people here have actual experience that they want to share.
  5. Hello all, Currently I am using an HX effects into an amp. Because I registrered the HX, I got a nice discount on Helix Native. Combined with cyber monday, it was a nice deal. I initially bought Native just for recording stuff, but now that I've experienced the full range of Helix soundscaping, I am thinking about using Native live. To do that, I need an audio interface (already have one), a midi controller (HX Effects could double as one) and a host for the Native plugin. Currently I am using Reaper, but I have read about programs that transform Native into a standalone plugin. VSTHost/Savihost for example. My question: does anyone have good experiences using Native live with either a DAW or another type of host? I already read some sparse info on using midi commands within Reaper, but it seems better to use another type of host that might require less CPU usage than a full-on DAW. Is there a host-type of program that includes midi-commands? I only need to be able to switch between snapshots. Hopefully you guys can help me out.
  6. Much appreciated. It is of course a matter of degrees. I can surely live with my live sound being different from my home sound, as long as it is still vaguely the same. I can tweak in the live situation (for example using the Global EQ), but I cannot make a new preset from scratch at every rehearsal. Just a follow up question: I know by now that volume is a big factor when it comes to percieving sound, but can this be "faked" by just bringing up the volume on my IEMs at home? Still thinking about ways to get some use out of my low volume playing at home...
  7. Thanks for the advice. I play in a band, but I'm afraid we don't have the means to record our stuff to that level. I have encountered the amp in a room-saying a lot. To be honest; I tend to play at quite low volume on stage, so I'm not getting that vibrating-your-trousers feeling from my amp anyway. Knowing that many pros use Helix as their main solution, I am confident that I will find sounds that are as good as my Mesa. I am mostly interested in the sound I hear myself, because I play with confidence when my monitor sound is good. Thanks. I'd rather have bad news now than disappointment later. Maybe other readers will have different experiences than yours, but based on your post, I might as well stick with my current setup.
  8. Hopefully you guys can give me some advice. My current setup is fairly simple: a Mesa F30 combo with a HX Effects doing all of the effects work. The setup works fairly well; de amp sounds great and the HX gives me everything I need effects-wise. But there is a problem. I live in a house with thin walls and my neighbours are highly sensitive. This means that I can only play at low volumes. For this reason, I bought a Vox Air GT (great amp!), because my Mesa is completely unusable at these volumes (and it sounds a lot different). However, when I am preparing for live situations, my home setup is next to useless. Not only is there a big volume discrepancy, there is also the issue of the HX reacting completely differently to the Vox compared to the Mesa. So the changes I make to presets within the HX during practice can have wildly different results on the live setup. There are also issues connected to the Mesa; where I stand in relation to it makes a huge difference, for example. This has meant that I just use one preset that I have used live effectively, and I only sometimes make small changes to it during the live situation. What a waste of all the potential of the HX! I would love to endlessly craft my sounds back at home in preparation of the live gig, but so far that has only had disappointing results. Now I hoped that just going direct (by upgrading to Helix floor and ditching the Mesa) would solve these issues. That way, the sounds I create at home (with IEMs or maybe studio monitors) would remain roughly the same live, maybe with the help of some Global Eq-ing to account for the change in volume and ambience. Live, I would also use the same IEMs. But then I started reading about people with Helixes who still have the same issues that I have now with my tube amp. The changes in volume, monitor speakers and ambience would still ruin all their home-prep. They get suggestions to buy frfr speakers (and practice at stage volume) and premium studio monitors to closely resemble what the PA/live monitors would do to their sounds. I can really only afford to sell my HX and Mesa, and use that money to buy the Helix plus maybe some budget studio monitors. Live, I would use IEMs or the monitor wedges available. I also still have the sound issue at home, so I cannot practice at the same volume that I would have live. Long story short: will going from tube amp to digital/direct mean that I can actually prepare my presets at home, or will I still have the same issues that I now have? Please don't suggest that I should buy more expensive gear or that I should practice at higher volumes, that is just not possible for me right now.
  9. Thanks for replying. I am not planning on introducing any overdrive within my guitar amp. But even without overdrive, the pre and power amp do introduce gain and sound colouring. But will that negatively influence a cab sim? The reason why running the output from the loadbox back into the HX is problematic, is because the signal I send from the HX at instr level (fx send 1) returns from the loadbox at line level. I want to do the send/return within one block and FX loop, but I can only set the impedance level for both fx in and out at the same time. If I change the impedance of the FX loop to line, I then send a line signal into my guitaramp. So either the HX or the amp receives a line signal while expecting an instr signal. There does not seem to be an easy solution to that issue, so that's why I thought of putting the IR somewhere earlier in the chain, where I can actually incorporate it.
  10. Hi all, I would like to use the HX Effects' ability to load IRs in order to go direct. In order to do that, I now have this setup in mind: guitar --> HX --> guitar amp --> loadbox --> FOH. My initial idea was to loop the signal back from the loadbox into the HX, then add a cabsim IR to the signal, and then send it off to FOH. That way the IR is placed where the actual speaker would be: after the preamp and the poweramp of the guitar amp. It would be a lot easier however to either put the IR as the final effect before going into the amp input (the amp is running clean) or if needed in the fx loop of the amp by going 4CM. In either of these cases however, the "speaker" would be in the wrong position, being either in front of the entire guitar amp or in front of the power amp. Will that affect the ability of a speaker-IR to emulate the response of a cab? Or do the pre or poweramps of my guitar amp not interfere with what a cab-IR does? Hopefully someone can demistify this for me. I would just try it out for myself, but I don't have monitor speakers at home, so I have to know if this setup works before installing everything for a gig.
  11. Interesting. Is it also the case that your guitar/amp combination usually has no noise on any pickup selection? And does it matter for you whether you have any effects engaged in your HX?
  12. Thanks for the replies. As I said, I am not at all surprised by the fact that my 1, 3 and 5 positions cause noise (I know how a strat is wired), but I am surprised by the fact that they didn't do so before. Also, there is hum without any effects in the signal chain, so the HX being true bypass (right?) shouldn't interfere. So I agree with SaschaFrank that it might be a ground issue. Will also look into EMF. If anything makes this issue disappear, I will let you know.
  13. Thanks for replying. I have been quite lucky with my strat. No idea what pickups are in it, but they haven't caused any issues yet. The setup is quite simple: strat --> HX --> Amp --> loadbox/attenuator --> speaker
  14. I've never had any noise issues with my stratocaster + tube amp setup. However, since using the HX Effects I get a very noticable hum on my 1, 3 and 5 pickup settings, which disappears completely when I switch to my 2 and 4 positions. I am aware of the difference between the pickup settings and why there is a difference. What I don't understand is why I suddenly have a hum in my setup, even with zero effects engaged. And if the HX is causing hum, why is it only doing so on the 1, 3 and 5 positions? Any feedback would be appreciated :)
  15. You could do this but i wouldnt recommend it. By bypassing your preamp you might get a clean sound, but it wont be a nice sound. Also, switching to your ambient preset from another setting would be a rather radical change in sound and volume. So you'd want to stay in your ambient preset for the entirety of a song. Have you considered putting a clean boost in your loop? That way you can push your preamp a little less, while getting the volume level you require.
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