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  1. Maybe some answer already mentioned this, but there is a return level into your helix that adjusts the level coming from your daw. You can find it in the settings of the unit somewhere (don't have mine in front of me right now), it's called RETURN and has dB scale IIRC, and won't affect your guitar volume but only playback volume. A bit cumbersome but hopefully you won't have to change it so often.
  2. Tried this briefly yesterday, definately something interesting happening. I play metal so this might come in quite handy, but I have a stomp so I will have to experiment with the dsp-starved amp simulations I think. Thanks craiganderton!
  3. Bogren has a nice free pack: Wilkinson audio gods cab is also nice and free to download from their website.
  4. I've experimented with the impedance curve thingy to relieve some DSP from my hx stomp by using preamp instead of power amp amps, the thing that struck me the most is that the eq knobs start to react in a way I'm more familiar with them working in real amps, I don't have to go to extremes in the same way as if I don't use the eq to cause the impedance curve (and eq curve). It's rendered the preamps much more useable for me when paired with a class D amp for sure. It gave me more of a realistic vibe.
  5. Dual mono global EQ would be nice, lets say you rely on one device (helix, helix LT or stomp) for two guitarrists running thru one 4x12 cabinet each, being able to individually tweak each 4x12 depending on venue/location with global eq would be awesome me thinks!
  6. ossianott

    Newb question

    If you pick the amp block and IR (or helix cab block) that best reassembles the tone you have in mind, then tweak the bass/mid/treble/other tone shaping blocks you're good to go in both scenarios. You need to dial your tone in a similar surrounding to what you aim to perform in, if studio recording thru studio monitors, if in a live scenario, preferably a floor monitor which you are familiar with the sound of. You could also use an eq block of choice to further tune the sound. For a live situation the global eq is sometimes good if you need to make the same change onto every preset you use, but in a studio situation if you use the helix as a soundcard that eq will not end up being recorded, just monitored thru. I'd suggest beginning with an amp block>IR block>Cali eq block to begin the tone shaping adventure. Or did I understand this post wrong? Do you ask for technical consultation on what to look for in a frequency analyser, regardless of what helix chain being in use?
  7. I'm running my hx stomp into a Sure electronics class D amp which I experienced a little harsh when I used it with my hifi speakers, but thru a 4x12 it sounds bloody awesome. It's unbalanced and has no case so I'm not sure if I can rely on it, maybe build it into a case and use it for live situations. What do you guys think? It's been running reliably in the rehearsal space for a while
  8. I have not read the full discussion between you and rd2rk, but I'm using my hx stomp returns at LINE level with a mic/micpre connected to it often for rehearsal, I've even used the stomp for 4 mic drum recording. I think I've tried it with condenser as well but mostly use dynamic while playing bass/singing at the same time. It sounds fine for what I do and the latency at 64 buffer size is acceptable when monitoring thru daw/w effects. When I record "serious" vocal takes I use my ferrofish/rme raydat, but the stomp would probably work well also.
  9. You're welcome, that wall of mesas must be an experience to play thru. Do you gain any advantage by using 4 compared to using 2? Isn't the directivity is so narrow on these cabs that you almost only hear one cab at frequencies above a certain frequency anyway? Must be awesome anyhow. Which amp sim do you like the best with your setup? I'm a bass player but the guitarists in my band play 8 string for death/thrash metal, they could definitely need something similar to your rig :)
  10. Not heard of it before, but listening to this clip: Def. Gives me similar vibes as the line 6 2204 mod with the extra mid control tweaked. Probably boosted. Did you try that amp model?
  11. Thanks for your response! Yes it's working with the glue fix, doing backups everytime I disconnect it now as I never know if it will break off again. I also didn't realise it was broken of and tried to insert the usb connector and dented one of the four pins so it's not perfectly aligned and might dent again, but so far it has connection. It's also a little rough to connect after the incident. I'm not fully up to date how the warranty thing works, I think the device is about 3-4 years old so my guess it's already out of warranty. I have a hard time believing the PCB board is damaged, or so you mean damaged while trying to solder it out/solder a new one in? It didn't fall or something, just me being hardhanded and clumsy. My thought was to get the replacement piece, and maybe try it out myself if/when it breaks again and if I get some encouraging words from the forum it might be possible to diy.
  12. Hello, I managed to break the middle plastic piece on the usb connector after many connect/disconnects. I have not opened the hx stomp to check whether it's easy to reach the connector top/bottom and possibly change it myself. Has anybody done this and is it diy manageable? I have a bit of soldering experience. As of now I succeeded to glue it back in place, but I fear it might break sooner or later again. Would this be the correct replacement piece? Thanks!
  13. We don't do any digital down pitching, thick strings & manual downtune is our melody! I did digital for a while but only due to me not having the right string gauge. Thanks for your suggestion tho!
  14. Thanks, I've got very limited DSP power as I'm running two guitars from one HX stomp, my aim is to just have a proper metal tone from each guitar + a delay/filter on one of them. I've already accidentaly tried importing a helix preset to my stomp and it froze and I had to do a factory reset so I don't think they are compatible. If I could make a stereo cab block sound as good as my best IR's I'd be a happy chap to save some DSP, I've tried a lot but it's not easy, tilt EQ is interesting in these cases, sounds very much like moving the microphone around on the speaker to find it's sweetspot, as kindly recommended by someone on this forum aswell. Stone temple pilots sound great and seem to use quite a bit of distortion and if you can get these results only going direct, congrats!
  15. Thanks! I just bought a marshall MF400a cab as it's supposed to be very good for downtuned metal, gonna be experimenting with HX stomp amps run to that (+ the other 4x12 we have for the other guitarist) thru SS amps, and micing up to leave out the IR's. If this could yield a more natural sound similar to the sounds from top notch recordings it would be awesome, that said micing cabs seem to be a delicate subject and easy to fail aswell, the amp sim part of the helix will anyhow not be the bottleneck me thinks. Also looking to get a bit of that natural feedback from a real guitar cab. For IEM rehearsals IR is good enough tho. We also have a peavey 6505 so we'll experiment with helix amps compared to that one aswell. So many options these days!
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