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  1. Did you sell the invite or the Ax8 on eBay?  Think I may have found that extra income I need. Three of those and its a free Ax8  ;)


    Yes I've sold 2 AX8's on eBay.

  2. I noticed playing this afternoon that footswitch 5 (the one next to mode that is normally assigned to looper) would react as it had been touch selected when I stepped on it with my foot.  Even if I step on it quite quickly it asks me to assign whatever block you are on as bypass.  None of the others seem to do this.


    I can hit it really fast with my finger and it does the same thing.  


    I'm on the latest firmware.  I just reloaded the firmware and did a global reset.  Can anyone confirm for me this is not a bug?  If not I guess I need to arrange an RMA...

  3. That didn't really answer my question.  


    I know when I pull a block down to a parallel path there is a volume increase.  I can see it on my mixer because I go from green to red (clipping).  I need to know how much that increase is so I can compensate for it somehow (in the merge block)?  It's an increase and therefore - a problem.  If I had a better mixer at home I could figure it out.


    If I have patches that use parallel paths and those that don't - I need to balance the volume between them.

  4. Yes I know there's another thread on this but it's dead and I wanted to ask some more questions.  I write most patches to be used in house of worship to the board scenario - so I have to control volume increases.  The Helix doesn't have an internal VU meter and my cheap mixer at home only shows the signal is clipping - so I'm trying to understand the volume jumps of a parallel path.


    If I have a pretty simple setup - amp > delay > reverb and I pull the delay or reverb down into a parallel path (creates y split and merge block automatically) - how much is the volume actually increasing?  To compensate for that increase, should you lower the volume at the merge block?  


    Any other advise or recommendations for someone setting up patches and trying to limit volume like I do?

  5. If you are using a split, the reason is that there is no pan law employed. In other words, if panned center, there is a 12 dB boost, a doubling of the signal strength.


    If you are just using a static split, you should reduce the level of each split by 6 dB, using whatever tool you prefer, and preferably before you hit any amps or fx. If you are using active panning across the split with an exp ped, You can correct this gain problem by using a volume pedal as the first block in each split, set so that it goes to 0 when the signal is panned opposite to it. This puts each split path at 50% (or -6 dB) in the center panned position.

    So if I pull delay for example down to a parallel path from reverb - reduce the merge block of the delay by 6db?

  6. I'd be nice if we had an internal VU meter (like the AX8) so you could see what your patch internal level was - that way you wouldn't have to use an external mixer.  Hintity, hint hint.

  7. I demoed my AX8 this weekly and frankly the tones are blowing me away.  I like the size of the unit better too.  I'm going to ride this train for a while - I had the Helix since Oct anyways - I like to change it up.

  8. I'd like to see a Helix model with built in power amp - kind of like Kemper has.  That way you only have to have a cab if you don't want to go direct - or need it for any reason.


    There could be a solid state version at one price point - and a tube one at another.  


    That would be cool wouldn't it - a Helix with Tubes.  (May as well make it where you can re-bias and use whatever tubes you want too - I mean if you're gonna go all the way why not :))

  9. Remember a company is always thinking about its strategic vision.  That's where are we 5 years from now?  So, if they've released Helix - that vision is realized.  You better believe though if they've let that one out of the bag - something else is in the wing.


    For the next few years they'll probably discuss and design the next big thing - protypes in about 3 years - and release as soon as they can after that.

  10. Not a Fractal user, so do they still provide free upgrades for all their older units or at a certain point does the older gear no longer run the newer engine releases?  

    I don't think they ever stop updating a product until the hardware simply can no longer handle the processing.  At that point that hardware remains on it's last firmware revision while everything else jumps forward.  They def still release minor updates to the older stuff like bug fixes though - but I was referring to improvements.

  11. The speaker modeling is key and you took it out of the equation.  


    Fractal has said over and over it is designed to be used direct.  If you took out the speaker modeling you took out the weakness of the Helix as some would argue, and the area the AX8 shines the most - so basically you just compared Helix and AX8 preamps with your amp's power amp and cab.


    To me using an expensive unit like this with an amp proves nothing.  It has to stand on its own direct.

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  12. I apologize if this is the wrong area to introduce myself, but I feel the need to do so right here.  Name is Mike and I purchased a Helix from Sweetwater last Thusday 3/17.


    I'm freaking blown away.  4cm into my Suhr PT100 stack, Helix preamp into a VHT 2150 then some celestion loaded 2x12's, the front of a metro Marshall 1987 head...whatever I've tried so far.


    This thing is incredible. WOW...WOW...WOW.  Still in shock.




    Mike W.

    Try it with headphones.  That should take it down a notch or two LOL.

  13. Well, you can run dual cabs in the way of loading a stereo IR in the AX8, but 1) you have to either find a stereo IR you like or create your own, and 2) you have to actually load it into the AX8. After you do that, the IR is what it is. You can't change mics and other parameters without loading another IR.


    I had the AX8 briefly, and it's a nice little box. There were some things I really liked, but the main thing for me is that I just felt that without having the editor open, editing the unit itself is a very frustrating experience, at least for me. I really need the ability to change things on the fly, and I know I'm not going have access to a laptop in most situations. So in that sense, the Helix has a huge advantage for me. I've said if a number of times, but one of the main reasons I have been a repeat Line 6 customer (and just to be clear, even though I have gotten a few beta units from Line 6, I've bought the vast majority of stuff I own from them) is that they seem to be one of the few companies building multi-fx devices that take the ergonomic side of things seriously. The fact is that most guitarists don't care what a box is capable of if they can't figure out how to do it.


    I'm still waiting on mine - signed up on the 20th and they are still shipping to the 13th I think.  The Helix has them on design and interface for sure - bout how about effects and amp modeling?


    If the sound quality is really that much better I don't really care about the interface - I can menu dive if I have to for superior effects and amp modeling.


    I already know they have way more content - at least for now.

  14. Line 6 - (long time fan)


    The Helix hardware (interface) is incredible.  Literally better than anything available or ever dreamed of.  If I had to think up one complaint or wish I guess it would be that they had left off the volume/expression pedal to cut down on the size of the unit and weight - and just let you chose your own pedal(s).


    You've got the hardware - inside and out.  You have the most attractive product out there.  You've got a great start on your content...


    BUT, if you don't continue to work on this thing diligently - meaning releasing new content (amps, cabs, effects) and improving existing content (bug fixes etc) at least monthly - you will lose your momentum.  


    Sooner or later your design will be topped.  What will keep people coming back is the community you've built and the content.


    You cannot approach updates and content with this product like you have with those you've done in the past if you want to stay competitive.  Keep em coming...

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