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    Input Levels for Helix Native: Hi-Z or not?

    I didn't know about the automated EQ, that could be useful in the future. Since I use lots of synth plug-ins, and very often, most everything can be automated, though you don't have to assign a "knob" to be automated on the synth plug-ins. It will take me some time to get more speedy with assigning knobs to be automated in Helix Native.
  2. Yamaha may not have the highest prestige, but I think they make very good guitars and basses for the money, in my experience. I looked up a photo of your guitar, and looks pretty cool to me. I have seen much more gaudy guitars than that, such as this:
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    Input Levels for Helix Native: Hi-Z or not?

    soundog, Thank you for replying! Yeah, I'm really into effects. I probably won't go public with the song for years (I never go public with a song unless I have a formal U.S. copyright since I found out I was going to get played on the Radio BBC, and it's much cheaper to copyright a bunch of songs at once, instead of one at a time), but I'm almost done with a song with lead guitar with the Harmony Delay effect, Particle Reverb, and Whammy effect that I was pleased with. I tried a real Digitech Whammy pedal years ago, but had a hard time controlling the pitch in a nice fashion, so I never bought one. In Cubase, I can fine-tune the pitch changes with the automated tweaking function on Helix Native (I rarely play live anymore).
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    Input Levels for Helix Native: Hi-Z or not?

    I bought Helix Native a few days ago since it went on sale (yay!). I have since recorded some guitar, and experimented some more with the Hi-Z input being on or off. What I recorded lately sounds better with the Hi-Z on, as Line 6 recommends. I wonder if it has to do with the particular preset or not. Since I am using this software more, I am liking it more and more, and learning how to use it better. I just figured out how to do the automated tweaking today BTW.
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    Test your ears! PodXT or Roland COSM? New Nov. 27th!

    OK, here are the answers: 'Everything You Do Effects Tomorrow' has Roland COSM guitar amp models. 'Attack of the Zombies!' has all PodXT guitar amp models, and zombie approved.
  6. I like the 80's sound, and that just seems to come out of me naturally; for better or for worse. For me the 70's and the 80's were the best decades for music, but that might have something to do with my age. There might be 'tone-suck' in 'Everything You Do Effects Tomorrow', but it is Roland COSM. 'Attack of the Zombies!' is all PodXT, and zombie approved. Thank you for listening and replying! The only electric guitar I have ever owned is a 1986 Yamaha SBG1300TS (kind of a Gibson copy). And I'm into synths, which often sound 80's.
  7. I put 2 songs in my music website: "Attack of the Zombies!" is the song on top, and "Everything You Do Effects Tomorrow" is the the next song down. One song uses all Roland COSM guitar amp models, and the other song uses all PodXT guitar amp models. Can you tell which is which? Please tell me how you like the music and how it can be improved. Here is the link: https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/?bandID=224436
  8. I put 2 songs in my music website: "Attack of the Zombies!" is the song on top, and "Everything You Do Effects Tomorrow" is the the next song down. One song uses all Roland COSM guitar amp models, and the other song uses all PodXT guitar amp models. Can you tell which is which? Please tell me how you like the music and how it can be improved. Here is the link: https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/?bandID=224436
  9. OK, here are the answers: the rhythm guitar is BIAS FX, and the lead guitar is PodXT.
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    Test your ears! PodXT or BIAS FX? New Oct. 23rd!

    OK, here are the answers: the rhythm guitar is BIAS FX, and the lead guitar is PODXT.
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    Input Levels for Helix Native: Hi-Z or not?

    zolko60, Thank you for replying! Though Helix Native can occasionally be difficult to get to work correctly (a few days ago the gui just refused to open and I could not edit anything; then I started with new tracks in Cubase, moved my recorded guitar parts to the new tracks and has worked OK since then), I'm starting to appreciate the sound quality more (at home), as opposed to trying Helix hardware in a noisy Guitar Center.
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    Input Levels for Helix Native: Hi-Z or not?

    soundog, Thank you for replying! I was just wondering if I wasn't doing something correctly; or if I could make it sound better somehow. In my original post, I almost forgot to mention the passive pick-ups; apparently that was significant.
  13. I am a newbie with Helix Native; I'm just using the trial version, but will probably buy it when it goes on sale next. I am glad Line 6 sent me an email with links to Helix Native Input Levels, and 2 other topics. I use Mac OSX 10.11.6, Cubase AI8 (latest version), and a steinberg UR22 mkII audio interface: for input #2, you have the option on clicking on the Hi-Z button. Now I've been happy overall with the interface, but in my experience, things sound worse for me with the Hi-Z (high impedance) setting, regardless if I am using Helix Native or not, when recording electric bass or guitar. The Helix Native video recommends using the Hi-Z setting, but it sounded worse for me. I'm even playing a Yamaha guitar & bass (both passive pickups), so we're talking a 100% Yamaha owned set-up here (since Yamaha owns Line 6 and steinberg)! On a different thread, I read about people using a very low input setting (not sure if it was Hi-Z or not) for best results, but that did not work well for me (though I recorded unwanted clicking noises with an electric bass, with the input level approaching, but not reaching 0 db). Anyone else experience the Hi-Z setting not working best for them?
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    Helix Native trial issue: one song won't open

    Well, I thought I would give it one more try (since computers can be quirky beasts), and try to open the song that wouldn't open........and this time it opened up after taking at least a minute of the computer thinking about it (seemingly)! Otherwise, I would have changed a file name, but who knows what kind of Helix patch tweaking I would have lost (I did not save it as a changed factory preset). This time I made sure I closed the Helix Native gui's before I closed the song.
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    Helix Native trial issue: one song won't open

    soundog, Thank you for replying! I haven't had time to wrestle with the troubled song project yet, but I will do so soon.
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