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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / So I ordered a Line 6 Helix

Juice Nichols
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Sep 30th, 2019 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the players at church has one and it sounds awesome in the FOH. I’m currently playing in a musical that requires a lot of different sounds and figured this would fit the bill perfectly.

They’re definitely not the cheapest thing on the market, but I’ve had the chance to hear several rigs of this type and the Helix is the winner imo. My selection came down to the Headrush, Kemper Profiler and the Helix. Really like the Kemper too, but I think the effects in the Helix sound the best.

Anyone else use one of these rigs?

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Sep 30th, 2019 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The closest I came was a Zoom G7.1ut, but I doubt it was anywhere in this league.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 09:03 PM, Sep 30th, 2019)

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Sep 30th, 2019 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are a few FDPers with these all-in-ones. I've heard 'em at FDP jams and they do sound fantastic driving a loud clean amp.

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Sep 30th, 2019 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I saw some good Rhett Shull videos where he used one for live stuff. Good sounds. I think he went straight to a PA and sometimes used it for a pedal board. Pretty cool. Can't be that kind of light travel.

Juice Nichols
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Sep 30th, 2019 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Achase I saw the same video. He was going straight into the PA with his rig. Can’t wait until this thing shows up. Probably get rid of my Mustang III and V now.

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Oct 1st, 2019 12:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I seem to recall around 2012 you being into those Mustang amps pretty well. I tried one back then and just couldn't jive with it. Fun sounds and all, but just didn't sound like an amp to me. I think you get way more bang for your buck on something like the Helix.

Juice Nichols
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Oct 1st, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah I liked them so much that I bought 2 of them. LOL

After hearing the Helix in action it was pretty apparent how lacking the Mustang series was in comparison sound wise. There are also things about the Mustang III I didn't like when performing. Mainly, when you put the amp in an amp stand you can no longer see the controls or the display without leaning over the top of the amp or physically leaning the amp forward so you can adjust things.

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Oct 1st, 2019 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve never used the Helix, but for ten years I used the earlier generation POD XT Live when I played at church. It was very versatile, with a ton of good usable tones. I imagine the Helix is actually a lot better (it also costs a lot more).

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Oct 1st, 2019 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is Lincoln Brewster still a Line 6 user?

Achase4u
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Oct 1st, 2019 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I kept my mustang amp for about a week. It was fun with it's different tones, but it always sounded like an emulation playing through a computer speaker to me. Very flat and not 3d. I already had those sounds covered with the line six guitarport and amplitube and they sounded pretty good like a pre recorded tone. The Helix seems like it would really be up my alley. These emulations are getting closer. The new fender Tone masters sound better too, but still not the same as their tube counterparts.

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Oct 1st, 2019 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had once since they first came out ,inspired by a Pete Thorn You Tube video. I use mine with Pro Tools in my home studio and I get great sounds with it. I always use it with the Helix Edit on the computer and it is very easy to jump from amp to amp or different presets I have made. I listen to it thru 8" monitors and it gets very loud and punchy. If I didn't have many of the amp models on there, I would go with the powered FR speakers for live use.
Through the Helix Edit, you get software and firmware updates of which many contain new amps,
effects, etc.

zenland

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Oct 1st, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

"definitely not the cheapest thing on the market, but I’ve had the chance to hear several rigs of this type and the Helix is the winner imo."
Yep! Love the tones! It makes me think of going into the studio and using effects and different amps to get those tones!
Once they're done and saved it's easy to recall them!

With that said I still have a lot to learn!

Check this guy

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Oct 1st, 2019 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of my favorite guitarists, John McFee, who has played with just about everybody -- lately with the Doobie Brothers -- uses a Line 6 Variax guitar and a Line 6 Helix for live gigs, and raves about both. Check out the linked video -- his segment starts at 14:08 and runs about 10 minutes.

click here

Juice Nichols
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Oct 3rd, 2019 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well it showed up in the mail today. The first thing I’ll say about it, is it’s built like a friggin tank. Very well constructed.

It probably took about an hour for me to figure out how to navigate around. After that I was able to dial up a very nice sounding Deluxe Reverb patch. Added a TS808 overdrive, delay, tremolo, wah pedal, volume pedal and reverb to the chain. You can move anything in the signal chain, anywhere you want it easily.

I haven’t even had a chance to scratch the surface on this thing yet. The patch I made sounds awesome and I’m sure I’ll be spending some time this weekend getting to know it better. It responds quite nicely to volume adjustments on the guitar and pick attack.

Achase4u
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Oct 3rd, 2019 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool. I wouldn't mind having one of these around. I had a lot of fun being creative for hours when I first had my guitarport.

Chris Greene
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Oct 3rd, 2019 11:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an original Line 6 Flextone amp. These things, even early on, were way better than some people gave them credit for.

Juice Nichols
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Oct 4th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Achase, you’d love it for having around a studio. Today I was able to create a Bluesbreaker, AC30, JTM45, and Twin Reverb patch. You can change the cab mic emulation to about any well known microphone there is. You can also move the mic around on the speaker and adjust distance. I’m kind of liking the Royer R121 right now. Lol

Amazing piece of kit. Very easy to create patches once you get the hang of it.

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Oct 9th, 2019 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have had my Helix for a couple of weeks now and I'm very impressed with the sound quality. Since I don't really have experience with most of the amp models available, I can't comment as to how they compare to the originals, but they do sound good to me.

You do need patience and having the manual is a must. Once you get the hang of it though, it is pretty easy to navigate around. Using snapshots is really handy once you figure that out. The large LCD screen helps out a lot in programming.

The only negative I can think of is the size/weight. But compared to a traditional pedalboard, with 8 or more individual pedals, it's not so bad.

What you don't have to deal with is power supplies and a bunch of connectors that can lead to noise and can malfunction in a number of ways.

Achase4u
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Oct 9th, 2019 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am sure I would have loads of fun with this in the studio...

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