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  1. bvaladez74

    Direct to FOH

    Hi guys, Thanks for the responses. Just to reiterate. I wasn't looking for answers to troubleshooting. It's a fact, that going from gig to gig, sound company to sound company, you're going to get a different default EQ curve depending on systems, speakers, the mixer itself, etc. You're getting a different starting point tonally depending on the sound system you're relying on. I'm fully aware of letting a sound man know to set things flat and the tricks to cutting through more. I was just stating my experience and my end result. I've noticed most take minimal gear hauling and convenience over getting the best tone possible. My goal is tone first, authentic tube amp feel/tone in FOH and on stage...THEN convenience. Thanks all.
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    Do any of you have a 212 cab suggestions?

    +1 on the PPC212. I have all the Orange Cab sizes. They are far superior tonally than most other options.
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    Direct to FOH

    Hello all, So, I love my Helix first off. No issues here in terms of lack of experience or knowledge with the Helix. I'm very comfortable on a deep edit level. Easily expert level. I've got presets for each configuration. Direct to FOH, Amp fx return, 4CM. I've done a few gigs with it direct to FOH. For medium to higher gain scenarios, I've learned quickly that in that situation, obviously the Helix relies heavily on a great PA. The variables are so apparent. Moving from sound company to sound company over the course of different gigs, direct to PA results are all over the place in terms of tone. One company's sound system speakers will have a completely different default EQ curve than another. What sounds amazing setting up your tones in a high gig volume FRFR situation can very well not sound a fraction as good when your tone is in the hands of a sound engineer. In my experience, it's not just a slight tweak of midrange, lows, highs. It's more major. I found for me, I'll be forced to stick with bringing a speaker cab, running 4CM to an amp, or into a power amp situation. The negatives of inconsistent MIC techniques far outweigh the tonal results of an unknown PA scenario at any given gig. I still get amazing functionality out of the Helix. Me setting up my tones in a full test PA, gig volume (Midas mixers, Turbosound or QSC mains/subs and QSC K.10's or K.12's for FRFR monitors) and it sounding incredible...could easily sound totally different with other PA rigs. Half of the time, so much worse, that you're now scrambling at a gig to fully re-EQ things to get through the gig. Turning on the global EQ and radically tweaking in a hurry. Not every situation, but just as much so as not. I know everyone has a different experience. I get it. I'm not looking for answers. Just reporting my experience with direct to FOH. Here and there, it's good....and other times...not even close. All depending on the sound engineer and the PA gear. Has zero to do with the Helix settings itself. After all my test gig scenarios, I'm completely content...still keeping my Helix as my main board, but running into a physical amp/cab. Perfect set up for me. :)
  4. Matrix GT1000Fx. It's industry standard for a lot of Axe FX users now. I use it with my POD HDx into 16ohm orange cabs. You're not going to find anything better. Oh and don't share gear. 2 rigs into a single power amp?! LOL!!! Dude, buy 2 Matrix power amps and you're set. Would you share a toothbrush?
  5. bvaladez74

    Boogie MK5 and HD500x

    Like mentioned above, you're only missing the required POD FX loop block in your signal chain in your preset. That turns on the POD's FX send jack which is plugged into your amp's input. So your clean tone patch isn't actually giving you signal to your amp's preamp clean channel. You're only getting the amp model son of plexi. It also explains no signal on the next preset. It's not global, the FX Loop block in the POD needs to be added per preset.
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    POD 500x price drop

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    Removing rubber feet?

    Really? A question about removing rubber feet? Wow.
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    Use the Tube drive and vetta juice (SPARINGLY)
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    Pod HD Pro with Matrix Gt800 live setup

    I have a POD Pro X and a Matrix GT1000. The Matrix needs a strong input signal going into it. So make sure your mixer levels and amp volume levels are as maxxed out as much as possible. If you can...max out the amp model volume and zero out the mixer. Make sure you're ALWAYS using 1/4 inch outs, NOT XLR and the output level on the back of the POD Pro is set to "line". The volume difference is huge. With a Matrix, the design doesn't behave like a tube power amp. I've noticed it's opposite. Where you'd normally run your power amp at high volume and your preamp would control the level. I run my POD with the master volume at 75% up. It gives a really strong input signal to the Matrix. Then I push my Matrix up as loud as needed. Also, "if" you don't need it...don't run in stereo. Run the Matrix in Bridge mode to get the full wattage (depending on speaker impedance). One last thing...if you wanna get crazy...the Matrix responds louder, the more cabs/speakers are plugged into it. :) Hope that helps. Brian
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    G50 Pedal Power ISO5

    Hi all, I know this subject has come up in the past. I haven't seen specifics on it. There's a dedicated 9v 400mA jack on the ISO5. Can I get someone's blessing on that being a somewhat approved/suitable power scenario? Just trying to eliminate a wallwart under my pedalboard. Thanks
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    Performance View on HD500X

    Realistically, in a stage scenario....you can't really read that far down anyway...being how small the text is. Moot point.
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    How to put ep booster in a chain?

    If you really wanna use the EP and it's not sounding good in the loop, the place it between the POD out jack and whatever power source you're using. That's line level and behaves as it would in an effects loop.
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    How to put ep booster in a chain?

    Yes sir. Like a master volume boost. Like an amp that has a solo knob. You need to also place an FX block into the signal chain in the preset, assign it to a button to turn it on and off. Adjusting the return level as your solo volume control. The cable that would physically be plugged into the pod's send/return allows the loop to be activated.
  14. bvaladez74

    How to put ep booster in a chain?

    That loop in the POD doesn't play nice with many pedals. It'll either work or not. If you're looking for a clean volume boost...run a short jumper cable between the send/rtn of the POD loop, place an effects loop block in your chain of you preset and assign it to toggle on and off to a pedal.