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Moving from a HD500x to a HX Stomp

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Hi everyone,

 

Just wanting some input in regards to the HX Stomp. I have a HD500X and looking to buy a HX Stomp. Question for anyone that  went from a HD500X to a Helix device, is it a noticeable upgrade in modelling/effects quality? I would like to use it for recording and live situations as an amp modeler with some effects. Just wondering if it is one of those situation where it will blow my socks off or is it s subtle upgrade to the model/effects? I would love to try it however I live a rural area which makes it difficult to get my hands on one to test. Just looking for any user experiences. I love my HD500X and looking for something current gen to upgrade to.

 

Thanks.

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I loved my HD 500x. In my case, I went from the 500x to the Firehawk 1500 (simpler modeler but far easier to setup and to me, a sound advantage) to the HX Stomp.

 

In my opinion the sound difference is . . . it's there but it's not THE reason I'd argue it's worth it. Both units can create great sound. HX Stomp is CLOSER to the units modeled, but if you were never a tone snob you might not care about that at all. I always liken the difference between the two to 1080p vs. 4k. It's there - how much you adore it will vary from person to person. 

 

However, where the HX line just blew my socks off was the routing possibilities. The 500x first introduced me to what you can do with that, and the HX takes it to the next quantum leap. Snapshots, multiple controls by one footswitch, the dual routing . . . it gets very nice.  

 

One caveat though, and this is something to think about coming off the 500x. The full Helix easily blows away the 500x on routing, BUT the Stomp is questionable since it currently maxes out at 6 blocks. That's fewer than what the 500x was capable of. For me, I knew this going into it. I had existing regular pedals I loved that I was all too happy to integrate to give me more DSP in the Stomp, and I also was keeping the 1500 which also had modelling if the Stomp came up short. 

 

Going from a straight 500x to an HX Stomp and nothing else might make you feel a bit more limited in ways that you don't want. Factor in the foot switch numbers difference and the built in wah/volume pedal and again which the 500x has the advantage of, and not necessarily easy trades. 

 

PS: Just to be clear though, the Stomp is the coolest piece of gear I've ever bought. It works perfectly for my needs. 

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If you want to "hear" the difference between the HD500X and Helix models, why not try out the demo version of Helix Native and use the HD500X as an interface?

 

Regards,

 

Dave

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13 hours ago, skipta said:

I love my HD500X and looking for something current gen to upgrade to.

 

IMO.... get the Stomp, but keep the HD500x. Best of both worlds. You can utilize the HD500 for effects, I/O and as a midi controller while integrating the amp modelling and additional effects from the Stomp. If you go strictly to the stomp you may find yourself needing to add a footswitch or two and an expression pedal but the HD500 (and a little midi setup) will take care of all that. It would be a very powerful combination.

 

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On 6/28/2019 at 10:48 AM, codamedia said:

 

IMO.... get the Stomp, but keep the HD500x. Best of both worlds. You can utilize the HD500 for effects, I/O and as a midi controller while integrating the amp modelling and additional effects from the Stomp. If you go strictly to the stomp you may find yourself needing to add a footswitch or two and an expression pedal but the HD500 (and a little midi setup) will take care of all that. It would be a very powerful combination.

 

 

Just wondering if anyone has actually tried using the HX STOMP with the HD500X?    And if so, was it easy enough to set up?  Were the results good?   Any problems or gotchas that we need to be aware of?     Thanks in advance.

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I went from HD500 to HX Stomp. I haven't used the HD500 for a long time because I'm now using an amp. I got the HX Stomp for my pedalboard in front of the amp and to have the option of direct amp modeling when I needed it without having to change pedalboards. I don't think the difference will blow your socks off but I have not tried the new amp modeling. I am 100% happy with the HX  Stomp. The effects are great and the routing possibilities are fantastic as someone else said. It fits right on my pedalboard. It is somewhat limited compared to the full Helix so be sure that's not what you are looking for. The HX Stomp, as advertised, is downsized. But if the configuration suits your needs you will not be disappointed. But I would say if you are happy with the HD500x and are just looking for a cheaper way to upgrade Helix then you may be frustrated with the limitations of the Stomp.

 

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Thanks for the reply bluebirdrad.

 

I am thinking of using the HX stomp connected to my HD500X. That way I keep the Variax functionality of the HD500X which I need, also get to keep the expression pedal,  plus have a mic input, and have more foot switch options plus have access to the all the HX level amps, cabs and effects.

 

Just wondered if anyone else has tried this and if so was it easy to set up, were the end results worth the effort, and are there any gotchas to be aware of?

 

Thanks in advance for replies.

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Whilst it is certainly possible, you would probably be better off just getting a Helix LT instead. You can still run a mic into one of returns on the LT if you use a mic pre-amp. 

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On 2/26/2020 at 4:15 AM, edstar1960 said:

 

Just wondering if anyone has actually tried using the HX STOMP with the HD500X?    And if so, was it easy enough to set up?  Were the results good?   Any problems or gotchas that we need to be aware of?     Thanks in advance.

 

Sort of... not quite. When I first dove into the Helix world I ran an HX Effects with my HD500. My reason was similar to yours.... I still needed Variax support, and didn't want to give up the expression pedal. 

 

It worked without any problems. There are many ways to set it up...

  • In a serial line. Either HD500 > Stomp, or Stomp > HD 500
  • Or you can run the Stomp in the HD500 loop (that's where I would put it)
  • Or you can run the HD500 in the Stomp loop
  • One midi cable from the HD500 (midi out) to the Stomp (midi in) and the HD500 can still carry the majority of the footswitching for both units.The HD is a very flexible midi controller... it would pair well with the Stomp.

Of course, this is all assuming you understand a little about midi, and don't confuse easily with signal routing :) 

 

If you want to keep it simple, find a way to spend a little extra for the HELIX LT or FLOOR model, then you get to keep it all on one unit. FWIW, I eventually upgraded my HX Effects to the LT and never regretted it one bit. @foxmeister makes a great point above. You can always add mic support to an LT with a simple MIC pre (ART Tube Pre or Similar) into one of the returns on the LT.

 

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Thanks for the advice codamedia and foxmeister.

 

I am leaning towards getting a Helix LT as Helix Floor provides way more functionality then I will ever need, so although it would be great to have, I can't justify the extra expense. Even a used Helix Floor costs more than a new Helix LT over here.   :)

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5 hours ago, edstar1960 said:

I am leaning towards getting a Helix LT

 

Earlier you mention having a Variax, but didn't say which generation. If it's an older Generation (500, 300, 600, 700) you need to know that the LT will not act as an interface for Workbench with those models. 

 

Also - although it generally will work fine, there are some "quirks" between the older generation and the Helix you need to be aware of. BUT - that's a different topic altogether :) 

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13 minutes ago, codamedia said:

 

Earlier you mention having a Variax, but didn't say which generation. If it's an older Generation (500, 300, 600, 700) you need to know that the LT will not act as an interface for Workbench with those models. 

 

Also - although it generally will work fine, there are some "quirks" between the older generation and the Helix you need to be aware of. BUT - that's a different topic altogether :) 


I have an original Variax 700 but I also have a JTV59 and a JTV69 which are my main workhorse guitars.

 

Thanks for highlighting this issue though, as I wasn’t aware there were issues with Helix and older Variax models.

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At this point in time, wouldn't it be better to wait for the Pod Go?  Seems like a far better solution if being used as more of an all-in-one solution, and cheaper than the Stomp, too.

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31 minutes ago, chasingMango said:

At this point in time, wouldn't it be better to wait for the Pod Go?  Seems like a far better solution if being used as more of an all-in-one solution, and cheaper than the Stomp, too.

 

That is certainly an option for some people, as long as you don't require any of the features the POD Go is missing. EG: Variax support, midi support, mic input, etc...

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I am pulling the trigger on a stomp and have a 500x. The midi control is key plus being able to offload time based effects to the 500x would mean never running out of blocks on the stomp. Anyone do this yet? My only real concern would be routing the stomp through the pod might significantly degrade the tone quality, although maybe that’s not a real problem. Probably go out of the stomp into the pod then out, vs using the loop on the stomp, heck in that case I can even take advantage of the xlr out on the pod since it doesn’t exist on the stomp. Hopefully by this weekend I’ll be up and running experimenting.

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I did it in various configurations with the HX Effects before I bought my Helix Floor.   It depends on what you want to do with it of course.

 

Stomp going into pod would allow you to have all the nice dirt boxes in front of the amp and then just use the HD500 for volume pedal, delays and reverbs etc.   You should be able to send midi from the HD500 to control the stomp and use the tap temp of the HD500 to set timing.

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