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  1. respectfully, if I have to go into sub-menus, change perimeters, assign values..blah, blah, blah... it's to my point. I expect people who revel in this technology to embrace it, and defend it. How can you compare other stringed instruments or woodwinds to guitar signal processing and amplification? Apples and oranges.. we are not discussing the instrument itself, but the peripherals, which none of them share. Mike
  2. I didn't use my age to handicap myself, if I would have said I was 16, how much value would you place on my life, music experience.
  3. Hello to all, I've been resisting the temptation to write this, but my first attempt to connect external pedals via midi, prompted this post. Yeah, I know, for all you savy tech guys it's elementary. Im 61 and spent the last year and a half, (covid), setting aside my amps, and learning most of the Helix's functions, except of course the Midi thing! Now my rant... why is the technology of guitar players lagging so far behind most every other instrument? When was the last time a keyboard player had to deal with a Moog monophonic synth with tons of patch cables? Look at the technology at some new keyboards.. awesome. But here were are, programming our equipment like it's a Realistic TRS-80, or and IBM XT back in the 80's? I do appreciate the Helix for what it is... but compared to almost every single thing we come in contact with on a daily basis, the technology we are using, should go the way of rotary dial phones! I have seen posts where, after a software update, users are doing verbal cartwheels in praise of a mediocre addition. I appreciate this site and Line 6 for it's customer support, this forum is a real jewel, and I thank you all for your assistance. I'll figure out midi, ( I never used the command center either, so it's another bump in the road), but here we are in the days of asking "Alexa" and turning our lights on with a verbal command, but my beloved guitar rig comparatively is in the dark... Mike
  4. I think I may have had unrealistic/wrong expectations of what I could accomplish. I thought that through midi I would have access to the pedal in the same fashion I would as if I were selecting a reverb pedal from the helix. I didn't realize that I had to select each individual parameter, and assign it to a f/s or expression pedal. Now I think when I try again, I'll get it... eg. basically just assign a foot switch to control the saved presets on the Strymon, right? Or, until I familiarize myself with the pedals perimeters , set a f/s to "type" and manually set the pedal until I have achieved some favorite reverbs? I guess I have it now, or at least a better understand of what I can expect. Thank you so much! Mike
  5. Thanks for the response. Yeah I know the clock it ticking, and I'm a few minutes away from pulling the plug on it until the weekend. Basically I chose the big sky over the smaller version due to it's midi capability. I have the midi in/out cables hooked up correctly. I just want to be able to add the pedal to my signal chain, and control the perimeters via helix. Mike
  6. Helo to all, I'm sorry for asking such a basic question for you MIDI experts. My first attempt at linking my new Strymon Big Sky pedal to my Helix has so far, been a few hours of cursing at everything, including my cats! I've watched videos which tirelessly explore every detail... I just want the ^($@": thing working!!! sorry... maybe too much caffeine too! Is there a quick tutorial available? Any suggestions on the easiest quickest route to success? I appreciate your help, I have a gig in 6 hours and would love to use it! Mike
  7. Thanks for the advice, everything you said made a lot of sense. Mike
  8. Hello to all, I am in the process of laying out a new pedalboard, which will feature the Helix, 2 expression pedals, wireless receiver and additional tuner. Can you post a picture of your pedalboard which includes the Helix. I'm interested in seeing what additional pedals/effects you have with it, and the layout. It seems every time I get used to a certain pedalboard setup, I have to change things around depending on venue and wether or not I use an amp or go to FOH mixer. My new board is 18 x 36" so plenty of room. I would love not to have to do this again. Thanks for any help, Mike
  9. Thanks so much for you comments. My acoustic rig is as simple as I could make it. My two acoustic guitars are Taylor 914CE, and a Guild F-512E 12 string. On occasion I use a '57 Gibson ES-125T. My signal chain is simple, Peterson tuner, I use the built in effects with the foot switch from the Fishman performer, reverb and a little chorus when needed, and then thru a Fishman Platinum Pro EQ. Also have a looper and line 6 wireless. Thats it! I use the boost on the EQ set to 3db when finger or flat picking, off for strumming. My distorted rig seems like its always a work in progress, always tweaking, but this acoustic setup is rock solid! Beautiful tone and clarity every time...
  10. I appreciate your input. If you think this guy sounds good, quacking piezo, you should hear the pure beauty of a fine acoustic! It seems so many guitarists toil over every aspect of their electric "sound", but are satisfied with any resemblance of an acoustic sound. I was like minded for years until I had the resources and time to devote to achieving a tone worthy of accompanying a grand piano, violin, cello and choir. I love distortion and effects, but the purity of fine instruments and proper amplification cannot be overlooked. If you think a Ovation round back sounds cool, eg... we are on different pages.
  11. Hello to all, Due to a recent change to a venue I frequent, I will no longer be using an amp. They are doing sound system updates, which after completion will now have a "front of house" board and monitors. I exclusively use my acoustic guitars there, which consists of a Fishman performer amp and a small pedalboard. I use the onboard effects in the amp, so I will need to add a few pedals to my board and use the DI from my preamp out. I know I could use the DI out of the amp but would rather not hump the gear if I don't have to, (bad back!).. Basically my board is full, so instead, I'm interested in using my Helix, and for this venue, abandon my present setup altogether. At home I have my Fishman amp sandwiched between 2 PC+'s, for the ideal situation for an A/B comparison, and adjustments. Now my question...Honestly, I understand the differences between the various amp models, but I don't understand what properties make an acoustic amp sound the best. I'm looking for some help in identifying the best or several amp models that would best mimic the Fishman, or an acoustic amp so I can have a starting point for my patch. I have stayed away from Ir's so far, and would like to keep it that way. Thanks as always... Mike
  12. I've noticed that most seem to agree about the necessity to roll off the highs and lows to better simulate an analog frequency range. There are so many places within the signal chain, plus the Global EQ and also the PC+ has both high and low cuts adjustable thru HX edit. Some videos I have watched even recommend the addition of a high and low cut toward the end of your signal chain, either in the form of a dedicated EQ block or within the parametric EQ. My question; it would seem that excluding it from your signal chain would use less DSP, but is there a recommended location where there cuts are best made? I assume the Global EQ would be the easiest. If I understand it correctly, if I were to use the PC+ for the cuts, they would not exist in the signal from the Helix direct out to the FOH. I would have to send the PC+ output to the FOH. Plus there is also a low cut switch on the back of the PC+. Where is the best place to perform the cuts globally? Thanks as always.
  13. Thank you, I don't know how I missed it....any ideas on changing the preset LED color?
  14. Sorry but I can find where to change the LED color for presets and snapshots. Thanks...
  15. It seems that a number of changes I would like to make to my presets require the addition of an expression pedals. I already have one by Mission Engineering. Before I consider buying additional pedals, I was wondering how others set up their pedalboard with more exp pedals. Is there some type of unit that contains 3-4 pedals or do you just buy single pedals and mount them to your board? I would love to see pics of pedalboards that have the added exp pedals. Any recommendations are appreciated.
  16. I was able to locate where to change the assignment for the big knob on the Helix. By using the knob as you described, are you just decreasing the input signal to the PC+'s, not really decreasing their volume? It also has a dramatic effect on the tone when adjusting from room practice level, to full blown stage volume. I could see where it might not matter, but I have put so much effort into trying to get the best possible tone from the Helix regardless of volume, I'll stick with adjusting the volumes individually for now. Thanks anyway...
  17. That sounds like a great solution. I already have both pc's connected via the L6. Can you explain how you reassign the big knob? Thanks a lot.
  18. I have seen in a previous post a similar question, but I didn't see a definitive answer. I recently got a great deal on a used second PC+. I made sure all software and global setting were identical. My problem is that with the amps 15ft or so apart, I have to walk back and forth trying to match the volumes. Each volume knob is too coarse of an adjustment to accurately set by themselves. Is it possible without the addition of a FS, instead, reassigning the Helix master volume knob to equally control the volume for both PC+s? Thanks
  19. Has anyone found/installed a pick guard similar to a LP on a JTM-59? My main guitar is a 335 and I tend to "plant" my little finger on the pick guard when I do flat picking. I just ordered the Variax and I am hoping to lessen the learning curve with a new guitar. Thanks
  20. Just wondering...what type of repairs do you find most common to cross your bench? Do you repair the electronics or luthier service to the guitars?
  21. What locking tuners would you recommend to replace stock JTV-59 tuners?
  22. I just purchased the JTV-59 Tobacco sunburst from Sweetwater scratch & dent sale, about $1100 including tax, plus free shipping and 0% interest for 24 months. I needed a dedicated E flat guitar and this is an obvious solution. It was either this or a used US Strat. Are there any tips or suggestions that I should do when setting up my presets for the Variax? Does the string gage and type still have an effect on the tone when using the modeling? Thanks again for all of your input!
  23. Just a quick question, I live in Conesus about 20 minutes south of Rochester, I would love to come out and see you play, and hear what the Variax sounds like live. It sure looks like you have a great setup! Mike
  24. I'm still convinced that if I keep practicing, my name will become synonyms with SRV, Clapton and Gary Moore! Problem is I'm 61 and just need another 20 years or so...no problem. I'll headline at MSG with you!
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