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  1. By the way, I still find this useful in 3.0, and I have finally fixed the problems with the expression pedal. I'll upload the fixed version as soon as I am not working for a while (hopefully today, barring unforeseen events)
  2. USB issues are with windows and how it's managing, or mis-managing, the usb ports. Windows has real challenges keeping every possible combination of USB ports and other hardware peripherals working right when there are many thousands of combinations out there.... cut it some slack. But look into how to solve USB BSOD issues with your computer, not at the line6 driver as being the problem, I think. Go ahead and report the bug if you like (using official bug reporting system), I'm sure it doesn't hurt. But in the meantime I'd look at solving it yourself, by googling about it for your particular computer, and probably it will involve some kind of uninstall and reinstall of drivers, or uninstall and reboot which auto reinstalls drivers, or something like that. Worth a shot
  3. I friend of mine (super serious tone freak guitarist) recently picked up an HX Stomp to replace his boss cab simulator which had certain issues. He's finally, after a lot of work and analysis of the before and after responses, gotten it dialed in well and really likes it, when he's now finding that after switching back and forth between two presets, after about 10 switches the volume drops, as though eh LA compressor disabled or something. He has to powercycle to recover. I think there are recurring bug reports about similar, possibly related, issues? This is with FW 3.0.1. Cheers
  4. Ah, just read your next post! that's great! So the hub was the problem. Was the usb hub a powered one with external power supply? If so then that totally does make sense - same thing as my laptop problem - cheap power supplies that aren't designed for very low noise.
  5. ok, so we have the answer USB... so the helix has been connected to yoru computer this whole time via USB? It is your computer's USB port that is generating the noise. This is a common problem. Some computers, actually many computers, have a lot of power supply noise on their usb ports. I have owned 2 laptops over teh past year for DAW (audio recording) use, and both were bought used, and both had after market replacement power supplies. Both had terrible USB noise. I searched craigslist and with incredible luck found original power supplies used for sale for both the toshiba and the dell laptops. in both cases, the original (and apparently much better designed/built) power supplies solved the problem. This is true of desktop computers as well as laptops, but of course with desktops you have to take it apart and the power supply is huge and it takes more work, and some are just like that from the factory. You don't normally notice things like this until you connect something through usb audio.
  6. It's possible, although not very likely, that something is electrically wrong with the instrument input on your amp (just because it's a great amp doesn't mean it is problem free, although unlikely). It might have a non-zero voltage on it, or it might have ground connected to one of the pins, and the result could be what you're hearing. since the helix can be powered off for this to occur, you know it's not firmware related - it's a simple electrical issue. To make sure I have this all straight: Does it happen with helix connected from amp-out (like the left channel 1/4" output, for example) to the amp's instrument (guitar) input, with the helix powered off? If the above question is true, does it only happen with the helix power cable connected to power (but still powered off, but plugged in and ready to be turned on)? OR does it also happen if the helix doesn't have anything else connected to it, not even it's own AC power cable? I'm not a helix repair person, but as someone who works with electronics a fair bit, those are critical details to know before understanding what could possibly be going wrong.
  7. Variax is not obsolete by any means since it can do so much more than move the entire guitar tuning up or down a few semitones. If that's all you ever use it for then sure, stop using it. I stopped using and sold my variax many years ago because it was clear that the technology hardware (the cpu and electronics that ARE variax, within the guitar) were not being improved upon and updated in the line6 R&D plan, so I realized then that any issues I had with it would not improve in the future. It was cool, I used it to record the guitar solo for rock around the clock in a chinese language movie about bruce lee (Bruce Lee, My Brother is the english translation of the name). It did the tone of a vintage hollow body gretsch style guitar great when I didn't have one around. I also used it's sitar sound on some album work. But as a guitar itself, using the variax sounds was never all that expressive or satisfying to me compared to using any other good guitar with magnetic pickups, and I'm not doing much live work any more (this is even before covid, just too busy to gig), so it was clearly not for me. I do think that live they are super valuable. But if I want to play in drop C, for example, even a variax has it's issues compared to having a 25.5" guitar with proper string gauges tuned that way.
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    On the helix, everyone, literally everyone, was told from the start that using any of the thousands of main stream cab IR files removes fizz. You can also accomplish this with the built in cab emulations (through proper understanding of how they work) as I posted a helpful thread about several months ago. The pod go seems to my ears to have less treble above 7k or 8k by design on many of it's cab sims.... because it shortcuts a simplistic solution to fizz control that way. This is how some people have classically eqed the helix, also, but the big difference is that the helix requires you to do manually as though you were a real recording engineer in a real studio where every piece of gear requires extensive knowledge, and nearly all guitar chains have a lot of processing done to make them sound so good. This also gives helix users FAR more control over exactly how the treble reduction is accomplished, through mic position type and distance through tilt eq and other eq types and through extreme control over power amp biasing, speaker choice, and so forth. They are for different purposes, these products. The Pod Go is great, but as someone who's started using the helix for the beginning of tracking an album, I'd rather have the helix that lets me have a lot of high frequencies in the cab output for cleans than be stuck with something designed for more "grab and go" music making. The Pod go reminds me more of my pod xt live.... it is darker sounding than the helix also, and fizz free, but also lacking in the power and tone subtle control that the helix gives me now. Edit: Of course the Pod Go blows away the xt live in most ways... no comparison ;-) Just like how I far prefer my very elaborate modern tube guitar amp (that has multi band active EQ and several tube gain stages and switchable power amp circuits etc etc) to a single classic great sounding rig that has one or two perfect tones (for example a great classic early 70s marshall stack)... out of the box it takes more work to make my modern versatile complex amp sound great without fizz, but after the effort is put in, it can sound like nearly any of the greatest amps in history without a spec of fizz, or like something new and different. It's a choice thing - and the pod go is great for many folks, while the helix is like the pod go but without the default "magic sheen" of the pod go... you do it yourself by working with the detailed editing power of the helix and can change it with far more control than the pod go allows. Different strokes for different folks - both are excellent products. Edit: I see info that the helix and pod go both have similar (or identical maybe) eqs on the built in cabs now for a few months.... that probably makes moot much of the info from this old thread (and from my old experience with the pod go). Cheers :-)
  9. It "might" work on the 3.0 port, but generally speaking most USB peripherals work on usb 2 ports (the normal black ports), and some of them "might" work on a 3.0 port, but some won't... and only usb 3.0 peripherals will work on a usb 3.0 port (the blue one). So I mean, you can try it, but there's a reason why computers with 3.0 ports also still have 2.0 ports.... the backwards compatibility seems pretty hit and miss when using 2.0 stuff on 3.0 ports. For me, I put a 3.0 external video dual display dongle on my 3.0 port, and it also adds several 2.0 ports since my laptop only has one 2.0 and one 3.0 port. I use the remaining 2.0 port for my usb audio interface (since I'd rather have it directly connected to my laptop), my 2 external monitors on the video outs from the 3.0 video dongle, and it's remaining 2.0 ports are for mouse, my helix, etc etc. I have never tried my helix on the 3.0 port because I've found in the past that many 2.0 devices are ignored on the 3.0 port.
  10. That's an assumption, but it's more likely that they aren't able to hire pros to focus entirely just on consumer facing web design and development from the ground up. I don't always agree with their design choices (I hate pop-overs, specially when they overlay the login box LoL)... so I'm not defending the design as perfect by any means, and I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you per se. It just doesn't mean they don't have qualified pros doing their website... I'd expect the consumer site is limited by technology, resource specialty and priority of budgeting. If you 2 work in web development/design then you probably are aware that senior web developers/UX specialists tend to work on the web projects that are more application based and built from the ground up, where as consumer facing sites generally are designed/maintained by marketing staff using templating engines. Graphics quality matters, but the design choices are often cramped by the lack off flexibility of the templating engine being used. So I wouldn't jump all over them just yet. However, their bread and butter is products for musicians - products that are supposed to sort of self-update and self-maintain, hence why they added the updating layer into HX edit long long ago instead of forcing you to use the line6 updater for such things. So I'd think their serious developers and UX folks are more involved in the actual product design/development, not in the website. Having them hire a $70k+ web UX designer (UX as opposed to graphics, two different skills), then hiring a full stack web developer to build the consumer site from scratch without a templating engine, would probably cost far more than they could budget for, just to make a few little things in the downloads section look a little different It works fine - it's not going to make everyone happy all the time - but it's not a big deal for most people to wade through it as it is.
  11. But, also, the OP's question was how do Helix reverbs compare to, say, a lexicon (a good lexicon)? IMHO the verbs can be pretty darn good on the helix, but people have a certain dislike for the spring reverb on the helix. Since I normally hated spring reverbs I haven't even bothered to try that much, but I'm sure it's true. For halls etc, they are very good very convincing verbs though, imho. They don't have the lush magical tails and high end of the better Lexicon verbs, because those algos are pretty legendary and also are still patented and owned by whoever owns lexicon now. But, you won't find it too bad on the helix imho. People complain about the verbs but from what I can tell it's guitarists complaining, not sound engineers. I'm both, but lean towards sound engineer when I'm editing the helix, and I've stumbled across some huge, long, wash verbs in the helix that are pretty astounding, really. It's not the most amazing reverb machine out there, but to put lexicon in it's place a bit - the lexicon technology is roughly, what, 40 years old? 35 at least. There's nothing, technically, that the ancient lexis could do that the helix can't do, patents and software ownership rights aside. One side note: from what I have seen, helix software contains, MOSTLY, original reverb algos, not copies of famous reverbs (such as lexicon). I made assumption earlier that this is due to legal restrictions, and it might be. But it might not be, too. It seems like it is sort of a line6 thing, really. Rather than license or model other verbs, they've forever made their own verbs. I think it's not all their own original reverb designs, but mostly is.
  12. Well imho no since the way they have it is pretty much the way most companies have it. Like laptop companies... the line6 system is very similar to dell, toshiba, etc etc (well toshiba is out of the game now, but they were huge). Hardware is for choosing what hardware you have. Then there is software, which means anything you can download, for that given hardware. Software technically includes both applications and firmware. Arguably these days it also includes documentation since manuals went away from printed form. I know I'm a geek, but since line6 is using the correct definitions of those terms, to me it makes perfect sense. I think maybe you can't please everybody all the time :-) Side note: I thought that this was how this downloads section looked a good 10 years ago when I played a variax through an xt live? If so then it's been deemed "not a big problem" for quite some time now :-)
  13. Yea Nita's amazing. I'm not good with names, so I figured the obvious differentiator for most of us who haven't seen either before was blonde vs brunette. I was blown away by Nita's playing for sure, and Jen didn't even try to play anything of consequence after Nita demoed her guitar for 30 seconds of very impressive speed playing and pinched harmonic whammying. The boss unit can sound amazing I'm sure - I used to use roland/boss modelers for a while and learned that the world of people who use them professionally is amazing. They're all just tools. On youtube both of their tones were acceptable. I'm pretty sure that Jen gets much of her tone from her amps.... and it sounded in the video that Nita does too. And just in case anyone was wondering, calling her a blonde chick wasn't diminishing Nita - it was sufficient to differentiate her from the brunette chick, and the host whom I've seen many times on youtube but would be referred to as a dude (a very lucky one), not a chick. LoL :-)
  14. A way better video of Jen with her helix. She was totally being outshone by the blond chick in the previous video and didn't really get to show her stuff being limited to ACDC rhythm parts to demo...
  15. Well folks - that there is an example of the detune thing going on. I heard the glitch several times through her playing and was thinking to myself, wth is she running through a weird effect? Tone sounded great (I suspect it's just amp tone), but yea a few little glitches. But she played the whole thing with helix detuning by a semi-tone. On purpose (to fit tuning with teh other girl's guitar). I mean, that's not a poly tune thing - that's the old helix detuner effect. And it's plenty good enough for a highly paid successful pro touring guitarist. I bet she's blown away now with 3.0, assuming she's had a moment to update it. This video is from 2018!!
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