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  1. The problem is, if they sell it to you, when they then go to sell their guitar they will have difficulty selling.


    You could wait for 1 on eBay, or possibly borrow/hire a POD HD for a week or so from a music store. Other than that, I'm afraid the reason you probably got a good deal on your guitar is because this was not included. You may have to save up and get one from Line 6. In the meantime, just do a full reset so you know the modelling you have in your Variax is factory standard.

  2. Helix: No tight integration with DT amps?


    If I have to give up Helix/DT Integration because I lose features, I'll switch to Fractal or TC solutions as they do not require to scrap all I've built  for years. I LOVE DT amps and I'll keep it for sure, but there is no way I'll go for Helix id it doesn't integrate TIGHTLY with DT amp series.


    Just so you know, Fractal and TC do not integrate tightly with DT Amps either, so you really should just be comparing Helix features and price with Fractal and TC features and price.

  3. Ding ding ding!


    This is what we really need.  The video demos have been pretty lacking in this regard.  It would be so helpful to hear a cross section of familiar, iconic amp models (e.g. Fender clean, Vox crunch, various Marshalls, Mesa Mk's and Rectos...)



    with no additional effects.  I have a pretty good sense of Line 6 effects already,

    Except that most of the effects were started from scratch for the Helix, so you probably need to discard everything you think you know about L6 effects when considering the Helix.


    I'd like to see some demos of the plain amps, as well as some demos using the new effects. In each case, just adding a single effect to an already selected amp. Plus, can we please have clean demos? maybe sometimes mixed with some minimal dirt for classic rock, blues, pop sounds. So many demos these days just show off metal sounds which, for a non-metal player like me, all sound the same anyway so shows me nothing.

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  4. I've only one question, DI:


    Has throughput latency been drastically reduced, or has the increased available DSP been commensurately annulled by the increase in code complexity and concurrent (parallel and FX) simulation demands?


    I had a major issue feeling "disconnected" from the guitar through the HD500, and this problem was obviously exacerbated when I plugged either of my JTVs into it. Any sense of immediacy and "connection with the instrument" was lost.

    Really? I have never experienced any noticeable lag at all with my JTV and HD500. Is this straight to an amp or are you talking about recording?

  5. I think patience or procrastination is a good thing when something new like this gets released. It will undoubtedly have its teething issues initially.

    Yeah. I was an early adopter on the HD500 and JTV59. A few teething problems for sure, but I expected that. Line 6's QA in recent years hasn't been the best, maybe due to pushing out products before they were quite ready. Hopefully Yamaha has had some influence here, as it was the one thing lacking in the Line 6 products. Customer Support and wanting to do things right by the customer has covered the QA holes a little, so top marks for L6 there.

  6. the release features are locked, which is why the product can be shown as is...

    doesn't mean that there aren't bugs and use cases to look into....

    (or continued development into post release features...)

    Oh. Cool. I was under the impression they were still finalising Amps to be included in the initial release, but in fairness, I know as close to nothing as possible. Just trying to glean as much as I can from the information that's out so far.


    ps: I love what seems like a brushed metal finish on it. Top notch look.

    pps: not loving the look of the EXP pedal, but I'm sure I'll live with it. :)

  7. In embedded products, like the HELIX, the hardware is usually locked down either in or before Alpha testing. Once it's Beta testing, it's pretty rare for the hardware to change and is really about tweaking and testing the edges of the software. That being said, if some features are still not locked down it's probably halfway between Alpha and Beta testing. So yeah, Beta testing is probably a relatively accurate description of it's current status.

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  8. not true... the SHARCS are for audio... there is a separate MCU just for the UI

    Ah. OK. I misinterpreted DI on his FAQ thread:


    Helix is running two of the fastest non-TigerSHARC SHARCs you can buy—the 450 MHz ADSP-21469s—with dual MCUs (one for audio duties and another dedicated to nothing but UI). If I've read between the lines correctly, they're the exact same DSPs that'll be in Fractal's AX8, but I'm just making an educated guess here.


    But also note that we have 20 years of experience. Squeezing the most out of existing resources to make everything sound and feel as authentic as possible requires a ton of know-how and finesse. It's still ALL about the code.

    So I guess that's 2 x SHARC DSPs + 2 x MCUs. I'm not sure what is meant by one MCU for audio, but I guess that refers to routing?, and one for UI. In any case, 2 x DSPs free for signal processing it looks like.

  9. 2.3 x the power of an HD500X in a dual APU\DSP format will make for some nice tweaking possibilities


    one for effects and one for Amps and or the possibility to use any left over (if any) cycles from the amp moddelling to use for effects would be grate

    Except that I read somewhere that it's 1 for audio, 1 for dedicated UI, so it'll be interesting to see how much power they've got to burn. Not sure on the AXEFX2 for example. It's supposed to have 1 for effects, 1 for amps, but not sure if there's a separate CPU for UI or not there. Anyone want to fill us in?


    Edit: Not true, as noted below

  10. As far as I know, I have been treating people with respect...

    Unfortunately, starting a thread labelled "is company B cheating me" is not treating that company with respect. I don't know why you think it is. It's the same as me starting a thread "is aerosol_d7 cheating me?". Not respectful. If you can't see that, I don't know what to tell you.


    Had you called the thread "Does anyone know what differences exist between the models" you would have received different responses.

  11. ...but I can't hear any difference between them at all so far.....


    Give me your thoughts

    turn the gain down and put away your metal guitar.


    Oh, and change the title of the thread.

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  12. Ok, can you let me know how you set up for an HD500?  Thanks, I have yet to plug into it yet.

    Well, if you only have one, there's no true stereo, so the simplest way is to take a standard 1/4inch guitar lead from the left (or right) side of the unbalanced outputs on the HD500 and plug it into channel 2 on the KC350. (channel 1 is for mono balanced/mic, or use channel 4 if you want extra control over routing in the KC350). The HD500 will automatically combine the two stereo paths to mono if a single lead is plugged into its unbalanced output.

  13. I am a big fan of Roland products generally, but I have found the KC amp series very underwhelming. Underpowered, no bass, lots of midrange. I have tried the KC-350 and KC-550 and was very disappointed for use as a FRFR amp given Roland's excellent keyboards and V-drums. Hell, they even broke up (distorted) fairly easily, which I don't expect for a FRFR amp. I still have a KC-110, but use PA's, or a DT-25 or Blackstar HT-40 if I'm OK with a guitar amp, or would recommend a better FRFR amp. YMMV.

  14. And you can party on my lawn all you want kid. The California drought killed that thing a long time ago! Just clean up your bottles and pick up your poop!

    Wait. In California, neighbourhood kids come by and poop on your lawn?

  15. I think we have all been arguing about different things here.  My point is that the setup is not anything special that a trained luthier can't handle.  The electronics are a different thing.  There it really depends on what is wrong.  Replacing parts isn't that hard but many of the parts are not standard and must be replaced with exact replacements.  I think electronic problems should be left to the Variax experts.

    So for me, there are two points here:

    1) Not everyone has easy access to an authorised repair center, and they can be expensive.

    2) As someone who has opened up my JTV59 and replaced the pickups, I think people are much more scared than they should be of the "advanced electronics" of the JTV. There are specialty parts, but other than that, it's pretty standard DSP electronics. Most of the advances are in the software. Other than that, it's a battery, with a control board, some control pots and switches (all specialty), some mag pickups, some piezo pickups, and an output jack (also, all specialty). If I move my pot, and it sometimes works, and sometimes doesn't, or works on digital but not analog, but everything powers up OK, and the switches work, etc., then there's a very, very good chance that it's a loose wire, a dirty pot, or replacing the pot will fix the problem.

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