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  1. You're right, but it's pretty pointless, as a) It doesn't get labeled and b) it keeps working as tap tempo. Same with the mode button.
  2. Turn the drive parameter down on anything Fender-ish (plus some more) and you'll get pristine cleans. I would however agree that Line 6's amp default settings are almost horrible all throughout, causing even amps wellknown for their great clean tone (such as a Twin) to become a mushy driven mess.
  3. No. By having a tablet in always on mode on a music stand. Just as I'm doing right now for IEM mixer remote controls. After all, it's 2020 and these things are standard on all sorts of stages since years already. As you've mentioned yourself, bending down is no fun. And as far as the capacitive switches go, they're great but I'm constantly running out of them, so there's plenty of items I can't route to a switch anymore (I wish there were at least two switch assignment screens, even if they'd only serve the purpose of selecting things quicker). Add to this, that with more advanced blocks, you will also have to flip pages.
  4. Any kind of mobile editor could be realized already. Would have to be used with a USB cable, but that was it. Apparently it's nothing high on Line 6's "to perhaps do" list. As far as touch screens for future devices go, the Headrush owners seem to love that aspect of their units. As would I.
  5. I'd go for bigger/better studio monitors. What's your budget?
  6. I would totally disagree here. Being able to quickly access parameters would improve all those situations massively for me. And ultimately, it'd also improve sound quality because instead of going like "oh no, not that floor crawler thing again..." I'd simply adjust things to suit my needs.
  7. Sure, all that can be done (apart from the Mode/TapTempo buttons, which can't be re-assigned). My current main live setup has 4 snapshots and 6 switches doing things, another one has just 3 snapshots and 7 switches. One of my favourite noodling patches has 4 snapshots, 4 switches and the main functions of the looper (record/dub, play/stop) assigned to 2 switches.
  8. Yeah well, even if I'd like a touch screen, I'd also expect alternative methods to select things to still be there. Anyhow, it was all fine and dandy for me in case they supported mobile edting from tablets and phones. Heck, wouldn't even have to be wireless (even under Android, USB-OTG works just fine), so they could even add this to the current generation of Helix hardware. Uhm. I wish I could use U-Hes MFM2 (*the* killer delay if there ever was one). But then, it's not exactly impossible, you can as well connect a cheap convertible laptop and use it via the Helix' interface. The downside being that it'd only work for typical mix effects (such as reverbs and delays) as for anything 100% wet (amps, drives, comps, whatever) the driver is just not good enough (to put it mildly). However, this is something I might even do go for one day. With a convertible, plenty of the usual "where to put the damn thing on stage?" issues aren't issues anymore as one could just use a plain tablet holder. Would as well allow you to use HX Edit instead of crawling on the floor, then there's great looper apps and what not. Quite tempting.
  9. They don't cause havoc on mobile phone screens. Heck, you can use some of them just fine under water. Well, it's not necessarily about moving things. Even just something as simple as selecting a block is *way* quicker with a touchscreen (and no, the capacitive switches don't help in case you're running out of them). It's defenitely on my radar for a rather long time already. Doesn't seem to feature anything such as global blocks, though, and I won't buy a modeler without that or something similar (I'm even thinking of purchasing a GT-1000 somewhen post-Covid, pretty much just because of that feature). Fwiw, I think it's pretty rugged. Nah, that's still night and day. Needs a dedicated floor controller, additional cabling, the "where to put the laptop?" issue, you need a damn great interface for latencies as low as with the hardware unit, etc. - but most of all, the hardware offers the benefit of a proprietary OS, which, in this case, is a godsend. Fwiw, I've been there, gigged with a laptop a few times, but others than for orchestra pit jobs, it's really not an attractive solution. This might change, though, especially with a tablet-alike 2-in-1 convertible laptop, you could handle the computer-on-stage issue a whole lot easier than with a typical laptop. Defenitely. I mean, with the Quad Cortex, a touch screen is making plenty of sense because outside of playing live, you could just place it on a table or a music stand next to you, especially as there's no onboard expression pedals. With the Helix, a touchscreen would likely be a kinda diminishing return - but personally, I still wouldn't mind one, even if it was just to select blocks.
  10. Why would it be a worse idea than the current Helix screen? Are you playing barefoot? Because otherwise there'd be no difference. Absolutely. I have no idea why they apparently didn't even think of that at all. Or lets talk about a mobile editing option. All quirks of the actual app aside, but it's just fantastic how you can edit a Boss GT-1000 from any mobile device. My personal prediction would be that in 5-10 years from now, you won't be able to sell an otherwise fully featured (as in one-thing-does-it-all) modeler without a touchscreen and wireless, mobile remote editing capabilities. Both of these are just too good to ignore them. Oh well, maybe you with a proper mobile editor you wouldn't even need a touchscreen anymore (it's much more comfortable not having to crawl on the floor anyway), but with the Helix, neither of the two exists.
  11. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    I described what I mean already. No idea how to make it any more clear.
  12. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    How so? I already said I was thinking more about hardware.
  13. Re-assign from which status to which other status? I mean, there's not really any defaults and I'm assigning switches all the time.
  14. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    As said, plenty of synth makers already went that route. They certainly wouldn't do so in case it wouldn't be at least somewhat reasonable.
  15. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Well, I think he's got a point though. Not that I'd support paid updates, a subscription model or anything like that - but for instance, I might like the idea of a modular system which you could expand whenever you'd feel like. But this would likely also include hardware. Need lots of I/Os? Purchase an I/O module. Need additional switches? Purchase a switch module. Need perfect polyphonic pitching? Purchase the extra "wicked sounds and extra CPU juice" (so the previous functionality isn't sacrificed) module. All of these modules should obviously integrate seamlessly. Similar things exist in the synth world for quite a while already, plenty of synths allow you to purchase expansion boards. I like that idea.
  16. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Personally, I almost completely stopped bothering about update release estimates (or speculating about what might be in there too much). It's just not exactly satisfying to know there's something mouth-watering to come and they keep delaying it. Doesn't mean I'm not asking for things which I'd like to see in future updates anymore, but that's a different story. Basically, I bought the Helix for what it is, no more, no less (unfortunately, I discovered one or the other thing that wasn't working as I expected and there's also been no information about those things available prior to my purchase - but that's yet another story). In the meantime, I just keep playing - and I gotta say that outside of the (currently cancelled) live business, the Helix is a damn great companion, leaving little things to be desired (most of my feature requests are targeted at live usage).
  17. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Nah - I know it's only possible with hex pickups (or Melodyne DNA - which however is useless for realtime tasks). But once you really deal with, say, complexed chords and/or slide alike seamless shifts, the quality needs to be way better than what might be sufficient for lower tuned powerchords. Especially complexed chords use(d) to split the boys from the men instantly, apparently it's not necessarily like that anymore with the Fractal algorithm, so here's hope something similar would be the bar Line 6 set for themselves.
  18. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    The thing is, for all these "oh, let me quickly tune down to Eb" riffing situations, the solution is already there and it's nothing too special to add a Digitech Drop to your pedalboard. Sure, it'd be nice to have it all in the box, I give you that, but it's not exactly crucial. Complexed pitch shifting however is a whole different story. You may want to alter intervals in realtime and/or per snapshot. Or you may just want to slap it into a delay path. Or you may want to go for slide guitar alike realtime pedal control, etc. So, not only are these the kind of things requiring top notch pitch shifting, they also profit a whole lot more from perfect integration. In a nutshell: If I really needed quick'n'dirty downtunings, I'd just get a Drop. But personally, I'd like that thing to be a lot more than just that - even if I need to say byebye to 40-50% of my precious CPU power (which won't be an issue anymore anyway, once L6 slaps in global blocks in FW 3.1, SCNR...). And because of that, I hope they're going for quality rather than "just something".
  19. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Could you point us to any reasonable sound files? Because, in all seriousness, I have strong doubts it'd even hold the smallest candle against what you can listen to in Marco Fanton's Axe video.
  20. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    I wonder if it will as well allow for shifts as seamless as in Marco's video. In that case: Byebye, bottleneck!
  21. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    That's all fine, but no decent clean chords at all. But then... Ohhh - that's much more like it. Now, *that* is what I could certainly use! If they really get it done that good for the Helix, I would take at least parts of my comments back - that'd possibly become my most used fun effect for anything outside off plain stuff.
  22. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Fwiw, if the L6 algorithm would do a single interval shift of -5/-7 semitones properly, I'd be incredibly happy as I could possibly save the expense of a baritone, something I really love - but I can't exactly justify the cost because I wouldn't use it all that much. Oh, -12 for quick bass mockups would be great, too (the octaver really isn't too shiny).
  23. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    Any demo sounds/videos you could post? I know the Kemper is doing pitch shifting quite well, but I haven't heard any truly convicing pitch shifting that would make me think it's in fact a transposed/detuned guitar.
  24. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    No idea about the processor - but did you ever do something as trivial as playing a slightly complexed chord through it? Such as a maj7 chord with the minor second in the inner voices? Like this (for a Cmaj7): ---3--- ---1--- ---4--- ---2--- ---x--- ---x--- Quite a typical chord in my musical universe - and it'll throw off pretty much any pitch shifter out there minus a few very expensive ones. So I can only hope for the L6 algorithm to be better.
  25. SaschaFranck

    Polyphonic

    I would say that 40-50% sort of qualify for "good portions", no? Regardless of how much it is exactly, it's still a lot - and I couldn't cram it into any of my live patches (</cue another of my very own rants about the usefulness of global blocks>).
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