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What is the Metallurgy Collection? The MetallurgyTM Collection of amplifier and effects plugins was created specifically for guitarists who wish to quickly and easily access contemporary versions of classic and modern metal tones—as well as craft original tones of their own. The Collection bundles the Modern, Thrash, and Doom plugins, which are also available individually. The Metallurgy Collection plugins feature amplifier and effects models drawn from the award-winning HX® family of products. How many amp models per plugin? Each Metallurgy plugin features four amplifier models carefully chosen to deliver a full range of genre-specific tones. What kind of effects are included? Pre-amplifier Effects Each Metallurgy plugin features 3 (or more) mono. style-specific effects, as well as a polyphonic capo, that can be used before the amp in the signal chain. Post-amplifier Effects Each Metallurgy plugin features two stereo, style-specific effects that may be used after the amp in the signal chain. What about Cabinets, Microphones, and IRs? Each Metallurgy plugin features a choice of eight speaker cabinets and eight microphones, all based on IRs. Two mics may be selected and combined with a stereo room mic array, and up to two third-party Impulse Responses (IRs) may be substituted for the factory mics. Once you’ve logged in and authorized your Metallurgy software, IRs purchased from the Line 6 Marketplace on the same account will be made available in Metallurgy. Can I automate parameters in the Metallurgy Collection? Yes. Nearly every parameter in the Metallurgy Collection can be automated. Does the Metallurgy Collection support MIDI parameter control? Yes, nearly every parameter in the Metallurgy Collection can be controlled via MIDI CC. Is amp switching and amp bypassing via MIDI Learn or automation available? Switching channels via midi/automation is not available because the plugin would have to load the DSP of the alternate channel – which is essentially another model being loaded. Changing amp models in general is not supported via midi and automation. You can bypass an amp model and its DSP by disabling (bypassing) the amp view in the top toolbar. That also is not supported via midi learn or automation. There are other ways to bypass/mute that are midi/automation supported within the cab view’s mixer. Is the UI resizable? Not at launch. We’re working on it. Does the Metallurgy Collection support Retina displays (2x resolution)? Yes. The Metallurgy Collection includes Retina support. Is there Undo/Redo functionality? Yes, Undo/Redo is included at launch, along with A/B Compare. Does the Metallurgy Collection have a built-in tuner? Yes, it does include a chromatic tuner. Will there be a standalone version? Yes, each plugin includes standalone functionality. Are there any artist presets? Not at launch. System and Hardware Requirements for the Metallurgy Collection Mac Computers: Mac OS X 10.14 or newer Runs natively on Silicon M1 systems running macOS 11.0 Big Sur or newer 64-bit AAX Native, Audio Units (AU), VST3 host DAW software Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Minimum Hardware Requirements Core i5 2.6GHz processor or faster 8GB of RAM 200MB of free disk space Internet connection required for initial license authorization and trial version Windows Computers: Windows 10 (64-bit only) or newer 64-bit AAX Native or VST3 host DAW software Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz Minimum Hardware Requirements Core i5 2.6GHz processor or faster 8GB of RAM 200MB of free disk space Internet connection required for initial license authorization and trial version Note: Standalone version running on Windows systems require use of an ASIO driver and interface What Digital Audio Workstations is the Metallurgy Collection compatible with? Supported Hosts The Metallurgy Collection has been tested and officially qualified against the DAW versions and plug-in formats below. If your DAW or DAW version is not listed below, we recommend trying the The Metallurgy Collection demo first to confirm compatibility. Your operating system must be compatible with your DAW for The Metallurgy Collection to work properly. Please refer to your DAW’s documentation for supported operating systems. Mac Pro Tools 2020, 2021 (AAX Native) Studio One Professional 5 (VST3, AU) Cubase 10.5, 11 (VST3) Ableton Live 11 (VST3) REAPER 6 (VST3, AU) Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3) Digital Performer 10 (AU) FL Studio 20 (AU) Logic Pro X 10.6.2 (AU) GarageBand 10 (AU) Windows Pro Tools 2020, 2021 (AAX Native) Studio One Professional 5 (VST3) Cubase 10.5, 11 (VST3) Ableton Live 11 (VST3) REAPER 6 (VST3) Bitwig Studio 3 (VST3) Digital Performer 10 (VST3) FL Studio 20 (VST3) Cakewalk by BandLab (VST3) Will The Metallurgy Collection work with iLok? There is no licensing available through iLok. Is there a demo version to try out? Yes. You can try before you buy! The free trial is fully functional for 15 days and is available at http://line6.com/software/. How can I purchase The Metallurgy Collection? The Metallurgy Collection can be purchased from http://shop.line6.com. I bought The Metallurgy Collection and I don't like it. Can I return it? The standard return policy is 15 days from the date of purchase. Contact Customer Service with a ticket at https://line6.com/company/contact/ to request a refund. How do I authorize the Metallurgy software on my computer? Download the latest version of the Metallurgy software at http://line6.com/software/ Run the Metallurgy software installer. We suggest you temporarily disable all third-party antivirus programs during installation. Follow the prompts and restart your computer if required. Launch your DAW, plugin host, or recording software, and insert the Metallurgy plugin into an audio track as an effect. (Note: the plugin may also be used via an aux bus.) Log in with the Line 6 account you used to purchase or activate the Metallurgy software. Click "Authorize This Computer" or the blue link displayed in the dialog. If you can't authorize your computer with the Metallurgy software, you may have exceeded the limit of authorized devices for your Line 6/YGG account. Visit https://line6.com/account/devices/ to de-authorize any unused devices to make room. You may also contact Customer Service at https://line6.com/company/contact/ to resolve authorization issues. How many computers can the Metallurgy Software be installed on with a single license? Licensing is tied to your Line 6 account. Up to four computers can share a single license simultaneously. Attempts to authorize a fifth computer will result in the Metallurgy software not responding. You'd need to deauthorize one of the previous four computers, then authorize the additional computer. How do I access third party IRs in the Metallurgy plugin? Drag IR files into your designated IR folder (Documents > Line 6 Metallurgy > Impulse Responses (Mac or Windows) and you will see them appear within the IR browser of all instances of your Metallurgy plugins and standalone apps. What are the exact amps and effects included in each plugin? Metallurgy: Modern Amps Vitriol Revv Generator Badonk Archetype Effects Rochester Comp Minotaur Caliper Drive Mod/Chorus Echo Dynamic Hall Reverb Metallurgy: Thrash Amps Rivet Clean Cali IV Placater Dirty Das Benzin Effects Throaty Wah Pillars OD Stupor OD 70s Chorus & Hot Springs reverb (Rivet Clean amp model only) Automatic Double Tracker Vintage Digital Delay Metallurgy: Doom Amps MOO)))N Mandarin Rocker Doom Mail Order Twin Effects Bighorn Fuzz Wringer Fuzz Vital Distortion Pebble Phaser Bias Trem & Hot Springs Reverb (included in the Mail Order Twin amp model only) Automatic Double Tracker Adriatic Delay
So most of of the discussions on here are asking about how to get this sound or that sound, or just how to get a good sound period. Most of the responses are usually just "eq it", or "use an IR." I don't really always buy those responses, as I feel like I've been able to get some pretty great sounds for what I want out of the helix just right out of the box without too much hassle. I think a large part of why some people have issues is that they don't understand all of the mic choices, and what/how to use to them put them in a better zone for the tone they want right off the bat. So how about a discussion for what people use when they want a certain sound. Ex) I like the ribbon 121 for modern and fat sounding. (rarely ever use an sm57 on the helix since I feel it's too thin, and tiny in comparison even though it's been a standard for ages). For bass I love the 4038 and 112. The 4038 for something super thick (but i put it 4-6" away depending on what bass I'm playing with to keep it from being too boomy), and the 112 since it's still thick, but has a little more shape to the sound. (for a non scientific explanation) For those that are curious, there are lots of comparison vids on youtube as well that are super informative. Or you can just google "best mics for guitar" or "best mic's for bass guitar" and it's pretty good at giving you the most popular ones for a particular instrument. Anyway, what are your people's go to mics when you're going for a specific sound, and why?
This post mainly comes from a question/idea I had... It seems like the profiling has already been done for the mics and the power amps from the cabs and the amps sections in the helix. If all the profiling has been done already I think it would be really cool to have the power amp sections of the amps and the microphones available as a effects blocks. If they have not already been profiled then I'm sure there are cooler things to be looking into, but if all the data has already been collected it would be super awesome to get these in. I may be wrong but I would imagine that all of the amps power amp sections are already profiled and would just be [amp]-[preamp] of existing blocks. I think It would be really interesting to be able to mix and match different power and pre amps to get different sounds. Also I have found the helix to be really great with recording guitar, bass, and vocals I do not know if the microphones on the cabs were profiled by themselves or if they were profiled as a cab/mic combo. But if the mics were individually profiled It would be really cool to be able to have these available as separate blocks. This could be really awesome for vocals or when using the helix as an interface for recording a live amp.