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  1. lawrence_Arps

    Helix 2.9

    about meters thers a great story from thirty odd years ago of an american producer/engineer (Ill leave the names out to protect the innocent), who was brought over to New Zealand to record an album with one of our top bands> Arriving at the studio he proceeded to put masking tape over every meter in the studio . He said he did not want to be tricked into making bad decisions based on the meters. He proceeded to engineer the album using only his ears for gain staging....and it sounded pretty good!
  2. so I took a new preset .Note - Pad is on. Added a distortion to first block - chose the OCD.stock settings. Added Brit Plexi Jump.to second plack..stock settings, .. .added the seventies chorus to third block ...took the mix down to 30%, added vintage delay to fourth block..took mix down to 25% Added plate reverb to fifth block... - stock settings sounds fine to me.....
  3. lawrence_Arps

    Helix 2.9

    weird....the most user friendy, simple to operate piece of pro gear in the history of modelling.......apparantly needs "massive " imporvements. I also have no trouble with the 4 IRs I have loaded - non of which I currently use at all.
  4. also...whats the point of trying to match those tones then completely swamp it with reverb and other FX.....makes no sense.
  5. i see no reason not to use the exact appoach you would with the actual devices being modelled... I listened to the example in the videos and heard nothing particularly "lush"...just a pretty normal clean tone with a few fx shoved on - nothing special or difficult to get with Helix. Same with the distorted tones. very generic (not bad - I quite like them - but nothing hard to achieve with any of the mid gain amps and an overdive pedal...). I reckon I could copy those tones without even switching the monitors on.
  6. I havent looked at the various patches posted but I have a thought. Any snapshot change that includes a compressor could cause a pop or othet sound as the gain change hits the compressor and the attach time kicks in. Even with no playing the hiss/hum from the high gain could be enough to cause this. Not a fault, just the reality of such chages and the way compressors work.
  7. lawrence_Arps

    Helix 2.9

    no not really....Ive never had a problem with balancing my volumes....dont see how a meter will help. Different sounds appear at different volumes yet look the same on a meter. Its best to use your ears....just like you would on a pedal board. I do all my patch leveling in the amp block.....after I ensure thart each block is not adding volume compared tp the bypass state.(Obviously Ill run a drive harder to push an amp input) I will use the meter to set the best gain structure tho!
  8. are you asking about having diffeent speaker settings on each of the two PC+s...then Yes. If you are asking if you can have two outputs (L&R?) from the helix withdifferent Cabs in those chains and the PC+s running in FRFR mode...Yes. You could even run two completely seprate chains from one input with diffrent FX and aAmps and cabs etc on each, going to the two PC+s in FRFR mode... or you could save the bock and run no cabs in the helix as noted above...
  9. When yu say "Suppressor" what do you mean? Do mean a downwards expander? ie. it turns the signal down when the input is below the threshold as opposed to a gate which turns the signal off ??? To the best of my experience the input gate on the Helix is a gate...but I have the threshold set very low so that its only a tiny bit of background noise that gets tuened off when Im not playing - it is possibile that its only reducing the noise by some fixed amount - 12dB would effectively give silence... and someone described "suppressors" as Tone suckers. In what way? once the input passes the threshold the signal is not affected...???
  10. for clarity: The Helix cabs ARE IRs. Therefore it is not true to say that the helix does not come with any.
  11. obviously the posts about identifying your set-up and signal chain are the most important thing here, but... How do you know you are hearing "Digital" distortion?
  12. Ive settled down to 4 presets, each with 4 Snapshots. the snapshots are always: Clean Rhythm, Drive Rhythm, Clean Solo, Drive Solo. The Presets are based on a clean amp/dirty amp combo (the first two just change parameters on a single amp block, but the Presets 3 and 4 both use 2 amp blocks. The Presets are; Arbitrator (with the drive settings quite subtle) Plexi (with the drives in the crunch zone) Texas (Chan one for clean set on edge of break up, Chan 2 on a fat drive tone) Placator (Clean is Matchstick chan 1, set very pristine, and Drive is the placator - big and gainy) To make it even friendlier: The Placator patch recalls on Snap one (Clean Rhythm) The Plexi Patch recalls on Snap two (Drive Rhythm) The Texas patch recalls on Snap three (Clean Solo) and the Placator patch recalls on Snap four (Drive Solo) hence, I can have 8 tones on a single switch press or 16 on two presses All of this backed up with 11 stomps, wah, filter, compressor, Minotor, Screamer, Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Tape Echo, Vintage delay, Reverb,. I have a second compressor and revreb always on but subtle. If I know I need a specific sound, say an 80s lead tone, ill go to Patch 4, drop into stomp made and activate comp, chorus and delay, then click out of stomp mode and use the 4 snapshots for the song...when the solo comes - Voila!
  13. out of interest, how many amplifiers have you seen with this feature...same question for most stomp boxes. A few rackmount devices have a input level but the vast majority of Guitar amps and FX do not. That being the case why would we want this on Helix? I have not heard any credible reports of anyove actually clipping the input with a guitar.
  14. well Im obviousy a bit different! I start by listening to it. I noodle a bit to get a sense of what sort of sound this is. Is it good for snappy parts?...thick chords? fast runs, big sustain?... Once I feel I have the gist of the amp Ill start teaking the knobs a bit to maximies the potential within the parameters that the amps has suggested. I never pick a model on the basis of having a predetermined sound in my head. I do, obviously go to the general gain range...so if Im looking for a bick overdriven tome I know not to start with the Jazz Rivet!
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