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    Hi all,
    Today I wanted to dive in a bit with the HX Stomp in a jazz context. Over the last few months I've spent some time really learning the ins and outs of the system and I wanted to share a few of the jazz sounds I came up with for use with my traditional archtop.

    For sure I think most can recognize that modeling platforms for a long time have done a good job at replicating heavy gain tones but I've always thought clean tones fell short. Until now, modeling has been something that blues/jazz musicians who really play with dynamics and a sensitive touch didn't get into very often.

    Anyway, I've spent some time creating three different presets:
    1 - Bright - think of something like George Benson (skip to 7:16)
    2 - Dark - maybe similar to Pat Metheny (skip to 9:01)
    3 - Acoustic - I combined an acoustic (flat top) impulse response with an electric sound to try and find a happy middle ground for recreating an acoustic archtop tone. This one was most difficult. (skip to 12:30)
    * Not to say that I've tried specifically to emulate anyone's sound that I mentioned earlier, or that I am anywhere near the level of playing I should be to make such claims, but that's the general idea of what I was going for *



    Anyway, I'd love a bit of your own input on the sounds - what you would change or which of the presets (if any) you like. You can skip to 12:57 if you'd like to hear all three played back to back. This has been a difficult process and I'm sure there's still more room for improvement. A bit of reverb would improve the sounds too but I wanted to demo them in an extremely dry setting so you can hear them as they are.

    At the very least, if you're specifically thinking about trying out the Line 6 Helix series for jazz playing then maybe this video can help steer you in the right direction. Hope this helps!

    Last week I posted about using the Helix to positively influence the tone of your piezo pickup:
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/guit...r-piezo-pickup
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    Awesome! I enjoyed your 2nd preset most. I'll have to compare with the settings on my HX Stomp.

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    Thanks! Let me know how they work for you
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    BRIGHT setting sounds the best balanced from top to bottom. DARK sounds good on top, muddy in the bottom. ACOUSTIC sounds thin, metallic stringy in comparison to the other two.
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    Glad to see/hear people experimenting.

    I'm such a ho-hum, old-fashioned, plug the guitar into the amp guy.

    It's good to have folks out there working with Line-6 and other platforms to get tones that are not just "this is the way it's always been done" sounds.

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    I'd like to hear this in context - I'd like some more mids personally, and I think these tones might get lost "in the mix"

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    I appreciate the opinions and the fair criticism. I'll have to post back here if I ever get some live recording done with any of these sounds.

    Greentone - I think I actually prefer my HX Stomp to my current tube amp for playing traditional jazz. It's probably just not the right guitar/amp combo right now
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