The Helix Strand

ed lespaul

Well-Known Member
There's a Seymour Duncan PowerStage!!!! Awesome!!!!

Hi guys, I decided to take the plunge and buy a set of protective screens and *clears throat* coloured nuts, stickers etc from Chad Boston at
It cost me around £35.60 but, as I live in the UK, b*stard Customs charges meant another £15 on top of that:facepalm:
Was it worth it?
Yes.
At least, I think so.
I bought my Helix secondhand but it still cost me around £800. Bearing that in mind I feel that coughing around 7% of that amount to ensure my Helix is protected and easier to use is a reasonable thing to do. Btw I’m not endorsed in any way by Chad or his company. I’m a paying customer just like everyone else.

The protective Perspex screens are around 5mm thick and attached with double sided spongy gel (supplied) which gives them a shockproof effect too. So even if you trip over things as much as me or some over enthusiastic/drunk/twat audience member or band mate stomps on your Helix I’m pretty confident these screens will ensure nothing is broken..on the Helix anyway. The downside is that as the protective screens are only “gel attached” at the sides dust etc will probably still get in but regular cleaning should hopefully nullify that as an issue. The perspex quality is terrific and they’re as clear as glass so it won’t impact on how clearly your read what’s on the respective screens or scribble strips.
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The purpose of the coloured nuts is that you unscrew the current black nuts that are on every input/output on the back of the Helix and replace them with a colour scheme that helps you find the inputs/outputs you use without having to tip the Helix up to read the TINY wording on the back. Chad also includes small coloured plastic sleeves so you can colour code your cables to match too. Frankly, I find that level of organisation a bit terrifying and defo overkill for my needs but if you’re using multiple ins/outs on your Helix then this will definitely speed up setting up and plugging in.
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In a similar vein, there’s various coloured sets of stickers included in the pack too. These are to help you locate the various knobs and buttons on the Helix faster too and to reduce the fumbling about blindly that happens particularly if you’re playing in a dark venue. Tbh I’ve not added any of these yet as I know my OCD levels will freak out if I look down and realise my stickers are not PERFECTLY centred. Also, and call me a traditionalist, but I find the all black front of the Helix and aesthetically pleasing thing in itself. Good to have the stickers in standby though just in case.
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Here’s the website if any of you fancy buying some of this stuff: https://www.gearbyceba.com/

All in I guess it took around 3 weeks for my package to arrive from Muricaland but I hear that can vary depending on how busy/quiet orders are.
:)
 

ed lespaul

Well-Known Member
I use mine for powering my 4x12 cabinet, either after the Kemper, or after a few pedals. The simplest setup I used was a Friedman BE-OD pedal into a Digitech Polara => Seymour Duncan PowerStage => cabinet. The sound was amazing.
 

bad alice

Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!
I’d love to know more about how you’re using the powerstage?

Are you using it instead of FRFR monitors when gigging and at home?
The Powerstage is a power amp so, as @ed lespaul describes in that set up above^, it fits between my Helix and a cab to give power to amplify the sounds the bazillion tones the Helix offers.
At home I plug it into a 1x12 loaded with a Celestion Creamback (65w) but at rehearsal it goes straight into a 4x12.
It sounds fab both a front room and CRANKED volumes too.
Defo recommended if you get the chance @The thing upstairs
:)
 

Sustainerplayer

On the edge of breakup
I must say the new firmware ... or couple of new firmwares ... has done something nice to the Helix (Native for my part).

Combined with the new MIKKO cab sim-plug it has closed the gap to my Axe III considerably.

It's like the newer amp-models are much better than the first batch of amp models. Like Line 6 has had a learning curve there that has peaked around firmware 2.5 or so.

I especially enjoy Placater clean and dirty - and the new Revv Gen Red-model.

I have made a cab-sim in MIKKO with a "Sure" (that's a Suhr 2x12) cab with a Sennheiser 421 and a Royer 121 combined. Effin' awesome sounding.
 

Sustainerplayer

On the edge of breakup
Anything cool included for HX Effects?
https://line6.com/software/index.html

"
New Amp Models in 2.80
Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Stomp

  • Fullerton Nrm, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (normal channel)
  • Fullerton Brt, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (bright channel)
  • Fullerton Jump, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (jumped channels)
  • Grammatico Nrm, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (normal channel)
  • Grammatico Brt, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (bright channel)
  • Grammatico Jump, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (jumped channels)
  • Revv Gen Red, based on* the red (gain 2) channel of the Revv® Generator 120
  • Ampeg SVT-4 PRO, based on* the Ampeg® SVT-4 PRO
NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development. That said, the teams at Revv and Grammatico are super cool (and patient!) and you should buy their awesome amps.

New Effects Models in 2.80
Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

  • Distortion > Dhyana Drive (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Heir Apparent (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman Prince of Tone (basically half a King of Tone)
  • Distortion > Tone Sovereign (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman King of Tone V4 (basically two Prince of Tones in one)
  • Distortion > ZeroAmp Bass DI (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Tech 21® SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Distortion > Ampeg Scrambler (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Ampeg® Scrambler Bass Overdrive
  • Filter > Asheville Pattrn (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Moog® Moogerfooger® MF-105M MIDI MuRF Filter (with both MuRF and Bass MuRF voicings)
  • EQ > Low/High Shelf (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • EQ > Tilt (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original. Tilt is a subtle 6dB EQ that boosts high frequencies while simultaneously attenuating low frequencies (or vice versa). Great for quickly making tones a bit brighter or darker. The Center Freq parameter sets the frequency around which the boost and cut pivot
 

Tankman

Subtly not giving a F*ck
https://line6.com/software/index.html

"
New Amp Models in 2.80
Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Stomp

  • Fullerton Nrm, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (normal channel)
  • Fullerton Brt, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (bright channel)
  • Fullerton Jump, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (jumped channels)
  • Grammatico Nrm, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (normal channel)
  • Grammatico Brt, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (bright channel)
  • Grammatico Jump, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (jumped channels)
  • Revv Gen Red, based on* the red (gain 2) channel of the Revv® Generator 120
  • Ampeg SVT-4 PRO, based on* the Ampeg® SVT-4 PRO
NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development. That said, the teams at Revv and Grammatico are super cool (and patient!) and you should buy their awesome amps.

New Effects Models in 2.80
Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

  • Distortion > Dhyana Drive (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Heir Apparent (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman Prince of Tone (basically half a King of Tone)
  • Distortion > Tone Sovereign (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman King of Tone V4 (basically two Prince of Tones in one)
  • Distortion > ZeroAmp Bass DI (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Tech 21® SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Distortion > Ampeg Scrambler (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Ampeg® Scrambler Bass Overdrive
  • Filter > Asheville Pattrn (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Moog® Moogerfooger® MF-105M MIDI MuRF Filter (with both MuRF and Bass MuRF voicings)
  • EQ > Low/High Shelf (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • EQ > Tilt (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original. Tilt is a subtle 6dB EQ that boosts high frequencies while simultaneously attenuating low frequencies (or vice versa). Great for quickly making tones a bit brighter or darker. The Center Freq parameter sets the frequency around which the boost and cut pivot
So I guess the answer to my question would be NO then. :D
 

Tankman

Subtly not giving a F*ck
I updated to 2.80.1 yesterday on my HX Effects. I checked out the new stuff. I was right, not for me. BUT, as I had my HX effects connected to my pc anyway, I decided to experiment with some presets. Having listened to a lot of Devin Townsend recently, I decided to make a patch based on his main sounds.

It's quite simple. 1 preset, 4 snapshots. The only thing I did is put all modulation, delay and reverb in a parallel loop. So the distorted sound would be my dry signal, and the effects are full wet. This is such an awesome setup. I can't wait to try it in the practice space at full volume.
 

Tankman

Subtly not giving a F*ck
Let me start by saying that I love the HX Effects. I don't like the drives, but I don't use those anyway, but the rest is awesome. BUT, I do miss fiddling with single effect units on the floor. It is a bit more difficult to dial in sounds on the fly, or even during a song with the HX. I was used to changing the speed on a Phaser with my foot, or quickly dropping down to one knee and lowering Delay Feedback and such. I really miss that. Tonight, I'm going to put the HX through it's paces and use as much of it as I can in a band setting. I am also going to experiment with parallel effects loops with a Wet/Dry signal. It's do or die for the HX tonight.

If my parents had only sent me to play football as a kid in stead of playing guitar. Then I would only worry about the color of my shoes....
 

Shredder79

Well-Known Member
Let me start by saying that I love the HX Effects. I don't like the drives, but I don't use those anyway, but the rest is awesome. BUT, I do miss fiddling with single effect units on the floor. It is a bit more difficult to dial in sounds on the fly, or even during a song with the HX. I was used to changing the speed on a Phaser with my foot, or quickly dropping down to one knee and lowering Delay Feedback and such. I really miss that. Tonight, I'm going to put the HX through it's paces and use as much of it as I can in a band setting. I am also going to experiment with parallel effects loops with a Wet/Dry signal. It's do or die for the HX tonight.

If my parents had only sent me to play football as a kid in stead of playing guitar. Then I would only worry about the color of my shoes....
Dude....do you have an expression pedal? If not, getting one would mean you can assign it to control the phaser speed or delay level....it might take a bit of switching to do that, or just some planning in snapshot mode, then you're good to go!
 

Tankman

Subtly not giving a F*ck
Dude....do you have an expression pedal? If not, getting one would mean you can assign it to control the phaser speed or delay level....it might take a bit of switching to do that, or just some planning in snapshot mode, then you're good to go!
I am actually using an expression pedal, but currently only for Whammy effects. I did program a Wah last week, but I preferred my Crybaby mini's sound. I hadn't thought about programming it for effects parameters. I could give that a try.

Either way, the HX is staying. I had a lot of fun playing with the parallel effects loop last Friday at rehearsal. Also, apparently I'm using more effects out of it than I realised, including some more specialized effects like the sweep echo, ring mods, particle verbs, glitz, etc. It makes more sense to me to keep the unit. Also, I noticed part of my doubt stems from my guitar. Some clean effects worked so much better when I used the Ibanez AZ I used last friday. That's the way I wanted things to sound. So pedalboard-wise, nothing is changing. Guitar-wise, changes are incoming.
 

Shredder79

Well-Known Member
I am actually using an expression pedal, but currently only for Whammy effects. I did program a Wah last week, but I preferred my Crybaby mini's sound. I hadn't thought about programming it for effects parameters. I could give that a try.

Either way, the HX is staying. I had a lot of fun playing with the parallel effects loop last Friday at rehearsal. Also, apparently I'm using more effects out of it than I realised, including some more specialized effects like the sweep echo, ring mods, particle verbs, glitz, etc. It makes more sense to me to keep the unit. Also, I noticed part of my doubt stems from my guitar. Some clean effects worked so much better when I used the Ibanez AZ I used last friday. That's the way I wanted things to sound. So pedalboard-wise, nothing is changing. Guitar-wise, changes are incoming.
Cool! I recently just ditched my Crybaby for the Throaty wah to save some pedalboard space. I pinched Chris Robertson's settings, and can barely tell the difference. But yeah, with a bit of setting up, its stupid easy to adjust pretty much anything with an expression pedal! :cool:
 
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