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Found 8 results

  1. Dannyboy617

    Best signal chain and tone

    Where does the IR block go?...right after the amp+cab block.? Also where does the effects loop block go. I run analog drives into the hx stomp. I use the effects loop for externaL modulation. My drives don’t sound to great. I don’t know if my signal chain is messed. I can’t seem to eq my way out of tin can over drives Any help or suggestions would be great
  2. I just purchased a helix like a week ago and I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ve been watching tutorials and and reading forums. My question was, does it matter where in the signal path I place the amp or cabs? Does it make a difference? Everything I’ve read or watched, people just seem to place it somewhere in the middle. Or do you have to think of it like a real pedal board, where the amp comes last? Please help.
  3. Line6Will

    Common Signal Flow Traits on the Helix

    The Helix is designed for the user to set up a number of signal flow combinations. It allows for unique situations that would normally be extremely difficult to set up in real life. They can now be easily arranged within the unit. For further reading, make you also check out the Helix manual section on Serial vs. Parallel Routing and Moving Split & Merge Blocks. View the Helix manual here Having said that, you can also get some un desirable results if you're not careful with how you set up your routing. These can include phasing issues, volume drop, or noise floor increase. *Notes about Inputs and outputs · 1/4" Returns are unbalanced. · All Helix outputs (main outs and Sends) are impedance balanced, so you can plug a TRS cable and go to another device balanced input and profit from some common-mode noise cancellation. . When the Helix outputs are set to line level, they are +4dBU nominal with approximately 15dB of headroom. When set to instrument level, they -10bBu. Or more simply, they are 20Vpp max input/output. Noise floor increase due to the introduction of Sends and Returns When using the Helix sends and returns the noise floor can be increased. This is due to the number of A/D converters now used in the signal chain. Most of the increase is negligible. However, it can become more noticeable if the sends/returns are placed in front of a high gain amp model such as the PV Panama (Peavy 5150) due to its inherent high noise floor. This phenomenon occurs on the Pod HD series as well. . Potential latency issues due to the introduction of Sends and Returns This is another one that you won't notice in most situations, but could arise given certain circumstances. The tiny amount of latency introduced from another set of A/D converters is impossible to hear on it's own. An issue could occur if you merge that pathway back with another serial pathway that wasn't going through that send/return. The millisecond delay may cause some undesirable phasing. Below I have pictured a signal path that might yield poor results. If you move the merge block before the Send/Return, then it would eliminate any potential phasing issues. Using Helix Hardware as an interface to record When using the Helix as an interface with a DAW, the signal routing can get a little confusing and it might become difficult to balance levels for monitoring. The typical set up would be guitar into Helix, then Helix to computer via USB. You would then monitor from the headphones, 1/4" or XLR outputs. Given that setup, the guitar and the DAW's playback are sharing the same monitoring. If you have the guitar going into the DAW and then back out, you will hear your guitar twice. You can mute the DAW's return of the guitar track to avoid this. Also, in this case the volume knob will control the total output making it tougher to balance the sound of the guitar and the DAW's playback. Try setting the volume knob to only control the feed you're monitoring, and it will no longer control the USB feed to your computer. You can also try making the playback volume adjustment from the DAW. Using Helix Hardware as an interface to record with Helix Native The above signal flow still applies, but a new level of complexity is added. Since the hardware is no longer processing the guitar, you can't mute your guitar tracks return feed, because you'll want to hear it. What works best is the set up the Helix with a blank preset, and then change the output block to your desired USB output. That way, the only thing you're hearing from the Helix is your DAW's return. Auto Impedance Switching With the Helix family, the default setting for the guitar input is auto impedance. The impedance will be determined by the first block in the signal chain. Even if the first block is bypassed, the impedance setting from that effect block will determine the input signal level. This automatic impedance will change the input volume and tone, this is most apparent with guitars that have passive pickups and are directly connected to the guitar in of Helix. Distortion Pedal Volume Drop Sometimes when adding a distortion/fuzz pedal, your signal volume drops. Here's a link to a great article written by our sound designer Ben Adrian that can explain in detail what's occurring. Although the article is written to describe what happens in the analogue world, it's affect can be experienced within the Helix and it's digital models. Distortion Pedal Volume Drop (and how hard diode clipping works)
  4. HI all, Currently looking i investing in the Rackmounted Line 6 POD HD but there is an issue I would like to clear up before I purchase. I am currently using an old Boss GT-8 which is absolutely diabolical in terms of sounds. I set up in the 4cm so that I can place certain effects before and after the preamp (Marshall JCM 2000 DSL). When I set up the signal chain, I can place the pedals external effects loop into the chain as an active component. IE: WAH>>VOLUME PEDAL>>OVD>>(Unused inbuilt preamp simulators)>>EQ>>EXTERNAL EFFECTS LOOP>>CHORUS>>DELAY>>REVERB All of the above are interchangeable so I can have any signal chain I wish. My worry is, that, from the online videos I have looked at, and a quick glance of the manual, I cannot figure out where the external effects loop in in the POD's signal chain. Am I missing something here?
  5. Coercer

    Help w/HD500 + ext. preamp

    I recently purchased a GAP Pre73 MKII and a Shure SM7. I'd like to use both of these to record vocals through my POD HD500, but I'm a little confused as to the proper way to set this up. Here's what I'm doing: My SM7 is going into the Pre73's Mic In via an XLR cable, and then the Pre73's output is going through a balanced TRS cable to the POD's Aux in. I read in the manual that the Aux In is unbalanced. Will this negatively affect my signal, or if I use a balanced TRS cable, will the signal stay balanced? Is there a better way to set this up, or a special configuration I need to use? When I connect the SM7 to the POD directly, via XLR to the POD's Mic In, the level in my DAW seems great and the mic is sufficiently loud (and the SM7 is a notoriously quiet mic). When I use my aforementioned setup, the level in my DAW is very low, even though I have both knobs on my Pre73 cranked to max. This has led me to believe I am doing something wrong. For what it's worth, I am using high-quality Mogami cables. As a somewhat-related sidenote, is it possible to run my Pre73 as part of an "fx loop"? Would there be a benefit to this? I'd like to use the Pre73 to warm up my bass and I figure that could be a way to do it, or should I simply plug the bass into the Pre73, and then the Pre73 into the POD? Thanks for reading this and thanks for the help. The world of pro audio sometimes befuddles my brain, so I really appreciate it.
  6. hideinshadow

    Adding a second amp issue

    Hello there, I have just received my Pod HD500 bought from a friend and I have been playing with it for some days...I have been following tutorial since then and I have encountered a little problem....So...I wanted to make a more aggressive tone and I've chosen the Treadplate model amp. All sound nice an full and heavenly rock-full :D ... but when I move the amp on the second line to pair it up with another one....boom...the godly rock sound disappears ..it still has some ballz ( pardon the expression, but I find it suitable ) ... but it became kinda dull, more ..... sluggish is the most appropriate word, me thinks .... any idea ... Thank you in advice
  7. Hi, New to playing through devices other than my tube amplifiers and possibly technology challenged... I have the Mobile POD App on my iPad Air and am using it with Sonic Port. The app comes up fine and I do get sound from it, albeit somewhat more noise and distortion in the output than I desire but have managed that through level adjustment. I have been looking for a manual/pilot guide for the app and find absolutely no support for the product. I am trying to get a handle on the signal chain and level management. My understanding of the signal chain is: The instrument input signal goes into a bank of 4 available effects slots for pre-amplification signal processing. Signal then goes into: NO AMP TUBE PREAMP A modeled amplifier Signal then goes into: NO CABINET A modeled cabinet Does the app have AIR settings ? Signal then goes into a bank of 4 available post amplification or post speaker output effects slots. Output signal is routed to Sonic Port for direction to: Backline amplifier Mixing console Headphone or ear buds. The input signal is shown through a stereo level meter (lower left side of screen) and the output signal is shown in a stereo level meter with a trim pot slider (lower right side of screen). With the above stated understanding of the app I am able to do some things with Sonic Port and probably will be able to figure out how to use it effectively. However, it would be great if someone could point me to some documentation on how to use the app and Sonic Port based on specification. I am disappointed by the apparent oversight of Line6 to provide documentation of it's app. Thanks,
  8. julioborko

    Signal Chain?

    I came across GP mag's review of the Amplifi (April issue) and saw their photo of the app's UI. Hopefully you can see it; glossy pages don't photograph well! What I noticed was that it shows eq and compression at the end of the chain. That's funny because on mine I can't move those two from where they are. I just thought that's the way it is. Is it just me? Can anyone else move these? I'd love to eq and compress at the end!
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