Jump to content
jheffernan14

Sound Quality of Helix

Recommended Posts

I'm having issues with the sound quality of my Helix Floor pedal. I have it connected directly to my computer through USB but the sound is muddy/low no matter the preset I use. I was wondering if there was a certain setting I'm supposed to adjust? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How are you monitoring it?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, jheffernan14 said:

I'm having issues with the sound quality of my Helix Floor pedal. I have it connected directly to my computer through USB but the sound is muddy/low no matter the preset I use. I was wondering if there was a certain setting I'm supposed to adjust? 

 

Start here and watch a few of his Helix- specific tutorials:

 

 

 

If you're new to modeling, you've got your work cut out for you... they're not "plug and play" devices. The learning curve tends to be steep, as they require a different approach than simply plugging into your favorite amp with the tone controls at "noon".

 

While there are no "rules" per se, or universal formulas for success, remember the following two things:

 

1) It's not a guitar amp, and it'll never behave like one no matter what you do.

 

2) Unless you stop thinking like a guitar player, you're finished before you start. You're creating recorded guitar tones, not live "amp in the room" tones... you have to think like a recording engineer. Mic choice/ placement and EQ are the two biggest pieces of the puzzle. And when I say EQ, I'm not talking about the amp model's bass, mids, and treble controls...I mean the specific targeting of certain frequencies/ frequency ranges, that will allow you to really sculpt your sound.

 

It's a process, and his videos are excellent... he's very good at explaining why he does certain things, as opposed to just saying "set 'Parameter X' at 7".

 

You'll eventually figure it out, but there's no one magic bullet.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why am I unable to download patches from Custom Tone for the POD GO on to my Helix Floor? I thought they would be compatible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, delacloche said:

Why am I unable to download patches from Custom Tone for the POD GO on to my Helix Floor? I thought they would be compatible.

 

They are not compatible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, PierM said:

 

They are not compatible.

 

Curiously, it has the same lack of compatibility as the inquiry showing up in a "why does my Helix sound like $hit?" thread...;)

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, delacloche said:

I thought they would be compatible.

 

Nope!

 

Big clue - one is Helix the other is POD.

 

Why would a CustomTone patch for a POD Go be any better than a Helix CustomTone patch?

 

Me no understand.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, PierM said:

 

They are not compatible.

They should be. The Pod Go has the same things as the Helix. The Helix just has more. Anyway I don't know wtf is going on in this thread. I came to help, but I don't see enough details to help. 

 

OP--if you can give us more details as to how exactly you're trying to use the Helix we can help you a lot! Don't screw yourself. I started out like you. I was frustrated. Looking back on it I was being very impatient and dumb. It's easy if you give yourself a chance. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, sonjc182 said:

They should be. The Pod Go has the same things as the Helix.


File format:

Helix file extension are .hlx

POD Go file extension are .pgp

 

That would seem to suggest an incompatible file.

 

I guess you could try opening one in a JSON editor - Helix files can be opened that way, but I haven’t tried the other one. I can’t see the point of doing that really - lots of messing for no obvious advantage. It might just be a “FOMO” thing.


Hope this helps/makes sense 

 

 

 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
57 minutes ago, silverhead said:

There is a potentially helpful tool in this context (credit to forum member dbagchee):

https://dbagchee.github.io/helix-preset-viewer/

 

Load the Helix preset into this viewer and manually recreate it on POD Go as closely as possible.

 

That's a cool little viewer for Helix patches - but the original comment about Pod Go presets was for the option to transfer in the opposite direction - POD Go to Helix.

 

"Why am I unable to download patches from Custom Tone for the POD GO on to my Helix Floor? I thought they would be compatible".

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, sonjc182 said:

They should be. The Pod Go has the same things as the Helix. The Helix just has more. Anyway I don't know wtf is going on in this thread. I came to help, but I don't see enough details to help. 

 

Pod Go is able to run a bunch of HX algos, as happen with Helix which can run legacy algos, coming from old L6 devices. This is about algorithms (math) running on different platforms, which looks like they need different patch structure, because - again - platforms are different. Not sure why we are arguing about that, I mean, it's just a fact. Then, if you ask me if L6 did that for market separation purposes, or because was necessary due the different hardware abstraction, I have no idea.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, datacommando said:

 

That's a cool little viewer for Helix patches - but the original comment about Pod Go presets was for the option to transfer in the opposite direction - POD Go to Helix.

 

"Why am I unable to download patches from Custom Tone for the POD GO on to my Helix Floor? I thought they would be compatible".

Right. Thanks for clarifying.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...