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    Helix floor Wah

    I don't believe its possible to do what you are asking. Unless I'm mistaken, the wah is 'on' or it's 'off'. You could, however, change activation of the wah from the "toe switch" to one of the other footswitches or make it part of a preset. Still going to be an extra move though. If I'm wrong about this, I'll be interested in knowing how it's done myself.
  2. I went with HS8s because I'm not just using them to monitor recordings - I wanted something that would hold up to a little more aggressive guitar playing and volume as well. They're a good value (a bargain considering what you have to spend for a comparable size/quality) and can be bought on Amazon in a package with cables and stands for between 700-800 in the U.S. I have/love a Steinberg UR28M interface that came with a light version of Cubase (that I've upgraded since but you certainly don't have to) that was fairly reasonable. Focusrite makes a wonderful/cheaper one ($100 maybe) that will do just fine though. Helix Native is EXACTLY the same as the Helix Floor with the exact same features EXCEPT for the fact that you will have to use your own volume/wah pedal coming out of the guitar if you want to use those expressions 'on the fly'. Otherwise Native has wah/vol but is just a plug-in 'app' for a recording software and you have to add wah, vol and other expression 'changes' as a 'post' process to a 'recording' - not live play on the fly. This is also true for preset/snapshot 'changes' as well. You still 'create' presets/snapshots as usual and can export them to a Helix if you want (that's how I create my presets) - there's just no way of switching between them on the fly. Everything else is business as usual. If you went with the Powercab - for Pete's sake spend the extra $100 and get the "Plus" version so you'll have something to grow with over time like I explained previously. I can't think of a single person/review that has not regretted going ahead and getting the Plus. I'm pretty sure others have already explained the difference. There are a LOT of opinions on this thread and they're all valid. You just have to digest them all and see which combination fits your own needs the best. Obviously the bigger the purse the easier that's going to be. Native is awesome and I can't imagine not having it. But I DID buy it for a lot less as a perk for buying my Floor unit. My own "blessed" journey was as follows. I'm a church and home player only. I bought the Helix Floor 1st and an L2 Line 6 Stagesource Speaker. Took advantage of the Native perk soon as financially able. Got tired of carrying the speaker back and forth to church so I got two L3 Stagesource speakers for stereo at home. They are wonderful PA/FRFR speakers (among other things including overkill studio monitors). Somewhat recently got a 112 Powercab plus (PC+) that I consider to be a Godsend and I wish (for financial priority reasons only) I could have gotten it (and some studio monitors) before the Stagesource speakers but it wasn't invented yet. Then very recently got a set of Yamaha HS8s. I love it all and wouldn't change a thing unless a couple million fell from the sky. Powercab Powercab Powercab! (PC+) I can't stress it enough! I'm also a photographer. The tech advance and resulting difference Powercab makes to the whole 'digital' sim thing reminds me of the day when digital cameras finally were legitimately and absolutely able to replace film. The "PC+ and the coming advances in that tech is the final straw to the digital/analog battle in my opinion (ESPECIALLY for home/small venue play).
  3. I'm not sure what your budget is and I'm not sure if you are interested in recording or have a computer setup. Looks like you've gotten a lot of feedback so my 2 cents may be a repeat. A) Regardless of what equipment you buy, if you're going 'too' cheap - don't bother. You'll hate it. B) Studio speakers or PA/Headrush/etc? "IF" you're interested in having stereo and/or recording - then go with a couple of Yamaha HS8s or equivalent. That will be very capable for in-home play. If not stereo - then I can't stress, or recommend, highly enough - a single 112 Powercab Plus which will take care of the "cab in the room" thing you were referring to. C) Floor/LT/etc? - well...IF you ARE interested in recording and thinking of going the computer interface route, then you may be overlooking Helix 'Native' plug-in as an option, in which case you wouldn't need anything else other than an inexpensive hardware computer connection and most basic of recording software that typically is free with purchase of the hardware device. This would be the least expensive route without sacrificing quality in my opinion - and opens up a lot of other possibilities as well. D) AGAIN - since it appears you've already gotten a lot of advice on the Helix units themselves. I want to do you a favor and stress above all else that you don't skimp on your choice of speaker/s. All the Helix, and similar mod devices, change and improve daily and become dinosaurs before you know it. Speaker technology is not only slower to change, but it also only puts out what you put into it. So put as much thought and money as you can into your choice of speaker/s first and your concern for which Helix device - second. If you spend a little extra and make a 'good' speaker choice, you'll be living with them a lot longer than a mod pedal. If you approach this the other way around you'll just end up trying to put glitter on a turd I can assure you. E) The short version: The Helix Floor and Powercab Plus 112 are simply awesome if you can afford it. I'm of the opinion that if anyone disses the PC+ for bedroom or small venue play - they aren't using it correctly. Happy hunting!
  4. For the same reason you are using an amp mod in the Helix rather than just playing directly into your amp - so your speaker cab will sound like the amp/cab your are desiring to use at that time. How else would you expect your Marshall cab to sound remotely close to a 4X10 super reverb or a 1X12 champ? One of the IR makers even supply their customers with an EQ curve to place in the Helix chain specifically for use in 4CM. I haven't used 4CM for a long time but I never tried it without either an IR or Helix stock cab. I assume it would have the same undesirable result as using FRFR without one.
  5. Just my opinion, but I have come to the personal conclusion that IRs typically sound better if you're using a 4CM with an amp and traditional cabinet (with an appropriate EQ block in the signal chain) while the the Helix stock cabs sound better with FRFR type setups (I'm using Line 6 Stagesource speakers). My thinking is that this is because FRFR speakers already have a broader frequency range than typical guitar speaker cabs and don't need the extra. IRs with FRFR sounds somewhat fizzy to me. While Helix is a work of genius in it's ability to cover just about every possible setup a particular musician might have, I'm sure they had to choose a starting point in the design process. I thinking that maybe said starting point was to create a new/improved version of the previous Line 6 "miracle system" (or whatever it was called) which was the HD500, Variax guitar, and a Stagesource speaker. Maybe this starting point took priority and 'then' the stock cabs were tweaked a bit, as a compromise, to also be acceptable with other type setups. Regardless, I find that with FRFR, just about every IR, stock cab, amp mod, etc., can be made to sound the same as another with a little (sometimes a lot of) extra trouble and tweaking. (P.S.) My own "personal conclusion" confuses me and seems backwards logically since IRs are created, and monitored, with a digital process and equipment (I assume). Seems to me like IRs should sound better with FRFR rather than the other way around. Perhaps it's because in their creation, they are miking actual cabs - I don't know.
  6. When connected to editor, it seems I can't get the tuner to come on at all. When disconnected, I recently discovered that it appears to work in a "momentary" switch mode only. I ran into this problem after doing my very first update. I put off returning it long enough for a new update to come out and the problem went away. Then when I recently updated the new beta, viola! I'm baaack! I'm not sure about the tap tempo working or not as, I must confess, I've evidently never quite comprehended its proper use. I've not gotten 'my' expected results from any tap tempo I've ever used on any pedal. It 'seems' like a no-brainer to me, but there's something I'm not getting. As for the tuner problem, I'll just use it in momentary mode until another update comes out and hope it corrects itself. I don't want to be without the unit long enough to send it in.
  7. When connected to editor, it seems I can't get the tuner to come on at all. When disconnected, I recently discovered that it appears to work in a "momentary" switch mode only. I ran into this problem after doing my very first update. I put off returning it long enough for a new update to come out and the problem went away. Then when I recently updated the new beta, viola! I'm baaack! I'm not sure about the tap tempo working or not as, I must confess, I've evidently never quite comprehended its proper use. I've not gotten 'my' expected results from any tap tempo I've ever used on any pedal. It 'seems' like a no-brainer to me, but there's something I'm not getting. As for the tuner problem, I'll just use it in momentary mode until another update comes out and hope it corrects itself. I don't want to be without the unit long enough to send it in.
  8. I'm both a musician and a Luthier. I'm finding the Helix tuner to be just fine. Is it accurate to a 1000th of a fret like the Peterson? Evidently not. But I'm not using the Helix to intonate a guitar for myself or a customer. I'm using the Helix tuner for tuning the guitar during play. Tuning a guitar to an open string or harmonic and actual play are two different things. No one on this planet can play a fretted note, let alone a chord, consistently enough to not press a string out of tune to the tolerances being demanded on this thread. Now I have experienced tuners that are off a few cents across the board and that's not good. But I definitely am not experiencing that with my Helix. The accuracy of Peterson, etc. strobe tuners (1000th of a fret) is for bigger, or other, purposes than actual play of a guitar. They are also designed to tune many other instruments other than strings that don't have variables - like the piano for instance. The movement of the strobes in the video represent a difference that is ridiculous in any real time application sense. I don't like to be negative, but to complain about the differences displayed in the YouTube video seems a little petty to me personally. However, I am having trouble with my Helix tuner coming on at all since the beta update. The switch appears to be in momentary position or something. If it decides to come on, I have to hold the switch down.
  9. To add to my previous reply, I just realized that part of the Ebow's character is more than just endless feedback. I'm not sure how one would go about reproducing the physical occasional stringy vibrations when string makes contact with frets/pups/or Ebow itself. Still excited though.
  10. Chad Boston has a couple of versions of a patch that might work and if not, would definitely be a good place to start. They allow sustained feedback tone (endless if desired) at any volume. I've tried both and are some of the better shared presets on the Helix tone board in my opinion. The first version might be better suited for an Ebow simulation. It's set up so that you play and then blend in feedback at the appropriate time by easing in with the expression pedal. You've sparked my interest and I will be giving it a shot. Here's links to the presets: http://line6.com/customtone/tone/1970739/ Oops! looks like he must have deleted his first version. Oh well, I have a feeling it will still be a good starting point. Especially for the 1 (of the 2) Ebow settings that is a little less unpredictable in it's pitch. Man I can't wait to try this!
  11. I have both the RC300 and a Roland GR-55. I plan to connect to Helix via the return/send loops on the Helix. There's a YouTube video where someone briefly describes connecting his GR-55. But there's not problem that I'm aware of. You're gonna love those stagesource speakers.
  12. Why wouldn't Line 6 post a simple user guide on their website? I'm frustrated that everytime I try to find detailed support for the Amplifi Remote "APP" it never fails to lead to support for the Amplifi 'devices" (amps, fx100, etc.). Between common sense, experimentation, and YouTube vids (that, without fail, focus on how to use the amplifi "devices" - not the "app" itself), I've been able to navigate through most of it, but (1)... I'm still trying to find out how to stack more than one stomp, mod, or delay pedal into the signal chain. (2)....Also my "APP" is not recognizing music that has been "newly" downloaded to my phone or tablet. Is there some way to force that or is it supposed to be automatic? (3)... Finally, some more details on signal chain pedal "placement" options would be nice. Is it as limited as it seems or am I missing something? Any takers? Thanks in Advance!!!
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