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  1. This is what I used,  It's called a standard railing flange.




    Two nuts, two bolts (make sure they are long enough), and two large washers.  


    It seems very sturdy.  I'm a little worried about a drunk person using it to hold themselves up and bending the mic stand or ripping the wood out of the pedalboard but I think that's a low probability.


    Measure the diameter of your mic stand to be sure but 7/8" is pretty standard.  The 3/4" rating of the flange is because it fits a pipe and the interior of the pipe is 3/4" so don't let that fool you.

  2. I have a Mimiq pedal that I put in the loop of the Helix at the very end of the chain only before reverb.  It does a good job of giving a fuller sound and making the guitar sound in stereo.  I'm the only guitar player in my band (hard rock cover band) so I feel it's a little more 3D experience this way.  I only plug into the effected side of the Mimiq and keep the dry side untouched.


    What I was doing before I had the mimiq was to use a Simple Pitch block last in the chain before the reverb with it's own path panned to the right 100% and a dry signal on the left panned 100%.  The Interval is zero, cents at -6.9, Delay at 20ms, shift level at 10.0, Mix 100%, Level +5.0dB.  The right (effected) side will sound a little warbly like a chorus but with the dry side it give a great stereo sound.  This is very close to what EVH achieved on the albums 5150, OU812, and F.U.C.K.  


    I really only prefer the Mimiq by about 20% and it doesn't use any DSP on Helix so that's a bonus too.  You can mess around with the cents and delay time a little and see what you like.


    Here is a recent video I did comparing the sounds.  I was running both side of the Mimiq at this time but the effect is the same.

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  3. Thank you ;)


    Here are some links for the cables (in Europe but i guess you can find them in the USA too). There are different sizes of course.






    The ojai is quite small, but of course there's a power adaptor.

    What about the power cable for the Helix?  I like the right angle.

  4. Karis_shem You have style, Sir!!!

    Can you please share where you got the power cable and midi cables from?  I'm trying to streamline my board as well. 


    The hardest thing I am dealing with is actually the power supply.  I have at least four things to power (three are bricks) so I'm looking for a way to make that neat and clean.  Yours is under the board so that's easy.  Mine has to go on top.

  5. I found on the Jim Dunlop website that most of the Wah pedals have manuals.  There are specs for many of the wahs listed with heel down and toe down frequencies.  


    For example, the EVH Wah:

    Filter Parameter Low Pass ..................... 300Hz ~ 380Hz High Pass .................. 1.9kHz ~ 2.3kHz


    The Q also makes each wah unique, which is the width of the frequency that is spiked.  If you like Fassel inductors then you start with the Fassel wah model.


    What I hope Line6 does in the future is allow the adjustment of the Q in the Helix.  At that point you can pretty much customize the Wah to sound like whatever you want.

  6. Seeing your follow up post above I would say that I am constantly tweaking our PA and mixing board to make things sound better from gig to gig.  However, your guitar tone should be consistent.  Whatever you use live as your monitor your should be using at practice and rehearsal.  You will be more familiar with the sound (so will the band) and you will also be familiar with problems that might pop up.

    You are not crazy.

  7. I didn't read anything in that email that said anything about your tone or the quality of the Helix.  Your bass player did not eloquently state his case.  I feel from my experience I can extrapolate a few things:


    • He couldn't hear you at practice.  You probably need to get an amp, FRFR or some other solution so that he can hear you.
    • Your band doesn't have a PA or not a very adequate one.  So far, my band has only played maybe 5% of our gigs where a PA and soundman was provided.  Our PA is very loud with two mains, two subs, and two monitors.  I also have my own two monitors I use to hear my guitar and the band mix.  If you don't have your own dedicated monitor or amp you must get one.  I pretty much feel this way about each band member.  It's your responsibility.
    • You're tones were all over the place and some tones don't match with the band.  There is a strong desire to want to have a different tone for every song and try to match the artist.  In my opinion, that couldn't be further from reality.  I use one distorted tone and one clean tone for pretty much 95% of the songs we play.  I do have different presets due to special FX for certain songs (like I might only use a tremelo for one song so that has a special preset).  Keeping your tone more consistent between songs allows the other members of the band to pick you out of the mix easier.  Also, you find your sonic space that way.  Put it this way, does the drummer use a different snare for each song to try to match the tone?

    I don't think your bass player is correct in pretty much anything he said.  Bottom line is make sure the band is able to hear you and they are comfortable telling you to change something.  They should be able to say "that song sounds horrible on that guitar can you try another guitar" without fear of hurting your feelings.

    The bass player seems pretty set in his ways but many soundmen used to be also.  The prevalence of Kempers, Axe-FX, and Helix have changed many minds in the last 3 + years.

    Good luck!

  8. So it seems that Mission Engineering has a "spring load" option on their expression pedal.  It will always go back to a heel down position.


    I would like to do this on mine but I think I would have to send it in to them and have them make the modification.


    Has anyone done their own modification to an expression pedal like this?  


    I've seen people convert Wah pedals by turning around a metal piece under the foot thing but that is not easy to get to without possibly damaging the pedal.


    Adding a spring?  Foam?  Any other ideas?

  9. The gray flanger is the MXR Flanger.  It sounds pretty good but not as good as the real thing.  I can pull off "Unchained" with it but it's just not the same.  The phase 90 sounds amazing.  I don't think anyone can tell the difference on that one.

  10. This should answer most of your questions:


    I think this video does an excellent job.  I would say the only effect on the Helix that does not deliver the top notch quality of the rest is the reverb.  The delays are outstanding.  I use the phaser and chorus (it's a model of the old BOSS CE-1 analog chorus) that sounds great.


    The only beef I have with the Helix is the sweep of the Expression pedal.  It is not comfortable for using as a wah in my opinion.  But you can buy the Mission exp-1 L6 and that feels just like a wah in the sweep.


    Find someone in your area that has a Helix and ask to buy them a beer (or a coffee) and try it out for 15 minutes or so.

  11. Hello everyone.


    I have created a stereo patch that I really like but I was wondering how everyone else achieves it.  I am only using one amp and cab at a time.


    I use a simple pitch shift that just a few cents off  and a little bit of delay in it's own path on the right side - 100% wet and the left side is dry.  Stereo reverb is last but not heavy in the mix.


    I have tried chorus and I don't like it.  I have tried just using the delay trick and that is OK.  


    What unique methods have any of you used to create a stereo sound with only one amp and cab?  Is there something I haven't thought of?


    Thanks in advance.

  12. Home and live I use an EV ZLX 12P.  I also have two Harbinger Vari V212s.  The Harbingers, although they sound good and are cheap, are heavier, a little awkward to carry, and difficult to daisy chain.  The EVs are little louder (1000 watts compared to 600 watts) sound a little cleaner with less hiss, and are simple to daisy chain without having to adjust volumes.


    I'm selling the Harbingers and getting another EV.

  13. Do you have on the FX loop path #1 in the Helix on?  That's problem number one.


    What most people don't understand is the that master volume on your amp controls the FX send level.  There is no level for the FX return.  This may not be all amps but most of the ones I have dealt with.  


    Tip of the day:  I keep the master volumes for the two channels of my amp higher than I would probably ever need and then I use the Helix master volume as my overall volume.  When I use a preamp in the Helix and bypass the preamp on my amp (by turning off the FX loop #1 in Helix) I can set the preamp level to match the amp.  

  14. You never know what will happen until you get there.  Schrodenger's Cat and what not.....


    Sometimes I use 4CM with 5150 III and 2x12 cab and I also go direct, sometimes using a FRFR for just my Helix and another as a monitor, sometimes no FRFR for the Helix.  I have prepared to make all of it work.  The best thing you can do is be prepared.  I would not recommend buying something just for this gig, though.  Rent something you can keep for a week before and experiment.  You can copy your set list and switch to only using pre-amps and no cab sims or IRs into the FX return of a real amp.  That will probably be the easiest way for you get make it work if you are really worried.


    I have showed up to gigs where they expected me to have an amp and I just had the Helix and an FRFR... used a direct box.  The sound guy did not blink an eye.  He said he preferred mic'ing a cab because he's old school but that it really didn't matter.  I did have to switch over my output from instrument to line level because he said the signal was not hot enough.  Point is, I had a FRFR as my amp and because I had the direct box and I was cool about it the soundman was cool too.


    Know your equipment, be prepared, be cool and flexible.  If you can do those things you probably won't have any issues.

  15. You shouldn't have any problems using the AUX input for a low impedance signal from a wireless unit. 

    I did.  I have a guitar with active pickups and I don't think that translates though a wireless unit.  There was definitely less gain. I tried with two different guitars and both wireless units (G10 and G50).

  16. I've been looking at A/B boxes online and it seems they are all for going from one input to two outputs.  Is there one that has two inputs and one output?


    The Aux in on the Helix loses a considerable amount of signal and it is not switchable so that is not an option.


    I have two wireless units and I would like to have a second guitar ready to go.


    Would a simple Y cable work?  I'm would like to be able to switch between the two if possible.


    Thanks is advance.

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