Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Posts posted by DarrellM5

  1. Thanks Colonel for all the info. I will visit the link you provider. Im still a little confused on blanking out the DT amp. Is it obvious if you wanted to go back to the original settings whet they are, or would you just do a factory reset on the DT?  Also, in the last part about using the full amp models, do you mean using the amp and cab/mic from Helix? Because my DT is running into a Marshall 1960a cab. If I use the cab & mics from Helix on top of the 1960a cab, wouldn't that become muddy?


    I used the M-Audio Uno as a MIDI interface to configure the DT with DT Edit.  DT Edit has a great graphical interface that makes it a snap to use.  I believe DT Edit needs 2 way communication with the amp because it comes up with the current amp configuration loaded.  I used it to turn off all of the modeling in the DT, including the mic and cab.  I set each voicing on both channels to Topology I, II, III and IV.  Now I can use the Helix with a single MIDI cable to select the topology, per preset, that I want to use.


    If I want to restore the DT back to factory, all I have to do is use the M-Audio Uno to reload the original firmware.

    • Upvote 1
  2. I guess I would have known you were using 4 cable method if I had payed more attention to the thread title.


    You might try playing with the guitar input pad.  Also, have you tried going turning each of the blocks off and on to try to isolate the problem?

  3. Hmm that's the only real difference between the models are the body / neck shapes, the pickups when in manual mode, and the model/tuning settings that they come with out of the box (which can all be changed with the software?)


    Are the names on the dials for the models and tunings able to be changed or are they hard coated on the dials?

    The names on the dials are permanent.  I've loaded all of my custom stuff into the 'Custom 1' and 'Custom 2' slots (10 total).  Also, with a Helix or HD500X you have the ability to call up different Variax models and tunings from the presets.  For example, I can create a patch that automatically switches the Variax to a Les Paul with the bridge pickup selected and DADGAD tuning.


    I'd like to find something a little more cost effective at the moment to learn on if there are cheaper but good solutions out there that will work fine with an HD500x.  I'm very new to all of this and I'm not gigging at the moment, mostly just home play and friendly basement / garage jam sessions about once a month so I figure now is a good time to experiment in changing up my signal chain.


    I appreciate all the help and suggestions!

    If you're looking for a really good 'bang for your buck' solution, take a look at the Alto PA speakers.  I have a pair of TS110A's, which cost $200 each, and they sound really good.  And while stereo is cool, you don't really have to have 2 of them.

  4. Are you saying that sometimes a patch sounds great and sometimes that exact same patch exhibits this undesirable behavior?


    What's your signal chain? (active or passive guitar, FRFR, 4 cable method, etc...)

  5. I'm really enjoying them as well and since I found out, in another thread on this forum, that you can also use them to change IR's, I'm having a blast.

  6. Firstly, other than the floyd, is there any difference between the 89 and the 89F ?  I've read a couple places that the 89F has more higher gain settings, different tunings, etc, so I'd like to get it straight.



    I don't know if there are any differences out of the box but it doesn't matter.  I have the JTV-69 and loaded the 89 high gain models into it along with some alternate tunings that I wanted (Open C, Open B, Drop C, etc..).  

  7. I believe it's a single SR2032 battery and it can be a bit of a pain to get to, depending on whether you have the head or combo.  I sold my 2004 Vetta II combo to my cousin and the battery is still good for now, but I know a replacement has to be in order soon.  


    I think there's a little bit of soldering work involved as well, but nothing too technical.

  8. Congrats on your purchase.  I owned the Variax 500 for about 12 years and really enjoyed it.  


    Workbench will allow you to create your own tones and set up some custom tunings.  


    I never had to mess with the stock piezo pickups and never experienced any tuning problems.


    I ran Ernie Ball Slinky .10-.46 most of the time.  


    The VDI cable will allow 2-way communication with a device like the HD500X.  That lets the POD call up guitar models and tunings per preset.  The VDI cable also provides power to the guitar so you don't have to use batteries.

  • Create New...