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  1. Ive been playing with a Firehawk most of the evening. There is a lot to like about it. http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/effects-controllers/firehawk/firehawk-faq-r715 1st thing I did was install the ASIO Driver on one of Windows 7 machines, install the Line-6 updater 1.03 app, launched and updated the Firehawk FX to Firmware 1.10. My Firehawk FX review is based upon the latest 1.10 FW update Ive been using my Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones, and JTV-69 Guitar, and Installed the Firehawk Remote IOS app on my iPhone 6 Plus - the patch change delay is not bad approx 100ms ( much faster than Roland GR-55) and zero audio dropouts when changing patches while streaming music backing tracks over bluetooth into the Firehawk. The LCD Display is very crisp and legible from all off axis viewing angles, and I really like that there is a dedicated Reverb knob and FX Tweak knob, without need to dive into menus if working without the Firehawk Remote Editor running an iPhone/iPad. Many factory Preset Tones are quite usable for a gig, Firehawk FX Factory presets PDF http://line6.com/data/6/0a06438916a4755651e331a025/application/pdf/Firehawk%20FX%20Factory%20Presets%20-%20English%20(%20Rev%20A%20).pdf Its very lean on I/O compared to HD500/HD500X, but having access to the nice Firehawk Remote Editor on my iPhone or ipad makes for a fast / easy setup / teardown and minimal cables. The Firehawk is a bit more advanced compared to the AMPLFI products - Firehawk comes with a mix of PodFarm and HD Amp models, and the FX are decent. there is even the monophonic Synth FX from the HD500. the cool thing is that once the Firehawk is paired via Bluetooth with my iPhone 6 Plus , I can use any IOS music app - even synth apps like bs-16i. I can play the bs-16i keyboard on the the iPhone screen and the audio output streams wirelessly over Bluetooth to Firehawk under 100 ms - which is rather amazing, considering all my prior Blutooth 4.0 LE audio streaming experiments had huge 300ms-600ms latency . Already I prefer Firehawk over my HD500. Firehawk is whisper quiet, excellent dynamic range - no Hum, even when I used the Normal Mag Single coil PUs on my JTV-69, and I'm in a rather noisy EMF environment in an industrial building. The Tone Matching tool actually works rather well, I was surprised that when I played arcane tunes in my iTunes library, the Line-6 Firehawk Tone match tool would suggest 6 or 8 patches from the cloud, and in seconds I was in the ball park for playing along with the tune. So I my questions to those who are suffering 1/2 second patch changes on Firehawk FX : * Have you updated to the latest 1.10 Firmware? * Are you using a recent IOS device that employs Bluetooth 4.0 LE ? i suspect if you are using an older IOS device that does not employ Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), (like an older 1st or 2nd gen iPad) you may suffer longer patch change times. On my Firehawk FX - some patches do take a bit longer and occasionally I hear a momentary 50 millisecond jump in volume, but Id much rather suffer these in exchange for zero dropouts / zero mutes of my Bluetooth streaming Audio backing tracks. Good Job Line-6 !
  2. I suspect hes asking if through some magic the Helix could perform "Guitar to MIDI" conversion - so existing JTV Variax's could drive MIDI Tone Modules. Not really possible as the VDI interface does not provide 6 separate string channels
  3. https://www.gearslutz.com/board/new-product-alert/1013064-line6-helix.html Actually i thought folks would take more interest in the 20% off helix Coupon here: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=15254.0 but hey -
  4. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=15254.0
  5. stevekc

    Helix FAQ

    Would love Line 6 to provide Audio Signal Block Diagrams for their products
  6. stevekc

    Helix FAQ

    Will each of these Scribble Strip LCDs have independent LCD Contrast control? I ask because the Sweetwater Helix demo reveals these LCDs suffer the same "poor contrast" issue as the HD500 / HD500x. From my perspective the Helix LCD Scribble Strips have poor contrast and barely legible from various off axis viewing angles. My same complaint with the impossible to read LCD display on HD500/ HD500X, which requires constant twiddling of its contrast adjust as the viewing angle changes when it heats up.
  7. If its USB Class Compliant ( like the Line-6 Firehawk), and has superior Amp sounds than the current POD HD series -this gets interesting 8 I/O USB Audio Channels ! Seems primed and ready for an updated Variax with separate channels per string over the VDI interface But this $1.5k+ pricing for Line-6 Helix pushed this into Kemper / Fractal Axe FX territory - Will Roland step up to the challenge? FWIW - I know Thomas Nordegg (Steve Vai) emphatically told Line-6 to employ similar ergonomic capabilities of the RJM MasterMind GTFootcontroler - with Color Displays and separate LCD screens per pedal http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=15254.msg108880#msg108880 But our world still needs a decent Foot Controller with 24 bit Audio I/O and MIDI Foot Controller that is USB Class Compliant So far the best practical iPad Guitar rig is Adrian Belews Focusrite iTrack Dock + KMI SoftStep2 - so we can use Positive Grid BIAS FX on our iPads FireHawk FX comes damn close - perhaps firmware update could add a USB Re-Amping function and make this possible?
  8. Great idea! FWIW - I ordered these to mount on bottom Rear of the Firehawk http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C100Y80?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00 Set of 4 Med-Small Rubber Feet For Speakers, Amps, Pedalboards, ETC. 11/16" Diam. 13/32" Tall Penn-Elcom F1694
  9. My other "trick" I hope to pursue: I'm looking at creating a break out box mod to provide the missing MIDI Out ( to allow Firehawk control other gear) via the Variax VDI jack I'm hoping if I launch an IOS MIDI Monitor ( like MIDI Wrench, etc.) and then launch the Firehawk Remote on iPad, hopefully I can "see" some MIDI messages being exchanged on the iPad. I suppose my dream would be to use the Firehawk hardware as a remote controller / audio interface for BIAS, Amplitube, and be able to control using any available MIDI messages. We live in an era where a 24 bit Audio USB Class Compliant Foot pedal with MIDI I/O would sell big time IMHO.
  10. Or another Line-6 device with the Variax VDI port POD HD500, HD500X, POD HD Pro or FireHawk
  11. The Firehawk connects to IOS devices as a 24-bit/48kHz audio USB Class Compliant Device You may need to convert 44.1kHz audio files to 48kHz type?
  12. I'm hoping Line 6 can update the FireHawk Firmware so it has more controls on its USB Audio connections. My goal is use FireHawk as a clean 24 bit Audio Interface for iPad running third party Amp sims. (Same as I currently do with a 10 year old Digitech GNX3000) With luck the FireHawk foot pedals transmit MIDI messages via the USB Class Compliant interface - but not holding my breath. Should know next week when my Firehawk arrives!
  13. Available August 2015 here: Andertons UK http://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-parts/pid22333/cid708/line-6-replacement-jtv-james-tyler-variax-battery.asp
  14. Might be a USA model? Review the Tyler Variax Types here http://line6.com/guitars/
  15. I like XTrem and Guitar Fetish. See my guitars with GFS XTrem here http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=6125.msg88435#msg88435 But for JTV-59, the modified Bigsby B7 is the only type I'd use
  16. I mentioned the same situation yesterday ( see a few posts above):
  17. For JTV-59 - I only recommend a modified Bigsby B7 1) Grind off the mounting ear on the upper right ( yellow) 2) Drill a new countersink mounting screw hole in the B7 aluminum casting, under the center of the Bigsby's large Tremolo Spring
  18. As on Any Forum - might advise click on the user name, and read their prior posts to get a feel on the members knowledge: Read my Posts here, http://line6.com/support/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=user_activity&mid=82812 . . Reveals I own and use Many Variax's - Variax 500, Variax 600, Variax 300, Tyler Variax JTV-69, Tyler Variax JTV-59 But my time is limited and currently not accepting outside work at this time. http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/guitars/james-tyler-variax-guitars/ Its apparent the Institutions of higher education have molded and trained you well Actually I advise take your Tyler Variax ONLY to the qualified service agent for your region of the globe. http://line6.com/support/
  19. More incite here: Workbench HD cap values Conversion Chart http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9271.0 ---- For those who want to know here is a conversion chart to make sense of the Workbench HD cap values ============================ 1.1nF = .0011 uF (microfarads) 2.2nF = .0022 uF (microfarads) 4.7nF = .0047 uF (microfarads) 11nF = .011 uF (microfarads) 22nF = .022 uF (microfarads) = Typical Gibson Tone Cap with 500K Tone pot) 47nF = .047 uF (microfarads)= Typical Fender Tone Cap with 250K Tone pot) 100nF = .1 uF (microfarads) = Some Fender Tele's use this as a Tone cap with 1 Meg ohm Pot
  20. I suppose one man's "general discussions" are another man's "keys to the castle" http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=137.0
  21. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/371247396426?lpid=82&chn=ps
  22. have your local Luthier read JTV Top Things to Know http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=137.0 JTV-69 Tremolo Setup - a doc I developed back in 2011 http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9371.0 While you are there, Get a over a hundred shared JTV Workbench Patches too http://line6.com/support/topic/2163-share-and-download-20-h-d-models/ http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=138.0 I have Ability, but no time. As on Any Forum - might advise click on the user name, and read their prior posts to get a feel on the members knowledge: Read my Posts here, http://line6.com/support/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=user_activity&mid=82812 . . Reveals I own and use Many Variax's - Variax 500, Variax 600, Variax 300, Tyler Variax JTV-69, Tyler Variax JTV-59
  23. While "Setup specs" are required for Factory Production Quality Control I have been a Luthier for over 30 years - and each guitar is unique. Skilled Luthiers work to implement the desires and action setup requirements of the individual Player - not implement some production factory doc with numbers.
  24. It also means you will not get any sound from the JTV's Normal Mag PU's from the VDI connection
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