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Using Firehawk 1500 with Positive Grid Bias Fx or Amplitube

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, 

I just wanna know if somebody is using the Firehawk 1500 with the "no amp" option for Positive Grid Bias Fx or Amplitube? Has anyone tried? What does it sound like?

Greetings i4eneco

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I bought this mainly for its own tones ( depending on how good they were ) and to run the helix into.

 

But I also thought about trying the software sims thru the FH just to see what it would sound like. I have not done it yet. Might do it later just to try it out. If not sometime during the week if I have time.

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I'm using my FH1500 with Bias FX too and it does works great, almost. The only problem is the same I've with the Helix; you get an awful hiss when using the XLR monitor IN, at Gain=0...and this is totally ruining the experience at higher volumes (>= 50%).

 

If they don't fix this I think I'll be selling mine in a couple of months.

 

If you are going to use that Monitor IN and high volume levels, I would NOT suggest to buy the amp, at the moment.

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I have not had a chance to run bias thru the FH 1500 yet, but, I did run my helix thru in two different congiurations.

 

The first was running my 1/4 out from helix to FH guitar input , and two helix XLR outs to the two Monitor in's on the FH ( did not have XLR out from FH connected, and the amp sounded great. I was pleasantly surprised it sounded that good.

 

I then connected the 1/4 out from helix to the FH guitar input, but didn't use the Monitors in. But in the case, I ran the XLR outs from the FH 1500 to a pair of Monitors, and again sounded great and huge.

 

In both cases I did not get hiss that I was aware of. I want to go back and explore this just to make sure , because I do use gains on lead notes and rhythm and have not detected this.

 

In both cases I did have to find the balance between guitar and overall volume, once I did that, I saved the preset as helix in my tones and it seems to work great.

 

So not sure if this is on ceratin. FH units or I am not detecting this with mine. I will definitley double check this to make sure I am not getting hiss.

 

This part probably belongs in the review section, but...

On a side note, My issue is the looper on the amp itself using as stand alone with the FBV 3 . It's opposite of the helix. They should of had a looper mode in the pedal set up like the helix. This one button thing is hard for me to work. Couldn't get a good loop going. I am sure it's user error, but that's my point. It's hard to go wrong with the looper in the helix.

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The hiss is a problem confirmed by a lot of users I have talked with. I also tried 3 different FH1500 myself, and all 3 were producing the same hiss.

 

Just connect two xlr cables to the FH monitor in, set the gain input to zero and the amp volume to 3/4. Be sure to have an empty patch to make the test. You dont need to play. Just send a clean signal to the helix.

 

The hiss is not present on the loop fx (at least not that loud) but just when using the monitor in at gain =>0, and gain has to be zero to keep the line signal at its original level.

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Hey Pier M

 

Thanks for the info. I am not trying to prove you wrong, as I am in the evaluation period , and want to try as many settings as I can and various scenarios .

 

This way I can decide if I am keeping it. It's so heavy, that I don't want to go thru the hassle of returning this beast.

 

I will try this out tomorrow.

 

i did do this before , when I was just testing it out in general , when I first got it, except I am not sure where my monitor gain setting was.

 

it really was very loud in the room, But, I am not sure what the FH Amp volume setting was at.

 

Also, what setting is your helix XLR out ?

 

I honestly hope I can't reproduce it , LOL.. Hiss is not good.

 

But at least on all my tests so far, the way I would use it, I have not had a hiss issue. But I also am not at gig level. However, I am at a very loud volume. So maybe it needs to be turned up more to get the hiss ? In that case I would be ok, because I can't turn it up anymore with out being too loud in my music room.

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Yeah, at bedroom levels the hiss is less, still there btw. I'm mostly playing clean, so for me the hiss is something way more noticeable than a shredder. :) It start being loud as hell after 3/4 of volume (gig volume), again, you don't need to play so you can test it in house too, without being arrested by cops. :D

 

BTW, Helix is set XLR--->Line, but you don't even need that as the hiss isn't noise induced by the source, but it's generated by the FH1500 gain section.

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