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  1. 16 hours ago, qwerty42 said:

    Before you do anything drastic, I'd really recommend finding another strat with 'known good tone' and try it with your Helix patches. While it's definitely possible the pickup was damaged, usually the damage is of the type that it doesn't 'sorta work'--it barely works or not at all. Also, try experimenting with the overall height of the pickup too. I've found that lowering single coils pretty low usually helps to get that 'spanky' strat sound.


    If you have an ohm meter and know how to use it, you can measure the pickup to see if it's damaged.


    Also, if you share your patches here, I can try it with my strat+helix and record it for you to see how it compares.


    Edit Edit: I see you said you tried a friend's strat it and you didn't like the tone either. I think posting the patches you're using here so we can try would be best at this point, so you can at least have an idea how it sounds on other people's gear.


  2. 6 minutes ago, phil_m said:


    I don’t know a lot about QuickTime, but it could be that it’s applying some sort of effect on the recorded audio when you play it back. QT is a video editor, not really a DAW, isn’t it?

    Nah. It records in as high a fidelity as it can muster as far as I know. If anything it might even degrade the audio quality as I don’t think it records in an uncompressed format even though it can play those formats.  It’s not much of a video editor either. Pretty basic trimming utilities. 

  3. Could it be that when listening to the recording you’re just not hearing the Variax acoustically and that’s making the difference? Try using in-ears as you record (even a cheap set) and see if you still get the same results.  The in-ears will likely sound different from your monitors so you just have to ignore that and only listen to the difference between the two sounds - track and listening to the playback. 

  4. On 2/5/2020 at 7:32 AM, felipemartin said:

    I understand what you say, BUT, since the JC-120 doesn't have a Master Volume, it'll sound not loud enough.

    Actually, no. It will be plenty loud. Trust me. A master volume does not make a amp louder it is in fact designed to make it softer.  This could all be avoided if you simply did not use 4CM with this amp. It’s completely unnecessary because its preamp offers nothing that would benefit your tone. At least nothing that the Helix doesn’t already offer. 

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  5. 16 hours ago, HonestOpinion said:

    Although it will probably take a while to work its way into available devices I am cautious about making specific prognostications about how quickly a new technology, or in this case an old one with a new and improved standard, will be adopted.  I have worked for companies who have been burned by thinking they had years to respond to these changes only to watch them being adopted way more quickly than anticipated.


    I appreciate the OP bringing the new MIDI 2.0 standard to our attention.  The auto-configuration capability is exciting, enabled by the addition of bi-directional communication. Between that and the new improved 32-bit resolution and more controllers we may see a more nuanced translation of string instruments like the guitar to MIDI(digital), hopefully without introducing too much programming complexity required. Improvements to MIDI have at least the potential to greatly improve tracking for guitar synthesis which even at its best I have still found to be occasionally glitchy and limited.

    Agreed. The first two features you mentioned are to me the most exciting. There are some new synths out there that I’m tempted to buy- like the new Korg Wavestate. But then I think about my DAW and trying to get the new synth’s patch lists over to it and that pretty much stops me dead in my tracks. 

  6. If Midi 2.0 still uses the same hardware, it’s probably possible but likely unnecessary.  I think the improvements in 2.0 are there mostly to improve tactile control over synths. 

  7. 2 hours ago, Bruce_W said:

    I guess there is no set date for this update? They are just saying soon?

    Why should they box themselves in like that?  You never know what can happen during development. 

  8. 8 hours ago, SaschaFranck said:


    Yeah well, the fact that the piezos are mounted inside the bridge certainly doesn't help with authentic PU behaviour, either.

    They’re mounted within each bridge saddle. If they were mounted inside the bridge you’d have a heck of a time separating each of the strings’ signals.  I’m  not even sure there’d be anywhere else you could put them but in the saddles. 

  9. 6 minutes ago, SaschaFranck said:

    Roland is doing things - which is a lot better in many aspects (the actual pickup design included, a slapped on GK pickup reacts a lot more authentic when it comes to things such as palm mutes - and yes, I have compared the two directly).

    This is likely due to the fact that a GK pickup is six magnetic pickups whereas the Variax uses piezos. This is one of the main disadvantages of piezos. The attack of piezo pickups is weird too and not an easy thing to overcome. Lastly, both Line6 and Roland need to work on emulating how a pickup reacts to impedance loads. 

  10. 20 hours ago, AdamAndroidFG said:



    Have you tried other FRFR speakers?

    sweetwater has a whole write up on em- very informative.

    Reason I mention this , is because they talk about many FRFR manufacturers designed for modeling supposedly have that “UmPh” of a speaker cabinet. At the end of the list they mention the QSC k-12 as like a “this also “works” option”....


     I know your running it thru the front of your amp and that’s something I likes about these posts- the willingness to go outside the box and yield with promising results .

    I had to look at this with an open mind to believe your getting great results that way- but I absolutely do-


    My 2nd guitarist gets great results running 4cm through his JC-120,

    but we kind of expected that to work, considering it’s a very clean /neutral amp.


    I however have a problem even running an IR through my vox ac50 because I already love the tone of that amp- so I split my signal at the end / pan it hard over, and  run an IR straight out so that it doesn’t color my amp.


    Im just giving examples of my thought process , and my desire to want to hear the modeled tones as accurately as they were intended.


    Just wondering if ya tried any oof those FRFR designed for modeling/ if they have that oomph or not, and if you find that your sims still sound remarkably similar to what they are supposed to be??



    You quoted me but it's blank... Wha'd I say?  lol

  11. On 1/18/2020 at 1:44 PM, phil_m said:

    In Stomp Mode, yes.

    In Snap/Preset mode, wouldn’t this also give you access to the other four unused Snapshots via press and hold?  I do wish they’d included my request for two snapshots per footswitch. That way you don’t have to hold down the footswitch. 

  12. 59 minutes ago, welsh7 said:

    Any chance of clarification about the Split Dynamics please?

    I’d bet it’s just a dual band compressor. 
    The frequency is split - low and high and those two sections get different compression settings. You can probably set the split point too.


    it’s a way to switch paths via picking dynamics. That’d be cool. 

  13. On 8/28/2019 at 7:31 AM, phil_m said:

    With the same input source/dry track, Native and the hardware will sound exactly the same. The guitar inputs on the Helix hardware are optimized for electric guitars in a way that most generic audio interfaces aren't.

    And you can tailor them using the input impedance.  This makes a giant difference.

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  14. For the effect to sound like a Trem bar, each string would have to bend different rates. The lower strings would have to bend faster than the higher strings. This would require polyphonic pitch detection which the Helix is not currently capable of. 

  15. That’s been happening to me since I had the Boss GT-5. It wasn’t a stellar modeler by any means but got my sounds out of it and musicians would often remark about how much they liked my tone, only to turn around and find some way to say something negative after they find out I’m not using an amp.  Idiots. 

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  16. 1 hour ago, DunedinDragon said:


    Although I can't say I've ever done such a thing....or even considered doing it, my guess is at best it would be very similar to the sound you get from an acoustic guitar with a piezo as compared to a guitar recorded by a microphone.  One is dull, static and lifeless and one is full of ambience and character.  Guess which one is which??

    You’re comparing my idea to that of the sound of the piezo under the bridge. It’s quite different when the piezo sensor is elsewhere on the body of the guitar. At very low volumes it’s actually a very nice full sound once you’ve found the spot where the piezo sounds best. But... it also makes the guitar highly susceptible to feedback so you are very much limited to very low volumes. This would not be an issue with the very high output coming from a speaker cone. I think you may even have to use a -20db pad on it to keep from slamming the mic input. 

  17. 34 minutes ago, codamedia said:


    In the real world... a '57 is often "off axis" (angled) and pointed more toward the "edge" of a speaker, not into the center of the speaker like the Helix models. This changes the usefulness of the real mic... but the Helix doesn't offer those options for placement. 


    Still not my favorite mic... but it can work. When micing a live amp ribbons and condensers are not really an option... I'll lean toward a Sennheiser... 421, 609, or 409. The Helix offerings of these are pretty good as well. 

    Yeah, I do wish the Helix did have some mic angle options. They’re really quite useful.  Still, with a real amp the 57 would be my last choice. 

    O.T.  I’ve often wondered what kind of sound you’d get by epoxying a piezo transducer directly on the cone of a speaker and sending that signal to the mixer or DAW. Hmmm...

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