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Helix combined with distortion/fuzz pedals


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Hi,

I've been using helix for some time now and it's very addictive. I record directly into Ableton via USB for recording my own stuff.  I'm pretty ok at making tones and I think I've managed to get what I can out of it.

But I've never tried using an actual separate distortion or fuzz pedal with the in and out sends . Has anyone here had any experience with that? What I'm asking is, does anyone think that the quality of an actual distortion/fuzz pedal sounds way better than the ones provided by the helix?

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On 9/27/2020 at 7:10 AM, ctid32 said:

Hi,

I've been using helix for some time now and it's very addictive. I record directly into Ableton via USB for recording my own stuff.  I'm pretty ok at making tones and I think I've managed to get what I can out of it.

But I've never tried using an actual separate distortion or fuzz pedal with the in and out sends . Has anyone here had any experience with that? What I'm asking is, does anyone think that the quality of an actual distortion/fuzz pedal sounds way better than the ones provided by the helix?

 

This is one of those questions that doesn't have a real answer... it's all subjective. If you have a dirt box that you've loved for the last 20 years that you can't envision living without, or you're just a connoisseur of different distortion pedals, then the answer will be 'yes'. If you're a guy like me who used preamp/poweramp/

multi-fx rack gear, without the aid of a single stomp box, for more than two decades before going the modeling route, then you probably couldn't care less about adding extra outboard gear. There is no right answer. Try it out, and let your ears tell you what's what.

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Like Cruisinon2 already said, it really depends. I’ve been using the Helix (floor) for a couple of years now and I think it’s great. Before that, I’ve been using  tube amps. I still love my Marshall 18W and Lead&Bass 20W with a fuzz face (Sunface or SunLion to be exact). I haven’t been able to recreate something similar in Helix that comes close to that, though. A fuzz face won’t work in the FD loop anyways, but also between guitar and Helix it doesn’t work for me. For other distortion or overdrive boxes, the Helix has some great models and I haven’t felt the need to add the real ones in the fx loop. Also because of the convenience of just having guitar, helix and PowerCab. 

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