Why I’ll Never Go Back to Using Tube Amps Live

Stalwart tube-amp enthusiast Julian Ward experienced an irreversible paradigm shift after combining his Helix Rack with a Powercab 112 Plus.

You’ve Never Actually Heard That Amp

Having trouble sounding like the guitarists on your favorite records? Tube amp guru Dan Boul explains why.

Bill Frisell Talks Looping & Loopers

Barry Cleveland discusses the whats, whys, and hows of live-looping with the celebrated guitarist.

Breaking the Analog Model

Joe Gore explores what happens when you disregard the conventional rules of analog signal flow in the digital modeling realm.

Gainful Deployment – Stacking Overdrives

Michael Ross dishes the dirt on combining overdrive, fuzz, and other distortion pedals to open up whole new worlds of gain.

Nashville’s Dirty Secret – Country Music’s Founding Forefathers of Fuzz

Chris Gill recounts that years before and after the Stones recorded “Satisfaction,” fuzz guitar was featured on dozens of country singles.


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Video: Tom Salta on Scoring Games With Helix Native

Award-winning composer Tom Salta demonstrates how he uses the Line 6 Helix Native guitar and effects plug-in to create monumental sounds when scoring major video games.

The Secret Power of Helix Snapshots

Snapshots is one of the most powerful, yet underutilized, features in Helix. Joe Gore unveils its secrets, step-by-step, with images, sound clips, and downloadable examples.

Crossing the Digital Divide – You Don’t Have to Choose

Boutique amp builder Dan Boul loves tube amps, yet he’s also a huge proponent of amp modeling. Find out why he’s certain it’s okay to have it both ways.

A Young Person’s Guide to Speaker Cabinet IRs

Speaker cabinet impulse responses are all the rage—but what are they and how can you use them when crafting great guitar tones with your modeler?

Matt Scannell on Using HX Effects with 4-Cable Method In His Live Rig

Curious about 4-Cable Method? Matt Scannell runs Matt Blackett through how he employs it with his HX Effects-based live effects rig.

Living In Stereo

Ace guitarist Jude Gold goes wide on non-mono guitar sounds, the virtues of performing in stereo, and his favorite stereo strategies.

Video: Brendon Small & Eric Klein Talk Helix 2.8

Brendon Small (Galaktikon, Dethklok, Metalocalypse) and Line 6 Helix mastermind Eric Klein muse on the Helix Guitar Processor 2.8 Firmware.