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Helix Rack Mini aka HX Studio

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hi

 

recently i watched gear gods and fluff's video regarding IEM setup/all in one solution for the whole band on their rack for live use and it's inspiring to imitate such setup for ease of use and avoiding complications as much as possible. on gear gods' video about it, trey included the hx stomp as the core of their sound and he said that they only need less than 6 blocks as they are a metal band and doesn't need that much complexities as oppose to helix line in terms of tone shaping features.

 

in terms of simple yet satisfying tones, i think the hx stomp is more than enough (unless you're really picky, you might as well get the big guns) but as with trey's setup, i just don't like the thought that it's built for the pedal board along with other pedals that has the same footprint(or not).

 

so what if the line 6 makes a version of the hx stomp but in a rack mount configuration?

 

since basically the hx stomp is at least meant to be in a pedal board, the "hx studio"(if they decided to call it with that name) should be used primarily in a studio as your dedicated guitar/bass audio interface/multi effects platform in a small package. imagine the helix rack on the size of maybe a scarlett 2i2 occupying 2U space and just half the width of it with the screen same as of the hx stomp, a couple of needed knobs and buttons on the front panel, extra buttons and swtiches if needed if they decide to add some features because it's a dedicated studio unit minus the three footswitches, an input jack and all of the needed inputs and outputs plus midi connectivity and lastly a jack for an optional 4 or 6 button footswitch.

 

the reason for this idealistic babbling of mine is because i wanted the hx stomp to be in a rack format following trey's all in one setup for his band. what if there were 3 guitars and one bass? it will only take 4 units of rack space thus you'll have more for other things such as power conditioner, in ear mixer, splitter, etc.

 

i mentioned that the unit is dedicated to the studio right since i already named it "hx studio" but what if someone wanted it to be used in a live situtation? of course being a reckless human, you'd do that if you can right? lol

 

as for the market, maybe this unit can be a direct competitor to ik multimedia's axe i/o or audient's sono as dedicated guitar/bass audio interface if they will add some features like jfet circuitry or whatever they can think of so that they can maximize the unit's power for those applications. i'm thinking of almost the same price as theirs, around $500 maybe?

 

what do you think about this idea? do you think this will be an addition to your gear? or just a big joke your music teacher will even cringe?

do you think line 6 will consider this as a perfect addition to their products? or just a stupid disruptor for the Helix/HX line of modelers?

 

cheers!

 

 

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I use the HX Stomp in my "studio" (on my desk), but have it directly in front of me if i use it, so that I can turn the knobs. Put in a rack it would be to far away for me. But that is just me.

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On 9/15/2019 at 2:17 AM, ambidextrous said:

so what if the line 6 makes a version of the hx stomp but in a rack mount configuration?

 

IMO... the HX Stomp is already a perfect candidate for residence in an open top rack drawer. I can't imagine it would need more than a 2u drawer... and there would be room for other items in their as well. 

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There are tons of iterations of the Helix line that would be very valuable to some people, myself included. For example, if I could have grabbed a Stomp that was only slightly larger, but had a Variax input, for $750 I would have been all over that beastie. 

 

My personal opinion, though, is that with the Helix, LT, Rack, Effects, and now the Stomp, that they'd be crazy to iterate too much more on that product line, other than perhaps refresh the hardware itself. 

 

Who knows though. I don't work there. 

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