This pedal puts Line 6's flagship Helix processing in a compact stompbox.
If Line 6's flagship Helix processor seems like overkill for your needs, then perhaps their more compact HX Stomp will appeal. Its robust metal construction and small footprint promise to make it an ideal all-rounder to add to a pedalboard or to your studio's amp-modelling and effects arsenal.
Essentially, the HX Stomp can be thought of as a half-power Helix — it runs the same algorithms and offers similar features, but it can run a maximum of six processing 'blocks' simultaneously. The four-cable mode allows selected effects to be deployed in an amplifier's effects send/return loop, and there's a TRS jack that allows two switches, two expression pedals or one of each to be added. The HX Stomp's stereo effects loop can also be configured as two mono effects loops, and you could even run a seven-cable rig with two amps! As with the Helix, the HX Stomp can also function as a USB recording interface; it appears as a class-compliant device in Mac OS and via ASIO drivers in Windows.
While blocks can again be arranged in various series or parallel configurations, the display is rather smaller than the one on the Helix, but the bold colour graphics and the use of different colours for different effect types mean it is still very easy to navigate. If you're unfamiliar with the Helix range of amp and effects models, I'd suggest reading Bob Thomas's detailed review of the Helix Rack in SOS June 2016. In total there are more than 300 amps, cabs and effects, including a looper, plus the ability to import your own loudspeaker impulse responses. Some new effects models have been...
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