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  1. I have a similar setup with my Helix, and it has been working well for many years. Basically I wanted to use two sets of output speakers, and to be able to control their relative volumes. I'm using a competitor to the Mackie Big Knob: The Behringer Control2USB (Monitor Controller). My setup is pretty simple: Helix (and Other Sources) --> Mixer --> Behringer Control2USB --> [Studio Monitors] + [PA Speakers] If you're using just the Helix as a source, you shouldn't need the mixer at all. As for the Behringer, I am using the output from the mixer, going into one input on the Monitor Controller As rd2rk mentioned, I think you'll find that the Helix has significantly better specs (lower latency, higher bit-rate and frequency) when used for digital recording or output. In fact, I never even bothered to hookup my Monitor Controller via USB, though it does have that option. Generally, if I'm recording anything, it's direct from the Helix into a DAW. I guess if I needed to record other channels (like drums or keyboards going into my mixer), I'd use the Behringer Studio Monitor (or maybe run the other instruments through the Helix's additional inputs). The setup works great for me: I can independently manage the volume of my monitors and PA speakers using the "big knob" (what a name!) on the Behringer. It also has handy "mute" and "dim" (lower all volumes with one button press) options. I use the Helix as the primary output of my PC and control computer sound output levels using the volume controller on my keyboard. That, along with the Helix's built-in expression pedal for guitar/bass volume, keeps all of the volume level controls within arm's reach. It sounds like you're on the right track, but I hope this helps.
  2. I'll echo the same sentiments - Happy Birthday! I had previously bought all of Fremen's bigger packs and just got the Hi-Gain Amp Pack and the Synth/Tonematch pack. I really enjoyed the synths - they're great for soloing over and not worrying about getting the "looper" or a drum machine just right. It's also amazing how different the many tones for each Hi-Gain amp can sound, with "just" EQ, light effects, and amp paramter and settings changes. I also appreciate the organization of the snapshots and IR's. It took me about 10 minutes to get everything loaded and ready to go. Happy playing, all!
  3. I'll chime in, since this information is always useful to me: I'm using the B-D DT-990 at 250 Ohms (purchased for $95 from Amazon during a sale), and they're by far my favorite headphones. They're open-back, I really like the wider soundstage. I usually route the audio output through a mixer, and then plug my headphones into that, mainly because it makes it easier for me to control volume through the mixer. It works well directly, too. The higher impedance (250 ohms) is a bit of a problem without a headphone amp: If I'm using it with a recording device or cell phone, I usually need to max out the volume to get it to sound moderately loud (I usually listen at low volumes). I'm sure that adding a headphone amp would help with the sound, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. If I could do it over again, I think I'd go for the 80ohm ones (just for convenience). There's lots of talk about this on headphone enthusiast sites. Here's a good starting point: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more.513393/. Also, if you're looking for a good deal on these, I suggest looking at http://slickdeals.net. I think they have a listing for some on sale right now. I hope this helps!
  4. I'm certainly no expert in the area of volume-leveling, but it is a constant struggle. Others had posted a link to a free utility that I use occassionally, so I thought I'd re-post it here: Orban Loudness Meter. In general, I rely on using a volume pedal block (usually just after the amp or cab block), and adjust by ear. In the Global Settings, you can change whether the volume pedal maintains its position across patches, or if it's set to a default after you switch. I use the former, as it lets me easily use the pedal to lower the general volume, and as long as the patches are roughly the same in output volume, it works just fine. If I had to switch while playing live, though, I know I'd need to do sound checks and leveling per patch as part of the setup.
  5. Dave: I'm fairly sure that the extra savings was a limited time promotion (it ended Dec. 3rd), and it ended several weeks ago. You should still be able to get the upgrade discount if you own a Helix/Helix LT. I haven't encountered the web site issue you're seeing, so you might want to contact Line 6 Support. Good luck!
  6. [i originally posted this in the Helix section of the forum, but I'm reposting it incase anyone is interested and hasn't seen it yet] http://line6.com/support/topic/30632-line-6-30-off-software-sale-helix-native-for-70-for-helix-owners-ends-dec-3rd-2017
  7. I'm glad to see people are using the discount, and thanks to DI and the Line 6 gang for the discount! I haven't made the time (yet) to really work with the plug-in, as I'm not writing/recording much these days. I have been using an older version of SONAR (X3) for a while, and am fairly comfortable with using plug-ins and doing basic automation. I knew I'd want/need the plug-in at some time soon. I think it's a great value at the upgrade price. I've spend hundreds of hours playing around with the Helix (with the floor unit and the editor) and have always had a great time with it. Even if I'm not recording, it will be convenient to take some of my dry-recorded tracks and "re-amp" them using a DAW. And, laying out some drum parts will make just playing with various ideas a lot more fun. For anyone that wants more details or help in using the Helix Native plug-in, check out the Helix Native FAQ: http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/recording/helix-native/helix-native-faq-r866 ... and the "official" details on using it with various DAW's: http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/recording/helix-native/set-up-helix-native-all-recording-programs-r869 The above sites will also let you know whether you can use VST3 format, or if you also need to install VST2. Good luck!
  8. Hey, Helixers (Helixites?)! Earlier today, I received an e-mail from Line 6 Promotions advertising "30% Off All Line 6 Software and Model Packs". I was happy to purchase Helix Native (for Helix owners) for $70 + tax. I definitely would have bought it eventually, but this discount sweetened the deal. :D You can access the Line 6 Software site at http://shop.line6.com/software. The code to use at checkout is "CYBER30". You can find the PDF ad here: http://line6.com/data/6/0a020a3ee2fd5a1347368d310/application/pdf As far as I know, this will work on the full Helix Native (for non-Helix owners and for Helix LT owners), as well. I hope this helps make your holidays sound even better!
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