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  1. The Helix seems to have a lot of leeway, patch-volume-wise. I'm not just talking about the process of evening out your patch levels, though that's important. I'm saying that a few of the patches others have made that I've downloaded were vastly louder than my own, without any noticeable digital clipping. I've only had the Helix for a month, but I've been a Fractal player since 2011, and you have to be careful with the output levels of Axe FX II patches, or they'll create a nasty-sounding digital clipping. There are green/yellow/red output lights on the front of the unit, so you can "eye' it. I mention this because I'd just made a fairly heavy patch that i noticed was considerably louder than my other patches, so I looked at the edit section for the output. You can add a tremendous amount of level to these patches. Not that I want to, but I do want to know that I'm in the ballpark of "best practices" output volume. Is there any sort of meter somewhere in one of the windows (or in Helix Edit) that lets you know when you're in the right level zone? I did notice that I couldn't get nearly as much volume out of my Powercab 212+ as I expected to, that is, until I raised the output levels of some of the patches.
  2. Excellent template patch, Wayma! And actually, once I realized how simple it is to split the output to a digital one without the IR and an XLR with it, I added it to all my patches. thanks again!
  3. All I really need it to do is change the speaker models. It would be nice to do it with the Snapshots as well as with presets.
  4. Is it necessary to use a MIDI cable, or can this be done via the Link cable?
  5. I have a pair of Equator Audio D5s, and they're fantastic. https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/equator-audio-d5 https://www.mixonline.com/technology/equator-audio-research-d5-monitor-review-369629 UPDATE: Yikes! I went to Equator's website to see what sort of new stuff they had, and it's gone! Google has told me that they aren't around anymore. Too bad, great-sounding monitors that were way under-priced. You can still find used ones on Reverb: https://reverb.com/marketplace/pro-audio/powered-speakers?make=equator ...or Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Equator-D5-Studio-Monitors-Coaxial-Drivers/123916256552?hash=item1cd9fc0528:g:QF0AAOSwaENdiRNm
  6. waymda— This is fantastic! Thank you! I'm at work now, but I plan to download your template and try it out as soon as I get home this evening. I'm playing this coming Friday and Saturday in a large casino showroom, where sending a good-sounding signal to FOH is a somewhat higher priority than tweaking my stage tone (since few in the audience will hear the Powercab), so I'd considered just leaving everything as is and running in FRFR mode, just to be safe, or even bringing my Axe-FX II (I've had it much longer than the Helix, so all of my patches are time-honed). But if I can adapt my patches using your template, you may have solved my problem. So thanks again! I'll post an update on how it worked out. . .
  7. I've just bought a Powercab 212+ to go with my Helix LT, and I think it's going to be fun. I'm still in the early foothills of the learning curve, though, in terms of using them together; for that matter, I've only just started feeling semi-confident on the Helix itself, having only had it for a few weeks. I'm connecting the two via the "Link" jacks. My question has to do with IRs vs the speaker models in the Powercab. I know there are three standard ways to use the Powercab: Send the patch (with IR) from the Helix to the Powercab on "Flat" mode; Install the IRs into the Powercab (which, presumably, would sound the same, but would lighten the processing load on the Helix); Turn off the IR in the patch and use a speaker cab model in the Powercab. Most of my Helix patches use an aftermarket IR selected to compliment each individual patch. However, I like the sound of some of the speaker models in the Powercab a lot; using them seems increase the "amp-in-a-room" feel. But I like the IRs better in terms of what I want to send to the PA. So what I'm asking is this: is there a way to send the regular patch (including the IR) to FOH while simultaneously muting the IR to the Powercab and using a speaker model instead? That seems like the best of both worlds to me; more amp-like stage monitoring combined with a more ideal "miked amp" sound coming out of the PA. Anybody doing this? How do you guys use the two together?
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