Submitted December 29, 2018 by Greg G in Manchester, NH
"Pretty amazing says this former Line 6 hater"
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Been stalking Youtube reviews of the Helix family for a couple years as I wasn't ready to invest $1000 or $1500 in a multi-effects unit, never mind a Line 6 product. I had the original POD back in the day and it was cool, but only for headphone practice. Everything else was never close to good enough and I've demoed plenty of Vettas, HD-147, POD floor units... nothing was going to replace my pedals and tube amps but I always thought for home practice it was pretty cool.Meanwhile, my coveted pedal collection was really starting to get on my nerves and I found myself bringing a single dirt pedal to practice because I was sick of the heavy full on board, flaky cables that need to be recut more than I like but most of all... tap dancing was really something that sucked joy out of playing, especially when playing tricky sections.I've been impressed with what I was seeing regarding Helix, but after investing so much in pedals and tube amps, I wasn't ready to seriously consider it considering the price. The HX effects came out and while that was pretty good looking to me, I wanted amp modeling but only for one reason, when at home late at night I need to use headphones to practice in order to not make the family crazy. $1000 for an LT was still a little much for me.So when this came out, I really thought even at $600, if I have a killer practice solution I'd be happy enough... but I sold off a few pedals I don't use much to take a chunk out of the investment.Immediately I plugged in using headphones, browsed through some "meh" presets but there are some really great sounding ones too. OK, I'm impressed I'm thinking. Read the manual, started making my own presets... I was floored how awesome it all sounded. So then, through the front end of a Fender Deluxe Reverb... I'm getting excited at the possibilities because it's sounding killer.Coupe days later, the acid test, I bring it to practice. No other pedals, just the Stomp into the front end of an Orange TH30 clean channel. I previously made a few presets that included some effects I usually would bother with. I play mostly metal, Mastodon cover band. I added an octave pedal, rotary speaker, delays along with drive pedals (not all in 1 preset, more on this later). I'm feeling good, things sound great and no tap dancing as I hit one button to transition from vastly different tones was so awesome. Bandmates were pretty much in agreement, that it sounded fantastic. Plugging into my Mac is great as I now don't need my other interface and I can edit on the laptop and do some recording. This thing is crazy versatile.I can now justify going all in with an LT or the floor but for now, it's doing the job. Maybe when Helix 2 comes out, I'll upgrade then.6 effects in a patch is the limit, that sucks for certain... but honestly they need to justify not giving you full Helix functionality at half the price... I get that. So I'm not annoyed by this.Haven't needed support, can't really comment on that.Ease of use is decent but you have to read the manual. I don't like multifunctional buttons, but given the size, it's acceptable.So my pedal board will probably hang around because I use a compressor almost all the time and figure I can save myself a slot. I'll also plug my tuner pedal because I don't want to lose 1 of 3 switches on a tuner. I'll most likely put a few of my dirt pedals on there probably because those a real special to me, but maybe not... it sounds that good.I still have to run some cables for the 4 cable method and I'm pretty excited to do that.All in all, I'm in love with this thing and maybe I will just bite the bullet and get an LT. I think I can rule out the full floor because honestly, I'm not missing the scribble strips with the Stomp.I'd recommend this to anyone.PS - I don't play just metal, I've created rockabilly presets and classic rock presets as well and again, it's kicking major ass!
Playing guitar 35 years. Used to gig frequently, play mostly recreationally now.
Metal (sludge, trash, stoner, progressive), blues, classic rock, rockabilly, some classical, finger-style
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