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    New forum layout suuuucks

    Yep, new format isn't doing it for me either, mostly reading on a laptop. The two pages of stickied messages and what not seems like it'd be even more annoying on mobile...
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    DIY-project: MIDI-controller for snapshots. Powered by Arduino

    Congratulations - looks like an awesome job! Even more awesome that learned so much in such a short period of time - that's stuff you'll have in your head forever!
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    ...Whoa- Pending update (2.50) pinned above

    Thanks for that! Going over the list, it looks pretty intuitive: 1) All drives are mono, 2) all comps are mono 3) the "80A Flanger" is mono (!?). With that flanger exception in mind, all modulations, reverbs and delays are listed either as "Stereo Thru/Stereo Effect", "True Stereo" (sounds the same to me) or a handful that are "Stereo Thru/mono Effect.". For me, the moral of the story for me is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line and never choose a "legacy" flanger. :-P
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    Helix as Mac Output

    It is kind of a drag on Mac, but this seems to be the way all external audio interfaces work with macOS - this is the same for my UAD Apollo Twin and my RME UFX. When using the Helix as an audio interface, I always have Exp 1 as a volume for guitar level, and thankfully the Helix volume knob is big enough and tough enough that I can adjust the overall level my foot.
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    Direct Box - Passive or Active?

    Good call - sound guy will give you less grief when he sees such a well respected brand of DI.
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    Mesa Mark 3 Simul Class

    I have a Mark V, played at Mark IV for a decade, and rehearsed a bunch with a Mark III. My memory of the III is a little faded, but based on your video, I'm really thinking that the Archon LD in the Helix might get you where you're trying to go.... It's a REALLY awesome model!
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    Should I step up to Helix?

    I use Helix in many ways - as a pedalboard, 4cm, preamp models into power amps and FRFR. It rocks in every way in each scenario. Cheers
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    Helix LT into effects return of amp

    What amps/effects/preamps/pedals are you running into the Mk IV? For a starting point, you should really start with a Helix preamp model only, and then add pedals. Don't use a full-blown amp model, amp&cab or cab - you already have a real power amp and cab. Also, try the Helix output settings with both "line out" and "instrument". Hope this helps...
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    2.31 Release Date

    Hmm. Controversy. :rolleyes: My guess would be this new feature: discrete power amps - i.e., being able to mix and match preamps and power amps. I imagine that would stir up a LOT of disagreement between audio-techies and digital techies alike. On the "feature side" - it would take the realm of tones in the HX up by a power of two... which is a LOT. Just my .02 spacebucks.
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    How do you guys feel about the Dirt Pedals?

    I love the Minotaur. I'd never played an original or a clone, but after trying the Helix, I bough 4 or 5 different clones and the Helix is better than any of them, if only because I can pair up an EQ in tandem and active them both automagically. (The only real pedal that does this is the JHS Rockaway Archer, which I also wound up buying.) I also love the OCD, The Timmy and the new EP model... Just for busting out on a lead. @OP, I haven't had much time with a real Rat at all, but I can say that at between all the TS-based pedals and Klones I've had, the "bare-metal" pedals all sound slightly different from each other, and the Helix is squarely in the ballpark of the pedals that it models...
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    Helix Models you wish they would add...

    Thank you Line 6!
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    line6 (helix) haters on YouTube

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    When will we see new models and firmware for helix??

    Really? It's just a freaking number - the features that they released are the features that they worked long and hard to release, with the intent of pleasing their customers. Come on man, lighten up!
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    helix vs focusrite

    BLUF: yes, I think it's a bubble, but it's great that you can discern the difference. IMO, there are a LOT of better interface pres than the Focusrite stuff. I've only got an older Octopre, which is great, but the hi-z and mic pres on my RME UFX and on the Apogee One are much much better sounding to me. My old Yamaha I88x units were also much much better sounding. But the Helix is so good that over never even bothered to compare.
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    Suggestion of backpack for Helix

    The way it opens up is like a Mono guitar case... two zips down from one end of the Helix, down 1/2 way the length. Both snug and easy... love it!
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    Mark IV model loss of gain after extended playing session

    Great job! I ipwish I still had my Mark IV head to see if the real deal would do that too! ;-). Seriously, I did have to take it in for repair more than once with the common bad LDR problems. Maybe Line6 modelled it *too* accurately ;-(
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    IR's and bitrate...

    Oh boy. So much has been written about this subject... i don't want to be an a$$, but I wouldnt bring this up had the OP not shouted about "DATA". Keep in mind that your IRs are of guitar cabs, that have a huge high-frequency roll off. Oh, and that the human brain and almost all of humanity's cumulative technology in physical sensors FILTER OUT ALMOST ALL THE DATA IN THE UNIVERSE, perpetually. ;) Then consider how sound changes when you tilt your head 5 degrees, or the humidity changes 5 percent. :) After all that try a digital sample rate converter to convert the IR from 48khz to 44Khz and see if you can hear the distortion on the resultant white-noise "pop" of an IR file shorter than 50ms - and listen (don't look) for the noise at around 40Hz @ -80dbFS and also perhaps 20khz @ -80dbFS. And of course, always use your ears before trusting any brand name, specification, review or recommendation. All that matters is that it sounds good. /rant off
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    Helix LT and JMP-1

    --- edit --- oops, wrong thread! ---
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    What amp models have you dived deep into?

    The Archon clean has been blowing me away. It is REALLY the perfect curve to dirt for my pick attack. It actually makes me want to buy one. Oh, BTW, The Helix made me buy a Klon clone. And then it made me buy 4 more. In the end I like the Helix Minotaur just as much as my favorite Klones - the MonsterPiece and the J. Rockett Rockaway. Stupid Helix. ;)
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    Helix LT and JMP-1

    Well, there's no harm in checking it out and really A/B'ing them. FWIW, I've got a small stash of 60 year old Telefunken preamp tubes, only one of which I've been using in different preamps. Sure, the Helix does a lot of tones, but until they model my Mark V with a Telefunken.... or the Tri.... Only truth is what you hear :)
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    Helix LT and JMP-1

    Yup - this!
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    Helix LT and JMP-1

    You could, but I recommend keeping the setup the way that you have it now. I run my Mesa Triaxis with the same wiring scheme as you. I prefer it because: Fewer volume pots and buffers - less circuitry in the path makes for a lower noise floor Not worrying about yet another volume knob - in your case two with the JMP1. Fiddling with the preamp's output level will change the gain structure of effects/amps in the Helix. When things go wrong (because they inevitably do) you'll scratch your head one fewer scratch before you solve the problem. I.e., you'll look cooler on stage. There is ONE change I'd recommend if you haven't done it yet - YMMV, but it could really improve your tone: Use Helix Send 1 to the JMP input, and set it to "instrument" in global settings; then connect the JMP1 1 send to Return 2 on the Helix, and set it to "line". Hope this helps!
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    Helix into Front of Amp

    Yup! I alternate between 4CM, FRFR and pedalboard configs with the Helix and 5 different rigs. What's really amazing is that while they all sound different, they all sound awesome AND I have the same basic controls over each rig, so it's MUCH easier to switch between rigs than its ever been before.
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    Helix Native

    Just got an email from line6... "coming soon"... drats
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    Tube amps Gone?

    I've got 6 tube amps and I can't seem to pull the trigger. My plan is to keep my Mesa Triaxis 2x12 rig, the Mark V and my Traynor YGM-4... and cut the Maverick, the Champ and the Traynor Darkhorse loose. Even the 3 remaining would seem like too much to hold onto. The sad part is how small a room they live in, and how little they get played now! The Helix is staying.