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  1. I run my Helix in stereo into two bad cat amps' effects loop returns, bypassing speaker modeling of course. a lot of the time i find that i get the best sound results keeping the power amp modeling section in place (verses preamp only), even though i'm going into a real amp's power section. and yes, TOTAL amp in a room experience. None of that lifeless FRFR sound.
  2. My fix for this was very carefully shaving equal amounts off of the two toe-most rubber bumpers under the expression pedal. worked very well, but then a few days later i learned of Helix's ability to auto-engage based on parameter based on the pedal's position.
  3. boynigel

    New Manuals

    Has a 4.0 thread already begun here or elsewhere? If so i wonder how many pages it's up to. don't wanna know, but then maybe i do?
  4. Agreed, and I'm sorry but i wouldn't have a lot of faith in the reliability/longevity of those things.
  5. I went down this rabbit hole when i got my Helix Floor back when they first came out, and wound up getting rid of it for the very reason you cite- no amp in a room experience. Tried it with the Friedman ASM, and QSC stuff, but still the same experience as you. years later i got the Pod Go for quiet, late night practicing. One day on a whim, i plugged the Go into the FX loop return of my Bad Cat. BAM! there it was. This was my gateway back to an LT and i haven't looked back. Unless your amp setup is a head and a huge 4x12 cab (mine's just a 112 combo), i would suggest giving it a try. You'd still be carrying an FRFR speaker to a rehearsal/gig, why not make it a combo amp instead? same footprint, and you can still feet a PA while you hear yourself through an actual amp...obviously just be sure to not have cab blocks going through to your amp. worth noting is that, at least with my amp, I get better sounds keeping the power amp modeling in place, versus using a preamp block only. YMMV
  6. boynigel

    New Manuals

    Hey, you tryin' to start something? ;)
  7. good to know, thanks. As someone who likes to be PRO-active rather than Re-active, yes, I tend to overthink things. It's a double edged sword that's saved me lots of money over time, but surely wasted some of my time too!
  8. I cover it up but fur still gets on it over time as it falls off the bottom of my feet onto it while in use
  9. I've a dog in the house. at least weekly I have to dust fur off of my LT and it got me wondering how much hair has made it's way inside the unit, via the openings for the EXP pedal hinges. I consider myself pretty handy, as I've done many electronics repairs and mods to my pedals, guitars, and amps over the years. I'm just wondering how much of a "project" it would be to blow out any accumulated dust/fur inside my LT. Has anyone done this? I'm wondering if in order to do it properly, I'd need to remove multiple PCB's, and if there's any general words of caution from anyone who's done this before?
  10. I would have except that the very first comment by phil_m makes it out to be mac-specific, and my friend is on a PC. I will now tell him to do it anyway. can't hurt. ty
  11. I told him to make sure he wasn't too many versions behind, before he updated. Pretty sure he said he was already in the 3's, version-wise.
  12. asking for a friend who uses windows (i use mac, so i couldn't help him) He has a Stomp. over the weekend he did the 3.5 update. said he updated HX edit first. After completing both updates he's saying that he sees the Vitriol model in his Stomp, but not in HX Edit when he has the Stomp connected. Not sure if it's worth mentioning but given that my personal LT took all of the 45 minutes L6 said it would, his Stomp updated in around 5 minutes. not sure if that's because the Stomp has less going on than an LT, or if this is a red flag to his woes? Suggestions?
  13. If you want to find out on the cheap, i'll sell you my Ownhammer collection at half price.
  14. Don't need to when I'm living inside your head rent-free.
  15. said it sounds good because it does. also mentioned that it sounds good as to not butt-hurt anyone and not come off as hostile or mean spirited, which I wasn't. does it sound great? that's subjective. Why? are the two amps on my wish list horrible? I'm not a gambler but I'd bet if a poll were taken on an non-L6 forum, and the Sunn, along with the two amps from my wish list were on a list with 10-20 other amp models, and people were asked to vote on which ones they'd want in a modeler, I'd be willing to bet the Sunn would get less votes than either of the two I suggested. FWIW, I made a similar comment elsewhere on the interwebs and got a lot of amens, and saw posts from others questioning the Sunn choice as well. But yes L6, don't listen to me because codamedia said not to. I'm just a guy who's money is as green as the next guy's, who made a comment/suggestion. the nerve of ME. ;)
  16. In addition to the message on my screen, I remember there being a 2nd message in the upper-most left corner of the screen and I'm pretty sure it's the message you got. I played around on it for about 3 hours tonight (stand alone and via Edit) and it's been rock solid. maybe I got lucky. given that fact, I'm afraid I can't offer any suggestions as I didn't have to fix anything, so nothing was learned on that front. at risk of pointing out the obvious, did you do the restart while holding down the 9&10 foot switches, and update Edit before you did any of this?
  17. Craig, I've read enough of your articles over the years to know your gear choices tend to lean eccentric! And i say that with reverence. The world has enough people playing through Vox, Fender, and Marshalls ;) I think fender tried re-launching Sunn back in the 90's. I remember the ads- "Stand back. No, WAY back!" BTW- imminent update for your BB of H by chance? Or maybe it already has. Off to sweetwater to check now.
  18. I'll confess to liking the surprise element. But there'll always be the brief unwrapping anxiety- is it going to be wool socks, or the latest gizzmo all the kiddies want?
  19. My whole thing was, sure it's nice to be introduced to an amp i've no experience with, but given a choice, i'd prefer an amp that i've actually sat in a room with and fell in love with...just not enough to drop 3 grand on it! A model of the Smallbox in particular would push my pants because its touch sensitivity is phenomenal...like the Derailed Ingrid. And it sounds incredible. That said, i'm not holding my breath...hope remains though considering Friedman is still a pretty hot/popular brand so you never know... yep, and i alluded to that likelihood. The assurance of more updates also helps w/new Helix sales. How many posts have you seen over the last couple years from people on the fence about spending $1699 on a new Helix now that it's been around since 2015, the concern being that Helix 2 arrives 2 months after said purchase? Of course most of the regulars on here already know that there WON'T be a "Helix 2" and even the current Helix's successor is quite a ways away.
  20. i agree, all valid points. i scratched my head w/the Cartographer too. Yes, the AC20 is a Vox clone, but so is the Matchstick and Divided by 13...albeit steroided-up versions. Maybe L6 feels they've met the Vox quota so fair enough. I mentioned the Friedman Smallbox simply because its dynamic response to pick attack and volume knob responsiveness is off the charts, much like the Derailed Ingrid...minus the "spitty-ness" ...not that that sound doesn't have its applications, it's one of my favorites.
  21. most of them for about five minutes, but point taken...and i knew someone would rattle off some artists. you get the "first" award! ;)
  22. I love sarcasm. Touché. Now, now...there was nothing mean-spirited about my post. Regarding your "for free" statement, I respectfully disagree. Everyone's initial purchase of a Helix family product finances the updates...likely even peoples' non-Helix purchases. L6 is a big, deep pool. Little in life is truly free.
  23. Weird choice w/the Sunn. Maybe the next update will include a Bedrock? ;) I would have much preferred a Morgan AC20 or Friedman Smallbox 50. I'm 54, been playing since '82 , and have NEVER come across a Sunn amp, and i've spent an embarrassing amount of time in many a music store. Thanks for the update L6, it's great, but next time give me something i know, please and thank you. To be fair, the Sunn model sounds good but i can't speak to its authenticity for the aforementioned reason.
  24. Last night I updated my LT to 3.5. I made sure to update Edit first. Followed all instruction. When I it got to the 2nd phase of the update (after the error message L6 said to expect) all appeared to be going well, but then it locked on “93% completed” for a good 15-20 minutes, this 30 minutes in to the update process. Finally Edit said something to the effect of, “update complete, rebooting LT” but my LT never rebooted. Instead it had a message stating that the update had failed. I don’t have the verbatim message because I did post it verbatim last night, reading/typing it right off the LT’s screen, but it never posted here for some reason, so now I’m going off my memory. But I DO know it was a completely different error message than what L6 mentions in the update notes. I waited a good 25 minutes to see if the screen on the LT would unlock and give me a proper reboot but it never happened. I finally resorted to shutting it down. However, when I powered back up it rebuilt all the new presets, seemingly as if nothing went wrong. After that I rebooted holding down the 9&10 footswitches as instructed. After that, everything appeared to be fine and all the new features appeared to be in place. Basically I’m just wondering if anyone else experienced this, and if the “error” message might indicate increased odds that my unit is going to be buggy/glitchy moving forward. Obviously time will tell, but I’m wondering if this situation might warrant a re-install to play it safe?
  25. Holy crap, is that a Washburn Wonderbar on that guitar? haven't seen one of those since the 80's!
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