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  1. you can see mono stereo details for the M series effects here:



    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.  



  2. Is there a way around this? 



    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.  

  3. 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!

  4. 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... 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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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  7. Trainwreck Express FTW!


    Guys, I know there's a lot of amps I'd like in there, but wouldn't you be most interested in some of the greatest sounding amps that you'll NEVER be able to get your hands on (i.e. one of the fewer than 100 Trainwrecks ever made) and NEVER be able to afford (i.e., Dumble Overdrive Special cost more than $50000).  


    Case in point - I'd never played and actual ($3000) Klon, but was BLOWN away when I got to play the model on my Helix I was sold.  I bought an ARC FX Klon clone just both double check and to have a quick 'throw in the bag' pedal.  The Helix's "clone" and the ARC clone both sound sooo good that I haven't even bothered to A/B them!


    TLDR;  Given the fidelity of Helix's modeling, I want it to provide me with what I otherwise could never have - a Trainwreck.  




    Thank you Line 6!

  8. Wow, that's your favorite story, how you decided to treat your customers with disrespect and laugh at them.  And I see a lot of that on this forum in the short time I've been here.



    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!

  9. 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.

  10. One thing I thought of when it comes to the Line6 backpack is how wide does the opening open? I had first ordered the Novation backpack and didn't like that it was too tight and that sliding the Helix inside it was a constant fight with the knobs getting caught on the opening. As heavy as the Helix is, it was kind of a chore. Also, some here have had trouble with the main data wheel crapping out and I wonder if pulling the Helix in and out of that tight fitting bag would contribute to the problem.

    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!

  11. 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

  12. 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. ;)

  13. yeah, and Helix's relatively brand new modeling technology will almost certainly destroy JMP1's 25-year-old tech.

    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 :)

  14. There's no difference but you can only set line/instrument level per pair of send returns. You need your send to be instrument level and your return needs to be line so that's why TheDaveDaveDave recommended to do it that way.

    Your main 1/4" out needs to be set to line level too.


    Yup - this!

  15. I have a Marshall 9100 poweramp, a JMP-1 and the Helix LT. Right now it´s set up like this:


    1. Guitar>Helix guitar input

    2. Helix Send>JMP-1 guitar in

    3. JMP-1 Send>Helix Return

    4. Helix 1/4 out>Marshall 9100 poweramp input



    Can I use the JMP-1 Output instead of the JMP-1 Send (in step 3)? If yes, what´s better and why?


    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:

    1. Fewer volume pots and buffers - less circuitry in the path makes for a lower noise floor
    2. 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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  16. I think the Helix is great as a pedalboard replacement in front of a clean tube amp. I've used it like that quite a lot. There's really not much else in the market that can really compete with it right now. With snapshots and the four effects loop, it's kind of like having a 4-loop switching system in addition to having all the on-board Helix effects.



    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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  17. 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.

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