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  1. On 9/23/2022 at 3:19 PM, jpspoons said:


    @PierM I think you're saying that Powercab green is fine though



    Of course it is! Have you ever seen an audio equipment where green flashing on a input meter means something bad? :)


    No led at all or most of the time, means your input it's too weak, and too close to the noise floor, so if you pump the volume on the PC to bring back some signal, you will end with lot of hiss/noise from the floor. Green means you are far enough from noise floor and far from clipping. Yellow means you are reaching the ceiling of the input stage and headroom is very narrow, red means you cross it, and the input stage is being overloaded. Powercabs are more like studio monitors than a guitar amplifier, so it's better to stay away from clipping both analog and digital sections.


    BTW, that "yellow led theory", never been about quality of the tone (even Sadities never really wanted to said that imho), but a matter of "perceived" volume and sound pressure available from the powercabs, when people needs more, for any reason. I would say, in a perfect scenario, with a fat and busy high gain preset (properly leveled at the amp stage and at the output), the yellow peaks would just be a natural consequence. But forcing all presets to peak in the yellow (which does represent a very narrow dB range close to the headroom ceiling), it's a plain nonsense because guitar can be either hugely dynamic signal (jazz, blues, finger picking etc...) or super normalized and compressed signal (high gain, compressors, metal rythm etc..). That wide spectrum of tones, it can't all be forced to blink the yellow. That's a laughable goal at best.


    100% imho, as always.

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  2. On 9/23/2022 at 3:22 PM, themetallikid said:


    1) I have asked myself if I 'need' one and I think the payoff could be worth it.  I asked if there were options that others were using that would meet MY needs.  I asked myself, searched, and didnt find an exact product that met my criteria so was asking for help on products I may not be aware of.  


    2) My usage needs are just that, a cover band, mostly.  However even in my own tone needs, I prefer keeping a cab authentic to the amp I'm using.  Fender > Fender Cab, Marshall > Marshall type cab etc.  In my current project the original artist (tribute band) uses a dual amp type setup.  Thus the need for a stereo option, or at least a cheap enough option to run 2 that can be controlled by the helix on a per preset/snapshot level.  I run 2 different IR's (one for each amp), Sometimes I run 2 of the lighter gain amp to get the right sound for the song and sometimes I run 2 of the heavier gained amp to get the right sound.  There are also a few songs where there is an acoustic sound and the lighter gain sound, which then gets me into 3 or 4 different IR's in the same song/preset.  So being able to switch them would be greatly beneficial.  


    3) I'm not one to get lost in the 'rabbit hole'  I find sounds that work for what I'm using.  I'll try other ones out, but I don't buy the 700 IR packages.  I'm happy with York IR's and even have been happy with stock cabs, which is why I had at one time considered the Powercabs, however I just don't know if the issues I read about those would be worth it to me or not for the price point.


    4) the TC Electronic one would be perfect, if I had a way to control the IR via snapshot at all.  Priced and designed well for sure.  



    In a crazy world where I had a well educated sound guy, I suppose I could just run 2 of the TC's and run them from different outputs.  Not sure how it would affect the sound guys mix overall.  But I could run 3 TC's and just make sure each IR is going to its own output.  Each output would then be Mono essentially and panned.  


    Light Gain Cab - Left Output XLR

    Heavy Gain Cab - Right Output XLR

    Acoustic Cab - send 1


    That seems like a mess though and for the $300ish plus shipping and taxes and such I might as well just spend a little extra on a HX Effects, which then gets into more than I wanna spend.  










    Seems you would really benefit of a HX Stomp companion to do all this stuff. I can't honestly think any other efficient solution in terms of remoting, parallel path, stereo, displaying and routing - in a single box.


    HX Effects also would be perfect, but with the stomp you could completely unload the amp/cab/iR from the main Helix DSP, and also keeping the beatiful display for editing and routing parallel stuff. Price aren't that different, and used market is flooded of HX Stomp in mint condition.

  3. I would ask myself "do I really need an iR loader?"


    I mean, if you are into a cover band, that needs a virtual infinite number of amp/cab solution, I would for sure go for a IR loader. But if you have your own tone, mostly using the same amp/cab setup, I would go for a amp/cab pedal modeler, like Iridium, UA ruby, dream 65,  woodrow, ACS1 and similar stuff. (and yes, they are all stereo)


    I started as fanatic of cab iRs, but at some point I was going lost into a rabbit hole, wasting more time browsing sounds than playing.


    Iridium saved my time (and lot of DSP since it will unload both amp and cab/iR blocks). :)


    Then, imho stereo IRs arent that useful in a real scenario, I would just go for a mono iR and do stereo after the FX Loop that will host that IR Loader on the Helix.


    Torpedo CABM+ also a beast spec wise, but never tested myself, but seems very good from reviews.


    The little TC IR loader is gold for this, and it has a nice display to show you the loaded iR. Sounds just good as Helix IR block (I believe it also has same specs) and it's "cheap".






  4. On 9/23/2022 at 9:08 AM, HonestOpinion said:


    Off the top of my head, I don't know of any way to just bump up the volume globally into the Powercab.




    Yeah, the PCs have 3 dedicated params to bump the level. Globally, in the main settings, you can edit INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 gain, in the range of -96.0 to +12.0.


    Then, you can edit the Level per preset, in the range of -60.0dB to +6.0dB


    They works very good for little bumps, but then it's digital hiss fest, as you raise the noise a lot.

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  5. On 9/22/2022 at 10:10 PM, PaulTBaker said:

    Except in his case, I believe it is about the Powercab because they say the light should be amber to get the best tone.  I have the powercab and use the preset powercab settings to give it a boost.  I have the PC settings so it is global and that works just fine for me.  Most of my presets are close level wise so this works for me.... of course, your mileage may vary :)


    In all honestly, the yellow led thing is a bit of snake oil, even because yellow/red are very transient sensitive, like any headroom range in a non linear dB scale. It's just a meter measuring input before the amp stage.


    Also, the original version of the manual says the yellow/amber does indicates that level is close to the hardware limit (which is true). Then people started complaining about PCs being weak, and then they added the "yellow = most realistic non-linear natural breakup characteristics", to invite users to push their preset at the output.


    Amber just indicate you are close to the limit of the available headroom at the converters, but doesnt mean "best tone", or speaker breakup zone. You can get amber zone, even with PCabs at volume zero, so hundred miles away from breakup. 


    Also, good luck staying in the yellow with clean tones without injecting noise for no reason, and risking transients blowing up the speakers at higher volumes..:)


    From green to yellow, is all good. For compressed signals, you can stay more on the yellow, for cleans and non-guitar signals  better to stay on the green.


    Again, just do good preset leveling, and you are good, without staring at the powercab led (also on top of the cab, so bloody annoying to control)


    100% imho.


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  6. On 9/22/2022 at 2:29 PM, jpspoons said:

    I've posted a related question in the Powercab forum but it doesn't get much traffic there these days so I hope you don't mind the repost here.


    My presets are pretty consistent output-wise but need a 'bump' to get into the amber when I play through the Powercab. Everything I've seen (including Jason Sadites videos) advocates setting preset levels individually for the Powercab - is there any reason NOT to increase the digital output level in global settings so that I can 'bump' them all at once rather than individually? This would save me a lot of re-work.




    In general a global bump isn't a great move, unless your tone palette (in terms of transient dynamic and volume pressure) isn't moving to much between presets.


    BTW, isn't about powercabs. IME, it's all about sending "vivid" signals out of the Helix, no matter the monitors. For some reason people seems obsessed to keep load of headroom, producing extremely weak output for no valid reason.


    If you balance your presets to stay solid and closer to the headroom ceiling (without breaking it), you are good with any monitoring system.


    Of course it also depends on the tone; a super glassy clean tone has LOAD of transients, so it does need more headroom... but from overdrive to high gain, keeping load of headroom is just a waste (and a problem for speakers that needs proper pressure to sound as they should).

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  7. On 9/21/2022 at 10:07 PM, mcvmcv said:

    Yes im using the "Send", but the mixer only takes XLR

    The main outputs go to a stereo amp and 2 guitar cabs.


    Ok. So it's indeed a Y TRS splitter going into *2 TS to XLR (unbalanced cables).


    All good. :]

  8. Sorry hope this isnt throwing confusion into a easy question...:)


    All potentially correct, but a bit unclear if you are using Send or Output. HX Stomp output are L/R TRS balanced, but send jack is TRS unbalanced since it's just a single output port.


    If you are using the Send you can just go with a standard Y splitter cable (all 1/4" jacks) TRS to TS/TS, or a male TRS to two female TS, and then use two standard instrument cables to go into mixer.


    If you use the main ouput, then you are doing good with two TRS 1/4" to XLR cables.



  9. That reverb pedal is HOT by design (as I said above about the pedal gain pre reverb), but imho should not clip the FXloop, unless the guy is hitting the send very close to clipping (no headroom), or he's using very boomy reverbs on top of a very dirt signal. But, said that, if that's clipping even in bypass....something sounds wrong, despite pedal usage.

  10. On 9/20/2022 at 7:41 PM, rd2rk said:




    I think the solution is to move the pedal to before the amp and any distortion FX should be in parallel with the pedal, so that they only affect the DRY signal.






    Im just underlining it is not a fx loop problem. 



  11. On 9/20/2022 at 7:30 PM, rd2rk said:




    The initial level - INST or LINE - is set in Global Settings (should be INST for this pedal).

    Additional level control is provided by the FX Loop Block SEND/RETURN Level parameters.

    Lower the SEND Level if the input signal to the pedal is too hot, raise the RETURN level if the RETURN from the pedal is too weak.


    Also, consider that this pedal is designed to be early in the signal chain, like, between the guitar and the amp input.

    Try moving it to before the amp.


    He said it's all instr level, so what he's sending (with no pedals) isnt being unmatched at the return.


    All the pedals here, apart tuner and OD, are running in the FX loop (those are pre-input). I can assure you I can turn that entire loop off/on, with no changes in the signal level. Unless Im adding boost/gain within those pedals, of course...




  12. On 9/20/2022 at 7:14 PM, spjunkie said:

    I am thinking that, however also, when the volume knob on that pedal is at 0 (or its lowest) it still clips. It also had true Bypass/ Buffered select, but while on that shouldn't be effecting anything




    Im sure its not the FX Loop as I do have an entire set of pedals in my Stomp FX Loop, and with or without them (either removed or bypassed) it's the same signal level.


    If you are getting clipping post-return, even in true bypass, something is wrong for sure. (be sure your signal pre-send isnt clipping)



  13. All these theories about "gain staging = output level must match input level" are plain BS (especially in the digital audio), so just ignore everyone saying stuff like that.


    You can do whatever you want with your presets. As soon as the output isn't clipping or producing signal distortion, and there is some headroom, you are good.




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  14. On 9/12/2022 at 5:37 PM, DunedinDragon said:


    Wasn't that the same point I was making about using convolution reverbs commonly in samplers in my DAW (which of course would be on a computer)???  Have we come full circle yet?


    Reverbs can be either done with algos as with convolution. That's a similar difference you can see in Helix modeling, between the Helix Cab (algo with EQs and math), and Helix IRs (dynamic convolution of the signal function shaped over impulse function). It's a fact that reverb algos are mostly used in guitar pedals and racks, while convolution reverbs are mostly used in studio and DAW. Same tech can be used to shape a guitar signal into a different instrument voice, with great results.


    We are wondering why nobody yet has seriously implemented convolution on guitar pedals market. My POV is because there is not enough market demand...yet, to justify the investments. 

  15. On 9/12/2022 at 3:37 PM, SaschaFranck said:


    That's simply because you'd have to bring a laptop with you to do so. Something not many people like too much (myself included, even if I had done so already and am still sort of tempted).


    Yeah it can be true.


    I do use an iPad Pro running Altispace, always connected to helix via USB audio, and it can do miracles, especially for non guitar stuff (at least for my needs).



  16. Sorry I terribly explained what I meant, that's why I used convolve and convolution differently (, but I admit was foggy as hell.


    I meant that convolution reverbs are today being used like algos where used 30 years ago with studio reverbs, as L480, 224 etc etc.. and that's also why many studios are still today convolving those reverbs into modern plugins.


    My point was that you don't often see guitarists on stage using convolution plugins, so maybe L6 (and other guitar pedal manufacturers) aren't really into it.



  17. Just turn memory integrity off and be happy.


    I do work as GFX lead for a company for a living, and if I should worry about that microsoft bullsh** I couldnt work at all, since 70% of certified drivers I do use every day, are now flagged as not compliant with core isolation.


    Just turn the s**t off.

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