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I was looking for recommendations or tips about how to get the most out of my Helix LT, keeping in mind I am not a professional musician. I have my Helix LT and I have it plugged in directly into the instrument input of a Boss Katana 100 amp. I want to get the best sound possible out of my Helix so would I be better suited to buy a PA speaker of some kind like the HeadRush or something to that affect or better speakers directly into my PC and bypass the amp all together? Or would anything not really make a significant difference compared to what I am already doing?

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30 minutes ago, Stoneghost said:

I was looking for recommendations or tips about how to get the most out of my Helix LT, keeping in mind I am not a professional musician. I have my Helix LT and I have it plugged in directly into the instrument input of a Boss Katana 100 amp. I want to get the best sound possible out of my Helix so would I be better suited to buy a PA speaker of some kind like the HeadRush or something to that affect or better speakers directly into my PC and bypass the amp all together? Or would anything not really make a significant difference compared to what I am already doing?

It would be smart for home use to get some good studio monitors, If you are playing small gigs than just go direct to PA. But in my opinion and many others, Go for monitors!!

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+1 on monitors. If you'll be sitting/standing in the same area, monitors will give you the most accurate sound in a typical room. That's what they're designed for. 

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And the sweet stereo delays and verbs will sound awesome

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1 hour ago, Stoneghost said:

I have my Helix LT and I have it plugged in directly into the instrument input of a Boss Katana 100 amp

You could go Four Cable method with your Katana, And (I think?) swap out the pre amp from the Katana to something different

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1 hour ago, Stoneghost said:

I have my Helix LT and I have it plugged in directly into the instrument input of a Boss Katana 100 amp

Don't use Cab modals in the LT. I forgot to add that.

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All of the above. BUT, to maximize what you've got, using 4cm and swapping the Katana's Preamps with Helix Preamps (or full amps, whatever sounds best) by having the FX Loop Block and your Helix pre/amp asssigned to the same footswitch so that one is ON when the other is OFF is most flexible.

 

As others have said, for home use, stereo is BIG FUN! You don't need to blow the rent to get a decent pair of studio monitors. Yamaha and JBL are very popular. I have KRK. AND, if you can swing a sub in the deal, even better!

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Thank you everyone for the super helpful advice. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years now but am still such an amateur on everything, especially gear. I only understand about 1/4 of everything the LT can do and what it means (signal chain, wet/dry/wet, 4 cable - might as well be speaking Cantonese) so I know me having this LT is like giving a Ferrari to a toddler but being able to really clone my favorite sounds (metallica, randy, coheed & cambria, etc.) makes me all the more motivated to play and learn. So again, I really appreciate everyone taking the time to reply and for the super helpful advice.

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42 minutes ago, Stoneghost said:

makes me all the more motivated to play and learn.

 

I think that's been the greatest benefit for me.  It has inspired and motivated me to experiment, learn new things, and just play more, because of all the options on a Helix and the quality of sound.  I can't say I'm playing a LOT more than I was; some, for sure.  But I'm definitely doing more focused and productive practicing, and learning, when for the longest time I've just been goofing.  I was having fun goofing and there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm enjoying this change.

 

I'm spending much less time on the computer, and zero time gaming, and spending most of my solo free time learning about Helix and experimenting.  I feel like I am at 'Progression Level 2%', and that's ok.

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