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    Helix HX Effects Alternative Power Supply, Now Only $12.99!

    Be careful with the M5. They have a weird grounding issue with the screws in the feet. If you have issues with it not changing correctly or effing up, google it. I sold mine as soon as I found out what the issue was because it wasn't reliable when you stepped on it to change states.
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    Helix LT. Horrible noise!

    Return it and get HX Effects if you're happy with your amp but just want more options. HXFX is a pretty solid piece of kit. Other than the hardware issues that require sending it in for IC replacement at your expense, of course. I wish you luck!
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    Looking to ditch my Guitar Amp

    Keep your amp, even if you buy a Helix. You will miss real tubes. I promise. Helix is a great studio tool and good live if you are used to playing at home a lot, but it will take time to get used to playing live without a real amp behind you. Helix is neat, but a real amp is invaluable. Keep the amp, but feel free to play with Helix too. I'm sure you'll be happy with both eventually. There is a caveat: some guys can't tell the difference between tubes and digital, so they will sell the Helix like it's the second coming of Christ. It's not. I still hear the digital artifacts with my HX Effects but I've decided to live with it because I like getting rid of 6 other pedals to simplify my board. Buy it from a dealer you can return it to if it bothers you if you hear that digital "plink" on the lead edge of your notes. No matter what though, have fun playing. It's a good product for the price.
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    HX Effects bug? Reverb works intermittently

    I don’t know either, because mine is on all the time and, like I said, I only have one patch I use so it’s always on. I’d consider it a significant issue but I’m sure it’s a simple fix.
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    HX Effects bug? Reverb works intermittently

    Thanks Phil. Makes me realize my Friedman doesn’t really need reverb because I don’t miss it until some of the clean stuff I play. Might just pull it out of the patch. Thanks for the info.
  6. Hey all, long time no see. Went back to analog for everything a few years ago and just picked up HX Fx to slim down my gigging board and also because the demos looked really useful: like Line 6 added some kickass functionality, including foot switches to change between two preset values in an effect. But enough about me! Built a signal chain and it has the double tank reverb second to last (out of 9) and it will work for a while, and then stop after a bit. I don’t know what causes it, because I only use one patch, so I never change patches. If I do lose reverb, I simply change patches and come right back and it works again. No controllers assigned to any values on that effect. Mono/single signal path. It just decides to stop reverberating. Anyone else encountered this?
  7. Be sure to ask this on the fractal forums as well for opposing views. They may have some useful advice as well. Good luck on your search!
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    Latency between patch switching is unbearable

    You know what gives you zero latency? A good tube amp and some quality pedals. It's worth trying, I promise. Computers will always have some lag/latency issues.. It's the nature of having to load data. Folks will tell you it's about timing your taps, or building everything into a single patch to prevent it, but in the end, a couple good pedals and a quality amp will get you there without the issues. If you need to go between epic soundscapes with the single press of a button, then by all means, stick with the Helix or the HD500. If you don't like latency, avoid modelers without "scenes" built in. Or spend way too much money and cross your fingers they add it later. Good luck!
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    Reasons Why I Returned My Helix

    Hello all. Been a while. Sold all my L6 gear except my Relay G50, but I still keep tabs now and then to see what's up, and I just had to comment on this. Let's put this in car terms, similar to the Dodge analogy stated by spikey earlier: If you paid full retail price for a Dodge Viper, then had to tweak it for more than 2 weeks to get it to drive in the manner it was advertised "off the showroom floor" so to speak, and were still unsatisfied, would you keep it and keep tweaking? Or would you move on to something else to see if you got results that satisfied you with less effort and only minor tweaking? Regardless of his "skill level" as a mechanic or tone tweaker, if you invest that much time in anything, you should at least see some positive results. He didn't. So he moved on, and decided to make an account to explicitly try to communicate what was missing (to him) and maybe help L6 see some new potential options. He didn't know about ideascale, as he didn't have an account already. To that effect, wouldn't you continue to drive your old car that's reliable and does what you need it to do? I totally get where he's coming from. Been good to see you all. Take care!
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    POD hd desktop deffective?? crackle behind distortion

    All the HD's have this issue and always have.. it's a weird artifact on top of the notes. If you search the forums, there are threads all about it. It won't go away. You won't notice it in a mix, but it stands out like a sore thumb when playing alone. Either live with it, or buy a better device. Sounds harsh, but that's the long and short of it after years of hearing the same complaints with no resolution. Good luck!
  11. I'm sorry you are having this issue as many of us have. I hope you are given an opportunity to exchange the guitar for something more reliable and of higher quality.
  12. It says volumes that they have this many issues with quality control. I've bought and returned at least 5 different JTV's over two different attempts to bond with one. I finally gave up and sold mine again. Luckily I broke even since I got it on sale + 15% off plus $150 rebate. Long story short: they are Chinese-quality guitars with electronics that WILL fail and leave you with an overpriced Chinese guitar. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but take that money and buy a quality American guitar that will still be worth something should you ever tire of it. Good luck!
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    Line 6 POD HD500X buying used pointers

    Buy mine. Everything works perfectly and it has all the amp packs :) Seriously though. Spin every knob and push every button. Check all the input and output jacks at least visually to see if anything is broken. USB port has been shoddily made on several batches, so that's a big one to check. Mine works perfectly though, in case you're interested. :)
  14. I finally solved it! Sold the guitar and bought another Les Paul. Much happier now. YMMV.
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    Yet another background noise thread, Please HELP :(

    Plug your guitar into his rig and see if it's still there.
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