Using Bose/Tonematch with Line 6 Helix guitar modelling

Currently considering changing from conventional multi-fx and stomp pedals running thro' an L1, to a Helix - anyone out there with experience of presets, settings, or problems?? Is the "Line 6 pod" preset useful, should I start flat and experiment from there? Don't want to spend that much money and find that modelling and Bose don't play nicely together . . .

Ta, Weedsy



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Hi Weedsy,

I've run all kinds of modellers through my L1®.  I haven't gotten around to trying a Line 6 Helix though. My main guitar rig is a Kemper Profiling Amp  through my T1® although it works fine direct to the L1® Compact, L1® Model 1S or L1® Model II.

This works so well that Kemper Amps use the L1® Model IIs when they show the Kemper Profiling Amp at NAMM. (You'll see the L1® in the background).

I run the T1® Preset:
Category: Electric Guitars
Preset: Flat, E. Guitar zEQ

This works well for me. But I encourage you to try some of the other Presets to hear if they sound better for you.

If you try the Helix with your L1®, please come back and tell us what you hear.

Thanks,

ST

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Hi ST - that was quite some read! I find this forum amazing -  also found an iPad/aux send thread that's highly relevant to another question - if I precis what I'm trying to achieve, you'll see the connection:

In spite of being a dinosaur (pro in the UK in the sixties!) I want to change from amps/stomps to modelling; several reasons, not least of which is the amount and weight of gear to cart around and set up.
Secondly, being a small covers band making extensive use of backing tracks, I want to use midi to control fx changes to reduce tap-dancing, and route intro clicks away from front of house.
I currently use Garage Band to make our BT’s, mixed down to mp3, driven on stage by an excellent app called “One Track” on my iPad. The iPad’s on one side of my music stand, the ToneMatch mixer of my Bose system is on the other, pedals (or Helix?) on the floor - total control, very compact.
I will need to use synchronised audio/midi tracks rather than mp3’s, (but see my comments above re thread describing routing one channel with intro click from iPad to Bose) and Cymatic LP-16 has been suggested, so I’m looking at that (as a side issue, the software “uTools” doesn’t get a very good press, and the forums seem to confirm problems with it). But I don’t want to go to using a DAW/computer to play the tracks live.

Although my musical activity is much reduced these days, and solely for fun (well, most of our gigs are!) and "pay for the strings", I’m prepared to spend money to make life easier . . . I already have the Bose system and am very happy with it, but I feel it really needs modelling to totally come up with the goods.

I have been using a Variax for several years - don't tell Line6, but I got a luthier to build the guts into a bespoke guitar - so that will be the cherry on the cake with two-way control!

Thanks very much for your comments; in fact, I ordered the Helix this morning! Don't see why I should have a problem - thanks guys . . .

Regards,

Weedsy

Hi ST,

I bought the LT, perfectly OK for my needs.

First impressions are good; in comparison with my last non-modelling multi-FX I suppose that's not surprising; but it gives proper amp sounds, with picking response as per the valve days. And I can still use two of my favourite pedals - if there's a fault, it's that the drive effects seem a bit "buzzy" - but I haven't tried them thro' a real amp - maybe the preciseness of the Bose is a fault here (!)

I've only just launched the editor (I wanted to program everything on the Helix to begin with, so I was OK for changes/adjustments on the fly live, without the iMac). The editor is superb and intuitive.

This system seems to get the best out of the Bose in terms of amp emulation, and I'm sure I'm at the start of a (possibly long) rewarding and interesting journey.

Using it live in a non-concert hall environment always prompts the question of whether all that fine tuning possible will ever be heard or appreciated where acoustics, background noise, glasses clinking, etc are probably more of a factor (like the guy fitting the Bose 24-speaker audio system in his car - which has low profile tyres, sports exhaust, sunroof, etc and is not a Rolls Royce . . . . but hey-ho, if he likes it . . . ).

Of course, for recording, it's a dream. In conjunction with judicious use of the Variax, all is possible!

Thanks for your interest,

Cheers for now,

Weedsy

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