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  1. Here is my list of advice from going that route for several years. Use external pedals that take up a lot of DSP in the Helix like a Drop Pedal or reverb. If you use lots of different reverbs you may want to make it Midi. Don't put any pedals in the FX loops of the Helix that will go before a dirty amp. They add noise to the signal and you may need to use additional gates. After a dirty amp is fine. If you use external pedals like a wah or Drop just put those in front of the Helix. It can be hard not to buy new pedals. Leave space. If you find a unique pedal that you like treat yourself. For example, the wahs in the Helix are good but none compare to my Jerry Cantrell or EVH wahs. Make sure your Helix is protected and that you have a backup. Even drunk bandmates can be a threat and cause catastrophe. Enjoy and have fun with it.
  2. Thanks guys. All I needed to do was turn down the input volume on the Studio 1810c. I still have no idea what I'm doing.
  3. I just bought Helix Native and I am using Studio One. I have no idea what I am doing. How do I mute the original guitar signal so that I only hear what is going through Native while I play? Right now I hear both.
  4. I do boost the send +3dB but that's all. I use 30 ft cables, so maybe that makes a little difference.
  5. You should use an IR or cab block. There is no thing as power amp simulation in the Helix so just a cab or IR is the best you can do. The power amp does change the tone a bit but all you can do is mess around with EQ to get it to work. Your best bet might be to get a Torpedo Captor X or similar if want to use the 5153 to record. It's expensive, but you have to think of it as an investment. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TorpedoCapX16--two-notes-torpedo-captor-by-reactive-loadbox-di-and-attenuator-16-ohm 100-watt reactive load box allows you to play your guitar amp without a speaker cabinet.
  6. Use the Headphones out of the 5150. When using the headphones out you don't need to be connected to a speaker. A tube head normally has to be connected to a speaker cab/load or you could ruin it. I did a wet/dry/wet set up just using the FX send into the Helix. Dry signal back to the 5150 and we signal going stereo into 2 power cab +. That sounded pretty good.
  7. The EVH switching is "proprietary" so it does not work well with other switchers. You may be able to get it to work with an RJM product. Eddie had it designed to be seamless and as noiseless as possible. I would highly recommend using Midi to switch channels. It is very easy once you get the hang of it and works great for me. I am using the 5150 III 50 watt and the Helix Floor. I switch channels per snapshot.
  8. I did this with my 5150 III 50 watt and two power cab + speakers. It was different than what you seem to want to do but your plan is totally doable with Helix. I used the 5150 and it's cab as a dry signal and as my main tone. It's actually 4CM but no post effects are going back to the FX return of the amp. I split the signal after the FX loop in the Helix so the stereo FX post the amp go out to the Power Cab + and they have cab sims built in but you can add that to the Helix also. I uploaded a patch to CustomTone that should work for you. 5150 3 4CM+FRFR I set it up so the XLR outputs will go to your FRFR speakers and the 1/4" out will go back to the FX return of the amp. My name on there is DarthHollis. https://line6.com/customtone/profile/DarthHollis/ Let me know if you have any question.
  9. Donkelly, you are correct. If he's still hearing the original (dry) note of the guitar then something is wrong.
  10. Don't assume that the Poly Capo, Digitech Drop, or any other harmonizer type effect is going to 100% replace another guitar that is tuned to what you want. No matter how good they are they are not going to be perfect. In a live situation I have used a Drop many times and forgot it was on when going to another song. You tend to not even notice you have it on. But in a recording environment there are artifacts that may be heard. For me it was much more noticeable with clean sounds and more complicated chords. Does the Poly Capo replace the Digitech Drop? For me it does. I will probably only use it once or twice in an entire night and I guarantee no-one will notice. If I was going to do more songs (like 5 or more) I would probably have another guitar tuned to D standard or whatever I need. If you want to compare poly effects to anything, the be all end all are Eventide products. They are kind of considered the best in the industry. They are still not perfect but they are amazing. I have to think the Line 6 has gotten pretty close to Eventide quality. Remember, the quality is not in the hardware but in the programming. Line 6 has created an algorithm that is supposedly faster than at tracking than any other out there. For more accurate tracking you can slow down the tracking but there is the trade off.
  11. From the owner's manual, I thought this was interesting. The Effects Loop is basically a circuit bridge from the end of the preamp to the Driver stage, with the SEND interrupting the signal at the preamp’s end and the RETURN feeding the power section just before the Driver tube. Using this patch point usually ensures the best sonic performance as well as signal to noise ratio with your outboard processors. That said, it is important to point out that this is a critical junction in the TRIPLE CROWN’s circuit path and whatever is inserted here can have an effect on the overall performance of the amplifier. The Effects Loop is a Series Loop, meaning that the entire signal goes through it, unlike a Parallel Loop where a percentage of the unaffected pure signal is taken around the Loop. Therefore, the quality of the devices used in the Loop and their performance is critical to achieving the best sound and performance from your amplifier.
  12. Mesas are a different animal. They sometimes have parallel FX loops which causes problems. Most amps have series FX loops. http://www.diamondamplification.com/blog/2016/9/18/series-v-parallel-effects-loops The other thing I would suggest is to make sure the FX loop you are using on the Helix is set to the correct level and matches your amp. Go to the Global Settings - Send/Return (FX loop #). Normal setting for amps is Inst (instrument) but some amps will work better with Line level which is considerably louder and what yours may be set to.
  13. Not all amps work this way, but on some amps the master volume is pre the FX loop. The 5150 III works this way. I set all my volumes on my three channels so they are relatively the same volume. Then I use the Helix volume as a master-master volume. That way, if I need to turn up or down I only change one knob, not three and have to balance them out again. Generally speaking, if you max the volume on the Helix and you turn off the FX loop on your amp, which means the Helix volume will not work, then you should hear no difference. You can set it up many different ways to achieve what you want. In my opinion, changing the master volume on the Helix has little to no impact on "tone." Another reason I keep the volumes constant on the amp is so the noise gate I have after the pre-amp does not need to be adjusted for volume changes. I've done similar with my "analog" board by adding a JHS Little Black Amp Box Signal Converter which is a basically a master volume I can control in the fx loop of the amp.
  14. The Control Center is not yet available in the HX Stomp. That is how I was able to set up snapshots to control the 5150 III with my Helix Floor. I thought I saw that it was coming in the 3.0 release but don't quote me on that. You can set it up with presets but that is all right now.
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