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  • spacecadetspacecadet Frets: 660
    Video up on YouTube now. 


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  • CirrusCirrus Frets: 3276
    Looks pretty damn cool. My main concern would just be how it holds up to regular gigging, it looks awfully pretty to go on the beer, sweat and spit-soaked stages many of us grace.  :D

    I actually kind of think that a lot of the quality of a multi-fx/ digital unit comes not from the programming of the modelling (though of course that IS important) but from the quality of the hardware - the AD/DA converters and filters, op amps etc. If those aren't up to snuff, and I didn't think they were on the M series, then there's nothing programming can do to get over the inherent flat sound of cheap conversion.

    The price of these units inspires confidence there.
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8010
    They are claiming the units are extruded aluminium which means they should be tough.

    If the screens are gorrilla glass they should be able to take a beating and will be less likely to suffer the issues things like tablets face from being dropped on a corner.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • FuzzdogFuzzdog Frets: 814
    Does sound like they've given it a good testing in the toughness department - they dropped it, threw it, stomped on it, even the knobs apparently got a good kicking and survived.

    Apparently there is a video of this process which may be released at some point.  Could be rather amusing. :D
    -- Before you ask, no, I am in no way, shape or form related to Fuzzdog pedals, I was Fuzzdog before Fuzzdog were Fuzzdog.  Unless you want to give me free crap, then I'm related to whatever the hell you like! --
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 5964
    Not exactly may kinda thing for various reasons. However, if this means Line6/ Yamaha have been updating their modelling and user interfaces this may mean a new generation of offshoots from this to come - replacement for the DL4, that kinda thing- so positive knock on effect ( no pun intended...) for those of us with humbler needs. :)
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • LevLev Frets: 144
    Updating settings with your feet is genius!
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 1808


    Can you watch porn on the colour screen though? 

    And even more important is the screen splashproof??

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  • spacecadetspacecadet Frets: 660


    Can you watch porn on the colour screen though? 

    And even more important is the screen splashproof??

    Thats for V2.
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  • joeyowenjoeyowen Frets: 2618
    menamestom;667247" said:
    Can you watch porn on the colour screen though?  And even more important is the screen splashproof??
    You might get it pregnant and grow some m5s that will grow up through childhood (m9)...puberty (m13) and then a wierd human helix hybrid adult.

    Let us know how it goes
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  • hugbothugbot Frets: 1525
    Honestly my dick has been cumming since I saw this thing and hasn't stopped, I'm starting to get worried.
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  • spacecadetspacecadet Frets: 660
    hugbot said:
    Honestly my dick has been cumming since I saw this thing and hasn't stopped, I'm starting to get worried.
    Eeeww.
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8010
    hugbot said:
    Honestly my dick has been cumming since I saw this thing and hasn't stopped, I'm starting to get worried.
    Beware The Gush. 


    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • LevLev Frets: 144
    another overview video


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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3340
    @hugbot have you enough to fill a bath?
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  • jgmoutonjgmouton Frets: 30
    Fuzzdog said:
    Does sound like they've given it a good testing in the toughness department - they dropped it, threw it, stomped on it, even the knobs apparently got a good kicking and survived.
    They said the same things about the HD500 with its unreliable foot switches...  Actually a lot of what I'm currently reading about this unit was used about the HD500...
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8010
    That Sweetwater video is great. 

    I totally want one now.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • spacecadetspacecadet Frets: 660
    Lev said:
    another overview video


    Mitch has lost some timber!
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  • ROOGROOG Frets: 400
    Thanks for the sweetwater vid @lev I have been contemplating a Kemper, I now have a problem.

     

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  • Jesus. That's a lot of features.

    You could pretty well sell all your pedals and maybe keep one amp, maybe not even bother with that, and just go for the helix. The amps sounded good - set a touch bright for me but bar that...

    Sounds perfect.
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  • ElectroDanElectroDan Frets: 546

    It looks absolutely amazing. I thought it sounded great on the Line 6 video too. Less so on the clean sounds in the Sweetwater vid.

    I remember us having this conversation a long while ago, about whether the big names were going to step up and challenge the next gen units that are available. The Helix looks well thought out and fairly easy to get on with.

    Whether it betters the AX8 for me will be all about the tones though. Fractal have set the bar pretty high too!

    Will be an interesting few months gear wise.

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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 8010
    Have they given a date for when it's on sale?
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  • grammargrammar Frets: 21
    Jesus. That's a lot of features.

    You could pretty well sell all your pedals and maybe keep one amp, maybe not even bother with that, and just go for the helix. The amps sounded good - set a touch bright for me but bar that...

    Sounds perfect.
    I did this when I got my axefx, kept a couple of fx for nostalgia but all the amps went.
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  • Sounds like it covers home headphone practice, looper jamming, recording, stereo, live with amp, live without amp and even has xlr in for recording as an interface - that's insanely cool.

    If they've got the switching good, it's a winner.

    The only thing I noticed... When kicking in comp and drive on the sweet water demo, it added noticeable noise. Maybe they'd still be best analogue in the loops.
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  • That's it guys.... All of yous sell me your two rocks for the price of one of these. You'll be so happy! Cash waiting :)
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life
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  • grammargrammar Frets: 21

    There doesn't seem to be any sort of preset within a preset function like the AxeFx. 

    To keep spillover on verb and delay you'd need to avoid a full preset change.


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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 16243
    grammar said:

    There doesn't seem to be any sort of preset within a preset function like the AxeFx. 

    To keep spillover on verb and delay you'd need to avoid a full preset change.


    In Axe-speak they are called 'scenes'.
    That could kill it for me.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6046
    Are you sure? Even the HD500x could do that I think, at least to the extent you could switch blocks on and off (not in the same advanced ways you can on Axe FX). Would be a schoolboy error this late in the digital game, my bet is that they would have it sorted. But who knows
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6046
    Also compression and drive would be expected to increase noise floor. Haven't had chance to listen to any demos of this thing yet will do soon hopefully.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6046
    Ok listened on my phone and can hear the noise floor clearly even before they add the comp to the clean. My bet is noisy room (lights?) rather than a poor noise floor. Sounds like a split humbucker, would be nicer to hear it with a decent Tele or Strat.
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  • guitarfishbay;667952" said:
    Ok listened on my phone and can hear the noise floor clearly even before they add the comp to the clean. My bet is noisy room (lights?) rather than a poor noise floor. Sounds like a split humbucker, would be nicer to hear it with a decent Tele or Strat.
    I just came back to post the very same thing, I listened again and think you're right.
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