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  1. BigBob-Irwin

    High gain lead tones thin and fizzy

    Thanks spikey forgot the linky:-
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    High gain lead tones thin and fizzy

    There are so many variables to contend with as DD said you are not saying how you are setting this up are you going into a Daw or PA, FHFH, etc the mike placement I tend to use a ribbon mikes and pulled back a bit but that's just me everyone is different. One tip I picked up from watching Richie Castellano on a facebook video recently is his parametric eq after the amp/speaker which to me make the amp sound more natural to my ears settings below:- Low freq 230Hz Low Q 0.7 Low Gain 1.6Db Mid Freq 4 Khz Mid Q 0.7 Mid Gain -3.1Db High freq 8 Khz High Q 0.7 High gain +2.1 Db Low cut off High cut 8.9 Khz Level 0 He got this by recording his Helix into a Daw and using the parametric plugin in the daw and then transferred these settings to the Helix I guess if you use a daw you could do the same. What he has done is upped the lows a bit and cut around 4 Khz where the fizz is. I have come to the conclusion after many years listening to guitar tone and music that everyone hears things differently, in other words, each person's ears is not a biological constant and what one mans great tone is another's torture.
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    2.8 good thoughts collection thread.

    After reading the post on how to update from Line 6 was pleased I had no problems and was very straight forward. Love the new Grammitco and my fav pedals are KOT both the prince and KOT also the zendrive and have been having fun plugging my cheap zendrive clone pedal (Mooer Rumble) in to compare.
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    I Love My HX Stomp... But My Bandmate Doesn't

    I would play what I am happy with if he is happy with his tube amp that's ok too the problem is he wants you to be the same as him. I use a tube amp when gigging but use the helix as a pedal board I also have a power cab and have used that as well the only difference between the Helix and the tube amp is not in the sound but the lack of harmonic feedback (if you hit and hold a note and turn towards the amp to be rewarded with a lovely F3 harmonic) now I am old and play blues/classic rock and this is important to me but at some point I think Line 6 will address this either by adding a frequout pedal or some other magical gigery pockery but if I did not do this kind of playing I would be happy with the Helix into the Powercab
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    Thanks datacommando might buy these would be great not to have to take 2 guitars to a gig. This getting old malarkey is not good but interesting getting there.
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    Interesting now I am sure I am going to ask a stupid question here but I am old so forgive me. So if I want my Les Paul to sound like a Strat do I buy the Les Paul package or the Strat package and also the other way round if I want my strat to sound like a LesPaul?
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    Helix into front of amp ?

    I have the Helix LT and use it in 3 different ways. Live I use it into a valve combo amp but do not use amp or cab sim so all I am using is several types of od or dist a volume and wah the amp has good reverb so apart from a little delay it all goes into the front I can also channel switch from the Helix. The second way I can use it live is with a power Cab in which case I add an amp but do not need the cabs, I am not so convinced by this method as you do not get controlled feedback the same as you would from my combo amp and one reason I would like a freqout pedal in the Helix. The last way I use the Helix is direct into my daw or digital recorder ay home with full modeling If you use a JTM45(and therefore do not have a send and return) you will have to try and get as much clean headroom as you can if you want to use time effects like delay/reverb as they do on That pedal show on utube.
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    New FW update coming but....

    When I got the Helix LT I put my pedal board into the send and return on the helix and switched between helix version of OCD,Klon and tube screamer and the real deal on my board and to be honest there was not much in it tone wise . You mention a bass cut on the amps input, but it is there in the helix if you prepared to use either the parametric or graphic eq before the amp or at the beginning of the chain. In fact using eq before or after an amp block can improve what you are expecting i.e. most folk say the nearest to a Dumble a helix comes to is the litigator model if you look at the circuit for a dumble you will find that the tone stack/FET element comes pretty close in the beginning of the signal chain so try putting a graphic in front of the litigator with more 500 Hz and 750 Hz dialed in and it will sound even more like a Dumble. This kind of thinking will get you closer with other amps too the tools are there but sometimes you need to think outside the box a bit to obtain your goal.
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    I want a Helix Riser!

    I use my amp stand if I want to edit this way
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    Can i get some help and advice please ?

    Hi it is just a standard guitar cable with a 1/4" jack on each end by putting the cable into the fx return you are bypassing the amps preamp and effectively using the power amp section of the amp.
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    Can i get some help and advice please ?

    I used to own the DT25 as part of "The Dream Rig" set up with variax JTV59 and HD500 and after messing about with it came to the conclusion that if you wanted the HD500 to sound the same as you are hearing out of the headphones or powered monitors at home then connect from the 1/4" out to fx return on the amp.
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    Helix Bug Reports

    Hi Phil I am using windows 10 on a pc with dual I5 processors 16 gig ram and a SSD to boot up the os
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    Helix Bug Reports

    I am not sure I am posting this in the right place as it is not so much a bug with the Helix but the last 2 times I have updated to the latest firmware my google browser gets completely reset. It loses all the saved passwords and is as if I had loaded the browser for the first time also the @ and " key seems permanently reversed that is if you press the quotes key you get the at sign and visa versa. I have run a virus check but there are none found, anyone else have this issue.
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    How do you guys feel about the Dirt Pedals?

    I think everyone uses pedals differently some buy a clean amp usually known as a good pedal platform and run through this letting the pedals take care of most of the tones. Others run pedals into an amp that is just breaking up some into an amp on hooligan setting you only have to go and look at the pedal show on utube to hear how pedals sound in front of different amps and indeed what sequence the pedals are put in sounding totally diverse or compressing in a different way so it’s quite complex. The test I have done with the helix is plug a tube screamer klon clone and an ocd one at a time through a clean amp in this case a boss Katana and switched between the helix version and the real thing using the send return on the helix and to be honest there is not much in it. Then powered up my other amp which is a Victory RD1 which is kind of in the ball park of a plexi and tried the same thing it did not like the tube screamer either in the helix or the real thing which is not surprising because you are running a mid-humped od into an amp which already has strong mid-range and what would be better here would be a treble boost which the helix does not have but the amp sounded good with the EP boost. So, I guess what I am saying here is you need to choose your pedal/amp combination carefully.
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    Helix Models you wish they would add...

    My hoped for list:- Amps Marshall Bluesbreaker combo with the KT66 tubes and Celestion Greenbacks Dumble OD Special 68 Fender Duluxe Reverb Pedals Treble boost Carpe Diem Zendrive Boss BD2 bluesdriver also would like better reverds and a Watkins copycat guess I am showing my age
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