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Everything posted by gtrman100

  1. After a go round with FRFR and using my DT25, I've settled on using the DT amp for a more traditional guitar setup. I've set up midi to change topologies, and Helix using the Amp models without cabs. I've disabled the preamp models in the DT. Line 6 recommends using Preamp only models, but I find they don't sound right, as they did with my HD500. They sound less real and more sterile to me. What amp model types are you using that you are satisfied with?
  2. So, in other words, you are using Amp + Cab models in the Helix, not just the Amp models. I haven't tried it, but since there is already a real speaker in the DT amp, adding another cab simulation seems to be redundant. So far, just tweaking the amp models to sound good with the Celestion G12H-90 (which is supposed to be neutral sounding) seems to be working pretty well. Did you find the Cab models to really improve the realism?
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    form dt25 to the l2m

    I'm testing out a new rig myself. I have a Centerpoint stereo Space Station, which is awesome by itself. But it's not powerful enough to play with the whole band. So I picked up a 500 watt Behringer subwoofer, and I'm crossing over 170hz and will see if it can work. The space station is incredible for giving you stereo out of a single point.
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    Exp Toe Switch Output Killer

    It took me a while to figure out. The problem exhibited the same way:engage the wah via the toe switch, then when disengaging the wah, outputs were muted until the Helix read rebooted. I'm not sure why the outputs worked before engaging the wah, but it happened ever time until I changed to a stereo wah block.
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    Exp Toe Switch Output Killer

    Check and see if it's a mono or stereo block. I had a mono block wah on a stereo path and it would mute the outputs.
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    Screen protector

    My $.02- I installed Glenn's screen protector. It works great! You could probably come up with a less expensive alternative, but he's done all the legwork and construction. Anything that saves me a trip to Home Depot works for me...
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    Which Amps Are Working Well WIth Helix

    You might try the amp (not amp+cab) models into your fx loop. I find them to be closer in level, and better sounding than the preamp only models into an fx loop.
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    Anyone using DT amp with Helix?

    This happened to me too, when I moved some patches around. I stored it on the Helix app, and when I restored it later, some of my patches were in different locations and the Variax custom tunings were on the wrong patch. I had to go through and make sure that everything wasn't changed. A bit scary, but I'm not sure if it was pilot error or a software bug. I hope the full computer interface arrives soon...
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    Pod xt sounds better than helix???

    Most likely, your headphones are coloring the sound in a way that compensates for the deficiencies of the XT. Add that to the fact that you are used to the XT, and that's probably why you come to that conclusion. I suggest you record some guitar parts with both and listen through a good pair of studio monitors. No recording engineer worth his salt mixes on headphones; they might check the mix through headphones, but that's about it.
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    Helix – Reliable for LIVE use ???

    It's consistent. I use an extra expression pedal and it did it every time until I changed to a stereo wah pedal.
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    Helix – Reliable for LIVE use ???

    The wah volume drop problem is user error, not a software bug. I discovered it myself- if you use a mono wah, in a stereo path, you'll get a complete volume drop when returning to volume pedal mode. Use a stereo version of the wah, and you're good to go.
  12. When I tweak a Helix preset, it automatically loads the current Variax model when I save the preset. This did not happen with the HD500. The Variax model is not saved with the Helix preset Am I doing something wrong, or can this not be changed? When I want to use several different variax guitar models with a Helix amp model, I don't want the Helix to save the currently loaded one.
  13. I tried setting the Variax input setting to "Global". No dice- it still follows the model selector on the Variax. Bummer. I hope they implement full Variax functionality soon.
  14. Thanks, I figured that out. The problem is, if you tweak the reverb on the helix, and you're in a different Variax guitar model, then both get saved. That's not the way the HD 500 worked. The guitar model wasn't saved with the processor preset.
  15. I've had my 59 and 69 for years now. I love them both, they are my only gigging guitars. The neck on the 69 took a bit of getting used to, but now I find it fine. Both guitars have always worked fine, never a problem.
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    Strange Stereo FX Send problem

    I'm using the FX Send as a stereo output into my CPS Space Station as a feed for my JTV acoustic tones. When I tweak it with HD Edit, it sounds great in gorgeous stereo and I save it the the HD500x. BUT, when I disconnect the HD from my computer, load another preset, then go back to the acoustic preset, it's in mono. I've played with the mixer, the FX Send setting, but nothing seems to help. I save the preset from HD Edit, and on the HD500x itself. Any ideas? Is this a bug in the FX Send? Update- if I move the EFX loop block, it restores the stereo output of the send. Still, if I load another preset and reload the acoustic preset, the FX send reverts to being mono. Update 2- I opened a support ticket. I believe this is a software bug.
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    Where's the Off button on the POD HD500X?

    It's right under the "on" button...
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    new Yamaha Variax and other NAMM news

    Who goes to NAAM to see budget stuff? Probably the majority of the music equipment retailers that attend the show and sell to the vast majority of players who don't gig... sorry that they didn't please you. BTW, you've already got their current top of the line, so I don't know what you expected. The next generation? I guess we'll all have to wait. I'm looking forward to it too.
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    new Yamaha Variax and other NAMM news

    Maybe I'm not understanding the gripe. L6 is trying to establish the Variax in the lower price points with the same modeling as their $3500 guitars, so they can sell more and create a market for higher end models in the future. So they have: 1. The $700 Variax Standard built in a decent quality lower end guitar(compare it to the 300/ 600- it's MUCH better) 2. The Korean JTV69/59/89 Variax for those who want a mid-range quality guitar(on par with $800-1500 guitars) 3. The JTV59/69/89 US for those who want a boutique quality, custom built quality guitar with the Variax option. I think this gives the potential Variax buyer a range of products that would appeal to most. Honestly, I just bought a Chinese Epiphone G-400 Pro where the fit, finish, hardware and tone are easily the equal of most Gibsons that cost $1000-$1500. I would imagine the the Yamaha Variax when set up properly should be a reasonably good playing and sounding guitar. Time will tell.
  20. I think you're making a generalization that usually isn't true. For a guitar to be custom, you go to a luthier like Tyler and pick out the neck profile, frets, fingerboard material, pickups, tuners, body finish, neck finish, color, other hardware etc. Maybe if you order from the Fender "custom" shop it's more true, but even there you can specify many of the options you'd like for your instrument.
  21. I'd been having a few volume and tone issues with my DT25, the volume seems to had dropped a bit, and the tone had sounded a bit weak, and not as punchy, so I figured t was time to retube,, I've had JJ's before and they were a good sounding, not excessively expensive tube, so I bought a set from Eurotubes. They were delivered quickly and I highly recommend them. The verdict- huge improvement in tone! The volume is back- headroom has increased markedly.The tone is tight and focused, and the low end isn't flabbly at all. I can crank a high gain tone to pretty high volume and not get mushy. The balanced 12ax7 in the phase inverter section might be responsible for the improved headroom. If you're looking for replacements, you might try these out.