Please educate me on Unity Gain - Helix LT

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  1. the29band

    the29band Member

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    So I have read in a few places that the Helix has unity gain at helix volume knob at max. I always create patches with my LT's volume know at about 11'o clock. This applies to to both headphones patches as well as patches for playing through amp/cab. I keep the channel volume at about 5-7 (varies some by patch) and then adjust the volume at amp, if needed. I have 2 questions:

    1) What is unity gain and why do we need to be at unity gain? Are there any sonic implications?
    2) If I were to max out the helix knob, where do i compensate? Channel volume? I can't imagine being able to play via headphones without doing so if I were to just max out the helix knob.

    Thanks !
     
  2. radiolab

    radiolab Member

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    My philosophy is "if it sounds good to you, then you're doing it right".

    There was a time when distorted guitars were really bad and you shouldn't turn your tube amp that loud.
     
  3. p.snail

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    The only time I need unity gain on my Helix is when I run it like a pedal board in front of my amp. I disable the amp modeling, run the 1/4 out at instrument level and run it on unity gain.

    If I'm using it direct as an amp modeler it's not necessary.
     
  4. the29band

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    Cool, thanks!
     

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