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Everything posted by hideout

  1. My poor ole Fender Mustang Floor’s tuner is better than the Helix’s.
  2. Yeah, that’s been my experience with nearly all the gear I’ve owned except for a Lexicon MPX-1 (tranny based PS) and a piece of dung Mackie DLM-8 (switch-mode PS) - don’t ever buy one of those. Everything else has been rock solid.
  3. Actually, what I said was that some people think “more weight = better quality or better soundâ€. As for repairing switch mode power supplies, should that really be something we should even bother to consider during a purchase? That says a lot about the quality of the product you’re buying, don’t you think? Power supply reliability has rarely been an issue for me - I’ve rarely ever had one fail. I can’t remember ever having a built in switch mode PS fail on my powered speakers or bass amps. Oh sure, some of the cheaper external switch mode wall warts have failed but even that has been extremely rare. I’ve had a lot more transformer based power supplies fail on me by comparison. If one does happen to fail, I call up the manufacturer and ask for a replacement part. Done. So, bottom line, old school transformer based PS - heavy and not as reliable, newer digital switch mode PS - more reliable and lighter. No contest. The other thing is that you and I might be only two of a handful of people here willing and able to replace a power supply. So who gives a rat’s patootie if they’re hard to troubleshoot? The repair person might but we pay them to do the hard jobs don’t we? Transformer based PSs might be easier to troubleshoot but that’s no reason to prefer them over a better, lighter, more efficient and reliable system. Going by your metric, no one would ever buy a new car... or a Helix because tube amps are easier (albeit more dangerous) to troubleshoot.
  4. Switching power supplies are extremely light and I've had many excellent sounding yet very lightweight speakers - my current JBL EON610s are a great example. I think cabinet stiffness in subs is very important and that can often lead to added weight but we're not talking about a subwoofer here, we're talking about an amplification system for guitars. The excess weight on these is to me, ridiculous and wholly unnecessary. I agree with your comment about the word "Digital" being thrown around like a frisbee, this is true but there are also plenty of people who are convinced that more weight equals quality or better sound - which is equally ludicrous.
  5. Yeah, I just don’t believe it’s necessary to make it that heavy these days. I’m a firm believer in Neodymium magnets and digital switching power supplies.
  6. If this is true, why did Line6 feel like they had to reinvent the wheel here?
  7. Phil_m, it was set to note value since before I went to 2.11 and I hadn’t changed it or any of my presets when I went to 2.3. It worked just fine in 2.11
  8. Last night at the gig, I decided to change the mod rate of the tremolo by tapping in a new tempo. Nothing happened. I had tapped in drastically faster tempo too. Anyone else experiencing this?
  9. Yes. For buskers, a 12 (likely) volt input would be very handy. I wonder, when you Helix is well out of warranty, if you could take it to a reputable electrical engineer and have him/her install a tap and a jack so that you could feed it Power from a battery without voltage conversion. I’m assuming that it internally runs at 12 volts as most computers do.
  10. Also, in those polls, how many have chosen IRs simply because they’ve read somewhere or some one has convinced them that IRs are better than the stock cabs. Not necessarily because they can actually hear the difference but... who’d admit to that? I’d bet that there’s a good portion of these folks.
  11. I really hope this happens. Even the way it is now, the only IRs I use are for my acoustic sounds.
  12. I have to respectfully refute this as I've actually had really good success putting an OD after the amp and before the Cab. No problems with digital clipping at all, in fact, I saw a big drop in output but nothing that a gain block couldn't fix. The preset with this configuration is my favorite "clean" patch - not pristine clean obviously as lately, I've decided that I just don't like things too clean. One of the snapshots in this preset is also as close as I've been able to get to the solo tone on Steely Dan's "Josie". My take on it is a tad bit grittier though.Anyway, when it comes to developing sounds on the Helix, I think one of its greatest strengths is that it encourages me to ask, "What if I tried...?"
  13. Yeah, so go to Ideascale and please upvote it!
  14. Well, if you think about it, that’s the way a signal chain would be in a recording studio. That being said, in a live playing situation, having the cab at the end is exactly how the signal chain would be.
  15. This makes sense to me, actually, since the Helix is modeling actual circuits.
  16. I really like Mike Hermans’ demo of the Freqout. Heck, I just like his playing and enjoy all of his demos. Makes it kinda hard for me to decide as to whether or not I’ll actually like the pedal. 😆 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s4O3rJZPrNk
  17. Thanks. Gonna have to try that. It sure doesn’t sound like it. Hmmm
  18. I should have clarified. Yes, you are correct but the Double Take sounds really odd in mono and we really could use a mono version of the Trinity. But also, the Helix really should have an option to sum the outputs to mono. That way, you could run the thing in either mode and not have to replace the stereo effects with mono ones or vice-versa. The left XLR output says "mono" but it sounds like just the left channel of a stereo signal to me. Not sure if it does in fact auto-detect that there's only one connector attached to the XLR connectors.
  19. Woohoo! What about the other stereo effects - the chorus and doubler in particular?
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