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  1. Yeah it has a decent enough speaker. Just really hoped they would fix the shortcomings at some point. It works well as a pedal platform too. I guess it’s my own fault for expecting more. For the money it gets loud enough though, so that’s a positive
  2. Hey all, been a while. Got tired of lugging other more expensive (and heavy) amps around for practices with multiple bands and so I picked up a Catalyst 100 about 6 months ago or more to use as a disposable practice amp. Almost immediately I realized it's unusable live due to the consistently poor channel switch latency, so I've been using pedals ever since to make up for this deficiency. Also, the trim around the knobs immediately came loose and I had to super glue it multiple times to get it to stay. Anyone know why they haven't tried to update this to address the latency issue? After seeing it on sale all over the place, I'm beginning to think they've already abandoned this series. The forums don't seem too active either, which doesn't bode well for the future. Zero firmware updates plus sale prices equal bad news. It's a shame because it has some decent tones. Anyone got the skinny on any GOOD news about the Catalyst? Edit: Went back to look at when I bought it, it was April of last year. Almost a year in now. Time flies!
  3. I have extra speaker cabs, so it’s going into my 2x12 with a Scumback BM75 and a Vintage 30. Bought the Powerhead version. I’m trying to simplify my setup and keep options for tones. I’ll keep my Relay G50 and just use a Wah and Volume Pedal but I’ll be able to do everything else I need with it. I don’t run complex tones and I don’t record at home. I play live and practice for live play, doing covers from 50’s to 2000’s in the rock/alternative vein, so it’ll get me where I need to go. I like the HX effects, but trying to integrate it with a stomp just became too much hassle and too many cables. I’ll just profile my Friedman and be good to go.
  4. Thanks for the reply. I just bought a Kemper instead. But at least the info is here if someone else wants to make spaghetti to try and get tones they want. Kemper made it easy.
  5. Ok, I think I may have sussed it out myself. Let me know if this seems reasonable. 8 blocks to route in the HX Effects, and it's the brain, so this should work. HX Stomp will be in FX Loop 2 on HX Effects. Guitar-->HXFX In-->Dirt Block (#1)-->Tremolo Block (#2)-->Chorus Block(#3)-->FX Loop 1 Send Block(#4)-->FX Loop 2 Containing HX Stomp(#5)-->FX Loop 1 Return(#6)-->Delay Block (#7)--> Solo Boost Block(#8)-->Output When I'm using the Friedman's preamp, FX Loop 1 send and return are active, and FX Loop 2 is inactive. When I press a footswitch on HXFX, it turns Loop 1 send and return off, and turns Loop 2 on, using HX Stomp preamp model, which then feeds thru Loop 2 back into signal chain to hit post amp effects and feed into effects return on amp. Sound right? My brain hurts...
  6. I’m trying to be able to use either my amp distortion or have the option to bypass the preamp and put the hx stomp model into the power amp and keep using the hx effects in proper position pre and post. That’s where I’m struggling. Thanks for the reply.
  7. Edit: I should have specified I’m using my amp as well. Trying to make HXFX, Stomp, and my amp work in harmony, not just HXFX and Stomp. Thanks guys. Been trying to draw this out on paper to figure out how to use HX effects pre and post amp using the effects loop as well as using the stomp for strictly amp models. 8 cable method? I dunno. Can’t seem to wrap my brain around how I would make it work. Hoping to justify simply adding a stomp to my hxfx instead of buying a Kemper so I can do it all. Been using a Kemper and setting up patches for my singer/second guitarist and I really love the sounds I’m getting, but it’s more frugal to add a stomp so that’s my current experiment. I love my Friedman, but I wouldn’t mind having options for Fender and Vox dirt. Anyone else currently running this setup? Thanks.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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. :)
  18. I finally solved it! Sold the guitar and bought another Les Paul. Much happier now. YMMV.
  19. Plug your guitar into his rig and see if it's still there.
  20. My computer is nowhere near my music gear, so I rarely have the luxury of tweaking while they are connected. I've pondered the same thing: all Fenders or Marshalls etc with small variations. I'm a fan of the 3rd topology voicing most, so I use that almost exclusively. Seems to add those frequencies my ears enjoy.
  21. I retired my Pod too. Back to pedals into DT25. I use the Twin mostly for my cleans, and the Treadplate for my heavy dirty, but I'm mostly using my Soul Food and Bogner Blue for my overdrive unless I really need that tight, heavy chunk. I have-on the A channel- Twin Normal, AC-30 Normal, Dr Z, and Plexi Normal. B channel is Bassman Bright, AC-30 Bright, Plexi Bright, and Treadplate. All amps are in class A/B, all use default cabs, all use Topology III, all use 4038 ribbon mic, and all A channel amps have the boost on. All amps set to "smooth", and the voltage switch is down, whatever that does. Apparently nothing on the 25?
  22. I had a real hard-on to buy one when it was announced. The more posts I see the more I'm glad I didn't. My DT25 is outstanding, and since I got a Bogner Blue pedal I've never been happier. The Helix has amazing potential, if it wasn't rushed out to make Q4 profits for Yamaha.
  23. Looks like the beta testing by customers continues. I'll check back in 6 months or so to see if it's settled down any.
  24. My favorite Beatles tune. Fun to play, catchy, and love the harmonies on vocals too. I'm hard pressed to find two people whose voices mesh better in harmony than McCartney/Lennon.
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