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  1. So the guitar rig is Muff - Farfisa Volume - Wah - copycat - Hiwatt. The rest is on the melotron.
  2. Triangle Muff is key. Then run into the volume pedal which is as important considering swells factors so hugely into fripps playing. After that I add a slash of tape echo ambiance (as he had a walkin's copycat for some ambiance in KC but I have been using either cosmos echo or the Binson in the legacy effects). After that I run the vintage delay on 8 seconds, a reverse delay on 4 seconds and a second vintage delay on 8 seconds. I use the Hiwatt instead of the Jazz Chorus because I like that period of Fripps tone better.
  3. I really hope they add a bloom/reverse sound. these are great but I hate having to keep a Midiverb 2 on my board just for that silly preset. Line 6 has even acknowledged the bloom setting in helix literature so i am really hoping that comes along sooner than later. Less pedals is more good. Removing a rack mounted to my board would be even better.
  4. Anyone know if any of the HX reverbs do Reverse/Bloom sounds? Seriously that would change my entire rig to just being a helix.
  5. fiveways

    HXFX

    I only use the helix for effects or the Hiwatt DR103 model to write presets for my band with a model of my amp. It was the same price as 3 strymon pedals and IMO sounds better than 2 of them (and the reverbs are about to get an upgrade). It's not a huge investment of money if you are a person with a board of 20+ pedals who uses multiple delays and reverbs at the same time. The Helix FX isn't powerful enough for my fx only use. I use have all 16 slots filled on every preset. Now I don't have to change my board based on my bands set list (as I use a lot of effects in the studio and they used to require multiple board changes to correctly play them). My live interaction with the audience has also gone up because it is all one tap changes and me not worrying about cables dying and me being screwed which does more for my bands name then tone ever will. The amount of in and out pedal exchanges i used to do make a switching system impossible as well because i would be redoing the loops all the time or i would have 35 pedals on my board. that is insane. There might be better buy they all involved shipping from the USA, be not being able to try them (I never buy anything I can't actually try), and longer editing processes. None of those are all that appealing to me. I also work at a store that deals the helix. I have sold many of them based on people just wanting to replace a pedal board. None have come back.
  6. fiveways

    2.31 Release Date

    Unless you are using the Rivera Sedona which has a full on Tube Power Section. Definitely colours the tone in a realy positive way.
  7. fiveways

    2.31 Release Date

    I think the stuff around it is gonna turn peoples heads. I figure it is either going to be the FM4 sounds or vocal multieffects patches as the helix is great as a dual guitar/vocal processor but it needs some harmony stuff to make it even better.
  8. Improve the pitch shifter. It's barely usable.
  9. Alesis Midiverb II Bloom stuff Foxrox TZF Solid State Echoplex RE-201 Foxx Tone Machine Tall Font Big Muff EMT 250 Zoom Ultra Fuzz Boss DS-1 with Mods EHX Poly Chorus Mu-Tron Octave
  10. Feels and sounds much better. The active preamp (output volume stage not emulation)in the HD500 was trash and always noticeable. I ended up selling mine for a M13 as the 13 felt way less compressed than the HD500 though i missed the extra 4 effects (I sold it after it rebooted mid-set and dumped all my presets). The helix smokes both in every way possible and the options for routing and multi effect assigning make it a no brainer. This is before you add in snapshots. I'm the rare user here that actually barely touches the amp models. I use the model of my amp (hiwatt dr103) with my cab and the mic I usually use in the studio(57 or a 421). I just use it to sound like my rig when writing patches for the band. I really only use it for effects and as the brain of my rig.
  11. They don't really sell anymore so we've had the same ones for an extended length of time. I know what all of them sound like. I like Z-Vex stuff but sales wise they've sold down a lot in the last 5 years. Saturated market as well.
  12. Hook up 6 fuzz factory's in a row. No 2 will sound alike. Vex pedals are wildly variable unit to unit. Source: I work at a ZVex dealer. When we used to get shipments of Fuzz Factory's in I used to hook them all up. The variation unit to unit was insane.
  13. King Crimson has all 3 of the big guys on stage. Also mention that robert fripp hasnt used an amp in decades.
  14. "Talk to the guitar guy at Sam Ash" - Sorry dude, your bass player is hopeless. He cannot be saved if he thinks this is good advice. Either move on or find another bass player and show him the curb.
  15. Send him an email in return complaining about his rig and poor timing? I don't know. I generally tell my band mates to lollipop off in those situations. My rig. If they bring it up I not so politely tell the other guitarist that he has the worst sounding marshall I've ever heard (2 channel JCM800 that sounds like complete lollipop). Seriously, he sounds a lot like the guitarist in my band till he started to understand how much you can do with the helix and that it can sound better than an amp. He just judged it because it "didn't look rock and roll" like my old pedalboad consisting of 20 plus boxes. Either give him time or tell him to mind his own business.
  16. right now I have a pitch factor, a whammy, and an ancient pearl octave on my board (and I am debating adding a pitch fork as i have a switch set up like one on the helix). While it is easy to integrate it kinda sucks that the helix can't even do simple whammy tricks without glitching all over the place. People complain about the reverbs but enough tweaking and they are fine for live (if i wanna get really picky i have an Otto BAM and a wet i can use). The whammy is actually worse than an ancient digitech XP100. That's pretty garbage.
  17. I can at least find a usable reverb in the box not amazing but functional. The pitch shifter on the other hand is a lollipoping nightmare. My Boss GT-100 tracks better. Love the helix, the verbs and the pitch stuff all need work.
  18. The Zoom CDR-70 is for a bunch of reverse reverb settings as the Helix can't do that yet. I have other stuff that comes and goes but this is the core of the pedal rig. Boxes that come and go are: Second Zoom CDR for more abstract reverb/delay crap Pearl Octave Boss PS-3 (for Through Zero Flanging as it does it better than the dual pitch on the helix) EQD Afterneath Catalinbread Csidman more EB volumes as expressions or more volume stages Boss DD-6 for warp mode EHX Canyon for the Sample and Hold Oto Bam Still, this is the simplest version, and I can play any show with just these boxes.
  19. I recently had to help program a friends GSP1011 for a Tool cover night. It was an exercise in misery after a year of editing the helix.
  20. I REALLY want a VH4 model. Channel 2 and 3. I'd be good with that.
  21. I havent even plugged a guitar into the helix since getting it. I am just playing synth on my desk with my hands. Running multiples and assigning them in 2's to footswitches to imply chords.
  22. fiveways

    Synth

    that would be a super welcome edition right now.
  23. fiveways

    Synth

    you can assign note value to the switches and set them to momentary. instant bass synth. so my presets currently have 2-4 notes programmed i just trigger with my feet like a moog taurus. haven't tried it with a keyboard yet as i don't want more lollipop cluttering my side of the stage.
  24. fiveways

    Synth

    My band has been bothering me to add synths. this is a way to add some flair without having to add a ton extra to my rig. Couple pedals, easy enough.
  25. fiveways

    Synth

    i wanted to thank you guys from this. this is the lollipoping coolest thing ever included in a modeller/multi-fx. i don't even need a guitar anymore. Just the internal synth and a few pedals. holy lollipop do you guys ever need to add a moog style filter. that would set this over the edge (currently i am just running a moog LPF in the fx loop after the synth, but having it all done in the box would be great0 So yeah, my weird lollipop drone ambient side thanks you because i can now play entire shows with just the helix, a couple pedals, and 2 xlr cables.
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