Submitted May 30, 2019 by ALLAN B in Tempe, AZ
"Great sounding box!"
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I really like this box and am very pleased with its performance. Can it replace your entire pedalboard? Absolutely! However, if you are like me you have some favorite pedals that you don't want to part with just yet. Knowing it plays well with your existing set up is a huge plus and make this an ideal multi FX for any pedalboard out there.
You can achieve just about any sound you could dream of with this box. The sheer number of effects is almost overwhelming, and most of them are useful. Don't overlook the "Legacy" section either. There's a lot of great tone buried behind some of the menus. There is a bit of a learning curve if you aren't familiar with FX modeling so not all of them are going to sound great without some minor tweaking. A separate EQ block helps brighten up the reverbs which can be a bit dark, and many of the drive pedals needed some darkening for my amp set up. It also sounds great with the pedals you already have. I put my drives in front of the HX, and you can place reverb and delay pedals in one of the HX loops, or even in the external signal chain going to the amps FX loop. There's a zillion ways to integrate this box into your existing set up.
I appreciate the routing capabilities inside and outside of the box. If you use HX Edit software, you can quickly drag FX anywhere in your chain to hear what sounds best to your ears. While it generally follows pedalboard logic from an effects order, definitely experiment!! Especially if you are using the 4-cable method. Things in the loop can sound much different than if they are in front. The 2 external loops are great but note that you will tie up one loop if you are using 4CM. Again, you can put your own pedals in front of it, in one of the loops, or anywhere in your chain.
Ease of Use
I prefer to use the HX Edit software for major editing because I'm already familiar with it from my Helix. It's intuitive but do read the manual because there is a quirky process for copying and editing presets. It's also easy to edit on the board. Just touch the button of the stomp you want to edit and make your changes just like a real pedal.
This is a solidly built box and the software is also very stable. I've owned several Line 6 products going back 20 years and I've always been impressed with the quality of their gear.
For the price of 4 name brand pedals you get this box. 'Nuff said.........
As a testament to their quality, I've yet to ever contact Line 6 for support for any of my products. They have a nice website with tons of information and FAQs that should answer most questions people new to the product might have. There's also a free preset sharing page. Not as many HX FX available as other boxes, but that is likely to change soon!They are also really good at updating software and adding new features. At time of writing, 2.8 is coming and will offer new Snapshot functions, preset parity with other Helix models, and rumor has it there may be some new drive models included.
The Wow Factor
Just listen to it!
Rock, Prog, Christian
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