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Everything posted by DarthHollis

  1. It is not the DSP. It is the programming. Line 6 has to come up with a way to perform polyphonic pitch shifting that has not been done before. Other effect makers (Digitech, Eventide, TC Electronic, etc) have their own proprietary algorithms. About a year ago, Frank R did say they had hired some people that had knowledge of polyphonic algorithms and had worked for another such company. He said they were working on it, but that it would take time. My guess is that it will not be in 2.9 but is possible in 3.0. I have no insider knowledge. They may be much farther away than that. I did see an interview with Paul Reed Smith where he said he learned a technique from his father on how to recognize frequencies. His father was in WWII and was a radar or radio operator of some king. The trick is recognizing the pitch fast. Think about a frequency being a wave. From what I understand, most algorithms can only detect the frequency after a full wave but he had a technique on how to do it with a smaller part of the wave. I searched and could not find that particular video but it was very interesting. It's not even about poly pitch, just the fact that recognizing a single pitch can be so complicated.
  2. The FX loops add noise if placed in front of a dirty amp. It's the Helix, not anything else. You can put a noise gate right after the FX loop, that worked for me when I put a Drop pedal in a loop. I prefer to not put anything in an FX loop before the amp. All my pedals go before the Helix.
  3. Try out the powercab before you buy it. I have a powercab 112 plus and I think it works great as an FRFR and for IR loading but I don't really like the speaker only option as much. This is where the Powercab is supposed to sound like an amp without any microphone simulation. It just sounds strange to me. I've used plenty of real amps and I prefer the sound of the FRFR or IR sims. They actually sound amazing and it's what I use with a live band.
  4. It is the loop that is noisy, not the pedal. I have experimented several times. In my opinion the best way to set it up is wireless -> Drop -> Freqout -> Helix input. Yes it's nice to have them in a loop but I had to add a noise gate after the loop for medium to high gain patches.
  5. You will probably need a Pedal Power digital or a Cioks DC7. Each of those pedals takes a fairly high draw of current. I know the Drop is 300 mA. The normal Pedal Powers usually have 100 mA per output. Check the draw of each pedal. The digital PP only has 4 outputs. The Cioks has 7 outputs and each one is 600 mA plus you can change between 18V, 12V, and 9V for each output. MXR talk box is 18V. The power draw is unknown but it comes with a 1000 mA supply. I did quite a search but 240couldn't find the information. Digitech Frequout draws about 240 mA at 9V. Digitech Drop is 300 mA at 9V
  6. My G10S has been great. It's powered like a normal pedal (needs 300mA) and I don't have to buy batteries. The internal battery lasts a long time and usually can recharge fully between sets anyway. It comes with a right angle adapter so it will work with many different guitar inputs. It's just been very reliable. Also, you can always buy another transmitter for $100. I like not having anything hanging off of my guitar strap or in my back pocket. I've been using either the G10 or G10S for 5 years without problems except for drop outs from wi=fi routers. Iif your receiver (the part on the pedal board) is within 10 feet of a wireless router, you will probably have drop outs. It's just the nature of digital wireless and the spectrum that it uses. I seemed to have more problems with the old expensive Shure wireless.
  7. What you need to know is that the HX Stomp draws about 900mA at 9V. With the right cables you can make it work with most power supplies. I use a CIOKS DC7. The outputs are 600mA each so I use a doubling cable and a cable that converts the right size for the stomp. The CIOKS website has plenty of information on this. I have found this to be a great power supply. I also used an MXR ISO Block before using the 800mA output. Although perhaps not ideal, I have heard that most power supplies under rate the capacity. So a 500mA may actually provide closer to 600mA. But every manufacturer is different. Good luck.
  8. I agree with crusinon2 that you will only know when you try them but you should not be stressed. I have the shure 215s and for the price they sound very good. I was using them with an expensive wireless monitoring system. I also have studio headphones AKG 240s that are about the same price. They have more bass response because they cover your ear. For playing at home I would recommend the AKGs. You would still be able to hear your wife calling you sometimes. With the Shure's you probably won't hear anything else but your guitar. I have expensive custom 3 driver IEMs now and I actually preferred the 215s in some ways. But it's a different animal when you are on stage. I use the custom IEMs when I play live and when the monitors and mains are not on, the custom IEMs sound very brite. When the sound kicks in, i have bass again and everything sounds great. As Gunpointmetal said above, if music sounds good through them then your guitar probably will too. I wouldn't use the custom IEMs to listen to music on a plane or anything. I hate hearing my electric guitar acoustically when playing so I like having headphones that cut out ambient noise. Just my preference and something else to consider. .
  9. The EP booster and the volume pedal may not be able to take a hot signal from the output of the HX Stomp. I could hear a little distortion with a Boss Reverb and a Digi Hardwire Delay after my stomp so I removed them. You could put the volume pedal in an FX loop of the Stomp if you have room or use it as an expression pedal. Also, there is an EP boost in the Stomp if I'm not mistaken. Otherwise, the "path" seems OK if it sounds good. You should be using at least a pre-amp sim of some kind in your Stomp as well since your running into an FX return. A full amp sim might also sound good, just no cab sims.
  10. I'm using the Cioks DC7. They recommend two adapter cables (that aren't expensive) to combine two outputs and then convert to the right size plug. It works great and is very quiet. I power my G10S, tuner, Drop, wah, 18v flanger and phaser. The DC7 comes with plenty of cable and they have a chart to help find if you need specific adapters.
  11. If anyone is interested, the cables came in stock today at Sweetwater and they are on the way to me. I have the Ciocks DC7 on the way too. Seems to be a great all around power supply..
  12. It looks like both cables are "coming soon" at Sweetwater. I just ordered them both.
  13. Sailorhunter. I used a stereo FX loop in the Helix and the second to last block in the signal chain. Two cables to the Mimiq and two cables back to the returns. The only thing after that is a Reverb block.
  14. I'm the boy scout in the band (even though I was never a boy scout). I have a drum key, a microphone clip, duct tape, cable ties, various screwdrivers and allen wrenches, flashlight, batteries, permanent marker, right angle adapters and more. I used to keep Advil. Also, one great tip I don't follow anymore is to tape a $20 bill under a box or something so you can always pay your tab or get a taxi or whatever. I have a multi layer tool box that keeps all the microphones and cables in the bottom, pull out drawers for small things, and a box on top for the tablet, video recorder, my IEMs etc. As you go through gigs and realize, "wow, it would have been nice to have xxxxxxx" you just start being that guy. I've played out for over 25 years and I have learned not only to be prepared for me but for the rest of the band. It will serve you well.
  15. You have to split the signal after the delay or you can have two delays. Then you have to split the output and pan one left and one right. Easier to do with Edit than on the Stomp but still achievable.
  16. If you have the stereo Wet reverb it will work. But if you have the mono version it will not.
  17. I don't agree with changing the mix. Mine sounds fine at 100%. I like the Fasel and the Custom Chrome wahs and I change the Low and Hi settings. Low down to 280 and high at about 1.8. Also, make sure you have the controller set to actually change the wah position. First in the chain is also best. Tom Morello uses it in his FX loop, but never liked that sound myself. It all depends on what you like.
  18. I have an Angry Charlie V2 that I have been using in the fx loop so I can run wah and phaser in the stomp before it. It sounds great. I use a US Double Nrm or a Whowatt as the amp. But with this set up I can also plug into any clean amp and get a great sound (disable the stomp amps). I have owned the Pinnacle, Bogner Ecstasy, MXR Badass, and Marshall Jackhammer pedals among others. The Angry Charlie is simply amazing. I'm just as happy using it as I am the Friedman (Placater) in the Stomp. I also have gone through all of the pedal in the Helix and Stomp and they just don't have the right character. The Deranged Master is great in front of an already distorted amp, but non of the pedals really sound like a good rock distortion to me into a clean amp.
  19. His pickups in those guitars were unique and heavily influenced his sound. That's something people knew about but for some reason never considered to be such a huge part of the overall tone. The Gibson Lab Series amps were a hidden secret for years. BB King famously used them as well. When it came out that the Lab Series was what Ty was using, people assumed that it was the key to his tone. IMO it has mostly to do with the pickups and Ty's fingers. He's using Mesa Boogies now as well as other guitars and it still sounds like him. Ty is also a master of FX and used stereo imaging, double tracking, etc to his advantage.
  20. DarthHollis

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    #1 - Buy something you will enjoy playing. The more you play the better you will get. #2 - Buy for purpose. If you are going to be gigging out I highly recommend buying two guitars so you have a back up. I have not had a string break live in 4 years but I did have an input jack come unattached. Trying to diagnose that at a gig and then solder it would have been a nightmare. Having a second guitar was less stressful. Your needs may be different if you are just playing at home, doing session work, recording for your own pleasure, etc.. #3 - Learn to take care of it yourself. I do all my own work except for frets. If there ever is a problem I can solve it. I have 4 good guitars that are very similar. I keep two tuned to E and two tuned to Eb. I always take two guitars to gigs.
  21. My two cents. Do not use the loop in the HX Stomp unless what's in the loop' has to be between other effects or amps in the HX Stomp. If you can put it before or after the HX stomp then do it. This will cut down on noise and other issues. I run directly to the board and I don't make any EQ adjustments on the board. I use high and low cuts in the IRs and they sound great. I use Pete Thorn's suggestion of 65 Hz and 7.5 kHz. The main reason for having EQ in the channel on a mixing board is because the microphone needs it for whatever reason. Sometimes it's to cut out noise from other instruments like a low cut to keep the kick drum from bleeding through. You don't have to worry about that. The HX Stomp can give the board the best sounding signal, it shouldn't need any tweaking. I use headphones at home and I don't have to re-tweak for gig volume. Maybe I've just been lucky but I don't have expensive headphones. They are AKG K240s. I use IEMs live and the monitors and mains are all QSC K12s. I'm not saying you won't need to re-tweak, but don't overthink it yet. Some things you're going to have to just try and find out what works with your equipment and situation. Good luck!
  22. Snapshots can change IRs. I found this out because I use an IR that is an acoustic guitar simulator and then I use it as heavy cab sim on other snapshots. I like to use the same IR for dirty and clean sounds. It gives me consistency when switching. I feel that when I switch between to completely different sounds it's a little bit too jarring for my tastes.
  23. I was leaving it off but I noticed recently that my clean sounds were kind of harsh. I tried adding a compressor (which I hate to do) and that didn't work. Finally it dawned on me to try the pad and it instantly made my clean tones better. I am using fairly high output pickups (EVH). I don't really hear much of a difference with distorted tones. Listen to your ears and try out all of your guitars before you decide. I still don't understand exactly what the Pad feature does, technically.
  24. Stereo is a choice. How well it works will be based on your application. If you only play small bars or there is another guitar player in the band, I would probably rule out going stereo unless you use IEMs. That's only because you get to hear the stereo. The wet/dry is more about having control of the wet signal and is really not stereo, per se. This also depends on what the wet signal is. EVH uses wet/dry/wet but really the only thing that is wet is a delay that he barely uses. He wants to keep the dry signal in the middle completely unprocessed. Every once in a while he kicks in the delay and it's 398ms on one side and about 800ms on the other side. I think that even in a small bar stereo can be a benefit if done correctly. I mostly play small bars with an audience of less than 100 people and every patch I use is stereo. I am careful to make the patches so that if someone is only able to hear one side they are not going to "miss" any part of the signal. I am hearing the stereo in my IEMs (which I use to save my hearing and because less stage volume means a better overall sound) and the crowd more hears a thicker guitar sound rather than "stereo." Some patches I use two amps (like for Alice in Chains) but I am always using a TC Mimiq pedal in a loop after the amp but before the reverb. I just really like that sound. Using things like harmony, delay and reverb where you hear a different effect in each side won't make as much sense in a live setting as it will through headphones or a home stereo. So for example you don't want a 5th harmony on the left, your dry guitar in the middle and an octave up on the right. The full effect of that won't be heard all throughout the bar. I think you need to experiment but also be prepared to make changes on the fly, if needed. Think like somebody in the audience. Most importantly, make it sound how you want to hear it. What's going to make you play better? Just remember if the audience can't tell the difference it doesn't matter.
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