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Line 6 Hx Stomp

Discussion in 'Bass Pedals, Effects & Preamps' started by Florin, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I never thought I would buy one. I did, it works! :)
    Still very new to give a decent feedback, never tested it live, but yesterday I sent 3 samples to the producer to ask him which sound he likes to work with. One- direct DI bass, and 2 with some clean, compressed sound with cab sim from HX Stomp. He got them as "sample 1,2 and 3", not knowing what's behind. His answer was : sampla 2 no way, I like 1 and 3. Sample 2 was DI, LOL. I didn't see that coming honestly, I was about to send it back when he called me.
    Can't wait to test it live.
    First impressions:
    - It still has that digital vibe to it, a small tiny latency, but it seems it is only a matter of getting used to it, the audience is hearing a good sound.
    - It is different than the analog way, what gets out is a 100% ready bass sound more like a good keyboard bass, the sound guy has very little to do with the signal.
    - It is hard to get a good balanced tone out of it until you understand it better, it has a learning curve. I was about to send it back, but I gave it a last chance and downloaded a free patch from a youtuber, and that worked. First impression was "Oh, just another digital toy...", but after spending some time with it you realise you can create pretty much any sound you like. It has that PC editor, so it is really easy to tweak using my computer, you can split the signal, with a crossover, add compressor to lows distortion to highs, and at the end of the chain it has some pretty awesome amp and cab sims.
    Is anyone else using one? [​IMG]
     
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    I have the Gran'pa, BassPod XT Live.
    But thanks for your input, I'm hesitating towards those newer thingies.
     
  3. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    George Michael's bassist used one (XT Live), and the sound was great!
    I was about to return it to the shop, but since I am tracking for a new album I recorded some tests named A B and C and sent them to the producer. A was HX to DI to interface, B was pure DI sound, C was HX to interface. I was pretty sure the producer will tell me "stop playing with toys, just send me the DI".
    His answer was: I like A a lot, C is pretty much what I will do with your bass in the end but I prefer starting with A, and sample B- NO WAY, I don't want to work with that :)
    So I kept it...

    I think I have to get used to playing with the "final sound" you know what I mean? For 30 years now (OMG!!!) I am used to play with the sound that the sound engineer use to build the final sound. It is different. With this one, the sound guy will only set the gain, like a keyboard bass.
    I will come back with news after first show. Not very soon unfortunately (studio time)
     
  4. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    BTW, I don't think Kemper will deliver more than HX, I tested one before. Same "amp profiles". Yesterday I bought an Ampeg SVT profile (IR) from Lancaster Audio, and it is so much better than the stock ampeg sim. And if this is important, HX has 4 bass distortion (Sans Amp, B7K, Ampeg and another one), all sound pretty good. Also the Octabass clone, and at least 2 pretty good compressors.
     
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    Helix is nice, just takes getting used to playing with a sound that appears 'mixed and mastered' already. I still feel I need to play with a raw source kinda tone because that makes me work harder to sound good.

    That said, the new YYZ overdrive pedal from Tech21 just made me realize there's life after Darkglass (my gawd that Geddy tone is highly addictive!) . Opinions are constantly adjusted. Some day I might go digital, just not today.
     
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