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Everything posted by lou-kash

  1. Your Mac and MacOS version is …? For what it's worth, I'm using the HX Stomp almost daily with two "antique" MacBook Pros, both running El Capitan (for a few reasons). One is a MBP 2008, the other the mid-2012 model. And I'm working a lot with Logic 10.3.3, using the Stomp as an interface for bass and guitar, even in combination with two "antique" FireWire interfaces (yep, they are one of the reasons for running El Capitan!) as an Aggregate Device. The Helix driver that works best with El Capitan is v1.0.7. Newer drivers – even though some were still tagged as "compatible" – had problems. The mid-2012 MBP can also boot Catalina, there I have installed the latest Helix driver I think. But I rarely boot it from Catalina because it breaks compatibility with other hardware and software, so I don't even know how it behaves. Ah, and yes, I do all my audio recording and editing strictly @ 44.1 kHz Your mileage may vary. :)
  2. For the record, even though no more explicitly listed in "Compatible OS: Mac OS X, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey, macOS Ventura", Helix Native v3.60 will still install and run on El Capitan. Just tested with Logic X 10.3.3
  3. The good news #2: Helix Native v3.60 still runs on El Capitan, yay! Using Logic 10.3.3 here.
  4. The bad news: Autoupdate from within HX Edit may not work, it may display "No update available". This is not unexpected though, there are barely any apps whatsoever that still get any updates compatible with El Capitan (one noteworthy exception being the brilliant audio tagger Yate!) According to the Line 6 documentation, MacOS Sierra (10.12) or higher is "required". While that was already their message for earlier updates, this time it's apparently for real. The good news: HX Edit 3.60 can be installed manually and it still runs on El Capitan! The caveat: Firmware 3.60 is shown as "not available" via HX Edit 3.60 on El Capitan anyway. The workaround: Line 6 Updater may still very likely do the job on El Capitan directly, but I didn't test it. Instead, I booted my Mac from a Catalina (10.15.7) partition. The built-in updater then worked as expected from within HX Edit. The result: Back in El Capitan, HX Edit 3.60 can still manage my connected Stomp with firmware 3.60 as usual. Yay! :) Your mileage may vary.
  5. While I'm fully aware that the order is not relevant here, I've found it slightly annoying as well. My personal preference would be: Ch Vol always on top of the list. Either that, or user adjustable order of parameters. (Wasn't there a thread on that topic just recently?)
  6. You mean the tip? It should be hollow, so you can try to pull it out with long thin pliers, or by using a long screw, or a wire with a hook at the end, possibly also using some glue or adhesive tape to fix it to the tip. That said, sometimes it's actually easier to open things up…
  7. Yep, I forgot to select "Hear sound from: Built-in" in my screenshot above, thanks for clarifying.
  8. It is, but you need an application that can enable "playthrough" which is essentially the same as software monitoring, including the latency that comes with it. For example GarageBand: Not that I would want to listen to my guitar or even bass through the MacBook speakers though… :D
  9. My first adapter actually broke at the very ending of that flexible ending, with no way to fix it without crack opening the box. That's why my music shop guy decided it counts as a "faulty piece" and gave me the replacement for free. But in general it's cheap Chinese crap components and material all over.
  10. Oh yeah. I'm at my second one, my local music store guy actually gave it to me on warranty. And it already broke again. Not even preventively fixing the weak parts with gaffer tape has helped. So for now, eventually I simply cut off the ferrite bead and joined the cables with a standard cheap PVC wire connector. Haven't noticed any side effects so far, i.e. no audible interferences. (But perhaps they're already outside my hearing range… :D)
  11. Define "anywhere". My original European power supply went bad, so I got a new one from my local music store where I bought the unit. They actually ordered a few of them to have them in stock.
  12. "Who's That Lady" is the title of their original 1964 recording. You mean "That Lady" from 1973, right? For the latter, the lead guitar sounds like heavy fuzz, compression and wah.
  13. Mac model? MacOS version? If you need other sample rate than 48 kHz, yes.
  14. I haven't noticed anything yet. (But then again, I only switch presets when I'm "switching" bands that I'm playing with, i.e. whether I play e-bass, a-bass, fretless bass, e-guitar, a-guitar, etc.)
  15. Also a simple passive double footswitch assigned as FS4/5 will do with Preset Down/Up.
  16. I like the idea. Last year I was experimenting with the Stomp as a 4-channel mixer for two mics and two guitars. Which is possible, but slightly awkward to actually mix the four channels, since a pair is always lined up serially and thus e.g. EQing guitar A will affect the sound of mic A and vice versa. Finding a good balance requires quite some finetuning. A blank dual IR block might help here. I will definitely check that out.
  17. This is obviously "by design" for this new feature. From the HX Edit 3.50 Pilot's Guide:
  18. Once upon a time, 10 years used to be "eternity". But computer processing capabilities of the 2010s was a giant leap forward, if done right. For example, I still see no reason to replace my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, the last one with built-in DVD-R drive and optional matte display. It just works, on and on, daily. I use it for graphic design which is my main profession, audio editing, multitrack recording, mixing and mastering with Logic Pro, Izotope RX and others, video editing with iMovie and several freeware tools. Now when I compare it to my older MacBook model from 2008: that one already feels somewhat like a "half-eternity", although only 4 years older. But it still works as well, it can do almost everything the 2012 MacBook can, just noticeably slower, despite SSD upgrade. And not to speak of the PowerBook G4 from 2005, i.e. only 7 years older than my main MacBook. Technically it also still "works as ever", but, meh. It's only sitting here for those rare moments when I'd have to launch some legacy PPC-only software from distant past. (Oh, did I mention my 2001 PowerMac G4 or my 1993 Macintosh LC475? :D) Would a brand new M2 MacBook be much faster? Sure. Would it run all my favorite apps? Nope. Could I attach my good old and reliable Firewire audio interfaces to it. Nope. In other words: Well done, Line6!
  19. I could never really hear any significant difference between the U67 and U87 in Helix, so I don't miss the latter. But what I'm actually missing is the 160 Ribbon in the Bass section. Earlier this year I spent quite some time to compare all the miking nuances with my favorite amp/cab combinations, and eventually settled on the 160 Ribbon sounding as the most pleasing to me. On a quick switch to the new cab format, none of the available mics sound as good to me as the 160 while keeping the same parameter values. In fact, I also had to add a few extra dB volume level on the cab block to get the same punch as with my "legacy" cab. That all said, being a Stomp user, I appreciate the fact that the new cabs save a lot of DSP power that I can use elsewhere. In that sense, I'm confident that with a few tweaks on the amp and cab EQs I will eventually dial in a solid equivalent of my "old" basic preset.
  20. Yep, everything still works on E.C. I'm happy about it, too. Even the Line 6 Updater v1.27, even though it's tagged as "macOS Sierra", will install and launch just fine. The only issues I've ever noticed was with the Line 6 Driver. Version 1.0.7 works the best on E.C. My MacBook can run up to Catalina (and it does, on a separate partition), but I need E.C. for compatibility with my "antique" but still fully functional FireWire audio interfaces.
  21. Meanwhile, elsewhere in other threads it's been confirmed that the Stomp is very picky about USB cables. Some will lose connection, others won't work at all. The longer the cable, the worse. (I guess the best is to blame the USB consortium and their, uh… "standards", for consistently being a total chaos club, to the present day…)
  23. In Audio-MIDI-Setup app you select the Stomp as your input and Built-in as your output. Then you need an app on your Mac that can activate the "play thru" mode to the selected output device. E.g. GarageBand or several audio editors like Amadeus Pro can do it. Note that you may experience latency. In that sense, it's a much better idea to plug a pair of active speakers directly to the Stomp for monitoring.
  24. It really depends on what "real life" sound you're looking for. You can play some heavy funk on a jazz guitar via a Fender amp, while some other best funk lines were recorded on a Strat straight into a studio mixer.
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