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  1. I own the Helix LT.


    You can plug your amp using the 4-cable method, and it essentially becomes another block inside the Helix FX chain. The DSP power of the LT is very useful once you start experimenting all those effects and possibilities.


    Just for the record: these days I don't use my amp on the stage anymore. My Helix LT (loaded with some impulse responses) does the job. Not carrying a heavy amp is liberating!

  2. Hi, Brazilian here.


    The Helix is rather expensive indeed. I bough a new LT for R$ 9600, but the prices can be much higher. I come from an HD500X (and a POD X3 Live before that), so the size wasn't much of an issue to me. It's a big and heavy unit, though.


    I also use the Helix LT as an audio device (at home) and for playing live, but straight to the mixing desk, not with a real amp. It requires time and dedication, but you can get pretty much any tone you want. Honestly, the oversampling will make no difference to your ears.


    As for the analog pedalboard, I got rid of mine several years ago. Using a single digital unit for everything is way easier, and I strongly suggest this approach. The Helix converters are as good as they can be.

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  3. On 7/31/2021 at 4:47 PM, mmoore67 said:

    the pod go is great and everything, but keep running out of dsp


    That's one of the biggest differences, IMHO. Having two DSPs in the Helix (and LT) makes a world of difference. These days I'm using the Poly Capo extensively, and it eats a lot of DSP power, something that makes it really hard to apply without the two DSPs.

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  4. I'm deciding between the Helix and the Helix LT, and now I have this question. These are my current needs:


    • the XLR and 1/4" to be always at full volume – ie. not being adjusted by the volume knob;
    • the headphones to be adjusted by the volume knob.


    Question: Is it possible to be done on the Helix LT?


    Page 65 of the manual says:



    Volume Knob Controls
    you may want to disable the VOLUME knob altogether; in this case, set it to “Digital,” at which point Helix LT’s 1/4" and XLR outs will be at unity level.


    ... but there is no mention if the headphone volume will still be controlled by the volume knob.

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  5. Hey guys,


    I totally understand the patch editing in the HD500X. To change the params of the amp, I use those big knobs on the unit: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Volume. However, I feel much more comfortable using the 4 small knobs below the screen, the ones we use to edit everything else.


    The big knobs have 2 problems: 1) the start position of the knob is never the same of the parameter set. So when you move the big knob, you almost never can go back to the original value. 2) They are imprecise, it's hard to choose an specific numeric value.


    I remember in the old days of the great X3 Live, when editing the amp settings, I had the choice to use the big knobs, or the 4 small knobs below the screen.


    So I wonder: to edit the amp settings, is there any way to use the 4 small knobs on the HD500X?

  6. As a former Boss GT user myself, I say hell yes. The problem with Boss units is that they use the same COSM engine since the early 90's: the new units just have more processing power. And COSM totally sucks at high gain tones. I sold my GT-8 for a POD X3 Live years ago, and the difference was mind blowing.

  7. Just upgrade my win 7 to win 10

    I confirm POD HD edit (bean)  is working 100%

    But Line  6 monkey NOT


    Being an early adopter means you're likely to experience many glitches, since you're dealing with stuff that has not been 100% tested. So, if you like to have everything safely working, just don't upgrade too soon. That's a bit obvious if you stop to think.

  8. When using the HD500X editor, you can reorder the blocks at the top section, by just dragging them around. However, at the section below, where the effects are detailed, the blocks are not reordered, and you end up with a mess after a while.


    Here's what I'm talking about:




    Is there a way to keep everything in order, so the blocks are easier to spot?

  9. So I got a Boss GP-10 and I'm super happy about it: it sounds very good, it is small, I can bring it anywhere, it doesn't have that fizzy sound.

    (plus it has a synthesizer if needed). I suppose the GT-100 would be a better option for effects and amp modelling-only, and more footswitches.


    Boss is using the same COSM algorithms for decades, they only add more processing power to their units. I switched from my GT to the POD because the GT is capable of decent effects and clean amps, but COSM totally sucks at high gain amps. If you aren't into high gain amps, the GT may be for you, otherwise run away.

  10. One can only guess as to why this is and we may never know. Could it be, different personal involved (how/where the modeling equipment was set and the evolving of amp modeling at the time ie newer better equipment utilized over the development period.) 


    I also believe it's pretty much this.



    Most of us have worked out our own way to get matched levels amp to amp.


    This is an issue with pretty much all modelers of all manufacturers, as far as I can tell. You must find a way to match your volumes.

  11. How did you plan on using headphones in a live situation anyhow?


    I already do this with my X3 Live. The UNBALANCED OUTS can remain at max vol, while the PHONES stay controlled by the MASTER vol.

    I'm just baffled that the HD500X, which is "so advanced"... can't do this. <_<

  12. I use the UNBALANCED OUTPUT jacks to send my audio to the mixer, and I'd like to use the PHONES jack with headphones so I could hear myself.


    According to the manual, the MASTER vol controls all the levels: if I change the PHONES vol, the UNBALANCED OUTPUT vol will also be changed... is this the way it works? If so, the headphones are simply unusable in a live situation, since I have to redo my mixer level every time I change my MASTER vol!


    The X3 Live has a way to deal with this, can't the HD500X? Did Line6 remove this feature from a supposedly more advanced unit?!


    :o :o :o

  13. But now I saw a Report about the HD Technology based Firehawk FX - and found all my previous Models included. However the Firehawk FX doesn't meet my requirements regarding plugs and connections etc.


    Now my Question: Are there any plans for the HD 500X to offer a model pack with ALL previous X3 models - ideally with a Tone/Bundle migration utility from X3/Gearbox, which would convince me to wait.


    I dare to say no.


    Personally, I guess Line6 sees HD500X as the last one of its kind (a dead end), and the Firehawk being the new trend. As far as I could read on the forums, the Firehawk has some design issues; I imagine the future with a new model which will be an evolution of the Firehawk, equalling the HD500X in terms of connections, effectively becoming the new flagship model.


    I also own a X3L which sounds amazing, and I'm not buying an HD500X, nor a Firehawk. I bet there will be a new model soon, a better Firehawk + HD500X: a true monster.

  14. When I had an X3 live


    Well, I currently own an X3 Live, which I totally love, but I'm considering to buy a Firehawk and keep the X3L as a backup unit.


    Here's the thing: the X3L allows me to assign the Master Vol to the 1/4 outputs only, leaving the XLR outputs always at max vol -- this is very handy in live situations. The HD500X does not have this feature... does the Firehawk?

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