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Line6 Helix experiences?
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mckenic
Anyone use a Helix (Im particularly interested in the LT, but Helix in general would be good info too)?

Im fairly content using a Zoom G5 & Revalver for recording so I was just considering a H9 Max as being the last jigsaw piece and spotted some reviews of the Helix LT for around the same price.

The advantages would be using it for recording seems very flexible, using it live (and having my mate bass player going thru the Helix with his own settings), having patches for each tune, and carrying some frfr monitors instead of heavy amps (back is getting bad).

Live is backing drums/spot fx - playing guitar & bass over it.

Im NOT a hi-gain player mostly clean or 'just' breaking up bluesy at most.
Have a Flextone III XL, Variax 700 so Im good with the Line6 sound (well its the lack of hum and buzz that does it for me!).

Any users? Good? Bad? Just get the H9 (which of course can be used with synths too).

Thanks!
Shaw
I had a Helix for a while. Quite good for what it is... I ended up selling it and getting the Kemper which sounds better though.
Guinness ftw!
mckenic
Hey! Thanks for the reply Shaw!

I kinda put this on the back burner. I got a THR10c and Im adoring the stereo sound for bedroom practice. Im also thinking if a gig comes up just get a frfr pa set-up and use the THR as a front end for guitar.

(tell me you dont like the Kemper - its a lust-worthy item for sure!)

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Divinital
I'm thinking about snagging the Helix for studio use... I figured it would give me just what I want without having to use VSTs on my sound if I record its output directly through rather clear pre-amps.
mckenic
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Would love to hear your thoughts if you do pick one up!
Divinital
mckenic wrote:
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Would love to hear your thoughts if you do pick one up!


I actually decided to go with Line 6 Helix Native plugin as I save up for the Kemper.
s.l.o.w
I had a Kemper, and sold it. It's a very very nice unit, but for studio use, I have real amps and mics, or will record via the Scuffham S-Gear plugin, keep the dry signal and reamp later if necessary.

I had taken the Kemper out live, but now that I'm planning to also bring along a Euro case, a 3U Kemper rack (and large footpedal) is a pretty cumbersome addition. I've recently bought an HX Stomp, and am trying out whether I can use it by itself for guitar live (+ modular), or in conjunction with a nice overdrive pedal or two, and/or with my Atomic Ampli-Firebox. The amp sims I'm interested in on the the HX Stomp have nice touch sensitivity, but I can't escape the feeling that they're a little bit "fizzy". I may just need to mess with the EQ or cab sims.
lucyfur
I had a Helix LT for a few months, I couldn't make it work for me.

Sounded good clean, fine with a lot of gain, but in between there was a weird overtone to it, like a distortion sitting on top of the signal. Helix forum people called it "squirrels," no amount of playing with the hi-cut and different IRs cured it.
Divinital
Still haven't purchased Helix Native... On sale for $280 for just a few more days. I like the demo and presets but I don't think two more days will allow me to adequately demo creating my own patches due to current time restrictions...

Shoot.
s.l.o.w
lucyfur wrote:
Helix forum people called it "squirrels," no amount of playing with the hi-cut and different IRs cured it.


Squirrels! A more interesting word than "fizzy", but good to know I'm not alone in my assessment.

For me, the Helix is part of a search to find something compact and "good enough" for combining a guitar and modular live. I wouldn't choose to record with the Helix, or any modeller. I still haven't decided whether I'll use the Helix for the FX only, or also with its amp sims.
lucyfur
Axe FX has their FM3 coming out soon, somewhere between the Helix Stomp and LT in size. I'm waiting on them to hit the market to see how reviews are.
deltaphoenix
I have an HX Stomp on the way. Mainly looking for a nice headphone practice solution that can add a bit of FX. I will run some FX in front and one or two in the loop. Depending on how the toe dipping goes here, I may be into getting something bigger down the line.
deltaphoenix
So, initial impressions after a few days are really positive. I play bass and the amps/cabs sound really good. There are a lot of ways to sculpt the sound further too. The fx are great, way better sound quality and tweak-ability then prior Line6 units. I am considering selling standalone Strymon pedals...
XXXEsq
I have a Helix and love it. I use it with my Variax, conventional guitars and my synths. My main set-up has it processing the Variax and synth channels simultaneously.
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