Modeling processor comparison: Fractal AX8 and Line 6 Helix

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SeanOnBass, Dec 19, 2018.


  1. SeanOnBass

    SeanOnBass

    Oct 23, 2005
    Seattle
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, Bartolini, Genzler Amplification, GHS, Tsunami Cables, Sonic Nuance
  2. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    FWIW, you convinced me to buy a Helix, Sean! :D :thumbsup: :hyper: :bassist:
     
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  3. SeanOnBass

    SeanOnBass

    Oct 23, 2005
    Seattle
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, Bartolini, Genzler Amplification, GHS, Tsunami Cables, Sonic Nuance
    Alriiiight! I use mine every day.
     
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  4. gumtown

    gumtown

    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    I just brought the Helix Lt,
    was waiting on the new Fractal FM3 list,
    but I think Line 6 is offering better support for Bass players.
     
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  5. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Thanks for taking the time to do an impressively in depth review. Not too often I get to read a gear article that has that much useful information presented so clearly and in such a refreshingly well organized fashion.
     
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  6. SeanOnBass

    SeanOnBass

    Oct 23, 2005
    Seattle
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, Bartolini, Genzler Amplification, GHS, Tsunami Cables, Sonic Nuance
    I very much appreciate that, thanks!
     
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  7. I've been pretty good on GAS for a while, but I haven't had a floor effects unit with internal parallel options.

    I do not have the cash for these things that I need. :/

    That's a good write up; I do appreciate the nuance.
     
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  8. Nowadays, Line 6 helix family, hands down for bass...
    And Yamaha Group (Line 6 and Ampeg), are workinmg together soo....
     
  9. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah having spent more and time with both the Fractal and Line 6 Helix unit’s. They’re both great , different strengths & weaknesses.

    If bass is my priority I agree that Line 6 Helix is where it’s at. Not only with available models from the jump but with they’re comparable models. The Line 6 B7k for example much more resembles the hardware unit that Fractals. In both sound and functionality.
    Also the Line 6 just seems to handle the low end tones better that sound more natural to me. Especially edge of breakup / gritty sounds for bass.

    With 6 string guitar I think there are some tones & feel the Fractal nails better but it’s closer. They’re closer 6 string guitar wise to each other where with bass in my experience the line 6 Helix just pulls strongly ahead.

    And then when it comes to user interface again Line 6 Helix just has that some really really well !
     
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