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Everything posted by waymda

  1. The integration of the Helix with the DT series of amps is not the same as with the HD500x. Likely as the DT series are now legacy hardware (unfortunately). However, there is still pretty deep control available from the output block including the poweramp settings via L6 Link. I no longer have my DT amps, but you will find the parameters you can control in a tab on the output block. From what I recall you can change paramters at a preset and within that snapshot level (with the same thump you could get with the Pod with certain changes). These changes are NOT mapped to the amp models like they were in the HD500. I also recall others here having deeper control via midi. If you enjoy the DTs persist, its an even better set-up than the HD500 when you consider the substantially better amp models in the Helix.I do recall preferring the full amp models over the pre-amps in the Helix. Unfortunately, my desire for an easy, replicable, controllable workflow and outputs led me to using powercabs, and then ultimatley direct to PA and high quality in-ears, with a full mix back at me on a silent stage. My days of living for amp in the room sounds have passed.
  2. Well we don't know your settings, but yes that sounds like a strat through a litigator. Not sure what you mean here - EQ on the stomp, in the DAW, on the amp model? Keeping in mind that mix EQ is about making space for sounds in the mix and helping the right bits 'poke out', what you think is a great tone solo'd is not always an even close to useable tone in a mix. Jason Sadites has a huge range of videos that help getting good sounds, but you might find one of his most recent ones particularly useful
  3. I've had timeouts restoring back-ups before, generaly straight after updating firmware, and thorugh the same cable and USB port that had just worked for the update. The solution has been pulling the cable out of the PC, shutting down the Helix, restarting the PC, starting the Helix. It seems like an intermittent USB driver thing. One other instance involved a corrupt preset, determined by bringing each set-list in one at a time, working out which one and forcing a skip - complete PITA.
  4. So yes, many parameters, so try to reduce the degrees of freedom (available choices). Suggest pick an amp you know in real life and likewise a cab. Ideally somehting you know you like mic'd up and with which microphones. Then change settings for each compnenent to extremes so you hear what they do and how they interact, then make incremental changes from stock to get closer to what you want to hear. Its painstaking and boring, but helps you quickly learn what works for you and what doesn't and becomes applicable across other blocks. And take breaks, because, yes, ear fatigue is very real.
  5. Additional information needed - what is "that quick volume spike when changing snapshots?" I have had one instance of a weird volume spike in snapshots in 150+ maintained patches each with 4 snapshots. Some back and forth with L6 determined that Snapshots change parameters in the order thay are set in a serial, though very fast, manner. Not in parellel. In the case of my problematic pact/snapshot it had been developed/played with over a period of time and one of the stroed changes caused an issue with volume. Tracking it down wasn't feasible, and even if I could, it could not be remediated. So I rebuilt the patch from scratch with only the required changes. If you mean something more systemic, eg all your snapshots have volume changes, you need to reconsider what youu're changing and what you're not. Its unlikely to be a snapshot issue per se, more something to do with not ensuring correct volume levels at for each snapshot by adjusting the various parameters available to you. For example, you can't expect to push the gain of an amp without an associated volume change and a need for a channel volume adjustment. Thinking about the changes for each block and whether the change needs some compensation within the block or elsewhere will help.
  6. You're an Implementation Tech and you can even be bothered to read the second pinned post of the forum about posting ideas in IdeaScale. Must be struggle doing your job if you can't be bothered reading doco. What a painfully pompus post.
  7. Well that will make it tricky, a leslie a speaker with a moving baffle and/or horn - so you're putting an emulated speaker into a real one. In addition, although not strickly stereo its an effect best perceived through binaural hearing (ie might as well be stereo) because of the movement of reflections in the space the speaker (cab) is in. That might explain your perception of it being more like a chorus.
  8. Yes, highly likely. Collapsing the stereo modulation to mono is likely to cause some amount of phase cancellation. As I read through your post that was was the first question I was going to ask. Also with using mono versions, you could consider a parellel path with the modulation effects and mixing them back in later. They will also affect volume differently depending on where they tap the signal in the 4CM arrangement. Conventional wisdom is mod effects in the loop, post amp pre-amp, however many a mod effect works very well pre-preamp and in mono - think the boss chorus pedals designed for guitar and before rack effect goodness allowed use post pre-amp (if not amp and cab in the studio). Assuming youre using the pitch blocks as adding an additional not (rather than detune) then yes they are higly sensitive to overall output volume and need balancing in the mix. My experience has been that as the volume increase I need to add more pitch effect for it to sit where I want it. Sorry I can't provide definative answers, but your end-to-end setup signifcantly impact how it all works for you.
  9. Yep, its a tough one to find
  10. Without wishing to be captain obvious, if your settings within the Helix are the same, then the difference is: your guitar or something to do with input - not all strats are equal (not even close) your reproduction method/equipment; or a hardware issue with your Helix But you've provided no additional info to assist diagnosis. Indicating you have no issues direct to amp is comparing apples to igunanas and your descriptions suggests classic amp in the room vs recorded amp sound issues (apple v iguana). Taming the iguana requires thinking like a studio engineer - but your post history suggets you're aware of this so....
  11. Hundreds if not thousands of people - the facebook "Line 6 Helix Family User Group OFFICIAL and ORIGINAL" group will provide you with a huge range of opinions about what works/doesn't and (of course) what is best. I've used my Helix through, Mesa power amps to varous cabs, a JC120 through the stereo send return, different head/cab and combo set-ups, Line 6 DT amps, and Line 6 PC+. Each was a different experience and with different issues around patch creation workflow/management and the compromises associated with the reproduction system. For me, my current setup of high quality IEMs and direct to FoH works best for what I'm doing, and has substantially reduced the compromises I had to make, made patch creation and management easier, and ensured consistency. But that was a multi-year journey to get to that point which included recalibrating my tone expectations away from amp in the room. This approach has lasted the longest with about 2 years on the clock now. Good luck with the journey.
  12. But I do believe there is the ability swap the position of snapshots using the on hardware edit facility. I don't use it and not near my hardware so can't confirm easily. This might be quicker than the (IMHO) somewhat cumbersome and error prone copy and paste in HX Edit method, albeit still requiring each preset to be edited. And yes, standardising your snap order makes a huge difference live - unfortunately I had 100+ presets done by the time I came to that realisation, so now my build template includes some standard snap names/order.
  13. Am I reading this wrong in that you seem to be saying the audio sent to a DAW via USB exhibits the same characteristics as the headphones? If thats the case it really could be anywhere. You say you've done all the troubleshooting you can think of, but I will ask anyway, have you factory reset the device and tested it before loading any back-ups? Software gremlins can be pretty weird. Does the issue occur with streamed audio? If yes to a factory reset with no result then I second a bench test.
  14. Have to ask, are you comparing your mic'd up amp and pedal board through the monitors with the modelling? If not its an apples and oranges comparison. The amp in the room (with you) will always sound bigger, better, etc.....
  15. Sorry, my tin ears only hear: something weird with the first part of the "Helix" phrase, it sounds like its been played with a lighter touch and the Peavey being louder than both No chatter that these tin ears can hear. If I put all 3 in a mix there's no way I could tell them apart, perhaps other than the level.
  16. Everything above is correct. However, it is super easy to accidentlly add a mono effect/block post the dual cabs that will sum the parts. I have done this numerous times and it drove me mad trying to debug it. Check every block, and then check again.
  17. Hi Neil Processing tab below. I don't recall ever changing anything on this tab, but I've been using Studio 1 since V2, so may well have a long time ago. Apologies about the quality, the forum is refusing any file larger than 42.4 kbs - just weird. I just had to look up the Green Z so we can safely assume I don't use it. However, as mentioned I monitor direct from hardware. I've never had the need to hear DAW procesed tracks when recording, so my use case is likely different to yours. I use a DAW more like an old school tape machine with advanced editing abilities and post tracking processing abilities. I do recall on earlier versions having some real issues with mix rendering, but that issue went away around V3.x, and I no longer even maintain a specific boot optimised for audio (which i used to have to do), as both hardware and OSs and drivers seem to have their act together theses days. I could only suggest full uninstalls and reinstalls of the Helix drivers to see if that helps - a manual removal through Device Manager would be the most thorough. Checking the USB port and/or cable may assist - L6 gear is notoriously finicky about USB, and I have had issues in the past with specific cables and ports so once I sort that out for a hardware combo the Helix gets its own dedicated cable and port.
  18. No issues my end. I tried recording at all four available sample rates, changing it in Studio 1 and the Helix followed flawlessly. It also played back existing tracks/songs fine. My audio settings for 48k recording and song settings attached, but they're nothing special. My line 6 driver is V, the Floor is on FW 3.5, Edit is 3.51, Windows is Win 10 Pro Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4190.0. Whilst my default sample setting is 2048 samples (I always monitor the affected sound direct from the Helix), I could drop it to 256 with no playback issues. However, I opened a song with a single stereo track I was mastering using Helix Native, and it distored@1024 which was the project settings. Once I changed to 2048, I could drop it back to 64 samples with no issues. One thing to note is I haven't updated Native for ages, and I can't for the life of me remember how to show the version number. Sorry, I don't think I've helped at all.
  19. Hi, long time Studio 1 & Helix user. I'm pretty sure I've done some recording with no issues since the 3.5 update, but will have a look over the next couple of days and let you know, along with any settings.
  20. Or you could use send block(s) for 1/4 inch output with 100% pass-through to the IR and make out XLR only. If you use this consistently across patches you just need ot remember what to plug your power amp to.
  21. I had the same issue, and it was exacerbated using toppers. However I still need up and down, and found leaving toppers on everything but 1 and 7 stopped me being so clumsy, and made patch changes more deliberate.
  22. What magic is this? How did you find these things? What is this Tube of You?
  23. Not an identical scenario - but a create explanation about why recording at the right level for the interface and the impact of gain is important.
  24. This to me speaks to the difference between effects on individual instruments versus mix effects (or bus depending on your orientation). I use reverb sparingly on guitar sounds in the Helix, unless its a specific effect (eg big bloom, spread, or alternatively a very small 'room' to make the guitar boxy) and almost always run some sort of 'space' reverb on a mix into which I place different instruments, and tweak for the room. This is for a 3 piece that generally works smaller rooms, self mixes vox, kick, snare, bass, guitar, and for larger rooms drum overheads. Always reinforcing stage sound, never big enough venues for a full mix.
  25. "sound just went limp": ugly guitar? Never had those issues. Once had somehow accidently change the global setting so the big know affected digitial levels, and wondered why I was turning my PC+s above noon and still had my hearing. That was an easy fix. However, the Helix is a computer, L6 Link is a digital protocol, and rebooting computers often fixes weird issues. If I understood why and could determine a generic fix I'd be rich beyond my wildest dreams (well perhaps not the really wild ones). Do you recal any chane on the input LED for the PC+s? That might point to an input voluem change from the Helix.
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